According to Yahoo! Travel, Myrtle Beach is the number one family beach in the nation. With more than 60 miles of sand and surf, it's not surprising. This area is already known for catering to those who are budget conscious, but there are some additional ways to keep even more of your money when planning a vacation to the Grand Strand area.
First of all, if a lower price is really important to you, stay across the street from the ocean rather than oceanfront. If you choose accommodations a block or two away, the price goes even lower. You can save up to 60% off the price of your accommodations by being willing to walk a few feet to the ocean, and give up not hearing the surf pounding when you wake up. Of course, if you're coming to Myrtle Beach in the summer, chances are you'll have the balcony door and the windows shut with the air conditioning running anyway. Because this stretch of beach is so many miles long, there are a wide variety of different accommodations available, unlike some other beach destinations that only have high-rise condos and hotels. You can find quaint little cottages in Surfside Beach; old, rambling "elegantly shabby" homes on Pawleys Island and if you look, you'll also find some Bed & Breakfast homes in historic Georgetown and Conway, very close to Myrtle Beach.
A second way of saving on lodging is to come when the prices drop – after Labor Day, you should see a reduction of prices sometimes as much as 50%. In Myrtle Beach, the prices usually do not go back up again until Easter.
Another way to plan for a more affordable trip is to stay somewhere that has laundry and kitchen facilities. Even if it's just a small kitchenette, you'll save a lot of money scrambling up your own breakfast eggs and keeping sandwich supplies in the refrigerator. Eating out, especially with a family, can get expensive, if you go to a restaurant for every meal. Instead, make eating out a special event. You'll enjoy it and appreciate it more in the long run.
If you're a golfer, you'll be in golf heaven in the Myrtle Beach area, with more than 100 courses available, suitable for every skill level and all ages. The best way to save money on golf is to book ahead – and look for packages which include your lodging, several days of golf, and usually breakfast is included. To really save on golf, be willing to come when it is not prime golfing season. For example, if you do not mind the heat, plan to play golf in the summer – the rates plummet after the Spring season is over. Afternoon golf is also usually less expensive than morning play.
These are just a few ways to save some big bucks when planning to visit Myrtle Beach. I used to vacation here myself before moving here 20 years ago. Now that I live here, I have a lot of friends and family who visit often.
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