As a Northerner visiting the South for the first time, I was determined to sample the beaches of the Carolina coast, but friends who had been to the Myrtle Beach area cautioned me that I probably wouldn't like staying there even though the beaches are great because it's so noisy and cluttered and overly commercialized. And they were absolutely right about the commercial development along Hwy 17 here: It's as loud and gaudy and glitzy as a tourist area can possibly be. But I had booked a room with a kitchenette at the Jamaica and this saved my short visit here. The room, like all the Jamaica's rooms, overlooked the beach and the motel's pools, with a nice balcony. The kitchen facilities were more than adequate and nice and clean. The bed was clean and comfortable and the bathroom was, well, a motel bathroom, but with lots of extra towels. It was, by comparison with all the tall motels stretching for miles along the beach, small, and I liked that. After a swim in the ocean, really the last thing I ever want is to trek through a labyrinth of cold, A/C'd hotel hallways in my bathing suit looking for my room! The Jamaica is small and family run, and the woman at the desk was the owner and very nice and totally helpful. It's not a fancy hotel by any means, but a really good choice, especially given how much less it charged than the big, chain operated places. All the beaches are public, so you can use any beach space, and the town of N Myrtle Beach supplies beach chairs and umbrellas all along the strand, so it's really nice and easy to enjoy your time on the beach and the Jamaica kept it really nice and sane and simple. I watched the sun rise over the ocean from my little balcony, and then went for a great run along a nearly deserted beach before many others were out. I would definitely stay at the Jamaica again, and I've recommended it to several people already.
It's a four-story motel, and I was on the fourth floor and liked it because it was away from the...
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