What to Expect When Traveling to Myrtle Beach in the Fall

All the cars seem to be headed thataway and you’re headed thisaway. Welcome to a fall retreat to Myrtle Beach. It’s a great time to vacation here for many reasons.

The crowds are thinner, the air is cooler, and most everything is still open for business.

As you buck the trend for an autumn beach retreat, here are a few things to keep in mind. Many of us aren’t ready for summer to end, anyway. Welcome back to the beach.

What to Expect for a Fall Trip to Myrtle Beach

It’s never really off-season on the Grand Strand. Not fully.


Average highs and lows drop about 10 degrees every autumn month in Myrtle Beach:

  • September: High 83, low 68
  • October: High 75, low 57
  • November: High 67, low 48

Each month usually sees several days below average. Water temperatures are reasonably comfortable through October. This is why many visitors from the north feel like a fall trip to the Grand Strand still feels a bit like summer.

Even in weeks that land in hurricane season, Myrtle Beach historically hasn’t had much to worry about. Expect awesome conditions for:

Little River Shrimp Fest, Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally, Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art

… and more. 

Music and Art Festival


Foot traffic decreases, from the shore to the links to the shops. Even for:

Dickens Christmas Show, Irish Italian Festival, Oktoberfest

… and more, you’re not likely to be shoulder-to-shoulder. In fact, November is a great time to get in a round of golf or do a little holiday shopping.

You’ll experience drier days, too, more often than in the summer. This allows visitors to spread out a little among all the great fall activities. That means more elbow room for you.


Main thoroughfares S.C. Highway 17 business and bypass will be the busiest roads in town. But they won’t have the bumper-to-bumper traffic you’ll see in warmer months. Especially along Ocean Boulevard. That’s where people are getting from A to B than showing out as they do in the summer here.

Most drivers in Myrtle Beach are from somewhere else. Although there are fewer cars on the road in autumn, be sure to take your time and be kind when you’re behind the wheel.

Woman with shopping bags
Bay View Indoor Pool

Get a Resort With a View: Bay View Resort

It’s an excellent choice for taking your family on a fall vacation. Bay View Resort has a helpful front desk to ensure you’re off to a great start. The rooms and amenities put your stay over the top. In fact, the on-site amenities at Bay View Resort might make it difficult to get out on the town! They’re that good. Check them out and book your stay today.

Bay View Oceanfront room
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