Panoramic Views of Private Pier and Secluded Beach
The Springmaid Pier is one of the longest piers in Myrtle Beach. Stretching more than 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, it stays busy during the day with anglers and sightseers out for a stroll. There's a tackle shop that rents out fishing gear and a nearby café that grills up fresh fish. The pier—which handily cordons off a quarter-mile stretch of beach from the crowds further north—is private, but guests of Springmaid Beach Resort next door enjoy full access for free.
Three towers—Live Oak, Palmetto, and Cypress—stand on the resort's 27-acre property, which recently underwent a six-month renovation that included remodeling of guest rooms, the conference center, property outlets, and landscapes. Each guest room has a balcony that faces the ocean. Guests in the Live Oak and Palmetto buildings have easy access to the heated indoor pool and outdoor lazy river. For breakfast, head to the onsite restaurant, Marlin's Buffet, for low-country favorites such as hotcakes and biscuits with gravy.
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-friendly attractions. The boardwalk connects to many of the area's carnival rides, including the popular SkyWheel, which lifts passengers 175 feet into the air. Inland, you'll find sprawling outlet malls and theaters that feature nightly dinner shows and touring Broadway productions.
The coastline serves as a dazzling focal point at many of the more than 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. You'll find a number of them on Golf Digest’s list of America’s Greatest Public Golf Courses. Meanwhile, along the local portion of the Intracoastal Waterway, speedboats and jet skis tear across the waves, passing scenic forests along the shore.