25 Things To Do At The Beach

Going to the beach is a (mostly) free activity that can provide hours of entertainment for children and adults of all ages. Our home, Surfside Beach, SC, is known as the family beach, but some experiences at the beach are universal, no matter your age or where you choose to vacation.

Here are 25 things you should do on your beach vacation:

  1. Dive into a crashing wave
  2. Build a sandcastle
  3. Destroy sandcastle like your Godzilla or a giant monster
  4. Thoroughly apply sunscreen to avoid sunburns
  5. Play volleyball
  6. Collect seashells
  7. Make sand angels
  8. Pack a picnic and eat it on the beach
  9. Go for a stroll at sunset
  10. Watch the sunrise
  11. Clean up litter to keep the beach beautiful
  12. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
  13. Dig a giant hole and then fill it back up
  14. Play cornhole or other fun beach games
  15. Make a beach playlist and be the beach DJ
  16. Watch the birds (but don’t feed them!)
  17. Take a nap
  18. Take family pictures
  19. Rent a kiteboard, kayak, or surfboard
  20. Look for dolphins
  21. Go fishing and try to catch your dinner
  22. Read a book
  23. Write messages in the sand
  24. Explore the boardwalk or pier
  25. Relax and enjoy: you’re on vacation!

What are some of your favorite things to do while at the beach? Let us know in the comments!

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Symptoms & Prevention of Heat Exhaustion

Vacationing at the beach is a wonderful experience. But as with anything, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your health, especially in the south where temperatures can get very hot in the summer. If you’re going to the beach with young children, pets, or elderly people, it’s important to be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration, so that you can avoid a trip to the hospital during your vacation.

Heat Exhaustion occurs after exposure to high temperatures and is often accompanied by dehydration. Without proper care, heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke, which can be fatal.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Profuse sweating and goose bumps
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration) 

 Prevention

Stay out of the sun by bringing an umbrella or tent to the beach to block the direct rays of sun and give your body a place of refuge. Taking a dip in the water can also help lower your body temperature. Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and keep your body cool. 

Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine, as these can make the symptoms of heat exhaustion worse. If you feel like you’re already experience the symptoms of heat stroke, get into a cool building as soon as possible and drink plenty of fluids. If symptoms don’t subside, get to the hospital; it’s always better to be safe than sorry! 

Where to Celebrate Independence Day

It won’t be long before July 4th arrives and the Grand Strand region will come alive even more than ever. There are numerous local events taking place in celebration of Independence Day this year and you’ll want to know where they are. This year’s holiday includes barbecues, parades and plenty of fireworks up and down the coastline. When you stay in any one of our holiday vacation rentals you’ll be centrally located to watch the fireworks along the coast. For the best view head on over to the beachfront.

Salute from the Shore Flyover
At 1 p.m. on July 4 the 6th Annual Salute from the Shore military flyover will take place. Two F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing based at Shaw Air Force Base will fly along the entire coast, circling Patriot’s Point in Charleston before concluding their run south of Hilton Head. July 4th Patriotic Boat Parade in Murrells Inlet 

The 32nd annual Murrells Inlet boat parade will start at 12 noon. Entrants will enter to compete for a prize for the most patriotic and best decorated boat. The crowds will be able to participate and vote by round of applause and cheers. Whoever has the loudest cheers will be the winner.

Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration
The residents of Surfside Beach SC invite you to attend their 4th of July Celebration from 6-10 p.m. at the Surfside Pier, 115 Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach.

48th Annual Pawleys Island Parade
The 48th Annual Pawleys Island 4th of July Parade takes place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Visitors and locals are eligible to enter in the parade and travel through the Island in anything that becomes a makeshift float. It can be a car, flatbed truck, bicycle or boat. Just use your imagination. All should be decorated in red, white, and blue in true patriotic fashion. This parade is a fun, family tradition that’s not to be missed.

Firework Displays
Firework displays to celebrate the 4th of July are all around the Grand Strand area. Here’s the schedule for those being held from Cherry Grove to Murrells Inlet:
Barefoot Landing – 10 p.m. at 4898 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Cherry Grove Pier – 9 p.m. at 3500 N. Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach
Broadway at the Beach – 10 p.m. – 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
2nd Avenue Pier – 10 p.m. at 110 North Ocean Boulevard Myrtle Beach
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk – 10 p.m. at 4123 US-17 Bus., Murrells Inlet

Mark your calendar now so you know where you’re celebrating when July 4th gets here! We wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day celebration!

Tips for Taking Children to the Beach

Bringing your children to the beach is a great way to create memories that they will cherish for years to come. We’re a family company, so we know firsthand how important and precious these family vacations to the beach can be. We also know that bringing kids to the beach also has its own set of rules and considerations in order to be successful.

First, make sure your kids have plenty of sun protection. We recommend lots of sunscreen, long sleeve shirts, hats, and sunglasses. There’s nothing that breaks your heart more than a sunburned child whose whole vacation is ruined because he or she is in pain. Apply plenty of sunscreen before you head to the beach and reapply at least every two hours. You’ll also want to consider creating a “home base” for kids to hang out in. This can mean tents, an umbrella, or any other shady area to give them some respite from the sun.

Entertainment is also key for bringing kids to the beach. Children can tire easily while swimming, so you’ll want to have other activities ready to keep them occupied. Games like Frisbee, catch, volleyball, or soccer are good bets. You can also get them interested in collecting seashells or teaching them how to build a sandcastle. You can spend money at the numerous beach stores on sand toys like buckets and shovels, or you can raid your kitchen for old colanders, plastic containers, and cups which can work just as well for little ones.

The first thing that will cut a beach trip short is lack of food and water. Children like to snack, so unless you want to make a bunch of trips back and forth to the house, it’s best to invest in a cooler stocked with water, snacks, sandwiches, and other goodies to keep them sated between meals.

 One final tip: bring baby powder! Baby powder can help get sand off of you and your children before you get back to the car or house and will alleviate that sticky sand feeling that so many people hate.

What are your best tips for going to the beach with kids?

Surfing Lessons: You're Never Too Old to Learn

Vacations should not only be about relaxing in the phenomenal vacation rental homes that we can provide you with at Surfside Realty but also about trying new and different things. It’s about making memories that last a lifetime. That’s why we’re suggesting if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to surf (and even if you haven’t!) make this year’s vacation the summer you try it!

We don’t believe in using age as an excuse to miss out on fun times. That’s why no matter if you’re 7 or 70 you just might discover the time of your life when you climb onto a surfboard. Even if you don’t stick with it long term, just imagine the stories you’ll have to tell!

 

Surfing Lessons in Surfside Beach

The Eternal Wave Surf Shop, right here in Surfside Beach, SC, offers year round surfing lessons for individuals and groups. Private lessons one-on-one are provided by experienced instructors by the hour and include time on the beach and in the water both. You can also reserve lessons for group events like birthday parties and company retreats.

Their lessons take place 7 days a week around high tide. They are held in the morning when there is usually less wind and crowded conditions. Lessons are at Magnolia Avenue in Garden City Beach just one block north of Garden City Pier. There is free parking and plenty of spaces. It’s best to make a reservation by calling 843-839-1239 and give them 24 hours notice prior to your lesson. Surfboards are provided but bring your own beach towel, sunscreen and water bottle.

In addition to surf lessons Eternal Waves also gives paddle board lessons and has rentals of surfboards, kayaks, paddle boards, and beach cruiser bicycles. If you’d like more information about surf lessons or the surf shop you can reach them by phone at 843-839-1239.

6 Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing: It’s almost time to go to the beach! At Surfside Realty, we specialize in offering not only the best vacation rentals in Surfside Beach, but also the best advice about the beach that you can find! We’ve been around since 1962, so we’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to the beach.

Here are our recommendations for the top 6 things you should always keep in your beach bag in order to avoid potential beach disasters:

Sunscreen

Sunscreen should always be the #1 item in your beach bag! We recommend keeping 2 bottles of different SPF levels in your bag. You should use a stronger SPF on your face, since that tends to see the most sun (plus, then you’ll avoid that weird sunglasses tan). Which brings us to…

Sunglasses

There’s nothing worse than getting all the way to the beach and realizing that you forgot to grab your sunglasses. But, if you always keep a few extra pairs in your beach bag, you won’t have to worry about spending the afternoon squinting.

Waterproof Speakers / Radio

We think the best music is the sound of the waves hitting the shore. But for some people, that can get monotonous after a while, and they’d like nothing more than to listen to Zac Brown while relaxing in the sun. In that case, have a waterproof speaker or radio with you so you can jam out under the sun.

Water

Being out on the beach all day leaves you vulnerable to dehydration, which might seem counterintuitive since you’re in the water all day. But all that salt in the ocean can actually dry you out. There’s nothing worse than having to cut a beach day short because you’re feeling sick from lack of water. Throw a couple of bottles of H2O in your bag and you’ll be set.

Snacks

Is that a rumbly in your tummy? Although Surfside Beach has a number of yummy restaurants right on the beach, it doesn’t hurt to have some snacks in your bag to tide you over from meal to meal. We recommend granola bars, fruits, veggies, or anything else portable and not impacted by the heat.

Entertainment

Whether you just want to read the latest fiction release or you’re into more active sports like Frisbee or volleyball, it’s good to have something to entertain yourself with between dips in the water.

What items are must-haves for your beach bag? Still haven’t planned your summer beach vacation? Don’t worry! Just contact Surfside Realty today and we’ll help you plan the vacation of your life!

Parasailing: How to Take Your Vacation Over the Top

So this is the summer that you want to take your beach vacation over the top? We can recommend a super cool way to do just that – Parasailing! If you’ve never done it you’re in for some real excitement and it’s not nearly as scary as you might think. When you stay with us at Surfside Realty we want you to have a great vacation. That’s why besides giving you the best summer vacation rentals in the area we also supply you with lots of information about things to see and do here while you’re in the area. We want you to have the best vacation ever!

 

Shoreline Watersports

 

Shoreline Watersports
409 S. Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach, SC 29574
Reservations: (843) 238-2359
Our Surfside Beach parasailing rides are popular for all age groups. Feel the cool breeze and take in the glorious coastline of Myrtle Beach as you glide above the water of the Atlantic Ocean. Weather dependent, an optional dipping will be offered prior to parasailing. If you want  photos of your adventure indicate when making reservations that you want to receive a photo memory stick. Up to 12 photos will be taken of your thrilling venture.

 

 

Ocean Watersports

 

Ocean Watersports
On the beach at 3rd Ave. South, Myrtle Beach, SC 29477
Park under our billboard at 404 3rd Avenue South, MB
Reservations: (843) 445-7777
When you fly with Ocean Watersports, you’ll begin with a Banana Boat ride through the surf and out to the parasail boat. The friendly and experienced Captain and crew will do all the work to ensure your comfort and safety. Two or three people can fly at one time. High-quality, digital pictures are taken of every parasail flight and the pictures will be shown to you when you get back to the beach. If you like them, you can purchase them for a small fee.

 

 

Express Watersports

 

Express Watersports
4042 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Reservations: 1-866-566-9338 or 843-357-7777
Fly high over the Atlantic Ocean -- up to 500 ft in the air and a full 10-12 minute flight time! This Ocean Pro 31′ Coast Guard inspected parasailing boat can hold up to 12 passengers. Express Watersports has developed their own method for ensuring each passenger receives the safest and most enjoyable ride possible. Get ready to spot dolphins, sea turtles, and other oceanic life. You're really going to enjoy the birds-eye view of the Grand Strand coastline!

 

 

DownwindSails

 

Downwind Sails
2985 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Reservations: 843-448-7245
Parasailing at Downwind Sails will make your vacation the experience of a lifetime! Ride out deep into the ocean on a banana boat with your family and friends to soar 300 feet above the Grand Strand area, all while witnessing spectacular scenery and the plentitude of sea creatures below. Single, Double, or Triple flights available. Including the banana boat ride to and from the parasail boat and a 10 minute flight in the air, you can expect a 30-45 minute excursion. Be sure to book your reservation early!

If we can assist you with accommodations for your summer vacation just give us a call at Surfside Realty (1-800-833-8231). Be sure to check out the special deals on our vacation rentals that we have posted on our website!

 

5 Ways the Beach is Good for Your Health

In today’s busy world, people are running around 24/7 and it often seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. When you’re in the middle of being busy, it can sometimes be hard to justify taking a vacation. You’ve just got so much to do, you couldn’t possibly find the time… If that sounds familiar, snap out of it!

Here are 5 reasons that a beach trip is actually good for your physical and emotional health:

More Sunlight = Happier You

Sunlight has been shown to decrease depression and help make us happier overall. Have you ever noticed how you tend to be gloomier in the winter? That’s because you’re likely not getting enough sunlight! Sunlight exposure releases serotonin, which can have a positive effect on your sleep habits, appetite, and stress level. Sunshine is also a great source of vitamin D, which is important for your bone health, and your skin.

Like A Free Spa Visit

Sand works as a great natural exfoliator for your feet, helping to rid you of dead skin cells so they feel softer and refreshed. Removing dead skin cells from your body leads to healthier skin overall, decreasing blackheads and acne, and is a natural way to clean your body to feel happy, clean, and rejuvenated.

Look (and Feel) Younger

Ocean water is full of great anti-aging minerals and the salt in the water helps to preserve your skin’s elasticity without any fancy chemical peels or procedures. Be sure that you’re wearing sunscreen, though, because too much sunlight dry you out and counteract the benefits of the salt water.

Get Movin’

When you’re at the beach, you tend to be more active. From jumping and playing in the ocean to strolling along the shore looking for shells, you’ll naturally be more active than when you’re at home sitting at your desk.

Extend Your Life

When was your last vacation? If it’s been a while, you might think you’re actually getting ahead by not taking advantage of vacation time, but you’re actually putting your health at risk. Studies show that people who don’t take an annual vacation are 32% more likely to die of a heart attack.

So what are you waiting for? Request your time off now and reward yourself with a relaxing beach vacation

Attraction Spotlight: Wild Water & Wheels

As parents, you’re constantly trying to find ways to keep your kids active and entertained. This is especially true when you’re on vacation and excitement is at an all-time high. Luckily, Surfside Beach has plenty of attractions to keep everyone in the whole family happy so boredom never rears its ugly head!
 
Wild Water & Wheels is Surfside Beach’s top theme park, featuring 24 water slides, go carts, wave pool, lazy river, mini golf, bumper boats, and more! It’s a great way to spend the day and can give you a break if you’re sick of finding sand everywhere.
 
Wild Water & Wheels is also a great place to host a birthday party or group, and they feature a number of great packages at different price points so that everyone can enjoy all the fun attractions the park has to offer!
 
Parking is free and ticket prices range from $9.95 - $37.98, depending on the amount of activities you include and the amount of time you plan on spending in the park. Parking is always free, so that’s a perk! You can buy tickets, view the park map, reserve a cabana, and see the food options online.  
 
What are some of your favorite Surfside Beach attractions to keep boredom at bay? 

Discounted Myrtle Beach Pelicans Tickets from Surfside Realty

When it comes to enjoying your Surfside Beach vacation, there are so many more things to see and do than just the beach! Although most people are content to spend the whole day lounging in the sand, or frolicking in the waves, what is there to do once the sun goes down? Not to worry; Surfside Realty has you covered:
 
Enjoy the Beach during the day and some “Baseball” at Night! We want you and your family to enjoy an evening at the ballgame with The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, just a short drive from beautiful Surfside Beach. Get discounted tickets to see the 2015 Class A-Advanced affiliates of the Chicago Cubs in action!
 
Follow these steps for discounted Game Seats (note: Offer valid ONLINE ONLY)
  1. Go to The Myrtle Beach Pelicans website, or simply scan the following QR Code on your phone.
  2. Pick your game date(s) and click “Buy Tickets”
  3. Enter promo code: SR2015
  4. Print your tickets, or better yet: order on your phone and you can simply show the barcode on your phone at the gate!
  5. ENJOY THE GAME!

Opening night for the Myrtle Beach pelicans was April 9th, so you have all season long to enjoy this spectacular deal. Share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging them with #MySurfside!  

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