Beach Houses to Rent for Thanksgiving

One of our favorite traditions in the south is spending Thanksgiving at the beach! The weather is cool, but still warm enough to enjoy sunny days on the beach. The crowds have dispersed from the summer, which means you’ll feel like the beach is your own private oasis. Plus, there are tons of fun Thanksgiving events in Myrtle Beach that will keep everyone in the family entertained.

Here are a few houses you should rent this Thanksgiving! 

Hide-n-Sea

Deal: Book a new weekly reservation in November 2016 and receive 10% off and a $50 VISA gift card!

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Oceanfront
  • Amenities: 7 brand new flat screen TVs, 2 oceanfront master suites, Jacuzzi tubs, private swimming pool, oceanfront porch

Portobello III Unit 12

Deal: Book a new weekly reservation for November 2016 and take 15% off the weekly rate!

 

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Sleep 13
  • Second Row
  • Amenities: Private heated pool, ocean-facing covered porches, covered parking, non-smoking home, master suite with sun deck

Portofino III Unit 319B

Deal: Book a new weekly reservation for November 2016 and receive 10% off and 5 free aquarium tickets! 

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Oceanfront
  • Amenities: Shared swimming pool, outside shower, private walkway to the beach, 5 TVs 

Ready to book your Thanksgiving beach vacation? Contact the Vacation Experts at Surfside Realty to work out the details and start a new family tradition!

4 Facts You Might Not Know About Surfside Beach

We might be a bit biased, but we happen to think that Surfside Beach, SC is one of the best places in the world! Not only are the beaches the picture of perfection, but the people who live and visit this wonderful little town are also super friendly and welcoming. Plus, we’re only a quick drive to all the fun in Myrtle Beach, making Surfside Beach the perfect balance between quiet relaxation, and energetic entertainment!

But do you know everything there is to know about our little town? Here are a few things you might not know about Surfside Beach.

  1. Our Restaurants are Delicious (and won’t break your budget)
    Perpetual favorites like Malibu of Surfside, Southside Grill, and Valentino’s might not get as much fame and press as some of the restaurants in Myrtle Beach, but they’re just as good (dare we say better) than what you’ll find on the Grand Strand.
  2. We’re a Close-Knit Community
    Only about 4,000 people live in Surfside year round, meaning that we all know our neighbors and truly welcome people into our community. Shopping and eating in Surfside Beach helps support the great people who live here!
  3. Our Nickname is “The Family Beach”
    We’re known as The Family Beach because we really put an emphasis on family. The beach is kid friendly, and we even have signs at beach entrances for kids to use as points of reference if they happen to get separated from their family at the beach. We also have a number of parks and places for kids and families to enjoy togetherness.
  4. We’re An Autism-Friendly Vacation Destination

The Champion Autism Network has named Surfside Beach the first Autism-Friendly vacation destination in the US, which means that we welcome families from all walks of life to come vacation with us!

We want you to come experience the fun and hospitality of Surfside Beach for yourself! Let your Surfside Beach vacation experts help you plan your next family getaway.

Houses to Rent This Fall

The fall season is upon us and that means cooler weather, thinner crowds, and even better rental specials on our fabulous Surfside Beach, SC beach homes! Although we have a ton of great rentals, we’ll spotlight a few here that we think you’ll particularly love. 

Just Peachy

Deal: 10% off any new weekly reservation through the end of 2016!

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5.5 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Walk to the Beach
  • Amenities: private pool, handicap-accessible elevator, short walk to the beach

New Beginnings

Deal: Book a new weekly arrival for October or November for only $1500 per week and we’ll give you a $50 gift card!

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Oceanfront
  • Amenities: Jacuzzi tub in the master suite, 2 large screen TVs, high speed internet, oceanfront hot tub, pet friendly

Out of the Blue II

Deal: Book a new weekly reservation and stay through December 2016, and receive $100 off your weekly rate! 

 

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Walk to the beach
  • Amenities: professionally maintained private pool, sun deck, covered parking, TVs in every room

Ready to escape to Surfside Beach for your fall vacation? Contact the vacation experts at Surfside Realty to book your weekly getaway today!

Vacationing With Kids in Myrtle Beach

Family vacations to the beach are a wonderful way to create cherished memories that will last for a lifetime! But traveling and vacationing with children can be stressful and overwhelming if you’re not prepared. Follow our tips on how to successfully vacation with kids in order to ensure that your family vacation is successful and fun for everyone!

Plan for Kid-Friendly Activities 

Surfside Beach and Myrtle Beach are both extremely family-friendly, so there are a number of kid friendly attractions and activities that are sure to please everyone in the family, young and old! Some great ideas: riding the Skywheel, zip line, or Broadway Grand Prix adventure.

Do Your Research for Kid-Friendly Restaurants

The Grand Strand has no shortage of great restaurants, but not all of them are kid-friendly. Before you set off on your vacation, do some research on a few restaurants you’re interested in trying. Have your kids look at the menus beforehand so you know that they’ll find something on the menu they’d like to eat (to avoid any meltdowns in the restaurant later).

Prepare a Rainy-Day Survival Plan, Just in Case

While we all hope for the perfect, sunny vacation when we head to the beach, sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. Put together a list of indoor activities—like museums, movie theaters, or other kid-friendly places—as possible activities for when you’d otherwise be stuck inside because of the rain. Also plan to bring some board games, coloring books and crayons, and DVDs to help pass the time at your vacation home for a cheap rainy day activity.

Surfside Realty has a number of kid-friendly vacation rentals your family is sure to love! Browse our website or call us to start planning your fall vacation!

Fishing Spots in Myrtle Beach

Fishing has been a popular pastime for men and women for hundreds of years. Sure, you might have a favorite fishing hole back home, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your fishing gear at home when you come to the Grand Strand for vacation! Instead, we’ll help you find a great fishing hole-away-from-home while you’re on vacation!

Fish from the Beach

If you have your fishing license, you can simply find a comfortable spot on the beach, and setup your gear right there! It’s simple and easy and requires little setup or financial investment (as long as you have your own equipment). Off the coast, you’re most likely to catch whiting or black sea bass.

Go on a Fishing Charter

There are many captains and cruises available for you to charter if you want to spend a day with out on the ocean fishing. You can stay close to the coast or go deep sea fishing for a chance to catch things like tuna, grouper, or triggerfish!

Fish Off a Pier

Many piers in the Myrtle Beach area will allow you fish off the side. The Springmaid Pier on Ocean Blvd actually holds the state record for Spanish mackerel! You’re also likely to catch sheepshead or spadefish off a pier.

Find Some Freshwater

There are numerous rivers (like the Waccamaw and the Black Rivers) in and around the Myrtle Beach area that are easily accessible for fishing purposes. In Freshwater, you’re most likely to catch catfish or crappie.

What are your favorite things to catch when fishing? Let Surfside Realty plan your perfect fishing getaway!

Ocean VS Pool: The Great Debate

Few summer vacation issues are more divisive than the classic "ocean vs pool" argument. For decades, people have escaped to the water for vacation and relaxation, but for as long as pools have been around, families have fought over which body of water--the ocean or the swimming pool--is better for vacation.

While we believe there's no correct answer, we've put together a list of perks associated with both the ocean and the pool. Hopefully this will help you decide!

Ocean Perks

  • Sand is more comfortable and versatile than the concrete surrounding a pool
  • Saltwater is better for your skin
  • The waves offer activities like surfing, boogie boarding, kite surfing, and more
  • You can go fishing in the water and catch your own dinner
  • Calming sound of the ocean as the waves crash on the shore
  • Sand helps to exfoliate your feet
  • Fewer insects due to wind coming off the ocean

Pool Perks

  • No animals, like fish or dolphins, in the water
  • The water is clear, so you can see straight to the bottom
  • No waves, so you can float and relax
  • Chlorine is better for sensitive skin than saltwater
  • Less of a trek to get back home when you want to
  • Fewer seagulls to snatch your lunch
  • Not likely to cut your foot on a shell hiding under the sand

No need to choose between beach and pool: with Surfside Realty's vacation rentals, you can take advantage of the best of both worlds! Contact us today to learn more.

6 Books to Add to Your Beach Bag in 2016

Few things are better than settling down in the sand, under the warm sun, putting on your sunglasses and pulling out a great book! Reading on the beach is such a widely practiced activity that there’s an entire genre of fiction devoted to “beach literature,” aka books that are light and fun to read between building sandcastles and jumping in the ocean.

Here are a few books to add to your beach library in 2016: 

If you like dark mysteries:

All The Missing Girls, Megan Miranda

Arguably 2016’s The Girl on The Train, All The Missing Girls tells the story of a girl who left her hometown after her best friend disappeared, and then returns years later to take care of a family matter. You won’t know who to trust and you won’t want to put it down, so start this one first thing in the morning!

The Girl Before, Rena Olsen

Fans of Gone Girl will love The Girl Before, a story of a woman who is kidnapped and tries to put all the pieces together of her abduction and what it has to do with her husband. The plot alternates between past and present to throw the reader off their game, so pay close attention to this one! 

If you like romances:

All Summer Long, Dorthea Benton Frank

Like most other Dorthea Benton Frank novels, All Summer Long is a witty and realistic tale of a New York couple who prepare to move to Charleston, SC for retirement. You’ll relate to the themes of how life and love evolve over the years.

Love & Gelato, Jenna Evans Welch

A sweet and whimsical story of people who go on a romantic adventure in Italy. A perfectly sweet novel to read on the beach that will have you hugging your sweetie closer!

If you like non-fiction:

It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too), Nora McInerny Purmort

A memoir that tells the story of a woman who finally finds the one only to find out that he has rare, terminal brain cancer. It’s beautifully funny and poignant.

You’ll Grow Out of It, Jessi Klein

Lead writer and executive producer of “Inside Amy Schumer,” Jessi Klein tells tells the hilarious story of how she went from a tom boy to a “tom man” and found success.

  

What books are in your beach bag this year?

5 Great Lunch Spots in Surfside Beach

As the sun settles high in the sky, and your stomach starts to rumble, you’re left with one question: where should I get lunch in Surfside Beach? Having lived and worked here for over 50 years, we’ve had some experience in trying out all the different restaurants that Surfside Beach has to offer. Here are 5 great spots to grab a quick bite to eat:

Pickled Cucumber

When you’ve got a hankerin’ for good old fashioned country cookin’, there’s no beating the Pickled Cucumber! With crowd-pleasing specials like country fried steak, macaroni and cheese, hoppin’ john, and collard greens, you’ll leave feeling full and ready for a nap!

Joey Doggs

Joey Doggs has probably the best selection of hot dogs on the Grand Strand! Our favorite is the chili dog, but the BLT dog and the Rueben dog are also delicious. All hot dogs come served in a dog bowl (hence the name), but be sure to try their awesome fries and onion rings! 

FishMonger Seafood

It’s not a true trip to the beach if you don’t eat some seafood! FishMonger has a great selection of fish you can take home and cook in one of the kitchens in our fantastic Surfside Beach rental homes, or you can get some of their fresh made seafood specials cooked for you! Their specials vary daily, but some of our standard favorites are the crab dip, the fish and chips, and the scallop basket.

Dagwood’s Deli

Dagwood’s is a great spot to get out of the sun and enjoy a sports game on one of their many TVs. It’s classic bar food done right. Our favorites are the turkey sandwich, the Hail Mary dipper, and the filly cheesesteak. Definitely come hungry, because these sandwiches are huge!

Malibu of Surfside

You don’t always want Italian food when you’re at the beach, but trust us: Malibu’s is the real deal! Their pasta is sure to please. Some of our favorites include the lobster ravioli, lasagna, and the cheesecake, although we’ve never had a dish that disappointed!

 

What are some of your favorite lunch spots?

Plan the Ultimate Golf Getaway

Are you a golf lover? Surfside Realty wants to help you plan the ultimate golf getaway! There are over 70 different golf courses to choose from in the Myrtle Beach area, which means the world’s your oyster when it comes to picking the perfect course!

Here’s how it works:

  • Pick the courses you’re interested in
  • Pick your dates & the number of people in your party
  • Determine amenities for your stay (private pool, oceanfront, etc).

Surfside Realty will handle the rest! We’ll schedule tee times and find the perfect rental for your vacation. It’s as easy as that!

Benefits of Golf

  • Exercise – Walking the 18 holes plus carrying your own bags means you’re getting lots of exercise, which is good for your heart!
  • Exposure to Nature – Being out in nature is good for both your body and mind. Plus, a little vitamin D from the sun helps promote bone growth and reduce depression!
  • Stress reduction – Golfing helps your brain produce endorphins, which in turn help you feel less stressed.

Being at the beach is also beneficial to your health for the same reasons as above! Just be sure you drink lots of water and wear plenty of sunscreen to avoid dehydration and dangerous sun burns!

Ready to plan your golf vacation? Fill out our golf form and a member of our staff will be in touch with you to finalize the details of your vacation!

Houses to Rent This Summer in Surfside Beach

Summer is right around the corner and that means one thing: time for a trip to Surfside Beach! Surfside is known as “The Family Beach,” which means it’s perfect for your entire family to enjoy. Surfside Realty is proud to have over 100 fantastic properties available for rent this summer. Here are a few to consider:

Whispering Sands 311B

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Second row – short walk to the beach
  • Condo
  • Shared pool
  • King size bed
  • WiFi

Kodak Moments

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 baths
  • Sleeps 14
  • Third row – Walk to the Beach
  • House
  • Full outdoor entertainment area
  • Private pool
  • Outdoor living room
  • WiFi

Two Views

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5.5 baths
  • Sleeps 12
  • Oceanfront
  • House
  • Private gated community
  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Two living areas
  • Wet bar
  • Fire place
  • Wrap-around covered porch
  • Charcoal grill

 

To rent any of these gorgeous properties, contact a Surfside Realty agent today!

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