Myrtle Beach is a great spot to visit in the winter months. Photo by Michael Slear/For MyrtleBeach.com

Five Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach in January

By MyrtleBeach.com
December 14, 2020

Most people think of visiting the Grand Strand for the sand, sun and surf of summer, but Myrtle Beach has so much more to offer. Contrary to popular belief, the Grand Strand doesn’t roll up the sidewalks and close for business during the dead of winter. It’s a year-round destination. There must be a million reasons to take a Myrtle Beach getaway in January, but we made this quick list of 5 reasons to visit during the winter. 

You Can Celebrate the New Year at the Beach!

You Can Celebrate the New Year at the Beach!

If you’re in Myrtle Beach for the beginning of January, then you’ll have the chance to celebrate the New Year! Check out these New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Myrtle Beach, ranging from parties for adults to fun events for all ages! 

Crowds are Sparse, but There's Still Plenty to Do.

Crowds are Sparse, but There's Still Plenty to Do.

Unlike the busy summer months, the crowds are small  during the winter months. That provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the many attractions in Myrtle Beach without the long lines — and with plenty of social distance. The Grand Strand’s attractions, shops and restaurants are open year-round, so off-season visitors have the chance to take advantage of some of the offerings that may be too busy during the summer months without waiting or even making reservations.

January offers one last chance to catch a Christmas show with The Carolina Opry’s “The Christmas Show of the South” and Alabama Theatre’s “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” both stretching into early January. The Alabama Theatre also has a special Evening with Greg Rowles event on Jan. 9.

Ripley’s Aquarium is another great place for a January visit. Check out the new penguin exhibit or get up close and personal with the newest additions with a special Penguin Encounter. 

Hotel Deals are Amazing!

Hotel Deals are Amazing!

According to the basic law of supply and demand, winter visitors to Myrtle Beach can save lots of money compared to coming in the summer. For starters, hotel rates are at their lowest during January, just after the Christmas rush and before the spring breaker start to pour in. Cash in by staying in an affordable oceanfront hotel, or spoil yourself by staying in a posh resort while the rates are at rock bottom.

The Weather is Mild

The Weather is Mild

While visitors to Myrtle Beach won’t be swimming in the ocean, the weather in January is milder compared to the climates in other parts of the world. The average Myrtle Beach air temperature in January is about 56 degrees, while the average water temperature is near 51 degrees. Throw on a jacket and enjoy some walks on the beach as well as visits to places like Brookgreen Gardens, Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, and more!

Dining Options are Plentiful

Dining Options are Plentiful

If you’re used to waiting for a table during the busy summer months in Myrtle Beach, you are going to love dining out during January. Most restaurants are open in January but without the summer crowds. You can get the same great food without the exhaustive wait. January is also the month of South Carolina Restaurant Week. Many Myrtle Beach eateries participate and offer special discounted menus.