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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 52 M Y R T L E B E A C H Myrtle Beach has more than 90,000 rooms at some 500 hotels, so you have plenty of lodg- ing options to choose from. The Crown Reef Resort, on the slightly quieter southern end of the island (Myrtle Beach is technically separated from the main- land by the Intracoastal Waterway), boasts 514 rooms, all of which are oceanfront and most of which have full kitchens. A recent renovation spiffed up the guestrooms and in- cluded the debut of a $2 million waterpark and entertainment zone. The hotel has its own convention and meeting space, totaling more than 11,000 square feet. Myrtle Beach is extremely popular with golfers, so if your group likes to hit the links, then you might want to consider a stay at the luxurious Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, which boasts two great courses onsite, the Resort Club and Members Club at Grande Dunes. All of the rooms have terraces overlooking either the marina or the pool, and there are meeting spaces available to accommodate up to 700 people. Kingston Plantation is another crowd- pleasing property, offering everything from standard hotel rooms to one- to four-bedroom villas, condos, and townhouses, along with a whopping 113,000 square feet of state-of-the- art meeting space. The 330-room Ocean Reef Resort Hotel with 4,900 square feet of meeting space of- fers wireless internet access, an oceanfront restaurant and lounge, and indoor and out- door pools. Accommodations include stan- dard oceanfront rooms to one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom condos with complete kitchens The 667-room Breakers Resort is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach and offers 5,000 square feet of meeting space with a 15 th -floor oceanfront ballroom, wireless Internet access, lounge, two restaurants, four outdoor pools and three indoor pools. Caribbean Resort & Villas offers 451 guest rooms, 800 square feet of meeting space, wireless Internet access, a lounge, in- door & outdoor pools and lazy river. Adjacent to Sea Captain's House Restaurant, the prop- erty is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The 511-room Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort with 625 square feet of meeting space offers wireless In- ternet access, a lounge, 26 pool features and an on-site restau- rant. The resort is located on the southern end of the Myrtle Beach strand, just two miles from the Myrtle Beach Interna- tional Airport. Long Bay Resort on the north end of the Myrtle Beach strand offers 292 guest rooms and 900 square feet of meeting space, wire- less Internet access, a lounge and Starbucks, two restaurants, and an indoor/outdoor pool and lazy river. The Four-Diamond North Beach Planta- tion in North Myrtle Beach offers 360 guest rooms, including units with up to five bed- rooms, and 2,800 square feet of meeting space. Features include a more than two-acre waterscape with an array of water facilities such as a swim-up pool bar and private ca- banas, as well as two restaurants, two lounges and The Cinzia Spa. ■ Swing I n S tyle Pawleys Island, a half-hour or so south of Myrtle Beach proper, is famous for its hammocks. And no one makes them better than Marvin Grant, aka the Hammock Man, who has been crafting handmade hammocks for more than two decades. Visit Grant in his workroom at the Original Hammock Shop on Ocean High- way and heʼll chat you up about his craft, or whatever else is on his mind, as he expertly weaves his creations. Heʼs great about letting kids get behind the counter from time to time to try their hand at it as well. ■ Abundant Accommodations Along with beach access and golf (as the name implies), Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort offers a full-service health club equipped with a sauna, heated indoor pools, hot tubs and a steam room. Racquetball and ping-pong are located in the game room.