MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Area campgrounds are updating their properties to accommodate the more modern trend in camping lifestyles.
"Many campers want the comforts of home while enjoying the camaraderie of the campground environment," said Larkin Spivey, president of the Myrtle Beach Family Campground Association, a non-profit promotional group.
Myrtle Beach campgrounds are some of the largest in the country, with more than 7,000 campsites among the seven commercial facilities. All are oceanfront or within walking distance of the ocean.
At Ocean Lakes, telephone service is now available at each campsite for no extra charge. Campers can bring their own phones or purchase one for $10.
Apache Family Campground is building a commercial fishing pier, the first new pier built in South Carolina in a least a decade. At 1,200 feet, it will be the area's largest pier.
Lakewood has its own McDonald's within the campground gates. The new mobile restaurant is parked oceanfront for the summer and offers the chain's standard menu.
Myrtle Beach Travel park has added a guest services director, who coordinates reservations for area attractions and events. A golf package is also planned for the fall season.
Myrtle Beach KOA has built eight new one- and two-room Kamping Kabins, for a total of 23. The log units are a more comfortable alternative to tent camping.
Due to demand, Barefoot RV Resort has doubled its number of rental units. It also offers a four-bedroom rental house, which can accommodate up to 14 people.
Pirateland recently added a heated indoor pool and spa, which has become one of its most popular features.
To receive a free Myrtle Beach Family Campground Guide describing area facilities, call the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce toll-free at (800) 356-3016, Ext. 115.