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Myrtle Beach Weather in May

Averages By Month

Visiting Myrtle Beach in May, you can expect some stunning weather. Temperatures rise up to 80°F and you will find the sun shining a lot during the 9 hours of daily sunshine. Lounging on the beach is very inviting in May and if you are brave you might also want to briefly swim in the water, which has reached a water temperature of 69°F at this time of the year. You can cool down from sunbathing at the outdoor hotel pools, which usually opens in May. Nights can still be cool at 63°F so don’t forget to bring a light jacket. You do not need to worry about rain as there are only 6 rainy days on average.

The weather is also great for any type of outdoor activity, whether you like to play golf, go for a bike ride or simply walk along the beach. Crowds are still lower compared to the coming months so you might be able to get a good hotel deal. There are also some events going on in May like the Mayfest on Main or the Bike Week.

High and Low Temperature in May °F

Water Temperature in May °F

Current Weather

74°F clear sky
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages Myrtle Beach

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

56° 58° 65° 73° 79° 85° 88° 87° 83° 75° 67° 60°

Low °F

38° 40° 47° 55° 63° 70° 74° 73° 68° 57° 48° 41°

Sun

6h 7h 8h 9h 9h 9h 9h 8h 8h 7h 6h 6h

Rain Days

6 5 5 5 6 7 8 9 6 5 4 6

Water °F

51° 52° 57° 62° 69° 77° 81° 83° 80° 73° 65° 55°

Myrtle Beach Weather by Month

Best Time to visit Myrtle Beach

In terms of weather, the best time to visit Myrtle Beach is between March and November. The months of spring and fall are pleasant and mild- perfect for outdoor activities. The hot months of June, July and August provide ideal beach vacation weather. The best months for swimming in the ocean are July, August and September. August and September are the wettest months of the year so it might be wise to bring some rain gear. January is the coldest month but even during the winter temperatures rarely drop under 55°F during the day.

Things to know about Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach used to be made up of just a few fishermen’s houses along the coast not too long ago. Today, Myrtle Beach has become a busy and well known vacation destination. The Oceanfront Broadwalk is an over a mile long promenade along the sea where you can stop at one of the numerous and very inviting restaurants with a sea view. Myrtle Beach is also famous for its more than 100 Championship Golf Courses and you won’t get bored during the nights, where numerous bars and clubs will keep you busy. Even if you are simply after a relaxing beach vacation - there are many vacation possibilities in Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel
Myrtle Beach high rise buildings

The 10 top sights are:

Waccatee Zoological Farm

The Waccatee Zoological Farm is an absolute must if you are travelling with kids. You can watch a number of different animals including the famous peacocks. The entrance is cheap and even on hot days you will find plenty of shady spots.

Palace Theatre

At the Palace Theatre you can watch Broadway inspired shows directly on the beach. The small and pleasant theatre offers great views from any seat. If you are up for a matinee you get even cheaper tickets.

Myrtle Beach State Park

The Myrtle Beach State park is just a few minutes walk away from the center. If you are after a quiet place to relax this is exactly what you are looking for.

Nascar SpeedPark

Kids as well as adults can expect a lot of fun go-karting at the Nascar SpeedPark. If you aren’t physically into racing you can simply experience the thrill in the video game hall.

Myrtle Waves Water Park

If just enjoying sunbathing and swimming in the oceon is too boring for you, you can find all kinds of water slides and water waves in the Myrtle waves water park.

Broadway at the Beach

What would Myrtle Beach be without shopping? Visit the Broadway at the Beach and its’ unique shops, the IMAX cinema, the Ripley’s aquarium, mini-golf and much more.

Barefoot Landing

Another famous shopping destination of Myrtle Beach is the Barefoot Landing. In between shopping you can take a rest on a deck chair looking out over the ocean, observe the crocodiles or take a ride on the carousell.

Huntington Beach State Park

Just a few minutes walk from Myrtle Beach you will find this park which also offers an area designated to relax and swim. The untouched coastal line invites you to fish or observe the birds and alligators.

Brookgreen Gardens

On 13.5 square miles the botanical gardens of Brookgreen will offer yousight of countless types of plants as well as many interesting sculptures. You might want to bring a picnic or check out any concerts.

The Beach

Last but not least, the beach! The one and main thing you might want to visit Myrtle Beach for. It’s huge with lots of sand and waves and it’s also free!

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