The Ultimate Surfside Beach Vacation Playlist

Is there anything better than kicking back in the sunshine with a beer in your hand? We've created a playlist that will be perfect for your vacation with us--or if you're just in the office wishing you were on vacation. These songs will make you feel like you're lounging at the pool, grilling out or playing Spyderball on the beach even when you're not:

Good Time - Alan Jackson

Beachin' - Jake Owen

Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band

Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard - Alabama

Fishin' in the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Summertime - Kenny Chesney

Seventeen - Tim McGraw

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

Ready Set Roll - Chase Rice

Watermelon Crawl - Tracy Byrd

Boat Drinks - Jimmy Buffett

Jammin' - Bob Marley

Long, Hot Summer - Keith Urban

Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson

Download the full playlist from Spotify and get to rockin'! And if you have suggestions for additions, share them with us on our Facebook page!

Sunscreen Tips for your Surfside Beach Vacation

We love the sun and surf on our beautiful South Carolina coast, but the importance of using sunscreen when you’re outside cannot be overstated. We want our guests to enjoy their vacations, not spend it hurting and peeling. However, even when we have the best of intentions, we aren’t thorough enough with our sunscreen use. Here are a few tips for keeping your family safe in the sun:

 

  1. Look for “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen

Broad spectrum means that it protects from UVA and UVB rays, which both play a part in the development of melanoma.

 

  1. Apply early and often

Especially on children and fair skin individuals, you need to apply your sunscreen before you get to the beach and apply every 45 minutes to an hour after that. Try looking for sweat and waterproof formulas if your kids are going to be romping in the waves.

 

  1. Watch the wind

If you’re applying a sunscreen that sprays on, be sure to block the wind as much as possible. It’s easy for it to blow away and not actually hit your skin, which means you’re prone to a burn.

 

  1. Use sunscreen specialized for your face

Many companies offer face-specific sunscreen options and these are worth purchasing. Face formulas are usually stronger and don’t sting if it gets in your eyes from sweat or getting dunked in the pool.

 

  1. Don’t skip it on a cloudy day

Sometimes, cloudy days are the best time to go to the beach. There are fewer crowds and the heat isn’t as extreme. However, do not miss your sunscreen application on these days. UVA and UVB rays can come through the clouds with ease and burn your skin!

 

  1. Use an umbrella for shade

Umbrellas and small tents are permitted on Surfside Beach as long as they don’t impede the lifeguards’ views. Seek shade in the height of the afternoon when the sun’s rays are at its strongest.

If you do get burned, try using aloe and coconut oil to soothe your skin. And moisturize often to stave off the peeling. If you have blisters, see a physician.

What are your favorite sunscreen tips or favorite brands to utilize?

What to Pack on Your Beach Vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC

Perhaps this is your first time Visiting Myrtle Beach and you’re unsure of what to pack. Perhaps you’re a seasoned visitor the area but you always seem to forget that one important thing-- what was that thing again? These tips will help you feel at ease while you’re on your way to paradise.

Clothing

The beauty of being on a beach vacation is that clothing items required are fairly standard no matter where you go!

  • Bring at least two swimsuits per person so you can alternate days of hanging them to dry; there’s nothing worse than putting on a cold, damp bathing suit in the morning.
  • Flip flops are likely the only shoes you’ll need there. Unless you plan on going to a very formal dinner, make life easy and stick with the one pair of sandals!
  • Something to wear down to the beach over your suit. This will especially come in handy if you wind up with an unfortunate sunburn and need to cover up without being forced indoors.
  • Workout attire for your morning jog or yoga. Even if you’re not a regular fitness nut, being at the beach tends to inspire people to be more active! Tip: don’t worry about packing tennis shoes if you don’t want to; it’s actually better for your body to run barefoot on the sand!
  • Accessories are essential. Make sure have a hat and pair of sunglasses for every member of the family.

Necessities

Your vacation home or condo rental will likely be well-equipped with everything you’ll need, but just in case:

  • While you’ll likely have beach towels provided in addition to your bath towels, bring some beach towels just in case. There’s nothing worse than having to sit on a bath towel on the beach all day. Not to mention all the additional loads of laundry you’ll have to do…
  • Stock up on groceries on your way to your rental. We find that once guests arrive, they typically don’t want to leave. That’s the beauty of a rental- you don’t have to! So, do yourself a favor, hit the grocery store ahead of time, and don’t forget plenty of water!
  • SPF. While we know you want to get your tan on, please protect yourself from those damaging UV rays at the very least. This requires a minimum of SPF 30 for your body and 50 for your face. There’s nothing worse than getting a bad burn on the first day of your vacation and winding up stuck indoors.

Afterthought Items

It’s nearly impossible to remember everything regardless of how organized you are or how far in advance you pack. Included in this section are a few of the items that, in our experience, people definitely seem to overlook and really wish they hadn’t.

  • If you do refuse our sound advice and forgo the sunblock, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully stocked with aloe vera or aftersun lotion. Ouch!
  • Pack a large freezer bag for every member of your family. This will allow you to take a swim before you leave without worrying about your entire suitcase smelling like mildew.
  • Citronella candle. If you’ve never experienced South Carolina in the summertime, trust us on this one. Typically, the closer to the beach you are, the safer you are from those pesky mosquitoes because of the great breeze.  
  • Don’t forget a hairbrush! Enough time spent in the ocean or sitting on the beach gives you those salty waves that aren’t always easy to untangle.
  • If you’re an expert spotter of sharks’ teeth or love bringing shells back home, bring something along to collect them in!


Now that you’re all set with the basics, don’t forget to check out 
Surfside Beach Equipment Rentals for all the fun items that won’t fit in your suitcase!

5 Reasons a Day at the Beach is Good for Your Health

Though you likely don't need any additional reasons to spend a vacation at the beach, here are 5 reasons a day at the beach is good for your health:

The saltwater is great for your body.

Saltwater heals small nicks and scrapes while a long soak in it can do wonders for your muscles and joints. It also offers a great exfoliant for your skin which means you’ll be able to get rid of that top layer of dry skin that’s been itching you for days!

 

You’ll get to soak up some Vitamin D.

A good intake of Vitamin D is great for your skin and overall health which means a day at the beach provides the perfect way to soak up the sun. However, be sure you’re regularly reapplying sunscreen throughout the day because too much sun can be a bad thing!

 

You’ll likely go for a walk.

While spending time at the beach, it’s hard to resist a walk along the shore which is a good thing! Going for a walk along the beach will promote strong blood flow, loosen up tight muscles and overall add some energy back to your body.

 

A beach nap is inevitable.

As long as you’re not squeezed amongst a crowd of kids, you’ll likely find yourself dozing off to the sound of waves and gulls chirping. A nice nap a great energy booster and is a great way to reset your body.

 

The beach works as a stress reliever.

Not only do the sound of the waves work as a great stimulate for a nap, it also works alongside the warm ocean breeze and overall landscape to produce some much-needed stress relief.

What are your favorite beach health benefits?

Best Beach Vacation Rentals for Families

With winter in full swing, you and your family are probably ready to bask in the sun, feel the warm ocean breeze and relax! A visit to Surfside Beach can do just the trick! Here are three of the best beach vacation rentals for families:     

 

Blessed Hope

Blessed Hope is just steps from the beach and features so many amenities your family will feel like their living in luxury! Three of the bedrooms feature a king bed perfect for the adults while two of the bedrooms are home to bunk beds which is always a favorite among the kids. You’ll also find that the living room is spacious enough for everyone to sprawl out and lounge and the private pool is an inviting retreat after a day playing in the sand.



Hide-N-Sea

Hide-N-Sea is an oceanfront rental that will make your family’s beach vacation exceptional! With 5 bedrooms, two of which are oceanfront master bedrooms, everyone in the family can enjoy their space during their stay. You’ll also get to enjoy your own beach access and a private pool. When the sun and sand become too much the covered deck overlooking the beach becomes a relaxing escape.

 

Portofino III 313B

Portofino III 313B is an oceanfront rental located in a complex of individual homes. Because it’s located in a complex, you’ll have access to a community pool and you’ll likely get to socialize with others staying in area. This is an added bonus if you have kids that will love playing with other kids at the pool! On top spending your time in the pool and at the beach, the rental is also located beside Shoreline Water Sports which offers banana boat rides and jet ski rentals makes for a great day activity with the family.




Family beach vacations are a great way to bring everyone together and make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime. Whatever your vacation rental needs are, Surfside Realty is here to help!

 

Activities To Do With Your Teen in Myrtle Beach

At Surfside Realty, we get it! It can be hard to decide what activities to do with your teen! So, after you’ve planned your family vacation to Surfside Beach and booked your vacation home, consider putting a few of these activities on your to-do list. They're a great starting point to helping your teen have fun on your family vacation!

 

 

Shoreline Watersports

Shoreline Watersports offers banana boat rides, parasailing and jet ski rentals. Teens will love the adventure aspect of it and you’ll love that you get to enjoy it with them!

 

shorelinewatersports.com

 

Surfside Bowl Entertainment Center

Surfside Bowling Center offers food, an arcade and hours worth of bowling! It’s a great place to stay out a little later than normal with your teen.

 

Broadway Grand Prix

Broadway Grand Prix has an arcade, a rock climbing wall, bumper karts, mini golf and 7 go-kart tracks making it the perfect place to spend a few hours having fun and competing with your teen!

broadwaygrandprix.com

 

Broadway at the Beach

At Broadway at the Beach, you’ll find interesting shops, great food and Ripley’s Aquarium. Spend a few hours walking around the area and you’ll find your teen actually having a good time!

broadwayatthebeach.com

 

Go Ape! Treetop Adventure

Go Ape! Treetop Adventure offers an outdoor adventure that your teen won’t forget. Wind your way through different obstacles and watch your teen enjoy themselves!

goape.com

With vacation home rental specials always running, it’s never too late to plan your next Surfside Beach family vacation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
 

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!

Myrtle Beach Marathon is Coming

Myrtle Beach vacationWhether you’re coming here for a Myrtle Beach vacation or you're in the area for business, if you're a fitness buff you’re going to want to know about the marathon taking place not far from where you're staying on your Myrtle Beach vacation the weekend of February 16-18. The 15th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon Weekend is going on and you’re welcome to join in any of the following events happening close to you while you're on your Myrtle Beach vacation.

It's easy to register online for the 15th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon Weekend taking place February 16-18, 2012. As in the past there will also be the BI-LO Marathon, Dasani Half Marathon, RBC Bank 5K run/walk and Ripley's Family Fun Run going on all weekend with an post race party at the House of Blues on that Saturday for adults 21 and up. Register early for big savings and remember to check in at the Spirit Airlines Runners Expo. The marathon and half marathon will begin at the intersection of 21st Avenue North and Grissom Parkway. The 5K and Family Fun Run will start at Broadway at the Beach near Ripley's Aquarium.

The Spirit Airlines Runners Expo will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, February 16 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, February 17. ?The BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon and Dasani Half Marathon will be held at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18. The RBC Bank 5K will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, February 17. The Ripley's Family Fun Run will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 17.

If you haven’t yet made your reservations for a place to stay while on your Myrtle Beach vacation be sure to give Surfside Realty a call and we’ll work with you to find accommodations for you and your family.