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When Signa Curry of Charlotte, NC, decides it's time for a trip to Myrtle Beach, she doesn't have to worry about where to stay. Whether it's a family vacation or a girls' weekend getaway, she has found her home away from home at the beach at Ocean Reef Resort.
"We've been staying there for 10 years now and it's definitely our favorite place," said Curry, who makes the 3 1/2-hour drive to the beach any chance she gets. "We've stayed at other hotels on other parts of the Grand Strand, but for us there's no place like Ocean Reef."
Curry and her family most recently visited on Labor Day weekend for a last-chance to soak up some summer sun and fun before the start of the fall season. The trip actually reinforced her reasoning for choosing to stay at Ocean Reef - a combination of everything.
"It's really the whole package," Curry said. "The accommodations are great, and so is the on-site water park and restaurants. You can get a great deal on rooms, there's a Starbucks right across the street and, most of all, the beach is only a few feet away."
Curry loves the fact that her daughters, now ages 13 and 9, can walk to the on-site pools and water park facilities while she kicks back by the pool and watches them play. With the water slides and play areas nearby the lazy river and hot tubs, it's a great place for young and old to relax and play.
Curry also prefers the Ocean Reef's Northside location in the exclusive Dunes section of Myrtle Beach. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the downtown district, Ocean Reef provides a peaceful and comfortable haven that is less crowded but still offers plenty to see and do.
"We've stayed downtown before and it's just not for us," Curry said. "Ocean Reef is in a quiet neighborhood but it's still close to everything. We can drive to the things we want to do, or we can walk to Cheeseburger in Paradise or the creamery for ice cream. It's a great location."
Curry and her crew enjoy the Ocean Reef so much that they have spread the word to those looking for a similar beach getaway. So far she has received the same number of complaints about the Ocean Reef that she has about the resort - none.
"We refer all our friends and family there and they tell us they love it too," she said. "With everything you get for the price, you can't beat it."