March - September
Although Myrtle Beach can boast 215 sunny days per year, peak travel season is considered March 1 to September 30. A Myrtle Beach vacation during this time will likely benefit from “sunbathing” weather, sunny skies with occasional afternoon thunderstorms, but it will also weather peak rates. August and September are considered the wettest months (April and November are the driest), and also some of the hottest, and are thus slightly less crowded than June and July. Hotels and rentals are particularly crowded during holidays (Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day) and during seasonal events such as Bike Week in (May & September/October) and around college and high school graduation, as the town is a popular “Beach Week” destination. Expect premium prices and nearly sold-out availability at premium properties—weekend specials may be available, but consider booking as far in advance as possible.
November - February
Like most non-tropical beach towns, the winter months (November through February) are considered “off” season. However, most beaches are accessible year-round and many hotels and businesses remain open for the year, offering travelers who don’t care to sunbathe an affordable escape. Hotels have relatively low occupancy, and deep discounts are likely available given the glut of unused rooms during this time period. During the off-season, explore the area’s world-class dining, golf courses (open year-‘round except during times when frost is present) and entertainment in the form of a show at the House of Blues
or a shopping trip to Broadway at the Beach
October and early November
October and early November generally bring cooler climates but still offer bustling activity. These months are favorites for golfers, who take advantage of lower occupancy rates at hotels and comfortable temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s. Since many attractions remain open all year, this is an ideal time to take advantage of less than peak room rates and a less crowded beach environment. November is considered one of the driest months. Given its family-friendly vibe, Myrtle Beach is an ideal place to gather for family reunions—perhaps around Thanksgiving?