Better Wi-Fi experience on the way for Ocean Lakes guests

Campers in the 4000 section will be without Wi-Fi for a couple of days as crews install equipment to improve the Wi-Fi connection in the campground.

Ocean Lakes is working to provide a better Wi-Fi experience for our guests. Demand on the network has quickly increased as guests use multiple devices and stream shows and movies.

The new system, which will double the amount of equipment to better handle the volume, is expected to be up and running before spring break.

“Guests will simply have a much better Wi-Fi experience,” said George Burton, Ocean Lakes IT expert.

Crews started the work Monday in the 4000 section. Wi-Fi in that area will be down for a couple of days. Guests still will be able to connect to Wi-Fi in other spots in the campground, including the Meet n Eat, Café and Recreation Center.

Guests can keep an eye out for the new SSID connection, which will be dubbed “Starfish.” You can start using that connection once it starts appearing as an available network. There will be no password required at this time.

Thanks for your patience as we work to improve the network and provide a better Wi-Fi experience for our guests.


Conversion to all-digital TV | What you need to know

We are getting some questions about the conversion to all digital TV, which is still more than a year away in the Myrtle Beach area.

Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) plans to go to an all-digital signal, which will require users to have a digital adaptor to continue to see their favorite TV channels. The conversion in the Myrtle Beach area is planned for mid-2018, a Spectrum official said Thursday.

Until that conversion, annual lease site holders do not need the digital adapters to get their channels.

Other tidbits about the digital conversion to know:

n  When Time Warner makes the switch to digital, customers in annual lease sites at Ocean Lakes must have a digital box for each TV in their house. Two boxes are included free with the lease. Customers can pick those up from the Spectrum office. (The closest Spectrum office to Ocean Lakes is in Garden City Beach at 2520 U.S. 17 South, Unit 10 in the Oasis Plaza).
n  The digital conversion will NOT affect campsites. Campers will still be able to watch TV without a digital converter.
n  Ocean Lakes does not have the digital boxes and will not be getting any. You will need to contact Spectrum.

Still have questions? Contact Spectrum at 1-844-725-4318. TIP: When asked for your address, give the Ocean Lakes mailing address (6001 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575) and your site number as the “apartment number.”

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.


Hang your special ornament on the official Ocean Lakes Christmas tree

There are the traditional glass bells with hand-painted greetings, the handmade frames holding photos of families, a Santa playing baseball.

They’ve all graced a limb on the official Ocean Lakes Family Campground Christmas tree through the years – all carefully crafted or selected and hung on the tree by Ocean Lakes guests.

For decades, our guests have played a key role in decorating our official Christmas tree in the Recreation Center, a 12-foot live beauty.

Decorating a Christmas tree is all about family, after all, and our guests make up the Ocean Lakes family.

“It’s an Ocean Lakes family tradition,” Recreation Supervisor Rhonda Boatwright said. “The families look forward to it – it’s special.”

Our tree-trimming party is set for 6 p.m. Saturday in the Recreation Center.

Our tree-trimming party is set for 6 p.m. Saturday in the Recreation Center. This isn’t the usual tree lighting where you stand back and cheer as the lights are switched on. This is a fun, hands-on, tree-decorating party with live entertainment and snacks.

Bring your ornament to decorate the tree or just help us hang ornaments from our collection. 

The tradition of having guests bring a special ornament started in the '80s, in part to help fill up our massive tree. Our guests have embraced it through the years, crafting ornaments that still tell their stories years later: The series chronicling the engagement and first anniversary of a young couple; the matching mitten ornaments from 2006 - one bearing the name of each family member; the handmade frames, all alike, that proudly display the same family year after year for more than a decade.

“The guests are proud to put their ornaments up there,” Boatwright said. “They are always thankful for the opportunity.”

Recreation teammates sort through a box of ornaments from the early 2000s.

Pick out your special ornament and join us Saturday!


Three things to know about spending Thanksgiving at Ocean Lakes

For many families, celebrating Thanksgiving at Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a tradition.

The campground will be packed this week for the holiday, with the smell of fried turkey in the air and the feast on the tables.

Here are three things to make the most of your stay with us this week:

Things to do

Our activities calendar is jam-packed with holiday-themed events all Thanksgiving week. All activities will be in our Recreation Center. Some of the highlights:

Bingo | Prizes for bingo this week will help round out that Thanksgiving meal. Play at 7 p.m. Wednesday for side dishes and at 3 p.m. Thursday for pies for dessert.

Gingerbread House Contest | Bring all your ingredients to build the most impressive gingerbread house from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Voting takes place from 9 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Recreation Center.

Breakfast with Santa | Be sure to let the Big Guy know what you want this Christmas. You bring your wish list; we’ll provide the doughnuts, orange juice and coffee. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Recreation Center.

Tree-trimming party | An Ocean Lakes family tradition! Bring your ornament or choose one from our collection to hang on the official Ocean Lakes Family Campground Christmas tree in our Recreation Center. Entertainment and snacks will be provided. 6 p.m. Saturday.

And those are just the highlights; there’s also Christmas trivia, a scavenger hunt and Christmas Karaoke. Get the full list of activities here

Cooking clean up

Can’t you just smell the aroma of fried turkeys drifting through the air in the campground? Yummy. But when it’s time for cleanup, be sure to dispose of that used cooking oil properly – don’t just dump it down the drain!

Drop it off in the special tanks behind the Meet n Eat – Sandy Mart building. Be sure to close the tank lid when finished.

Do NOT pour it down any drain – that can create major problems for our system. We won’t gross you out with the nasty details – trust us, it’s not good.

The oil left in the special containers will be recycled. And it’s easy, responsible clean up!


As you celebrate all that you are thankful for, remember those less fortunate. Here are three ways you can help while you’re staying at Ocean Lakes:

-- Have non-perishable food items that didn’t make it to the Thanksgiving table? Drop them off in our Recreation Center so we can get them to local food banks.

-- Donate a new, unwrapped toy for needy children through the U.S. Marines Corps Toys for Tots program, which helps ensure every kid gets a Christmas present. Collection boxes are in the Main Office and Recreation Center.

-- Drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, blankets or other items that will help kids and adults in our area stay warm this winter. Collection boxes are in the Main Office and the Recreation Center for Coast Regional Transportation Authority’s 11th Annual Coats for Kids campaign.

Thanks for choosing to celebrate the holiday at Ocean Lakes. Happy Thanksgiving!