Five Reasons to take a Winter Vacation in North Myrtle Beach
The holidays are over, and summer may feel far away. But there’s good news…the beach is a great place to be, even in the winter!
For those ‘in the know,’ a winter beach vacation can be just as wonderful as a summer beach vacation. Sunny skies, long stretches of empty beaches, lots of parking—and you can still enjoy many of your favorite summer activities. There are so many reasons to make a trip to our shores this winter, but here are five favorites that visitors tell us they love.
1. It’s the best time to see shows and special events.
North Myrtle Beach is home to some of the greatest theaters on the coast, and their extraordinary shows don’t stop during the winter. The Alabama Theater, House of Blues, and Carolina Opry all have schedules full of live performances and dinner theaters that run throughout the week.
While we’ll always recommend a trip to the Carolina Opry’s famous namesake show, this spectacular venue also features different special one-night-only shows throughout the winter. At the end of January, the world-champion Irish step dance troupe takes the stage with a traditional Irish band and vocalist. This show brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture through traditional melodies and dances. Or come by in February when America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack Hanna, brings his Into the Wild Live show to town. This one is sure to please folks of all ages!
The Alabama Theatre’s winter shows change every weekend throughout January, but you can catch the jaw-dropping ONE show any day of the week beginning in February. Are you looking for a comedy show or a magical night full of music and dance? Whatever your taste, you’ll find something on the Alabama Theatre’s winter schedule.
While you’re in town, you won’t want to miss a dinner theater at the House of Blues. Every Saturday, this impressive venue hosts an interactive murder mystery dinner. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal during a hilarious performance where you’ll get the chance to guess the suspect. If you’d prefer a concert, there are plenty of those, too! Stop by their schedule to peruse this year’s offerings.
2. Get steep discounts on lodging.
Winter at North Myrtle Beach may be considered the “off season” but it sound really be called “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 significantly lower rates during this time of year. You might be able to get a great deal on a more luxurious room or bigger home than you would in the summer. With all of those savings, you can splurge on a fancy dinner or plan a few day trips to nearby areas.
3. Enjoy crowd-free restaurants, shops and more.
During the off-season, everything is even easier than normal. Parking is abundant, and the restaurants welcome you with attentive service and beautiful views. It’s the perfect time to explore North Myrtle Beach like a local instead of a tourist!
Leisurely shop your way through the unique stores in Barefoot Landing. Enjoy a bonfire night or Wine Wednesday celebration at La Belle Amie vineyard. Plan a mini-golf marathon and take your time as you putt your way through the course. Visit the 162-acre North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex for a relaxing walk or exciting zipline tour at Go Ape.
4. Escape to play golf in warmer weather.
North Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand area are known for their amazing golf courses. But on a summer afternoon, it can get pretty warm out on the course. Not in the winter! Take your pick from a number of award-winning courses, like Tidewater Golf Club, which has been called “the Pebble Beach of the East,” 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 of our local golf courses to find the right fit for you.
5. Relax on an empty beach.
Maybe this goes without saying, but the beach in winter is a lot different than the beach in summer. First of all, you don’t need to search for that perfect spot in the sand, because you’ll have plenty of choices. Second, there’s a lot more room to play the same beach games that you enjoy throughout the summer. You definitely won’t have to worry about tripping over someone else’s towel. Fill your thermos and bring your favorite hot beverages along, then unroll your blanket and towel to watch the waves.
Ready to plan your winter escape to North Myrtle Beach? Start by looking for accommodations here. Then make sure you take plenty of pictures during your stay and share them with us on social media—we’d love to hear why you love going to the beach in winter!