The Grand Strand was developed as a summer resort, and with its gorgeous beaches, flowering tropical plants, palmetto trees, and warm weather, it continues to shine during the height of the summer season. That said, the fall and spring shoulder seasons may be even better. Warm temperatures allow for beach activities, but the humidity drops and the heat of summer passes.

Winter—November through February—isn't usually considered a time to visit the beach, but the region can be quite pleasant. There are certainly cold days, but for the most part golfers, tennis players, and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy their pursuits during these months—at rock-bottom prices.

In the third and fourth weeks of May, most of the South Strand is inhabited by bikers in town for the Harley Davidson Spring Rally and the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. Traffic and noise problems are common, and hotel space is scarce.