Stay Oceanside At The Largest Campground On The East Coast
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has long been a world-famous destination. Many are drawn to the 60-mile stretch of beach affectionately known as the Grand Strand that features dozens of golf courses, various water sports, amusement parks, and resorts.
This area is also home to two quality establishments: Ocean Lakes Family Campground and their next door neighbor and sister property Prestwick Country Club.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Featuring nearly 900 sites, Ocean Lakes Family Campground is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Opened in 1971, Ocean Lakes is more like a small city with endless rows of RV sites.
As you would expect, it offers a full array of amenities and services, including pull-throughs, full hook-ups, with 30/50 amp electric, water, sewer, and Wi-Fi. Additional services at this pet-friendly park include restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, camp store, pool access, a playground, recreational trails, a rec room, fishing, and available propane.
Since it opened in 2016, the three-acre Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center has been a huge hit with guests. Highlights of the family fun center include floating the Lazy River, competing with friends and family in the Drop Zone Mat Racer, or sliding through The Tube, among other activities. In addition, there’s an 18-hole miniature golf course, bike rentals, ping pong, and shuffleboard. There are plenty of activities for the entire family.
Golfing in Myrtle Beach
One of Myrtle Beach’s top golf courses is Prestwick Country Club. Opened in 1989 and designed by Pete & P.B. Dye, Prestwick began as a private club but transitioned to a public course in 2016. Guests who book tee times through the Ocean Lakes Recreation Office receive discounted rates of 40-60 percent off.
The par 72, 18-hole championship course stretches to 7,086 yards from the tips and is designed in the classic Scottish tradition. Prestwick features eight holes where water comes into play, and dramatic elevation changes up to 30 feet add an exceptional feature to this coastal location.
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Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Stephen Hawn says
We used to go to Ocean Lakes all the time in the late 70’s and early 80’s but it finally got to expensive. I had to find alternative methods/campgrounds to visit the ocean. Don’t understand how campgrounds stay in business charging these kind of rates, when we are bring our house with us.
Roger V says
$92 a night in peak season this year. No thanks. Prefer the less theme-parkish $32 a night at Myrtle Beach State Park (also on the beach) just down the road. Different strokes for different folks.
Larry K says
Very nice place but not very easy to navigate with a 43′ fifth wheel when their sites are 45′ long and the roads are 8′ wide.
The location is fantastic and I love walking the beach for exercise. We stay in the spring on our way back to Canada from Florida. The rates are better in the off season.
Jesse Carleton says
I’ve seen this place. Wouldn’t go here on a bet.
We also used to go to Ocean Lakes when our son was younger, and later with our camping club. The park is great for families with teens because of the various activities and other young folks; most of the residents are regional as would be expected and Ocean Lakes is a ritual.
Our state Good Sam Club has been going there for years for our rally. Last year we were told that they were going up on prices — again — AND that we could only come in the months that they dictated vs. our standard October dates. The assigned sites have also been further and further away from where our activities are scheduled. At the last rally, one of our members had a tree branch peel the top off of his new RV…and the response from the campground was basically “that’s what your insurance is for.” Not exactly warm and fuzzy customer appreciation.
There is obviously a reason OL is so popular and people are willing to pay the big bucks to stay there. But when we add in the horrible traffic in that area of the coast, we will no longer be going to OL.
Try Huntington Beach State Park or Hunting Island, further south if you are looking for more nature and less glam, for a reasonable $$.
Pat OConnor says
State Park is a much better alternative. Even without all of the pools, slides, etc., being in a grove of trees at the beach is awesome. And you do not feel like your staying in a parking lot, lined up with other rigs… So called “resorts” are not our choice at all. Much prefer state, national parks.
Jesse Carleton says
I whole heartedly agree with Pat O’Conner about state parks.
Stephen Hawn says
We have stayed at Ocean Lakes a few times. We liked it. My wife prefers the one next door, Lakewood. But, between OL, Lakewood and Pirateland there’s not much difference. I like them all pretty well. Ocean Lakes has the most paved sites. I prefer being on the sand myself. When I retired for the first time we went down and RVed at OL for about a month. It was pleasant. I’d stay there again.
Kay Horton says
We prefer Lakewood Camping Resort just down the road from Ocean Lakes. They, too, have lots of amenities, and the indoor pool allows for swimming all winter. We used to bring our kids down at least one weekend in winter to swim. You literally could come here, park your RV, and never have to go outside the gate (but you will because the area has so many things to do and places to eat).
We booked and then cancelled for upcoming Thanksgiving week. We were told we booked the last site. Well the site turned out to be a make shift site next to post office. Looking out at a wall in one side was not our idea of a week there. We gave a class B with no slide. That would be the only RV that could squeeze into the site. They were better off saying they had no sites available.