Saturday, June 29, 2019


myrtle beach
We started off the summer with a fantastic Myrtle Beach vacation. During our visit to South Carolina's Grand Strand our home away from home was Crown Reef Resort. This is a great place to stay for a family getaway. Crown Reef Resort is steps away from the Atlantic Ocean as well as has its own exclusive on-site water park. Plus the resort is a few minutes drive from a variety of attractions including Ripley's Aquarium, Medieval Times, Doc Antle's Myrtle Beach Safari, and the city's boardwalk if you want to get out and about.

The reason we decided to stay at Crown Reef Resort is its family friendly layout. All the rooms face the ocean and to say it is a short walk to the beach is an understatement. Walk outside the building and the beach is right there!

myrtle beach

My kids were so excited to play at the beach! They spent hours boogie boarding on the ocean waves which put huge smiles on their faces. The two of them also had a great time tossing around footballs and frisbees on the beach as well as playing around in the sand.

beach vacation

A short walk south of the resort along the beach is Myrtle Beach State Park. It preserves a mile of undeveloped beach shoreline and native habitats. Take a walk along its iconic fishing pier for great views of wildlife that include dolphins, turtles, and sea birds. Sometimes you'll also see people catch a whooper of a fish! There is also a nature center with local animals, birds and fish on display and some nice paths for taking a hike through the park's stretch of sand dunes.

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Don't feel like spending time in the surf and sand then there is also an exclusive water park for Crown Reef Resort guests to enjoy. For families with little kids there is a play area called Salty's Splash House which features sprinklers, drench buckets and a water slide meant just for young riders. This is a silly, safe place for children under 48 inches tall to have some water park fun.

water park

My tweens are at an age where a big focus of their time was floating around the Crown Reef Resort's lazy river.  It is rather large winding around a number of pools that are also a part of the water park. They also spent a lot of time swimming in the pools, especially the one that has an island sprouting palm trees located in the middle of it. Spending some time at the water park was a refreshing break from the sand and salt water of the beach.

lazy river

The whole family got a lot of thrills from the waterslides at Crown Reef Resort. In addition to the kiddie water slide there are also two other ones that rise nearly 40 feet into the air. One is a 278-foot long two-person tube slide and the other is single-person 302-foot long ride. We had a blast going on these water slides over and over again!

While we didn't spend a lot of time in our suite because we were outside enjoying Myrtle Beach, it was just the right size for a family trip. A bedroom plus living area provided plenty of space for everyone. Two queen beds in one room and a murphy bed and pull out couch in the other provide plenty of sleeping arrangement options for families. The balcony also provides a nice spot to relax with an impressive ocean view of the Myrtle Beach shoreline.


Want to save some money on your travel budget? Eating out all the time can get pricey but you can avoid that by picking up groceries from a nearby store and making your own meals when at Crown Reef Resort. Our suite included a kitchenette with a full sized refrigerator and oven along with a coffee maker, microwave and toaster. We ate a few breakfasts and dinners using our suite's kitchenette during our Crown Reef Resort stay to try avoiding overspending during our vacay.

We also ate a few meals at the Loco Gecko Restaurant which provides an oceanfront view while you eat. They have standard hamburger / chicken tender style fare that makes it easy for families to pop in for lunch or dinner. Crown Reef Resort also has a breakfast buffet that is available in a separate space near the arcade to help get your family fueled up in the morning for a day full of fun.

geek daddy

Speaking of the arcade. What kids don't love video games?!  From a virtual motorcycle race to a competitive match of air hockey we enjoyed some downtime hanging out in the Crown Reef Resort arcade. Plus my son and daughter walked away from the arcade with some prizes they were enthused about when their sibling rivalry turned Skee-Ball into an intense competition that had the game spitting out tickets as they battled to out do each other.


If you are planning a family beach vacation, based upon my experience at Crown Reef Resort, I'd absolutely recommend staying there. It has a location and amenities that make it a convenient and enjoyable place to stay. Find out more about this Myrtle Beach resort by visiting If you stay there tell them sent you!

myrtle beach

Crown Reef Resort hosted my family for a complimentary three night stay. Opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

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