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!

We Have Christmas Rentals Even Santa Can't Pass Up

This year when you?re looking for holiday beach accommodations where you can stay during the holidays take a look at what Santa recommends. We got a wink and a nod from him once he took a look at some of our great holiday deals taking place on Christmas rentals. Come spend the holidays with us at Seaside Rentals and experience what just may be the warmest Christmas ever!Christmas with SantaThis weekend, on Saturday, December 19, kids can enjoy Christmas with Santa at the Golden Egg Restaurant from 9-10:30 a.m. in Surfside Beach. Children ages 10 and under can eat breakfast for free, get to visit Santa and receive a free bag of candy, too! Reservations required by calling (843) 650-9548.Carolina Opry Christmas Special will be The Christmas Show of the SouthThe Carolina Opry Christmas Special will be The Christmas Show of the South. This year?s Christmas show has an award-winning cast of over 35 talented performers that include Calvin Gilmore, Rita Gumm, Christie Templeton, Brad Long, and many more! Then kick back and watch America's Got Talent stars "All That" dance the night away. You may even see real snow and a horse-drawn sleigh! The Carolina Opry Christmas Special runs through January. Show times are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 843-913-4000 or 800-843-6779, or visit www.TheCarolinaOpry.com.Brookgreen Garden?s Nights of a Thousand Candles Brookgreen Garden?s Nights of a Thousand Candles is an event not to miss! More than 5,000 candles and thousands of lights illuminate the sculptures and gardens from 3-10 p.m. on December 17-20. There will be wonderful entertainers and performances. Gorgeous indoor displays of trees, wreaths and other holiday decor are also displayed. Live entertainment can be seen in the Main Entertainment Tent and Pegasus Tent. Enjoying roving bagpipers, live bands and musical performances from local groups.A Very Fashionable ChristmasJoin The Kaminski House for A Very Fashionable Christmas. Each room in the historic home will be decked out with Christmas decor from area businesses. The night includes a holiday exhibition and candlelight tour. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 65 and older and $6 for children ages 6 to 17 for the guided tours. Candlelight tours are offered on Thursdays for $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and older. Guided tours will be held at 11 a.m.; 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday through December 30 at The Kaminski House Museum in Georgetown. Candlelight tours will be available from 5-7 p.m., December 17.We Have Christmas Rentals Even Santa Can't Pass UpBe sure to take in as many of the special events in the area taking place on behalf of the holidays this year. You?re sure to see us there! All of us at Seaside Rentals wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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

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!

How to Unplug and Enjoy That Late Season Vacation

There are many families that prefer taking a late season vacation when there are less crowds, less traffic and temperatures have gone from scorching to pleasantly warm. But when it comes to vacations you and your family need to be fully present to get the most out of them. That?s hard to do when there?s a mobile device in every person?s hand. But it?s not impossible. It would be a shame to return home after a week away on vacation and have no memories because you remained plugged into your device the entire time.How to Unplug and Enjoy a Late Season VacationWe realize it?s a lot to ask to have you and the kids leave your iPhones, iPads, iTouch and laptops at home. So why not set aside a period of time ? one or two hours ? each day when everyone plugs in at once to get their "internet fix." When the hour is up, you?re done until the next day. As a family, go out and enjoy the sandy beach and blue ocean water...but leave your mobile devices in the room!It might feel awkward at first. You?re used to having that device in your pocket or purse. Without even realizing it, you?ve come to expect it to vibrate or ring and so you?re always on alert. But after a little while, surrounded by all this beauty, it will be the last thing on your mind as you slip ever so quietly into vacation mode.How to Unplug and Enjoy a Late Season VacationNow think about all the things you?re freed up to do when you don?t have that wireless connection tying you down. Enjoy the miles of unspoiled sandy beaches, nature walks, and wide bike paths. Delight your children with a visit to the area parks. Spend the day out on a charter boat doing some fishing and let the kids experience catching ?the big one? on their fishing line. This is how you make lasting memories! There?s plenty of golf and tennis to be played here and unlimited shopping excursions as well.With so many affordable vacation rental properties available, we?re sure to have the perfect accommodations for you and your family. Check us out online or give us a call at 843-839-0099 or toll free at 866-252-9930 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!