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post Jun 16 2004, 10:55 PM
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mad.gif Avoid Barefoot Camping Resort in North Myrtle Beach. The sites are super small and the management is extremely nasty. Please refer to my review. I related our bad incident there.
Pirateland has nice sites but the beach is narrow. We are going to Apache on this next trip.
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post Jun 19 2004, 06:38 PM
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I have to put my vote in for Ocean Lakes. I have never even seen the other campgrounds, so I can't vote "against" them. We keep our camper at Ocean Lakes year round. We live in Ohio, and we drive to Ocean Lakes 4-5 per year. My kids (3 and 5) squeal with delight when we get there and cry when we have to leave. It is our home away from home. We RARELY leave the campground....we eat all of our meals there and do all of our "playing" there. There are three playgounds and a kids camp that is very well done in the summer. Perhaps because our kids are so young and there is so much to do, that is why we love it. BUT I will add that the business of it is getting crazy. You can't get a spot in the summer. However, if you are going in April or May, or our personal favorite, September (not busy, and the ocean is as warm as bathwater), the crowds are never a problem.
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post Jun 22 2004, 08:03 AM
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We have stayed at Lakewood and Pirateland over the past years. Just got back from 10 days at Myrtle Beach Travel Park and loved it!!. Best bathhouses anywhere and very clean. They have a pool, lazy river and activties for kids in the morning and during the afternoon also. They also picked up garbage daily. Becah front sites are all pull through with a picnic shelter and sites in the mid section are mostly shaded. All sites are mostly level, and large enough for slide outs and awnings. I liked it better than Pirateland simply beacause of the Teenage Mad Max's on Golf Carts at Pirateland. Myrtle Beach Travel does not rent golf carts nor can you bring your own. I would recommed Myrtle Beach Travel Park First, Then Pirateland, then Lakewood. But all are nice it just depends on your wants and needs.

Good Luck and HAppy Camping!!
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post Jun 23 2004, 11:49 AM
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Stay at Myrtle Beach Travel Park and you will not be disappointed.
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post Jul 10 2004, 08:58 PM
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We've stayed at Briarcliffe RV Resort and the Travel Park.

Briarcliffe is strictly for the retired crowd with big rigs (back in). Children are supposedly welcome, but we've found that they are not. The pool is rarely open and often in need of cleaning. Not much to do here without the pool.

The Travel Park was fun but can get very crowded in the summer. They have pull through sites plus indoor and outdoor pools plus a lazy river. We really enjoyed it.

Keep sending your Myrtle Beach inputs so we'll know where to go next time!
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post Aug 5 2004, 08:33 AM
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We are currently at Ocean Lakes (Thursday 8/5). When we pulled in last Saturday my wife's first reaction was - let's get the blazes out of here. This campground had been highly recommended by a friend and we are going to have a discussion when we get home.
1. I guess the place is a victum of it's own success, they have an OK ccmpground but not great. But it sure is jam packed. In reality, the sites are not as large as they appear on the web site and it is VERY large, to the point most people get around by electric golf cart.
2. the golf carts are supposed to be operated by someone with a drivers liense but I have seen kids about 12 or so drag racing them up and down the first street off the ocean. I will say when I contacted the front office about the drag racing they did send a security car out for one pass and then the racing was back on again.
3. We have a site one back from the ocean and boy were we suspried when it seems that shooting off fireworks on the beach until 12 midnight or even 1am seems to the the local sport. Again when I called I was told that the beach on controlled by the county and there was nothing they could do. Most seems to be done by people staying at Ocean Lekes and near by developments.
4. I did ask for another space but the one open space was in very bad shape so we stayed where we are.
5. The beach here is very narrow. There is a high rise development immediately to the North and there there is almost NO beach so the people there end up coming down to the area in front of Ocean Lakes so most available spaces are gone. Get on the beach early or late.
6. also with the fireworks - I have found debris from the fireworks, shot off on the beach, on my campsite EVERY morning - needless to say I don't leave the awing out at night since I don't want it to catch on fire.
7. If you stay here do not get a site close to the ocean, everynight the golf car traffic on the road next to the beach looks like the Washington DC beltway on a Friday afternoon rush hour.
8. Also, the pools are VERY crowded.

Now please don't get me wrong - I am not a complainer - and the Ocean Lakes web site is factural - it just that they do not tell the whole truth.

Oh - one more thing - the Ocean Lakes RV service group is very friendly and helpful - I highly recommend them. There is a lot of wind off the ocean here due to the low barrier dune at Ocean Lakes and awning repair keeps them busy. Sudden gusts of wind have taken a couple of awnings and flipped them over the trailers. I only had a minor repair.

What did we like about Myrtel Beach? The shows - Midevil Times, Dolly's show, the drive to Charleston to go to Fort Sumpter and tour the naval vessels on display. Today we are gong to a plantation near Georgetown for a tour. There are a lot of things to do here.

The vacation has been good, but we are not spending a whole lot of time at Ocean Lakes and our time in the ocean or on the beach has been non-existent.

If this is what you are looking for - fine - this is the place to come but we will never come here again. In fact we are leaving early.
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post Sep 26 2004, 10:06 PM
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We have stayed at Ocean Lakes, Lakewood, Pirateland, and the Myrtle Beach KOA. Pirateland is our favorite....clean restrooms, nice campsites, great swimming pool area with lazy river and nice management. We stayed at Ocean Lakes once, and will never go back there again. Small campsites, dirty restroom facilities, cloudy swimming pools, and employees that don't care about the guests. We had a problem with very loud, obnoxious neighbors who decided to pitch a tent on our campsite one evening while we were at a show. We came back to find that they had pitched a tent for their "overflow" guests in the area where we had our van parked earlier. We asked them to please move the tent to their own campsite, which was difficult because they had this huge motor home. They argued that the area where we had parked our car was actually a part of their campsite. Not true, because their tent was placed right next to our pop-up!! Anyway, after many trips to the office, someone finally came out and asked these people to move their tent. However, the remainder of our trip was ruined with nightly drunken parties at their campsite. We will NEVER stay there again.
Lakewood is nice too. Great Christian "themed" campground with lots of great activities for kids. The Myrtle Beach KOA was just okay and not on the beach.
Pirateland will always be our first choice!!
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post Sep 26 2004, 11:46 PM
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It's bee 3 years since I've been to Myrtle Beach, but my vote would go to Ocean Lakes. We have resevations for next September, my nephew is getting married in Myrtle Beach next year...

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post Apr 29 2008, 09:03 AM
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We went to Ocean Lakes Campground in 2007. We had 3 issues with it - the amount of golf carts on the roads at any given time (some driven by kids), lack of biking opportunities beyond the campground itself (we had to drive everywhere) and a spotty internet connection. While we enjoyed our 2-weeks and would go back, this year we decided to try Myrtle Beach Travel Park. We were pleasantly surprised how much better we liked it. It has an indoor pool and a very large complex of outdoor pools including a lazy river. The campground itself is smaller (I think) than Ocean Lakes, but comparable in layout. but Myrtle Beach has wooden shelters for picnic tables, which we liked. The amenities at Ocean Lakes and Myrtle Beach Travel Park are similar (good bathrooms, store, etc). We ate several times at MBTP's on premise restaurant and it was very good. What we liked the most, however, was the location. We ride bikes and found that, not only were there tons of campground roads, but the main road in is not a busy road, has sidewalks to ride on and many side roads to explore. Wal-Mart, Tanger Outlet and other shopping are a short (and safe) bike ride away - as is a Golden Corral and other restaurants. It is also very close to Barefoot Landing and not far from Broadway at the Beach. There are no golf carts allowed on the transient sites and the internet connection was very reliable. We stayed here a month and do not have one complaint. We would definately recommend Myrtle Beach Travel Park to people with or without children.
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post May 1 2008, 08:59 PM
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If you choice is between Myrtle Beach Travel Park and Ocean Lakes. It should be an easy one. Go to the Travel Park. Camping at Ocean Lakes is like camping right in the middle of Kings Highway. The amount of golf cart traffic is unbelieveable. Also the amount of fireworks on a daily basis makes everynight seem like the 4th of July. MBTP has nice, large sites, and you don't have to worry about you kids getting ran over by golf carts.

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post May 11 2008, 07:11 PM
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QUOTE(staramorcita @ Jan 22 2004, 08:59 PM) *

I'm heading down to South Carolina this summer to go to Myrtle Beach. I've narrowed my choices down to three: Ocean Lakes, PirateLand, Barefoot Camping Resort. I have two small children 6 and 7 years old, so I'm looking for a place where they won't be bored if we don't leave the grounds.

Has anyone been to any of these rv parks? Thanks

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We were at Ocean Lakes last summer. Interesting place, it is the largest place I've stayed. Our spot was dircetly across from the ocean, well across from the large dune that separated us from the ocean. Lots of kids activities, to me this place is the Disneyland of RV parks. One thing to consider is, there are 100's if not 1000's of golf carts everywhere. They weren't really a problem, everyone appeared to be having a good time. But when the sun went down this place lit up like a parade. These carts had lights, neon, sirens, music, horns, jacked up tires, you name it. I kind of enjoyed watching the carts cruise by. I took some pictures of the carts cruising around, here's one that is a time lapse photograph showing the motion. if the image link doesn't work copy this : http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/bb182/f...nlakescarts.jpg and paste it inot your address bar.

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post Jun 9 2008, 07:54 PM
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I have noticed that no one has talked about PirateLand yet on the discussion. PirateLand is easily the worst campground in Myrtle Beach that you could stay in. Many people have complained about drunk teenagers running around in golf carts constantly, creating accidents and heavy traffic. Overall, the entire campground has been deemed unsafe due to the golf carts and the constant trash everywhere as well as the uncleanliness of the facilities only adds to the misery. I would check out the reviews at: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/South_Carolina/ under PirateLand, then click for older reviews. Also check out: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g54359-d488007-Reviews-Pirateland_Oceanfront_Campground-Myrtle_Beach_South_Carolina.html for more reviews. Overall, I would definitely not choose PirateLand.
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post Jun 9 2008, 09:07 PM
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QUOTE(GSP805 @ Jun 16 2004, 10:55 PM) *

mad.gif Avoid Barefoot Camping Resort in North Myrtle Beach. The sites are super small and the management is extremely nasty. Please refer to my review. I related our bad incident there.
Pirateland has nice sites but the beach is narrow. We are going to Apache on this next trip.

I used to stay at Barefoot and loved it, but it is no longer in business. Was sold to make way for a big condo complex. Sorry you had a bad experience there
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post Jul 8 2008, 09:12 PM
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Um, I've camped in Myrtle Beach almost every year since I've been alive. We started out at Lake Arrowhead and moved on to Pirateland. I have been satisfied until the past few years. The Security is grouchy and rude. They will scream and yell at adults that are out walking to the beach late at night, obviously we aren't allowed to walk around after dark, didn't know that was a "rule". Also we would make reservations along with other family members and ask that we get our campsites close to one another, we would book at least six months in advance. We were told "no problem", then when we drove from Tennessee all the way to Myrtle Beach to check in, they would say they had to give the sites to someone else.

This year we went to Lakewood Campground and it was a world of difference!!!!

Check in was seamless and speedy. We booked three sites together, and we got three sites together!! We had requested a shady site because we were tent camping and our site was completely shaded! We had a clothes line up and when the security guard came by and noticed it he asked us to take it down, and could NOT have been nicer! I was floored! All the ladies at the store were so friendly and sweet. There were so many activities for kids, the playground was amazing, they had different food vendors in almost every night. The campground is very nicely situated and nicely appointed. The policy says "no alcohol allowed" but nobody ever said anything when our beer boxes were at the post for trash pickup. We noticed a lot of other beer drinkers, but responsible drinkers who didn't act up and had manners about them. Everyone would use a koozie so the kiddo's didn't notice if you were drinking a BL. Heaven forbid if someone has a beer on vacation.

My only regret is that we didn't start going here sooner. I will NEVER go back to Pirateland, ever. Lakewood is my only choice for camping at Myrtle Beach now. It beats Pirateland out of the water!!!


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post Jul 10 2008, 09:40 PM
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This will be the third year we've gone to MB. The first year we stayed at Pirateland because my wife had family staying there. It was okay, but I wasn't too impressed. I agree there were WAY too many underaged golfcart drivers and no one seemed to care.
Last year we stayed at Lakewood - couldn't have had a better experience! Our initial site was a little cramped with a tree - we asked for a different site and got the one we wanted. While there, one of our Shelties went into seizures and the CG staff went out of their way to find a Vet Hospital for us. We're going back to Lakewood again this year towards the end of August - been booked since February.
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