Myrtle Beach sits at the heart of a 60-mile stretch of sand, known as the Grand Strand. You won’t be short of holiday resorts and entertainment options in one of the South’s premier vacation destinations. It’s known as the ‘Golf Capital of the World’ and, with more than 120 courses to choose from, it’s easy to see why.
As any lover of the Grand Strand will tell you, there’s never a bad time to visit. It’s worth booking at least a month or two in advance to get the biggest choice of Cheap Flights to Myrtle Beach, as well as the best value and choice of accommodation.
Many locals say that September through October is the best time to visit, with Cheap Flights to Myrtle Beach available at this time. It’s the fall festival season, when the scorching heat of the summer is over but it’s still warm enough to enjoy some quality beach time. Plus, it will be much less crowded than during the peak summer and school vacation periods.
April through May is also popular with those in the know, with lower room rates and more pleasant temperatures for days on the beach and golfing.
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Myrtle Beach International is a county-owned airport located around three miles to the southwest of the city center. It’s a small commercial facility serving around 1.7 million passengers a year, making it the third busiest in South Carolina.
Public transport options from the airport include the Coast RTA, which operates seven fixed routes around the Grand Strand every day. Free hotel shuttles operate from outside Door six of the main terminal, and taxis are also available from here also.
Several major airlines run services in and out of Myrtle Beach, with other seasonal flights available at peak times of year.
There are several car rental agencies located at the airport and around Myrtle Beach for your convenience.
The Lymo bus network provides a comprehensive service with 22 regular routes. Fares are between $2 and $5 depending on where you’re going on the Strand. The Coast RTA also runs buses along main thoroughfares, and to and from the Grand Strand to several neighboring towns.
Taxis are available throughout Myrtle Beach but can be hard to find during the peak tourism season. A journey along the entire 60-mile length of the Grand Strand will set you back just over $50.
As you might have guessed from the name, the star attraction here is the beach. It’s at its most beautiful at sunrise (well worth getting up for at least once during your stay) and during peak season gets significantly busier throughout the day. To get a good spot you should arrive as early as possible.
For the best nightlife, check out Broadway at the Beach, the largest entertainment complex in South Carolina, with more than 20 restaurants and 11 nightclubs.
Another top entertainment option is the Carolina Opry, a two-hour nightly show blending music, comedy and dance acts.
Of course, the main reason people flock here (apart from the beach itself) is the golf, with a choice of more than 120 courses in the surrounding area. The four world-class courses are the Fazio, the Lover, the Dye and the Norman.
During peak season the beach can get very busy: arrive as early as possible or you may struggle to find a good spot. The roads can also get very crowded, with one of the highest accident rates in the US, and parking can be very tricky – try and use public transport or walk if possible.
Summer may be hot (July has average temperatures in the 90s), and it may be a bit crowded as Myrtle Beach grows from 26,000 off-season residents to 400,000 in peak season, but it is without a doubt the best time to visit if you want to see the city at its most spectacular. A few festivals punctuate the season: MayFest kicks off summer with a month of outdoor concerts, and the Sun Fun Festival attracts 35,000 visitors in June for the world’s largest convertible show, the National Jet Ski Championships, and a boiled-peanut-eating contest. The Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival kisses summer goodbye on Labor Day weekend with live music and South Carolina’s official barbecue competition. But every summer night plays out like a festival in Myrtle Beach, thanks to Hot Summer Nights, a series of planned nightly events along the boardwalk that vary from a kid-friendly carnival on Mondays to strolling bagpipers on Thursdays.
If you’re looking for a quieter—and perhaps more authentic—coastal experience, consider fall, when the temps drop into the 70s and the vacationers return home for daily school routines. The season is also characterized by smaller, food-based celebrations with a strong southern vibe. In October, the Loris Bog-Off celebrates a local delicacy, the “chicken bog,” a spicy blend of rice, chicken sausage, onions, and black peppers. Also in October is the Little River Shrimp and Jazz Festival, which combines two of the South’s favorite things. The Murrells Inlet Oyster Festival, in November, is a one-day event highlighted by all-you-can-eat steamed local oysters.
The town generally sleeps through winter (November to February), as temps hover in the 50s and few consider hitting the beach much farther north than Daytona.
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