Myrtle Beach Transforms into a Winter Wonderland in the Offseason

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Not only is the weather on the South Carolina coast often warm enough to enjoy all the outdoor attractions as the rest of the season, but there is also an increase in the number of indoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.

A decrease in crowds, traffic and room rates transform Myrtle Beach into a winter wonderland for bargain-hunting snow birds in the offseason. Here are a few things to check out during your winter retreat to the Grand Strand:

Exploring: There are so many things to see and do on the Strand, and the open roads provide the perfect time to check out places you might not venture in the summertime. On the South Strand, historic plantation homes like Hobcaw Barony, Hopsewee Plantation and the Kaminski House. On the North Strand, check out some of the area's more modern attractions, like live music at the House of Blues or North Myrtle Beach's new virtual-reality arcade.

Holidays: Add some excitement to your family's holiday traditions by spending some time in Myrtle Beach. Christmas lights are on display at The Market Common, the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. Other popular holiday events include the Christmas Towne festival at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the Nights of a Thousand Candles celebration at Brookgreen Gardens, and Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, a colorful boat procession that highlights the many holiday parades on the Strand.

Golf: The spring and fall golf seasons are by far the most popular times to tee it up on the Grand Strand's 80-plus golf courses, but the mild winter days are ideal for golfers who don't like to be rushed on the links. Best of all, courses offer the lowest rates of the season for a round of golf and tee times are readily available at even the most popular layouts. Mini-golf is another fun option, and Myrtle Beach's first TopGolf franchise is set to open in early 2019 if you want to take a few swings and swigs on chillier days.

Shopping: With retail centers like Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing and The Market Common, as well as malls and two Tanger Outlet Shops, this is the Grand Strand's most popular off-season activity. Some savvy shoppers and vacationers have learned that they can finance a holiday beach trip with the money they save Christmas shopping between Black Friday all the way up to Christmas Eve. That kicks off the offseason clearance sales in January and February.

Theaters: The Strand has you covered on offseason entertainment. The holiday shows kick off in November at The Carolina Opry, Alabama Theatre, Legends in Concert and Pirates Voyage and run through New Year's Eve. After a short pause, these theaters return to their normal lineups of song, dance and entertainment. For something a little more off-beat, check out the GTS Theatre and Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.

Myrtle Beach has all this and more just waiting to be discovered in the winter months, and Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort offers its lowest rates of the year. Plus, with our indoor swimming pools, water slides, hot tubs and lazy river, you can enjoy all the leisure time and activities of summer without leaving the resort property. Book your plans now and get ready for a wonderful winter getaway to Myrtle Beach.