Myrtle Beach is of course known as a sandy location. After all, any east coast town with the name ‘beach’ in it must only be a great place to visit during the warmer months of the year. The truth is, while this South Carolina beach town is an amazing place to visit during the summer, Myrtle Beach is also a wonderful destination to check out during the colder months. The coastal town has a lot to offer its visitors in terms of attractions and events all-year round, which helps make it an ideal vacation destination. With a population of nearly 33,00 people, and an estimated annual 14 million visitors, this town has definitely got it going on at all times of the year. If you are headed to Ocean Lakes, or visiting with your family or pets, make sure to check out the special articles we crafted in order to help you plan the perfect Myrtle Beach vacation.
This article breaks down the best activities and happenings in The Dirty Myrtle by month. Instead of us choosing when the best time to visit Myrtle Beach is, we’ll leave it up to you. Let’s take a deeper dive on this beautiful east coast destination.
Summer Starts in June
This is the month when, of course, more visitors start pouring into Myrtle Beach. The weather is warming up to usher in the summer months. The winter and spring has had visitors cooped up in for the season and folks want to enjoy the beach. This makes June one of the best times to visit Myrtle Beach as all of the attractions are open, the summer vibe has just begun, and the weather is perfect. Those visiting during this time of the year can enjoy the three-day Carolina Country Music Fest. After taking the year off in 2020, the rockin’ festival features over 30 incredible artists to enjoy in a fabulous beach side setting. With affordable early bird tickets, country music fans can take advantage of getting a music festival while enjoying a wonderful beach vacation.
July on the Coast of Myrtle Beach
The hottest days of the year pop up during July. It is also around this time when out-of-towners flock to Myrtle Beach. While locals are likely cowering over the heat, the tourist industry is thriving. So what it’s 90+ degrees out, you are by the beach!
Those who wish to stay for a few days or weeks in the city should note that along with the summer months of June and August, accommodation rates are on the high side.
While on the expensive side and a bit hot, visitors can plan to visit for a long 4th of July weekend. This action packed time features an annual Independence Day Parade and of course an epic fireworks show. If you are traveling with the family, witnessing the excited look on your kids face as the fireworks pop off will give you an endless feeling of joy. Visiting Myrtle Beach during the month of July for a summer beach vacation is always a great time.
August on the Grand Strand
When the weather starts to cool down a bit in August, there is a particularly charming vibe in Myrtle Beach. With the smallest beach crowds of the summer months, this is a good time to enjoy the sand and surf.
Summer attractions are still open with fewer people to navigate around, resulting in fewer lines, cheaper prices on summer accommodations, in a calmer setting. While things tend to slow down just a bit, it is still summertime in Myrtle Beach. August has a packed events calendar, with a lineup that includes the Craftsman Classic Arts and Crafts Show, Beach Boogie, and our favorite, the BBQ Festival.
September on the Myrtle Beach Coastline
Myrtle Beach condo rentals begin to go down during this month as the number of tourists begins to dwindle. Although many summertime attractions close down after Labor Day, some remain open, allowing your family to enjoy your trip without having to compete for personal space with other visitors. Big events for this month include the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival and the Irish Italian Festival. Locals consider the month of September to be the ‘local’s summer’ meaning it is still nice out, but there are less tourists because school has started back up.
October on the South Carolina Coast
MyrtleBeach.com chooses this month as the best time to visit the city for several great reasons. Myrtle Beach vacation rental prices are heavily reduced, and the fall season events are on tap. The weather is still ideal for a trip to the beach during the day, but keep in mind that it can get a bit chilly as the sun goes down.
Some of the events that you and your family can enjoy during this month include Fall Bike Week, Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, and Oktoberfest. Grabbing a pint and enjoying Myrtle Beach in the beginning of the fall is certainly ideal.
November in Myrtle Beach
One of the best perks about visiting Myrtle Beach during November has something to do with the holiday attractions starting early. Myrtle Beach hotels, condos and vacation rentals offer great deals as fall has officially begun. Holiday events, shows and attractions start as early as November 1, making the city an ideal destination for those who want an extended holiday celebration. Celebrating Thanksgiving by the beach sounds like a great time to us, especially because the weather stays around 65+ degrees during the day.
December, January & February
These months offer the best deals of the year in terms of accommodations because it is considered the low season. There is still tons of winter action, December marks the peak of holiday shows and parades, most of which take place on the beach.
After the New Year begins, Myrtle Beach takes a little bit of a break. The temp cools down to just above freezing at night and there is not as much going on. Still, there is tons of natural beauty all around and many businesses are still open. If you live nearby, and want a nice weekend getaway from the city, visiting in January is still a relaxing time.
Once February rolls around, while most of the city’s attractions are still closed, some still flock to the city for one thing: the Myrtle Beach Marathon. This event gives runners a pleasant footrace on a flat course in chilly weather. Hotel, condo and vacation rental rates are still low too. Set your next personal record by giving this southern marathon a try!
March by the Atlantic
Springtime activities signal the uptick in the number of visitors to Myrtle Beach in March. College students start to flock to the city for spring break, and golfers also arrive for spring season. Accommodations are still affordable, and some attractions and restaurants open shop. The beach starts getting some sun and night time isn’t as chilly, but it’s still a good call to bring a sweater. Checking out the action of spring break will serve as an exciting vacation to Myrtle Beach.
April & May
Spring has sprung once April arrives. This month brings the best spring weather to Myrtle Beach with warmer days and comfortably cool nights. Spring golf season is in full-swing and golfers can choose from the many golf courses.
May is a month of great events and festivals. It is also a good time to get the jump on other visitors to have fun before the influx of the summer crowd. Visiting in March helps folks who don’t love the big crowds get some nice beach time before the summer officially starts.
It Depends on What You Like
Here at VacationRenter, we have a strong calling to this South Carolina coastal city. We have written all sorts of guides for this magical town and have no plans on slowing down. Folks who visit Myrtle Beach often return. Come back during the less known months and find your favorite time of the year to visit!