7 Ways to Save Money on a Myrtle Beach Vacation
Whether you are taking a quick weekend trip or a week long Myrtle Beach vacation, you are bound to have a spending budget. The good news is there are plenty of ways to stretch your dollar and save big on your next beach vacation, without having to skimp on any of the fun, sun and relaxation!
To get you started, we’ve put together the following list of 7 ways to save money on your next Myrtle Beach vacation.
1 . Look for Coupons.
One of the easiest ways to save money on your next beach vacation is to look for coupons and specials for Myrtle Beach attractions, theaters and restaurants.
Family fun parks, shows and theaters often have specials where kids get in for half price (or even free). In addition, many restaurants offer BOGO deals for 50% off entrées, free appetizers or buy three get one free specials.
We recommend visiting the websites and Facebook pages of attractions, theaters or restaurants to see if they are running any specials while you are planning your vacation.
If you stop by a Myrtle Beach Visitor Information Center on your way into town, you can usually find printed coupons inside the brochures for the places on your list. You can also find consolidated lists of local specials and coupons on Myrtle Beach visitor information websites, like the one we created for North Myrtle Beach coupons.
2 . Eat Earlier.
When you eat earlier in the day, not only are the lines shorter, but you can also take advantage of early bird specials and happy hours. Many restaurants offer specials like half-off appetizers, discounted drinks and discounted entrées.
3 . Bring Food and Save Leftovers.
Food and drinks can quickly eat up your beach vacation budget. Eating out adds up, especially if you are feeding a group or large family. One of the best things you can do to save money is to purchase food, snacks and drinks at a local grocery store once you arrive. Sandwiches and bagged chips are great for beach picnics, and it’s far cheaper to feed your family by grilling out, rather than dining out every night.
If you are staying in a beach house or condo, you will likely have more fridge and kitchen space than a hotel. However, hotel guests can pack non-perishable items and take advantage of hotel room mini fridges and microwaves.
4 . Visit Attractions in the Afternoon.
Spend the day on the beach and plan to visit attractions later in the afternoon. Many Myrtle Beach waterparks, golf courses and amusement parks offer discounted afternoon and evening rates.
5 . Take Advantage of Free Things to Do.
If you are on a budget, there are plenty of free things to do in Myrtle Beach to keep you busy – beyond just going to the beach. Boardwalks and parks are scattered throughout the Grand Strand area, from North Myrtle Beach all the way down to Murrells Inlet.
If you are up for a little window shopping (or people watching), take a short drive to North Myrtle Beach, where there are plenty of malls and outlet centers to explore.
Also be on the lookout for any free concert series or events that are being hosted by the cities of Myrtle Beach or North Myrtle Beach.
6 . Stay in North Myrtle Beach.
The closer you are to the city center, the higher rates tend to be. If you want to find an oceanfront vacation rental or beach house that won’t break the bank, consider staying in North Myrtle Beach. Just 30 minutes north of Myrtle Beach, staying in a vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach will open up your options, while keeping you within easy driving distance of attractions, theaters and amusement parks.
7 . Visit During the Off-Season.
Summer is the most popular time to vacation in Myrtle Beach, but isn’t the only time! During the off-season, when the kids are back in school and the beaches are less crowded, many beach house rentals, condos and hotels offer lower rates. In addition, restaurants and theaters may also offer seasonal specials and discounted prices.
See you soon!