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Huntington Beach State Park

This splendid coastal reserve is home to a vast Spanish-style villa, a wealth of bird and animal life and a magnificent beach.

Huntington Beach State Park is a must for anyone with an interest in nature. Its unspoiled beach and 1,011 hectares of lush woodland are home to a variety of birds, and alligators can also be spotted around the park's freshwater lagoon. Admire the view from the observation decks as you a stroll along the park's network of walking trails. You can swim or fish in the ocean or simply enjoy the five kilometres of pristine sand.

An ornithologist's paradise, Huntington is celebrated as one of the best bird-watching locations on the eastern seaboard. There are more than 300 resident species of bird in the park, and you're sure to spot some of the South's native ducks, seabirds and spoonbills. Animal lovers should check the Huntington Beach State Park website for information about the guided wildlife tours. These are run by the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park from spring to autumn (weather permitting) and include trips to the salt marches to look for crabs, and alligator tours.

One of the other main draws to the park is the impressive Atalaya Castle. Built in the early 1930s, it was the winter residence of the philanthropist Archer Huntington and his wife, the celebrated sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. Huntington was a Spanish scholar, and he and his wife's love of Spanish culture is evident in their design for this sprawling mansion, which replicates the architecture of a traditional Andalusian villa.

The house and its grounds were leased to the state in 1960 and are now open to visitors. A 45-minute audio guide can be purchased for a small fee. Alternatively, if you're here between March and October, join one of the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park guided tours of Atalaya, which also housed Anna Hyatt Huntington's studio.

Admission to Huntington Beach State Park is inexpensive and includes most park tours. It costs more to visit Atalaya, but guided tours are included. Entry to both is free for children under five. The park is located 32 kilometres south of Myrtle Beach, and there's a shop onsite that sells fishing gear, souvenirs and a selection of groceries.


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Murrells Inlet, SC
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this historic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Huntington Beach State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Atalaya Castle and North Litchfield Beach. Litchfield Beach and Brookgreen Gardens are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Cozy Waterfront Peaceful Home Sleeps up to 8
    Cozy Waterfront Peaceful Home Sleeps up to 8

    Cozy Waterfront Peaceful Home Sleeps up to 8

    Murrells Inlet, SC
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Murrells Inlet, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Huntington Beach State Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Atalaya Castle. Litchfield Beach and North Litchfield Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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      January Special Rate Tupelo Bay Golf Villas

      January Special Rate Tupelo Bay Golf Villas

      Murrells Inlet, SC
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this condo building is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Huntington Beach State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Litchfield Beach and Atalaya Castle. North Litchfield Beach and TPC of Myrtle Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        The Inlet Sports Lodge $109
        The Inlet Sports Lodge

        The Inlet Sports Lodge

        4600 Business Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Huntington Beach State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Litchfield Beach and TPC of Myrtle Beach. Atalaya Castle and North Litchfield Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          New Listing! The Keyhole: Spacious Beachfront 6 Bedroom Home
          New Listing! The Keyhole: Spacious Beachfront 6 Bedroom Home

          New Listing! The Keyhole: Spacious Beachfront 6 Bedroom Home

          888 Parker Drive, Pawleys Island, SC
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Pawleys Island, this golf vacation home is steps from North Litchfield Beach and Litchfield Beach. Huntington Beach State Park and Willbrook Plantation Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Beach Front 6 BR Good Ol'beach House -N Litchfield Beach -mostly Repeat Renters
            Beach Front 6 BR Good Ol'beach House -N Litchfield Beach -mostly Repeat Renters

            Beach Front 6 BR Good Ol'beach House -N Litchfield Beach -mostly Repeat Renters

            Pawleys Island, SC
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the beach, this historic vacation home is steps from North Litchfield Beach and Litchfield Beach. Huntington Beach State Park and Willbrook Plantation Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort $55
              Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

              Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

              14276 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Pawleys Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Litchfield Beach, Huntington Beach State Park, and Litchfield Country Club. Brookgreen Gardens and Atalaya Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Ocean Front Home With Large Deck in North Litchfield $245
                Ocean Front Home With Large Deck in North Litchfield

                Ocean Front Home With Large Deck in North Litchfield

                Pawleys Island, SC
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is steps from North Litchfield Beach and Litchfield Beach. Huntington Beach State Park and Willbrook Plantation Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).