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Top 5 Things to do on the Beach in the Fall and Winter

Top 5 Things to do on the Beach in the Fall and Winter

Whoever says you can only have fun on the beach in the summer has never been to Myrtle Beach. The temperatures aren’t quite as hot and the beaches aren’t near as crowded, which already sounds like winning combination. Throw in some fun and games and you’ve got a good time waiting to happen. Here are five fun things to do on the beach on the Grand Strand during the fall and winter:

Fishing: Surf fishing from the beach can be a tricky situation during the summer time. With so many children playing up and down the beach, both in and out of the water, safety concerns make it difficult for anglers. Not so in the fall and winter, when the beaches are empty enough to find a good honey hole right off shore. Even better, many species of fish pass through the area while migrating to warmer waters, so you never know what’s going to be running just off the coast in the fall. Catches begin to slow in the winter months, but like they say, “A bad day of fishing beats a good day at work … especially in Myrtle Beach.”

Horses: Riding horseback on the beach is an unbelievable experience. Why do you think it’s on the cover of so many romance novels? Well, you can’t trot through the surf on your steed during the summer months in Myrtle Beach, but the third Saturday of November each year marks the beginning of the horse riding season in the city limits. There are several gatherings of horses and riders through the end of the season on the last day of February so groups can gallop down the beach without fear of trampling beachgoers. If you love horses but don’t have one, it’s a great time to watch them. Who knows, someone might even let you ride.

Games: When the beaches are full during the summer months, it’s almost impossible to find enough room to get up a good pickup game of football, soccer or most any sport. In fact, just playing a game of catch can be difficult without fear of hitting someone with a ball. But it’s game on in the fall and winter months, when you have all the room you need and more to play sports in the sand. The few folks there are on the beach might even want to join in.

Pets: Myrtle Beach and the surrounding beachfront municipalities go pet-friendly during the offseason. The summer months see certain restrictions, such as dogs are not allowed on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., that are lifted after Labor Day so September and beyond are the real “dog days” in Myrtle Beach. Dogs are required to be on a leash, but the addition of more dogs on the beach gives you and your pup a chance to mix and mingle with others. Some hotels also turn on the welcome sign for pets during the offseason, so the fall and winter are the best times to visit Myrtle Beach with your dog or cat.

Tents: A new rule banning large tents on the beach is lifted during the fall and winter months. The long rows of tents were deemed a hazard for blocking the view and access of lifeguards and emergency workers, but those reasons are not an issue in the offseason and you can practically set up camp or hold a circus on the beach. Tents aren’t a bad idea in the cooler months. The water stays warm deep into November so the air temperature is generally higher on the beach if you can block the onshore winds. You might even be tempted to take a dip.

 

(Posted: 10/7/14)

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