There is no better way to start your new year than with a winter beach getaway. Warm up with sunny beaches, boutique shopping, renowned golfing, waterfront dining, exciting entertainment, and fun adventures for all ages.
There are many reasons to take a trip to our nine miles of shoreline this winter, but here are five favorites that visitors tell us they love.
1. RELAX ON A WIDE OPEN BEACH.
Maybe this goes without saying, but the beach in winter is a lot different than the beach in summer: there’s plenty of room to spread out. So why not take advantage of this and enjoy a peaceful walk or invigorating jog while watching the ocean waves roll in.
2. ESCAPE TO PLAY GOLF IN WARMER WEATHER.
North Myrtle Beach (and the entire Grand Strand area) is known for its amazing golf courses. And on a sunny winter day, you’ll find pleasant conditions out on the greens. Take your pick from a number of award-winning courses, like Azalea Sands Golf Club, located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, or Beachwood Golf Club, which has hosted a number of local and PGA-sponsored golf tournaments.
Many North Myrtle Beach golf courses offer inclusive “stay and play” packages with special pricing, too. Explore all our local golf courses to find the right fit for you.
3. ENJOY CROWD-FREE RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND MORE.
Thanks to smaller crowds, the off-season is the perfect time to explore North Myrtle Beach like a local.
Leisurely shop your way through the unique stores around Main Street or Barefoot Landing. Enjoy happy hour and a bite to eat at a waterfront bar while you take in a breathtaking sunset. Relive your youth and plan a minigolf marathon and take your time as you putt your way through the courses. Or visit the 162-acre North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex for a relaxing walk along their easy access trails or a lunch at one of its picnic shelters.
4. IT'S A GREAT TIME TO SEE SHOWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS.
North Myrtle Beach is home to some of the greatest theaters on the coast, and the extraordinary shows don’t stop during the winter. In fact, these nationally-acclaimed attractions all have schedules full of live performances and dinner theaters.
While we’ll always recommend a trip to The Carolina Opry for their famous namesake show, this spectacular venue also features different special one-night-only shows throughout the winter. In January and February 2024, enjoy a variety of tribute bands for the greats like Phil Collins, Elvis, The Eagles. Taking the stage in February, the one and only Gladys Knight will perform her greatest hits.
New at Alabama Theatre is comedian and juggler Slim Chance, performing nightly and cracking up crowds in this season's Greatest Christmas Show in the South. In January 2024, spend an evening with The Letterman, or sing along to Tapestry, a tribute to the legendary Carole King and her multiple Grammy award winning album of 1971. In February, Jo Dee Messina will take the Alabama stage for one night only!
5. DISCOUNTED LODGING AND ACCOMMODATIONS.
Winter in North Myrtle Beach may be considered off-season, but it should really be called the “in the know” season. For savvy shoppers, it’s easier to find an affordable rental house, condo, resort, hotel or motel, most of which offer lower rates this time of year. Chances are you'll find a great deal on a more luxurious room or bigger home than you would in the summer. With all those savings you can plan to stay a little longer, or splurge on a fancy dinner at one of the more upscale establishments in North Myrtle Beach, like Seablue Restaurant and Wine Bar or 21 Main Prime Steakhouse.
Itching to plan your winter escape to North Myrtle Beach? Start by looking for accommodations. During your stay, make sure you take plenty of pictures to share with us on social media using #ExploreNMB—we’d love to hear why you love going to the beach in the winter!