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North Beach Plantation, An Upscale Resort in North Myrtle

This year, summer arrived for our family with a ton of visitors from Colorado.  And what do those land-locked mountain lovers want to do when they visit the Carolinas in July?  Hit the beach of course!

For our first round of guests, we entertained Scott’s parents, along with his sister and her family, for a 10 day 4th of July Fun Fest.  We headed to North Myrtle Beach for a 6 night stay and some oceanfront fireworks.  Our destination, the North Beach Plantation.

We began the booking process back in March.  After weighing different options for our group of 11 — 6 adults and 5 kids — we had specific wants that would make our vacation a cool experience :o)  1) separate bedrooms for the adults 2) full kitchen 3) washer and dryer 4) walking distance to beach 5) fun swimming pools 6) kids activities and 7) fun dining options.  Located across the street from North Myrtle’s shopping and dining district, Barefoot Landing, and with not 1 but 9 cool pools to splash in (plus a lazy river!), North Beach was the place we all wanted to visit.  With accommodations ranging from standard hotel rooms, condos, villas and private homes, we were able to reserve the right amount of space and amenities we required.  We chose a villa, Edisto 1, with 4 bedrooms, a grill, patio, full kitchen, multiple TV’s, garage, and 5 bathrooms.

We were able to meet all 7 of our wants!  While the villa we chose wasn’t beachfront, North Beach offers day long shuttle service from the outlying rooms to the pool and beach.  We actually were able to walk, however, when it wasn’t too sweltering outside.  We were also able to find a parking spot in the covered garage each time we chose to drive up to the pool area as well, and we stayed over the 4th when the resort was at capacity.

Here’s what we loved about the North Beach Plantation (first of all, its super fun to stay at a resort so southern sounding):

  • The community — its beautifully maintained, quietly located off the main drag, and with plenty of space to go for a jog or ride a bike.
  • The Caribbean themed pools — the resort boasts 9 pools plus a lazy river.  One of the pools is designated as adults only, and it has a swim up bar.  While we always eventually found chairs at the pool, the usual ‘reserving with a towel’ kind of stuff did happen.  We actually saw one family reserve 12 chairs, including loungers for their little children.  But the staff was always quick to accommodate and make space available if needed.
  • The daily kids’ crafts — all complimentary, all afternoon!  Our kids made flower pots one day, chimes another, and had root beer floats too.  It kept them out of the sun when they needed a break, and entertained enough that we adults could sneak in a few chapters of our beach reads.
  • Proximity to Barefoot Landing — literally across the street, we walked over to enjoy the fireworks.  From the main hotel area, it would be more of a hike, but from our unit, Edisto 1, it was a comfortable walk.  Watch out for traffic though, its not something the kids should do alone!
  • Golf cart shuttle — usually available to pick us up, along with our cooler, beach chairs, and boogie boards, in 10 minutes or less.
  • Easy check in and check out.
Bella and her Boogie Board

Bella and her Boogie Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room to improve:

  • Housekeeping was slow to respond.  Our unit had a sofa sleeper, but no sheets or blankets.  When we called, we were told they “were receiving a new shipment of blankets the next day, and would bring us one then”.  We just thought that was odd.
  • The drink prices at the pool.  I ordered a Bombay and tonic one afternoon, and about cried when I was handed my $12.00 tab.  Drink specials or a happy hour would be nice.
  • Beach access is not available during sunrise.  You need to head north of the resort and grab the public beach access.
  • Although yoga was advertised and confirmed available pre-arrival, they in fact did not offer yoga during our stay.
Sunrise over North Myrtle Beach

Sunrise over North Myrtle Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Tips:

  • Kroger grocery is about a 10 minute drive south, and Bi-Lo is about 5 minutes north of the resort.
  • On the beach — Myrtle passed an ordinance banning tents on the beach.  So if you want to bring your own shade, don’t bring a canopy or tent, bring an umbrella.
  • Posted signs at the pool state that by SC law you aren’t allowed to bring in your own food and drink.  However, we saw so many people doing just that, we didn’t think the resort staff really monitored the guests.  You are definitely allowed to bring your cooler to the beach!
Umbrellas are allowed on the beach

Umbrellas are allowed on the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great trip!  And I highly recommend checking North Beach Plantation out if you are planning a trip to Myrtle.  If you have questions or comments, please reach out to:

Amy@PlanCoolTrips.com

 

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