Dog Regulations at Surfside Beach, SC

We often get asked about dog-friendly vacation rentals. After all, who wouldn't want to bring their four-legged kids along on the family trip? Surfside Beach does have strict policies when it comes to dogs on the beach during peak months, however. This is not only for the protection of all visitors, but also for the protection of your beloved fur kids. The sand is hot and the summer sun is powerful, making it a tough environment for canines. Here's the scoop on year-round dog rules so you can plan your vacation accordingly:

May 15 - September 15

Dogs or other domestic pets are not permitted on the public beach.

September 16 - May 14

Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach.

So if you're looking for the perfect getaway for your family and looking for dog-friendly rentals in Surfside Beach, try looking for fall, winter or early spring dates so that your pup can enjoy the beach as well. And don't forget that your pet must be up-to-date on all vaccinations (always a good idea before you travel anywhere) and owners are always responsible for picking up after dogs. Please help us keep the town of Surfside Beach looking beautiful for future visitors! And for those who love the idea of horseback rides on the beach, Surfside does not permit this. Horses and other large animals are not allowed on the beach at any time during the year.

5 Kid-Friendly Summer Snacks

Surfside Beach is an incredibly affordable place for your family vacation, but we know that the cost of food is one that can add up quickly when you’re staying for a week. If you’re renting a vacation house with Surfside Realty, kitchens are a huge perk. Here are a few snacks that are healthier than a bag of chips and easy to whip up that will keep the kids happy: 

Celery, peanut butter and raisins

You might recall, but this snack was called “ants on a log” when you were a kid. But it packs a protein punch with the peanut butter and is delicious. Not to mention, it’s easy to execute in the morning before everyone gets going.

Guacamole

Your children may not love avocados, but most kids love the tangy taste of guacamole. All you need is a few limes, tomatoes, avocados, red onion and cilantro and presto! You’ve got a healthy dip that everyone will love! 

Sausage cheese muffins

These are easily transportable to the beach and will keep them full between meals. Grab the easy recipe here.

Pinwheels

These easy tortilla roll-ups look impressive, but they’re easily. Cream cheese, salsa and cheese are delicious together and will also work as a vegetarian option.

Ham & cheese sliders

Sliders are perfect for little kids’ hands. Add a little mustard or dijon, your ham and cheeses of choice and voila! Insta-snack!

Sunscreen Tips for your Surfside Beach Vacation

We love the sun and surf on our beautiful South Carolina coast, but the importance of using sunscreen when you’re outside cannot be overstated. We want our guests to enjoy their vacations, not spend it hurting and peeling. However, even when we have the best of intentions, we aren’t thorough enough with our sunscreen use. Here are a few tips for keeping your family safe in the sun:

 

  1. Look for “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen

Broad spectrum means that it protects from UVA and UVB rays, which both play a part in the development of melanoma.

 

  1. Apply early and often

Especially on children and fair skin individuals, you need to apply your sunscreen before you get to the beach and apply every 45 minutes to an hour after that. Try looking for sweat and waterproof formulas if your kids are going to be romping in the waves.

 

  1. Watch the wind

If you’re applying a sunscreen that sprays on, be sure to block the wind as much as possible. It’s easy for it to blow away and not actually hit your skin, which means you’re prone to a burn.

 

  1. Use sunscreen specialized for your face

Many companies offer face-specific sunscreen options and these are worth purchasing. Face formulas are usually stronger and don’t sting if it gets in your eyes from sweat or getting dunked in the pool.

 

  1. Don’t skip it on a cloudy day

Sometimes, cloudy days are the best time to go to the beach. There are fewer crowds and the heat isn’t as extreme. However, do not miss your sunscreen application on these days. UVA and UVB rays can come through the clouds with ease and burn your skin!

 

  1. Use an umbrella for shade

Umbrellas and small tents are permitted on Surfside Beach as long as they don’t impede the lifeguards’ views. Seek shade in the height of the afternoon when the sun’s rays are at its strongest.

If you do get burned, try using aloe and coconut oil to soothe your skin. And moisturize often to stave off the peeling. If you have blisters, see a physician.

What are your favorite sunscreen tips or favorite brands to utilize?

Five Spots We Love To Get a Cocktail in Myrtle Beach

It's 5 o'clock and you're ready to take your crew to a fun location. Here are a few spots we love to get a cocktail in Myrtle Beach:If you want to rub elbows with locals, try Collectors Cafe. You?ll be surrounded by works of art on the walls and on your plate. We suggest the Basil Lemon Drop Martini or the Farmer?s Daughter for a cool start to your evening. The black bean cakes and sauteed calamari, scallops and shrimp are perfect noshes for a happy hour.For the beer lover, Gorden Biersch at Market Common is a must. You can build your own flight of 6 or a get a ?full pour? which is enough for two people. They have great hand-tossed pizzas and nachos for sharing, too.For those who love to sit out on the water with the breeze in their hair, Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet is for you. Its sprawling deck can accompany big parties and their menu offers lots of options from fried seafood to Asian-inspired fare like Ahi tuna sashimi. If you love red wine, we suggest trying the Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot Noir ($55/bottle) and if you like white, we love the fruity and light taste of the Acrobat Pinot Gris ($34/bottle).Art Burger Sushi Bar might seem like a strange name and combination, but you won?t be sorry you visited. We love the liquid nitrogen drinks (they?re all the rage) and they even have edible cocktails! Did we mention they also have ocean views? Hey, they haven?t gotten 4.5 stars on Yelp for no reason!If casual is more your style, don?t miss the Atlas Tap House. They offer craft brews and bourbon drinks. Plus, if you get hungry, you can grab some barbeque. We suggest having the Two Hearted Ale, which is brewed in Michigan. And if you want to go local, try the White Ale from New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach!Have a great place you love to get a cocktail or adult beverage in Myrtle Beach? Share it with us on our Facebook page!

Things You Should Know About Beach Safety

 Swimming in the ocean is one of the main reasons many people visit coastal South Carolina every year. If you?re not aware of the dangers of swimming in the ocean, you can put yourself (and others) at risk. Read our top safety tips below and remember, when in doubt, don?t go out! Things You Should Know About Beach Safety  

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  • Do Not Swim Alone? No matter how good of a swimmer you are, it?s always safer to swim in groups.
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  • Know Your Limits? If you know you?re not a strong swimmer, avoid getting in the water when wind, currents, rip tides and waves are high. Watch other swimmers enter and exit the water for at least a few minutes to know what to expect. Set your expectations realistically on how well you can swim without the aid of floatation devices and never go out farther than you can swim back. Things You Should Know About Ocean Safety   \t
  • Ask a Lifeguard? Choose beaches that have lifeguard stations, and don?t be afraid to ask them about conditions. Hazardous conditions could include dangerous shore breaks, strong currents, high surf, shark sightings, jellyfish, man-o-war, and dangerous rip tides.
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  • Be Cautious? Rip tides can drag even the strongest swimmer out into deep water. Rip currents can be recognized by a sandy discoloration and smooth water between breaking waves. Since rip tides are in proportion to the frequency and size of the waves, the larger the waves, the stronger the rip currents will be. If you find yourself caught in a rip tide, swim parallel to the shore, slowly working your way back at an angle. Do not panic and do not be afraid to signal for help.
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  • Be Aware? Just because the water looks calm doesn?t always mean it is. Waves come in sets, so be aware of the tidal cycles and possible marine life around you when entering the water. Avoid swimming at night, wearing shiny jewelry and do not swim in areas that are being fished.
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  • Have a Plan? Always have an entry and an exit plan from the water. Remember where you got in and try to follow a similar path. If a large wave is approaching and you don?t have time to get out of the way, try to dive beneath it or keep your body as low as possible until it passes over you.
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  • Follow the Basics? Wear sunscreen, bring appropriate footwear when visiting beaches, and avoid alcohol and drugs when swimming in the ocean. Never leave children unattended. Leave before everyone is burned and you?ll be able to come back another day.
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Follow these guidelines and you?ll have a safe and happy time at the beach! All of us at Seaside Rentals wish you and your family a very happy Summer 2017! 

Golf Capital of America - Myrtle Beach, SC

Do you enjoy playing challenging, water-lined golf courses like a pro? Perhaps you prefer to relax and enjoy a breezy day on the greens with family or friends? With hundreds of award-winning golf courses to choose from, Myrtle Beach, SC has options for golfers of all skill levels. A few of our recommended golf courses to consider while visiting Myrtle Beach:Pine Lakes - The GrandaddyMyrtle Beach?s very first golf course! Originally built upon natural dunes less than a half mile from the ocean in 1927, the course was recently renovated to ensure it?s in prime condition to be experienced by golfers from across the globe. Be sure to visit the Pine Lakes Country Club while you?re there which exhibits the Grands Strand?s deep-rooted history through its graceful Southern architecture.Barefoot Landing Dye CourseThis is for those of you ready to put your handicaps to the test! Recognized as one of Myrtle Beach?s most difficult golf courses, this is a par 72 with a course rating of 75.3. Barefoot Landing Dye Course is also one of the top tournament courses in the region.  International ClubThis Murrells Inlet golf course is for players of all skill levels that are looking for a fantastic deal. The International Club offers nothing sub-par of a premium Myrtle Beach golf experience without the premium greens fees. Be sure to check out their daily specials for veterans, locals, and various other groups and organizations.Myrtle Beach National West CourseJust starting out? Perhaps you looking for a course to enjoy with the kids. Myrtle Beach National is one of Myrtle Beach?s most popular golf establishments and, according to Golf Digest, the West Course boasts a 4.5-star design. The West Course is shorter in comparison at 6,114 yards which makes it ideal for a quick 18-holes or a day with the family.Still unsure where to go? Contact us through the guest portal and we?ll help you decide which course is best suited for you. Otherwise, happy golfing!

What to Pack on Your Beach Vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC

Perhaps this is your first time Visiting Myrtle Beach and you’re unsure of what to pack. Perhaps you’re a seasoned visitor the area but you always seem to forget that one important thing-- what was that thing again? These tips will help you feel at ease while you’re on your way to paradise.

Clothing

The beauty of being on a beach vacation is that clothing items required are fairly standard no matter where you go!

  • Bring at least two swimsuits per person so you can alternate days of hanging them to dry; there’s nothing worse than putting on a cold, damp bathing suit in the morning.
  • Flip flops are likely the only shoes you’ll need there. Unless you plan on going to a very formal dinner, make life easy and stick with the one pair of sandals!
  • Something to wear down to the beach over your suit. This will especially come in handy if you wind up with an unfortunate sunburn and need to cover up without being forced indoors.
  • Workout attire for your morning jog or yoga. Even if you’re not a regular fitness nut, being at the beach tends to inspire people to be more active! Tip: don’t worry about packing tennis shoes if you don’t want to; it’s actually better for your body to run barefoot on the sand!
  • Accessories are essential. Make sure have a hat and pair of sunglasses for every member of the family.

Necessities

Your vacation home or condo rental will likely be well-equipped with everything you’ll need, but just in case:

  • While you’ll likely have beach towels provided in addition to your bath towels, bring some beach towels just in case. There’s nothing worse than having to sit on a bath towel on the beach all day. Not to mention all the additional loads of laundry you’ll have to do…
  • Stock up on groceries on your way to your rental. We find that once guests arrive, they typically don’t want to leave. That’s the beauty of a rental- you don’t have to! So, do yourself a favor, hit the grocery store ahead of time, and don’t forget plenty of water!
  • SPF. While we know you want to get your tan on, please protect yourself from those damaging UV rays at the very least. This requires a minimum of SPF 30 for your body and 50 for your face. There’s nothing worse than getting a bad burn on the first day of your vacation and winding up stuck indoors.

Afterthought Items

It’s nearly impossible to remember everything regardless of how organized you are or how far in advance you pack. Included in this section are a few of the items that, in our experience, people definitely seem to overlook and really wish they hadn’t.

  • If you do refuse our sound advice and forgo the sunblock, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully stocked with aloe vera or aftersun lotion. Ouch!
  • Pack a large freezer bag for every member of your family. This will allow you to take a swim before you leave without worrying about your entire suitcase smelling like mildew.
  • Citronella candle. If you’ve never experienced South Carolina in the summertime, trust us on this one. Typically, the closer to the beach you are, the safer you are from those pesky mosquitoes because of the great breeze.  
  • Don’t forget a hairbrush! Enough time spent in the ocean or sitting on the beach gives you those salty waves that aren’t always easy to untangle.
  • If you’re an expert spotter of sharks’ teeth or love bringing shells back home, bring something along to collect them in!


Now that you’re all set with the basics, don’t forget to check out 
Surfside Beach Equipment Rentals for all the fun items that won’t fit in your suitcase!

36th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival

 The 36th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you're looking for things to do at the beach don?t miss this great event where you can bring your whole family and gather with friends. You'll have your choice of fresh, local seafood from a waterfront restaurant or get your festival food fix. Enjoy scenic views, live entertainment, and shop for a unique souvenir or gift from a crafter. A children's area will be set up to offer a variety of entertainment and activities.Located on the beautiful Grand Strand, the Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast with attendance of more than 50,000 people each year. The festival will feature more than 300 fine arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, tremendous entertainment and a phenomenal children's area.The Blue Crab Festival has been awarded The Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand by readers of the The Sun News. General gate admission is $4 advance day ticket or $5 per day at the gate. Children 12 and under admitted free. The event is held at 4460 Mineola Ave, Little River SC. For more information, call (843) 249-6604. Sorry, no pets allowed with the exception of working service animals.The purpose of this festival is and will continue to be, one that supports and showcases the fabulous atmosphere of the local Little River Community, North Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand area.We hope to see you there!  

Pack the Perfect Beach Picnic

We’ve all been there: you spend all morning getting the family ready for the beach, lathered up with sunscreen, finally make your way to the perfect spot only to realize it’s noon and you have no food in sight. Naturally, you’re hungry instantaneously.

Whether you’re packing a picnic for a beach day with the family, friends or your significant other, we’ve provided a list of tips and tricks for ensuring hunger doesn’t get in the way of your relaxation time.

Tip #1: Stick to finger-friendly food.
Don’t let plates or silverware get in the way. Tasty crowd-pleasers for beach snacks include things like: fruits such as apples or raspberries (avoid strawberries unless you remove the stems first), veggies such as celery sticks or baby carrots with hummus for dipping, chips and salsa (never fails), and even hard-boiled eggs. If you’re really into packing a salad, a great hack is packing them individually in plastic cups, the dressing on the bottom, with lids on the top!

Tip #2: No more mayo.
Sandwiches are a great go-to for your beach picnic. It’s easy to make a bunch of them at once when packing your picnic and they fill you up for a full day at the beach. An easy mistake, however, is putting mayonnaise on your sandwiches which will go bad fairly soon after sitting in the hot sun. Unless you plan to eat them as soon as you get to the beach or have a really fancy cooler, choose a different spread for your sandwiches and wraps.

Tip #3: Choose your cheese wisely.
Cheese and crackers are another great beach snack and it’s easy to continue eating throughout the day. The kids love it too! Be sure to choose softer cheeses such as brie, which will only become more delicious after sitting in the heat. The kids, and you for that matter will want to eat that expensive sharp cheddar or manchego once it’s saturated in oil.

Tip #4: Bottles of frozen water.
So simple yet so many benefits! Place a few bottles of water in your freezer the night before your day at the beach and some the morning of. This way, you’ll have a few very frozen bottles to keep your food cold and still be that refreshing sip at the end of the day. You can also place behind your neck to keep you nice and cool. Sip on your partially frozen bottles at the beginning of your day!   

Tip #5. Don’t forget dessert!
While chocolate chip cookies are a common favorite (because they’re oh-so-delicious), you might be better off sticking with brownies which are less likely to melt all over the place. Another genius hack: try making mini cupcakes and put them in an empty egg carton for easy transportation!

Now that you have the basics, don’t forget the baby wipes and remember the corkscrew is key- in fact, you might as well just leave both of these items in your picnic basket for safe measure!

Happy picnicking!

Why Spend Memorial Day Weekend 2017 in a Myrtle Beach Vacation Rental

What better way to spend the Memorial Day Weekend than at the beach? Each year, families and friends flock to the coast to do just that. Haven?t quite settled on plans yet? You still have some time! Memorial Day falls this year on Monday, May 29th. With the three-day weekend, people typically make it into a mini-vacation. This particular holiday includes certain traditions, such as backyard barbecues, that are truly best carried out in a home. When you book your stay in a vacation rental, you get to have a vacation that feels like home.Renting a vacation home allows you to stay put.When you have a three-story oceanfront home rented out for the weekend, why would you ever have to leave? There?s something especially rejuvenating about going on vacation and truly not worrying about doing anything but simply relaxing. The beach is in your backyard.Even if your rental unit is not quite oceanfront, you will likely still be a short walk or golf cart ride away. There?s nothing better than not having to pack up the car to head to the beach.All of the amenities you miss when staying at a hotel.Community areas to spend quality time with your family, more than one bathroom, the list could go on. The biggest perk of renting a vacation home during your Memorial Day Weekend trip is the use of a kitchen! Memorial Day at the beach simply doesn?t feel the same when you have to dine out at a restaurant instead of grill out in your backyard.There?s still plenty of time to book your Memorial Day Weekend with friends, family or just the two of you. See our list of available rentals to find your vacation that feels like home.