5 Great Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach in October

By Marissa Polascak • September 19, 2016

When most people think of Myrtle Beach, they probably think of the sun, sand, and ocean. However, what many vacationers fail to realize is that Myrtle Beach has a “secret season” and this season happens to be the fall. And what better month to epitomize the feelings of autumn than October?
If you’re used to visiting the Grand Strand during the spring or summer and want to see a different side of Myrtle Beach, consider planning a trip in October. Unlike many northern states, October in Myrtle Beach is still warmly welcoming with beautiful days and crisp evenings that may require just a light sweater. Pack away your down coat for just a little longer and venture down to Myrtle Beach for a nice autumn vacation. Why, you ask? Here are some awesome reasons:

Weather

Contrary to what many people believe, the weather in Myrtle Beach stays fairly warm throughout October. In fact, the average air temperature is 77 degrees, and the ocean temperature averages at 72 degrees. While many people think that the summer is the best time to hang out on the beach (and we agree that it is an awesome time to visit), October presents arguably some of the best conditions to lounge on the beach and enjoy the ocean without the summer crowds. The weather also provides a fabulous atmosphere to enjoy the many outdoor activities that Myrtle Beach has to offer, such as camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and –how can we forget?—golfing!

Fall Festivals

Unless you are a local to the Myrtle Beach area, it is hard to imagine the Grand Strand booming during the “off-season.” While this is an understandable thought, the autumn months actually present many great events such as fall festivals. Whether you are a local or a visitor, the festivals in Myrtle Beach are fun and exciting for people of all ages, and there is always something for every taste and interest. During October, you can expect to find festivals such as: Oktoberfest at The Market Common, Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend Festival, Art in the Park, City of Conway Fall Festival, Taste of the Town, Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival, 2016 Little River ShrimpFest, Lip Rippin' Chilympics Chili Cookoff, Loris Bog-Off Fesitval, Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, Myrtle Beach Wine Fest, Celebrity Square Halloween Party, and the Endless Summer Festival.

Halloween

South Carolina has a very rich history, and with that rich history comes a lot of folklore of ghost and hauntings. The Grand Strand is home to many sites that are said to be haunted, so there is no surprise that when October rolls around the spirit of Halloween is felt all throughout the area. There are several ghost walks that pop up around this time like the Conway Ghost Walk , but there are also haunted houses in the area that stay open throughout the year such as Ghosts & Legends at Barefoot Landing, Nightmare Haunted House, Outbreak: Dread the Undead at Hollywood Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure.

Less People

When the summer comes to an end and kids are back in school, many people don’t plan a vacation. However, for those of you who can get time off from work or are retired, make Myrtle Beach your fall vacation destination. In the fall, you don’t have to fight off the crowds that you do in the summertime, which means that there are less lines for shopping, shorter (if any) wait times at restaurants, and the average occupancy rate at Myrtle Beach hotels is 43% meaning that you can easily find a room at your favorite hotel. Awesome, right?

Great Deals

Because there are less people frequenting the Myrtle Beach area during October, it is easier to find great rates on hotels. In fact, since the occupancy rates drop in October, the daily room prices drop as well. On average, daily room rates fall to about $76.94 in October; just a fraction of what you would pay in the summer. Also, some restaurants even offer “off-season” deals or specials and popular attractions sometimes drop ticket prices or offer coupon rates. This will help you save your hard-earned money while still enjoying all the best parts of Myrtle Beach!