Myrtle Beach

Overview

When you picture a classic American vacation spent on beaches, shopping trips and golf courses, there's a good chance you're picturing Myrtle Beach. A city built for vacations, Myrtle Beach's flexibility comes from the volume of options available to travellers of all types and ages.

Myrtle Beach is one of a cluster of beachfront communities built along the Grand Strand, an uninterrupted 60+ mile stretch of open sand on the Atlantic Ocean. The humid subtropical climate entices tourists to visit year-round, with May to September being the high season. April and October are great times to visit for flexible travellers looking to find a bargain and avoid the crowds. The weather is still beach friendly (particularly for hardy Canadians) and the ocean is enjoyable for water activities.

Just off the sand, the revitalized Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade hosts several festivals, including Hot Summer Nights, and events during the summer including fireworks, live music and activities like SkyWheel Myrtle Beach. The purely pedestrian boardwalk acts as a great place to start your holiday with a variety of accommodations and close proximity to numerous shops and restaurants. Children's carnivals and a bustling night life give everyone a chance to play.

The array of boutique and specialty shops along the boardwalk provide a unique shopping experience for visitors. Barefoot shopping at Myrtle Beach's outdoor venues like Broadway at the Beach is an acceptable option, but keeping your flip-flops on is also OK. Many of Myrtle Beach's factory outlets and shopping malls provide options for travellers more interested in bargain hunting as well as entertainment options like movie theatres. 

Scattered around the city and surrounding area are more than 250 golf courses, giving claim to Myrtle Beach's title as  golf capital of the world. Championship-level courses designed by legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman are available to the public. Courses with a range of difficulty levels also appeal to casual golfers looking for a scenic walk, from par threes to mini-golf.

A living tribute to summer holidays, Myrtle Beach is a walker's paradise of golfing, shopping and strolling along the beach. WestJet is happy to help you get your feet on the ground, with direct flights from Toronto and connections from many of our other Canadian gateways.

 

Airport served by: MYR

Destination basics

Myrtle Beach's proximity to the ocean gives it a moderate climate tempered by the sea breeze – making it a year-round option for travellers. Temperatures generally reach their highest during July (27 C monthly average) and lowest during January (7 C monthly average). The humid subtropical climate provides less extreme temperatures than the rest of the state and allows for a long summer.

The region does experience summer thunderstorms and has occasionally experienced severe weather patterns in the past during the hurricane season (June to November), but direct contact with a hurricane or tropical cyclone is rare. Winters are mild and when snow arrives, it's only as a topic of brief conversation.

 

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