10 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach

When you think about a beach vacation, you probably imagine hours laying under the hot sun, swimming in the blue water, or building sandcastles on the shore, which are all awesome ways to spend a vacation.  But Myrtle Beach has so much more to offer than just the beach! So whether it’s rain, sunburn, or boredom keeping you off of the beach, there’s plenty to do during your stay in Myrtle Beach!

  1. Myrtle Beach Safari
    Perfect for kids and adults of all ages, The Myrtle Beach Safari lets you experience what it would be like to go on an African Safari without ever leaving the state!
  2. Brookgreen Gardens
    Touring the sculpture garden and wildlife preserve that is Brookgreen Gardens is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Don’t forget your camera, because you’ll definitely want to take lots of pictures!
  3. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
    Myrtle Beach’s own minor league baseball team is the farm team for the Texas Rangers. TicketReturn.com field is also very family friendly and features innovative and unique concessions like the Monster Dog, a ½ pound hot dog with 15 toppings!
  4. Golf
    The Myrtle Beach area is home to over 90 public and semi-private golf courses that are ready and waiting for you to get your golf on. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is choosing which one to tee off at!
  5. Mini Golf
    No trip to Myrtle Beach is complete without a round of mini golf with the family! There are tons of courses to choose from, with different themes and obstacles that are sure to enthrall everyone in your family.
  6. The Market Common
    The Market Common is known for being one of the best places to shop and dine in the area. But they also feature a number of free events throughout the year, like the Farmers Market, live music concerts, and “Movies Under The Stars,” to name a few!
  7. Magiquest
    The perfect place for kids and adults to unleash their inner nerd, letting their imagination run wild. When you first arrive, you’re given a magic wand and clues for completing quests. It’s a very popular attraction, so try to avoid going on rainy days if you don’t like crowds.
  8. Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
    If you’re a fan of contemporary visual art, then you’ll definitely enjoy perusing the 10 galleries featuring local southern artists at the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Best of all, admission is free! 
  9. Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel
    As long as you’re not afraid of heights, the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel is a great attraction for the whole family, offering beautiful views of the beach and the surrounding area on the boardwalk. 
  10. Medieval Times
    This one is kind of cheesy, but we admit it’s our guilty pleasure. Who doesn’t love the chance to eat a giant turkey leg and beat on the table with a mug to cheer on your favorite knight! It’s like a real-life Game of Thrones (but without all the violence and adult content). 

What are your favorite Myrtle Beach attractions? Contact us today to start planning your Myrtle Beach vacation!

 

Save Big Over Labor Day at Coral Cove

If you’re planning a visit to coastal South Carolina soon but don’t have a lot to spend, check out Coral Cove at 109 N. Oak Drive, Surfside Beach SC. This home has a super special going on now through the end of September. Make a new reservation for any available week in August or September and receive a whopping $300 off the advertised rate! That’s a whole lot of change to put back in your pocket.

 

Coral Cove Specials

 

 

Coral Cove is a picturesque 2 story, 4 bedroom and 3.5 bath that will accommodate up to 14 guests. It’s the best place to rally all the friends or family for a Labor Day end-of-summer last escape. Located in family friendly Surfside Beach it’s a short walk to the beach — where we know you’ll want to be as much as possible.

The weather is awesome at this time of year and the water is still warm. It’s a beautiful location where you can walk for miles along the beach in search of that special and unique seashell to keep as a reminder of your special time away.

 

Save Big Over Labor Day at Coral Cove

 

 

This home offers privacy galore! Enjoy the private pool you won’t be sharing with anyone, an outside shower, covered porches and parking underneath the house. Additional amenities include internet access, DVD, TV, washer/dryer, dishwasher, A/C and ceiling fans.

Unlike other resorts we include departure maid service in all of our beach vacation rental rates. Full linen packages are available for rental or you can bring your own from home. We have an assortment of other equipment available for rent that includes a gas grill, charcoal grill, baby items, beach chairs, umbrellas, bikes for adults and kids, boogie boards and 4-seat golf carts.

We want you to have everything you could possibly need for a fabulous vacation no matter when you plan on arriving. If you’re in need of something you don’t see listed on our website please just give us a call and we’ll see how we can help. Surfside Realty can be reached by calling 843-238-3435 or toll-free at 800-833-8231.

5-Ingredient Beach Recipes

 When you're on vacation, it's easy to spend hundreds of dollars alone on food. $10 for lunch here, $20 for dinner there... it adds up quickly. One way to save money on vacation is to rent a beach home with a full kitchen and bring groceries with you to last the whole week. Avoid spending lots of money on groceries by trying these easy and delicious 5-ingredient recipes, and focus on what really matters: enjoying the beach!

Appetizers

What You Need: Avocado, onion, lime, garlic, tomatoes, salt & pepper
Total Recipe Time: 10 minutes.
 
Buffalo Chicken Dip
What You Need: Cream cheese, ranch dressing, chicken, hot sauce, cheddar cheese
Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes.
 

Main Dishes

BBQ-Stuffed Baked Potato
What You Need: Potatoes, BBQ of your choice, sour cream, green onions, cheddar cheese
Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes.?

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
What You Need: Tilapia, parmesan cheese, paprika, parsley, lemon
Total Recipe Time: 10 minutes.??

Side Dishes

Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese
What You Need: Elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, milk, butter, flour, salt & pepper
Total Recipe Time: 45 minutes.??

Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts
What You Need: Brussels sprouts, honey, dijon, butter, dill weed & onion powder
Total Recipe Time: 15 minutes.

Desserts

Peach Cobbler
What You Need: Peaches, sugar, self-rising flour, butter, milk
Total Recipe Time: 1 hour

Chocolate Mousse Pie
What You Need:
Milk chocolate, mini marshmallows, milk, whipping cream, pie shell
Total Recipe Time: 3.5 hours

No matter what recipe you decide to whip up, we hope you enjoy your vacation!

 

5 Things To Pack For Your Beach Vacation

When it comes to packing for a beach vacation, most people know to back the basics--bathing suit, sunscreen, flip flops, check--but that's not where your packing list should end! Here's our list of the 5 things you should pack if you're staying in a beach rental.

1. Household Necessities
Although we provide basic kitchenware, like plates and utensils, it's important to remember that you'll need to bring your own food, including spices and herbs. Many of our houses also come with washer / dryers and dishwashers, so you'll also want to bring detergent, dish soap, sponges, paper towels, toilet paper, and trashbags.

2. Linens
We offer linen packages with every booking, but if you elect not to purchase a linen package, then you'll need to remember to bring your own sheets and bath towels.

3. Beach Gear
Just like you would for any beach vacation, you'll want to bring things to make your time spent on the beach more comfortable. This could include beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, beach games, shovels, buckets, books, and a waterproof camera, among others!

4. In-Home Entertainment
Although Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Garden City Beach offer countless opportunities for entertainment, you might want to spend part of your vacation by staying in instead of going out. Keep yourself entertained with books, board games, DVDs, and arts & crafts supplies that will beat the occasional bouts of boredom.

5. An Extra Bag
It's inevitable that after any vacation, you're going to end up with some souvenirs. Be sure to bring an extra bag to carry all of your vacation purchases in, be they t-shirts, seashells, or your own arts & crafts projects! 

When you're ready to book your Myrtle Beach vacation, contact one of our vacation specialists!

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 about.com 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.

 

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