Panoramic Views of Private Pier and Secluded Beach
The Springmaid Pier forms the longest pier on the Myrtle Beach coastline, jutting out more than a thousand feet into the Atlantic. Naturally, crowds flock to here for the fishing: out on the dock, a tackle shop rents out gear for visitors to angle for tarpon and spanish mackerel, and nearby, a café grills up freshly caught fish. Others just stop by to stroll and enjoy the unhindered views of the ocean. The pier is directly adjacent to Springmaid Beach Resort and private, but Springmaid's guests can enter for free. The pier also serves as a border that cordons off Springmaid's quarter-mile stretch of beach from the crowds farther north.
Three towers make up the 27-acre property, and just like the pier, all of the guest rooms have views of the ocean. Walk past a sliding door and you'll find a private balcony furnished with beach chairs. The Cypress building's standard rooms overlook an outdoor pool. Alternatively, the Live Oak and Palmetto Dunes buildings each have a heated indoor pool and outdoor lazy river within close range of their deluxe rooms. Come morning, Marlin's Buffet serves a spread of Low Country favorites such as hot cakes and biscuits with gravy.
Though it's easy to spend all day drifting between the pools and the beachfront, there's plenty to do indoors on the rare occasion it's overcast (Myrtle Beach gets an average of 215 days of sunshine per year). Kids can stay entertained at an arcade, and the front desk can help guests find special prices for tickets to nearby live music performances.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Family Fun on the Grand Strand Oceanfront
The Grand Strand, a 60-mile crescent, is the cradle of Myrtle Beach's family attractions. The boardwalk connects to many of the area's carnival rides, including the popular SkyWheel, which lifts passengers 175 feet skyward to play peekaboo with passing clouds. Just inland, theaters show nightly dinner shows and off-Broadway productions, and sprawling outlet malls hawk designer threads.
The waterfront makes itself ever-present throughout Myrtle Beach. It's the focal point at many of the more than 100 golf courses in the area, many of which have been named to Golf Digest’s list of America’s Greatest Public Golf Courses. And along the Myrtle Beach section of the Intracoastal Waterway, a 3,000-mile aquatic highway, speedboats and jetskis glide along past forested banks to escape the sunbathing masses.
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