I wouldn't call the area seedy with 2-5 million dollar ocean front houses located on either side of the complex.
Maybe I phrased it wrong - I've never been here and its hard to tell from only pictures. I did notice lots of mention of security and stuff, so I was just wondering b/c I have a child. Are the beaches nice? We have been to one in North Carolina and it was kind of rocky w/little pebbles, not really nice sand. The sand in the pictures looks nice. I just wasn't sure if it is more of a family town or more of a "spring break" type of town. Any help you can give would be appreciated. Thank you.
The beaches will not have little pebbles anywhere on the Grand Strand and I have stayed from the north end to south end. The city of Myrtle Beach does have a few older hotels remaining and some "touristy" places but for the most part the area has plenty of great accomodation choices. If you have not been here its hard to say that Myrtle Beach is better than staying in North Myrtle Beach (2 sepearate cities) or better then going south to Surfside/Garden City. Your first visit it really doesn't matter what area you stay in. You will be in your car driving around because there is so much to see and do. But to get you started, IMO, if you chose Myrtle Beach I am a North Ocean Blvd person, (vs staying on SOUTH Ocean Blvd) meaning the addresses should say 000 NORTH OCEAN BLVD, MYRTLE BEACH (fyi-they have same street address in NorthMyrtle Beach) but it would say 000 North Ocean Blvd, NORTH Myrtle Beach. Confusing. Anything say 21st Ave North or higher will put you in a very good location to explore north or south.
And Myrtle Beach is a town for Everyone, no joke. 8 yrs old to 80 yrs old, there is something for everyone. You will not be bored and only if you come "spring break" which is couple of different weeks or the 1st full week in June would you notice a larger crowd of younger people. Let's not forget now the month of "Maycycle" meaning most of may caters to motorcycle crowds. You will not find a more family friendly beach anywhere.
I don't have any knowledge of Atalya towers specifically. But regarding the area, you will find mostly families in the Surfside/Garden City area I believe. We last stayed in Surfside, pretty much right on the border of Garden City. We walked on the beach to both the Garden City pier and the Surfside pier in the evening and saw mostly families on the beaches. My older daughter and I ran in the morning and I felt comfortable letting her run up ahead of me after the first day (she was 12 at the time). I felt that the Surfside and Garden City area seemed more laid back than when we traveled into Myrtle Beach to see the area and visit attractions, but others may disagree. But as far as being comfortable with the environment with my then 12 and 7 year old, no problems at all.
There are areas in the heart of MB (low numbered Aves) that could be considered "seedy" and where I would not be out walking at night.
Heading south from there (in MB proper) you will see some run down old mom n' pop small motels and a few larger ones that don't have much curb appeal, but the further south you go, the better it gets.
Garden City is very residential compared to central MB. Plenty of businesses and restaurants on 17 Bus. but blocks and blocks of houses between it and the beach. I suppose it varies somewhat depending on the exact neighborhood but all in all nice for families who prefer to rent a house or cottage (MB is mostly hotel/condo accomodations). Sorry I'm not familiar with Atalaya Towers or that stretch, but GC has way fewer beachfront hi-rises than MB.
If you want a more upscale, affluent area, then by all means Litchfield or Pawleys would be your best bet, but not as much to do there. Like the above poster, we like the area at the north end of MB the best. If cost was no object, I'd stay at one of the Marriott properties there or in a beach house.
Thank you so much for the information.
Everyone's information has been very helpful - thanks again. I am looking forward to planning our first visit to South Carolina. It seems like a great state with much to see and do. Happy travels everyone.
i need a place fit for spring breakers, any help/advice?
Atalaya Towers is in a nice area and is not seedy at all. This will be our second time staying there and are looking forward to it. Our friends have had a time share there for years and enjoyed it with young kids, teenage and senior adults. Fun for all.