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Big Tips to Visit Myrtle Beach on a Budget

By Julia Diem

So you want to visit Myrtle Beach on a budget? Luckily for you, Myrtle Beach has the makings for the perfect budget-friendly beach vacation. Located right on the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, not only will a trip here be affordable, it’s also a super family-friendly spot.

From budget-friendly accommodations to affordable things to do, follow our biggest tips on how to visit Myrtle Beach on a budget.


Is Myrtle Beach affordable?

In short, yes!

In fact, vacationers get the best value at the most affordable Myrtle Beach resorts that offer tons of awesome amenities, from waterparks to lazy rivers and on-site bowling alleys that guests get to enjoy throughout their stay.

That means more fun for the entire family without breaking the bank!

Plus, when you add one of these Myrtle Beach resort deals to your stay, you’ll enjoy even more savings on top of already super low rates.

There are also many Myrtle Beach attractions and activities that are either free or super affordable that will entertain all ages. And vacationers can enjoy affordable must-eat Myrtle Beach restaurants and restaurants that offer kids-eat free or really cheap options, too.


How much does it cost to vacation in Myrtle Beach?

Nightly Hotel Costs

It’s not uncommon to find Myrtle Beach hotels and resorts with nightly rates under $100. In fact, you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck at these Myrtle Beach resorts under $100 that we recommend for your next beach getaway.

From the moment you check-in, each resort offers plenty of fun in the sun and free things to enjoy, from indoor and outdoor pools, lazy rivers, and select resorts even have waterparks perfect for a family vacation!

We recommend starting here to begin your search process to find the best prices that fit your budget.

Arrival Costs

Do you plan on flying into the Myrtle Beach area? There are several low-cost flights that offer affordable rates from several cities across the country.

The best part about flying is that downtown Myrtle Beach and several other popular areas are very walkable and require little driving once you’re here. Areas such as the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, The Market Common, Broadway at the Beach, and Barefoot Landing offer food, shopping, free events, live entertainment, and are all just a stone’s throw away.

Even if you drive to the Grand Strand, you can walk to most places once you arrive or go biking. Bike rentals are affordable and a great alternative to walking if you want to cover more ground.

Ultimately, how much a Myrtle Beach vacation costs will depend on many factors, including travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses.

When to Visit

Myrtle Beach resort prices tend to fluctuate seasonally. It’s not uncommon to see room prices peak during the summer and drop during the off season. However, we’d argue anytime of the year offers its perks for affordability and fun.

Throughout the spring and summer, several Myrtle Beach resorts offer exclusive deals for additional savings. But the deals don’t stop there. In the fall and winter, when resort room rates are typically lower, you’ll still have a selection of great deals to choose from.

You can get an idea of when the best time to go to Myrtle Beach really is based on a number of factors.


Best Things to Do in Myrtle Beach on a Budget

One of the best things about Myrtle Beach is that its #1 attraction, the beach, is totally free! Our East Coast gem is located right on the beach, giving you sun, sand, and surf without costing you a dime.

The guests staying at one of our oceanfront Myrtle Beach resorts will have unlimited access to it, just steps from their door.

Other than the beach, there are plenty of other attractions and things to do that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Free Activities

Lucky for you, Myrtle Beach offers a wide variety of completely free things to do and see. Our favorite free activities include:

  • Franklin G. Burroughs Art Museum | 3100 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
  • North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex | 150 Citizens Circle, Little River
  • The Market Common | 4017 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach
  • Murrells Inlet MarshWalk | 4025 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
  • Myrtle Beach Boardwalk | 1st Avenue North to 14th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
  • Broadway at the Beach | 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
  • Barefoot Landing | 4898 Highway 17 South, Myrtle Beach
  • Savannah’s Playground | 3600-3640 Emmens Avenue, Myrtle Beach
  • Farmer’s Markets | Various locations


Affordable Activities

The fun doesn’t have to stop at free (unless you want it to!). Myrtle Beach is also home to plenty of affordable things to do. Our favorite things to do that won’t break the bank include:

Enjoy a Budget-Friendly Vacation to Myrtle Beach

So, what are you waiting for? Myrtle Beach is one of the best beach destinations in the U.S. for affordability yet with still plenty to offer in terms of attractions and activities. You and your entire family are sure to have a blast while visiting Myrtle Beach.

Whether you stick to free things to do or low budget options, you’ll have more than enough exciting things to choose from.

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