Watersports Activities at the Beach

 So you’ve found the perfect beach rental for your upcoming trip, and you want to plan a few extra activities. If sunning on the beach and riding the waves doesn’t fully satisfy your craving for adventure, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to enjoy watersports activities in the Garden City Beach area. Check out Island Adventure Watersports for boat rentals, waterski and wakeboard adventures.


Jet Ski and banana boat rentals are a great way to amp up the action on the beach. Catch major waves and tear up the surf. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, give kayaking or paddle boarding a try. Kayaks are great for leisurely solo adventures, and for touring the inter-coastal waterways. Set up a kayak tour for your group and learn about coastal geography and ecosystems. You may even spot a pod of dolphins! Stand up paddle boarding is also great way to tour the waters of Garden City Beach, and it’s great exercise too!

Rent a boat for the day and take the family out for an adventure. You can be your own captain and tour the waterways for skiing and wake boarding spots. You can also rent with a captain and totally relax on your day out on the water. You can bring fishing gear, food and drink, or whatever else you will need to make your boat trip the perfect adventure for the whole family. So get excited, your trip to the beach has plenty in store! Check out Reel Action Fishing Charters to get the most of your trip.

What You Should Know About Taking a Vacation to Myrtle Beach

Every year Myrtle Beach South Carolina is a favorite vacation destination of tens of thousands of families. Some prefer the summer months of June-August while others come during the off-season; some even stay the winter. There are some important things you should know about coming for a Myrtle Beach vacation that will make your visit go as smooth as possible from start to finish.

A Place to Stay
A place to stay on your Myrtle Beach vacationProbably the most important thing to know about planning your vacation to the area of Myrtle Beach is to make your reservations well in advance of your arrival. At Surfside Realty we have our vacation rentals listed right here on our website and you can sort them by location, number of bedrooms, and price. We also offer specials on our accommodations in Myrtle Beach, Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach, too.

Our rentals come in a large assortment of sizes and are all well furnished and beautifully decorated for a most pleasurable stay. If you want to stay oceanfront we have many of those rentals as well. Look around our site and if you don’t find what you’re looking for just give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.

About Those Beach Tides
For anyone coming to spend their vacation at the ocean it’s important to be aware of the tides and conditions. If you’re bringing small children then it’s best to swim where life guards are close by. Low tide (when the tide is the fartherest out) and high tide (when the tide is the closest to the dunes) occurs twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. There are many tide charts online and smart phone apps available that tell you the time of every low and high tide on any given day. If you ever see signage indicating rip tides, it’s strongly recommended you avoid that area.

Myrtle Beach vacation with petsAre Pets Welcome Here?
We have many vacation rentals available where pets are welcome to stay with you. Be sure before you book your reservations that they are. Vacation rentals accepting pets will ask for a security deposit in advance.

The majority of public beaches in the Myrtle Beach area are pet-friendly during early morning hours or during late evenings year-round. However, pets are not allowed on the beaches or Ocean Boulevard between 21st Avenue North to 13th Avenue South of Myrtle Beach at any time. Pets are also not allowed to be walked on any public beach in Myrtle Beach between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.

We look forward to your arrival in Myrtle Beach. If we can help you with your accommodations or answer any additional questions please give us a call at 1-800-833-8231 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

17th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon and Half Marathon

The 17th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium. For a few days every February, the streets of Myrtle Beach are transformed into a jungle scene that provides the backdrop to an unforgettable experience. This event supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. After being a part of this event, you will understand why thousands of people declare that the Myrtle Beach Marathon is so much more than a marathon. By making the decision to take part in this unforgettable weekend, you will undoubtedly walk away a changed person. 

vacation rentals in South Carolina for marathonersIf you’re looking for accommodations check out the many vacation rentals in South Carolina that Surfside Realty that provide a pier and boat dock right outside your door.

Marathon Weekend is February 13-15 and there are plenty of events taking place such as the following.

• Thursday, February 13, 2014: 5:00pm Runner’s Expo
• Friday, February 14, 2014: 11:00am Runner’s Expo
• Friday, February 14, 2014: 5:30pm Ripley’s Aquarium Family Fun Run
• Friday, February 14, 2014: 6:30pm Junior Post Race Party at Ripley’s Aquarium
• Friday, February 14, 2014: 7:00pm Neon Night 5K
• Saturday, February 15, 2014: 6:30am Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay
• Saturday, February 15, 2014: 5:00pm House of Blues Post Race Party

Don’t wait until the last minute to make your reservations for one of the vacation rentals in South Carolina or you might be disappointed. This is a very popular event and rentals fill up fast in the surrounding area due to the marathon. Marathon registration is open for a few more weeks and events are filling up fast.

Be sure to check out our Specials page on our site if you’re looking for special deals on our properties. If you’d like to speak with us about any of our vacation rentals please call us at 1-800-833-8231. We’d love to hear from you!

Don’t Miss Events at the Beach in February

 Don’t let the cold winter weather slow you down; get a jump start on the vacation season next month. There is no better time than now to map out your spring and summer vacations! February is a great time of year to visit Surfside Beach. The weather starts to warm up, and the calendar of events fills up, too! There is something to do every weekend at the beach, so we’ve compiled some of the most anticipated events. Mark your calendars, and plan your trip today!

Annual Conway Chocolate Walk – Saturday, Feb. 1

Come browse the shops and restaurants of downtown Conway and enjoy confections provided by local chocolatiers. More than 35 local business are participating this year, and the  crowd gets larger every year! Tickets are sold in advance here, and only 200 are available. What a great way to kick off the sweetest month of the year!

Sixth Annual “Shuckin’ on the Strand” Oyster Roast – Saturday, Feb. 8

Enjoy a coastal Carolina delicacy at the Hot Fish Club on Hwy 17. This a family friendly, afternoon event that will be full of entertainment! The event sells out quickly, so be sure to get tickets ahead of time. 500 attendees will enjoy all you can eat oysters, chicken bog, draft beer, and live music. If this is your first trip to the area, know that a South Carolina style oyster roast is not to be missed!

Winter Beach Bash Car Show – Saturday, Feb. 15

Come out to the Myrtle Beach Speedway and marvel at vintage muscle cars, racing wagons, and luxury collector automobiles. With food and entertainment, this is an event the whole family will enjoy.

Winter Parrot Head Festival – Saturday, Feb. 22

This event is hosted by Le Belle Amie Vineyard, a local wine making facility near the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand. The Parrot Head Festival is a celebration of the arrival of spring. Come out to vineyard to mingle and enjoy tastings, tours, and their spiced mulled wine, which will be featured at the festival.

Don’t let the winter blues keep you indoors until April. We’re always having a good time at the beach!

10 Signs You're Overdue for a Vacation to Surfside Beach SC

While we have many repeat visitors here at Surfside Realty we also have many people that arrive in dire need of a vacation. It’s written all over their faces that they’ve put it off too long and now have only reluctantly came probably because a spouse has dragged them here against their will. All we can say is you should see the change in their attitude about mid-week during their stay. They become these relaxed, happy, and fun to be around people and their family is beaming!

Relieve stress with house rentals in Surfside BeachDon’t let that happen to you or put your family through this. We have plenty of house rentals in Surfside Beach just waiting for your arrival. Here are 10 signs you’re long overdue for a vacation to coastal Surfside Beach South Carolina.

1. You can’t even remember your last vacation — it was that long ago.
2. The family thinks you’re no longer as easy to be around or as much fun as you used to be.
3. The only time you leave the house for an extended time is to go to work.
4. The kids only have their friend’s vacations to talk about.
5. You don’t even remember if you own a swimming suit.
6. Co-workers say you’re snapping at them.
7. Your boss is talking about your attitude and it’s not in a good way.
Try our house rentals in Surfside Beach for stress relief8. Happy hours fail to make you happy any more.
9. You’re having more headaches and holding more tension in your neck and shoulders.
10. Even the gym is no longer providing the outlet that it used to.

Take a few minutes to check out the house rentals in Surfside Beach that we have and if you need assistant in making your reservations just give us a call at 1-800-833-8231. We’d be happy to help you plan that long overdue vacation that is sure to do you a world of good.

Now is the Time to Book Your Beach Vacation

What do you have on the calendar for 2014? If your New Year’s resolution is to enjoy quality time with your family, travel more, or just to treat yourself to some fun, renting a home with us is a great way to achieve it. Get ahead of the crowd and start planning your spring and summer travels by reserving one of our fabulous rental properties. With plenty of options and amenities, our beach rentals are centrally located and provide all you need for a memorable vacation.

Why choose to take a vacation to the Surfside and Garden City Beach area? The beaches of coastal Carolina offer a wealth of entertainment and relaxation for travelers of all types and ages. You can choose to spend lazy days on the beach, or to venture over to the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand area for shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. The area is also spotted with luxury hotels, golf courses, and spas. Take a look at the Myrtle Beach calendar and plan your trip around one of the many festivals and events that take place year round. Take day trips up and down the coast to experience the culture, history, and scenery of South Carolina.



While nothing beats relaxing on the beach, there is a lot to do when you’re visiting Surfside and Garden City Beaches. Surfside Beach is admiringly known as “the family beach.” The area offers pet-friendly and family focused entertainment like dog parks, fishing piers, casual restaurants, mini-golf, and waterparks to name a few. There are also plenty of high end bars and restaurants in the area if you’re looking for a more mature, or romantic outing. The Garden City area offers stunning views of marshland and tidal creeks that inspire visitors about the beauty of the coastal Carolina landscape.

Now is the time to reserve your home for the spring and summer season! So there’s only one question left; which property will suit you the best? Use our online search tools to find exactly what you’re looking for. 

A Fool Proof Formula for Finding the Best Vacation Homes in SC

How many times has the vacation home you had your eye on for your next vacation get scooped up by other vacationers? Maybe you thought you gave adequate notice but when you went online to check you found it wasn’t available. That can be very disheartening we know. But not to worry, at Surfside Realty we have plenty of vacation homes in the Grand Strand region ranging from cozy and comfortable to over the top luxurious.

vacation homes in the Grand StrandWhen you know you’re coming back to visit the coastal South Carolina area again it’s wise to take the time to look at other rentals while you’re here if where you want to stay is not the place you’re currently renting. It’s not too early to put a deposit down on the perfect vacation home a year in advance. Some people will book their rental years in advance. It’s a fool proof way to secure the rental of your choice.

If the rental you want is among the most popular vacation homes in the Grand Strand you should consider asking to be put on a waiting list in case there are any cancellations during the time you want to come. You will need to have a flexible schedule if you go this route and be able to pack up and head out at pretty much a moment’s notice. We’d much rather have someone we can call that is waiting for an opening in any particular vacation home than to have it sit empty because of a last minute cancellation. We know how disappointing that can be.

vacation homes in the Grand StrandIf you’re going to be in the area soon you won’t want to miss the 31st Annual North Myrtle Beach Winter Run 5K and 15K taking place on Thursday, January 23 on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with the race starting at 9:00 a.m. Entry Fees: 5k until 1/23/14 -- $20.00 with Shirt -- $15.00 without shirt. 15k until 1/23/14 -- $25.00 with Shirt -- $20.00 with out shirt. 5k after 1/23/14 -- $25.00 with Shirt -- $20.00 without shirt. 15k after 1/23/14 -- $30.00 with Shirt -- $25.00 without shirt. Come join in or come cheer the participants on! Call (843) 280-5673 for more information. Hope to see you there!

Freedom Rally to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

With Monday, January 20 designated as Martin Luther King, Jr., Day a 2014 Weekend Freedom Rally to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Following is the schedule for this 3 day rally. If you would like more information please call (843) 903-4939.

January 18
annual rentals in Myrtle Beach11:00 - 1:30 p.m: Come out to the Myrtle Beach Train Depot for a conversation with Brad Lofton and Brandon Sessions, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Five Largest Contractors in South Carolina.
11:00 - 1:30 p.m: Come out to MT. Olive AME Church for a Brown Bag Luncheon and a discussion with Sharnell Ladson of “”Helping the Underserved to Become Legendary Entrepreneurs and Leaders” (HUSTLE) on how to build a sustainable small business. 
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Bring your childen out to Plyler Park for storytelling, face painting, caricature artist, inflatable bounce houses, and a children’s group mural project. 
6:00 - 9:00 p.m: come out to the The Johnson Auditorium at Coastal Carolina to hear a musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19
5:00 - 7:00 p.m: In a joint effort between Myrtle Beach NAACP and Carolina African American Heritage Foundation, come out to the Mt. Olive AME Church for a bevy of speakers.
January 20
8:00 - 11:30 a.m: Corporate and Community Awards Breakfast at the Myrtle Beach Canal Street Recreation Center.  Donations are $25.00 per person or $200 for a table of eight persons.
11:30 - 1:30 p.m: 6th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. “Freedom Rally” Parade

There are many people that love being in close proximity to all the events, just like this one, that take place around Myrtle Beach throughout the year. If that defines you and you find yourself coming to the area numerous times throughout the year, you may find it cheaper to secure one of our annual rentals in Myrtle Beach. When you have your own rental to come to you won’t have your rate going ski high during the summer months only for it to dip low for a few months during the winter. You’ll have a nice, affordably consistent rate that you can count on no matter what time of the year you come to coastal South Carolina.

Whatever type of rental you prefer it’s surely to be among the annual rentals in Myrtle Beach we have available from time to time. We’d be happy to assist you with finding an annual rental. Just call us toll free at 1-800-833-8231.

When You're Seeking Annual Rentals Come Talk to Us

Whether you presently live in the local area or are considering relocating here, staying in one of our annual rentals in Garden City Beach makes a whole lot of sense if you’re in the market to purchase property soon. When you rent a place long term you have the chance to live in the area and get a good feel for the different sections and where you might prefer to settle down.

annual rentals in Garden City BeachOur Garden City Beach annual rentals as well as others that we have in the area are priced less per month than seasonal vacation rentals. While a few may come furnished, the majority will be unfurnished with the exception of major appliances. You’ll be able to bring your own furnishings in and set them up as you like.

When you’re relocating to the area it’s not always easy to decide where you want to live based on images on our website and maybe a short visit to the area. We have many neighborhoods and resorts that are peaceful, friendly havens for residents and each has it own flavor and unique lifestyle.

Garden City Beach Garden City BeachCoastal rentals will have you feel like you’re living in paradise and that’s because you truly are. We offer reasonable rates and will work with you to find the ideal rental you’re looking for. Cottages, condos and single family homes are available at times oceanfront, ocean view, and further back from the water. Rentals here are perfect for water and ocean lovers.

In the perfect rental, you’ll have plenty of room for the whole family and be in the proximity of an area that appeals to you based on earlier visits. Amenities vary in each of the rentals. The surrounding area offers plenty of things to do including golfing, kayaking, shopping, movies, clubs, museums, fishing, and live shows. Did we mention the over 2,000 restaurants the area has? You’re sure to find just the type of food you’re hungry for whether it’s casual fare or fine dining.

We’d like to help you find the annual rental you’re hoping to move into for the New Year. Give us a call at 1-800-33-8231 and we’ll make arrangements to get together. Happy New Year to everyone!

Merry Christmas from Garden City Beach SC!

When unexpected guests arrive to spend the holidays and you don’t have enough room for them keep us in mind at Surfside Realty. We have plenty of available condo rentals in Garden City Beach and the surrounding areas where your guests will be so comfortable you just might not see much of them! In fact, the amenities that come with some of our Garden City Beach vacation rentals are so phenomenal you might find yourself spending more time at their place than at your own! You can read everything about them when you click here.

condo rentals in Garden City BeachEveryone wants to be with family at Christmas time and when you can’t then being with friends is your family time. Be sure to spend it in our impressively spacious condo rentals and you’re sure to have an exquisite time. The open floor plans that many of our condos have make beach living feel so natural and easy. Like this is where you are meant to be.

You’ll find the views from the balconies combine tranquil beauty with close proximity to all the Grand Strand's best attractions and activities. Whether you’re still shopping, playing some golf, or just want to take in some of the Christmas events going on, you’ll be just a short distance from them all.

From our families to yours we’d like to wish everyone a very happy and Merry Christmas this year! 

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