One of my absolute favorite things about living in the south is our proximity to both the mountains and the beach. Here in N.C., we’re about 4 hours from the mountains and 2 hours from the beach. Close enough to get away for a weekend or perfect driving for a week-long family vacation!
One of the kids’ favorite places to head in the summer is Myrtle Beach. There are miles and miles of beaches, family activities like mini-golf, arcades, and go-carts, and plenty of museums, restaurants and shops. It’s such a popular vacation spot, though, that Myrtle Beach has an overwhelming number of hotels, motels, and resorts to choose from. We’ve tried quite a few places and love when we find one that we’re able to recommend to others.
A few weeks ago, we headed down for a few days at the Crown Reef and had an absolute blast!
We arrived in the evening and checked in at Guest Services in Tower 2. During busy times, there is an additional office across the street for check-ins, but we found no line and no waiting. Our representative was great and within 10 minutes, we were moving our stuff up to the room. There was plenty of parking and carts to use for moving luggage, so we were in our room right away.
We stayed in Tower 2 on the 4th floor in a large room that had a separate bedroom with 2 queen beds and an extra murphy bed in the large living room. Our room was really nice, with crisp white bedding, plenty of room, ample furniture and kitchenware, etc. Everything was clean, new and really nice, and we had more than enough room to spread out with 5 people.
We had planned to head out and try more restaurants in the area, but ended up enjoying everything at the Crown Reef that we hardly ever left! We ate the breakfast buffet there two mornings, had lunch 3 times at the Loco Gecko, had drinks from the pool tiki bar and from Loco Gecko, and had ice cream from the Swirl shop twice. Everything was great! We didn’t have a single complaint about anything.
The pools and slides were awesome. One of my kids preferred the 4-story body slide because it was so fast and exciting. The others preferred the 4-story tube slide – still fast but less scary (in my opinion).
The kids’ area was great, but my kids preferred the huge slides and pools. We especially liked the crazy long lazy river and the waterfall pool. None of the pools or slides were overcrowded, even in the middle of the busy summer.
We spent one entire day on the beach in front of the hotel. Rented chairs and an umbrella for the entire day and had a great time. The water was nice, there were lots of shells to collect and the beach wasn’t overcrowded. Crown Reef is close enough to all the fun Myrtle Beach stuff like shopping, restaurants, bars, mini-golf, etc., but is at the end of the beach area, so it’s not ridiculously crowded like other Myrtle Beach areas I’ve stayed at.
I would absolutely go to the Crown Reef resort again any time and would recommend it in a heartbeat. If you’re considering a beach vacation this summer, be sure to try the Crown Reef resort in Myrtle Beach!