Best Beach Vacation Rentals for Families

With winter in full swing, you and your family are probably ready to bask in the sun, feel the warm ocean breeze and relax! A visit to Surfside Beach can do just the trick! Here are three of the best beach vacation rentals for families:     

 

Blessed Hope

Blessed Hope is just steps from the beach and features so many amenities your family will feel like their living in luxury! Three of the bedrooms feature a king bed perfect for the adults while two of the bedrooms are home to bunk beds which is always a favorite among the kids. You’ll also find that the living room is spacious enough for everyone to sprawl out and lounge and the private pool is an inviting retreat after a day playing in the sand.



Hide-N-Sea

Hide-N-Sea is an oceanfront rental that will make your family’s beach vacation exceptional! With 5 bedrooms, two of which are oceanfront master bedrooms, everyone in the family can enjoy their space during their stay. You’ll also get to enjoy your own beach access and a private pool. When the sun and sand become too much the covered deck overlooking the beach becomes a relaxing escape.

 

Portofino III 313B

Portofino III 313B is an oceanfront rental located in a complex of individual homes. Because it’s located in a complex, you’ll have access to a community pool and you’ll likely get to socialize with others staying in area. This is an added bonus if you have kids that will love playing with other kids at the pool! On top spending your time in the pool and at the beach, the rental is also located beside Shoreline Water Sports which offers banana boat rides and jet ski rentals makes for a great day activity with the family.




Family beach vacations are a great way to bring everyone together and make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime. Whatever your vacation rental needs are, Surfside Realty is here to help!

 

Tips for Taking Better Vacation Photos

Beach vacations allow families to build lasting memories and the best way to capture those memories is with a photo. Whether you’re using a high-powered Nikon camera or your iPhone, here are some tips for taking better vacation photos.

1. Make sure your camera or phone is charged.

This may seem like an unnecessary tip, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in your daily activities and forget to charge your devices. Before you leave your beach rental, charge everything. This way you won’t be left with a 5% battery life, but 100% of your memories to capture! Bonus points if you can get a mobile charger to plug in if you do get low.

2. Pass the camera around to everyone.

Make sure everyone is captured in your vacation photos. You don’t want to get stuck behind the camera your whole trip only to come home and realize there were no pictures captured of you.

Bonus: Passing the camera around also lends to a ton of different memories being captured. What you deem important memories on your trip may be different for your family members, so the photos they take will open your eyes to what they’re enjoying most about the trip.

 

3. Take landscape pictures.

Be sure to take some landscape pictures with your camera. This will ensure you capture all of the scenery.

 

4. Don’t forget to focus on the faces.

On occasion, zoom in to capture your family’s faces. The activities and scenery are great memories to hold onto, but zooming in on faces allows you to remember the feeling of awe and excitement that your family feels as they explore your beach destination.

 

5. Take a lot of candid shots.

The best tip for taking better vacation photos is to candid shots. This doesn’t mean just snap pictures whenever you want, but it does mean capture those moments where your family is focusing on the restaurants menu or are laughing at each others mini-golf fails. Be intentional with your candid shots.



Taking better vacation photos is all about being deliberate in your photo taking and capturing those moments that you know you’ll want to hold on to forever. What are your tips for taking better vacation photos? Share your beach vacation photos with us on our Facebook page!

Beach Activities for Cold Weather

3-things-to-do-at-the-beach-when-its-coldBeach time is always a great time, even when it?s chilly, and there are plenty of beach activities for cold weather. If the temperatures have dropped, but you?re still wanting to book that oceanfront rental for a family beach trip, don?t worry. Even with colder temps, here are three activity ideas your whole family will enjoy:Inside Game TournamentBefore leaving for your trip to the beach, pack all of your favorite board games and card games.  Then, head to your local discount store and buy some bags of candy and anything else that can be handed out as a prize. Once you?ve reached your destination, use any downtime to play some games tournament style. If you?ve got a large family, divide into teams. Tally the winners of each game and at the end of the trip crown the winner with the prizes you bought!Hot Chocolate and Cookie NightStaying in a beach rental gives you the luxury of a full kitchen. Use it to your advantage! Make some hot chocolate filled with marshmallows and whip cream then throw some cookies in the oven that you can decorate with icing, sprinkles and anything else your hearts desire. Once you?ve got your hot chocolate and warm cookies in hand, head out to the porch with some blankets and do some star-gazing.christmas-cookies-553457_1280Hot Soup PicnicOnce again, take advantage of that full kitchen. Make some of your kids favorite hot soup, then head out to the beach for a picnic. Once you?re done with the soup, add a football or soccer ball to the mix for a fun family sports tournament. The soup and the running around is sure to heat you up in no time!No matter what time of year it is, the beach is always a great place to create lasting family memories. Check out some of our awesome family-friendly beach rentals and make your dream beach vacation come true!

Holiday Events Near Surfside Beach, SC You Can't Miss

 

Christmas at the beach makes for some wonderful memories and Surfside Beach offers some great holiday events that you can’t miss! Here are some family-friendly holiday events near Surfside Beach to add to your must-do list:

Surfside Beach Christmas Parade

Surfside’s Christmas parade is December 10th from 2pm-3pm and local businesses have already started eagerly designing floats. The parade is sure to be a fun holiday event for everyone in the family and is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

Breakfast with Santa

Have young children? They’ll love eating breakfast with Santa! Santa will be at the Golden Egg Restaurant in Surfside Beach on December 20th from 9:00am-10:30am. The breakfast is for children ages 10 and under. Santa will arrive with bags of candy and will treat all of the children to a free breakfast, but call ahead to make reservations because the big man is in high demand this season!

“The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”

Just north of Surfside Beach, Alabama Theatre is home to The South’s Greatest Christmas Show. No, seriously! It’s actually been voted the “most outstanding holiday show” in the area by the Myrtle Beach Herald. The show is family friendly and full of both traditional and fun Christmas songs.

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Night of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens' Night of a Thousand Candles has become an annual favorite in the area. On certain dates in December, the gardens sparkle with 5,500 hand-lit candles and at precisely 5:45 each night, an 80-foot Christmas tree decorated with 70,000 lights is lit. It’s a spectacular event that will leave you in awe and fill you with the holiday spirit.

You can attend Night of a Thousand Candles from 3-10pm, December 3-5, 10-12 and 12-20. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so view their website for more info.

Celebrating the holidays in Surfside really is a can’t miss opportunity and it’s never too early to let Surfside Realty help you start planning your family’s next holiday at the beach.

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4 Reasons to Rent a Beach House for Your Next Beach Vacation

4-reasons-to-rent-a-vacation-home-for-your-next-beach-vacationBeach vacations are always a blast. Sand, sun and family time. What could be better? Booking a beach rental can upgrade your beach vacation from an 8 to an outstanding 10!

Sometimes the beach can tire you out, especially if you have children.
Spend too much time at the beach during the day and you just might find that the sun can become overbearing and the sand can become a nuisance. Having a beach rental can solve all of this!Instead of spending hours upon hours at the beach, you can spread it out and go periodically throughout the day. This means you can go to the beach for a few hours in the morning, walk the rental for lunch, relax, head back out and then finish the day floating the pool!screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-9-54-52-am
Everyone gets their own space.
Having a beach rental also means everyone can have their own space which is especially great for babies and kids. Family time is great, but sometimes everyone needs a little time to do their own thing whether this is read a book, watch TV or play. This keeps moods in check and makes family time that much better!
Cut down on meal expenses.
If you have a large family, going out to eat during vacation can become expensive. Utilizing a beach rental means you have a full kitchen that you can utilize for breakfast, lunch and dinner, cutting vacation costs tremendously.
Enjoy your vacation as a family without the noisy distractions.
Beach vacations aren?t just for families which means in typical hotel scenarios, you can find yourself surrounded by college kids in the pool or noisy groups that make getting a good night?s sleep impossible. By getting a beach rental, you cut down on the distractions and spend more time fully enjoying your vacation as a family.surfside-beach-14Make your beach vacation the best one yet and book your family a beach rental. If you have questions about which rental is best for you, reach out to our staff--we?d love to help you find the perfect fit!

Our 3 Favorite Places for Waterfront Dining on the Grand Strand

There’s nothing like enjoying the flavors of Myrtle Beach while watching the Sandpipers race along the shoreline, or listening to the waves lap the sand. Here are three favorite places to eat and enjoy waterfront views:

 

The South End: The Gulfstream Cafe

Marlin Quay Marina is a short little pit stop for boaters in Garden City, but The Gulfstream Cafe is a local favorite. Not only does it have a beautiful third-floor deck with expansive views, both levels of dining rooms feature floor to ceiling windows to take in the sunset. We recommend the surf and turf or any special on the menu. The bar is fully stocked and knowledgeable mixologists will provide you with your favorite cocktails, wine or beer. This is an especially popular destination during the holidays, so book your reservation in advance if you’ll be in the area near Christmas or New Years Eve.

 

Heart of Myrtle Beach: Sea Captain’s House

The Sea Captain’s House is a mainstay of Myrtle Beach. Located on Ocean Blvd. in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this restaurant has been open for over 50 years and is a local favorite. Don’t let the quaint exterior full you. Once you walk in, you’ll have a great oceanfront view. As for the food, they have menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t miss the She Crab Soup or crab cakes. They’re among the best at the beach.

 

The North End: Filet’s on the Water

Filet’s on the Water is a more modern seafood joint located on the Intracoastal Waterway next to the Little River Swing Bridge. Its views are beautiful and the food is equally so. Start with the mussels or sushi and, of course, get a signature filet. They also have an amazing dessert martini menu that is a must-try.

 

No matter where you dine in Myrtle Beach, you’re sure to not be far from the water, but these three places are our favorite—from traditional to modern, from the inlet to the ocean—for dining on the water without having to be outside.

Activities To Do With Your Teen in Myrtle Beach

At Surfside Realty, we get it! It can be hard to decide what activities to do with your teen! So, after you’ve planned your family vacation to Surfside Beach and booked your vacation home, consider putting a few of these activities on your to-do list. They're a great starting point to helping your teen have fun on your family vacation!

 

 

Shoreline Watersports

Shoreline Watersports offers banana boat rides, parasailing and jet ski rentals. Teens will love the adventure aspect of it and you’ll love that you get to enjoy it with them!

 

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Surfside Bowl Entertainment Center

Surfside Bowling Center offers food, an arcade and hours worth of bowling! It’s a great place to stay out a little later than normal with your teen.

 

Broadway Grand Prix

Broadway Grand Prix has an arcade, a rock climbing wall, bumper karts, mini golf and 7 go-kart tracks making it the perfect place to spend a few hours having fun and competing with your teen!

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Broadway at the Beach

At Broadway at the Beach, you’ll find interesting shops, great food and Ripley’s Aquarium. Spend a few hours walking around the area and you’ll find your teen actually having a good time!

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Go Ape! Treetop Adventure

Go Ape! Treetop Adventure offers an outdoor adventure that your teen won’t forget. Wind your way through different obstacles and watch your teen enjoy themselves!

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With vacation home rental specials always running, it’s never too late to plan your next Surfside Beach family vacation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Mini Golf Courses To Visit In Myrtle Beach

3-mini-golf-places-to-visit-in-myrtle-beach-2Mini Golf is a great activity that allows the whole family to have fun. While on your Myrtle Beach vacation, check out one of these awesome Mini Golf destinations. Cancun Lagoon Miniature GolfThis course offers mini golfers the opportunity to choose between 2 courses: 1 outdoor and 1 indoor. The outside course features Mayan themed decor, while the inside course runs within the huge replica Mayan pyramid that the course is known for. Your kids (and yourself) will love it.

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Prices:Adult (1 round, 1 18 hole course) - $9.50Child (1 round, 1 18 hole course) - $8.00The course hours vary by season so check out their website for exact times. Printable coupons can also usually be found on their site, so be sure to visit them online before going to the course. Molten MountainLike Cancun Lagoon, Molten Mountain also offers both an indoor and outdoor course (probably because both courses were designed by and owned by the same person!). The courses at Molten Mountain follow a more tropical theme with the outside course meandering along the base of a volcano and the indoor course winding its way through the inside of the volcano.

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Bonus: The volcano erupts with ?fire? and steam every 30 minutes leaving younger kids in awe.Prices:Adult (1 round, 1 18 hole course) - $9.50Child (1 round, 1 18 hole course) - $8.00The courses hours vary by season so check out their website for exact times. Molten Mountain also has the same coupons as Cancun Lagoon, so check out their site before heading to the course. Captain Hook?s Adventure GolfThis course is great for the whole family, but with a Peter Pan theme, it?s especially great for younger children who are able to identify characters as they make their way through the course.

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Prices:General Admission 11 years old and up (after 6pm): $10General Admission 11 years old and up (before 6pm): $9Child 4-10 years old (after 6pm): $9Child 4-10 years old (before 6pm): $8Tickets can be bought on their website or at the course. Hours are based on the season, so view their website for more details.Myrtle Beach is full of family friendly activities. You?ll find numerous mini golf courses throughout the area and you?ll love the quality time you get to spend with your family.Seaside Rentals would love to help you book your next Myrtle Beach family vacation!

Mother, Daughter Getaway in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach makes for the perfect mother, daughter beach getaway, especially in the fall season. With mild temperatures, outside activities are actually enjoyable. The sun's heat isn’t pounding down on you as you walk and the cold, bitter air isn’t rushing across your face.

So, as you plan your getaway, keep these activities in mind.

Walk around The Market Common.

The Market Common is filled with shops to browse and restaurants to enjoy. On special days each month, events are also held here. It makes for a great place to wander around, talk and enjoy some great food.

Go on the Barefoot Princess Riverboat.

Take a sightseeing, sunset or dinner cruise. Sightseeing tours offer narration as you drift through the river, while sunset tours offer exceptional views of the sun setting over the water. Dinner cruises offer the chance to enjoy a night on the water while dining and enjoying onboard entertainment.

Visit Vintiques Antique and Variety Mall.

A stroll through Vintiques offers a chance to see vintage, antique and repurposed one-of-a-kind objects. It makes for a fun shopping trip that rests a little outside of the norm.

See a show at The Alabama Theatre.

The Alabama Theatre offers fun, entertaining shows throughout the year. This includes shows that their own cast and crew put on as well as guest entertainer shows. During the fall and winter seasons, the theatre puts on a dynamic Christmas show called “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” which was voted the “most outstanding holiday show” in Myrtle Beach.

Go to Broadway at the Beach.

Broadway at the Beach is another great destination for strolling through some shops and enjoying different restaurants.

Go for a walk on the beach.

Of course, a walk along the beach is a must. Take a walk along the beach at sunset for an unbelievable view.

 

Surfside Rentals offers great fall beach rentals. Call us today at 1-800-833-8231 to learn more about our rental availability or search our online rental finder.

 

Sunscreen Dos and Don'ts

When it comes to a person?s beach bag, everyone has a different idea of what should go inside: books, music, snacks?the list is endless. But one thing we should all be sure to have in our beach bags is sunscreen! We?ve all heard for years the importance of using sunscreen to protect us from sunburn and skin cancer, but simply slathering up isn?t enough to keep you protected from the sun.sunscreen-dos-and-dontsFollow these sunscreen dos and don?ts to keep your skin protected!

DO

Apply and reapply often! The recommended reapplication timeline is every 2 hours when you?re in the sun. If you spend a lot of time in the water and aren?t using waterproof sunscreen, you might want to reapply more often!Use hats, shirts, cover ups, umbrellas, and more to keep you out of the sun as much as possibleApply sunscreen even on a cloudy or cold day. You can still get burned even if it?s cloudy, and the temperature of the day has nothing to do with the sun?s ability to burn your skin!Use a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays

DON?T

Rely on your makeup?s built in SPF to be enough to keep you safe. You?re likely not applying enough or reapplying often enough for makeup to be an effective sunblock.Assume that because you have darker skin you?re immune to the sun?s ability to burn you.Apply sunscreen to your infant without first consulting a pediatricianWaste money on SPFs higher than 50, as there?s no evidence to support that SPFs higher than 50 are any more effective at protecting you from the sun.Looking to plan a vacation to the beach? DO use the best vacation rental company on the Grand Strand, Seaside Rentals!