How to Save $500 on Your Vacation Rental

When it comes to spending less on a family vacation it’s important to make your vacation plans as far in advance as you can to take advantage of the best deals in the area. With your accommodations being one of the top expenses incurred on your trip, we can save you a whooping $500 on a vacation rental! And that, my friend, will pay for your airfare here.

Taking advantage of a special doesn’t mean settling for less either. Some of our most luxurious properties have specials going on at any given time throughout the year so it’s worth keeping an eye on our Specials page.

How to Save $500 on Your Vacation Rental


Our Crown Jewel property (shown here) is a great example of how to save a huge amount. Book any available week in August 2014 and you’ll receive $500 off the advertised weekly rate. No kidding! While this applies to new, full week reservations only, anyone can take advantage of it but hurry!

This beautiful Garden City Beach home sits oceanfront and has its own private walkway to the beach, a private swimming pool and oceanfront decks where you can kick back and enjoy the view. With two oceanfront master bedrooms and 7 bedrooms total, you can save even more when you vacation with your friends or another couple! Amenities include internet access, TV/VCR, washer/dryer, a fully equipped kitchen, and beautiful furnishings. For an additional fee you’ll have access to a boat slip, too.

If you’re still stuck in the hotel/motel rut it’s time to pull yourself out of it. You’ll find it’s actually cheaper to stay in a vacation rental rather than a hotel and when you’re traveling with a family it just makes perfect sense. Check out these 6 Reasons to Choose a Vacation Rental over a Hotel that recently posted.

When you’re ready to talk huge savings on vacation accommodations just give us a call at 1-800-833-8231. At Surfside Realty saving people money on gorgeous vacation rentals is something we’re pretty good at!

10 Best Books To Read This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all those books you've been meaning to read all year. Whether you're reading at the beach or by the pool, these 10 books are sure keep you entertained on your summer vacation!


1.    The Vacationers, Emma Straub
Hardcover, 304 pages
"Delicious . . . richly riveting . . . The Vacationers offers all the delights of a fluffy, read-it-with-sunglasses-on-the-beach read, made substantial by the exceptional wit, insight, intelligence and talents of its author.”--People (four stars)

2.    Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Paperback, 432 pages
“Ice-pick-sharp… Spectacularly sneaky… Impressively cagey… Gone Girl is Ms. Flynn’s dazzling breakthrough. It is wily, mercurial, subtly layered and populated by characters so well imagined that they’re hard to part with — even if, as in Amy’s case, they are already departed. And if you have any doubts about whether Ms. Flynn measures up to Patricia Highsmith’s level of discreet malice, go back and look at the small details. Whatever you raced past on a first reading will look completely different the second time around.” --Janet Maslin, New York Times

3.    Beautiful Ruins, Jess Waters
Paperback, 368 pages
“Lyrical, heartbreaking, and funny . . . Walter closes the deal with such command that you begin to wonder why up till now he’s not often been mentioned as one of the best novelists around. Beautiful Ruins might just correct that oversight.” --Kansas City Star

4.    The Good Luck of Right Now, Matthew Quick
Paperback, 304 pages
“Mr. Quick ventures to the edges of society,...He rewards us with an irresistible urge to think the best of humanity, to understand not only the need to walk in someone else’s shoes but also the altruistic power attained from doing so.” --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

5.    The One and Only, Emily Griffin
Hardcover, 432 pages
“Brace yourself for a tearjerker: A tale of friendship and loyalty in a small, football-crazed Texas town shows how quickly things can change when tragedy challenges all that the characters hold dear.” --InStyle

6.    Little Known Facts, Christine Sneed
Paperback, 304 pages
“An entertaining, formally inventive read …the world that Sneed creates in Little Known Facts— a blend of truth and fiction that weaves real life actors and directors into Renn's everyday life — makes for a clever take and a fun read.” --Los Angeles Times

7.    Night Film, Marisha Pessl
Paperback, 640 pages
“A very deeply imagined book . . . sprints to an ending that’s equal parts nagging and haunting: What lingers, beyond all the page-turning, is a density of possible clues that leaves you leafing backward, scanning fictional blog comments and newspaper clippings, positive there’s some secret detail that will snapverything into focus.” --New York

8.    The Secret History, Donna Tartt
Paperback, 576 pages
"The great pleasure of the novel is the wonderful complexity and the remarkable skill with which this first novelist spins the tale. And a gruesome tale it is. . . . A great, dense, disturbing story, wonderfully told." --Cosmopolitan

9.    Wonderland, Stacy D’Erasmo
Hardcover, 256 pages
"Briskly addictive. . . Some sentences dance like wind chimes in a hurricane; others evanesce. . . D'Erasmo expertly conjures the seductive uncharted space that lures the sculptor, the musician..." --O, The Oprah Magazine

10. Cutting Teeth, Julia Fierro
Hardcover, 336 pages
"Cutting Teeth sings with beautiful sentences, masterfully crafted scenes, and a deeply imagined inner life for each character...a fresh perspective on the journey of parenting that is at once modern and timeless." --The Boston Globe

What books are going to be in your beach bag this summer?

5 Ways To Stay Fit On Vacation

 Going on vacation often means a lot of high-calorie meals, days spent lounging in the sun, and nights on the couch. The average person can gain 4-6 pounds on a week's vacation if they're not careful! Avoid sabotaging all the work you did to get your body beach ready, and incorporate these simple tips into your vacation to avoid packing on the pounds. 

Source: Flickr / ronmacphotos
Source: Flickr / ronmacphotos

1. Take A Tour Of The Town

One of the best things about being in the Myrtle Beach area is that there are so many things to see and do! Instead of driving and paying to park in garages or taxis, rent a bike and ride on the beach, or go for a lengthy stroll along the boardwalk. Staying active while sightseeing feels like fun instead of work, and is a great way to burn a few calories without visiting a gym. 

2. Go With A Group

Everyone could use a little extra motivation sometimes, and having someone in your corner to workout with is a great incentive. Try scheduling sunrise or sunset runs on the beach with a friend. If no one in your group wants to run with you, make new friends in the Grand Strand Running Club, a local runners group that meets up around the area several times a week for group running sessions. 

3. Cook Your Own Meals

A great way to save money and calories is to cook your own meals instead of going out to eat every night. Our beach rentals have spacious kitchens, perfect for whipping up some delicious and healthy beach recipes! Plus, there's nothing better after a long day of fun in the sun, than a nice family dinner around the dining room table!

4. Create Your Own Routine

Not into running? There are plenty of low-impact exercises that can be done without having to leave the comfort of your air-conditioned beach rental. Try doing a set of squats in the sunroom, pushups on the porch, leg lifts in the living room, and burpees in the bedroom for a full body workout that you can do in under 30 minutes! Plan to do 3 sets of 15 reps for best results.

5. Play With Your Kids

One of the easiest ways to get plenty of exercise on vacation is by trying to keep up with your kids! Swim with them, run around with them on the beach, help them to build sandcastles... the opportunities are endless. You'll spend a rewarding day making memories with your children, and you'll stay fit at the same time. Just imagine how well you'll sleep at the end of the day!

When you're ready to plan your family's next vacation, call the vacation experts at Surfside Realty! 

Smokin' Hot Fourth of July Specials

If you’re looking for some smokin’ hot deals on vacation rentals over the 4th of July holiday and beyond look no further than right here at Surfside Realty. We have some super hot Fourth of July specials that are worth celebrating about! All discounts on the following properties apply to new reservations only.

Beach On 9th vacation rental in Surfside Beach SCThe hottest deal can be found at Beach on 9th. Book any full week in July or August 2014 and they’ll we’ll give you 25% off the rate! This 4 bedroom, 4 bath third row house is located at 113-B 9th Ave South, Surfside Beach.

Southern Elegance vacation rental in Garden City Beach SCYou’re sure to experience Southern Elegance when you stay in this 7 bedroom, 7.5 bath home at 1875 S Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach. That’s because for any July 5 arrival and a one week stay we’ll give you $3,060 off and Free Linens, too!

Portobello I vacation rental in Surfside Beach SCThere’s a great last minute discount on Portobello I Unit 310 Book any remaining week in 2014 and they’ll throw in a Free Golf Cart! That’s a huge savings not to mention how convenient it will make things. This second row 4 bedroom, 4 bath home is located at 310 South Ocean Blvd. in Surfside Beach.

Sting Ray vacation rentalBook StingRay now for July 5-12 or July 12-19 and receive 20% off the advertised rate. This is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath ocean view home at 509 South Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach.

Dophin Cay vacation rentalSave a whooping 25% off Dolphin Cay 303 when you book July 5-12! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath oceanfront home is located at 415 North Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach.

Sea Cloisters vacation rentalSea Cloisters I 303B will give you 20% off the weekly advertised rate when you stay during any available week in 2014. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath oceanfront condo is located at 515 North Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach.

Sea Shadow vacation rentalGet 20% off the weekly advertised rate when you stay at Sea Shadow 404 during any available week in 2014. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath oceanfront condo is located at 811 North Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach.

Carolina Sunset vacation rentalBook any available week in 2014 at A Carolina Sunset and they’ll throw in a Free Golf Cart and Free Linens, too! This 5 bedroom, 4 bath second row home is located at 115B N. Yaupon Dr. in Surfside Beach.

Summer Paws vacation rentalA Summer Paws A will give you 20% off the rate when you stay during any available week in June or July. This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath third row home is located at 112-A 10th Ave South, Surfside Beach.

Moonlight Surf vacation rentalReceive 20% OFF the weekly advertised rate on any week in 2014 when you book Moonlight Surf. This 6 bedroom, 4 bath second row home is located at 1314 B South Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach.

Beach View South vacation rentalBook any full week now in June, July or August at Beach View South and receive 20% off. This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath second row home is located at 113-B N. Yaupon Dr., Surfside Beach.

Cape Coddages vacation rentalCape Coddages I 204 will give you 20% off the weekly advertised rate when you book the week of 6/28 or 7/5. This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom oceanfront condo is located at 713 North Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach.

You won’t want to miss the special Fourth of July celebration taking place in Surfside Beach this year. From 6-10 p.m. the official Surfside Beach July 4th Celebration will be held at Surfside Pier, corner of Surfside Drive and Ocean Boulevard.

The Murrells Inlet 4th of July 30th Annual Boat Parade begins at noon Friday, July 4, from Garden City Point. The parade runs along the Marshwalk and down the inlet to the Hot Fish Club. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. at the end of Veterans Pier, and can be seen from anywhere along the Marshwalk as well as down the marsh shoreline at Belin United Methodist Church and Hot Fish Club.

Best Waterfront Dining in the Myrtle Beach Area

There's no better way to spend a summer day at the beach than with good food, a cold beverage, and a gorgeous view of the water. When you're in town for your Myrtle Beach vacation,  be sure to check out these 8 restaurants for some of the best waterfront dining in town! 

Chesapeake House
9918 Hwy 17 N
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
What to order: Hushpuppies or Mahi royale

Landry's Seafood
1312 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
What to order: Seafood-stuffed mushrooms or key lime pie.

Hot Fish Club Gazebo
4911 Hwy 17 Business
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
What to order: Lobster pot pie or pan seared scallops

Damon's Grill
2985 S Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
What to order: BBQ ribs slathered with lots of sauce.

Graham's Landing
5225 US Hwy 17
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
What to order: She crab soup or a shrimp po'boy.

Pier House Restaurant
110 North Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
What to order: Lowcountry egg rolls or shrimp and grits

Flo's Place
3797 Hwy 17 Bus
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
What to order: Fish tacos or shrimp ball po'boy

Fibbers on the Water
4498 Water Front Ave
Little River, SC 29566
What to order: Grouper sandwich or fish and chips

Have a favorite waterfront dining spot in Myrtle that we missed? Let us know in the comments! When you're ready to plan your vacation, we'll help you find the perfect Myrtle Beach rental home. Give us a call!


New Amusement Park Rides on Broadway!

Who doesn’t love an amusement park and the thrills that can only be experienced when riding the most cutting edge park rides! When it comes to the best the Grand Strand has to offer come to Broadway at the Beach and check out the new amusement park rides. Fabulous just got a whole lot better! 

Rocket Flyer amusement park rideThis popular retail-entertainment complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has some new amusement park rides arriving and being set up in the park. The new rides include:

Rocket Flyer — A 180 foot tall tower ride where riders will sit inside one of three or four giant rockets that will swing around the tower at high speed. Hold onto your stomachs on this one!

Speed XXL — A 112-ft high spectacle of a thrill ride. At the end of each arm, a gondola holds 4 people who will experience the thrill of their life at 3G speeds. Definitely for the bravest among you!

Freak-Out — Only the bravest of patrons with the toughest stomachs are able to handle this ride. Patrons swing and scream suspended from a bungee-like cord that slingshots you around.

The Giant Slide — An old playground classic but on a much grander scale. This dry slide is 65 ft. tall! Riders experience the thrill of an 180 ft. long drop to the bottom. 

While the Rocket Flyer has moved into the spot at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park that had been occupied by the Wave Swinger, it remains to be seen where the other new rides are located.

Broadway at the Beach has 100 shops, 23 restaurants and eateries and a cluster of nightclubs known as Celebrity Square. Like most other attractions along the Grand Strand, Broadway says it likes to add new offerings each year to give returning visitors to the area something new. In addition to the new park rides, several new stores and restaurants are moving into Broadway, which is between 21st Avenue North and 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.


Yes, We Have Long Term Rentals

For people looking for long term rentals in the Surfside Beach area, you’ll be happy to know that we have a steady supply of these types of properties. They don’t last long before being scooped up and rented but there’s always more coming along with vacancies.

We presently have both 2 and 3 bedroom condos and a 2 bedroom duplex – some furnished and some not. If you’re considering purchasing real estate in the area then spending a year in a long term rental from Surfside Realty is a great way to try out the area to be sure it’s where you want to settle down. While you can take our word for it that it’s a wonderful place to live and raise a family, most people want to form their own opinion that only comes over time and with experience.

South Bay Lakes 8797A, Surfside Beach long term rentalSouth Bay Lakes 8797A is an available 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, unfurnished condo in South Bay Lakes. This ground floor unit is located in a quiet condo community located on the west end on Glenn's Bay Road in Surfside. The master bedroom is spacious and has a connecting bath. Amenities include a screened in porch, ceiling fans, all appliances, lots of storage and the use of the community pool located within walking distance to the condo. Monthly rent is $825 and the renter is responsible for all utilities.

Kroah house is a 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom duplex located at 1016 A South Poplar Drive., Surfside Beach, off 10th Avenue South. The home has an attached garage offering lots of storage as well as spacious back yard. Each bedroom comes with its own bathroom for your Kroah House - long term rental in Surfside Beachconvenience. This recently updated home is located in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance to the beach. Amenities include all appliances including a washer/dryer, ceiling fans, garage and lots of storage. Monthly rent is $1050 plus utilities and a 12 month lease. No pets are allowed.

If you’re ready to secure one of these long term rentals before they slip away, give Surfside Realty a call at 1-800-833-8231. We’d love to hear from you and help you find that perfect rental for you and your family.

Surfside: Our New Free App on iTunes

At Surfside Realty we’ve designed a new app for our rental guests staying at properties we manage in the Coastal South Carolina area. This app, called Surfside, is also for visitors to the area who are interested in knowing about what the area has to offer them while they’re here.

Our New Free App on iTunesThe new Version 1.5.0 Surfside app is designed for both iPhone and iPad and can be downloaded for free using iTunes. Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

After making their reservations to stay with us, guests will receive an invitation to download the app before their arrival. This app contains all the information you need to know before, during, and after your stay. From arrival tips, directions to the property, property tips, and area information, to restaurants, events, and recommended activities – this app has everything you need to spend more of your vacation having fun!

Free Vacation Rental AppThe Surfside app allows you to locate your rental property using your phone’s GPS. So if you get lost, don’t worry! Likewise, all of the restaurant, event, and activity recommendations may be viewed on a map to locate the closest to you at any given time. Surfside Realty has combed through all of the area restaurants, events, and activities, and hand selected only the best to recommend to you. Now, you can vacation like a local! You don’t have to one of our guests to get this customized experience either. Simply download the app from iTunes and use it as a visitor. Visitors have access to all the area restaurant, event, and activity recommendations. While you are here, check out all of the great rental properties Surfside Realty has to offer. This app contains all the property information you need to book your next vacation in paradise. Each vacation rental listing contains detailed information and photographs. If you want to check out the properties before making your reservations, the app allows you to view the properties in a map view – so you can drive or walk by.

If you have any questions about our new app just give us a call at 1-800-833-8231. We’re also available to speak with you about any of our vacation rentals in the Grand Strand area.


Where To Go When You're Craving Barbecued Food

For anyone craving barbecued steaks, ribs, sausage and burgers, there’s no shortage of barbecue restaurants to try in the Grand Strand area. Whether you prefer your barbecue vinegar and mustard based or tomato based, you won’t be disappointed by the many choices. From Smokin’ Hot Grill & BBQ and Sticky Fingers Smokehouse - Coastal Grand Mall in North Myrtle Beach to plenty more restaurants as far south as Pawleys Island, there's lots more in between.

Where to Go When You're Craving Barbecued FoodWho doesn’t like fall-off-the-bone ribs cooked to perfection? Juicy, tender meats sizzling on your plate come with your choice of amazing sides and dessert to boot! There are barbecue buffets like can be found at Radd Dew Bar-B-Que Pit in Conway or go enjoy the super huge portions at Big Daddy’s Roadhouse Grill where you’ll also find seafood on the menu and are sure to leave stuffed.

If you’re staying in one of our awesome summer vacation rentals in Surfside Beach then be sure to visit Prosser’s BBQ in nearby Murrells Inlet. This Southern restaurant also has a buffet and offers some of the best in barbecue, seafood, fried chicken and country fixings in the Surfside Beach area. Their tender, succulent meats and perfectly seasoned sides have made this Murrells Inlet restaurant a must-stop for any vacationing family in search of great barbecue. Stop by and give them a try. They can be found at 3750 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Their hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyday; 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Where to Go For Great BBQ in Surfside BeachAnother nearby buffet with all your country favorites is Hog Heaven in Pawleys Island. You’re sure to enjoy the endless buffet of pork, seafood, barbecue favorites and an assortment of country fixins. You can order off the menu if you prefer. Those ordering off the menu can also choose all-you-can-eat shrimp, oyster or shrimp and oyster plates along with a huge selection of vegetables and other sides. They are located at 7147 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island and are open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have or offer other recommendations you may need. Give us a call at Surfside Realty, at 1-800-833-8231 today.

Attraction Spotlight: Myrtle Beach Safari

Ranked the #1 attraction in Myrtle Beach on TripAdvisor, the Myrtle Beach Safari is an exciting interactive exhibit that's perfect for kids and adults of all ages! As educational as it is fun, you'll enjoy spending hours interacting with and learning about wildlife, such as tigers, elephants, and more! There are 2 ways to experience The Myrtle Safari (aka T.I.G.E.R.S. or The Institute for Greatly Endangered or Rare Species):

  1. Free Admission to the Tigers Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing
    This mostly free exhibit allows you to interact with and learn about wildlife and endangered species. For a fee, you can also get your photo taken with a tiger cub or a young ape!
  2. Take The Full Tour
    Visit the 50-acre preserve, home to apes, wolves, falcons, a binturong, Bubbles The Elephant, and over 60 big cats! You'll also have the opportunity to meet Liger, the largest cat in the world, according to the 2006 and 2014 Guinness Book of World Records. The tour consists of a 3-hour guided walk through the preserve where you'll be able to get "up-close and uncaged" with endangered species while a professional photographer takes pictures and videos of your experience. The tour costs $239 per person and is limited to adults and children over the age of 6. The ticket fee helps to support and feed these animals and breeding and conservation efforts worldwide!

People on TripAdvisor gush about how much fun they had. Here are a few quotes:

"The was the highlight of our Intra Coastal waterway adventure."  
"Even though it rained, it still was an awesome experience to see and be able to interact with the tiger cubs, wolves and monkeys. The crew there always does a great job with questions and answers, and seeing the Liger is always an experience you will never forget!"  
"If T.I.G.E.R.S. isn't on your bucket list -IT SHOULD BE ! My third visit and each time it's better!"  

When it comes to Myrtle Beach, Surfside Realty are the area experts. From beach house rentals to restaurant recommendations and everything in between, we're here to make sure your vacation is the best it can possibly be! Give us a call at 1-800-833-8231 or contact us to learn more!

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