Myrtle Beach travel can be good throughout the year. Although there are distinct seasons in the Grand Strand region, they are generally mild and pleasant even during the winter. Likewise, the summer heat and humidity is mitigated by the proximity of the ocean and more than 60 miles of beautiful pristine beaches.
The history of Myrtle Beach tourism began in the early twentieth century, when oceanfront hotels and beach resorts started being built and the wealthy from Charleston would come for their summer vacations. Some even found that the best time to go to Myrtle Beach was during the winter when it averages about 60 degrees Fahrenheit at the same time there could be snow in the inland parts of the American Southeast.
With this kind of mild climate and more than 200 days of sunshine per year, the region has also become a prime retirement destination. Since those in the retirement communities often spend their winters in even warmer climes, it means that the best time to go to Myrtle Beach for a wider variety of vacation rentals is during the winter. Because winter is the low season, many hotels and resorts also offer great deal and vacation packages. For the best budget deals, travel from October through February.
There are a couple reasons that most Myrtle Beach tourism occurs during the summer. It is hot and humid, but the 60 miles of beaches and the ocean offer quick and easily accessible relief. Outdoor activities abound to fill all the daylight hours and there is excellent nightlife for those who want to keep playing until the wee hours of the morning. The winter is a prime time for colorful holiday events and shopping. Chief among these is the Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens in December.
If the best time to go to Myrtle Beach for you is during the summer, you should make your plans as far in advance as possible to secure your preferred accommodations. Although there are more than 80,000 rooms available in the Grand Strand region, the most desirable resorts and good cheap hotels do fill up. This is especially true during important events like Bike Week, which kicks off the peak Myrtle Beach tourism season in mid-May.
Those who are golf enthusiasts will find that Myrtle Beach travel is excellent during the springtime when it is not so hot and humid, but still warm enough to enjoy the seaside after the golf round is over. Another popular sport here is fishing, whether it’s deep sea fishing or lazy shore angling. Generally, the best time for this is in the summer. The Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo begins on the first of April and last through the end of October. Anyone can enter and register their catch during this period to win one of thousands of dollars in prizes.
One thing to remember while you do your Myrtle Beach travel planning is seasonal closing. Most hotels, shops and attractions will remain open 365 days a year. However, smaller hotels and bed and breakfast inns and some attractions do close. The Myrtle Waves Water Park is an example of an attraction that is open only from mid-May to mid-September. Another thing to remember is to be prepared for rain any time of year.
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