Myrtle Beach has last-minute deals that make fall feel like an endless summer

By The Budget Travel editors
August 17, 2017
Myrtle Beach
Courtesy Visit Myrtle Beach
Throughout Myrtle Beach this fall, you'll find lots of ways to relax (free oceanside yoga, anyone?), which is just one reason to plan a weekend getaway to this classic beach town.

We can’t tell you how many times we looked at the calendar as the end of August approaches and start thinking about packing up our swimsuits and summer wardrobe to make room in our closet for sweaters and boots. But the folks at Myrtle Beach have done what seems impossible: they’re stretching summer out through October and making it really easy to plan a last-minute trip that will leave you with plenty of pocket change to put away for a winter vacation. But here’s the best part: not only are Marriott at Grande Dunes, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, and a few others offering rates up to 30% off, they’re also tossing in extras like credits of up to $200 for their spas.  

There’s a town-wide effort, in fact, to help you to relax. As part of Myrtle Beach's 60 Mores Days of Summer program, which stretches the season out through the end of October, every Saturday morning at 9AM there will be complimentary Vinyasa yoga on the beach. All levels of experience are welcome. And don’t worry—rain doesn't stop these dedicated instructors. In inclement weather, classes will take place at the Shanti Yoga Studio. There are complimentary massages on offer between 2PM and 4PM on Saturdays at Barefoot Landing. If you’re not one for classes, there are meditation zones, developed with an area yoga instructor, will be set up throughout the area at sites like Myrtle Beach State Park, Brookgreen Gardens, and smaller locations like Heidi’s Spot, a porch between Hook & Barrel Restaurant and Croissants Bistro & Bakery. A complimentary guide is available to download. For those who find they relax better when adrenaline is rushing, there’s surfing, inland kayaking and plenty more. A free 10-mile bicycle excursion happens each Thursday at 6.30PM. There are bikes to rent if you don’t have your own. Suddenly turning the calendar page over to September doesn't seem as stressful this year. 

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