by Kristin Franks
With all of the basic amenities a family needs the Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort offers beachfront accommodations in a great location. This North Myrtle Beach Resort boasts spacious two- and three-bedroom condo units with fully equipped kitchens, gorgeous oceanfront balcony views and a variety of nearby activities, attractions and dining options for families.
Families can spend the day on the beach sunbathing and collecting shells, or by the pool. Grab a tube and relax in the lazy river or take your little tykes to splash around in the zero-entry kiddie pool. Located underneath of the parking garage, the main pool offers families some shade from the hot afternoon sun. If you’re a sunbathing queen don’t worry, only about half of the pool is covered with plenty of lounge chairs available on the pool deck. My favorite is the rooftop pool and sundeck. When the weather is nice, the glass doors that enclose the pool are opened offering a spacious sundeck and sweeping views of the Grand Strand.
If you’re looking for other family fun activities you won’t have to go far. Myrtle Beach offers a wide range of family-friendly attractions, restaurants and entertainment nearby. With several boating excursions, miniature golf courses, water parks, amusement parks and more, families will have plenty of options to choose from.
Our Editor Loves
- Spacious two- and three-bedroom units
- Rooms with fully equipped kitchens
- Family-friendly entertainment and dining options nearby
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Kids' Pool
Rooms & Rates
Featuring two- and three bedroom accommodations families will enjoy all these spacious units have to offer. With rooms sleeping up to 10 guests families will have more then enough room to spread out. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops and cherry wood cabinetry. Kitchens also include updated cookware, utensils and dishes as well as a microwave, stove and refrigerator.
These home away from home accommodations offer comfortable posturepedic bedding and up-to-date fixtures and furnishings. LCD flat-panel televisions are offered in both the living room and each bedroom. All condos feature one king and either two double beds or three queen beds as well as a sleeper sofa for additional bedding. A bathroom is attached to each bedroom providing hair dryers, complimentary toiletries and shower/ tub combos. Conveniently, each unit supplies a vacuum, iron and ironing board and a washer and dryer. Each unit also offers complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping, maid services and fresh towels are provided daily.
After a long day of activities families can enjoy sweeping ocean views from their own private balcony. Master bedrooms have their own entrance to the unit's balcony.
We stayed in one of the 3-bedroom suites which was super nice and clean. I realize these units are privately owned which is why some may see mixed reviews depending on the unit in which they stayed. But overall we were very pleased with the facility, amenities, and the very professional and courteous staff. We also stayed during a medium-busy time of year, thus there weren't any issues with loud or messy guests. Most hotel/lodging sites have this facility rated pretty high save for what I saw on Google Map reviews. There were some very concerning comments which I read after booking. However, I did not find any consistencies with those negative comments nor could I substantiate the claims (i.e. we saw no insects, all amenities were functioning, unit was clean & had everything, people were nice); that's not to say those issues didn't exist for those folks, but our experience was very pleasant and we will definitely be going back. My only suggestion would be to allot parking spaces per number of bedrooms in a unit, i.e. one bedroom = 1 car, 2 bedroom = 2 cars, 3 bedroom = 3 cars. The facility does offer additional parking though across the street for an extra fee. By the way, I read some hateful things written about the office staff whom I found to be very professional and courteous. They along with maintenance and housekeeping were very nice and helpful. I also noted most of the negative comments were written before management changed months ago and during summer months which is the busiest time of year at the beach; folks.... it's summer at the beach, it will be hectic and place greater demands on resources. Bahama Sands is now one of our Top 5 places to stay on the SC coast.... and we visit the beach 3-5 times a year!
We stayed in one of the 3 bedroom units and it was beautiful, clean and spacious. Common areas are clean and well maintained. I like that the parking deck is the first 3 floors which makes packing and unpacking the car convenient. Right on the ocean (which would have been amazing had it not been steady rain). Balconies are large and have great views and seating (again except for the rain during our stay). We really hope to stay again as this was such a great find. Convenient to shopping, restaurants, and attractions.
Spend the day on the beach and soak up the sun, or grab a tube and relax in the hotel's lazy river. Mom and dad can unwind in the whirlpool and hot tubs while little tykes splash around in the kiddie pool. The main pool is located underneath of the parking garage offering families some extra shade from the hot afternoon sun. The spacious poolside sundeck features lounge chairs and an easy access walkway to the beach. A variety of other family fun activities are located nearby including amusement parks, water sports, miniature golf and shopping. With all of these great Myrtle Beach family attractions, you can't go wrong.
O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park
For thrilling and exciting rides, fun-filled games and your favorite park snacks and treats head to the Grand Strand's newest amusement park. Located in North Myrtle Beach, the O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park overlooks the ocean and features a variety of family-fun entertainment. Zip through the air on the Tilt-a-Whirl, fly high on the swings and Ferris wheel and go through dips and twists on the American flying coaster. Little ones will love the carousel, teacups and bumper cars. The amusement park is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day with park hours varying.
This entertainment, dining and shopping mecca for families is the ideal place to spend the day and grab a bite to eat. Enjoy live shows and great family attractions including one of the largest reptile zoos in the world, Alligator Adventure, and the 2,000-square-foot mirror maze. Watch a live ghost show in a southern plantation parlor at the Ghosts and Legends Theater, or learn about wildlife and have your picture taken with a tiger cub at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station. Catch one of the most entertaining shows in Myrtle Beach at the Alabama Theatre with live music, dancing and comedy acts for people of all ages.
For the most part, there is a miniature golf course every few blocks in Myrtle Beach -- so golf-loving families get ready. With loads of family fun these courses are full of adventure and challenging obstacles. Families should try the Mutiny Bay mini golf course located on Highway 17. This pirate-themed course offers an exciting round on two courses. Be sure to catch the pirate show that runs every 30 minutes. Kids will love watching as the Jolly Roger Ship fights its way to the shore.
Families can kick back, relax and enjoy a ride on the Getaway Adventures catamaran. Several boat cruises are available including mid-morning picnic cruises, afternoon sightseeing and sunset cruises. Search for sea turtles, dolphins and other sea creatures on morning and afternoon cruises. Morning cruises include a picnic lunch on the beach, as well as swimming and shell collecting on Waitees Island. Bathrooms are available onboard as well as life vests for children.
With renovations still in progress, the resort will feature an outdoor tiki bar and grill by next spring. As of right now though, the resort doesn't offer onsite dining, but a variety of nearby restaurants gives families several options to choose from. There are so many restaurant options for families throughout Myrtle Beach you could eat at a different place for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next five years and not have to eat at the same place twice. There is something here for everyone -- even for the pickiest eaters.
Bay Watch Resort Dining
Located only a short distance away, the Bay Watch Resort offers several three onsite restaurants perfect for families. You can start the day off right with a mouth-watering breakfast at the Blue Room Cafe. The cafe serves up signature breakfast entrees from bacon and eggs to pancakes, sausage and much more. The dinner menu features a wide range of entrees including chicken dishes, sandwiches, pasta and seafood platters. Catering to children, a special menu is available with kid favorites including chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, popcorn shrimp, pizza and grilled cheese.
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat, the Fishtails Beach Bar at the Bay Watch Resort offers a family-friendly atmosphere and beachfront dining. Relax by the ocean and enjoy the live entertainment and local cuisine. Dine on cheeseburgers, sandwiches, wraps and mixed green salads.
Another great Bay Watch Resort restaurant for families is the Sandtrap Bar & Grill. Mom and dad can enjoy a cocktail while kids can chow down on grilled cheese and fries, pizza, chicken fingers and hot dogs. Entrees include burgers, chicken sandwiches, ribs and spicy chicken quesadillas.
Fire Island Grille
Perfect for the whole family, the Fire Island Grille is a definite must while vacationing in Myrtle Beach. Offering a unique tropical paradise setting, the restaurant features American cuisine with a touch of Caribbean flair.
The lunch menu mainly features seasonal sandwiches and burgers. Soups, salads and mouth-watering appetizers, such as the shrimp and crab dip, are also available. The dinner menu features a wide variety of dishes from chicken and pasta to seafood and steak platters. For starters the island fried dumplings and the hummus appetizers are to die for. Favorite entree dishes include the Thai beef skewers, the Fire Island burger, surf and turf and the Asian steak salad. A kids' menu is also available featuring dishes such as burgers, hot dogs, noodles, chicken tenders and steak skewers. Kids will love the special strawberry and fruity pebbles daiquiri made just for them, and of course they will want to save some room for the cup of dirt dessert.
Overtime Sports Cafe
With a great family-friendly atmosphere this is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and catch the big game. Featuring 150 screens, three 10-foot projector screens and a 12-foot video wall, sports fans will be in their glory. Dine on sandwiches, steaks, seafood entrees and the famous beer-battered chicken fingers. The kids' menu features pizza, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, hamburgers and hot dogs. All kids' meals are served with a soft drink, French fries and Oreo cookies. Mom and dad can choose from a wide variety of imported and domestic beers as well as chardonnay, merlot, pinot grigio and cabernet wines.
Along with great food, nightly entertainment is offered on select nights including balloon animals for the kids, trivia contests, karaoke and putting contests. If you can pull dad away from the big game, the restaurant's game room offers endless amounts of family fun.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.
The first four levels of the hotel is the parking garage, so there are always plenty of open spaces. Complimentary parking is available for all hotel guests.
There is an onsite fitness center with free weights, treadmills and machines accommodating all workout regimens.
Getting There and Around
With plenty of airlines flying out of the Myrtle Beach International Airport, getting there is the easy part. If traveling by car better suits you, the Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort offers complimentary guest parking. Local bus service is available by The Coast RTA with transportation to and from major thoroughfares and neighboring towns. Several car rental agencies, taxi's and limo services are also available to take you where you need to be.
If your family is flying into Myrtle Beach, I would highly recommend getting a rental car. With a rental you won't have to worry about a taxi or other transportation options, only planning all of the attractions and activities you and your family want to see.
The Art of Smart Timing
For families planning to visit Myrtle Beach, the summer months are the best time to vacation. With school out and gorgeous weather, families can enjoy all Myrtle Beach has to offer. A variety of amusement parks and family attractions open specifically for the summer months and will close right after Labor Day. Hotel rates will be at their highest from the end of May through the end of August.
Families looking for a more budget-friendly time to travel should consider vacationing in September, or early spring, when hotel rates drop significantly. Families can still enjoy the warm weather and beach activities as well as a variety of other attractions.
For Mom and Dad
Possum Trot Golf Club
Perfect for players of all skills, Possum Trot features wide fairways, amazing Par 5s and beautifully manicured greens. The course is designed to offer the average golfer an enjoyable yet slightly challenging day on the green. There are both indoor and outdoor practice facilities as well as an instructional facility so you can perfect your shot.
Broadway at the Beach
If you are looking for some time to relax and cut loose, Broadway at the Beach offers a variety of dining and nightly entertainment options. Sample the local food and enjoy a cocktail at one of the many restaurants including Senor Frog's, the Hard Rock Cafe or Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.