YesWeCAN! Autism-Friendly Events in Surfside Beach

In April, the town of Surfside Beach, SC—recently named a top Autism-friendly travel destination—will be sponsoring a number of events and activities specifically for autism families. Surfside Realty is proud to be a part of this great event!

Families looking to rent a house or condo during their stay in Surfside Beach, are invited to fill out the event form on our website with event code "YesWeCAN" or call us at 1-800-833-8231 so that we may match you up with one of our many autism-friendly vacation rentals. 

Here is the schedule of events for April:

When: April 1, 15 and 22, 10-2pm
What: Family Surf Experience. 
Where: Beach access 13th Avenue South, Surfside Beach SC. 
A supported, safe surfing experience for your child with Autism and the entire family.  Reservations required 2 weeks prior to the event to ensure proper supports and volunteers; by March 15th for the April 1 event, April 1 for the April 15 event and April 8 for the April 22nd event.  Parents should be prepared to go into the water if needed.  Life vests and surf boards provided.  Children with Autism can be on the board alone, or ride tandem.  There will be a “gauntlet” of people that your child will surf through so they will be caught immediately if they fall.  Once you sign-up, you will be contacted to answer a detailed questionnaire about your child with Autism to ensure proper support.

When: April 1, 15 and 22, 11am-1pm
What: Sand Castle Building. 
Where: Beach access 13th Avenue South, Surfside Beach, SC. 
Come and build a sand castle while waiting for your surf experience or watching the surfers.

When: April 2, 10am-2pm
What: Reggie Sanders Foundation Advantage Games
Where: Pelican Stadium, 1251 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. 
The Advantage Games is a one-day private event for our families, sponsors and volunteers. Each game has been carefully designed by ABA therapists to help participants work on their fine/gross motor skills, safety skills, living skills and team building. While the kids are engaged in the games we will have an Informational Fair for the parents to gain information about services that are provided in our area as well as strategies for their child to become self-sufficient and positive members in the community after the school bell and graduation. Learn more & register.

When: April 15 and 22, 4pm to 6pm
What: Ripley’s Sensory Friendly Aquarium
Where: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 
House lights up and music and sound effects down, lots of fun to be had.

When: April 16 and 23, 12-2pm
What: Fire House Open House and Cook out
Where: Poplar Drive between Surfside Drive and Pine Street, Surfside Beach SC. 
Come check out the fire trucks and police cars, shoot the firehose, meet Biko the police canine and enjoy a cook out with the area’s finest first responders.  NO sirens!

 

When: April 16 and 23, 10am
What: Sensory-Friendly Showing of Zootopia
Where: Grand 14 in Market Common, 4002 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach SC 29577
Lights up, sound down and children free to move around.  Admission is $5 per person with $1 drinks and $1 popcorn and all concessions available. Phone: (843) 315-2991

When: April 17 and 24, 8-11am
What: Pier Fishing Experience
Where: Surfside Beach pier, the end of Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach SC.
Learn to fish using supplied bait and poles.  Volunteers will be there to help you catch some fish.

April 23, 10 am
Spanky’s Ride for Autism Awareness. 
For those motorcycle enthusiasts, the ride begins and ends at Aynor Park N Main St, Aynor, SC 29511 (973) 917-9058 Registration 10am-11:30am, Ride Begins at noon. 
$15 entrance, $5 additional passengers. Cookout follows the ride, non-rider’s plates for $5.

To learn more about Surfside’s autism-friendly properties, fill out our events form with event code “YesWeCAN” or call 1-800-83-8231.

Houses to Rent for the Carolina Country Music Festival

Surfside is proud to be the Official Partner of Vacation Home Rentals for the 2nd year in a row for the Carolina Country Music Festival! We’re offering exclusive 4-day rental blocks specifically for festival goers for June 10 – 12, 2016. To learn more, click over to our “events” page and fill out the form, using “CCMF2016” as the event code.

Here are a few of the amazing houses available for you to rent!

Windswept 104 – Surfside Beach, SC

Studio / 1 Bathroom

Sleeps: Up to 4

Features: Shared pool, oceanfront views, private balcony, 1st floor, non-smoking, dishwasher, washer / dryer

Cape Coddages I 107 – Surfside Beach, SC

2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms

Sleeps: Up to 6

Features: shared pool, shared grill, private balcony, outdoor shower, non-smoking, washer / dryer.

Sandy Clam – Surfside Beach, SC

4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms

Sleeps: Up to 12

Features: Pet friendly, elevator, Wi-Fi, washer/dryer, outdoor shower, sun deck, fenced-in yard, Jacuzzi tub

Southern Elegance – Garden City Beach, SC

7 Bedrooms / 7.5 Bathrooms

Sleeps: Up to 18

Features: Elevator, 2 oceanfront master suites, 2 wet bars, 60” smart TVs, high speed internet access, washer / dryer, dishwasher, private pool, dog friendly, non-smoking.

Blessed View – Surfside Beach, SC

6 Bedrooms / 6 Bathrooms

Sleeps: Up to 14

Features: Oceanfront deck, hot tub, wet bar, wireless internet, 2 oceanfront master bedrooms, non-smoking, Jacuzzi, dishwasher.

For more details about these or any of our other available homes, click HERE, fill out the form using “CCMF2016” as the event code and one of our agents will contact you shortly!

Carolina Country Music Festival

This 4-day musical event happening June 10 - 12, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, SC is sure to make you "kick the dust up!" This is one of the biggest weeks for country music with its biggest stars. This year's headliners are Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line. Other confirmed artists are Cole Swindell, Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses, Michael Ray, and more!2016 no doubt is bound to be even bigger and better! Surfside Realty is proud to be named The Official Partner of Vacation Home Rentals. Enjoy all the amenities of home when you stay at one of our spacious condos or homes in South Myrtle Beach close to all the action of the festival but far enough away to feel like you're on vacation!

Get your tickets to the Carolina Country Music Festival here. Contact Surfside Realty for exclusive festival rates!

What to Pack for Your Winter Beach Trip

For many families, winter is the best time to visit the beach. The crowds are significantly thinner, the temperatures are not so sweltering, and the prices are often much lower than what you’d find during the summer. But visiting during the winter means packing slightly differently than you would if you were vacationing during the summer.

Here’s our breakdown of what to pack for your winter beach vacation to Surfside Beach.

Bathing Suit.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still try to splash around in the water! Yes, it’s going to be a bit on the chilly side, but does it really count as a beach trip if you don’t at least try to get in the water? Plus, many of our vacation rentals include pools with optional pool heat.

Layers, Lots of Layers.

Winter in Surfside Beach means that temperatures will vary. Oftentimes, you’ll find it chilly in the morning, warm by the afternoon, and chilly again in the evening. Pack lots of options so that you can add or remove layers, depending on the temperature at different points of the day.

Umbrellas.

Winter in the South means that you’re more likely to encounter rain. Prepare by packing umbrellas, galoshes, rain coats, or anything else you think you’ll need to shield you from the elements.

Beach Shoes.

We South Carolinians swear by our flip-flops. Even on the off chance we get snow, most of us will still venture out of the house in our treasured sandals. But it’s smart to have a pair of boat shoes or slip ons that you can wear on the beach to keep your feet warm if it’s chilly.

Start planning your winter vacation with Surfside Realty!

Why You Should Vacation with Surfside Realty

When it comes to your family vacation, you have so many options: should you go to the mountains? To a national park? To Disney World? Figuring out where you want to spend your vacation is only the first piece of the vacation puzzle. From there, you need to figure out where you're going to stay, and what you're going to do while on your vacation.

We at Surfside Realty know how precious your family vacation time is and we've made it our personal mission to ensure you have the best vacation possible. Here are 5 reasons you should choose to vacation with us in Surfside Beach, SC:

"The Family Beach"

Surfside Beach is known as the family beach because it really was made for families to come visit! We%u219re located about 20 minutes the bustle of Myrtle Beach, so you don't have to worry about your children wandering off or getting lost in the crowds.

We've Been Around Since 1962

We have over 60 years of experience helping families plan their summer vacations. People who used to vacation with us as children are now bringing their own children to vacation with us!

Over 200 Properties Available

Whether you're looking for a house or a condo; oceanfront or 3rd row; dog-friendly or with an elevator; the options are endless! We'll do our best to accommodate your budget and accommodation needs.

Live Where You Vacation

In addition to beach rentals and vacations, we also represent a number of properties on the real estate side with our MLS listings. We know you%u219ll fall in love with Surfside Beach, so we're here to help you turn your vacation into a permanent living situation.

Everything You Need to Enjoy Your Vacation

You might not live at the beach, but we have everything you need to make your vacation feel like home! You can rent bikes, golf carts, propane, boogie boards, baby items, back chairs, and more!

Ready to start planning your beach vacation? Contact one of our Surfside Realty agents today!

The 2nd Annual Carolina Country Music Festival Comes to Myrtle Beach June 12 - 16, 2016

This 4-day musical event happening June 10 – 12, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, SC is sure to make you “kick the dust up!” This is one of the biggest weeks for country music with its biggest stars. Last year’s inaugural Carolina Country Music Festival was a huge success; 2016 no doubt is bound to be even bigger and better! Surfside Realty is proud to be named The Official Partner of Vacation Home Rentals.

Here are 4 reasons to come to the Carolina Country Music Festival in 2016:

Over 30 Musicians Performing

This year’s headliners are Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line. Other confirmed artists are Cole Swindell, Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses, Michael Ray, and more!

2. Tickets

General Admission tickets start at just $199 a person and include entry into all 3 days of the festival. You can upgrade to Main Stage VIP for $299 or Super VIP for $999 a person.

3. Fun & Music Under the Sun

Enjoy all the fun on the beach as you listen to a huge lineup of music from 2 stages with a gorgeous view of the Atlantic. Visit with vendors and experience a number of activities included in your ticket!

4. Stay at the Beach

Enjoy all the amenities of home when you stay at one of our spacious condos or homes in South Myrtle Beach close to all the action of the festival but far enough away to feel like you’re on vacation!

Get your tickets to the Carolina Country Music Festival here. Contact Surfside Realty for exclusive festival rates!

Winter Vacation Specials in Surfside Beach

It%u219s officially winter, but you shouldn%u219t let the change in temperature deter you from going to the beach. Average temperatures in Myrtle Beach stay around 60 degrees, which is still very comfortable for going for walks on the sand or out on the boardwalk.

One major benefit to booking a vacation in Surfside Beach in December and January is that it%u219s much more affordable! Plus, the crowds are much smaller, so if you%u219re not a fan of being around a lot of people, it%u219s the perfect time to visit!

We have a great number of vacation rental specials happening right now. Here are a few.

Treasure This %u213 Book any week in January or February and take 15% off!
Myrtle Beach, SC
5 beds / 5 baths

Lighthouse II #3 %u213 Book any week in January or February for just $550 or a week in March for $750!
Surfside Beach, SC
2 beds / 2 baths

One Ocean Place 309 %u213 Book any week in January or February and take $150 off!
Garden City Beach, SC
2 beds / 2 baths

When you%u219re ready to book your winter vacation, go with the company that%u219s been trusted in Surfside Beach since 1962%u214Surfside Realty! Come experience the difference and see why families come back to vacation with us year after year.

Weird & Offbeat Attractions in Myrtle Beach

When people think of popular Myrtle Beach attractions, the first things that come to mind are probably the beach (of course), the SkyWheel, Broadway at the Beach, or the Boardwalk. And these are all really great attractions, don’t get us wrong! But for those of you who are looking to experience some of Myrtle’s off-the-beaten-path offerings, here’s what you should visit:

Tommy, The “World’s Largest Crab”

Found atop the Giant Crab Gourmet Seafood Buffet is Tommy, a 25-foot tall, 35-foot wide, 4.5 ton smiling crab saluting customers as they enter. Stop and take a picture; it’s a great addition to your vacation scrapbook!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium

Explore all the weird and wonderful facts and artifacts that both Myrtle Beach and the world have to offer! Ripley’s 12-themed galleries are packed with exotic primitive items, sculptures made from car parts and visual illusions among other things. Plan to spend a few hours taking everything in!

WonderWorks

AKA the upside down building at Broadway at the Beach. Children and adults of all ages can enjoy participating in hands-on exhibits like the “human lightning rod” or the glow-in-the-dark indoor ropes course.

Miniature Golf Capital of the World

Did you know that Myrtle Beach holds the title of “Miniature Golf Capital of the World?” Over 50 courses can be found throughout the Grand Strand, each trying to outdo each other in terms of putt-putt attractions. You’ll find everything from volcanos and fire-breathing dragons to pirate ships packed with skeletons and fog machines.

What are some of your favorite weird or offbeat attractions in Myrtle Beach? See them all during your beach vacation!

Vacationing in Myrtle Beach in the Winter

The great thing about living and vacationing on the coast of South Carolina is that the weather stays relatively warm all year long, even during the winter months. So summer sometimes feels like it lasts the whole year long!

There are plenty more perks to vacationing in the off season than just the weather. Here are some of our favorites:

It's Cheaper

During the summer, you're competing against a very large number of people trying to get into a finite number of vacation homes, driving prices up. Meaning, you have to sacrifice some amenities in the name of staying in budget. In the off-season, it's easier to get into the perfect beach rental without having to pay beach season prices, as rental companies are trying to entice more people to stay in the cooler months.

It’s Less Crowded

No longer will you have to fight your way across a crowded beach ful of towels, umbrellas, and sunbathers. You'll feel like you're vacationing on a private beach! So feel free to spread out.

Enjoy Holiday Events

Myrtle Beach is absolutely breathtaking in the winter months. You can attend festive events like Nights of a Thousand Candles, Beach Ball Classic, Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland, South's Grandest Christmas Show, Broadway at the Beach Christmas Parade (just to name a few) that you won't be able to find anywhere else! 

Schedule your winter getaway at the beach now! Save big on winter beach rentals in Surfside Beach on our website. Isn’t it time you started a new family tradition?

Halloween Events in Myrtle Beach

Ghouls and goblins and ghosts, oh my! Halloween is upon us, and Myrtle Beach is as festive as they come. From festivals and fairs to haunted houses and trick-or-treating, there’s plenty of spooky fun to be had this month! Here’s a round-up of must-see Halloween events in Myrtle Beach:

Fall Fun

  • Thompson Farm & Nursery – Conway, SC
    10-acre corn maze, hay ride, giant jump pad, giant slide, animal feedings, visits with the Pumpkin Princess, pumpkin slingshot, pumpkin patch, lunch with Willow the Witch, fire pit with s’mores kits, and more!
  • Indigo Farms – Calabash, NC
    Pumpkin patch hayrides, pig races, and the haymaze.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
    Boo-Quarium Bash on 10/31 from 1 – 6 pm with scavenger hunts, games, and crafts.
  • Barefoot Landing
    BooFest on October 24 from 12 – 4 pm, featuring kids & pets costume contest, and more!
  • Huntington Beach State Park
    October 23 & 24 from 6 – 9:30 pm, the whole family can enjoy haunted houses, carnival games, movies, bonfire, and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids.

Spooks & Scares

  • Boardwalk Fright Nights
    Myrtle Beach Boardwalk will be full of zombies, haunted attractions, and discounts all month long! Join for Fright Night every Friday night through 10/31.
  • Haunted Forest
    The Haunted Forest, hosted by Broadway Grand, takes place every night through 11/1. It takes about 25 minutes to complete and is NOT recommended for children under 10.
  • Scream’s Haunted House
    2 haunts for the price of 1! Find it across from the Hollywood Wax Museum.
  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
    This year-round haunted house is especially scary during Halloween! Tickets are $9.99 for kids and $14.99 for adults.
  • Nightmare Haunted House
    Walk through over 3,000 square feet of terror on North Ocean Blvd!
  • Outbreak: Dread the Undead
    Enjoy zombie-infested labs and other spooky areas inside the Hollywood Wax entertainment complex. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.
  • Terror Under the Bridge
    Enjoy this year’s Horror Hospital theme at X Sports Mall! Tickets are $12.
  • Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry
    Professional storytellers will enthrall you with spooky and silly ghost stories as you walk the streets of downtown Conway. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids.
  • Haunted Myrtle Beach Ghost Tours
    A costumed tour guide will lead you by lantern through the streets of downtown Myrtle Beach for a 90-minute tour featuring tales of Lowcountry ghosts. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for kids.
  • Miss Chris’ Inlet Walking Tour
    Held Wednesday – Sunday, you’ll be guided along the MarshWalk with stories about Alice Flagg and the Gray Man and more!
  • Ghosts of Georgetown Tour
    This 1.5 mile walking tour is led by lantern and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Prepare to be scared!

Trick-or-Treating:

  • Broadway at the Beach - Free
    10/31 – 4:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Barefoot Landing - Free
    10/31 – 5 – 7 pm
  • Market Common - Free
    10/31 5 – 7pm
  • The MarshWalk - Free
    10/31 – 5 – 6 pm, Costume Contest at 6 pm
  • North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex - $5 per vehicle
    10/31 – 5 – 8 pm

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