Don’t want to face crowds at Myrtle Beach, but want to kick back on the hot sand with a cold drink? Then visit the coast in September, which is actually the best month of the year for being a happy beach bum.

Let us count the ways:

  1. The school year has started, so that eliminates students, parents and school staff from the beaches, at least during the week. If you like the peaceful sound of waves hitting the sand, you probably won’t have to worry about interference from someone else’s portable speakers.
  2. Ocean temps are still warm, and the sunshine is strong. Enjoy swimming and tanning, because it still feels like summer.
  3. Bring the pooch if you like, because after Labor Day, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach and on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at any time of day.
  4. Service is supreme in September! Service industry workers are facing the post-summer reality of lower wages due to fewer hours and/or less tips, and they have extra motivation to make every customer happy!
  5. Get a head start on Christmas shopping, and save a bundle. Enjoy savings from post-summer sales, and stock up your gift supply before prices rise for the holidays. The Myrtle Beach area has outlet malls and loads of boutiques with one-of-a-kind items, like southern foods, coast-inspired decor and eclectic fashions.
  6. Hotel prices usually drop after Labor Day, so you can consider being a beach bum for an extra day or two!

Seafood House Calabash Buffet, which has a 105-foot buffet that looks like a wooden sailing ship, serves crab legs, prime rib, oysters, stuffed shrimp, scallops, flounder, steamed shrimp, southern cooking, salads, kid-friendly foods and desserts. It’s located at 2000 Highway 17 Business North in Surfside Beach, just minutes from oceanfront hotels in Myrtle Beach.