5 Truths About Visiting Myrtle Beach in the Winter

Should you adopt a new winter vacation destination?


If you’re considering Myrtle Beach, what a GREAT idea. This place is not your typical off-season ghost town on the coast. Far from it.


You’ll find the Grand Strand is open for business year-round.

Tips for Winter Beach Travel

Before you hit the coast, consider the differences from your Labor Day visit. This advice will help you pack smartly.

  • Bring a kite! There’s nothing like a strong beach wind to keep one flying. Also, pack buckets and shovels for sandcastle construction.
  • Let the waves chase you. You might not be able to enjoy full-on swimming but running from the surf is fun for kids. And parents, too.
  • Wine and dine. Grand Strand restaurants are lively in the off-season, too. Sample fare from places you didn’t get to when you were here last.

5 True Statements About a Myrtle Beach Winter Trip

Rent a bike or Segway to get around. The Grand Strand is a cool place to visit when the weather is cool.

1. “The Grand Strand Is Less Crowded in the Winter.”

Your initial thought might be, “of course! No one will be there.” True, crowds are smaller in the fall and winter. But there are enough people here to keep it interesting. You’ll navigate Ocean Boulevard much more easily.

Recommended: Visit Market Commons. Shopping here in general will be a much less congested experience.  

2. “Fun Is Cheaper in the Off-Season in Myrtle Beach.”

If you’re looking for deals on lodging, winter is the time to visit. Most resorts have lower rates in the offseason to entice visitors. Not that it takes much! Look for cyber deals, winter getaways, and golf packages to save money.


Recommended: Put your savings toward something you’d have to wait on in the summer. Try zip-lining at Soar + Explore.

3. “When It’s Not Summer, You Can Go to Any Attraction You Want.”

All those attractions that were so popular in July are still open in January. And some that aren’t. Attend a Coastal Carolina men’s basketball game. Head to Alligator Adventure to mingle with wildlife. Spend a day at WonderWorks.



Recommended: In the off-season, you can enjoy more time and space in a place such as the Hollywood Wax Museum. Look for the Great Ape!  

4. “There Are No Lines for Fun Stuff During the Colder Months.”

The wait is shorter not only for restaurants but also to get on the SkyWheel. You can ride more rides at Family Kingdom Amusement Park. And you’ll have a better chance at tickets for Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.


Recommended: It’s okay to take your time for a round of mini-golf at Jungle Safari Golf. That’s especially helpful if you’re bringing a large group.

5. “The Beaches Offer Stunning Sunrises Over the Ocean in Winter.”

No judgment if you take in the sunrise in your pajamas. As long as they’re warm! Whether you watch from the balcony or take a blanket (and coffee) to the beach, you’re in for an incredible show. No camera is necessary.


Recommended: Check the sunrise time. Head out 20 minutes before the listed time for the greatest effect. The light and colors start seeping in.

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Ready to Head South to Grande Cayman Resort?

Surprise your family with a winter getaway to Grande Cayman Resort. You’re in an excellent location on the beach, with restaurants and shopping nearby. Or stay close and enjoy a drink at the on-site tiki bar. No matter what you do, book your first trip of the new year at Grande Cayman Resort today.

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