Review of Carolina Pines RV Resort

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Carolina Pines RV Resort is an upscale camping resort near Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Operated by Sun Outdoors, Carolina Pines  has much to offer whether you’re camping in an RV or seeking to rent a cabin.

Unlike other RV campgrounds we’ve stayed at, Carolina Pines had an equal ratio of cabins to RV spaces.

Review of Carolina Pines RV Resort

My family and I were hosted by Carolina Pines and Sun Outdoors for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

The resort opened in late 2019 but most of the facilities appear very new. Overall, we really loved this resort and would stay again. 

Cottages and RV Spots

We’re not RVers but we’ve stayed at several camping resorts in the past. Carolina Pines RV resorts stands out as having the largest number of cabins available to rent. I didn’t count but there seems to be a nearly equal mix of RV spots and cottages.

RV sites run from $73-$83 per night. Cottages range from $133-$180 per night. 

Carolina Cottage with rooftop terrace.

My kids and I stayed in a Carolina Cottage with Rooftop Terrace. Our unit had a full kitchen (no oven and no dishwasher but a full-size refrigerator, cooktop, and small appliances), bedroom with king-sized bed, open living room/dining area with a pullout couch, and a sleeping loft with a full-sized mattress. We also had a single bathroom, charcoal grill, outdoor seating area, on the porch and the upper rooftop terrace, and two flat screen TVs. Our cabin had air conditioning, cable, and Wi-Fi, although our Wi-Fi signal wasn’t great. 

The couch pulled out into a bed and linens were provided for that as well. I really liked the clean, beach cottage decor that made the room feel styled but not fussy.

The cabin was stocked with everything we needed to make simple meals, trash bags and bath towels. Everything – especially the king bed I slept in – was very comfortable and the inside decor had a luxe beach cottage feel. The cabin didn’t include paper towels or bathroom hand soap (there was a soap dispenser in the kitchen we moved to the bathroom), BBQ tools or ice cube trays but these were pretty minor inconveniences. Daily trash pick up is included. 

The bedroom had a king bed, separate temperature control, lots of storage and best of all (for parents traveling with kid), a pocket door!

The bedroom had USB ports on both side of the king bed with an additional port in the kitchen, which I thought was handy. There’s ample storage space for personal belongings and groceries. 

My kids loved this loft sleeping space.
Outdoor amenities included a picnic table, firepit charcoal grill, two Adirondack chairs, a table and chairs on the lower porch, and cushioned patio furniture on the upper porch. Pretty sweet.

We made great use of the outdoor spaces, to include having a fire in the firepit and enjoying the sunset and broad view of the entire resort from the rooftop terrace.

Resort Amenities

Although the resort is located conveniently near Myrtle Beach and all the things to do there, Carolina Pines RV Resort has so many amenities that you’ll find yourself not wanting to leave the property. 

Water park pool area.

There’s a gift shop in the check-in area, a waterpark area, two pools*, including a serenity pool with hot tub and a lap swimming pool, mini bowling (extra fee applies), miniature golf, yard games, concessions (including an onsite restaurant) and lots of charming outdoor spaces. There’s ample seating at the pools but most of it is in the full sun. There are shaded cabanas available for rent. 

Bring your beach towels with you – there are no pool towels provided.

*I saw a third pool in the back of the RV area. The pool was very small and appeared to cater to campers located some distance away from the main pool area. There’s also another waterslide area behind the waterpark pool seating area that appears to be under construction. 

Guests will receive a schedule upon check in that is chock full of activities to join, such as organized sporting events for kids, arts and crafts (extra fee applies), musical entertainment, trivia games and more. You can do as much or as little as you like at Carolina Pines RV Resort.  Click here for a complete list of amenities.

Waterpark pool at Carolina Pines RV Resort
We visited in mid-June and the pools were understandably busy during the heat of the day. As with most resort pools, guests visiting the first hour they’re open or when the sun is going down will enjoy lighter crowds.
There are plenty of things to do that are included in your resort fee (mini golf, pools, water park, sports courts, some organized activities) but plan on budgeting a little for extras, like arcade games, bowling, and snow cones.

Golf Cart

I highly recommend having or renting a golf cart to get around Carolina Pines RV Resort. The resort is sprawling and while it is easy enough to get around on foot, the summer temperatures are hot and you’ll be out in the full sun. There are also limited car parking spaces at the public venues but plenty of golf cart spots. It’s a fun, easy way to get around the resort. 

A trip in a golf cart to get the laundry done…almost fun. Almost.

If you rent a golf cart from the resort, I recommend making note of your cart number and doing something to make your cart easily recognizable, such as adding a scarf or ribbon.  All golf carts look the same!

What to Bring with You

The camp store sells a few grocery items and camping supplies. There’s also a Kroger and a Walmart both within about a 10-minute drive. The cabins are pretty well-stocked but here’s what I recommend you bring:

  • Charcoal and lighter fluid
  • BBQ Tools
  • Wood, newspaper, and fire starters for outdoor fires
  • Beach towels
  • Towel clips
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant 
  • Flashlight or night light
  • Reusable storage containers or plastic food storage bags
  • Ice cube trays (or purchase ice at the camp store or grocery store in town.)
  • Bicycles or scooters

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