Cure the winter blues in Myrtle Beach

(BPT) - Dreaming of a warm beach destination this winter? If the view outside your window makes you shiver, it may be time for a warm-weather getaway — and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has you covered. Instead of looking out at the snow and ice, you could be viewing a sunny beach and ocean waves.

Beat the winter doldrums by heading to Myrtle Beach — it's an ideal winter retreat that's easy to get to, and provides a great vacation value for couples and families alike.

Here are just three ways you can beat the winter blues in Myrtle Beach:

Get outside

When the weather is cold and blustery, you may be forced to stay inside and hunker down. The result? A bad case of cabin fever. But in Myrtle Beach, you can get active, enjoy the great outdoors and bask in the sunshine all year long.

There’s something for everyone when it comes to outdoor activities, from the relaxing to the thrilling:

Stroll along the area's 60 miles of beautiful shoreline, searching for seashells and fossils as you go. Options range from lively people-watching venues and family-friendly beaches to more natural, unspoiled areas for peace and quiet.

Bike the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway, enjoying over 12 miles of natural scenery and ocean views at your own pace, from Murrells Inlet to Huntington Beach State Park.

Hike a trail through the maritime forest at Myrtle Beach State Park, and be sure to pack your binoculars for some of the best bird-watching opportunities on the East Coast. Love animals? Take part in a three-hour tour at T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife preserve.

Enjoy fishing? Throw out a line at an inland waterway or one of many ocean piers — or even on a chartered boat. Local charter captains can help steer you toward thrilling finds like sharks, tuna and sailfish out on the open ocean.

If water is your thing, you can find plenty to excite you, from jet skiing and speedboat excursions to scuba diving and banana boat rides. Try water skiing lessons or sailing, or enjoy a kayak tour at Black River Outdoors to explore Myrtle Beach's scenic waterways.

Dine with a view

During the winter, you may get tired of the gray, dreary days and dark evenings. Instead, how about enjoying a tantalizing dinner with a stunning view of the sunset?

Imagine dining on the patio of Wicked Tuna, where you can gaze upon the marsh while indulging in handmade cocktails and the freshest seafood.

Explore the best of low country cuisine, served with a floor-to-ceiling ocean view at Island Vista's Cypress Dining Room.

Or take in the sights from your table at Pier 14 oceanfront restaurant, enjoying delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere while planning your after-dinner stroll along the beach and pier.

Take in a show

Nothing spices up a winter night quite like live entertainment, and Myrtle Beach does not disappoint! Sing along or dance to your favorite tunes of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s with the Carolina Opry's Time Warp or the Motown Tribute Show at the GTS Theater. And nothing can cure the winter blues quite like the House of Blues.

Artists of all genres come to play at Myrtle Beach, so you’ll find plenty of exciting shows, whatever your taste in music. Check out upcoming concerts at the Alabama Theatre, Tin Roof, LuLu's and more when you’re planning your visit.

What could be better than warm weather, plenty of outdoor activities and entertainment, plus beautiful beaches and scenery year-round? Whatever you need to beat the winter doldrums, you can find it in Myrtle Beach. There are plenty of ways to warm up throughout your stay, and it's easy to do on a budget, too. With tons of deals on lodging and activities, the Myrtle Beach area provides the biggest bang for your vacation buck.

Sound intriguing? Stop by VisitMyrtleBeach.com to plan your dream winter getaway.