The Best Campgrounds in Myrtle Beach

When I was a kid, camping meant tents, bugs and an open camp fire. Camping has evolved dramatically even when you camp in a tent. Tents have become fabulous little sanctuaries that don’t mean sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag. Camping today is much more luxurious with fancy tents, RV’s and cabins at the campgrounds. Camping equipment can be high-tech. Campgrounds are full of water-parks, general stores, movie screens, beautiful bathrooms and more. Camping has been turned into glamping.

Campgrounds Myrtle Beach

Last year I “camped” at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and admit that I prefer glamping over camping. I like my amenities and clean bathrooms and the amenities of a large RV.

Whether you are a fancy glamper with a big RV looking for all the amenities of home or a plain ordinary tent camper, these Myrtle Beach campgrounds are the place to be! 

Ocean Lakes Family Campground

Ocean Lakes features 859 campsites and 2,566 annual lease sites on 310 oceanfront acres. The campground offers almost a full mile of beachfront and five bathhouses. During the busy camping season there are more than 500 employees. Ocean Lakes is the largest campground on the east coast and one of the largest campgrounds in the United States.

The campground features large playgrounds, workout stations and outdoor recreation games like volleyball in the sand, shuffleboard, basketball and bicycle rental. Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center includes the pool area with sun decks, water park, tube slide, lazy river, kiddie pool, splash zone for kids, a Game Center, Mini-Golf Course and an indoor/outdoor Cafe. 

The Camptown Center is in the heart of Ocean Lakes where you will find the store for necessities, Sandy Mart, laundromat Sandy’s Soapy Suds and Fluff n’ Fold, Center Stage and Sandy’s Meet n’ Eat. As you’re digging your toes into the sand you may discover an interesting shell, but you’re not sure what it is…bring it into the Ocean Lakes Nature Center Discovery Lab, where there are more than 10,000 shells and fossils! The Recreation Building along the ocean and features many activities, including Worship Services every Sunday at 9 AM.

Pirateland Family Camping Resort

Pirateland Family Camping Resort has hundreds of RV sites to rent, as well as rental homes on the property. Pirateland  is located along the oceanfront just outside of the Myrtle Beach city limit and offers full hook up RV campsites, shaded campsites for tents, and fully furnished vacation rentals, The on-site water park, Pirate’s Oasis, includes a lazy river, Olympic size pool, and  a Pirate Ship Splash Pool. The campground has a fully stocked Camp Store to provide with all the essentials you may need during your stay. The store also offers many gift and souvenir items, beach supplies, all fishing necessities, groceries, camping supplies, toys, and more. 

Other Amenities:

  • Indoor Pool – The heated Indoor pool is open year-round. There is also an indoor Jacuzzi.
  • Blackbeard’s Mini-Golf – Located near the outdoor pool area the course features Pirate and animal figurines nestled among palms and banana trees. 
  • Paddle Boat & Kayak Rentals – PirateLand boats may cruise around certain areas of Long Bay Lake.
  • Captain’s Galley Arcade/ Snack Bar – Located right off PirateLand Trail is a snack bar and arcade. The menu includes pizza, burgers, ice cream and more. 
  • Basketball Courts & Playgrounds – There are four half-courts, two play areas for children; one playground across from the Camp Store and another play area near the indoor pool.
  • Recreation Room – This climate controlled room is located between the Laundromat and Camp Store and will accommodate up to about 40 to 50 people. Many activities like Pot-Luck Dinner, BINGO, crafts, and other games take place in the Recreation Room.
  • Pirate’s Cove – an outdoor covered Pavilion Picnic Area will hold up to about 130 people and is located next to the Indoor Pool. It features a fireplace and picnic tables. 

Lakewood Camping Resort

Lakewood Camping Resort is an award winning, pet friendly coastal resort with over 200 acres of oceanfront. The park includes hundreds of RV sites and 1-4 bedroom rental villas. Family friendly amenities include pools, mini-golf, a trading post, delicious pizzeria, and a coffee house.

Lakewood offers a full-featured Water Park, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball courts, a Mini Golf course, beach volleyball courts, live shows in a beachfront amphitheater, organized activities for kids and teens and more. You’ll never go hungry or thirsty with oceanside food truck options, the Sand Castle Creamery ice cream parlor, a Sub Shop, Coffee House, and Trading Post restaurant.

Resort amenities include things like a Play & Pay Wristband system, a MyLakewood guest portal, and Loyalty Program, as well as resort-wide Wi-Fi access, golf cart rentals, a Trading Post, RV storage, and the beachfront amphitheater all help make camping at Lakewood more of a glamping experience!

From the basic tent to the most modern, large and luxurious RV, Lakewood Camping Resort has a site to fit your needs. The various sites include oceanfront sites, lakefront sites, open sunny sites, or nice shady sites. All sites offer full hook-up (20, 30, and 50 amp service), with free Wi-Fi service, free cable television service, a picnic table, water, sewer, and daily on-site trash removal.

Get Back to Basics

Do you love to camp but just want a serene, quiet camp site? If all you need is somewhere to pitch your tent or hook-up your camper Myrtle Beach also offers some great spots for the simple campers.

Both Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park offer camp sites for tent camping, as well as camper hook-ups. They both offer cozy sites tucked away under the towering trees while giving you beach access and simple general merchandise stores just in case you need something.

Whether you’re looking for a campsite to set up your tent underneath the stars, a site hook up for your camper or prefer a more comfortable stay in a cabin, South Carolina’s state parks have you covered. The state parks offer more than 3,000 campsites and 220 cabins and lodging facilities from the mountains to the sea and you’ll be comfortable wherever you decide to venture.




Celebrate Halloween at Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Ocean Lakes To Host Three Weekends Of Halloween Fun On Oct. 14 – 15, Oct. 21 – 22, And Oct. 28 – 29, 2016 

Reservations For Holiday Weekends At One Of The Largest Campgrounds In America Are Filling Up Quickly

Ocean Lakes Family Campground has dedicated three weekends to Halloween festivities due to the growing popularity of this trend. Family-friendly Halloween activities at Ocean Lakes will take place on Oct. 14 – 15, Oct. 21 – 22, and Oct. 28 – 29. The first weekend is almost sold out and spaces for the other weekends are limited, so reservations need to be made as soon as possible.
The three Halloweekends in October will feature a variety of family-friendly games, pumpkin carving and costume contests, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, and much more.
“Our Halloweekends grow in popularity every year,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “We are constantly amazed with our guests’ level of excitement, participation and creativity in costumes and decorating.”
The fun begins each Friday of the Halloweekends at 7 p.m. on Sandy’s Meet n Eat center stage. There will be karaoke and Halloween-themed face painting.
Saturday is an all-day Halloween fun fest beginning with a Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Scariest, Most Unique, Most Shocking, Funniest, and Best Overall Pumpkin. At 10 a.m., the Great Pumpkin Hunt begins. Guests can cruise around the campsite in a car or golf cart while solving riddles, looking for clues and finding pumpkins. The first team or person to find ten pumpkins wins a prize. At 11 a.m., there will be a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. The top three groups to find the most correct answers in the quickest amount of time will be awarded prizes.
Costume contests for the entire family – even pets! Guests are encouraged to enter their pets in the Pet Costume Contest. Pets must be signed up by noonthe day of the event. The cost is $5 and all proceeds go to Canine Angels Service Dogs, a non-profit that trains rescued dogs for disabled veterans and first responders in the Coastal Carolinas. The human costume contests start at2 p.m. There is a Family/Group category, as well as six age group categories including: 3 & under, 4-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-14, and 15 and up. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. There is no fee to enter. All Costume Contests will take place in the Recreation Center.
The most classic and favored tradition of Halloweekend is Trick or Treating. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., guests are encouraged to scurry around the campground and fill up buckets and bags with many sweet treats.
Once guests have had their fill of treats, the festivities continue with the Creepy Site Crawl at 6:30 p.m. and the Monster Mash Ball from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., featuring a DJ dance party and the winners of the Pumpkin Carving Contest and the Creepy Site Crawl will be named.
“Our guests really look forward to Halloweekends and going all out with site decorations and crazy costumes,” said Krumm. “It is rewarding to be able to create a fun and safe Halloween-themed environment that has become an annual tradition with so many families.”
More information about Ocean Lakes is available at www.oceanlakes.com.Stay updated on Ocean Lakes activities and news, on Twitter and Facebook .
About Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2011-2012 National “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) five times. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program.
In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,419 sites – 859 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It currently holds a perfect 10/10*/10 rating from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory for its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance. This puts Ocean Lakes Family Campground in the Top 1% of the private campgrounds in North America. TripAdvisor awarded Ocean Lakes its 2016 “Certificate of Excellence.”
Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson Companies, a family owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.
For more information about Ocean Lakes, visit www.oceanlakes.com, follow it on Twitter or “like” the campground on Facebook. Mobile users, download the app at: onelink.to/78cfxk.



Ocean Lakes Family Campground Brings Top Bluegrass Music To Myrtle Beach

Ocean Lakes Family Campground Brings Top Bluegrass Music To Myrtle Beach For Its 18th Annual Bluegrass Weekend.

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Friendly Event Features The Grascals, The Gibson Brothers, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Bluegrass Brothers, Breaking Grass And More:

Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will host its 18th Annual Bluegrass Weekend on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27. Some of the most popular performers in bluegrass will be at Ocean Lakes, including some past favorites as well as some rising stars. The festival is exclusive to guests of the campground staying at campsites, rental houses or an annual lease site.
 
The music will fill the air-conditioned, 17,000 square foot Recreation Center which is less than 200 feet from the ocean. Seating is limited. Wristbands are currently available for purchase through the Event Ticket Hotline at (843) 828-4856 or online at www.OceanLakes.com. Prices for adult wristbands for both days are only $45 (plus site fee) if ordered in advance. Wristbands for ages 7 to 12 are $20 and children 6 and under are free. Tickets for the day of the show will be $50 for adults and $20 for children ages 7 to 12.
 
Along with the musical performances, there will be a Bluegrass Golf Car Poker Run, Mini Golf Tournament and many more activities for family members of all ages to participate in.
 
Bluegrass entertainment begins mid-afternoon each day and includes:
 
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
 
The Gibson Brothers – Performing since the late 1980s, their tone and harmony epitomizes bluegrass music. In 2015, the Society For The Preservation Of Bluegrass Music In America Awards named them Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary).

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The Gibson Brothers

The Bluegrass Brothers – Formed in 1989, in West Virginia, the Bluegrass Brothers are known for their hard-driving sound, lonesome harmonies and high-energy show. In 2011, two of the band members, Victor & Robert Dowdy, were inducted into the Virginia Folk Music Association Hall of Fame, joining past recipients which include Patsy Cline and The Statler Brothers.
Volume Five – The Mississippi-based bluegrass group is known for its soulful sound, spot-on harmonies and precision picking. In 2015, they received an award nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IMBA) and a nomination for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year from the GMA Dove Awards. Volume Five has had as many as four songs from one album appearing at the same time on the Bluegrass Today Top 20.
The Churchmen – Combine bluegrass and gospel and you have The Churchmen. Based in Collinsville, Virginia, the five-man band’s Southern gospel style features four-part harmony with lyrics that resonate with their audience in a moving way.
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
The Grascals – This popular group brings a modern edge to bluegrass music. Their accomplishments include earning three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the IMBA. Their talent has earned the group the honor of performing for President George W. Bush and for President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball.

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The Grascals

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice – After eighteen years of performing, the band is still going strong. Their newest album, “Poor Boy’s Pleasure” debuted at number two on the national Billboard bluegrass chart. The band and its members were honored with 10 nominations from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) for its 42nd Annual (2016) Bluegrass Music Awards.

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Junior Sisk

Sideline – Like the name states, the band started out as a side project for five seasoned professionals, including Steve Dilling (formerly of IIIrd Tyme Out). Due to the popularization of their debut album, it has become a full-time career. Sideline’s sound comes from 1980’s and early 1990’s contemporary bluegrass. Known for their harmonies and driving rhythm, the band combines the best of old and new material.
Breaking Grass – From Booneville, Mississippi, this five-member group is on the rise. Their music combines traditional and contemporary bluegrass, gospel, and country to create their own unique sound that appeals to all ages.
“We are excited that the popular Bluegrass Weekend tradition is continuing into its eighteenth year,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “This year’s lineup features some of the top names in bluegrass. We have received many compliments about our show from guests and promoters. Of course, the climate controlled building is a real benefit to any bluegrass fan! Every year the event grows in popularity so it is important to purchase tickets soon because spaces are filling up fast.”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.OceanLakes.com  or by calling the ticket hotline at 843-828-4856. More information on Ocean Lakes Family Campground is at www.OceanLakes.com. The campground can also be followed on Twitter, or “liked” on Facebook.
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About Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2011-2012 National “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) five times. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program.
In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,447 sites – 859 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It currently holds a perfect 10/10*/10 rating from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory for its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance. This puts Ocean Lakes Family Campground in the Top 1% of the private campgrounds in North America. TripAdvisor awarded Ocean Lakes its 2016 “Certificate of Excellence.”
Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.
For more information about Ocean Lakes, visit www.oceanlakes.com, follow it on Twitter or “like” the campground on Facebook. Mobile users, download the app.