7 Things to Do in Surfside Beach

When it comes to vacationing in Surfside Beach, there’s so much more to see and do than just the beach! Here’s a breakdown of our favorite activities for when you need a break from all that fun in the sun and sand!

Take the Dog to Bark Park

Surfside’s beaches are dog-friendly from September 16 – May 14, as long as your dog is leashed. But sometimes, it’s nice to let Fido run free! Bark Park is Surfside’s very own dog park, where dogs can let loose and blow off extra energy!

Play at All Children’s Park

Sometimes you just want to kick it back old school and relax at the playground with your kids! All Children’s Park contains two playgrounds and is accessible by both physically challenged and able-bodied children alike, so everyone can have fun & enjoy being a kid!

Play Baseball at Martin Park

Even during vacation, it’s nice to get the blood pumping a bit! Grab your mitt, bat, and baseballs and head out to Martin Park for a quick game of catch, or round up some friends and neighbors and play a full game of baseball!

Go Parasailing

Feeling adventurous? Try something new and add a little adrenaline to your vacation with an excursion with Shoreline Watersports!

Take a Stroll on the Pier

One of the most iconic sights in Surfside Beach is the Pier. Whether you're wanting to fish or just enjoy the view, the Surfside Beach pier is a must stop on your family's Surfside Beach vacation!

Find a Good Book at Surfside Library

No beach vacation is complete without a great beach read! Save a few dollars and check out a book instead at the Surfside Library!

Feel the Adrenaline at “Head Rush”

When it comes to watersports, Wild Water and Wheels is Surfside Beach’s go-to spot! Take a whirl on the “Head Rush” or do some laps on the go-kart course, and laugh the afternoon away!

What are your favorite things to do in Surfside Beach? Start planning your Surfside getaway today!

An Insider's Guide to Surfside Beach

Imagine lazy days under the sun, warm sand under your back, and the sound of the ocean crashing against the shore...This isn't just any day at Surfside Beach; this is every day at Surfside Beach. We like to think of Surfside as our little coastal oasis. It's far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Strand for you to relax, but close enough for you to enjoy all of its amenities.

Whether it's your first time or 50th time visiting our quaint little beach, here are 5 things you should be sure to see when you come vacation with us.

The Surfside Pier

Perfect for fishing, a romantic stroll, or just for seeing the beach from a new perspective. Licks Ice Cream is also on the pier, so grab a nice cone or hot dog and enjoy the view!

Shoreline Watersports

For the adventurous types, Shoreline is the perfect place to go to rent a jet ski, banana boat, or spend an afternoon parasailing. They'll make you feel safe so you're free to enjoy yourself out on the water!

All Children's Park

Sometimes, nothing beats an afternoon at the playground. All Children's Park features swings, slides, and play equipment built specifically for handicapped children. Bring a picnic lunch and you've got a perfect afternoon!

Wild Water & Wheels

Wild Water & Wheels is our own little water park and adventure center in Surfside Beach. Try one of the many slides or rent a go kart for some fun out of the water.

Hudson's Surfside Flea Market

For those who are more interested in shopping than watersports, Hudson's Surfside Flea market is a third generation flea market with vendors peddling everything from antiques to souvenirs!

What attractions are on your "must see" list in Surfside Beach? Start planning your beach getaway today!

10 Signs that You're Addicted to the Beach

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our 60 years’ experience in vacation rentals in Surfside Beach, it’s that people who vacation here often become addicted to the beach! And what’s not to love? Warm sun, white sand, the sound of the ocean crashing against the shore… it’s peaceful and relaxing. This is where people come to rejuvenate. Even if it’s just once or twice a year, a week spent at the beach can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered!

Here are 10 signs that you’re addicted to the ocean

  1. 1. You’re constantly shaking out sand from your shoes, bags, and car.
  2. 2. You react with horror when you hear someone say they don’t like going to the beach.
  3. 3. Your Facebook profile and Pinterest boards are filled with beach quotes and inspirational photos.
  4. 4. You plan your whole summer around your beach vacation.
  5. 5. You don’t remember what your skin looks like without tan lines.
  6. 6. Your travel bucket list consists exclusively of locations on the beach.
  7. 7. You don’t understand why anyone would rather go on a ski trip than to the beach.
  8. 8. Your heart breaks a little bit whenever you see friends posting about their beach trip on Facebook or Instagram.
  9. 9. You have more swim suits than winter coats.
  10. 10. Your Netflix queue is filled with things like ‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Blue Crush,’ and every ocean documentary imaginable.

What are your favorite things about the beach? Get started planning your next beach vacation now!

Pictures That Will Make You Miss the Beach

With summer coming to a close, many people are spending their days sitting at their desks and wistfully remembering their summer vacation. We thought we'd help you ease the pain of the transition from summer to fall with some of our favorite inspirational beach photos. 

1. Who's got the time machine?!

 

2. Relationship status: Married to the beach.

3. Let's all quit our jobs and move to the beach.

4. Best definition of the beach we've heard!

5. I think we've all been there before...

6. Sandy hair, don't care.

7. The ocean is a great thing to be addicted to!

8. The recipe for the perfect life! 

9. Cherish the beach memories! 

 

10. But remember, it's always summer in your heart.

What are some of your favorite beach quotes?

Planning a Girlfriends Getaway in Surfside Beach

Sometimes you need to leave the kids and the stress and the husband at home and just enjoy a getaway with your girlfriends. Surfside Realty’s vacation experts make it easy for you to reconnect with your best friends while enjoying some fun in the sun! We’ll make planning your next girlfriends getaway easy & stress-free:

Lodging

We offer everything from oceanfront condos to entire houses, depending on how many friends will be joining. Look for amenities like wet bars, swimming pools, outdoor grills, ocean view, and proximity to the pier, depending on what’s most important to your group.

Dining

A girl’s gotta eat! Surfside Beach offers great dining options for every palate. Plus, it’s close enough to Myrtle Beach that finding the perfect restaurant is simple. Whether you want seafood, pizza, or sushi, you can find it all within just a few minutes of your vacation!

Shopping

Myrtle Beach has some of the best shopping in the Grand Strand. From the Coastal Grand Mall to Broadway at the Beach to The Market Common, your options for shopping are limitless!

Activities

The beach makes a great activity on its own, but if you’re looking for something more than that, you’re in luck! If you’re feeling adventurous, try spending an afternoon at Wild Water and Wheels in Surfside Beach or at the Sky Wheel in Myrtle Beach. For an afternoon filled with R&R, check out Oceans Edge Salon & Spa and let yourself be pampered. Once the sun goes down, grab a cab into Myrtle for one of the great night clubs and dance the night away!

Trying to plan your next girlfriends getaway? We’ve got lots of beach rental deals for the off season that will help you save money so you can spend your vacation enjoying time with the girls! 

Best Restaurants in Surfside Beach

One of the benefits of renting a beach house versus staying at a hotel is that you truly get to feel like you live at the beach! However, we know that part of the fun of traveling to a new location is to try out some new restaurants and let someone else do the cooking (and washing the dishes!) so you have more time to relax.

Here are some of our favorite restaurants in and around Surfside Beach:

Pickled Cucumber

Great Southern-style casual dining with a friendly, attentive staff! We highly recommend the fried chicken and mac and cheese.

Sara J’s

A local gem in Garden City known for great views and delicious seafood! We recommend the hush puppies and the shrimp.

Surf Diner

Casual dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Surfside Beach. It offers gorgeous views of the beach and their fish tacos are so tasty!

Bubba’s Fish Shack

A no-frills, Southern seafood joint in Surfside Beach. If you like oysters, you should definitely try them from Bubba’s.

Ultimate California Pizza

For when you’re not in the mood for seafood, UCP features over 70 toppings to choose from! Our favorite pie? The Big Kahuna, built to share!

Hot Fish Club

Known for their gazebo bar, live music, and fresh seafood, HFC is a must-try in Murrells Inlet. We recommend the lobster pot pie.

Dagwood’s

Dagwood’s deli in Surfside Beach is a delicious sports bar known for its giant sandwiches and juicy burgers. We recommend the soft pretzels and the scrumptious Dagwood burger!

 

What’s your favorite Surfside Beach restaurant? Let us know in the comments! 

25 Things To Do At The Beach

Going to the beach is a (mostly) free activity that can provide hours of entertainment for children and adults of all ages. Our home, Surfside Beach, SC, is known as the family beach, but some experiences at the beach are universal, no matter your age or where you choose to vacation.

Here are 25 things you should do on your beach vacation:

  1. Dive into a crashing wave
  2. Build a sandcastle
  3. Destroy sandcastle like your Godzilla or a giant monster
  4. Thoroughly apply sunscreen to avoid sunburns
  5. Play volleyball
  6. Collect seashells
  7. Make sand angels
  8. Pack a picnic and eat it on the beach
  9. Go for a stroll at sunset
  10. Watch the sunrise
  11. Clean up litter to keep the beach beautiful
  12. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
  13. Dig a giant hole and then fill it back up
  14. Play cornhole or other fun beach games
  15. Make a beach playlist and be the beach DJ
  16. Watch the birds (but don’t feed them!)
  17. Take a nap
  18. Take family pictures
  19. Rent a kiteboard, kayak, or surfboard
  20. Look for dolphins
  21. Go fishing and try to catch your dinner
  22. Read a book
  23. Write messages in the sand
  24. Explore the boardwalk or pier
  25. Relax and enjoy: you’re on vacation!

What are some of your favorite things to do while at the beach? Let us know in the comments!

It’s not too late to plan a last-minute summer vacation. Check out our Surfside Beach rental deals & specials and call to speak to one of our vacation experts today! 

Symptoms & Prevention of Heat Exhaustion

Vacationing at the beach is a wonderful experience. But as with anything, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your health, especially in the south where temperatures can get very hot in the summer. If you’re going to the beach with young children, pets, or elderly people, it’s important to be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration, so that you can avoid a trip to the hospital during your vacation.

Heat Exhaustion occurs after exposure to high temperatures and is often accompanied by dehydration. Without proper care, heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke, which can be fatal.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Profuse sweating and goose bumps
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration) 

 Prevention

Stay out of the sun by bringing an umbrella or tent to the beach to block the direct rays of sun and give your body a place of refuge. Taking a dip in the water can also help lower your body temperature. Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and keep your body cool. 

Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine, as these can make the symptoms of heat exhaustion worse. If you feel like you’re already experience the symptoms of heat stroke, get into a cool building as soon as possible and drink plenty of fluids. If symptoms don’t subside, get to the hospital; it’s always better to be safe than sorry! 

Where to Celebrate Independence Day

It won’t be long before July 4th arrives and the Grand Strand region will come alive even more than ever. There are numerous local events taking place in celebration of Independence Day this year and you’ll want to know where they are. This year’s holiday includes barbecues, parades and plenty of fireworks up and down the coastline. When you stay in any one of our holiday vacation rentals you’ll be centrally located to watch the fireworks along the coast. For the best view head on over to the beachfront.

Salute from the Shore Flyover
At 1 p.m. on July 4 the 6th Annual Salute from the Shore military flyover will take place. Two F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing based at Shaw Air Force Base will fly along the entire coast, circling Patriot’s Point in Charleston before concluding their run south of Hilton Head. July 4th Patriotic Boat Parade in Murrells Inlet 

The 32nd annual Murrells Inlet boat parade will start at 12 noon. Entrants will enter to compete for a prize for the most patriotic and best decorated boat. The crowds will be able to participate and vote by round of applause and cheers. Whoever has the loudest cheers will be the winner.

Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration
The residents of Surfside Beach SC invite you to attend their 4th of July Celebration from 6-10 p.m. at the Surfside Pier, 115 Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach.

48th Annual Pawleys Island Parade
The 48th Annual Pawleys Island 4th of July Parade takes place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Visitors and locals are eligible to enter in the parade and travel through the Island in anything that becomes a makeshift float. It can be a car, flatbed truck, bicycle or boat. Just use your imagination. All should be decorated in red, white, and blue in true patriotic fashion. This parade is a fun, family tradition that’s not to be missed.

Firework Displays
Firework displays to celebrate the 4th of July are all around the Grand Strand area. Here’s the schedule for those being held from Cherry Grove to Murrells Inlet:
Barefoot Landing – 10 p.m. at 4898 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Cherry Grove Pier – 9 p.m. at 3500 N. Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach
Broadway at the Beach – 10 p.m. – 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
2nd Avenue Pier – 10 p.m. at 110 North Ocean Boulevard Myrtle Beach
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk – 10 p.m. at 4123 US-17 Bus., Murrells Inlet

Mark your calendar now so you know where you’re celebrating when July 4th gets here! We wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day celebration!

Tips for Taking Children to the Beach

Bringing your children to the beach is a great way to create memories that they will cherish for years to come. We’re a family company, so we know firsthand how important and precious these family vacations to the beach can be. We also know that bringing kids to the beach also has its own set of rules and considerations in order to be successful.

First, make sure your kids have plenty of sun protection. We recommend lots of sunscreen, long sleeve shirts, hats, and sunglasses. There’s nothing that breaks your heart more than a sunburned child whose whole vacation is ruined because he or she is in pain. Apply plenty of sunscreen before you head to the beach and reapply at least every two hours. You’ll also want to consider creating a “home base” for kids to hang out in. This can mean tents, an umbrella, or any other shady area to give them some respite from the sun.

Entertainment is also key for bringing kids to the beach. Children can tire easily while swimming, so you’ll want to have other activities ready to keep them occupied. Games like Frisbee, catch, volleyball, or soccer are good bets. You can also get them interested in collecting seashells or teaching them how to build a sandcastle. You can spend money at the numerous beach stores on sand toys like buckets and shovels, or you can raid your kitchen for old colanders, plastic containers, and cups which can work just as well for little ones.

The first thing that will cut a beach trip short is lack of food and water. Children like to snack, so unless you want to make a bunch of trips back and forth to the house, it’s best to invest in a cooler stocked with water, snacks, sandwiches, and other goodies to keep them sated between meals.

 One final tip: bring baby powder! Baby powder can help get sand off of you and your children before you get back to the car or house and will alleviate that sticky sand feeling that so many people hate.

What are your best tips for going to the beach with kids?

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