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?

Things to do in Myrtle Beach When You're Tired of the Sand

Myrtle Beach vacations are typically full of a whole of sun and a plethora of sand. But, when the sand becomes too much and you’re ready for a change of pace, the area also boasts plenty of sand free activities.

Here are our top recommendations for things to do in Myrtle Beach when you’re tired of the sand:

Go see a show at Alabama Theatre.

Alabama Theatre is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Offering their own Broadway-style show, ONE The Show, most nights of the week, visitors will get the chance to see an outstanding performance that offers an excellent respite from the sand and the sun.

Pro tip: during the summer months, kids tickets for ONE The Show are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

 

Spend time at the Ripley’s Aquarium or other Ripley’s attractions.

The Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach is a top-notch aquarium that will offer you and your family the opportunity to enjoy an up-close and personal experience with some amazing sea creatures. In addition to Ripley’s Aquarium, Ripley’s also boasts other attractions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Haunted Adventure, Moving Theater, Mirror Maze all located in Myrtle Beach. Each Ripley’s attraction offers some fun, family time and a chance to take a break from the sand!

Pro tip: for even more special experience, sign up for one of the aquarium’s Sharks After Dark Family Sleepover events held during summer and fall months.

 

Have fun at Broadway Grand Prix.

Friendly competition and a whole lot of family fun await at Broadway Grand Prix. With 7 go kart tracks, an arcade, mini golf, a rock wall, bumper cars and a kids zone, there’s plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained.

Pro tip: buy your tickets on their website to save on the overall ticket package price.

 

Try out different mini golf courses.

Just a quick drive through Myrtle Beach will tell you that the area is home to a plethora of different mini golf courses. When you’ve finally gotten tired of the sand, mini golf offers the perfect fun and family-friendly escape.


Pro tip: many mini golf courses in the area stay open late during the summer which offers a great late night activity.

Myrtle Beach Area Parks Perfect For Running

A Myrtle Beach vacation doesn’t mean you have to stop working out! With 60 miles of pristine white sandy beach, endless parks and roadways Myrtle Beach can provide the perfect oasis for vacationers and runners alike.

Here are a few Myrtle Beach area parks perfect for running:

 

Central Park - 1400 Outrigger Rd. Myrtle Beach

Central Park offers a ¼ mile paved running path in addition to 3 multi-purpose fields, restrooms and other sports complexes like tennis courts and baseball fields making it the perfect place to get a workout in.

 

McLean Park - 93 Oak Dr., N. Myrtle Beach

McLean Park is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach and is just 2-3 blocks from some of the area’s most popular oceanfront hotels and rentals. The park offers a paved ½ mile walking path as well as a fitness trail. With a lake and many untouched areas of nature, it provides a great escape for runners.

 

Huntington Beach State Park - 16148 Ocean Hwy 17, Murrells Inlet

Huntington Beach State Park is just a short drive from downtown Myrtle Beach and is $5 for entry, but the acres of forest, bird sanctuaries and beaches make it a great escape for running.

View their website for park hours.

 

Grand Park at Market Common - 1011 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Grand Park at Market Common features playgrounds, soccer fields, a roller hockey rink and a 1-mile fitness trail that circles along a lake.

In addition to parks for training, Myrtle Beach typically hosts nine different running races in any given year. From full marathons, to half marathons and 5K races, check out this list of running events and pick your run for fun in the Myrtle Beach sun!




Three Best Breakfast Places in Myrtle Beach

Long days on the beach or strolling around the Grand Strand, can’t truly begin without a stop at a local breakfast joint. Here are our three favorite breakfast places in Myrtle Beach:

 

Mammy’s Kitchen

Mammy’s Kitchen has been a staple in the Myrtle Beach area since the 1950’s. Located in the Downtown area, Mammy’s is just a short walk to favorite Myrtle Beach attractions. But, not only is the location amazing, the food is too! At breakfast, you’ll stumble upon a mouth-watering Southern-style buffet filled with breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy, grits, pancakes and french toast.

Tip: If you’re not an early riser, Mammy’s serves up breakfast until noon!

 

Dino’s House of Pancakes

If you’re a devoted pancake lover, you’ll want to grab breakfast at Dino’s House of Pancakes. With menu items like Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes, Fresh Georgia Pecan Pancakes and Hawaiian Pancakes, any fan of pancakes will enjoy the variety of flavors. Though Dino’s House of Pancakes features some amazing pancake combos, you’ll also find breakfast favorites like french toast, waffles, eggs and breakfast sandwiches.

Tip: Try their Pigs In A Blanket which is 3 sausage links wrapped in 3 buttermilk pancakes!

 

Sea Captain’s House

Well-known for lunch and dinner, Sea Captain’s House is also a favorite water-front spot to enjoy breakfast. Once there, you can indulge in breakfast staples like pancakes, grits, waffles or french toast, or you can take a different route and enjoy unique breakfast meals like crabmeat omelets or crab cakes benedict.




Spring Events in the Myrtle Beach Area

And just like that, spring is almost upon us and along with the spring season comes a variety of events and festivals for locals and those vacationing in Surfside Beach to enjoy. Here are the top spring events in the Myrtle Beach area that you must check out.

 

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival (April 1st)

Food trucks, local restaurants and local vendors will cover the street connecting Burroughs and Chapin Pavillion Place. Attendees will enjoy free admission, delicious food and family friendly entertainment throughout the event. There will also be beer and wine perfect for pairing!

You can find more information here.

 

North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 11th)

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a free event that offers a full day of fun with a parade, live music, children’s rides and a range of vendors displaying their crafts and goods. It’s family friendly environment makes it perfect for both adults and kids.

You can find more information here.

 

Canadian American Days Festival (March 11th - 19th)

This event will be the 56th Can-Am Days Festival and is a free event that includes concerts, golf tournaments and a variety of fun activities. It’s also a great time to visit the Myrtle Beach area as many hotels and business offer discounts during the festival.

 

Run to the Car Show (March 16th-18th)

The car show is a weekend long event and is considered to be one of the largest car shows in the Southeast. Though it’s not a free event, it’s the perfect way to give back as all proceeds go to Children’s Miracle Network and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Get more info here.

 

Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Heritage Festival (March 24th - March 25th)

The Highland Games & Heritage Festival is a unique event held in the Market Commons. Attendees will enjoy athletic competitions, a Celtic marketplace, Scottish whiskey tastings, activities for the kids and live music.

Learn more about the event here.

 

Thompson Farm’s Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Brunch

This event is designed with the kids in mind. Families will get to enjoy an easter egg hunt, brunch, hayrides, animal feedings and character meet and greets with characters like the Easter Bunny, Mickey, Minnie and Olaf.

Purchase tickets here.

 

SOS Spring Safari (April 21th 30)

The SOS Spring Safari offers a chance to enjoy the coast’s beloved beach music and Shad dancing. The week long event ends with parade for everyone to enjoy.

Get more information here.

 

Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival (May 6th)

The Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival is designed for craft beer enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Attendees will enjoy free admission, a classic car show, live music, craft vendors and craft beer tastings.

You can find more information about the event here.

 

Mayfest on Main Festival (May 13th)

The Mayfest on Main Festival is designed as a free, family friendly event with a children’s area, street entertainment, craft vendors and live music. It’s recommended that you bring a chair or blanket to enjoy a few free concerts throughout the day.

Learn more about the event here.

 

World Famous Blue Crab Festival (May 20)

Hosted along the Little River waterfront, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast and offers food, craft vendors, a kids area and a variety of other things to see and do. For the seafood enthusiasts, there will be opportunities to buy fresh local seafood.

For more information visit their website here.

 

What spring events are you looking forward to the most?

 

Houses to Rent for the Carolina Country Music Fest

With new artist announcements nearly every week, the anticipation for the Carolina Country Music Fest is quickly growing amongst country music fans. An extravagant event like CCMF doesn’t come often, but it does give the perfect reason to spend a few days oceanside in Myrtle Beach, SC. Here are a few perfect houses to rent for the Carolina Country Music Fest.

 

Lighthouse II #3 -Surfside Beach, SC

Lighthouse II #3 features 2 bedrooms and is perfect for a group of couples vacationing to Myrtle Beach for the Carolina Country Music Fest. With a large oceanfront balcony, updated kitchen and quick access to the beach couples will find it’s the perfect retreat.


 

Windhaven 202 - Surfside Beach, SC

Going to the Carolina Country Music Fest with a small group of friends? Book Windhaven 202! With 3 bedrooms and 8 beds, everyone will have room to lounge. The rental is also oceanfront and updated and has access to a shared pool and grill.

 

Seventh Heaven - Surfside Beach, SC

Bigger groups voyaging to the Carolina Country Music Fest will find that Seventh Heaven offers everyone in the group some much needed space. With 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, oceanfront balcony and a private walkway to the beach, it’s the perfect escape for large groups.

Bonus: Seventh Heaven is dog friendly under 30lbs with a $250 non-refundable pet fee.

Portobello I Unit 318 - Surfside Beach, SC

Portobello I Unit 318 is just one row from the beach and offers Carolina Country Music Fest goers a view of the ocean and a shared pool. With 4 bedrooms and 4 baths it’s another great rental for bigger groups.

Bonus: Those staying at here can can rent a golf car for $250/wk which makes getting around the Grand Strand a breeze.

View our site to use our advanced search tool to find the perfect beach house for rental for the CCMF!

The Best Times to Visit Surfside Beach, SC

If you’re a lover of the beach, you’ve probably spent all winter trying to decide when you’re going to plan your next beach vacation. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Once you’ve decided on the beach rental that’s perfect for your family and are ready to choose a date, check out our list of the best times to visit Surfside Beach, SC.

April

April is the perfect time for those who just can’t wait any longer to escape the chilly weather. Spring is in full effect and temperatures usually rest in the 70’s, making for some great weather that allows you to fully enjoy the outdoors. If you’re a golfer, April is also the perfect time to visit Surfside Beach, SC and try out some of the best golf courses in the area. Though some attractions may still be closed in April, there is no shortage of festivals to enjoy like the Horry County Fair, SpringFest and SOS Spring Safari.

May

In May, you’ll find that the weather in Surfside Beach, SC rests at about 80 degrees and the water temps have increased as well. Not only will the weather be ideal, you’ll also find that there are less crowds as May is not officially considered summer for many. On top of the attractions that you’ll find just minutes away in Myrtle Beach, you may also find yourself in the midst of some fun festivals like the Blue Crab Festival or the Mayfest on Main. Additionally, rates for hotels and beach rentals won’t be nearly as high as they are in peak months like June, July and August.

June and July

June and July are considered peak season for Surfside Beach, SC and surrounding areas and though rates may be higher, all attractions will be fully operational. The hot summer days of June and July quickly turn into hot summer nights, making your night time adventures just as enjoyable as your daytime adventures. For many, it’s also fun to find yourself amongst a crowd of other families laughing, enjoying the beach and parading around the surrounding areas like North Myrtle Beach.

October

October brings chilly fall weather to many areas, but in Surfside Beach, SC temperatures are still averaging in the 70’s, which makes for some relaxing beach days. Though daytime temps are higher, you’ll find that nighttime temps can quickly drop, but for many, this is a perk. Hot cocoa, a blanket and the beach, anyone?


What months do you think are the best times to visit Surfside Beach, SC?

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!

 

Tips for Taking Better Vacation Photos

Beach vacations allow families to build lasting memories and the best way to capture those memories is with a photo. Whether you’re using a high-powered Nikon camera or your iPhone, here are some tips for taking better vacation photos.

1. Make sure your camera or phone is charged.

This may seem like an unnecessary tip, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in your daily activities and forget to charge your devices. Before you leave your beach rental, charge everything. This way you won’t be left with a 5% battery life, but 100% of your memories to capture! Bonus points if you can get a mobile charger to plug in if you do get low.

2. Pass the camera around to everyone.

Make sure everyone is captured in your vacation photos. You don’t want to get stuck behind the camera your whole trip only to come home and realize there were no pictures captured of you.

Bonus: Passing the camera around also lends to a ton of different memories being captured. What you deem important memories on your trip may be different for your family members, so the photos they take will open your eyes to what they’re enjoying most about the trip.

 

3. Take landscape pictures.

Be sure to take some landscape pictures with your camera. This will ensure you capture all of the scenery.

 

4. Don’t forget to focus on the faces.

On occasion, zoom in to capture your family’s faces. The activities and scenery are great memories to hold onto, but zooming in on faces allows you to remember the feeling of awe and excitement that your family feels as they explore your beach destination.

 

5. Take a lot of candid shots.

The best tip for taking better vacation photos is to candid shots. This doesn’t mean just snap pictures whenever you want, but it does mean capture those moments where your family is focusing on the restaurants menu or are laughing at each others mini-golf fails. Be intentional with your candid shots.



Taking better vacation photos is all about being deliberate in your photo taking and capturing those moments that you know you’ll want to hold on to forever. What are your tips for taking better vacation photos? Share your beach vacation photos with us on our Facebook page!

Holiday Events Near Surfside Beach, SC You Can't Miss

 

Christmas at the beach makes for some wonderful memories and Surfside Beach offers some great holiday events that you can’t miss! Here are some family-friendly holiday events near Surfside Beach to add to your must-do list:

Surfside Beach Christmas Parade

Surfside’s Christmas parade is December 10th from 2pm-3pm and local businesses have already started eagerly designing floats. The parade is sure to be a fun holiday event for everyone in the family and is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

Breakfast with Santa

Have young children? They’ll love eating breakfast with Santa! Santa will be at the Golden Egg Restaurant in Surfside Beach on December 20th from 9:00am-10:30am. The breakfast is for children ages 10 and under. Santa will arrive with bags of candy and will treat all of the children to a free breakfast, but call ahead to make reservations because the big man is in high demand this season!

“The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”

Just north of Surfside Beach, Alabama Theatre is home to The South’s Greatest Christmas Show. No, seriously! It’s actually been voted the “most outstanding holiday show” in the area by the Myrtle Beach Herald. The show is family friendly and full of both traditional and fun Christmas songs.

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Night of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens' Night of a Thousand Candles has become an annual favorite in the area. On certain dates in December, the gardens sparkle with 5,500 hand-lit candles and at precisely 5:45 each night, an 80-foot Christmas tree decorated with 70,000 lights is lit. It’s a spectacular event that will leave you in awe and fill you with the holiday spirit.

You can attend Night of a Thousand Candles from 3-10pm, December 3-5, 10-12 and 12-20. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so view their website for more info.

Celebrating the holidays in Surfside really is a can’t miss opportunity and it’s never too early to let Surfside Realty help you start planning your family’s next holiday at the beach.

What are some of your favorite holiday events in Surfside?

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