Wallet-Friendly Travel – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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If you’re on a budget – and who isn’t – having the Loonie blues combined with the winter blahs, we’ve got a wallet-friendly solution: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Did you know that our friends in Myrtle Beach have designated a special time of year – every year – for the past 55 years, just for Canadians? Called Can-Am Days, the festival runs from March 12 to March 20. The folks have created a lineup of fun and games – and discounted and free events – to help celebrate this milestone of 55 years of travel and friendship.

Click through to get the savvy traveller savings scoop.

With almost 100 kilometres of sandy beaches, a wealth of family fun and entertaining attractions (a skywheel on the boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach, where there’s fun for all ages, to name a few), and a some of the best golf in the United States – mini-putt included! – there’s a pastime for everyone.

But, even better, the city has joined together to extend these wallet-friendly savings before and after Can-Am Days, from now through April. And, did you know that Myrtle Beach is the home of the famous Carolina Opry? This is just one of 55 best-kept secrets of the area.

Want to know more? Check out the Myrtle Beach’s areas’ 55 best kept secrets, in commemoration of this milestone anniversary.

Here’s how you can get more for less, and go wallet-friendly in Myrtle Beach this year:

The Myrtle Beach Area CVB announced that, in light of the weakening Canadian dollar, the Myrtle Beach area will help Canadians “make up” the difference by offering up to 30 percent discounts – and in some cases up to 65 percent discounts – at select hotels, live entertainment, attractions, golf, and restaurants from January through April 2016 for travelers with a valid Canadian passport.

The discounts being offered at least cover the difference of the 70-cent-on-the-dollar conversion of Canadian to U.S. dollars, making the two equal. At some hotels, however, accommodations will be offered at as much as a 65 per cent discount off regular season rates for Canadians. The Myrtle Beach area hopes these discounts will ease travelers’ anxiety about the Loonie’s decline and ensure they can get away in the early part of 2016.

“We have been welcoming Canadians to the Myrtle Beach area for decades and hope this promotional solution will help overcome any financial hurdles caused by the exchange rate,” said Susan Phillips, director of marketing for the Myrtle Beach Area CVB. “This special Canadian discount is just one more reason to visit in the lovely late winter and early spring seasons, which have typically mild weather, even more affordable accommodations and more elbow room at area attractions.”

www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/hotels/deals/can-am-deals/; www.visitmyrtlebeach.com