Camp the Great Outdoors in Myrtle Beach

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Camp the Great Outdoors in Myrtle Beach

What better way to enjoy all the natural beauty the Grand Strand has to offer than by staying in the great outdoors? From a camp site close enough to the beach to enjoy an ocean breeze to a spot deep in the Grand Strand's native maritime forests, there place to sleep out under the stars.

For visitors who prefer a little more luxury in their accommodations than a sleeping bag and an air mattress, there are several RV parks that offer camp sites with full water and sewer hookups. There are great spots to park your camper or set up your pop-up camper while having access to some of the finer amenities most people don't associate with campgrounds. Here are the top five places to camp on the Grand Strand:

* Apache Family Campground: Located along a stretch of beach in the Arcadian Shores section of Myrtle Beach, Apache offers spacious camp sites for tent and RV camping and enough amenities to rival a large resort. A huge swimming pool, an oceanfront pier for fishing or strolling, and activities for the kids, such as karaoke contests and movie night by the pool, make Apache prime real estate for camping on the Strand.

* Cypress Camping Resort: If staying on the beach isn't a big deal for you and your family, consider setting up camp a few miles inland on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway at this new facility. Ideal for folks with their own boats, canoes or kayaks, guests can literally tie up just steps away from their waterfront sites. Cypress also offers a large swimming pool, a game room/arcade, boat rental and cabins.

* Huntington Beach State Park: Experience life in the slow lane at this Lowcountry location between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. Featuring pristine beaches, salt marshes and dense forests with hiking trails, Huntington Beach also provides a wide range of camp sites from rustic spots for roughing it to space for larger RVs. Atalaya Castle and Brookgreen Gardens are close enough for walking.

* Myrtle Beach KOA: Stay in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach without having to fork out top dollar for a hotel room. Located a couple of blocks from the beach and just across Kings Highway from Family Kingdom, guests have lots of entertainment both on and off the property. Swimming, bike rentals, a movie theater and more among the many amenities offered by KOA, and guests are just a short stroll or drive from some of the top attractions, dining and shopping Myrtle Beach has to offer.

* Ocean Lakes Family Campground: Except for the absence of a high-rise hotel, this place looks like a four-star ocean resort. A two-acre pool deck and rec center with mini-golf, volleyball, game room and nature center are among the many amenities, and a wide stretch of beach give campers plenty of room to roam. Live music, including a biannual bluegrass festival, are among the many perks for camping at this resort.