When we go down to just relax, we stay at Briarcliffe in North Myrtle, right next door to Barefoot landing and Alabama Theater. It is well maintained and fairly peaceful place. It is on the intercoastal side of 17N.
Tried Briarcliff once, didn't care for it, love Huntington BeachState Park, and have stayed in Myrtle Beach State Park as well. The others I've stayed at are a ways out from Myrtle Beach, Willow Tree RV Park and Cypress Lake, have not stayed in Ocean Lakes ...
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We stated at pirateland last year. They are literally a half mile from Ocean Lakes. We loved it. The inland sites are a little small but the other sites were pretty sizeable. The premier sites are all water front but not all ocean front (they have a little canal that they are on). They have paddleboating, mini-golf, a playground, an arcade, a snack shop that will deliver pizza to your site and a wonderful lazy river and a nice pool. The lazy river was our favorite thing aside from the beach at the campground.
We camped at Ocean Lakes three years ago and have decided to give up camping on the beach. There are so many people camped near the ocean that you must go out early to claim your little spot on the beach.Even if they do have a mile of beach, there are too many people to use it. It gets so crowded that you cannot function with the kids or have any quality to your stay. The pool is jam packed and the smell of chlorine is so strong it burns your nostrils. They apparently run a super strong concentration of chlorine because of the number of people in the pool.All the teenagers run golf carts up and down the narrow lanes that you are daresome to try and walk anywhere.
Don't mean to sound negitive but to us it was not a quality experience, some may disagree. In the off season it is a completely different place!!! We now rent a condo in Cherry Grove and the cost is not a whole lot more than camping at one of the major RV parks considering the cost of fuel and campsite costs.Edited by: Pull Dog
Pull Dog, I would agree with you just from looking around in the winter months I can see how crowded and out of hand thing can get there. I own a 200 site campground in the NE so from a professional view its a wonderful place in the winter months.
Many campgrounds on the Atlantic seaboard have been gobbled up by investors (many of these not American) and the land was used for condos. This forces camping families off the beach. There used to be a wonderful family owned campground at Salter Path in North Carolina but when the founders passed away and the kids inherited the land it was immediately sold to investors.This story has been repeated many times in the past two decades. Now all we see for the most part are the megaRV parksthat cannot successfully accomodate the huge crowds that seek the sea shore near the campground.