Beach destinations make great vacation choices. There’s warm sunshine, white sand beaches, and big blue skies. But in more temperate climates, late fall and winter can put a real damper on your plans. It’s rainy. It’s too cold to swim. And some of the best outdoor attractions shut down until spring.
Because of this, you can save a lot of money traveling to beach towns at this time of year, since many businesses lower prices to attract more patrons. But what’s there to do once you get there?
Here are my recommendations for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
1. Helicopter Ride
To be perfectly honest, I’m not a fan of helicopters. Both the news and Hollywood productions have taught me that these things are fragile – easy to take down, easy to crash.
That was, however, until I got to Myrtle Beach and saw ads for rides at just $20. This is an amazing opportunity to take photos from a vantage point you likely won’t be able to enjoy in any other way.
If you do decide to go, pick a clear day. For some reason, Myrtle Beach tends to attract quite a bit of fog. Even just six floors up in the hotel room, there were times I looked outside the window and all I saw was white and grey.
2. The Boardwalk
One of the most fascinating features on the Boardwalk is this upside-down house, but there’s more than just the eerie architecture. The Boardwalk is a labyrinth of wooden walkways going back and forth over a body of water. They link together a maze of golf courses, clothing stores, surf shops, candy shops, ice cream parlours, night clubs, and bars.
My favourite attraction on the Boardwalk was the Hurricane Show at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. I originally wandered into the bar and restaurant while hunting for a restroom, but then stayed to see Hurricane Myrtle strut her stuff.
It takes about ten minutes and includes a news report on Hurricane Myrtle wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and the U.S. This is then followed by lightning in the “skies” overhead, the crash of thunder, and this “hurricane” descending upon us.
Shark fins and sandals get swept up in the whirlwind, and then a bottle of tequila descends from the heavens to fill the blender. It’s a cooky concept, but boy is it fun to watch. They really went all out.
3. Mustard Challenge at Lucky Panda
Technically this isn’t a “thing”. You probably can’t just walk into Lucky Panda and tell them you want to try the Mustard Challenge. But it should be. Here’s what happened.
After bringing out our order, the Lucky Panda waitress set down a saucer with mustard in it. “Be careful, it’s spicy,” she warned us.
Of course we didn’t believe her. She was American, and we were three Jamaicans and a Haitian. If you’ve never had Caribbean food, let me tell you now: it’s spicy! American food is often bland in comparison.
So we dipped into the sauce with reckless abandon – and paid dearly for it. It was made from wasabi, and when that heat filled our mouth, and exploded through our nose and ears, we almost died.
Note to self: Always listen to the waitress’ recommendations, unless of course you want to take the mustard challenge.
Note to you: Water does not help…
4. Surfing & Swimming
In spite of the freezing water, people still go surfing in Myrtle Beach during the fall. If you’re a bit on the adventurous side, don’t mind the cold, and know your way around a surf board, then go for it.
If you’re like me, and your tropical genes aren’t cut out for such follies, then at least grab the camera. You’re sure to get some great action shots. The best time to catch surfers is at dawn.
If you’re really bent on swimming, but know you can’t bear the cold, then find out if your hotel has a heated swimming pool. Even if front desk tells you it doesn’t (like mine did), go find out for yourself.
5. Myrtle Beach State Park
If you love hiking, then the Myrtle Beach State Park is a great spot to check out. Some of the trails run right by the beach, and aren’t far from the Boardwalk. So when hunger strikes, you can always get off the trail to grab some grub.
If you’ve ever wanted to go camping, but dreaded giving up modern conveniences like the internet, then fret not. The campgrounds now offer complementary WiFi.
Even if you’re just going for a walk on the trail, remember to dress warmly. The temperature switches dramatically here, especially as you move towards the beach.
Traveling in the off-season is a great way to enjoy a low-key vacation in Myrtle Beach. While there’s definitely a lot less to do than in the spring and summer times, it’s not without its charms.
I give wintry Myrtle Beach a 3.5 out of 5.
17 thoughts on “5 Must-Dos for Myrtle Beach in the Winter”
Hi ggreat reading your post
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Reblogged this on Alexis Chateau PR and commented:
Alex recommends 5 great attractions in wintry Myrtle Beach. If you’re traveling on a dime, the best season for travel is always the off season.
Great advice, Alexis. Thank you. I’ll remember next we’re near the area. And, I will give that mustard challenge a try but slowly. Haha! I do love my hot food. Pity I don’t make (Indian) curry anymore as Caucasian hubby can’t handle hot food. He can sometimes handle jalapeno and that’s it.
Thank you for reading! How often do you head to Myrtle Beach? That was my first time. I’m a much bigger fan of Savannah, but it was good all the same.
I think Jamaican curry is hotter than Indian curry lol. But the Indians is where we get that from. I think we just tossed the African spices in and created a food bomb haha. Definitely try the mustard challenge but be warned! It hurts like hell!
Always a pleasure. Only catching up now actually after a bout of laziness which made me go on strike from my computer. Haha.
I have not been there at all and we’re not often in Cali but hoping we’ll find ourselves there more often soon. 🙂
I haven’t tried Jamaican food so I will just have to believe you. I do find “non-exotic” food bland and I’m forever insulting the chef by pouring a bottle of hot sauce like Tabasco onto my food. I’m terrible. I do like wasabi and must have a lot when I eat sushi. 🙂
Yeah, I haven’t had as much time for personal blogging lately either. I have a lot of work tugging at my time!
Oh you should definitely try Jamaican food. No better place than the island itself too. *hint hint*
I would love to!!! It’s on my list! Even before Australia! 😀
So little time… sigh!
Much love and hugs 💖🤗
Haha. Australia is on my list as well. 🙂
You had your guard up for the helicopter ride and Lucky Panda was the architect of your near demise. I bet you went is for more mustard and even took a bottle of it home. LOL
Haha. Tell me about. That thing almost killed me. I should have taken a bottle home, but we never made it back there. When you’re on vacation, it’s hard to find the time to repeat places.
I showed this to my Mom, since this is her old stomping grounds, as we say. She said Thank you! Sweet Memories for her.
Haha that’s awesome. Thank you. Did she have any other recommendations? 🙂
Yes! The Edisto River. We played on that river as kids and my uncles still live there.
Never heard about that one, but then I was mostly in the tourist areas.
Haven’t made it there. The food in Guam was so hot I couldn’t breathe! The Guamanians had a laugh at that sight!
Haha. Poor American! *weeps* Well Myrtle Beach got us good too. I’m sure they also had a good laugh at our expense.