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- Around two hours from Charleston, Myrtle Beach is a lively, family-focused beach resort town.
- We found the best Myrtle Beach Airbnbs offering great locations, amenities, and even beach access.
- These top Myrtle Beach vacation rentals range from $72 to $538 per night.
Myrtle Beach is a popular summer destination for its lovely stretch of coastline known as the Grand Strand and a busy downtown filled with amusements and attractions. Located just north of Charleston, South Carolina, Myrtle Beach draws big summer crowds but shoulder seasons like spring and fall offer cheaper rates and fewer crowds.
It’s a personal favorite of mine after writing about consumer and leisure travel in the area for over 20 years and I highly recommend the local vacation rental market. It’s also an especially popular choice for a more affordable family vacation option.
Rentals like those found on Airbnb are a great way to claim more space to spread out, and often for cheaper than you’ll find in hotels. Here are my top picks for your next getaway.
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These are the best Airbnbs in Myrtle Beach, sorted by price from low to high.
Myrtle Beach isn’t just about the beaches and bars; lots of people travel here for the excellent golfing. This three-bedroom condo is a bit dated in terms of decor but the low price and location offer high value for a group of golfers ready to hit the links at the neighboring, very scenic Arrowhead’s Cypress golf course on the Intracoastal Waterway.
It’s even possible to eye up the lie of the land before teeing off from the comfort of the condo’s deck. Staying here also comes with access to a community pool for cooling off after a round, and a cute bar in the kitchen to sit with a beer and analyze those putts that could have been.
Fancy an evening cook-out? There’s a grill for barbecuing while you talk up your short game.
Condo with Arcade Games
Skip the crowded arcades and enjoy your own game setup in this whimsical teal and gray suite that features vintage arcade games like Golden Tee and NBA Jam in the living area. The smart TV loaded with Sling TV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime adds additional entertainment options.
Location-wise, it’s right across from the beach and has a balcony that overlooks the shared outdoor pool. Although the one bedroom is compact with one Queen sized bed, a sleeper sofa, and twin air mattresses can accommodate additional guests.
Tiny beach home in North Myrtle Beach
With a six-person capacity, this isn’t really a tiny home in the new, trendy sense of the word, but it’s cute and compact and would probably suit a family or group of four.
The porch and floors feature handsome distressed wood alongside a metallic blue and slate color scheme for a classy, subtle look. The decor is playful, with a suitably aquatic theme, and the attractive furniture creates a welcoming, neutral space.
It’s half a mile to the beach, but that’s a breeze thanks to the provided golf cart and bicycles. There’s also a community pool, and the porch comes with a fire pit for outdoor evening socializing.
This cabin might seem more at home in the Californian countryside but it’s a great addition to the beachfront portfolio of Myrtle Beach. It’s completely unlike most properties in the city, with a peaceful, reflective space constructed out of white oak wood and salt Himalayan brick wall.
The interior basks in warm, golden light and the property comes with perhaps the only aerial yoga swing in Myrtle Beach. There is also a bathroom that looks like a small but high-end Alpine spa, crafted from wood and stone. A small kitchen and back porch with a grill means that you can buy and cook your own food, which is always a bonus, and the hosts generously provide homemade almond milk, and green smoothies every morning. It’s just a minute from the beach and includes bikes, skateboards, beach games for guests’ use.
Condo in a resort complex
It doesn’t get too much more relaxing than lazily swinging in your own hammock on a generous patio while being graced by sea breezes. That’s one of the main draws for this gorgeous one-bedroom condo with designer-inspired interiors such as wooden floors, a King-sized bed, and tasteful fittings.
The unit is located inside the Caravelle Resort and guests can enjoy the on-site facilities that include indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, a kids’ lazy river, a poolside bar, and a game room. There’s also a restaurant and sun deck, and it’s such a well-placed spot that it’s easy to walk to most of downtown’s main attractions, including the beach, of course.
There’s also fast Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a kitchenette.
If crowded beaches and getting sandy aren’t your thing, opt for watersports along the Intercoastal Waterway and pool activities at this waterfront stay. The private community boat dock lets guests avoid the summer crowds with jet skis and boat rentals available. If you happen to have your own boat, you’re also welcome to bring it and keep it at the dock.
The property is also within reach of the town’s many popular attractions, such as Ripley’s Aquarium and Wonderworks, Market Commons shops, and Broadway at the Beach. Additionally, the grey-hued decor gives this modern condo a refreshingly modern touch, though a coral tablecloth and a community patio with bright Adirondack chairs still give it plenty of coastal charm.
Not many properties come with their own transportation options beyond bicycles, but this three-bedroom cottage includes the use of a golf cart. It’s a fun way to explore the beachfront, and cruise up to the center of downtown, which is about 10 minutes away.
The cottage itself ticks all the boxes with plenty of space, wooden floors, and fittings, giving the place a beachside cabin feel. The kids will love the indoor and outdoor pools and splash pad that are available to guests and the property also comes with access to tennis, bocce, and basketball courts, as well as an exercise room.
Located just north of the main drag, close to Arcadian Shores, and still just a couple of blocks from the beach, this modern condo welcomes larger groups and their four-legged friends.
There’s an adult feel to the design, helping it stand out against the playful beach motifs of many other rental units in this town. The cream walls and dark furnishings seem elegant, with geometrically-patterned throw cushions, and a spiral staircase descending into the open-plan living and dining spaces. The property comes with a dining table, breakfast bar, access to front and rear covered porches, a huge sun deck, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, and grilling stations. Best of all, there’s space all around for Rover to run around.
Condo for indoor-outdoor living
While the inside of this beautiful family condo is bright and vivid with an aquarium-like ambiance, the outdoor spaces truly impress with a 300-square-foot balcony terrace outfitted with a retro swing bed, day bed, and full sofa framed by jaw-dropping ocean views. You’ll easily want to lounge here all day and night.
Back inside, delight in playful maritime motifs of fish, starfish, and seahorses, and eye-popping bolts of turquoise everywhere from the walls to the kitchen tiles to lighting that illuminate one of the beds.
The unit comes with the use of the resort’s heated outdoor and indoor pools, kids’ play pool, lazy river, hot tub, and beach bar.
Larger groups or families will appreciate the space of this two-story townhouse, which is quite a rarity in Myrtle Beach with a sea of condo complexes.
The house has two bedrooms and comes replete with hardwood floors and attractive furniture in green and blue hues. There are 50″ HDTVs, cable, fast Wi-Fi, and a kitchen that is fully equipped for home cooking. If you’ve been fishing, the charcoal grill will come in handy.
The house is just a couple of minutes’ drive from the airport, and the quiet, residential neighborhood will suit guests who don’t want to stay in the thick of downtown. Taking a day out at the beach, golf course, or amusement park is easy, and this home is just a couple of minutes’ walk from public access to the beach as well.
Penthouse with oceanfront balconies
Retreat to this corner penthouse suite and soak up panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding beach area.
The condo is refreshingly designed with modern furnishings done up in blue and salmon colors that contrast peacefully against custom Tuscan tile. Subtle maritime art compliments the seaside setting, and the bedrooms have a Hamptons-esque rustic feel with washed wood and curated beachy accents.
The complex has indoor and outdoor pools and a hot tub, and the beach is just a few footsteps away. The views from the top of the building are the real draw, though.
If your group is here for a fishing weekend and would enjoy cooking up the catch of the day on a shady patio, consider this townhouse. The leafy backyard couldn’t be more accommodating with its terracotta tiles, comfy furniture, and chimenea fireplace.
The house gives off a playful seaside vibe with a color palette of bright greens and blues, bamboo furniture, and striking, nautical-themed decor. The quieter, more refined environs of North Myrtle Beach are just a couple of blocks away, and the house comes with supplies including a surfboard, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a Roku, and a selection of board games.
The SkyWheel condo
The SkyWheel is a 180-foot tall ferris wheel and one of the most popular attractions in Myrtle Beach. This fun, colorful condo sits on a prestigious corner that overlooks the wheel and the beach beyond.
A bold blue, turquoise, and green color scheme makes for a playful tropical setting, with plush, hotel-like furnishings. There is also a rock tile fireplace, and the balcony’s Adirondack chairs are a prime place to settle in and look out over the bustling seafront or watch the spectacular LED light display of the wheel every night.
The center of Myrtle Beach is right outside and the location really means that you’re so close to the action that you could stay here without the need for a car.
Hip designer home
Some of the Myrtle Beach condo stock can look a little tired and out of date, but that can’t be said of this refurbished, three-bedroom unit that was redesigned with an eye for aesthetics. Exposed wood walls, granite surfaces, and hip curated decor all stand out prominently.
The amenities are up to date as well, with a Keurig coffee maker and smart TVs ready to play all the popular streaming services. There’s a deck for relaxing but it’s just a couple of blocks to the beach, and this home comes kitted out with outdoor gear such as bikes and boogie boards, as well as beach chairs and a cooler.
With contemporary decor and a plum spot right on the Grand Strand, this chic one-bedroom condo is larger than it sounds because it can actually sleep up to eight guests comfortably. The main bedroom has two Queen beds and there are two convertible sofa/futons for two more people each in the living spaces.
Interiors were freshly refurbished in 2019 and a private balcony makes a great perch when not taking advantage of access to shared heated pools, hot tubs, the kids’ lazy river, and the on-site gym. The beach, boardwalk, and Family Kingdom Amusement Park are all just a few minutes’ walk away.
Beautiful four-bedroom house
Set 200 yards from the ocean, and just steps from the dining and entertainment options of Grand Strand, this home enjoys a plum location right in the thick of things.
The open plan design opens up thanks to high, cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors, and the four bedroom/three bathroom arrangement means that three families could share this space while maintaining a modicum of privacy.
There are patio decks on both floors, with a grill on the second, and smart TVs throughout for entertaining the kids. There’s also a shared community pool.
Large oceanfront condo
This is a great spot for larger groups with a prime Ocean Boulevard location overlooking lots of great restaurants and entertainment options.
The decor is a kaleidoscope of patterns flanked by views of the beautiful Atlantic streaming in through the wrap-around, ceiling-to-floor windows. Traditional wooden dining tables mix with leather sofas and jazzy, floral print curtains and carpets for an eclectic look that certainly stands out. Kids and parents will love the Dunes Village Resort with its heated pools, Jacuzzi, lazy river, and water slides.
Midcentury modern condo
If you desire a seaside location but want to avoid the near-endless ‘seaside chic’ interior design choices, consider this condo. There isn’t a wall-mounted fish in sight.
This 18th-floor space is huge with a thoughtful selection of polished, hardwood, midcentury modern pieces, all set against rich but subtle red carpeting. Granite worktops in the fully-equipped kitchen and three balcony spaces with views of the ocean and the SkyWheel add to the allure. The master bedroom also comes with ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Bayview Resort allows guests to access indoor pools, a lazy river, hot tub, fitness room, and a splash deck.
FAQ: Visiting Myrtle Beach
Where is Myrtle Beach?
Myrtle Beach is a seaside destination in South Carolina, located around two hours or so north of Charleston along a stretch of coast known as The Grand Strand.
In contrast to the somewhat refined Charleston, Myrtle Beach is much more skewed to families and tourists, and is an unpretentious, down-to-earth coastal getaway that gets very busy at peak times, such as summer.
Where should I vacation in Myrtle Beach?
Where you stay in Myrtle Beach depends a lot on your budget and personal tastes. Along the oceanfront, the north end is generally held to be more contemporary, with the south end having older properties.
Ocean Boulevard is the main drag that runs parallel to the beaches with busy spots around Wither Heights and Yaupon Circle. Families will probably want the ease of being close to the action and the sands, while couples or older visitors may want to stay a few blocks back from the seafront, and there are quieter residential areas around the country clubs and golf courses away from the clamor.
There are many units within gated resorts, from brands such as Marriott and Sheraton, and some independent complexes. These places have shared community pools and other leisure facilities, some even having small water parks. The vast majority of the accommodations in Myrtle Beach are close to the beaches.
How much does it cost to rent a vacation house in Myrtle Beach?
If you want to book a private vacation rental in Myrtle Beach, the cost will depend on factors such as house or unit size, proximity to the beach and downtown, added amenities such as a pool, plus the time of year and the day of the week that you plan to visit.
It will also, as noted, depend on whether you’re renting inside a gated resort community or not. Myrtle Beach gets incredibly busy during the summer and over holiday weekends.
For example, a small unit in a resort might start at less than $75 per night off season, but surge to over $300 per night for a summer weekend. A large, lavish beach house could be closer to a thousand dollars or more per night at any time.
For better deals, as well as increased availability, visit in shoulder seasons like spring or fall when the weather is still quite pleasant and there are fewer crowds and less competition for inventory. If you’re set on a summer trip to Myrtle Beach, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.
Expect to pay, at minimum, a few hundred dollars for a short midweek stay off season, or over one thousand dollars for a weekend or summer visit in a higher-end property. B
Also, be aware of cancellation policies and read the fine print, as some homes have strict rules and service fees. You may also want to check other home rental sites before you book to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Finally, as the global pandemic continues, be aware that shared amenities such as pools or gyms may be closed. Be sure to check with the host before booking if accessing such facilities is important to your stay.
What is there to do in Myrtle Beach?
Myrtle Beach is a casual, family-focused resort town, with 60 miles of brown sand along the Grand Strand, framed by amusement and water parks, shopping malls, family attractions, chain restaurants, golf courses, and country clubs.
The major attractions center around families and golfing, with theme parks including the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Waves Water Park, and the NASCAR SpeedPark. Ripley’s Aquarium and the SkyWheel are also huge draws.
Some of the best golf courses include Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Caledonia Golf Club, Tidewater Golf Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club.
Is Airbnb safe?
The CDC now says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.
Of course, there are still risks and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing hands frequently.
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