5 Free Activities in Myrtle Beach

 Every year hundreds of families flock to Myrtle Beach to enjoy some sun, sand and fun. Unfortunately, it can quickly become an expensive endeavor which is why we?ve compiled a few of our favorite free activities in Myrtle Beach.

Beaches
The beaches are one of the main reasons travelers flock to Myrtle Beach, so it?s a good thing it?s free! And though it may be one of the most obvious free activities, one not-so-obvious aspect is visiting all of the beaches in the area, not just Myrtle Beach. Surrounding places like Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Sunset Beach or Murrells Inlet. Each beach provides a different atmosphere and is the perfect free activity. 
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk offers an amazing view of the marsh and is the perfect place to set off on a kayaking or paddle board adventure. Not only is strolling along the Marshwalk free, there are also many free events hosted there throughout the year so be sure to check their calendar of events frequently. 
The Pier at Garden City
The Pier at Garden City is the perfect place to enjoy the warm ocean breeze and watch the waves roll in. For a small cost, you can also enjoy a meal at the pier?s cafe or play some games at the nearby arcade, making for a perfect afternoon outing.  
Broadway at the Beach
Filled with shops, dining, entertainment and attractions, Broadway at the Beach is free to stroll and see the sights. During most weeks, you can catch live music at the area restaurants and during summer months be sure to check out their Summer Nights event series. You can learn more about their events here.  
Downtown Myrtle Beach
Downtown Myrtle Beach is just steps from the beach and full of shops and entertainment. Your family will thoroughly enjoy walking through the local dive stores and interacting with families from all over the country. In the summer months, look out for free festivals and concerts.What are your favorite free activities in Myrtle Beach?

Spring Events in the Myrtle Beach Area

And just like that, spring is almost upon us and along with the spring season comes a variety of events and festivals for locals and those vacationing in Surfside Beach to enjoy. Here are the top spring events in the Myrtle Beach area that you must check out.

 

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival (April 1st)

Food trucks, local restaurants and local vendors will cover the street connecting Burroughs and Chapin Pavillion Place. Attendees will enjoy free admission, delicious food and family friendly entertainment throughout the event. There will also be beer and wine perfect for pairing!

You can find more information here.

 

North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 11th)

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a free event that offers a full day of fun with a parade, live music, children’s rides and a range of vendors displaying their crafts and goods. It’s family friendly environment makes it perfect for both adults and kids.

You can find more information here.

 

Canadian American Days Festival (March 11th - 19th)

This event will be the 56th Can-Am Days Festival and is a free event that includes concerts, golf tournaments and a variety of fun activities. It’s also a great time to visit the Myrtle Beach area as many hotels and business offer discounts during the festival.

 

Run to the Car Show (March 16th-18th)

The car show is a weekend long event and is considered to be one of the largest car shows in the Southeast. Though it’s not a free event, it’s the perfect way to give back as all proceeds go to Children’s Miracle Network and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Get more info here.

 

Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Heritage Festival (March 24th - March 25th)

The Highland Games & Heritage Festival is a unique event held in the Market Commons. Attendees will enjoy athletic competitions, a Celtic marketplace, Scottish whiskey tastings, activities for the kids and live music.

Learn more about the event here.

 

Thompson Farm’s Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Brunch

This event is designed with the kids in mind. Families will get to enjoy an easter egg hunt, brunch, hayrides, animal feedings and character meet and greets with characters like the Easter Bunny, Mickey, Minnie and Olaf.

Purchase tickets here.

 

SOS Spring Safari (April 21th 30)

The SOS Spring Safari offers a chance to enjoy the coast’s beloved beach music and Shad dancing. The week long event ends with parade for everyone to enjoy.

Get more information here.

 

Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival (May 6th)

The Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival is designed for craft beer enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Attendees will enjoy free admission, a classic car show, live music, craft vendors and craft beer tastings.

You can find more information about the event here.

 

Mayfest on Main Festival (May 13th)

The Mayfest on Main Festival is designed as a free, family friendly event with a children’s area, street entertainment, craft vendors and live music. It’s recommended that you bring a chair or blanket to enjoy a few free concerts throughout the day.

Learn more about the event here.

 

World Famous Blue Crab Festival (May 20)

Hosted along the Little River waterfront, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast and offers food, craft vendors, a kids area and a variety of other things to see and do. For the seafood enthusiasts, there will be opportunities to buy fresh local seafood.

For more information visit their website here.

 

What spring events are you looking forward to the most?

 

Easy Recipes for Your Surfside Beach Vacation

One of the many perks of renting a beach vacation home is the full kitchen that comes along with it. Going out every night during vacation can become very costly, very quickly. Having a full kitchen helps cut down on restaurant costs and offers a way for the whole family to dine comfortable together. Here are three easy recipes for your Surfside Beach vacation.Spaghetti & MeatballsIf you can boil water you?re already halfway done cooking this dinner! This dish is already a staple in nearly every home in America so why not bring it with you to the beach? All of the ingredients can be found at a local grocery store. The main focus is on the gravy and meatballs.Here?s a mouthwatering Italian Meatballs recipe that?s perfect for topping any pasta of your choosing.

Source: The Lemon Bowl

TacosTacos are quick, easy and delicious! You can also offer different meat fillers like beef, turkey or chicken so that everyone gets to choose exactly what they like. Not to mention, the kids will love building their own tacos. Here?s a taco recipe that you can whip up in just 15 minutes.

Source: The Savory Lotus

 Grill out Many of our vacation rentals come equipped with an outdoor grill which means you can enjoy your favorite ribs, hotdogs and burgers even while you?re on vacation. With so many delicious recipes for grilling out, you?re likely to find yourself grilling out multiple nights during your vacation. Here are some quick and easy recipes that you can grill up for the family.

Source: Southern Living

What are your favorite quick and easy meals for vacation?

10 Popular Activities in Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach has become one of the top destinations in the U.S. for family vacations and enjoying a little fun in the sun. When planning your next vacation, keep in mind these top 10 popular activities to do in Myrtle Beach, SC.1. Stroll around Broadway at the Beach.Broadway at the Beach offers some great shopping, dining, entertainment and attractions making it the perfect spot for everyone in the family to enjoy.2. Dine at a waterfront restaurant.While in Myrtle Beach, dining at a few waterfront restaurants is a must. To get the best view and seating, make reservations in advance for sunset. We recommend checking out The Gulfstream Cafe, Sea Captain?s House and Filet?s on the Water.3. Late night mini golf.During peak months, many of Myrtle Beach?s attractions stay open late which means you?ll still find families playing mini golf even at 10pm.4. Play some arcade games.A little fun, friendly competition is a great way to end the day and arcades offer a little something for everyone. We recommend stopping by the Garden City Pavilion and the Fun Plaza Arcade.5. Walk along Ocean Boulevard and the Boardwalk.There?s nothing like joining the crowds of people walking along Ocean Boulevard or the Boardwalk. Ice cream, candy, attractions and unique gift shops await!6. Take a ride on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel.Seeing the ocean from high atop the Myrtle Beach Skywheel is a sight you won?t easily forget. It?s a must-do activity on any Myrtle Beach trip.7. Spend a day at a water park.Water parks are a great break from the beach while still offering a respite from the heat. There are quite a few water parks spread throughout Myrtle Beach so it?s not hard to find one that?s perfect for your family!8. Go ziplining.Ziplining may seem like something you can only do in far off, exotic places, but Myrtle Beach actually has a few different zipline companies that let you see the area from a different perspective. For example, Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure offers zipline adventures through the treetops of North Myrtle Beach while Soar + Explore Zip Line & Rope Course lets your drift high above Broadway at the Beach and Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures lets you fly through the sky just feet from the beach.9. See a variety show.Myrtle Beach is scattered with some great theatres that offer family friendly variety shows. We recommend checking out Alabama Theatre and Legends in Concert.10. Take a sunset beach walk.While spending the day at the beach is one of the most popular activities to do when visiting Myrtle Beach, don?t just pack up when you the sun starts to go down. Stay a little longer, walk the beach and take in the amazing sky as the sunsets. It will be a memory that will last a lifetime!Ready to plan your Myrtle Beach vacation? View our listings to book your perfect beach rental.

Houses to Rent for the Carolina Country Music Fest

With new artist announcements nearly every week, the anticipation for the Carolina Country Music Fest is quickly growing amongst country music fans. An extravagant event like CCMF doesn’t come often, but it does give the perfect reason to spend a few days oceanside in Myrtle Beach, SC. Here are a few perfect houses to rent for the Carolina Country Music Fest.

 

Lighthouse II #3 -Surfside Beach, SC

Lighthouse II #3 features 2 bedrooms and is perfect for a group of couples vacationing to Myrtle Beach for the Carolina Country Music Fest. With a large oceanfront balcony, updated kitchen and quick access to the beach couples will find it’s the perfect retreat.


 

Windhaven 202 - Surfside Beach, SC

Going to the Carolina Country Music Fest with a small group of friends? Book Windhaven 202! With 3 bedrooms and 8 beds, everyone will have room to lounge. The rental is also oceanfront and updated and has access to a shared pool and grill.

 

Seventh Heaven - Surfside Beach, SC

Bigger groups voyaging to the Carolina Country Music Fest will find that Seventh Heaven offers everyone in the group some much needed space. With 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, oceanfront balcony and a private walkway to the beach, it’s the perfect escape for large groups.

Bonus: Seventh Heaven is dog friendly under 30lbs with a $250 non-refundable pet fee.

Portobello I Unit 318 - Surfside Beach, SC

Portobello I Unit 318 is just one row from the beach and offers Carolina Country Music Fest goers a view of the ocean and a shared pool. With 4 bedrooms and 4 baths it’s another great rental for bigger groups.

Bonus: Those staying at here can can rent a golf car for $250/wk which makes getting around the Grand Strand a breeze.

View our site to use our advanced search tool to find the perfect beach house for rental for the CCMF!

Canadian-American Days Festival Coming Soon to Myrtle Beach

 The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 56th annual Canadian-American Days Festival with a huge number of events from March 11-19, 2017. Thousands of our northern friends from Canada flock to our beautiful beaches for the fun celebrations that only take place at this time. When you?re ready to book your accommodations check out our affordable yet luxurious festival vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach.Canadian-American Days Festival Coming to Myrtle BeachFollowing are just some of what?s taking place during the Can-Am Days, as they?re often called.On Wednesday, March 15, hop aboard the Conway Shuttle that departs the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Conway shuttle is free and returns to the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations for the shuttle service are suggested, but not required. On Thursday, March 16, visitors are invited to take the short drive to Conway for a full day of activities. Download the complete schedule at ConwayAlive.com. On Sunday, March 19, the Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach will hold their annual Can-Am Concert beginning at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 9th Ave., North, Myrtle Beach. There will be a free will offering. For more information, call Kema Faulk at (843) 916-7276.Can-Am Days offers plenty of coupon deals for area attractions, too. Great deals like the following with a Canadian I.D. and more to follow!50% off NASCAR drives at Myrtle Beach Speedway50% off at all 5 Ripley?s Myrtle Beach attractions during Can-Am Days30% off any WonderWorks or Soar+Explore Combo ticket$15 tickets for Time Warp with the purchase of Carolina Opry tickets2-Round Savings on Waccamaw Golf Trail as low as $80 per golfer$2 off Access Pass to Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment CenterFree Perks Book worth hundreds in savingsSave on tickets for Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball

What to Think About When Planning a Spring Break Beach Vacation

Spring is just a few weeks away and soon tourists will flock to the beach to soak up the sun and relax by the ocean. So, if you?re ready to escape winter and wanting to spend your spring break in Myrtle Beach, it?s time to start planning! Here?s what to think about when planning a Spring Break beach vacation.

Who?s going?

You?ll want a set number of who will be joining you on the trip because this is essential to deciding where to stay. If you?re joined by just a few friends, a hotel room might suffice. However, if you?re going with a larger group a beach rental is the best option. Additionally, with a large group you?ll want to check to see if everyone is comfortable sharing a room or if some in your group would prefer their own room. Pro tip: use our advanced search option to view rentals around Myrtle Beach, SC with the exact number of bedrooms you need.

Are you bringing your pets?

If you have pets, you may be considering bringing them with you. This could be fun, but it could also end up making you have to alter your plans. For example, your dog won?t be able to stay alone for long which means you?ll either have to enjoy only the activities that your dog can enjoy too or you?ll have to plan your day around going back to your rental to walk and play with your dog. Pro tip: if you decide to take your dog with you, use our search by amenities option to view pet-friendly rentals near Myrtle Beach.

Will you be driving or flying?

If you?re flying, you may prefer to save on the cost of a rental car by staying in a central location that will allow you to walk to nearby activities, restaurants and shops. If you?re driving, this can offer you more options as far as location and ultimately, by not being in the town?s central hotspot, you can save a small amount of money on your rental or hotel.

Do you want to save money by staying somewhere off the beach or are you comfortable with splurging in order to be oceanfront?

You can truly save a good amount of money by staying in a rental that?s just off of the beach, so if you?re trying to plan a Myrtle Beach spring break vacation on a budget this is your best option. If you?re not concerned with your budget and are more concerned with spending spring break with the ocean just outside your backdoor, spend a little extra for an oceanfront rental.Pro tip: you can use our advanced search option to find rentals that are located oceanfront as well as those that are a few rows away, but still just a walk to the beach. These are just a few of the of the top things to consider when planning a spring break vacation, but the number one priority is simply planning early! Waiting until the last minute will leave you stressed and paying far more for far less. If you?re struggling to decide which beach rental home is right for you or if you?re trying to decide if a beach rental is even best for you, give us a call at:843.839.0099

The Best Times to Visit Surfside Beach, SC

If you’re a lover of the beach, you’ve probably spent all winter trying to decide when you’re going to plan your next beach vacation. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Once you’ve decided on the beach rental that’s perfect for your family and are ready to choose a date, check out our list of the best times to visit Surfside Beach, SC.

April

April is the perfect time for those who just can’t wait any longer to escape the chilly weather. Spring is in full effect and temperatures usually rest in the 70’s, making for some great weather that allows you to fully enjoy the outdoors. If you’re a golfer, April is also the perfect time to visit Surfside Beach, SC and try out some of the best golf courses in the area. Though some attractions may still be closed in April, there is no shortage of festivals to enjoy like the Horry County Fair, SpringFest and SOS Spring Safari.

May

In May, you’ll find that the weather in Surfside Beach, SC rests at about 80 degrees and the water temps have increased as well. Not only will the weather be ideal, you’ll also find that there are less crowds as May is not officially considered summer for many. On top of the attractions that you’ll find just minutes away in Myrtle Beach, you may also find yourself in the midst of some fun festivals like the Blue Crab Festival or the Mayfest on Main. Additionally, rates for hotels and beach rentals won’t be nearly as high as they are in peak months like June, July and August.

June and July

June and July are considered peak season for Surfside Beach, SC and surrounding areas and though rates may be higher, all attractions will be fully operational. The hot summer days of June and July quickly turn into hot summer nights, making your night time adventures just as enjoyable as your daytime adventures. For many, it’s also fun to find yourself amongst a crowd of other families laughing, enjoying the beach and parading around the surrounding areas like North Myrtle Beach.

October

October brings chilly fall weather to many areas, but in Surfside Beach, SC temperatures are still averaging in the 70’s, which makes for some relaxing beach days. Though daytime temps are higher, you’ll find that nighttime temps can quickly drop, but for many, this is a perk. Hot cocoa, a blanket and the beach, anyone?


What months do you think are the best times to visit Surfside Beach, SC?

Spending Valentine's Day at Surfside Beach

That very special time of year is quickly approaching where romance fills the air and couples daydream about how to spend their special day. For those that want to do something extra special for their significant other this Valentine?s Day, why not spend Valentine?s Day at Surfside Beach SC. Let this be the year you really extend yourself and surprise your valentine by spending the weekend in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals along the South Carolina coast. 

Where to Stay

The first thing you will need to do when making plans for a romantic beach vacation is to book your oceanfront vacation rentals from Seaside Rentals early. That way you?ll have the ideal spot to spend your holiday. Peruse the amenities that each property offers and think about how they may benefit you on this romantic holiday vacation.

romance on the beach

Romantic Ideas

As the day approaches consider how to add to the specialness of the day. Picture a candlelit dinner on the beach or make a dinner from scratch in your own well-equipped kitchen that has everything you?ll need. How about a leisurely breakfast together while watching the sunrise. Slow dancing on the beach under the stars with your favorite tunes playing from your phone are memories neither one of you will soon forget. And don?t forget the bouquet of flowers!

Spending Valentine's Day at Surfside Beach

Valentine?s Day Accommodations

Our Valentine?s Day accommodations are nicely furnished with your comfort in mind. They come beautifully decorated with beach decor. All are complete with laundry and well-equipped kitchens and dining areas.Go ahead and start making those plans for a romantic Valentine?s Day vacation away to South Carolina. Then plan on enjoying each other rather than getting caught up in all the commercialism of this romantic holiday.If you have any questions about our oceanfront vacation rentals please just give Seaside Rentals a call at 866-252-9930. We look forward to hearing from you soon!   

Best Beach Vacation Rentals for Groups of Friends

Spring is just around the corner and after the winter months, nothing sounds more enticing than a warm sea breeze and a day relaxing under the sun especially when you can do that relaxing with a few of your closest friends. If you?re ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle, here are the some of best beach vacation rentals for groups of friends. 

Portofino III 311B - Surfside Beach, SC

This rental has 4 bedrooms including 2 double beds, 3 queen beds and 1 king bed. Ultimately, the rental can accommodate 14 people making it easy for your group of friends to rent the home. Additionally, the rental is oceanfront and has a TV in every bedroom.

Blue Bayou - Surfside Beach, SC

With 4 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa in the living room, this rental sleeps 12 guests comfortably and not only will you be able to relax at the beach, you?ll also be able to take a swim in your own private pool. The rental also includes an outdoor deck and exterior grill which means you can enjoy the ocean breeze while grilling up some hotdogs or burgers!

 

New Beginnings - Garden City Beach, SC

New Beginnings is a 5 bedroom rental with only one bedroom that holds 2 beds. This means it?s possible for a small group of friends to enjoy the rental in their own room. However, the rental is still capable of accommodating 10 guests comfortably. In addition, you?ll find that you?ll thoroughly enjoy having you own beach access and for chillier nights, take a dip in your own private hot tub overlooking the ocean!

The Bellagio - Myrtle Beach, SC

If your group of friends is eager to splurge for a beach rental that will give everyone their own bedroom, The Bellagio is your go-to rental. With 7 bedrooms, no one will be left bunking together. There are also 7 bathrooms which means no one will have to share a bathroom either! But, you won?t just be in awe that everyone gets their own bedroom and bathroom, you?ll also be left speechless by the amazing beach view from the back deck and the private pool nestled under palm trees in the backyard.

 Whether you?re looking for an ocean front rental or a second row home with a private pool, Seaside Rentals offers beach vacation rentals for groups of friends tailored to everyone?s needs.