Looking at the high rises north and south of my pool chair, I’m glad that our Myrtle Beach hotel is on a stretch of coastline surrounded by homes rather than tall buildings that block out the sun.

It’s quiet and peaceful and still feels like nature, rather than concrete, dominates the landscape.

October is a great month to visit Myrtle Beach on the coast of South Carolina.

The summer sun still lingers but without the stifling humidity that sends you scurrying for the AC. The pool is not overrun by school kids enjoying their vacation and the girls almost have the lazy river all to themselves.

The ocean dumps small waves to shore, the rhythmic sounds wash away the stress I carried here alongside my suitcase.

That’s the beauty of a beach vacation at any time of the year.