Snowbird Guide to Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand
You’re just a chip shot away from a great snowbird getaway when you call South Carolina your winter home base. Mild temperatures, blue skies and gentle ocean breezes make this east coast state one of our favorites for winter escapes. South Carolina snowbirds are discovering all the state has to offer in cities like Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and Garden City. From golf, fishing, history and arts, the Grand Strand and surrounding areas are ideal for snowbirds who want to enjoy the great outdoors and coastal culture. Living the snowbird lifestyle is easy in coastal South Carolina.
South Carolina Golf
There are an astounding number of golf courses available for play in the coastal areas of South Carolina. You may have a difficult time choosing your favorite out of more than 70 that dot the landscape. We’ve listed a few of our favorites to start you on your way.
Tee time in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas offers some of the most challenging championship golf courses in the country. Designed by world-famous golfers, the spectacular assortment of South Carolina golf courses were each designed to protect and preserve the natural setting and indigenous wildlife. PGA pros turned golf course architects including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman have designed some of the best and most challenging Myrtle Beach golf courses. Snowbirds can enjoy golf tournaments and even lessons from PGA pros designed to shave a few points off your score.
The Witch of Myrtle Beach was designed by renowned architect Dan Maples. There are no distractions of homes, hotels or other developments throughout the course, making it a peaceful course to spend the day. The course was given 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. Snowbirds can save up to 40 percent when booking tee times online for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon play.
Myrtle Beach National – King’s North is an Arnold Palmer signature course. Upon its opening in 1996, it was recognized among America’s Best New Courses and has since been listed as “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest. Tee times start at just $59 at this 4.5 start course.
For a course that feels like home, check out the Possum Trot Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach. This course is ideal for all skill levels and is known as the “Friendliest Course on the Grand Strand.” Wide-open fairways and challenging Par-5s make Possum Trot popular among locals and visitors. Specials at this course include a package allowing you to play eight rounds for the price of three.
Fish the Grand Strand via one of eight public piers. The Surfside Beach Pier is 830-foot long and was built in 1953. The pier boasts a full-service bait and tackle shop, ice cream parlor and a seafood restaurant and bar. The Garden City Pier has repeatedly been voted “Best Fishing Pier.” But, it’s so much more than that. It’s also known for its live entertainment and karaoke. The pier is located eight miles south of Myrtle Beach and is 662 feet long with a rain shelter at the end of the pier. The Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach was built in the 1950s. A world record earning Tiger Shark weighing 1,789 pounds was caught from this pier! The structure is 985 feet long and is a classic wooden pier. These are only a few of the hot spots for snowbird fishing on the Grand Strand. Charter fishing trips, inland fishing and even shore fishing are all great ways to drop a line during your South Carolina snowbird vacation.
South Carolina History and Culture
If you're the type of snowbird who loves to immerse yourself in the local history and culture of an area, this is the snowbird destination for you. You'll find a great selection of historical museums, theater troupes and art galleries to while away the day. The Hopswee Plantation is located just a short drive from Myrtle Beach in Georgetown, South Carolina. The plantation is circa 1740 and was one of the South’s major rice plantations. It was also the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. History lovers will enjoy a day exploring the grounds of this historic plantation. Less than 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet is Brookgreen Gardens. The gardens were voted one of the top 10 Best Public Gardens in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. Daily tours, excursions and exhibits take you through gardens, historical sites and a world-renowned art collection. If you’re a snowbird who loves to explore, be sure to contact the local tourism bureau or welcome centers for coupons, snowbird discounts and more information about the area.
Grand Strand Snowbird Rentals
No matter what area of the Grand Strand you decide to make your home-away-from-home, you’ve got affordable options. The area is packed with well-priced South Carolina snowbird rentals. In Garden City Beach, enjoy a two-bedroom, fully furnished home for only $850 a month, including utilities. Located just one mile from the beach in Surfside Beach, another two-bedroom furnished condo is only $695 a month! In Myrtle Beach, lock in a one-bedroom condo with a fully-equipped kitchen and indoor heated pool for only $600 per month! Browse more snowbird rentals at SouthCarolinaSnowbird to find the perfect spot to call your winter vacation home. The Grand Strand is an affordable option for snowbirds on a budget.
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Browse The Snowbird Company’s rentals here and search by state to find the winter rental that best meets your needs and desired location. Whether you want a one-bedroom condo or a three-bedroom house with room for visiting family, you’ll find it here. Also, check out rentals in these South Carolina areas: