Did you miss out on your Myrtle Beach vacation fix this summer? Or did your one-week whirlwind trip fly by so fast that you already feel like you need another getaway? Don't let the calendar fool you; the summer may be over, but the fall is the best time to visit Myrtle Beach.
But what about the millions who come every summer to enjoy the sun, surf and sand? It's true; the summer is the hottest time of year for tourists on the Grand Strand, both literally and figuratively. But that's part of the point. With smaller crowds and cooler temperatures, the fall is ideal for a Myrtle Beach retreat and a stay at Bay View Resort. Those are just a few of these top five reasons to escape to the Grand Strand this fall:
Affordability: Hotel rates drop off significantly after Labor Day, and Bay View goes the extra mile by offering several fall specials. Save up to 35 percent off on accommodations when you stay four nights or longer. If you only have a few days for an autumn getaway, take advantage of Bay View's “Free Fall Nights” special – stay two nights and receive a complimentary the third night. Accommodations aren't the only way you will save big bucks. Several attractions and restaurants offer offseason discounts for a fraction of the summer prices to attract more customers.
Crowds: If relaxation is your goal for a fall retreat, you've picked the right place and the right time. Stretch out on the spacious beach and enjoy all the water amenities in relative tranquility compared to the peak tourism season. But if you want a little more action, take a stroll down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk to the heart of the downtown district, where oceanfront cafes, retail stores and beach bars are hopping year-round. All the places that may have been too packed to get in during the summer now have comfortable sized crowds with no waiting.
Festivals: September and October is the peak of the Grand Strand's social calendar, and we have plenty of reasons to throw a party. From seafood and culinary events to arts and internationally themed festivals, there seems to be a shindig every weekend with live music and arts and crafts shows. Just a few of the highlights are the Sept. 18-27 SOS Fall Migration shag dancing festival in North Myrtle Beach, the Oct. 10-11 Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival, and the Oct. 24 Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast. Be sure to pack your dancing shoes and an appetite for these fall parties.
Shopping: Every city has department stores that hold clearance sales, but the Grand Strand is more susceptible to overstocked shelves at the end of summer. The cyclical seasons often prompts stores to hold huge after-summer sales in the fall to make room for the next year's hottest fashions. It's a great time to snap up a deal on a swimsuit, shoes or a summer dress. The latest trend is the “shop-cation” where guests combine a Myrtle Beach vacation with an early Christmas shopping excursion. With so many retail outlets and shopping centers in Myrtle Beach, the savings often pay for the shop-cation.
Weather: There really isn't a significant drop off in temperatures in the early fall on the Grand Strand. Average highs of 90s in the summer months fall into the 80s in September, 70s in October, and the 60s in November and Decembers. But you've heard the expression “It's not the heat, it's the humidity,” and that's the biggest difference between the summer and fall as milder autumn weather creates a perfect beach setting. There's also a lot less rain in the fall so there's a lesser chance of your plans getting washed out.
These are just some of the reasons to come visit Myrtle Beach in the fall. With smaller crowds and cooler temperatures, there is so much to do and see.