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.

Three Steps to a Perfect Beach Vacation

Planning a vacation is exciting, but it can also be a bit stressful. Whether you?re planning a romantic getaway for two, or a rowdy family reunion, finding the perfect setting for your trip is an important step. No matter what the occasion, renting a beach house is a great way to get comfortable and relax on your vacation. Our rental homes offer plenty of room to spread out, relax, and have fun! We?re here to make your beach vacation stress free and lots of fun. Here are three steps to planning the perfect beach vacation. 

1.     Book your home: Renting a beach house is the best way to enjoy the Surfside beach area. You will have plenty of space and amenities to do your vacation your way. We?re here to help you find the perfect rental home for your trip, and we have properties of all shapes and sizes! Find which one will be best for you and your family and set your dates.

2.     Plan your activities: Once you have your home base established, browse the local events calendars and find a few outings you?d like to try. Shopping at Barefoot Landing and a round at Azalea Sands Golf Club are great activities to get out and try. There are tons of bars and restaurants in the area if you?re interested in a night out. We recommend grabbing a few groceries on your way into town so you can make use of your rental?s fully equipped kitchen. Have a cook out and family game night on the patio.

3.     Relax: The final and favorite step is just that easy ? relax! Once you?ve found your rental home and scoped out the beach scene, you?re ready for a great vacation. All that?s left to do is mark your calendar, set your out of office memo, and let the vacation spirit take over.

So don't over think it! There is no wrong way to vacation, but we're confident that staying at one of our beach homes is the right choice for you.

Advantages of Choosing Second Row Vacation Rentals

Many people coming to the beach want their accommodations to be as close to the ocean as they possibly can be. They look for oceanfront rentals and they pay a premium price for them. While we certainly understand the desire to be up close and personal with the ocean as well as to have unobstructed views, have you considered the benefits of staying in our second or third row vacation rentals in Surfside Beach?One of the biggest advantages to staying a bit further from the oceanfront is price. You can save a lot by being located just a few yards further from the oceanfront and, in many cases, you still have a wonderful view. These homes are located in neighborhoods offering places to walk and bike and some Surfside Beach SC vacation rentalscommunities also offer additional benefits such as clubhouses, tennis, shuffleboard, and a playground for the kids. These second and third row home rentals offer more privacy, security, and you won?t find people playing in your front yard.Many of our Surfside Beach SC vacation rentals come with their own swimming pools. Shown here is Southern C?s, a Surfside Beach 2nd row vacation rental home. It?s large enough for the biggest family with its 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. This home can comfortably accommodate up to 16 people. Amenities include free Internet access, DVD/VCR players, TVs, swimming pool, sun deck, a washer/dryer and lots more.The Gathering Place is another example of an outstanding home rental in Surfside Beach that sits second row along South Ocean Boulevard. This home also can accommodate up to 16 people and has 5 vacation rentals in Surfside Beach South Carolinabedrooms with 4.75 baths. You?ll be just a half mile from the Surfside Pier and 1.8 miles from the Garden City Pier. The home comes with it?s own swimming pool (24' x 13' & 3' to 5' Deep), outside shower and sun deck. Internet access is included in the price. With ceiling fans in every room and extra coffee makers in the bedrooms, this is a wonderful home to vacation in. Offering 2,900 sq ft of living space you?ll have plenty of room to spread out. Amenities also include all furnishings and appliances as well as a washer/dryer.When you?re ready to secure a vacation rental for your next visit to beautiful Surfside Beach, consider the second and third row homes that we have to offer. Find out for yourself what makes these homes the preferred choice of many vacationing families year after year.

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!

Cure Those Winter Blues with a Visit to the Grand Strand Area

If you?re looking for an antidote to the winter blues we have it right here in coastal South Carolina! Many people find it necessary to escape the cold and snow each year during those long winter months if only for a week. Often times it?s just what they need to recharge them enough to get through the rest of the season. For others, they come for one to three months and return after the snow melts.Grand Strand vacation home rentals can relieve those winter bluesWhat we can tell you is that we have many comfortable Grand Strand vacation home rentals that will begin lifting your spirits from the moment you walk through the front door. There are plenty of oceanfront rentals that will provide you with the opportunity to catch a sunrise from your deck every morning while having breakfast and it only gets better from there.We know it?s difficult for many people living in the northern states to endure those long winter months and it seems like the older you are, the harder it becomes. In many states it?s rare that people ever see the sun during this time of year and many times when it is out it?s too cold to even go outdoors to enjoy it. In coastal South Carolina the sun seems to almost always be shining and the temperatures are a long ways from cold. We?d like to invite you to come treat yourself to a stay in any one of our Grand Strand vacation home rentals.It?s a known fact that moods are significantly lifted when you get adequate sun. Some people use ?Sun Boxes? and while it helps it doesn?t come with a beautiful sandy beach to walk or all the championship golf courses and shopping malls we have here in the Grand Strand region.Grand Strand vacation home rentalsDon?t settle for imitation sunshine when South Carolina is so close. The weather is so temperate that you can walk the beaches, go bicycling, and hit the golf courses any time of the year. Those are the very things that will lift your spirits and put you in a good mood. Maybe that explains why so many people relocate to this area after retiring and are always happy they did so.Medically, it?s true that sunshine is essential for our physical and emotional well-being. Sunshine encourages our body to release serotonin, a chemical derived from the amino acids in our body?s tissues, and that significantly improves our mood. It?s also our body?s main source of Vitamin D, which is essential for strong teeth and bones and the older you get the more important this is.When the sun is out and the temperatures are warmer, you?re more likely to want to go outside and do things. In this area there are many things to do outdoors, too, things like playing golf, walking the beach, shopping, visiting museums and local parks, gardens, and many historic landmarks. All these things can contribute to an increased feeling of well-being.If you?d like to experience an increase in your mood irst hand, why not come and visit us in coastal South Carolina. We promise you won?t run out of things to do while you?re here and you?re going to feel a whole lot better. Take a look at the vacation home rentals we have on our website and if you have any questions just give us a call at 1-866-252-9930. We?d be happy 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.

Look at Our Colorful Crab Drive Rentals in Garden City Beach

For those looking for a more luxurious home in a gated community, you?ll like what our Crab Drive rentals in Garden City Beach can provide you with. You?ll be just a short walk to the beach from any of these homes, a half mile easy walk to Garden City Pier, and 2 miles to Surfside Pier. This is a private community that maintains peace and quiet by ensuring that no motorcycles, trucks, trailers, campers or boats enter the grounds. If you?re going to be here between April ? October you?ll be able to use the 30?x20? neighborhood swimming pool.Available vacation rentals in Garden City BeachThese colorful homes are as beautiful on the inside as on the out. They?re all professionally decorated and beautifully furnished with everything you need to ensure a comfortable stay for your entire family. You?ll like having a porch right off the living room where you can enjoy a mid-afternoon glass of sweet tea or an end of day cocktail. Free high speed internet is available in all of these homes as our ceiling fans, multiple DVD players and flat screen TVs and your own washer/dryer unit.The spaciousness of these vacation home rentals in Garden City Beach will be appreciated along with having bedrooms and baths on multiple levels. Kitchens with granite countertops come well equipped with everything you need for on-site meal preparation. But when dining out is what you prefer, the area has close to 2,000 restaurants for you to choose from ranging from as casual as pizza delivery right to your door to four start fine dining offering and elegant experience.

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.