Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer. The technical end comes on Sept. 22 with the autumnal equinox. But for folks in Myrtle Beach, the summer fun doesn't really stop until November — and even then there are sunny days that are perfect for a beach trip.
In fact, although the peak summer months are the most popular time to visit the Grand Strand, many have discovered that the fall is actually the best time to be in Myrtle Beach and that Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort is the perfect place to stay. Here are some of our guests' favorite reasons to visit us in the autumn months and enjoy all the Grand Strand has to offer:
* Climate: The Grand Strand turns down the heat and humidity in the fall, but the warm sunshine remains. In fact, the high temperatures average in the 80s in September, in the 70s in October and in the 60s in November — so you can still pack those swimsuits, shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops for your fall getaway. The ocean temperatures remain warm well into November, as well, and the sea breeze provides a refreshing break from the heat on those unseasonably warm days. The fall weather also provides an ideal time to get out and explore the Grand Strand without fear of overheating.
* Crowds: Perhaps the best part of visiting Myrtle Beach in the autumn is the serious decrease in traffic and crowds. The Grand Strand hosts as many as half a million visitors each week during the summer months, but that figure goes down considerably in the fall. That means no lines at your favorite attractions, restaurants and shops, more room to stretch out on the beach, and less traffic on the roads. Best of all, the law of supply and demand dictates that hotel rates also go down, and Compass Cove offers several specials during the autumn months that make it more affordable to visit in the fall.
* Festivals: The Grand Strand takes advantage of the milder temps and smaller crowds to throw a lot of parties in the fall. Beginning on Labor Day weekend, when the Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival and Coastal Uncorked are held, a long lineup of events appear on the social calendar, including SeptemberFest at Barefoot Landing (Sept. 17), the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art (Sept. 24-Oct. 15) and the St. John’s Greek Festival (Sept. 29-Oct. 2). October highlights include the Little River ShrimpFest (Oct. 8-9), Taste of the Town (Oct. 18) and a slew of activities for Halloween.
* Seafood: You can always get fresh seafood in Myrtle Beach, but the fall is peak harvest time for some of the most popular species of fish, shrimp, blue crabs and oysters. Local seafood restaurants take full advantage of the abundance of fresh sea creatures to offer their best dishes, like shrimp and grits, she crab soup and fried fish platters, and there are several oyster festivals where you can find an all-you-can-shuck-and-eat deal. It's also the best time to go on a deep-sea fishing trip or a dolphin-watching tour.
* Sports: Fall is the ideal time to play ball on the Grand Strand, especially for golfers. With more than 80 courses located within a 60-mile radius, the Myrtle Beach area offers plenty of tee times in the autumn, as well as courses that are in mint condition. Fishing, crabbing and shrimping are also in peak season, and outdoors enthusiasts from cyclists to surfers love to enjoy their sports here in the fall.
The autumn is also a great time to enjoy the outstanding accommodations and amenities at Compass Cove. Kids can ride the waterslides and swim in the pools, while the adults cruise down the lazy river and soak in the hot tub. It’s also a great time to enjoy your private oceanfront balcony and all the other great things Compass Cove Resort has to offer. We look forward to hosting your beach retreat this fall.