Panoramic Views of Pier and Secluded Beach
The Springmaid Pier is one of South Carolina’s longest piers. Stretching more than 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, it has a tackle shop that rents out fishing gear and a nearby café that grills up handcrafted burgers. It also handily portions off a quarter-mile stretch of beach from the crowds farther north. Guests of Springmaid Beach Resort enjoy full access to the pier for free, and fishing is available for a nominal fee. Ocean-view rooms, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a convenient location next to Myrtle Beach State Park also helped the family-friendly Springmaid Beach Resort earn Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2013 and 2014.
Three towers stand on the resort’s 30-acre property, and 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 Marlin’s Buffet, an onsite restaurant with hotcakes, biscuits and gravy, and other Lowcountry favorites.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Sandy Beaches, Seaside Golf Courses, and Classic Amusement-Park Rides
Myrtle Beach is the crown jewel of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of white, sandy beaches along the Atlantic seaboard that draws surfers, fishers, and kayakers. The city was named one of the best vacation spots in the United States for a family by USA Today, in part because of its wooden boardwalk, which stretches for more than a mile and buzzes with carnival games and amusement-park rides. Hop into the SkyWheel Ferris wheel’s glass-floored gondolas, surrounded by more than a million LED lights, for a panoramic view of the city below.
Less than 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, the tiny fishing village of Murrells Inlet provides a tranquil contrast to the boardwalk’s hustle and bustle. At Brookgreen Gardens, more than 1,400 original sculptures stand amid sprawling floral gardens and massive, moss-covered oak trees that have been around for centuries. Murrells Inlet is also home to the Tom Fazio–designed TPC Myrtle Beach golf course, 1 of more than 100 courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.