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!

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There is no question, being on the ocean or even nearby makes for a better, longer life with less stress and more opportunity to relax… at least that’s what I tell my clients.  J  Every time I look at the ocean and breathe in that salty air, feelings of peace and calm take over, burdens feel lifted and my face reveals a quiet smile.  I’m not a scientist and apparently this is nothing new.  As early as the 18th century, doctors were prescribing trips to the coast to visit special clinics offering seawater bath treatments to improve overall health says online magazine livescience.  In one of their recently published articles about the positive affect the ocean has on health and overall well-being, research reveals that the ocean does indeed reduce stress and promotes a healthier and happier life. 

Here’s another positive in living and vacationing on the coast.  Scientists have also discovered that people who eat fish regularly are less like to suffer from depression.  Psychiatrist and lipid biochemist Joseph Hibbelin of the National Institutes of Health has shown that across cultures there is a direct correlation between ounces of fish eaten each week and rates of depression.  More interesting, Hibbelin and researcher Laura Reis have found that fish is commonly used as a symbol of happiness and good health in various religions and cultures.

So the next time you are considering home ownership on the coast or thinking about planning a beach vacation, you can feel confident in knowing that not only does being on the coast offer fun, relaxation, & so many other perk. The biggest perk of all is that the ocean is good for you and your family’s overall health and well-being. “It’s A Beach Thing!” indeed.                                                                                                

** side note… Now if only the government gave health care tax credits for owning coastal property or vacationing at the beach.  I mean… it has after all been researched and proven!  Just sayin’ ;-) 

Hope to see you or hear from you soon!

 

Written by Surfside Realtor and Broker Associate, Jenn Cribb

 

Myrtle Beach Snow Day!

 SNOW DAY IN MYRTLE BEACH!!

Every school-age child goes wild for two things – summer break and SNOW DAYS! While the odds of a snow day in Myrtle Beach are pretty slim, the Children’s Museum of South Carolina is doing their part to see to it that every child has the opportunity to play in the snow this winter by hosting their annual Snow Day at the Beach event!

Snow Day at the Beach will be held Monday, January 16 2012 at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, from 9AM to 3PM. Kids visiting the museum that day can ice skate at the museum’s indoor hockey rink, or participate in a snowball fight or two with real snow. What better way to enjoy the long weekend than with a trip to the beach – complete with a snow day?

The Children’s Museum of South Carolina has been entertaining and educating student groups, families and thousands of other patrons and visitors in the Grand Strand since they opened their doors in 1994. In 1200 square feet of open space, children are openly invited to satisfy their curiosities as they “Touch, Explore, and Play” to learn. CMSC is committed to education and to serving South Carolina and its communities with by providing a venue through which students can engage in explorative play.

There’s always something for everyone in Myrtle Beach, regardless of the season. Go enjoy a day in the snow!

SkyWheel Myrtle Beach

 

Myrtle Beach will welcome its newest entertainment and dining venue in May 2011. The SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will team up with Jimmy Buffett’s Land Shark Bar & Grill and Land Shark Surfshack for an exciting new attraction on the oceanfront in downtown Myrtle Beach. The SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will be 200 feet tall overlooking the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade with Land Shark Bar & Grill right next door serving up delicious food and cool cocktails.

When asked about these exciting new plans, David Busker, CEO of Koch Development, developer of SkyWheel Myrtle Beach said, “Land Shark Bar & Grill I the perfect dining complement to the SkyWheel experience and we look forward to bringing this concept to the oceanfront boardwalk in Myrtle Beach.”

The SkyWheel Myrtle Beach will be one of the best ways to see Myrtle Beach. Take a ride in one of its 42 climate controlled gondolas that seat up to six people. Each ride lasts about eight to twelve minutes and offers panoramic views of Downtown Myrtle Beach and beyond. A state-of-the-art lighting system will give riders an amazing light show each night after the sun sets for an unforgettable Myrtle Beach experience.

Grab a cocktail or a bite to eat before and after your ride Landshark Bar & Grill, owned by the people of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Landshark is a nod to classic “beach joints” that offer the best views, great food and cold drinks. Sit back with a Land Shark Lager and enjoy the sounds of your favorite beach songs and the waves crashing in the background. Situated just next to the 200 foot tall SkyWheel and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Land Shark Bar & Grill is the spot to soak in the ocean air. After you’ve satisfied your appetite (and hopefully your thirst), step into the Land Shark Surfshack for SkyWheel souvenirs and one-of-a-kind gifts.

“The beach location will be the perfect spot to take a ride on the new SkyWheel, grab a bite to eat, listen to some music and hang out for a while,” said Tamara Bladanza, Director of Marketing for Margaritaville Hospitality Group.

We couldn’t agree more.

The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is a haven for nature lovers and history buffs and souls in search of peace. The half-mile boardwalk overlooks a pristine sale marsh brimming with oyster beds, Spartina grass and fishing hot spots. Home to flounder, crabs, clams, egrets, osprey, pelicans and shrimp, the Inlet is rich in wildlife. Take a self-guided tour. Ecology signs offer information about the local shellfish, inlet birds and fishing industry. The views are extraordinary.

The Veterans pier, popular for fishing and crabbing, anchors one end of the Marshwalk and is dedicated to boat captins of yesteryear. Numerous waterfront restaurants are easily accessible from the Marshwalk, an award-winning project of community revitalization group Murrells Inlet 2020.

Murrells Inlet, where Native Americans once lived off the land, is now the only marsh between North Inlet in Georgetown and North Carolina that still supports recreational and commercial shell-fish harvesting.

From the Marshwalk, you can watch boats unloading their catch, inquire about fishing charters, parasailing and jet skis.

Loggerhead Turtles - A Love Affair

If you have ever seen a newly hatched loggerhead turtle about the size of a quarter - crawling toward the sea, you will never forget the sight. It's like watching a miracle happen.

We Lowcountry South Carolinians have long carried on a "love affair" with these amazing creatures of the sea. We have turtle nest guardians up and down our shores. These guardians walk the beaches each day to see if the loggerhead nests are okay. Turtle watchers also are on highalert at hatching time.

A full grown 300 pound female loggerhead lives in the sea for twenty years. Then, traveling hundreds of miles (if she survives her many battles to the ocean), she returns to the place of her birth to lay her eggs. No one knows for sure why or how she returns to her birthplace.

When she gets into familiar waters, she may take a chance on a moonlit night to crawl onto the beach to lay her eggs. She looks for a dry sandy location to dig her nest.

There can be "false crawls" if the loggerhead digs into the sand and hits a rock or root. She then returns to the ocean without laying her eggs.

Her hind flippers are used to dig a cavity around 20 inches deep. It's been written that the female turtle sheds "turtle tears" as she lays her eggs, releasing salt water from her body. Females begin to arrive in late May to lay eggs and hatching continues through August.

After laying her ping pong ball sized eggs, she tries to disguise the nest flipping sand with her front flippers. The female then crawls to the sea leaving a familiar tract behind her. She never returns to her nest.

With all kinds of predators on the shore, animals and human, the nest needs protection for 55 to 60 days. That's when and why turtle guardians of nests are so valuable, especially with the population grown on the Southeast coast.

Did you know that the temperature of the nesting sand determines the sex of a sea turtle? Cool sand produces males and warm sand produces females.

During the heat of the day, hatchling remain quiet. Then, when it cools down and they are ready to be hatched, these little miracles scrape off their flippers and plow through broken shells and dig through the sand to the outside world.

Around the SC coast you will often see a bumper stucker that reads: "Lights Out Sea Turtles Dig the Dark." These signs remind beachfront homeowners to dim their lights during hatching time. Hatchlings seek light for direction to the ocean.

The time of crawling to the sea is the most dangerous time in a hatchlings life. Only one in thousands survive to maturity. If it makes it to the sea, the baby sea turtle swims and swims to reach the Gulf Stream.

In the Gulf Stream they feed and hide in relative safety. No one knows for certain how long a loggerhead turtle lives. Some have guessed as long as 100 years.

The name "Loggerhead" comes from the turtles huge head and large jaws. These mammoth sea turtles have been around since prehistoric times and it's obvious that they have a very strong sense of survival.

Let's continue to help them survive.

Remember:  "LIGHTS OUT ... SEA TURTLES DIG THE DARK."

Plantations - Touring the Past

Prior to the War Between the States, the coastal South became richly aristocratic due to the rice and indigo culture. Residents lived in grand style in huge plantation houses up and down the rivers of South Carolina. Plantation owners also maintained large beach houses and mountain homes to except the summer fever (malaria).

Even in the 1500's Spain, France and England all tried to claim the low country. However, it was England that prevailed and by the time George Washington visited the South in 1791, elegance of the low country plantations was known worldwide.

The heart of the rice empire was Waccamaw Neck where today you will find Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Debordieu and Winyah Bay. After the Civil War the plantation grandeur began to fade and except for the plantations bought and restored by wealthy people from the North, many of the beautiful old homes have faded into ruin.

During late March each year plantation tours, sponsored by Prince George Winyah Parish are held. Plantations often featured during the tour are Esterville, Kinloch, Woodside, The Wedge, Hopsewee, Friendfield, Springfield, Arundel, Excange, Rosemont and Arcadia besides other historic homes and places.

The Arts & Culture on the Grand Strand

Though the Grand Strand area is more well known for its golf courses and attractions, it is increasingly the home to a growing number of cultural events and opportunities. A variety of music, art, drama and any manner of combinations of these can be found in the area.

No discussion of art and culture on the Grand Strand should begin without mentioning Brookgreen Gardens. Located south of Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens houses over 500 beautiful sculptures by more than 300 American artists. In addition, the breathtaking beauty of the botanical gardens must be seen to be believed.

For music, look no farther than the Long Bay Symphony. Based in Myrtle Beach, the orchestra performs several concerts throughout the year and plays a range of music from pop to classical.

Art is also to be found on the Grand Strand. The Franklin G. Burroughs & Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wonderful place to start when looking for art from local and regional artists. Located in a renovated 1920's beach house, the museum features over 3,600 square feet of permanent and traveling exhibits.

Amateur and professional alike grace the area with performances of dramas and plays. Groups such as the Theatre of the Republic and the Myrtle Beach Players regularly perform pieces ranging from locally written one-act plays to Broadway shows.

And speaking of Broadway, one can't forget the shows at the Palace Theater, Spirit of the Dance features Irish dancing at its finest, and the theater is host to other shows as well.

Beach Rules and Regs

  • Swimming must be within 50 yards of shore and not at a depth of more than chest deep.
  • It is forbidden to jump, dive or shark fish from piers.
  • Vehicles are not permitted on the beach.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on beaches within the city limits of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach or the town of Surfside.
  • Thong bathing suits are unlawful and wearers are subject to fines.
  • No littering or soliciting on the beach.
  • Glass is not permitted on the beach.
  • Fireworks are against the law within all city limits along the Grand Strand.
  • Damage or destruction of sea oats, beach grass and sand fencing is strictly forbidden.
  • If there are handicapped ramps, check with the lifeguard at that location for additional availability of beach wheel chairs.
  • Call 911 for emergencies.
  • Animals not permitted on beaches between 9am-5pm, May 15 - Sept. 15.
  • Animals must be on a leash at all times and owners must clean up after their pets.
  • No sleeping on public beaches between 9pm and sunrise.

First Aid for Jellyfish Sting

Should you have the unfortunate fate of being stung by a jellyfish, immediately scoop up some sand and rub it on the sting underwater. This helps wash away any remaining jellyfish nettles. Next, apply meat tenderizer, vinegar, or alcohol, which will neutralize the majority of the toxins. Finally, wash the area with soap and fresh water. In case of a severe jellyfish sting, especially if there are allergic reactions, CONSULT A PHYSICIAN!