February is a terrific time to visit Myrtle beach
, as it is not in the midst of tourist season. There are plenty of discounts to be had at resorts
and restaurants throughout the area. Although the weather will be cooler (February averages about 60 degrees, 51 in the water), there's always plenty to see and do. Myrtle Beach is one of America's prime tourist destinations year-round.
Myrtle Beach Marathon
The annual Myrtle Beach Marathon happens over the course of four days during the second week of February. It is one of the country's ten great winter marathons, according to "USA Today." Raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina as well as a local chapter of the Red Cross, this marathon offers a little something for everyone. There is both a full and half-marathon course, as well as a "fun run" and bike ride. So, even those who aren't athletically-inclined can participate in the event.
Looking for a romantic vacation destination for Valentine's Day? Myrtle Beach is a popular spot for anyone who loves walks on the beach and views of the Atlantic Ocean, but there are plenty of other places in town that can put the sizzle back into your relationships. Don't miss the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens, a popular site for weddings with its breathtaking views and carefully manicured floral exhibits. Plenty of restaurants and hotels also offer Valentine's Day specials, like the Marina Inn, which specializes in romancing couples with their "Vine and Wine" package and others.
National Shagdance Championship Finals
During the last few days in February, check out the National Shagdance Championship Finals, held annually in Myrtle Beach. Considered the best swing-dancing event in the U.S., this dance competition gives the floor to both professionals and amateurs in a number of divisions. Don't miss their "Shagging with the Stars" competition, where local celebrities face off, just like on prime-time's "Dancing with the Stars!"
Laura Roberts is the editor-in-chief of Black Heart Magazine and author of the weekly sex column, "V for Vixen," at Hour.ca. She is currently working on her first book, a guide to the sexy side of Montreal.