I don’t know about you, but I love to vacation during the off seasons. You don’t have to sit in lines of traffic, wait for an hour to get a table at a restaurant, or fight crowds at local attractions. Luckily, both of my kids are homeschooled now, which gives us flexibility in our schedules. I personally would rather do school a couple weeks into June and take a couple of weeks to travel over the Fall months.
I’ve found that Myrtle Beach in the off-season, is a fabulously frugal, family destination, and now that we are a one income family, this savings is even more crucial than ever. We traveled at the beginning of November, and we were able to stay in an oceanfront efficiency unit for $60 / night. The same room over the Summer months would be at least 3 times that amount. The hotel had a heated indoor pool, and daily continental breakfast (which we did not use, since our room had a fridge, stove and microwave). One draw back was that the oceanfront pool and lazy river were not open, nor were there daily activities for the kids, like during Summer months, but we didn’t really miss those things. The ocean water is also too cool for wave jumping, but I’m not one for swimming in the ocean, I like to relax on my balcony and drink in the view, so the cooler water temperatures didn’t bother us either. It was still warm enough to enjoy the balcony and the view, and the kids enjoyed the indoor pool and game room.
While we were there the local convention center was having a gathering for horse enthusiasts and since the beaches weren’t crowded, they were allowed to ride their horses on the beach. I can’t begin to tell you how relaxing it was to chill on the balcony and watch the beautiful horses meander down the beach.
We fixed breakfast in the room, and we were able to sit on the balcony, eat breakfast, and watch the sunrise. It was so beautiful and peaceful. It felt like it was rising just for us. We had just gone through a pretty stressful time in our lives, and this trip was the beginning of a new journey for us. This sunrise felt like a promise that everything was going to be ok.
I could have stayed on the balcony, looking at the incredible view the whole trip, but the kids not so much. They were anxious to go explore all the cool things we saw driving in. The area has a lot of activities, even in the off-season. We went to the pier and walked around the different beach shops, played skee ball in the arcade, and grabbed a slice of pizza at a local place. We also visited Broadway at the Beach, where we had a late lunch/early dinner at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, and the best part, we were seated right away. We have been there in the Summer months and the line is out the door. Broadway at the Beach has a lot of shops and boutiques to explore. My daughter had some chore money saved up, so she spent her time in the Build-A-Bear Workshop, where Princess Bubblegum came to life.
Broadway at the Beach also has an area for kids with carnival rides from the old boardwalk. During the off-season not all of the rides are open, but it is still a fun time. My daughter also enjoyed feeding the fish in the ponds.
The main difference going to a beach town in the off-season, instead of Summer, is typically in the Summer months most people stay by the pool or beach during the day, then head out to dinner and attractions in the evening. During the off-season, it’s the opposite. It is cooler at night, so you want to play mini-golf, ride go-karts, etc. during the afternoon, then spend the evening in the heated pool at the hotel. It is still a lot of fun, and I actually found our trip to be a lot more relaxing, than when we have gone during Summer months.
So if you are like us, on a tight budget, but still want to have a quality family get away. Consider traveling during the off-seasons, and definitely give Myrtle Beach, SC a go see!