I was recently invited by the Myrtle Beach Tourism Office to visit for an extended weekend in October – smack dab in the heart of the shoulder season. After four days and three nights in the Myrtle Beach Area in October – I can confidently say that the shoulder season is the absolute best time to visit “The Grand Strand”.

Now I know what you’re thinking, how can an extended weekend someplace make me confident to make such a bold statement? Well, I happened to have traveled to Myrtle Beach a handful of times a few years back, mainly during their peak tourist/summer season. As such, I was extremely interested to get back to experience Myrtle Beach without the extreme summer heats and especially avoiding the peak season crowds. The stark contrast between my peak season and shoulder season experiences are how I drafted the following seven reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in the shoulder season.