Myrtle Beach Season Begins Memorial Day — Book Your Family Getaway Now!

By Summar Ghias, dealnews contributor

If you're yearning for quintessential Americana, look no further. Memorial Day officially kicks off tourist season in Myrtle Beach, land of tawny Atlantic sands, perfectly manicured golf courses, a 1.2-mile boardwalk and promenade, and plenty of good ol' fashioned fun for kids and doting parents alike. If you're looking to celebrate along beachfront properties, we encourage you to do so soon as the upcoming holiday also creates a higher demand for these affordable getaways.

Ready for fun in the sun, live music, and plenty of water sports? Pack your swim trunks, shades, and sunscreen and head to the southern part of the Grand Strand, where a 4-night stay at the Reef Resort (from $296, a low by $10; expires April 15) is perfect for the whole family. This beach hotel offers oceanfront accommodations, a large private balcony, an onsite kiddie pool, and free in-room WiFi. Once you are settled, take your adventure-seeking brood to nearby Family Kingdom and ride the state's biggest ferris wheel.

For an even better deal on lodging, stay at the nearby Hotel Blue instead (from $47, a low by $6; expires April 30). The hotel's swim-up bar, poolside inset sun shelves, and beachfront sun deck allow for plenty of lounging and day-to-night fun. If the hotel's party scene isn't your thing, there's also discounted bowling at the nearby Captain's Quarters Building.

Quite possibly the cheapest nightly rate we could find, shack up at Landmark Resort Hotel (from $45, a low by $6; expires April 30). This beachside hotel also offers guests benefit cards at check-in that are good for discounts at popular Myrtle Beach restaurants, attractions, and shows. Guests can enjoy a free airport shuttle, two 300-foot lazy rivers, an h20asis water park, and 9-hole putt-putt to boot.

If you're planning a long weekend in Myrtle Beach, book a 3-night stay in an Oceanfront Sun Suite at the Palace Resort (from $170, a low by $68; expires May 12). Not only will you enjoy the hotel's oceanfront pool, indoor, and outdoor whirlpools, and a putting green, but also a free daily breakfast and compliemntary WiFi.

Practice your golf swing on the north side of town at the Long Bay Resort (from $57, a low by $3; expires May 22). Get your day on the green started off right with breakfast for two and then tee-off at one of the area's 80 courses.

If golfing isn't your scene, we recommend settling in for a 2-night stay at the the Aqua Beach Inn (from $118, a low by $10; expires April 17). Located in downtown Myrtle Beach and adjacent to its new boardwalk, you'll hardly have a good enough reason to stay in your room even though it'll have a equipped kitchen, and balcony, not to mention free WiFi, and parking. Instead, take in the area's live music and summer festivals on the boardwalk and peruse over 100 shops and restaurants at the nearby Broadway at the Beach. Don't forget to satisfy your seafood craving at the nearby Sea Captain's House, dubbed "Best Seafood Restaurant" by Southern Living magazine four years in a row.

With nine buildings, and over 600 units, the Caravelle Resort also offers location-driven accommodations at a reasonable cost. Stay in an Oceanview room for just $65 a night (a low by $13; expires April 30).

While Myrtle Beach is a great escape for a couple days, it's also a wonderful place to enjoy a proper vacation. Reserve your family a 2-bedroom condo for a 7-night stay at the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort instead (from $988, a low by $126; expires April 30). Guests are just minutes away from restaurants, shopping, and the Myrtle Beach's Market Common. Or, for a more remote week-long stay in a 2-bedroom condo book a stay at the Horizon on 77th Hotel (from $79, a low by $6; expires April 13). The hotel is located still just a stone's throw away from the busier parts of the Grand Strand, but offers quieter take on the beachfront bustle of Myrtle Beach.

With enough all-American activities to replenish your spirits, and an array of affordable accommodations to suit your fancy, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. But, if you've got different ideas for a vacation, be sure to check out our daily travel deals for other airfare, hotel, and vacation packages.

At the time of publication, these travel deals offered the lowest prices we could find. Deals may include blackout dates, additional taxes, and fees. Some of our prices may be based on mandatory double occupancy.

Front page photo credit: Jenny Okley
Photo credits top to bottom: MLS of Myrtle Beach,
Trip Advisor, and Globe Images

Summar Ghias is a freelance writer who attributes her love for big cities to the diverse cultural, artistic, and food-centric experiences that can be had in them. A former assistant editor at Budget Travel, Ghias has freelanced at several other titles including Girlfriend Getaways, Discover, People, In New York,, and AOL Travel, among others.

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