If you’re craving a beach getaway and need to stay on a budget, use these helpful tips to plan an affordable oceanside trip.
When the sun and the surf start calling my name, I know it’s time to head to the beach. Unfortunately, when the ocean calls my name, my wallet yells back. Little does my wallet know, it’s possible to enjoy a Myrtle Beach budget vacation without draining our bank account.
Try to Travel in the Off Season
Have you ever experienced Myrtle Beach during the peak summer months? It is packed! As a result, the prices for hotel rooms and activities skyrocket. To take advantage of lower hotel rates and far fewer crowds, plan to vacation in Myrtle Beach during the off-season, if possible.
Peak season for Myrtle Beach is May through mid-September. Between the pristine weather and children on summer break, families flock to Myrtle Beach during this time.
Visiting in early May or mid-September will still offer pleasant weather and plenty of time on the beach. If you’re not one for swimming, but prefer lounging on the beach, visiting anytime before or after peak season will work perfectly for you!
Vacationing during the week, rather than the weekend, can also lead to discounted rates on hotels or attractions. Remember, traveling doesn't have to break the bank if you plan accordingly.
For some, traveling in the off season or during the week isn’t possible. Follow the rest of our tips and your Myrtle Beach budget vacation will still be one for the books.
Book Affordable Accommodations
Lodging is often the most expensive part of a vacation. Although, Myrtle Beach is an ideal destination for those looking to save money, especially on hotel accommodations. Luckily, you have many options.
One of the most popular lodging choices is a beach house or condo. If traveling with several friends or families, book a condo for everyone and split the price! After dividing up the nightly cost, it’s far less than an average night at a hotel per person.
However, for those traveling with their immediate family or only a handful friends, a hotel room will suffice. With so many Myrtle Beach hotels to choose from, visitors reap the rewards of competitive pricing and amenities.
Those looking for a hotel room with little frills and a cheap nightly rate will find a place to lay their head at these Myrtle Beach hotels:
- Caravelle Resort
- Camelot by the Sea
- Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
If you prefer hotels with top amenities, modern accommodations, and an inexpensive rate, these hotels will suit your needs:
Free and Cheap Activities in Myrtle Beach
Along with affordable accommodations, Myrtle Beach boasts a variety of free things to do and cheap activities for all ages. Add these activities to your itinerary for a non-stop, fun Myrtle Beach budget vacation.
Go to the Beach
Remember, relaxing on the beach is free! Pack your swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, and beach toys for a day by the ocean.
To save even more money, bring a cooler and pack your lunch, drinks, and snacks. This helps you avoid purchasing boardwalk food frequently throughout your trip.
Go for a Round of Mini Golf
Although not free, mini golf is a super cheap activity that everyone will love. Test your skill and see if you can get a hole in one (rather than a hole in your wallet) at these Myrtle Beach mini golf courses:
Looking to perfect your swing while on vacation in Myrtle Beach? Check out the best Myrtle Beach golf courses.
Get Tickets to a Myrtle Beach Pelicans Game
Who says going to a baseball game during your Myrtle Beach budget vacation has to be expensive? The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A-Advanced Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, entertain crowds nightly for a super affordable price per ticket.
When you buy your tickets from Reserve Myrtle Beach, your admission includes a hot dog, bag of chips and a small drink. You’ll avoid standing in the concessions line and paying more for food. Talk about a win-win situation!
Go for a Stroll
After a day on the beach, there’s nothing better than a leisurely stroll through Myrtle Beach. Explore these top Myrtle Beach destinations for endless memories and photo opportunities:
- The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
- Broadway at the Beach
- Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk
- Garden City Beach Pier
- Barefoot Landing
And, of course, a sunrise walk along the beach isn’t a bad idea either!
Spend a Day at Family Kingdom Amusement Park
While not free (if only, right?), admission to Family Kingdom Amusement Park is super affordable. Compared to top amusement parks around the world, these tickets are sure to fit within your Myrtle Beach vacation budget.
Whether you prefer thrilling roller coasters or a laid-back Ferris Wheel ride, this seaside amusement park has it all. No Myrtle Beach budget vacation is complete without a trip to Family Kingdom Amusement Park.
Ready to Organize Your Myrtle Beach Budget Vacation?
Remember, when the ocean calls your name, your wallet doesn’t need to angrily shout back. Instead, plan a Myrtle Beach budget vacation with Tripster Myrtle Beach. With the ability to bundle your attraction tickets and hotel room, you’ll save even more.
Sounds like a good deal to me!