Winter is a great time to be near the ocean and Myrtle Beach winter weekends are fabulous. Walk on the beach without seeing anyone during your entire stroll. Watch shorebirds fish undeterred by the usual crowds. Plan on spectacular sunset views. Marvel at light traffic, warm restaurant welcomes and shopping without crowds.
Temperatures vary from 50 degrees to the upper 70’s during the day, and nights sometimes get down into the 30’s. Pack accordingly; you definitely won’t bundle up for snowy weather.
Check in to North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. Accommodations range from oceanfront condos to houses, and amenities are superb. Bring a big family or a group of friends and splurge for the penthouse. It’s pricey, but worth it.
For happy hour or dinner: In the North Beach complex you’ll enjoy delicious steak or sushi at 21 Main. Or take a quick drive over to Barefoot Landing for fine choices such as Greg Norman’s overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, a (more than) 1000-mile “highway for boats.”
Grab coffee and walk on the beach, perfect for shelling and photographing, There are miles of unencumbered views north and south. On rare occasions you might see a school of playful dolphin, and possibly even a humpback whale.
Getting in gear for winter shopping in Myrtle Beach is never a problem. Begin at Tanger Outlets on U.S.17, just a few miles south of your accommodation. Yes, prices are always reduced here.
Pop into lunch at Croissants between Tanger and Myrtle Beach. Unique boutiques line the main drive.
Find quick and delicious lunch choices at Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grand Mall or Market Common. Try Margaritaville for a Caribbean mood (at Broadway at the Beach). Gordon Biersch, a brewery at Market Common, is a lunch favorite.
Check shopping district websites for special events like art shows, holiday carriage rides and live entertainment.
Shop or lunch at places you missed yesterday. If you are visiting in early December, take in the spectacular Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. The breathtaking stroll — through sculpture gardens lit by a thousand candles — is a marvel with volunteers sparking the illumination.