Our New Oceanfront Surfside Beach Web Cam

When it comes to beach vacations a big part of the excitement is the anticipation. Long before you ever arrive you’ll be daydreaming about the ocean, the beach and all the fun you’re going to have once you arrive. We want to do everything we can to encourage your dreams because we realize how hard waiting can be.

Oceanfront Surfside Beach Web CamWe’re excited to announce that we’ve added a real-time oceanfront web cam of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, to the home page of our website. Now, just by visiting us on the web at SurfsideRealty.com, you can see exactly what’s going on at the beach and picture yourself and your beach towel spread out on the sand. In the middle of a typical workday this may be just the break you need to carry you through so be sure to bookmark the page.

Once you arrive there are some free events held throughout the summer in Surfside Beach that you’ll want to know about. Every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. there are Sunday Serenades held at the gazebo in Passive Park, 410 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach. Bring a beach chair or blanket and come out to enjoy these free local concerts.

Movies After Dark in Surfside BeachBeginning Thursday night, June 1 free and open to the public Movies After Dark will be held at Martin Park, 710 Dogwood Drive, Surfside Beach. Every Thursday night through the summer (with the exception of July 3), a free movie will be held from 9 to 11 p.m., weather permitting.

If you’d like help making reservations for a place to stay, give Surfside Realty a call at 1-800-833-8231. We’d love to hear from you and help you find that perfect vacation rental for you and your family.
 

Beach House Cooking: Perfect Summer Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renting a vacation home offers a number of benefits to travelers. One of the best things about our beach homes is their fully equipped kitchens! You can save some money by preparing tasty family dinners right in your own rental home, with fresh, local ingredients! Here are some of our favorite beach-themed recipes for you to try out on your next trip:

Mahi Mahi Tacos: If you’ve ever eaten freshly-caught fish, you know there is nothing tastier. Take a fishing excursion while on your beach vacation and bring home the catch of the day for dinner! When made with fresh fish, these mahi mahi tacos will be the culinary highlight of your vacation.  

·         4 mahi mahi filets, grilled and flaked

·         Flour tortillas

·         Canola oil

·         Fresh pineapple chunks

·         Citrus vinaigrette

o   ¾ cup orange juice

o   ¼ cup lime juice

o   1 cup fresh cilantro

o   1 cup fresh basil

o   1 tsp salt & pepper

o   1 tbs honey

o   ½ cup canola oil

§  Mix well in a blender or food processor and drizzle over tacos.

·         Reb Cabbage Slaw

o   ¼ cup rice vinegar

o   1 tbs sugar

o   2 tbs canola oil

o   ½ head red cabbage, shredded

o   1 cup shredded carrot

o   ¼ cup chopped cilantro

o   Salt & pepper

§  Mix in a bowl and top tacos with slaw.

·         Tomato and Avocado Salsa

o   4 plum tomatoes, chopped

o   2 avocados, diced

o   ½ small red onion finely chopped

o   1 serrano chile, finely diced

o   1-2 juiced limes

o   2 tbs canola oil

o   1-2 tsp honey

o   3 tbs chopped cilantro

§  Mix in a bowl and top as desired

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers: If your rental home comes with a grill, these yummy teriyaki turkey burgers are a great spin on the classic. All you need is a bag of burger buns and your favorite toppings, and you’re all set!

·         1 can pineapple slices

·         ½ cup teriyaki sauce

·         2 pounds ground turkey

·         1 tsp fresh grated ginger

·         ½ cup panko break crumbs

·         Salt & pepper

·         Monterey Jack cheese

·         Lettuce, tomato, onion as desired

·         Burger buns

o   Drain pineapple slices and reserve juice. Mix ½ cup pineapple juice with teriyaki sauce. In a large bowl, mix ¼ cup teriyaki mixture, ground turkey, ginger, and bread crumbs, season with salt and pepper. Form into 8 patties and grill, brushing the patties with the remaining teriyaki mixture while they cook. Top with cheese, pineapple slice, and any other desired toppings, serve and enjoy!

Spiked Pomegranate Lemonade: A patio-dinner at the beach isn’t complete without a yummy and refreshing cocktail. We love this one for its fabulous summery taste, and it can be made in a pitcher for easy refills. For a kid-friendly version, just leave out the booze, top with fruit, and don’t mix up your glasses!

                For one drink:

·         1.5 oz. red berry vodka (we recommend Ciroc)

·         1 oz. lemonade

·         0.5 oz. pomegranate juice

·         0.5 oz. lemoncello

·         0.5 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar & water, boiled and cooled)

Garnish with a lemon twist, strawberry slices, or a spritz of lime!

Top 4 Best Specials on Our Vacation Rentals

“Vacations can cost a pretty penny,” to quote a phrase from long ago. But at Surfside Realty in Surfside Beach South Carolina we can save you a pretty penny – actually, a whole lot of them! We’re going to tell you about our top 4 best vacation rental specials in the area that can potentially save you quite a bit of money if you take advantage of them.

1. Seagrass Bungalow is located third row at 200 10th Ave South, Surfside Beach. Book May 3 - 10 and receive 25% off the weekly advertised rate! This is a unique home located just 2 blocks from the ocean and is a ground level home. Ideally suited for those with physical challenges there is a ramp in the back and the main bath is handicap accessible. There’s a nice size yard and pets are permitted with a $50 non-refundable pet fee. It’s a roomy home with 3 bedrooms and 1-1/2 baths. Amenities include central A/C and heat, ceiling fans, stereo, 4 TVs, VCR, DVD. Internet access, washer/dryer, dishwasher and outdoor shower. Be sure to enjoy the charcoal grill and picnic table outside as well.

Great Specials on Beach On 9th2. Beach on 9th is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath home located at 113-B 9th Ave South, Surfside Beach. The special is -- book any available week in August 2014 and you will receive 20% off the weekly advertised rate! This applies to new bookings only. This home shares a swimming pool and has access to an outdoor shower and grilling station. It provides large flat screen TV's in every room, free WIFI, long distance calling, baby crib and high chair, and a wagon to cart your beach items to the beach where you can spend the entire day on the sand!

Special Rates on Overboard in Surfside Beach SC3. Overboard is a third row home at 113-B 8th Ave. North, Surfside Beach. Book any available week in April or May 2014 and receive 15% off the advertised rate. This special is for new full week reservations only. There’s plenty of room in this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home. It's professionally decorated and a short walk to the beach. You’ll enjoy amenities such as a private pool, outside shower, charcoal grill and eating area, ceiling fans throughout, port-o-crib, washer/dryer, stereo, 6 TVs, 6 VCRs, DVD player and free internet access.

New Ebb Tide B has a special deal through Surfside Realty4. New Ebb Tide B has some great specials to offer along with their awesome ocean views. Book now for weekly arrivals May 3 & 17, 2014 and get 20% off! Special rate applies to new, full week reservations only. Located at 221B N Ocean Blvd, Surfside Beach, this home will make you feel like you're in your own tropical paradise. You’ll be just 200 ft. from the beach! You’re sure to enjoy the private pool and relaxing on either of the oceanside decks overlooking the beach. Amenities provided in this home include 6 televisions, 6 DVDs and 1 VCR, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

When you’re ready to secure your rental before it slips away, give Surfside Realty a call at 1-800-833-8231. We’d love to hear from you and help you find that perfect vacation rental for you and your family for this year's summer vacation.

 

 

Memorial Day in Surfside Beach

Whats going on this Memorial Day on the Grand Strand? A lot! Check out some the events below, or call and speak with one of our reservationsist about more activity information;


Brookgreen Gardens Red, White and Blue Salute to Veterans – Brookgreen Gardens, located about  just a few miles south of Surfside Beach. The famous gardens are a must see attraction when visiting the Grand Strand. And if you visit Brookgreen Gardens May 24-26, you’re in for a real treat! The gardens will be decorated with American flags and other items to show patriotism! To learn more about Brookgreen Gardens, click here.

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Cook Out
- Join us at the pier from 4-8 pm on Sunday May 25th. Visit http://www.surfsidebeach.org/ for more information on this family friednyl event.


Memorial Day Service
-  Join us on Monday May 26th at 230 at the veterans memorial in Fuller Park.


Kick off your summer by spending Memorial Day Weekend in Surfside or Garden City Beach.
 

Property Highlight: Beach Alot

As people get older they come to appreciate, more and more, living in a single level home so this month’s beach vacation property we’re highlighting will be perfect! Beach Alot is a newly renovated home in Surfside Beach that is within 1 block of the ocean and a short walk to the Surfside Pier. If you book a new reservation by April 30, 2014 for any week in 2014 you will receive a 10% discount! That’s a super deal!

Property Highlight: Beach Alot?This beach home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths along with many upgrades throughout. You’re going to love the screened in front porch and how picturesque the pool and deck area are. Kids will remember this vacation forever as they have fun playing on the swing or enjoying the hammock in the fenced in back yard. Amenities include washer/dryer, 5 flat screen smart TVs, private pool, dishwasher and more. Call Surfside Realty at 1-800-833-8231 if you want to take advantage of the special deal on this property but hurry!

On May 3 Conway Alive will be presenting the Rivertown Music and Craft Beer Festival. The street festival is home to a classic car show and a craft beer tasting area. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 3 in downtown Conway. Take the time to enjoy the live music and arts and crafts vendors. Admission is free. 

Taste of the Coast 2014Also on May 3 the Taste of the Coast will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. Come experience local restaurants showcasing their own delicious foods during the 7th Annual Risen Christ Taste of the Coast. This family-friendly event has a kid zone with rides, a rock wall, games and plenty of fun for parents, too. Admission is $3 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and younger. Food and ride tickets will be on sale for $1/each. 
 

Just Add Ocean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Let's Get Social: 10 Great Reasons We're So Likable!

When it comes to being social, we’re really good at it! Maybe that’s why we’re so successful in the real estate industry or why so many people have such kind things to say about on Facebook. All we know is that more than 8,000 people can’t be wrong!

Here’s 10 reasons why other’s think we’re so very likable –

Visit Surfside Realty on Facebook1. “I love the beach, the house and this company. I have had nothing but a safe, beautiful place to stay and create memories!”

2. “We have rented Colony III 203 for the past two years, and have had nothing but a pleasant experience. The locals, the area, and the staff at Surfside Realty has made our vacations memorable and relaxing. We know that after a long (13 hour!) drive from CT we can check in and relax in our condo...it is always ready and immaculate upon our arrival. We are already looking forward to July 12, 2014!!!! Thank you Surfside Realty!“

3. “My family and I have rented the same condo from Surfside Realty for 7 years in a row now... Absolutely LOVE it!! Just got back 2 weeks ago and ready to go again ♥”

4. “Surfside realty has the best sites for fabulous vacations! We have used their properties for many years. It is a great place every year!”

5. What's your favorite kid-friendly activity in the Surfside Beach area? “Wild Water & Wheels!” “Fishing from the pier!” “Eating ice cream at the pier!”

6. “This is the town where I want to live the rest of my life. We plan to move in the next year. We always vacation here and now we want to come and stay!”

7. “Great company to deal with!”

8. “The best place on earth is at the beach! Surfside Realty is right there for your beachy needs!”

9. “Great place to take your family and not as crowded as other beaches can be!?“

Visit Surfside Realty on Facebook!10. “My daughter and I spent a luxurious week in September at the Sea Mystique condo 401, and I can't say enough good things about it. Perfect location for an unhindered view of the beach, and very peaceful and quiet. Being on the top floor balcony viewing, feeling, and hearing the ocean and salt air felt like it must feel sitting on the edge of heaven. Needless to say, I would highly recommend this place, particularly #401. Clean, spacious, and all necessary amenities. I will definitely be returning to this location every possible opportunity.“

If we can assist you with making your vacation plans please give us a call at 1-800-833-8231 or leave a comment on the Surfside Realty Facebook page!

Activities for Bikers During Bike Week

The 75th Annual Myrtle Beach Bike Week takes place from Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 18 all over the Grand Strand area. Many thousands of motorcycles will descend on Myrtle Beach to enjoy the warm May weather and ride along the coastline. There will be various bike tours from Myrtle Beach to as far south as Charleston.

Myrtle Beach Bike WeekJust south of downtown Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet is just jumping with activities for bikers during this Spring Rally in Myrtle Beach. Live entertainment will be everywhere thanks to all of the vendors, biker bars and live bands. We have affordable rentals available in the Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach areas if you haven’t gotten your accommodations as of yet. Give Surfside Realty a call at 1-800-833-8231 and let us tell you all about our bike friendly rentals.

For those arriving in the area ahead of the rally don’t miss the 16th Annual BurroFest at Burro Loco on Monday, May 5. BurroFest is held this Cinco de Mayo with live music, phenomenal drinks and plenty of fun for everyone. Live music provided by PaperWork, the Josh Brannon Band, Bullfrog, Tastes Like Chicken and the No Limit Duo. There’s a free shuttle from the Coastal Carolina football stadium available to all. Admission is free to this annual event. 

Activities for Bikers During Bike WeekAnother annual event you won’t want to miss is the 9th Annual Mayfest on Main Festival in North Myrtle Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Home to numerous restaurants, shag clubs, boutiques and plenty more! You won’t want to miss any of their fun-filled festivals and parades. Blue Monday, the Ross Coppley Band and The Surf City Allstars will perform live at the festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. There will also be plenty of arts and crafts, food, a children's area, street entertainment and much, much more. Be sure to bring a chair or a blanket to see the free concerts. 

Get the Most Out of Your Beach Rental

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options for entertainment in Surfside Beach are endless. From golf courses, to shopping centers, to sunny beaches, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. If you've decided to rent a vacation home for your next trip to the beach, there are lots of ways to entertain yourself without even leaving the property! Here are 5 tips for getting the most out of your beach rental.

1.       Pack the essentials. While our homes are outfitted with plenty of amenities, prepare to bring some personal items. Linens are not included in a rental, but we do offer linen rental packages. Think ahead and bring beach towels, coolers, and other sunbathing essentials so that you are as comfortable as can be. Other vacation equipment items, like cribs, bikes, and golf carts are available for rent as well.

2.       Pack some extras. Renting a beach home for your group has plenty of advantages over a hotel room. Comfortable, spacious accommodations allow everyone to congregate and enjoy their vacation together. Consider bringing along a few DVDs for the kids, or even a few board games or a deck of cards for a family game night on the patio. Pool and beach toys are also great items to pack, and you can save time and money by bringing your own rather than purchasing them when you arrive at the beach.

3.       Hit the grocery store. While it’s a great idea to check out some of the area’s fabulous restaurants, don’t forget to stock the fridge with some snacks! Your rental comes with a fully equipped kitchen, and some rentals have outdoor grills. Save some money and bond with the family by having dinner at home. Whip up a few appetizers and enjoy happy hour on the patio after a long day on the beach!

4.       Plan extra activities. While your rental home with have plenty to offer, start thinking about what else your family would like to do and see during their trip to Surfside Beach. Consider planning a shopping day or fishing excursion for a fun family outing. Bring home your fresh catch and throw it on the grill for a meal the family will remember for years to come!

5.       Include the whole family. Think your four-legged friend could use a vacation, too? Browse our pet-friendly vacation homes and find the perfect fit for the whole family. There are plenty of dog parks and dog friendly restaurants in the area so you can include your best friend in the fun!

So if you’re ready to start planning your fun in the sun, we’re here to help! We want to make sure our renters have everything they need to plan memorable vacations for their families. Contact us for more information about our properties, and get ready to relax at the beach!

Our Sunny Delight Special will Warm Your Soul

When we say this happy house will warm your soul, that’s exactly what we mean! Just lay your eyes on Sunny Delight and you’ll see for yourself — it exudes warmth and happiness! From the moment you walk in the door you'll have a smile on your face. In addition, with the weather warming up our specials are heating up more than ever!

Sunny Delight Free Night SpecialJust to show you how warm it’s getting, if you book 6 nights at Sunny Delight you’ll get the 7th night FREE for any new booking on any available week during the remainder of 2014! We think anyone would agree that’s a pretty great deal. Can you feel yourself warming up?

While those in the northern and Midwest states are still awaiting spring to arrive, we’re already experiencing it here in coastal South Carolina. Winter is hard, especially this year for us down here. We look forward to being able to put our shorts and sandals back on and walk along the beach feeling that warm coastal breeze in our face. Each day it’s getting warmer, the sun is getting hotter. You should really consider coming and experiencing it now before the summer crowds arrive in droves.

Sunny Delight offers easy access to the beachfrontIf you’re in the area now and looking for some local events we have a couple to mention. Come out to the House of Blues on Saturday, March 29, for the 6th Annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest. They'll have two separate tasting sessions and more than 80 specialty beers to sample. Session #1 will be held from 2-5 p.m. and session #2 will be held from 6-9 p.m. All samples are 4 ounces and tickets are $35/person plus fees for each session. The event will also host live entertainment.

On March 29 you can lace up your sneakers and take part in some early Saturday morning exercise as you run or walk through the marshfront, oak-shaded streets of Murrells Inlet. The 2014 Race for the Inlet begins at 8 a.m. and the public is invited to attend the event. It will feature a 5K Walk and Run with optional chip timing, an 8K chip-timed Run and an 8K chip-timed walk. Come out and support Murrells Inlet, SC. Maybe we’ll see you there!

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