Myrtle Beach is a world-class destination. There is something for every taste here. You will find a variety of hotels, restaurants, and attractions as wide as the ocean herself. There weather here is beautiful year-round. The spring and fall offer much cooler weather than the dead heat of the Southern summer. The winter offers a respite from the cold weather found elsewhere. Christmas at the Beach is becoming more and more popular as families decided to spend the holiday relaxing, instead of in a consistent rush.
The most popular times of the year are the summer, spring break, Bike Week in May, and Christmas. If you are coming at any of those times, you will have to plan your trip in advance. Last-minute hotel reservations during any of these times are next to impossible to get. You can go to www.myrtlebeachinfo.com for visitors information and to request a free visitors guide. I highly suggest you do. There are also a lot of great travel guides out there. I purchased a great one from the Insiders guide. Or just get great advice from your fellow travelers here at IgoUgo. No matter which you do, just get the information you need and sit down and plan your trip well in advance. I would allow at least six months in heavy tourist season.
If you love dancing, check out the official dance of the Carolinas-the shag. The shag is an easygoing dance that is easily to learn. Many of the clubs in the area offer lessons. Shagging is danced to what we here call "beach music", or what everyone else may call Motown. Dancers shag to the sounds of the Platters, The Drifters, the 4 Tops, the Temps, or local legends such as the Charmin of the Board or Maurice Williams and the Zodiac. In mid-March, you can check out the National Shag Dance Championships (www.shagnationals.com) or check out the Spring Safari (mid-April) or Fall Migration (mid-September) held by the SOS (Society of Stranders).
There is so much to do here that you could spend weeks here and never get it all done. So during your first trip, make a list of things to do on this trip and save the rest for later. Myrtle Beach is a destination worth returning to again and again. Please come and enjoy our well-known Southern hospitality at one of the most beautiful places on the planet! I know you will be glad you did.