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!

Enter to Win $500 Cash from Surfside Realty!

For the second year in a row, Surfside Realty is proud to be The Official Partner of Vacation Home Rentals for the Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach. Usually, Surfside Realty’s vacation rentals are only offered for full week rentals (Saturday – Saturday), but we're offering a special Carolina Country Music Festival rental rate for the 4 days of the Festival (Thursday – Sunday) so that festival attendees will be able to enjoy our fantastic rentals for the entire festival (June 10-12, 2016, with a kick-off concert on June 9th).

To take advantage of our exclusive Carolina County Music Festival rate, head on over to our events page, and submit the form using the event code “CCMF2016.” For the entire month of April, everyone who books a home for the Carolina Country Music Festival (June 9 - 12) and enters code CCMF2016 on our events page will be entered to win $500 cash! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for chances to earn extra entries to win. Winner will be announced on April 1, 2016.

Benefits of renting with Surfside Realty:

  • A full house or condo that can sleep from 4 – 14 people, so you can be like Sam Hunt and have a house party!
  • Full kitchens with full size refrigerators that you can stock with your favorite snacks and beverages.
  • Many properties sit right on the beach, offer fantastic ocean views, or are within walking distance of the ocean.
  • Properties have a variety of amenities, many have private pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, outdoor showers, hammocks, flat screen TVs, WiFi, and more!
  • Homes are only a short distance from the festival grounds and can easily be reached by taxi or Uber.

For more info, please visit SurfsideRealty.com or call 1-800-833-8231.

ENTER TO WIN: submit the form to book a vacation rental for June 9 - 12 using the event code “CCMF2016.”

YesWeCAN! Autism-Friendly Events in Surfside Beach

In April, the town of Surfside Beach, SC—recently named a top Autism-friendly travel destination—will be sponsoring a number of events and activities specifically for autism families. Surfside Realty is proud to be a part of this great event!

Families looking to rent a house or condo during their stay in Surfside Beach, are invited to fill out the event form on our website with event code "YesWeCAN" or call us at 1-800-833-8231 so that we may match you up with one of our many autism-friendly vacation rentals. 

Here is the schedule of events for April:

When: April 1, 15 and 22, 10-2pm
What: Family Surf Experience. 
Where: Beach access 13th Avenue South, Surfside Beach SC. 
A supported, safe surfing experience for your child with Autism and the entire family.  Reservations required 2 weeks prior to the event to ensure proper supports and volunteers; by March 15th for the April 1 event, April 1 for the April 15 event and April 8 for the April 22nd event.  Parents should be prepared to go into the water if needed.  Life vests and surf boards provided.  Children with Autism can be on the board alone, or ride tandem.  There will be a “gauntlet” of people that your child will surf through so they will be caught immediately if they fall.  Once you sign-up, you will be contacted to answer a detailed questionnaire about your child with Autism to ensure proper support.

When: April 1, 15 and 22, 11am-1pm
What: Sand Castle Building. 
Where: Beach access 13th Avenue South, Surfside Beach, SC. 
Come and build a sand castle while waiting for your surf experience or watching the surfers.

When: April 2, 10am-2pm
What: Reggie Sanders Foundation Advantage Games
Where: Pelican Stadium, 1251 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. 
The Advantage Games is a one-day private event for our families, sponsors and volunteers. Each game has been carefully designed by ABA therapists to help participants work on their fine/gross motor skills, safety skills, living skills and team building. While the kids are engaged in the games we will have an Informational Fair for the parents to gain information about services that are provided in our area as well as strategies for their child to become self-sufficient and positive members in the community after the school bell and graduation. Learn more & register.

When: April 15 and 22, 4pm to 6pm
What: Ripley’s Sensory Friendly Aquarium
Where: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 
House lights up and music and sound effects down, lots of fun to be had.

When: April 16 and 23, 12-2pm
What: Fire House Open House and Cook out
Where: Poplar Drive between Surfside Drive and Pine Street, Surfside Beach SC. 
Come check out the fire trucks and police cars, shoot the firehose, meet Biko the police canine and enjoy a cook out with the area’s finest first responders.  NO sirens!

 

When: April 16 and 23, 10am
What: Sensory-Friendly Showing of Zootopia
Where: Grand 14 in Market Common, 4002 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach SC 29577
Lights up, sound down and children free to move around.  Admission is $5 per person with $1 drinks and $1 popcorn and all concessions available. Phone: (843) 315-2991

When: April 17 and 24, 8-11am
What: Pier Fishing Experience
Where: Surfside Beach pier, the end of Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach SC.
Learn to fish using supplied bait and poles.  Volunteers will be there to help you catch some fish.

April 23, 10 am
Spanky’s Ride for Autism Awareness. 
For those motorcycle enthusiasts, the ride begins and ends at Aynor Park N Main St, Aynor, SC 29511 (973) 917-9058 Registration 10am-11:30am, Ride Begins at noon. 
$15 entrance, $5 additional passengers. Cookout follows the ride, non-rider’s plates for $5.

To learn more about Surfside’s autism-friendly properties, fill out our events form with event code “YesWeCAN” or call 1-800-83-8231.