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Mickeyfan0805

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Posted: 02/17/20 02:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking for a fun family location for a few days at Myrtle Beach this summer. For those of you who have used the resorts listed above, which would you recommend for a family with 3 kids (11, 14 and 15)? Why?

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Posted: 02/17/20 04:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For the kids, Ocean Lakes.

We've camped at all 3 several times each. For adults I'd pick Lakewood.

I was not ever impressed with Pirate Land.

All three have similar amenities. Ocean Lakes is the nicest, especially for the kids, IMO.


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Carolina pines is the new one that just opened recently. Big water park on site but not sure if its open yet.

I work here in myrtle and watched it be built.

The good thing is its out near rt 22 and youll stay out of that crazy summer traffic.

https://www.sunrvresorts.com/carolina-pines/

If you have to be closer to the beach then one of the others..

ummm not pirate land though..

I would say ocean acres, but its a mad house there


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A vote for Lakewood. Been going there for 30 plus years. Tried Ocean Lakes once, too busy for us. Never camped at Pirate Land.

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My vote is for Pireateland! We walked the beach down to OL's. Wasn't impressed. Sites on top of each other seemed very congested!


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I quit going to any of the big 3 years ago. I prefer Myrtle Beach State park.
Maybe I'm showing my age!
I've come to prefer less action people and excitement vs. more action, people and excitement


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Lantley wrote:

I quit going to any of the big 3 years ago. I prefer Myrtle Beach State park.
Maybe I'm showing my age!
I've come to prefer less action people and excitement vs. more action, people and excitement


I totally agree with this and is in the same area as the big commercial parks. Another option might be Huntington Beach State Park.

In both cases kids will find other kids to meet and find things to do. Both have nice walking trails, great beaches. If you want shopping, restaurants, mini golf, real golf, water parks they are just down the road.


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For kid screaming activities, crazed golf cart drivers, late night drinking and fireworks on the beach, and employees that will lie to you, Ocean Lakes hands down.
Lakewood is more of a 'family oriented' CG imo.
No experience re Pirateland.

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We have camped is all of the MB oceanfront private parks.

Our list is like this. PirateLand is the preferred CG. Because Security is WAAAAY better. the site on the beach are HUGE, and it is a quieter CG. golf Carts are parked at 11:00 PM. Yes it has all the frills that any of the rest do. And you can reserve a specific site if you pay in advance for 7 days.

Next is Myrtle Beach travel park. It has large pull thru sites, lazy river, and again. Quieter. Very nice. but their beach is very narrow. close enough to Apache Pier to walk to.

Then Lakewood. Nothing really wrong with Lakewood, Just way busier with golf carts running down all the side roads.

Then Apache. Small sites, Dated bath houses. But has a pier, and the widest beach of any of the MB, CGs. and like MBTP. is close to Barefoot Landing, And restaurant row, and Tanger.

Then ocean Lake. Ocean lakes is crowded, The beach site are TINY TINY. Last time we were there. Our awning hung out over the road. with people actually wanting to park their carts on our site, even under the awning. Golf carts are so thick there, it is hard to get across the beach road to the beach. They will run over you. Security there is a joke. They ride around in their Crown Vics, and never get out. and they don't stop the Golf carts at quiet time. They run all night long.

So for what it is worth. There are our choices. We have been camping at MB since about 2000. and yes, we take the kids. they grew from babies to adults camping at the beach. The camper we have now sleeps 10, so that the entire family can go.

BTW. we don't do the state park. Because many site don't have full hookup, and the sites are so far from the beach. I like to walk out of my TT, and onto the beach.


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Camped in MB for many years before moving there in retirement. Would agree with the recommendation for MB Travel Park as 1st option. With 3 teens, however, I think Lakewood might just be best bet. All the amenities each could want and great location. Our sons spent many a week in that CG and always loved it. Was not thrilled with Ocean Lakes - it is too dammed big and too crazy busy and the sites are incredibly tight - no chance for any privacy at all. Pirateland, IMHO, was just a step down in quality from Lakewood. Now that we are retired (and have moved from MB area) we are into state parks. Both MB State Park and Huntington Beach SP (farther south and more isolated) are great but neither have many amenities. Suggest making reservations ASAP no matter where you decide to go.


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