Ocean Lakes Family Campground, located along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, S.C., has been voted the “Best RV/Camping Facility” by those who visit Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Myrtle Beach’s “Grand Strand” attracts more than 14 million visitors annually and those surveyed in this poll voiced a clear preference for Ocean Lakes over other campground options in the area, according to a news release. The “Best of the Beach” survey results were reported in the Oct. 25 edition of The Sun News in the “Visitor’s Voice” section.
The “Best of the Beach” honor is the latest for Ocean Lakes Family Campground, which was named the 2008-2009 National “RV Park of the Year” by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). It is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States with over 310 acres of campsites and beach house rentals.
“We’re honored that Myrtle Beach visitors voted Ocean Lakes the ‘Best RV/Camping Facility’ on the Grand Strand,” said Barb Krumm, marketing director for Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “There are a lot of great choices out there when it comes to camping. We focus on customer service and upgrading our park’s amenities annually. Our year-round recreation activities feature something for every age from mini-golf, games center, skate park to crafts and shows. This honor speaks volumes to the way we run our business and our dedication to making sure our visitors have fun when they are with us.”
At Ocean Lakes, the fun doesn’t end when the summer season does. Ocean Lakes Family Campground offers affordable family fun all year long, including events like The 26th Annual South Carolina Fossil Fair held on Halloween. Presented by the South Carolina Fossil Association, the Fossil Fair featured experts from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History who identified fossils brought by participants.
On Dec. 31, a New Year’s Eve party is offered along with the 10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge for those brave folks, young and old, who want to take a winter dip in the ocean. Families can also enjoy the 10th Annual Beach n’ Boogie weekend Feb. 12-13. Beach n’ Boogie kicks off Friday evening with Fantastic Shakers and begins again Saturday morning for a full day of fun activities for the whole family. Saturday’s concert features the Band of Oz. Campsites for this event fill up quickly.
In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,447 sites — 893 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs.
It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of the Jackson Cos., a family-owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center and the master-planned development SayeBrook.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, S.C., says 97% of its 893 large RV campsites are booked for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
Located along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront, Ocean Lakes is located on 310 oceanfront acres and is the largest campground on the East Coast, as well as one of the largest in the U.S.
While many are predicting that tourism will be down significantly at beach resorts this summer, Ocean Lakes is seeing an increasing number of families turning to camping for their summer vacations, according to a news release.
In addition to being nearly sold out for Memorial Day weekend, Ocean Lakes is seeing an increase in reservations for the key summer months of June and July in 2009. Reservations for June 2009 versus June 2008 are up 23%, and for July 2009, reservations are up 34% over 2008.
More good news is emerging in the form of projected reservations. 2007 was a record year for Ocean Lakes and reservations for 2009 are already trending toward a 12% increase over 2007 reservations for campsite nights.
“Camping is an affordable and family-oriented vacation option,” said Barb Krumm, director of marketing and public relations for Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “It’s also a great way for a family to control their costs during vacation. Unlike other campgrounds, Ocean Lakes’ campsites are all inclusive – no add-on fees for additional people, pets, or even air conditioning.”
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a subsidiary of The Jackson Cos., has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2008-2009 National “RV Park of the Year” and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) four times. In addition, Ocean Lakes is one of only 21 campgrounds and RV resorts around the United States to receive GuestRated.com’s overall “A” rating for 2008 by maintaining a 4.7 out of 5 rating. In 2006, Ocean Lakes was honored with the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina.
Ocean Lakes features nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,447 sites, including 893 campsites which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 to 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground is one of 16 subsidiaries of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned business that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center and the master-planned development SayeBrook.