While the most popular time of year for vacationers to visit the Grand Strand may be the summertime, seasoned travelers and locals alike know an insider’s secret that the peak-season crowds may not always be privy to — springtime on the Grand Strand is pretty hard to beat. If you’re looking to put a beach getaway in your future and on the calendar to help you power through those cold days of winter, consider these four reasons to shoot for a spring vacation on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront at Ocean Reef Resort:
Beauty in bloom: As winter begins to fade into the past and the coastal temperatures start going up, the Grand Strand’s native flowers, shrubs and trees begin to put on a springtime show that’s unrivaled by any of the other seasons. The peak spring bloom for dogwoods, azaleas, cherry trees and a range of other favorite South Carolina foliage varieties typically takes place from mid-March to late April, and the area’s irises, roses, gardenia, wisteria and dozens of other blooming plants and trees reach peak beauty in the spring as well. For a real nature lover’s treat, head to the Grand Strand’s southern end for a visit to Brookgreen Gardens, where themed botanical gardens, nearly 1,500 works of American figurative sculpture, a wildlife preserve and more fill the lush, 9,100-acre property outside Murrells Inlet.
Open attractions: While wintertime tends to bring seasonal closures at some of the Myrtle Beach area’s top family attractions and restaurants, the spring sees local businesses begin to come out of their winter hibernation. For example, Family Kingdom Amusement Park opens its 2019 season on April 6; Myrtle Waves Water Park welcomes its first 2019 visitors on May 11; and Splashes Oceanfront Water Park and Wild Water & Wheels open for the season on May 25.
Smaller crowds: The number of coastal visitors may begin to jump in the spring (and for good reason — see the entries above and below), but the numbers are well below those seen during summer’s peak season on the Grand Strand. This means that springtime visitors get to enjoy the same beautiful beaches and great Myrtle Beach attractions, but with substantially more elbow room. So you and your vacation crew will be able to visit the most popular places or catch the hottest shows without waiting in long lines, plus check out the area’s most in-demand restaurants, often even without any need for reservations.
Great rates: Guests who book their beach vacations for the spring rather than during the peak summer months tend to have a much wider range of available accommodations to choose from — and they can save some serious money. For example, our FREE Spring Nights deal gives guests a third night free when they book two consecutive nights, our Mother’s Day at the Beach special offers reduced rates and a great way to treat Mom, and our Sunday Super Saver deal provides a 30% discount when you arrive on a Sunday.
With all these great perks to visiting in the spring, why wait to plan your trip? Check out our specials and book your spring trip to Ocean Reef Resort today — you’ll give your vacation crew a warm and exciting Grand Strand getaway to look forward to for the rest of winter!