Experience the Outskirts of Ocean Reef

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Offering first-class accommodations and amenities, the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach was designed so that there’s no need to leave the property during your vacation. Featuring cozy condo-style rooms with all the creature comforts of home, as well as an on-site waterpark and restaurants the Banana Boat Beach Lounge and Café du Port, it’s possible to keep the car parked all week without venturing off the property.

But if you’re looking for a change of pace, you picked a nice neighborhood to explore. Located in the exclusive Dunes section of town, Ocean Reef’s guests can stroll to the beach or the many businesses on nearby Kings Highway without breaking a sweat. Here are some of the local hot spots close to Ocean Reef:

Attractions: Myrtle Beach doesn’t have a theater district like one might find New York, but the north end of Myrtle Beach is the closest thing. There’s you’ll find the famed Carolina Opry, home to the award-winning “Good Vibrations” and the self-titled show. Next door is the new Pirates Voyage, which recently replaced the Dixie Stampede. The show takes place on water as pirates perform high-diving acts and song and dance.

Golf: If you’re into chasing the little white ball, you’re in the right neighborhood. The Ocean Reef has packages for the more than 100 courses on the Grand Strand, but some of the best, like Pine Lakes, The Dunes Club and Grande Dunes, are within a long par-5 of the property. And if you want to work on your game between rounds, Cane Patch Par-3 Golf Course and Practice Range is well-lit and open late to hone your swing.

Dining: This neighborhood is home to some of the best restaurants on the Strand, including one just down the street known as Flamingo Grill. This upscale eatery offers fresh seafood, prime rib and their famous lobster chunks. Also within walking distance are Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s and Collector’s Café. For more casual locales, try Outback, Fiesta Mexicana and Meathead Brothers Deli.

Nightlife: This quiet little neighborhood knows how to turn it up at night at such local hot spots as Hurricane Maggie’s and Liberty Tap Room, a craft-beer brewery and popular dining spot that becomes a hangout at night. Nearby Foster’s Café & Bar and Jimmigans provide after-hours fun and games. If you’re looking to dance, your best bet is a cab ride to Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square.

(posted 6/2/14)