When to Visit Myrtle Beach

by SmarterTravel Staff

Myrtle Beach is a top year-round vacation destination for the young and old. The most popular time to visit is in the summer, when schools are on break, the weather is hot, and there are plenty of outdoor activities.

Spring and fall bring pleasant temperatures and visitors who love to golf. Winter is the slowest time, but many visitors still come for holiday shopping and events.

  • high season: May to August
  • low season: December to February
  • shoulder season: March to April, September to November

Weather Information

Myrtle Beach experiences warm temperatures throughout the year. However, summers are particularly hot and humid, with highs averaging 89 degrees. Spring and fall bring milder weather, with an average high of 76 degrees. Winters are a bit cooler, with temperatures reaching average highs of 59 degrees. Hurricane season is from June through November.

Crowd Information

May through August is the busiest time, as this is when most beach-goers visit. Major events can also attract crowds, including the Canadian-American days in March, Sun Fun Festival in June, Fourth of July, Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival in September, Spring and Fall Motorcycle Rallies in May and October, and Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens during in December.

Closure Information

Most hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year. However, Wild Water & Wheels and Myrtle Waves Water Park close from mid-September through mid-May. Some of the theaters may also close during the first part of January to rehearse for new productions.

When to Save

Although Myrtle Beach can be an affordable destination anytime of the year, prices are the lowest from October through February, when fewer visitors come and holiday packages are available.

Information provided by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

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