If you are a retiree and haven’t already moved permanently to a southern location where the weather is mild and a beach is within sight, for whatever reason, whether it’s family or you can’t pack up and move because your house won’t sell, then maybe you should consider a long stay vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  For a couple of years, we did this.  We locked up our home, turned the heat down low, canceled our cable and telephone, re-directed our mail and booked a long stay vacation in north Myrtle Beach at the Best Western Ocean Sands Resort Hotel.

long-stay-vacation-hotelsSince we had lots to pack up to take with us, we drove our car  for the long journey. We brought down enough clothes, a few kitchen necessities, golf clubs, some extra beach towels and off we drove to spend three months, January to March, the coldest months of the year, booking a long stay vacation at Best Western Ocean Sands Resort Hotel at north Myrtle Beach.  As every year goes by, we find winter is more and more difficult to bear and we’re not ready to sell our home and move further away from our kids and the grandchildren.  However, we’re still not fans of the winter climate up here and we thought we’d check out the rates of the hotels in Myrtle Beach for a change of environment.

We actually found the Best Western Ocean Sands Resort Hotel located in North Myrtle Beach which is cheaper than the hotels in south Myrtle Beach.  It offered good rates for the months we were down there and is a beach ocean front hotel.   We had a nice little balcony to sit and enjoy our coffee in the mornings and enjoy a beer or glass of wine in the evenings, watching the sun rise or sunset over the wide stretch of ocean before us.

Now you might think that three months as an extended stay in Myrtle Beach might get boring but during this time, a couple of friends came down and stayed a week with us.  Also our kids came down at different times during our stay.  We also took a weekend off from our Myrtle Beach vacation and headed down to Savannah, Georgia for a long weekend break.  We booked a nice hotel in Savannah, walked around this charming city of the South, ate some great meals at the restaurants of Savannah.  That’s the advantage of a long stay vacation.  Whether you have your own car, rent a car or can travel by bus or train, you can always check out other vacation spots in your new neighborhood.

myrtle-beach-golf-senior-discountsA long stay vacation was a great break for us.  My wife and I enjoy taking it easy, enjoy pleasant weather, enjoy a beach vacation.  We love to take walks on the white sand beach, enjoy the dining sampling the local food at local restaurants.  I also enjoy a good game of golf and Myrtle Beach is famous for its golf courses.  The Best Western Ocean Sands has golf packages called Super Saver Golf Packages with winter rates.  The many golf courses in Myrtle Beach are in great shape, the greens all rolled true and my putter got a really good workout. Senior discounts for golf fees are available.   It’s easy to get tee times during the week not in the high season. My wife loves to shop (and what woman doesn’t like to shop?) and there are plenty of outlet malls, such as the Tanger Outlet Mall in Myrtle Beach where she picked up bags of designer bargains for herself and even a few things for me.  So, we have a deal.  She shops, I golf.  This kind of arrangement works very well in a long standing marriage.

Apart from our activities during our long stay vacation in Myrtle Beach, the Best Western Ocean Sands Resort Hotel was perfect for an extended stay.  The Best Western Ocean Sands offers a variety of special prices on their rooms for retirees and snowbirds.  If you wish to stay seven nights or longer, there’s a  20% discount.  If you plan to stay 10 nights or longer, you’ll get a 25% discount.  Better than this is is the Best Western Ocean Sands AARP rates for retirees:  $595 to $895 monthly rent plus tax. If you stay longer than three months, it’s tax free. We rented the deluxe two rooms King Suite which sleeps up to six adults.  There are two bedrooms, a kitchenette with a dishwasher, a bathroom and a small balcony as mentioned already.  Each bedroom has a Cable TV, a chest of drawers, the one bedroom comes with a sofa bed and a pull-down bed and the second bedroom has two queen beds, so there is plenty of sleeping room for company.  The maid came every morning to clean up, replace the towels.  But after a few days, since we keep the place relatively neat, we told her she didn’t have to come every day we were there for our long stay vacation in Myrtle Beach.  There’s a swimming pool too at the Best Western Ocean Sands hotel.  Our living arrangements were good for the entire three months long stay vacation.

myrtle-beach-long-stayMyrtle Beach in the winter months does not have a sweltering hot climate.  It’s mostly pleasant with temperatures around 60 – 68 degrees.  We could enjoy our walks on the beach and afternoons sitting out on the beach with our portable deck chairs we had brought down with us.

Another nice thing, we made some friends at the hotel.  We weren’t the only retirees enjoying a long stay vacation at the Best Western Ocean Sands Resort Hotel.  We met quite a few nice people who also leave the cold north and head south for a few months at a time to enjoy a long stay vacation in Myrtle Beach.  Call us snowbirds or what have you, getting away for the coldest months of the year and taking a winter vacation for seniors is the best holiday idea to escape the cold of winter.  It’s one of the advantages retirees have.

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  1. Hi Maria,
    Thanks for suggesting a new resort in Myrtle Beach for our readers. Good to know. Frank.

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