Myrtle Beach’s 60 miles of coastline draw large crowds during the summer months. Things calm down in the fall when the festival season kicks off and the weather cools for golfers.
Here are our picks for the best time to go to Myrtle Beach.
High season: June to August
Best time for the beach and concerts
July and August are the busiest months, but crowds are scarce at the end of August. All seasonal attractions are underway, as well as several concert series including Hot Summer Nights and Sounds of Summer Concert Series. As for other festivals, it’s a quiet time as most visitors are here just to soak up the sun on the beach. Keep in mind that the hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends at the end of November with a higher risk from the end of August.
Middle season: March to May; September to October
Best time for golf and festivals
The best part about shoulder season is the lack of crowds at most attractions and shows, and shorter wait times at restaurants. March through May is ideal for golfing due to the cooler temperatures, but green fees for golfers tend to be higher. Fall is the festival season with lots of sun and summer temperatures. The ocean remains warm enough to swim until October.
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Low season: November to February
Best time for budget travelers
Hotel and resort rates are the lowest of the year with great deals on beachfront rooms. While some attractions are closed, holiday events and shows start in early November and run through ‘in the first weekend of January.
Cold weather drives most people away, resulting in the cheapest hotel rates of the year and lack of crowds. There are no major events except Restaurant Week in South Carolina. While many attractions are closed, this is one of the cheapest times to play golf.
Key Events: Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles, South Carolina Restaurant Week
While crowds are still scarce, room rates are starting to increase a bit despite the cold. Many theaters remain closed for the month, but the golf season is starting to kick in. There are no major events or festivals in February as Myrtle Beach gears up for spring.
As the spring break season kicks off, students flock to the beaches in search of a party. Many seasonal attractions and restaurants are starting to reopen. The golf season is in full swing.
Key events: Can-Am Days Festival, Myrtle Beach Marathon
April is filled with hot days and cool nights. Tee times and green fees may be more expensive, but accommodation rates are lower than in high season. Since spring break for K-12 schools falls around Easter, it’s a popular time for families to visit.
Key Events: Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Horry County Fair
The beginning of May is generally warm and less crowded. Spring motorcycle rallies begin the second week of May and continue through Memorial Day when crowds and hotel rates begin to increase.
Key Events: World Famous Blue Crab Festival, Atlantic Bike Week, Spring Bike Rally
In early June, families and a stream of recent high school and college graduates look to celebrate. The heat and crowds increase dramatically throughout the month. Even though hurricane season officially kicks off in June, it’s still a good time to visit. Water parks, water sports and amusement parks are all open.
Key Events: Carolina Country Music Fest, Conway Riverfest, Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Hot Summer Nights
The crowds and hotel prices increase in July. All attractions are open but expect to queue everywhere. There are a variety of events on July 4th and several outdoor concert series.
Key Events: Salute from the Shore, Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Hot Summer Nights
Unlike the heat and humidity, crowds start to decrease at the end of August as school resumes. Check the weather before your visit – the risk of hurricanes begins to peak at the end of the month.
Key events: Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Hot Summer Nights
After Labor Day, the crowds decrease dramatically, making it easy to spread out on the beach and avoid traffic. The weather and the water are warm and most of the attractions are still open. This is the second busiest golf season so expect higher prices.
Key Events: Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down, Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival, Fall Cycling Rally
Summer humidity and peak season rates disappear in October. As nighttime temperatures begin to drop, the ocean is warm enough for swimming. Another bonus is that the risk of hurricanes decreases considerably towards the end of the month.
Key events: Little River ShrimpFest, Loris Bog-Off Festival, Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival
Hotel rates are drastically reduced in November. Holiday attractions and shows start at the beginning of the month. More importantly, it’s the end of hurricane season.
Key Events: Myrtle Beach Invitational, Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles
While the weather in December is normally cold, there can still be a few warm days. Holiday shopping and events are in full swing.
Key Events: Grand Strand Vacation, Myrtle Beach Bowl, Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles