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Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark 3.0

Myrtle Beach, Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina

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  • Convenient location on a calm, sandy beach
  • Cheerful rooms with balconies and ocean views
  • Lazy river, indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools, and two waterslides
  • Seasonally enclosed water play area
  • Casual beach restaurant, ice cream parlor, and coffee shop serving light fare
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast buffet with hot and cold items (for a fee)
  • Game room with air hockey and skee ball
  • Huge ballroom fits up to 1200 people
  • Seasonal entertainment including dance parties and a fire and hula show


  • Lounge chairs at pool and parking spots can be difficult to secure
  • Rooms are in need up an update

Bottom Line

Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark is a mid-range oceanfront property with extra family-style amenities like two waterslides, a lazy river, and an indoor splash area. The hotel’s 514 rooms have balconies with ocean views, but some furnishings are dated. Restaurants include a beach shack, an ice cream shop, and a coffee bar, all of which were added in 2014. The property can get crowded at times, which can make it difficult to secure a lounge chair or get a parking spot. Guests may want to compare rates with the similarly priced Breakers Resort which offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom rooms with kitchenettes and access to a lazy river and a children’s pool with a pirate ship play structure.

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Busy beachfront hotel with three towers of rooms and lots of amenities

Three towers make up the Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark. Tower One hosts Town Center, a common area with restaurants and a game room. The Loco Gecko Beach Shak is a vibrant restaurant and bar where guests can order salads, pizzas, and burgers. Old gas station signs and metal tables give the space the feel of a roadside diner, and a balcony offers outdoor seating under umbrellas. The breakfast area can get crowded and has a dated look, with patterned tropical wallpaper. The outdoor pool area is right by the white, sandy beach, but guests need to wake up early if they want to claim a lounge chair in the summer, as the area gets crowded. There’s a pool bar serving cocktails outside, and seasonal entertainment includes dance parties and a fire and hula show. 


Oceanfront location in south Myrtle Beach

The hotel is located on a flat, sandy beach surrounded by other hotels in south Myrtle Beach. There are several places to eat in the area, including a Waffle House and McDonalds within walking distance. The boardwalk is less than a 10-minute drive, and the airport and Whispering Pines Golf Course each take around five minutes to reach by car. 


Ocean-facing rooms with balconies and dated decor

Rooms have bright accent walls in blue or orange, colorful curtains, and white bedding. Some rooms have tube TVs and spackled ceilings and are in clear need of a refresh. All rooms have mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi. Suites and Efficiency Rooms include kitchenettes with stoves, kitchenware, and full-sized refrigerators. All rooms at the hotel have ocean-facing balconies furnished with plastic chairs, and higher floors obviously have better views.


Waterslides, lazy river, game room, and restaurant and bar

Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark has two waterslides, a seasonally enclosed splash area, and a lazy river, all right by the beach. There are also indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools along with a bar and restaurant, a seasonal pool bar, an ice cream shop, and a coffee bar with light food items available for takeaway. A buffet breakfast with hot items is served during periods of higher occupancy; an unlimited made-to-order breakfast option is available during slower periods. A game room offers a variety of games including air hockey and skee ball, and a ticket system allows guests to win prizes. There are coin-operated laundry machines, an ATM, and a fitness center with cardio equipment. A gigantic ballroom with a full stage is available for private events and can fit up to 1200 guests.

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2913 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, Coastal South Carolina 29577-4855, United States

Also Known As

  • Crown Reef at South Beach Resort