The leaves and the temperatures aren't the only things that drop in the fall. In Myrtle Beach, so do the crowds and, more importantly, the prices. The offseason presents a wealth of saving opportunities for savvy visitors looking for a fun and affordable fall getaway.
All money talk aside, the autumn is the ideal time to vacation in Myrtle Beach. The humidity breaks to provide warm and sunny days and cool and comfortable nights, and the lower numbers create a more-laid back environment than the hectic summer season. But throw in the fact that you can vacation for fractions of what you would pay during the peak tourist season and escaping in the fall only makes sense (and dollars). Here are five easy ways to save money during your autumn retreat to the Grand Strand:
Accommodations: It's always a great deal to stay at the Breakers Resort, but particularly in the fall. Enjoy the same clean, comfortable accommodations and first-class amenities you love during the summer months but with a hefty discounted rate for the fall. Not only do the rates drop in September, October and November compared to the in-season rates, but the Breakers also offers a special "Free Fall Nights" promotion that allows guests to stay two night and receive a third night at no charge, perfect for a long weekend getaway. Guests at the Breakers also have full access to all the great amenities - indoor/outdoor pools, lazy river, hot tubs, pirate ship aquatic playground and the Rusty Reel Bar & Grill - and smaller crowds to share them with.
Attractions: For those who have vacationed in Myrtle Beach during the summer, imagine all the great attractions and restaurants you didn't try because the lines were too long. Now picture them half empty, and many of the prices half off. That's the way things start to look in the fall - there's still a lively scene but it never gets too crowded. That's one of the reasons many of the attractions lower their charges or hold special discounted offers to draw a nice crowd from a smaller pool. Restaurants also get in the autumn act. Many suspend their happy hours in the summer but roll out special deals on food and drinks in the fall, and you don't have to wait to be seated.
Golf: Unlike the rest of Myrtle Beach, the golf season is actually busier in the fall than the summer. The cooler weather is perfect for playing 18 holes without breaking a sweat. Despite the increased demand for rounds, visitors can still find great deals on tee times at www.MyrtleBeachGolf.com. Among the many specials being offered are the "Play 3, Get 1 Free" promotion available at several multi-course venues, such as Barefoot Golf Resort and The Legends. The East Coast Special offers four- and five-round combinations, and more packages are available for more or fewer rounds. Other promotions include free breakfast, lunch and drinks at area resorts and the 19th holes.
Seafood: You can always get great seafood in Myrtle Beach, but autumn is the peak season for fishing, shrimping and oyster harvesting. That means the freshest seafood of the year is served in local restaurants and sold in area fish markets. Shrimp boats bring in mature mudbugs by the boatloads, and fishing fleets make their record catches of the day. For oyster lovers, September is the start of the stretch of the "r" months when cooler waters produce perfection of the half shell.
Shopping: All stores have clearance sales to get rid of old inventory, but Myrtle Beach is a hot spot for great deals on summer leftovers. With the abundance of beachwear stores and clothing stores on the Grand Strand, many are left with lots of summer fashions that must go for the next season. Bargain shoppers can rack up on next year's wardrobe items, especially swimsuits, sandals, beach towels and more.
Fewer crowds, lower prices, the same about of fun; why not come experience Myrtle Beach in the offseason?