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There’s no doubt that Myrtle Beach is one of South Carolina’s finest beaches. The infatuation with Myrtle Beach is easy to understand. 60 miles of warm, soft sand, a boardwalk that’s among the best in the country, and many exhilarating theme park rides—define this interesting travel hub. And it’s not just the seaside vistas, the theme park rides, or the miles of soft sand. For the skillful connoisseurs of seafood, Myrtle Beach has a lot of going in its favor. The gastronomical milieu features such mouthwatering items as toasted Ravioli, delicious crab cakes, and freshly fried oysters. Yes, Myrtle Beach—and the stretch along South Carolina's coast—constitute part of what has been known as the “Napa Valley of oysters.”


Any person who would want to visit Myrtle Beach will think of summer. Yet while summer is a fine travel season, it’s not Myrtle Beach’s perfect travel season. Here’s why.

Cons Of Visiting Myrtle Beach During Peak Summer Season

Of course, the crowds. The first disadvantage of a summer visit to Myrtle Beach is the sheer number of shoulder-to-shoulder crowds. To add to this human jam, schools are usually closed. It can be crazy, especially at the end of May or the beginning of June as summer starts. This is because of the bike week. Of course, one should be on the lookout for specific bike week dates as these dates usually vary. Also, there are two bike weeks. The first one, Myrtle Beach Bike Week (or Harley Week), usually comes earlier. On its heels is the Atlantic Beach Bikefest that goes through Memorial Day, and which is even rowdier.

Aside from the bike week that ushers in summer, the rest of the season is still overly crowded. The area around the Boulevard and the Boardwalk can particularly get cramped up. Of course, even in summer, some days will be more crowded than others. For example, even though other summer days will be crowded, July 4th typically sees the highest crowd levels. Also, mid-June to mid-July is relatively busier. Then, of course, a Saturday will usually be more crowded than a Monday.

Then with crowds, prices will naturally go up. For instance, a room at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort booked for the night of 17th June—will go for an average of $444 per person. On the other hand, the same hotel charges an average of $168.99 for a room booked on 1st November. Of course, there are several factors involved in pricing. These include the number of advance booking days. However, summer prices are still significantly high. Even finding a hotel room may be a little frustrating.

Aside from the crowds and the high prices, summer almost simultaneously begins with the hurricane season. However, the hurricane season outlasts summer as it goes all the way to the end of November. Granted, the chances of being swept by a hurricane, especially east of Highway 17—are admittedly low. But again, who would want to take that risk? It’s also important to note that the hurricane season peaks as summer starts to slowly peter out. This is usually late August and through the whole of September. Then again, the Myrtle Beach summer heat is not just for everyone. And the worst month for heat is July—when one can see temperatures soaring to a high of 87°F. Finally, for those who love traveling with their furry friends, Myrtle Beach does not allow dogs on the beaches between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM in the summer months.

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Pros Of Visiting Myrtle Beach During Peak Summer Season

Obviously, summer is just the season to fall in love with South Carolina. In Myrtle Beach, there are many entertaining activities and several interesting places that only summer can gift. For starters, Myrtle Beach is famous because of its breathtaking beaches. And these beaches can only be fully experienced in summer. That’s because the ocean waters are warm enough to dip the toe in. With the beach springing dramatically to life, the range of activities also broaden. There’s boating, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, parasailing, surfing, snorkeling (in some spots), jet skiing, paddleboarding, and other delightful ways of getting wet.

Secondly, summer is the time many popular Myrtle Beach festivals take place. Some of these are the Carolina Country Music—which runs from June 9-12, the Myrtle Beach World Amateur (the largest amateur golf tournament in the world), and the Craftsmen’s Classics Art and Craft Festivals—which has been voted consistently a top 100 Best Show In the United States. Also, one is more likely to enjoy a mouthwatering oyster meal in summer—than he would in winter. This is because unlike in winter when the cold drives restaurants out of business, summer sees many businesses springing back to life. And it’s not just restaurants. Bars and nightclubs also experience some kind of life-from-death awakening. Then the trails at Myrtle Beach State Park—and other places, are warmer and firmer during the summer months—than they would be in other seasons.

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Summer is the perfect season to travel to Myrtle Beach - but that doesn’t mean travelers shouldn't weight the good against the bad.