Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to your burning Myrtle Beach questions with our FAQ.

We get a lot of questions from visitors about Myrtle Beach. After all, more than 14 million people visit the Myrtle Beach area every year, and they’re bound to have some questions. We hope you find these answers to our most frequently asked questions helpful. If you have other questions about Myrtle Beach, check us out on Facebook or drop us a line here.

If you’re looking to book a flight to Myrtle Beach, following airlines offer service to MYR: Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Porter Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun County Airlines, and United Airlines.

Read more about the flights to and from Myrtle Beach here

During the busy spring and summer seasons, most beaches along the Grand Strand prohibit the use of tents. Some less crowded areas allow tents during the fall and winter. Most allow for small shading devices such as baby tents to protect young children from the sun. Beach umbrellas are also allowed with some size restrictions. 

More info on tent regulations

When searching through various accommodations in Myrtle Beach you will see that some rooms are labeled as Oceanfront while others are labeled Ocean View.

This can be a little confusing since both offer views of the ocean. Oceanfront rooms offer the best views that the hotel or resort has to offer. These rooms face the ocean and provide sweeping views of the coastline. These rooms are typically more expensive but the trade-off is waking up to an unobstructed view of the ocean.

Ocean View rooms can be deceiving. Any room that has even the slightest view of the ocean can be considered “Ocean View.” Other balconies or other hotels may obstruct the view. On the other hand, your Ocean View room may offer a beautiful view with very little blocking your vision. These rooms typically cost less than Oceanfront rooms, but you may not have a perfect view.

Families make up the bulk of our Myrtle Beach visitors so almost all hotels in Myrtle Beach are kid-friendly.

We’ve narrowed down some of our favorite hotels for kids based on amenities and extras, but the choices are really endless. The best of the best have awesome water features and pools, on-site dining and ice cream shops, arcades and entertainment, kids’ clubs and more. When you’re shopping for a hotel, look for the amenities you think your kids would most enjoy.

Check out our favorites here

If you have a flexible schedule, you can save some money on your trip by booking your Myrtle Beach hotel on days with the lowest rates.:

• Tuesday through Thursday: If you have time for a 3-day break, book in the middle of the week for the lowest rates. Also, avoid the weekend traffic in and out of town.

• Monday through Thursday: Again, you can avoid traffic and save money by booking your vacation during the week. If you’re planning a 4-day vacation, Monday through Thursday is usually the best way to go.

• Monday though Friday: If you are coming to Myrtle Beach for 5 days, you’ll likely see the lowest hotel rates by avoiding the weekends. A Monday arrival will also help you avoid beach traffic in and out of town.

Yes, during certain times.

There are several pet-friendly hotels and condos in the Myrtle Beach area, so if you’re lucky enough to bring Fido for your family vacation, you’ll need to know the laws of the beach where you’re staying.

Myrtle Beach | In the city of Myrtle Beach, dogs are permitted on the beach from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. from May 1 through Labor Day. The rest of the year, dogs are permitted on the beach any time of day. They must be on a leash and under the owner’s control at all times. Bring a baggie or look for one in dispensers along the beach accesses — you’re responsible for cleaning up after your pet! 

Surfside Beach | Dogs are not allowed on the beach in Surfside Beach between May 15 and Sept. 15. 

North Myrtle Beach | Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 15 to Sept. 15. Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than 7 feet at all times.

Horry County | Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 through Labor Day. They must be on a leash and under the control of their owner at all times.

Whether you’d be better off visiting in fall/winter or spring/summer depends on what you’re looking for. The summer is high season when the biggest crowds flock to Myrtle Beach. Attractions such as waterparks and even some restaurants, particularly those located at hotels, are only open during the season. During the off-season months, you can find great hotel deals. The beach is less crowded, though still pleasant for walking and shell hunting. Restaurants and attractions that stay open are also less busy.

For current temperatures and weather information, view our weather page.

First, you’ll need a marriage license, which you can apply for at the Horry County Courthouse in Conway. The courthouse is at 1301 Second Avenue, Conway, S.C. There is a 24-hour waiting period so you’ll need to apply for the license and file a statement that you’re eligible for marriage. You can pick up your license the following day. Both applicants on the license must personally appear to receive the license. 

There are tons of hotels in the Myrtle Beach area, and every visitor is looking for something different. Start at our full list of Myrtle Beach hotels to help you narrow down your options. Looking for a condo or vacation home? We can help you there, too. Good luck on your search for the perfect accommodations. We know you’ll find what you’re looking for!