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Huntington Beach State Park

Natural beauty abounds at this oceanfront respite famous for its pristine beach, wooded hiking trails and historic castle.

Huntington Beach State Park, 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Myrtle Beach, is a nature lover’s playground. Swim or fish along three miles (five kilometers) of unspoiled oceanfront. Explore the labyrinth of walking trails, stopping at the observation decks dotted through the 2,500 acres (1,011 hectares) of wooded parkland. A large, freshwater lagoon is home to alligators. The park is also rated one of the best birding sites on the East Coast, thanks to more than 300 resident bird species.

One of the first points of call should be Atalaya Castle, a sprawling estate close to the park’s entrance. Atalaya was the winter home and studio of renowned 20th-century sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer Huntington, a philanthropist and Spanish scholar. The Huntingtons loved Spanish culture and so they built their castle, completed in 1931, in the style of a Spanish Andalusian villa. The building and surrounding grounds were donated to the state. 

Guided tours of Atalaya are offered by the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park between March and October and are included in the castle entry price. Outside of those months, pick up a 45-minute audio guide for a small fee.

Huntington Beach State Park is a great place to discover some of South Carolina's native wildlife. Bird watching is a popular pursuit, with many native Southern varieties easy to spot, including spoonbills, ducks and ocean birds. The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park offer a variety of wildlife excursions (weather dependent, and not run during winter). You can look for alligators in the wetlands or search the salt marshes for crabs. Check the website for tour specifics. 

Tours are generally included in the park admission price, which is very reasonable. Entry to Atalaya attracts an additional small fee. Children under five enter the park and castle for free. A park store sells some grocery items, souvenirs and fishing supplies.


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Luxurious 6BR Marshfront Home With In-ground Pool & Elevator

Luxurious 6BR Marshfront Home With In-ground Pool & Elevator

834 Channel Cat Cove, Murrells Inlet
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Brookgreen Gardens and within 9 mi (15 km) of Litchfield Beach and Indigo Creek Golf Club. Pier at Garden City and Tupelo Bay Golf Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£31
Sun N Sand Resort

Sun N Sand Resort

2701 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
2.8
of 5, from 1,035 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Just steps from the beach, Sun N Sand Resort is less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from Family Kingdom Amusement Park and an 8-minute drive from the SkyWheel. Myrtle Beach International Airport is 6 minutes by car, as is Whispering Pines golf course.

£33
Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort

Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort

803 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
3.5
of 5, from 870 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

On the waterfront, the Myrtle Beach boardwalk are 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) away, and Family Kingdom Amusement Park is 3 blocks from the resort. Broadway at the Beach and Market Common are nearby.

£153
Carolina Grande

Carolina Grande

2505 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
3.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this condominium resort is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from The Children's Museum of South Carolina and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Broadway at the Beach. Captain Hook's Adventure Golf and SkyWheel Myrtle Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£43
The Patricia Grand by Oceana Resorts

The Patricia Grand by Oceana Resorts

2710 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
3.6
of 5, from 1,137 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Myrtle Beach hotel is in the city center, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from The Children's Museum of South Carolina, and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Broadway at the Beach. Captain Hook's Adventure Golf and SkyWheel Myrtle Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£57
Oceans One Resort

Oceans One Resort

102 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
4.0
of 5, from 129 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Myrtle Beach, this beachfront condo is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Mount Atlanticus Miniature Golf, and SkyWheel Myrtle Beach.

£30
Sea Mist

Sea Mist

1200 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
2.6
of 5, from 1,549 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Myrtle Beach, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Splashes Oceanfront Water Park, Midway Park, and Family Kingdom Amusement Park. Mount Atlanticus Miniature Golf and Art Museum of Myrtle Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£61
Surfside Beach Oceanfront Hotel

Surfside Beach Oceanfront Hotel

15 S Ocean Blvd, Surfside Beach
4.1
of 5, from 487 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Surfside Beach Oceanfront Hotel enjoys an oceanfront spot on Grand Strand, with non-stop entertainment nearby. The resort town of Myrtle Beach is a 10-minute drive away, and the Wild Water & Wheels theme park is even closer. The streets around the hotel are buzzing with great bars and restaurants.

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