Webcams, webcams webcams! Plenty to choose from in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Some good, some bad. The most popular are the ones overlooking the beach. These are usually attached to Myrtle Beach condos up high so they get the best view. We have visited and rated the most popular! Which will YOU spend the most time at?
NEW ADDITION! (Updated 5/3/12) EarthCam – Myrtle Beach, SC
One of the best High-Definition web cams of Myrtle Beach, SC we’ve ever seen. Positioned directly on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, you can get a perfect shot of the waves coming in, as well as locals and tourists struttin’ their stuff. Here’s a little tip from us: turn the sound up and close your eyes….euphoria will ensue.
North Myrtle Beach Chamber Webcam
You definitely need to check this one out. It offers a view of the Cherry Grove Pier that you can control. There are quite a few people fishing during the summer from the pier so you can check out what people are catching. The zoom and rotation works fairly well. There is a bit of lag, but hey it’s a webcam, not a video camera.
Ocean Creek Resort
This webcam gives three different views to choose from–the resort pool, a distant shot of the beach, and the walkway across the marsh to the beach. However, the “camera” aspect of this one leaves much to be desired, since the images are still and don’t refresh unless the visitor refreshes their browser. These three views might be good for checking the weather or how crowded the resort pool is, but it quickly loses its interest value.
Crown Reef Resort
http://www.crownreef.com/ (Click on WEBCAM on the left)
Crown Reef’s beach webcam gives a more interesting angle, from high above the beach angled down the shoreline. A few miles’ worth of beach is visible in the viewing window, along with the ocean, some of Crown Reef’s outdoor amenities, and a more distant view of Springmaid Pier. The image is still but automatically refreshes about every twenty seconds. This webcam would be great to use for a quick overview of how crowded the beach is and the tide level.
The Grande Shores webcam is sophisticated and interactive with a live streaming image. When the viewer chooses one of the camera presets, the camera rotates and zooms to a certain area, giving multiple views of the beach and the resort property. Options include a northward view along the beach, a southern view, two different close looks at the beach itself, a few different views of the pool and lounge area, and a view for watching the sun rise over the ocean. The image is very crisp and clear.
Beach Cove Beach Cam
This beach webcam gives a good view of the resort’s pool, beach, ocean and sky all in one frame. It’s a still image which automatically refreshes every eight seconds. Since it does show a good portion of the sky, this webcam would be good for checking the weather in Myrtle Beach and watching the run rise.
The Avista webcam works in much the same way as the Grande Shores webcam, since they seem to be run on the same type of software. Visitors are able to choose from several different views and the camera will rotate and zoom accordingly. Multiple views of the swimming pools, lazy rivers, and resort property are available, but there are only two views of the beach and ocean. There is an option to control the camera movement without presets, but the controls can be hard to use. Despite its drawbacks, it’s a fun camera to use for a while.
The Pier 14 Restaurant webcam gives a view down the beach and of the nearby 14th Avenue Pier. The image refreshes about every two or three seconds. This section of beach looks like a busy one, so it would be fun especially during the summer months to watch all the people enjoying the beach and ocean. The only problem with this webcam is that it has very poor quality. A sunny day looks grey and overcast on this one, so use another if you want to see a good view of the weather.
Like the Ocean Lakes webcam, this one is not a view of the beach or ocean, but instead shows the course at Blackmoor Golf Club. It has a still image which refreshes about every twenty seconds so it doesn’t stream live, but it can be useful for golfers who want to check out the condition of the area golf courses in Myrtle Beach.
SCDOT Traffic Cams
The Department of Transportation hosts multiple traffic cams through the Grand Strand area on most major transportation routes. Cameras show a view of major intersections from slightly above. It can sometimes be hard to judge the level of traffic from this angle, but it can be very useful for both locals and visitors to check the traffic levels along different streets to see which routes to avoid. The cameras do not automatically refresh.