Staying Safe In the Heat

Monday, July 28, 2014 – by OVR Staff
Ever wonder about staying safe in the heat? Well, we are in the hottest part of the year here in Myrtle Beach, and that means you need to take extra precautions to protect yourself and your family from the damaging effects of a heat wave. It’s easy to forget just how hot it really is if you are spending all your time on the beach! But, even with the ocean water and breezes, you still need to know how to prepare for excessive heat. Here are some great tips:

Check the local weather for the day and find out any watches or warnings concerning heat advisories. The first step is knowing what to expect.
Watch for heat index values. This is the temperature that it feels like outside when humidity levels are factored in with the actual temperatures. If it is really humid and it’s 90+ degrees, then you can easily have heat index values well over 100 degrees. This means that you are far more likely to get dehydrated and not know you have heat exhaustion until it’s already hit you.
Stay inside if possible during the hottest part of the day. If you don’t have air conditioning, then try to find a friend or other place you can hang out for awhile.
Be sure to take care of your pets!! They too are very vulnerable to excessive heat, so be sure they can spend some time out of the sun and that they have plenty of water and shade! Heat can often be fatal for animals once they have started to have a heat stroke. Whatever you do, NEVER leave your pets in a hot car, even for a few minutes!!
Stay hydrated!! We can’t stress it enough—drink a gallon of water a day. Especially if you are at the beach all day. Swimming zaps you of energy and it’s easy to get dehydrated and fall ill before you even know what happened. Come out of the water often to rehydrate. Make sure your kids do the same!
Watch out for the elderly. They are most vulnerable during a heat wave and should never be left alone during these times. Older people don’t regulate their inner body temperature as well as young people do, so they can easily get overheated. Make sure elderly people drink plenty of fluid and have access to shade if outdoors. Staying indoors in the AC is the best thing for seniors!
Wear light colored, loose clothing.
HEAT EXHAUSTION—what to do?
If you get leg cramps while outdoors in the heat, come in right away and cool down. This is a sure sign of dehydration.
Know the signs to look for: heat exhaustion symptoms include, but are not limited to: cold, clammy skin, nausea, vomiting, passing out, weakness, headache and dizziness. If any of these happen to you, take steps to treat yourself for heat exhaustion, first moving to a cooler spot! You can use cold packs on the forehead, back of the neck, armpits, as well as the ankles and wrists. This will help you feel better quick! If heat stroke happens to you, be sure to drink as much as possible, and cool these key places on your body down. Try not to drink ice cold water—it’s too shocking to your system. Drink lots of water slowly, and at room temperature.
Finally, call 911 for help if you or anyone else is showing signs of heat stroke or has passed out. They are experienced in dealing with this issue here in Myrtle Beach and can help you get better fast. Never hesitate to call and get medical attention—it’s better to be safe than sorry! Remember they are here to serve you.
We hope you have loads of fun while in Myrtle Beach! Just be a smart vacationer and stay safe from the effects of the heat. We’re here to help if you need us!

Dog Days

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – by OVR Staff
We are officially in the ‘dog days’ of summer now and that means heat. Lots of it. Dog days typically refer to the last push of extremely warm temperatures that happen from the end of July to the end of August. If you are vacationing, chances are you have brought your pet along as well. We have many condos and houses available that are pet friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friend with you! We can’t stress enough, however, the importance of keeping your pet safe from the heat here in Myrtle Beach’s dog days of summer. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Dogs have a tougher time regulating their body temperature when they get hot. This means that even taking a walk can be brutal for them in extreme heat. If they get overheated or dehydrated, they can easily start seizing and their organs can shut down. If you are out walking with your dog and notice his balance starts to wobble or he just don’t seem to be able to keep up, then you need to stop and take a rest and cool down. Offer your pet lots of water and let them lie down. If they get overheated and can’t seem to recover, get them to a vet as soon as possible. It can often be too late by the time people realize just how hot their dog really is. Don’t let your dog reach that danger zone!
Remember that older dogs and puppies will struggle more and be more vulnerable to heat.
Pay especially close attention to breeds with short noses, like boxers and pugs. They generally don’t breathe as easy.
NEVER leave your pet in a hot car!! You wouldn’t leave your child in the car and you certainly wouldn’t want to sit in a hot car yourself, so please don’t do it to your pets! If they are in a hot car for more than a few minutes, the likelihood of them dying from heat stroke is very high. Don’t take chances!
We want you to come with your beloved furry family members and enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation, but we also want to help you prepare for the potential hazards of a hot summer here at the beach. Bring lots of sunscreen, carry water with you everywhere and take frequent breaks by going indoors to cool off during the hottest part of the day. Stay safe and have fun!

Driving To Myrtle Beach Vs. Flying

Thursday, July 31, 2014 – by OVR Staff

 

If you’re like me, you have come to absolutely loathe the process of traveling by airplane. What used to be a fun adventure is now nothing more than a pain in the neck, with more and more regulations and tight restrictions making even the simplest task nearly impossible! It seems like the frustration starts the minute you get to the airport where you are barely allowed to pull up to the curb long enough to get your bags out before some cop tells you that you can’t park there more than a few seconds. Then checking in is equally frustrating—and expensive. Bags used to fly free, but not any longer. Now most airlines charge up to $40 per bag to be checked. Then you get to the security check point and have to virtually strip down in order to pass through. We take our shoes off, we strip of all things metal, and we can’t take more than 2 ounces of liquid ANYTHING on the plane. The list just goes on. So, with all these ridiculous frustrations that come with flying to Myrtle Beach, perhaps we should re-visit the traditional family vacation DRIVE to Myrtle Beach and all the fun that brings!

Driving means a road trip. And for most families, that is half the fun! Except the part where the kids are asking how much farther and are we there yet, every ten seconds….but other than that, once you’ve made sure all the kids have gone to the bathroom and loaded the car down with all the luggage, it’s time to head off for that much needed family vacation to Myrtle Beach!
Kids didn’t have all these gadgets, phones, iPads and cell phones back when we were vacationing to the beach! So, we had to stick to the classic road games to pass the time. Games like I Spy, Geography, Punch Buggie, and License Plate Hunt were among our favorites. I especially loved the last one, competing with my older brother to see who could find the most license plates from around the country. And yes, I always won! Just sayin’…..
Along the way, stop at some local produce stands and enjoy the local bounty of our area. The produce during the summer is second to none! Find a museum or plantation to work into your plans along the way and soak in some of the rich history of our area. It’s time well spent!
So, here are our tips for a fun and successful road trip to Myrtle Beach with the entire family:
•Pack lots of food or snacks! Bring a little cooler if you can and be sure to have drinks on hand.
•Utilize the rest area picnic areas to save money on restaurants while you enjoy sandwiches you brought along.
•Make sure the kids have plenty f car games to keep them occupied. Legos, dolls, coloring books, etc. can make the time go by much faster for your little ones.
•Bring a DVD player if you can. While we certainly didn’t have this luxury, it’s common place among kids today, so take advantage of it and the time will fly by while the kids watch a movie!
•Stop after 2-3 hours to allow everyone to stretch their legs and walk around a bit.

Make your vacation to Myrtle Beach memorable by jumping in the car and taking a road trip! You’ll have the convenience of your own car, and you’ll be in a city that was built for tourists who drive to town. Parking is ample and easy, and there is plenty to do and see once you arrive, not to mention easy access to the beach. We hope you have a blast with us here in Myrtle Beach this summer!

Hot Spots In Myrtle Beach For Beer Lovers

Monday, August 18, 2014 – by OVR Staff
If you are a lover of well crafted beers, you might not think of Myrtle Beach as a hot spot to taste some of these great beers, but you’d be wrong! Myrtle Beach has way more to offer when it comes to fantastic beer than you might think. Our restaurants are second to none and this includes some amazing beer! You can take a brewery tour or you can visit a tap house, but make no mistake—Myrtle Beach is a hot spot for beer enthusiasts! Here are a few places to keep in mind:

Take a tour of New South Brewery. One of the southeast’s top microbrews is right here in Myrtle Beach! It’s located downtown and you can stop in for a tour and tasting at many times during the week. They have lots of different beers throughout the year so you can get something different each time you come. They are famous for their ales and you can stop in from 4:30-7:00 on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday to enjoy a tasting of their brews. Any beer lover will want to go home from this brewery with a few six-packs under their arm! To find out more, call them at 843-916-2334.

House Brews
Myrtle Beach has many restaurants with signature in-house brews. If you love beer, be sure and visit some of these spots and taste their wonderful creations. Need some ideas? Check out Liberty Steakhouse at Broadway at the Beach. They have several signature brews, along with a fabulous menu to go with them. You will also find some amazing crafted beers at their sister restaurant on the north end called Liberty Tap Room.
Gordon Biersch is another great local brewery located at Market Common. They brew their own creations and have lots of tastings so you can pick your favorite before you commit to a tall beer! Both these spots not only offer great beer crafted in-house, but also some really great food to go along with these beers. They are worth your time and money to go taste!

Atlas Tap House
If you love to hang out in casual settings while taking in the beer scene, then you will love the not-so-known spots in downtown Myrtle Beach like Atlas Tap House. Soak up the downtown scene, the beautiful views, and of course, some really great beer. Atlas has a fun and quaint atmosphere due to the old house it’s been established in. They have many seasonal brews so there’s always something for everyone. They also offer well over one hundred cans and bottle varieties, as well as a gigantic Jenga game, and beautiful outdoor deck areas to enjoy your beer. Finally, sports fans can get in on the beer action too. Check out a great pub near Mr. Joe White Ave. called Bumsteads Pub. Here you will find televisions to enjoy the game and a great tavern menu to enjoy with your friends.

Myrtle Beach is full of great beer and great spots to enjoy them. You just need to know where to look. These spots are enjoyed by locals and aren’t on the tourist trap, and this makes them all the more special. Go meet some new friends and discover a side of Myrtle Beach you might not have otherwise known! As we head into the fall season, beer lovers everywhere are gearing up for Oktoberfest. Don’t miss out! This time, you have way more than the beach and water parks to indulge in—take the plunge into some fantastic home-brewed and hand-crafted beer!

Fall: Our Myrtle Beach Secret Season Begins

Saturday, August 30, 2014 – by OVR Staff
It’s hard to believe, but the summer season here in Myrtle Beach is almost officially over. It seems to fly by faster every year! This weekend marks Labor Day weekend and that is sort of our “last hurrah” here in Myrtle Beach as far as the main tourist season goes, but it doesn’t have to signal the end for you! As I notice the Christmas stuff out in stores earlier every year, it made me think about all the wonderful people who visit Myrtle Beach during our “secret season” as we locals like to call it. There are so many wonderful things to do and explore here in the fall and winter! If water slides and baking on the beach aren’t your cup of tea, just consider some of the following activities that will make you love coming here in the fall!

The crowds have thinned, so that means you can go enjoy the beach without being elbow-to-elbow with a million other people. Especially in the mornings. I love to come out over the sand dunes and watch the sun rise…it’s tranquil, beautiful, and seems to right everything that’s wrong in my soul at that moment. If you’ve never gotten up to enjoy the sunrise, there’s no better time than the fall season! Try it—you’ll see what I mean. Another perk to early mornings on the beach is the seashells and sand dollars—they wash up early in the morning and the array can be stunning! You’ll never find this variety of shells later in the day.
Get back to nature with a visit to Brookgreen Gardens. This place is simply stunning and is a must-see. It’s one of our jewels and has a gorgeous tour of wildlife, more than 2000 plant species, and amazing sculptures. It’s a wonderful way to get some culture while you’re on vacation!
Go hiking. That’s right—there are many trails to enjoy a great hike or even just a nature walk. This is a great activity to do with your entire family. Check out Huntington Beach State Park, right here in Myrtle Beach. It has one of the only true coastal forests left In the area as well as freshwater lagoons, tons of wildlife, private stretches of beach, and a great boardwalk from which to observe all these things. It’s definitely worth checking out!
Call us today at Oceanfront Vacations and let us help you book your tranquil post-summer vacation this fall! We’ve got great deals going on right now, so come and enjoy our secret season!

Fall Weddings In Myrtle Beach

Sunday, August 31, 2014 – by OVR Staff
September is upon us and that means that the scorching summer sun is finally going to let up some and the beautiful fall days we love so much around here will soon be moving in. Personally, I can’t wait—fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! While fall may signal the end of tourist season, heat and humidity, and crowds, there’s one more thing it can signal for Myrtle Beach—WEDDINGS! That’s right, Myrtle Beach is a prime spot for destination weddings and the fall is one of the best times to have a beach wedding. If you are planning a wedding or know someone who is, consider a beach wedding. What could be more romantic than a beautiful flowing wedding dress and barefoot toes in the sand? Sure, you could go to a wedding chapel or even to a church or hotel, but why do that when you could enjoy a wedding by the setting sun….

If you’re thinking of a destination wedding here in Myrtle Beach, you can save tons of money by booking an oceanfront condo or house to put your guests and family in, rather than all the money for hotels! We have large and spacious beach houses that can sleep 20+ people. Just think of the fun you could have hanging out altogether! There are also several hotels in the area that would accommodate a beach wedding reception. Get married on the beach and then move in to the hotel for your reception or dinner. Many destination weddings tend to be much smaller and intimate, limited to a few guests. This would give you more money to spend on things like food and wine.
So, if you find yourself in wedding mode or planning on it, why not consider Myrtle Beach as your romantic wedding spot? There are so many wonderful things here that will ensure you have the most wonderful and romantic day ever, while letting your personality shine through. So, throw away those high heels and come sink your toes in the sand as you say “I do.” The beach is calling and we’re here to help you with your perfect accommodations, so call us today!

Getting Ready For Fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – by OVR Staff
September is over halfway over and I can’t help but be ready for fall! Even here in paradise, we need a break from the heat and humidity that is the summer season in Myrtle Beach! The leaves are finally starting to show signs of turning and the heat has lifted just a bit. It won’t be long and the air will be way less humid with super comfortable temps, and for us, THAT is the perfect time to take a much deserved vacation! Many people ask us all through the year, when is the best time to come to the beach. Without a doubt, I would have to say the fall! There’s just no beating Myrtle Beach in the fall months. The crowds have dispersed and the traffic is easier to flow through. (If that’s ever possible here!) Certainly, the traffic on Ocean Blvd is much better, even if there seems to be never ending road work and construction everywhere else. Also, the attractions for the most part are still open in September and October, even though school has started back.

If you love the cooler temps and beauty of the fall, be sure and check out the amazing prices we have on many condos and beach houses during October and November! The price savings can be drastic as compared to summer months, and this means that you can stay in the places you thought were out of your price range. So why not spoil yourself and enjoy some wonderful accommodations at huge savings?
Be sure and check out all the fall events going on in Myrtle Beach during the fall. Places like Brookgreen Gardens, Broadway at the Beach, and even the performing theaters have shows and activities just for fall, with lower prices and super fun events. Our local farms offer hayrides and pumpkin festivals, so there is no shortage of fun around here for the fall
Of course, we can’t close out September without thinking of 9/11 and all it means to every American. Perhaps you knew someone who died in those terrible attacks. Our country is facing battles and enemies like never before, but we hope to always give you a place to come and take time out to enjoy your family. May God continue to bless America! We hope to see you soon!

The Perfect Fall Vacation in Myrtle Beach

Monday, September 29, 2014 – by OVR Staff
Ahhh, Myrtle Beach in the fall season….nothing could be better! At least that’s the opinion of lots of people who are smart and choose to take their vacation in the fall season, rather than peak summer season. Why, you may ask? Well, think about this: A Myrtle Beach oceanfront beach house affords you all the luxuries and then some, of home. You can easily afford it, especially in the off season and especially when you go in with several friends and family who are willing to share it with you. You could get an oceanfront house that goes for thousands during the summer and easily cut that price in half here in October. PLUS, divide that among a few friends or family and you are paying less than you would at a nice hotel, and you’re getting the fun together time that comes from being together at the beach, all under the same roof! One of my favorite things to do is to break out board games when I’m with family and friends. And I LOVE doing it on a nice big balcony while listening to the ocean roar! So, if you’re thinking of a beach vacation, now is the time! The weather is warm and pleasant, the water is still fine, the attractions are still open for the most part, and the deals are amazing Call us today and we’ll get you started toward the perfect fall Myrtle Beach vacation today!!

Halloween Fun In Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – by OVR Staff
For many people, Halloween is their favorite holiday of the year. If you’re in Myrtle Beach, it can really be a lot of fun for the kids and adults alike! Of course, there is much concern with safety any time of the year, but especially on Halloween when kids are out trick-or-treating. We want you to stay safe and enjoy all that Myrtle Beach has to offer, and Halloween is no exception! There are many events going on and lots of ways for your kids to get all the candy they want and be safe in the process. Here are just a few fun things to do in Myrtle Beach this Halloween!

Boardwalk Fright Night. Head down to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk where you’ll find zombies roaming around, ready to pass out discounts to the haunted house attractions!
Broadway at the Beach will have costume contests and merchants will be handing out candy on Halloween night, so dress u and head on over to join the fun!
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Halloween night from 5-6, you can go enjoy a costume parade for the kids and a contest at the end. Prizes will be given out for the best costumes! As for the adults, you too can enter the costume contest and win up to $1500!
Terror Under the Bridge at The X Sports Complex. Runs through November 1 from 7-11pm. A fun event full of scares and thrills!
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. If haunted houses are your thing, you won’t want to miss this attraction, with sound effects and scares at every turn!
You will also want to check out Nightmare Haunted House at 10th Ave. North and Ocean Blvd. You’ll interact with live actors through this scary house!
If you love comedy, you’ll laugh yourself silly at the Carolina Improv Company where “Whose Haunting Is It Anyway” gets underway October 30-31. This is a hilarious night where the cast will play off the audience members to create the comedy. Of course, the theme will be Halloween and the show is only for adults.
These are just a few of the events taking place around Myrtle Beach, so there is no reason to miss out on any Halloween activities! Call us today and let us help you find the perfect condo or beach house, and then bring your family and join in the Halloween fun!!

Condos and Beach Houses Are Better Than Hotels

Friday, October 31, 2014 – by OVR Staff
If you love coming to Myrtle Beach, you most likely have stayed in many a hotel. While hotels are nice, have you ever considered staying in a condo or beach house instead? There are lots of benefits to choosing this route, not the least of which is financial! Most condos rent weekly, so you’re not paying high nightly rates the way you would in a hotel. If you have friends or family to chip in on the cost, you could come out in really great shape, only paying a small amount each! This is especially true with a beach house.

The amenities are endless. You’ll have access to a full kitchen, full size appliances, laundry room with washer and dryer, and all the things you would need in a kitchen. With a washer and dryer handy, you could wash your own linens and towels as often as you like and not have to pay for extras. Daily maid service won’t be needed and that too will save you a lot of money. Since you’ll be able to cook at home, you may prefer to eat in more often and save money on all the restaurant bills. Plus, you can bring in whatever groceries you like and have a place to store them properly. All houses and condos also come with a vacuum cleaner and other cleaning supplies for your convenience. The only cleaning fee you’ll pay is the cleaning that will happen after you leave.
Saving money on food, nightly rates, etc., means that you’ll have extra money for the fun stuff around Myrtle Beach! November is a fun month around here, and if you’ve never taken a fall vacation, now is your time! The crowds are gone, the weather is beautiful and comfortable, and you’ll be able to enjoy a quieter, more serene beach. This is what we all want on vacation, right?! Come get away in an oceanfront condo or beach house. Call us today and let us help you see just how much money you can save!