Fourth of July Festivities In Myrtle Beach

Sunday, June 30, 2013 – by OVR Staff
Myrtle Beach is famous for its 4th of July celebration and 2013 is shaping up to be no different! We have more tourists here than any other time of year and if you’re lucky enough to be among them, you can rest assured there will be plenty to do and see on the night of the 4th. No matter which area of the Grand Strand you are visiting, you will find a variety of family friendly activities for all ages, along with magnificent firework displays all over Myrtle Beach! Here are just a few highlights….

In the Myrtle Beach area:

Broadway At The Beach will be once again hosting their famous firework extravaganza over Lake Broadway in the middle of the complex. There is ample parking and tons to do, along with shopping and plenty of restaurants. The fireworks will start at 10pm.

On Wed, July 3rd, come to TicketReturn.com Field and enjoy the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game and the fireworks display after the game. The Pelican ball field has lots of kid-friendly activities and a playground, as well as VIP rooms.

Surfside Beach Celebration. Surfside Beach does it right each year with live music and entertainment on the main stage at Surfside Drive and Ocean Blvd. from 6-10pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks show! Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and come celebrate Independence Day with us!

Murrells Inlet. This year’s 4th of July Boat Parade in Murrells Inlet will be the 30th annual parade of its kind and has become a favorite among Myrtle Beach locals and tourists alike. The festivities will take place at the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk and Veterans Pier, starting with the boat parade at 5pm at Garden City Point. Catch the fireworks at Veterans Pier beginning at 10pm.

North Myrtle Beach. Barefoot Landing will once again host the fireworks show at North Myrtle Beach. It will begin around 10:15pm over the Barefoot Landing lake. If you’re in the Cherry Grove area, their fireworks will begin around 9:00, or as soon as it gets dark. It will happen at the Cherry Grove Pier at 3500 North Ocean Blvd.

As you can see, there’s tons to do in Myrtle Beach on the 4th of July, so come out and celebrate our nation’s birthday with all of us here in Myrtle Beach, SC!! We have the best country in the world and so much to celebrate!

Hurricane Preparedness While In Myrtle Beach

Sunday, June 30, 2013 – by OVR Staff
Even if you’re one of our millions of treasured visitors here in Myrtle Beach, you still should be aware of hurricanes and how to prepare for them. Hurricane season is from June-November in the Atlantic basin and that means that while we don’t get them often, it is always a possibility and therefore should be taken seriously. The key is to know your stuff ahead of time. The South Carolina coast has seen its share of hurricanes through the years, although we have been blessed not to see any major ones in recent years. The weather experts are all predicting that we are overdue for a major hurricane, meaning a category 3 or higher. While chances are slim that you would be impacted while on vacation here in Myrtle Beach, it’s good to have the facts and be prepared concerning hurricane safety.

Some important things to keep in mind about hurricanes:

•First of all, if a hurricane watch is issued for our area, pay attention to official instructions and take action. This means getting necessary supplies, water, medicines, etc. before the storm hits. Each family member should have enough water for 3 days. If you are in an area that has not been evacuated, fill tubs and sinks with water and stock up on non-perishable food items to last for a few days.
•If a mandatory evacuation is called, be sure to know your evacuation routes. Signs are posted on all roadways that are used for evacuation routes. Gather enough food for 3 days that is non-perishable and take it with you in your car. Make sure your gas tank is full. If possible, this should be done ahead of time when preparations are underway.
•Find out where the shelters are in your area. If you are not able to get out of town in a timely fashion, then go to the nearest shelter and await further instructions. Shelters are usually in sturdy buildings like schools or churches. Be sure to find out if they will take pets if this is a concern.
•Do not drive through flooded roads! It only takes a few inches of water for a car to get washed away and cause people to drown. The currents in flooded creeks and streams can be extremely dangerous so never attempt to cross them.

Remember that first responders will be busy with restoring power and clearing debris from streets, etc., so it’s important to heed hurricane warnings and evacuate if you can. It might seem exciting to ride out the storm, but you will most likely lose power and have little access to outside supplies or help. It’s much better to return to the city safely, rather than risk you or your family’s well being. Chances are, you will not be impacted by a hurricane while on vacation to Myrtle Beach, but it’s always best—and smart—to know how to prepare and what to do if the event does happen. Stay safe and as always, Myrtle Beach welcomes you!

Myrtle Beach’s Top Ten Attractions

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – by OVR Staff
OK, so tourist season in Myrtle Beach is in full swing now, and if you’re one of the thousands of guests who visit our area each year, you probably already know how to get around and what to do. But if you don’t, this article will take you on a little tour of all the attractions in Myrtle Beach. Whether you’ve been to them all before and just need a refresher course, or you’ve never been here and need to know the places to see and things to do, we’ll take you on a tour of the best Myrtle Beach has to offer!

1.The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Did you know that National Geographic has named our Boardwalk the #3 boardwalk in the nation? Just one of the reasons to enjoy the all new boardwalk. There’s plenty of music, concerts, restaurants, and treats for everyone. Or maybe you just want a romantic stroll with your sweetie….it’s great for that too!
2.Myrtle Waves. One of the East Coast’s largest water parks is right here in the heart of Myrtle Beach! You won’t run out of ways to stay cool or satisfy your desire for crazy thrill rides—Myrtle Waves has it all. Steep drops and dark tunnels or maybe just a lazy river ride is all you need….
3.Family Kingdom Amusement Park. This is a fixture here in Myrtle Beach! It’s been around for awhile and most of us here have a soft spot for the fun times as kids or adults riding all the rides. It’s located right by the ocean so your views from the rides are spectacular. If you’ve got kids, this is a great place because you can buy tickets per ride, rather than paying an enormous price to get in the park.
4.Broadway At The Beach. This is one of the gems of our town, and we locals enjoy it as much as the tourists do! Broadway At The Beach is a huge complex for all kinds of shopping, entertainment, movies, mini-golf, and even night life. And don’t forget the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, where you can ride some fo your favorite rides from the former Pavilion Park. Top off your night of fun with fireworks from Lake Broadway during the summer!
5.Pirates Voyage. This is quickly becoming a favorite among our tourist friends. A dinner theater which is in the theme of pirates, gets everyone involved and puts on a great show. Lots of water, food and fun for everyone!
6.Legends In Concert. The premier impersonation show! Catch your favorite stars in this fantastic show with some of the nation’s most talented singers and dancers.
7.Carolina Opry. The Carolina Opry has been around for more than 25 years and is still breaking records and setting standards as the south’s grandest variety show. A must-see show full of every genre of music, dancing and comedy.
8.Gay Dolphin Gift Cove. The Gay Dolphin has been around for several decades and is a landmark in Myrtle Beach. Located right on the ocean, it’s the nation’s largest gift shop with more than 70,000 items in their inventory. If you can’t find a souvenier to take home here, then something’s wrong with you!
9.The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. The SkyWheel is our newest and most amazing attraction that has not only added beauty to our skyline, it has also given you a way to get the most spectacular views of Myrtle Beach! Take a ride in an air conditioned gondola and take in the views in this huge ferris wheel, much like the London Eye in London, England.
10. WonderWorks. Learn about all things scientific in this wacky upside down musem! Your kids will love it and so will you. It’s the perfect way to spend a rainy day here at the beach.

As you can see, Myrtle Beach has tons to offer, so grab your sunscreen, sense of adventure and a hearty appetite and come have a blast in the place that is the second most visited destination in the entire country!

Tips For Making Your Myrtle Beach Vacation the Best It Can Be

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – by OVR Staff
We vacationed in Myrtle Beach every year when I was a kid. I mean, EVERY summer! That was like Christmas. You just didn’t skip the trip to the beach each summer and as a child, I remember lots of hours spent down on the beach, coming in red as a lobster and covered in sand, and then going out to do it all over again the next day. Lots of things have changed about Myrtle Beach over the past couple of decades, but all that beach time has certainly not been one of them! However, I’ve also discovered that some fairly small things can mean the difference between a safe and comfortable Myrtle Beach vacation or one where you feel like you need a separate vacation just to recover. Here are some tips to help you have the best Myrtle Beach experience possible!

Use sunscreen!! I can’t stress this enough. Even if you tan easily, your skin is still prone to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage or skin cancer down the road. Be safe and protect your skin by using good quality sunscreen of at least SPF 30. You can go even as high as SPF 50, but sunscreen with higher numbers than this can tend to trick a person into thinking they don’t need to use it as often or as much. This can actually work against you if you’re not using sunscreen as you should. Stick with a 30-50 SPF and reapply often, especially after getting wet. If you’ve ever had a bad sunburn, you won’t want to repeat it. These burns can utterly ruin a vacation to the beach. Don’t spend your day in the ER—use your sunblock!

Take a big blanket to the beach with you. If you only take towels, you won’t have anything to dry off with that isn’t full of sand. Blankets are better because they give you more space, and the towels can be just for drying off. Weigh the corners of the blanket down with heavier objects and your blanket will stay put all day!

Buy a good quality beach umbrella. You’ll be happy you did! The cheaper ones will be destroyed before the end of the day, but a good one will last you for many vacations. These beach umbrellas can really make or break your time at the beach and give everyone a break from the wind and sun. If you have small children along, give them lots of time to get under the shade, drink plenty of fluids and rest. Little ones will even take a nap under a good umbrella!

Finally, keep some plastic milk jugs or 2 liter soda bottles full of water in the car. This comes in really handy when you’ve walked through the sand, across the parking lot and don’t want to get in the car all sandy. Use the water jugs to rinse off feet and legs and keep all that extra sand OUTSIDE your car!

Don’t let anything keep you from enjoying your Myrtle Beach vacation this summer! Call us today at Oceanfront Vacations for that perfect condo or beach house to help make your family’s memories for years to come—Myrtle Beach awaits you!

Driving To Myrtle Beach Is Half the Fun!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – by OVR Staff
For most of us, vacation is a coveted time, so we don’t want to be sitting around wasting precious time in airports and layovers in other cities. Even sitting on an airplane feels like a big chore these days! Just getting through security detail is enough to make you want to forget the whole thing and just stay home. But if you live within a reasonable driving distance of Myrtle Beach, SC, you can actually be in control of your travel time and have some fun getting here! Why not start your vacation fun the moment you pull out of your driveway? Here are some tips to get you started making your drive time seem like fly-time!

Most of us remember the good old days when car trips to our vacation destination were half the fun! No matter where you are driving from, your trip to Myrtle Beach, SC can be a fun one. Did you know that there is no interstate that comes directly into Myrtle Beach? This means that you have the opportunity to explore some off-the-beaten-path secondary roads on your way to your Myrtle Beach vacation! My family does this a lot and you’ll be amazed what you can find by either using a Google search of interesting stops along the back roads or just using a map to see what the small towns might have to offer along the way. The south is a fabulous place to take a car trip because you can find all sorts of roadside vendors, produce stands, basket weavers and other wares along the way. You can even find some of the most local, fresh seafood anywhere right on the side of the road with a local vendor selling right out of the back of their truck. Talk about fresh caught! It was just caught moments earlier and you could be eating or sampling it within minutes!

Another great reason to drive to Myrtle Beach is having a car while you’re here. Why rent a car and go to all that expense when you could just have your own car? You’ll find that it’s worth it to enjoy the drive in and have the freedom that your car will provide. Parking in town is not bad and there is almost always somewhere to park close to the ocean or other attractions in town. This is a town built for car travelers! Take a day and drive to the nearby towns of Georgetown, Wilmington, Charleston, or the local seafood towns of Murrells Inlet or Calabash, NC. You won’t be sorry!

Myrtle Beach has high runway landing taxes, so the airlines that do service our area have to charge higher prices. Flying into Myrtle Beach can be a rather expensive trip for many, so again, driving is a great idea! If you’re a golfer, this means not having to pay for extra baggage checks for your golf clubs. You can be in charge of your own transportation and go at your own pace. Isn’t that what vacation is all about? So, take your vacation to the off-road discoveries and enjoy your experience on the road. After all, isn’t getting here half the fun?? Call us today at Oceanfront Vacations and let us get you the perfect condo or house once you’re here—you’re just one call away from the perfect vacation! Drive on in or call us today!

Myrtle Beach’s Secret Season

Monday, August 19, 2013 – by OVR Staff
Myrtle Beach’s Secret Season
I’ve lived in Myrtle Beach for 23 years now, and I can tell you, it’s an addictive place. There’s something about living in one of America’s most wonderful tourist towns that is still captivating all these years later. The interesting thing about our tourist industry is that we have a different kind of tourist for each of our “seasons.” When most people think of Myrtle Beach, they are flooded with images of summer vacations, walks on the boardwalk, or hours spent at the iconic Pavilion Amusement Park. Of course, the summer months in Myrtle Beach bring tons of memories to all those who have spent summers here, and we as locals share those memories. I always loved driving downtown with my windows down and listening to all the squeals and screams on the roller coasters or water rides at The Pavilion. And I loved driving by all the miniature golf courses, watching families just enjoy one another in the warm sea air.

But back in the day, the sidewalks pretty much rolled up after Labor Day. Everything went dark, shops closed up, and only the chain restaurants stayed open all year. However, nowadays the fall season holds a special kind of magic all its own. Some people call it our “off season” but we prefer to call it our “secret season.” It’s the special time of year when most of the crowds have cleared out to return to school and jobs, but Myrtle Beach remains a magical place during the fall months….here’s a few reasons why!

•The congested crowds and traffic have died down
•The weather is much more comfortable
•The area attractions are seriously discounted
•Beachfront condos and hotels are much, much cheaper!
•Walks on the beach will produce amazing sea shells
•You can enjoy those walks along the surf with the beach almost all to yourself!
•Taking a stroll down the length of our new Boardwalk will let you see the beauty of National Geographic’s #3 Boardwalk in the country! It’s much easier to enjoy when the crowds are gone.
•We are number 7 in U.S. vacation destinations that are most affordable, among the top ten U.S. beaches, 2nd only to Disney World in most visited destination for family vacations in the U.S.
•In 2011, we were even ranked the #1 best beach in America by TripAdvisor!
•Enjoying the amazing shopping Myrtle Beach has to offer, without the heat and crowds normally associated with our most popular shopping complexes.

Finally, don’t forget the golfers in your life! Myrtle Beach has over 150 golf courses, many of which are designed by PGA winners. Come during the fall months and get some fantastic golf in, beautiful weather and then wine and dine by night in some of Myrtle Beach’s most fabulous restaurants.
Our “secret season” is almost here. Call us today at Oceanfront Vacations and book your trip today and come enjoy our favorite time of year with us!

What You Might Not Know About Sunscreen

Saturday, August 24, 2013 – by OVR Staff
We all know that adequate sunshine is necessary to maintain a healthy life. I have actually lived in the arctic region of the world and watched first hand how the lack of sunshine for months out of the year can cause depression, a rise in addictive behaviors such as alcoholism, as well as a deficiency in some major essential vitamins. Let’s face it—we were made for sunlight and we thrive with adequate sunshine. That’s why millions of people all over the world are constantly bathing and basking in the sun, yet not really considering what too much sun might be doing. Too much of a good thing in this case can lead to skin cancer and heat stroke. All it takes is one bad burn to set you on the path for serious skin damage.

Don’t take chances with your skin! Get to know how to properly buy and use sunscreen. It’s more than just a vogue cream that gets added to your makeup or skin care products. Contrary to popular belief, you can still catch some serious rays while wearing good sunscreen. It’s all about the right product for your particular skin.
I have seen so many friends and family come to Myrtle Beach and have their entire vacation completely ruined by an agonizing sunburn. You have no idea how debilitating a bad burn can be unless you’ve had one. It can cause painful water blisters, peeling, and even scarring that can take months to heal. You have to remember that a sunburn is just that—a burn. Sometimes first or second-degree burns, and sometimes even third degree burns.
Make sure you understand how to buy sunscreen! For instance, did you know that the SPF number on the bottle doesn’t have anything to do with how strong the sunscreen is, but rather how long you can leave it on before needing to apply more? It’s true. Take the amount of time you can usually stay out before burning, then multiply that number times the SPF and you’ll get a rough idea of the number of minutes you can be out in the sun protected effectively. Don’t save big bottles of unused sunscreen—they lose their effectiveness over time and chances are if you have sunscreen more than a year old, it is not as effective as it needs to be. Throw it out and start fresh!

Don’t take chances with your skin! No matter what your complexion is, you still need protection from the sun. Our society has made it vogue to sit and bake for hours in the sun. Nowadays, people are seeing the truth and it’s becoming much more accepted and “en vogue” to stay out of the sun and work to maintain a porcelain complexion. It’s no secret that overexposure to the sun causes premature aging and wrinkles, so why go there if you don’t have to? Keep fresh sunscreen in your cabinet at all times, and don’t forget to apply it in areas easily forgotten, such as tops of feet, behind arms and ears and nose. Remember to start applying sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go out so that it can soak in properly.
No excuses—never mess around with your sunscreen! It could literally save your life. At the very least, you’ll look a whole lot younger as a result of having used it along with a healthy diet. Don’t let your vacation be ruined this year—use at least an SPF 15 and make sure you apply it often if you’re in the water. Stay protected and enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation!

September In Myrtle Beach

Monday, September 2, 2013 – by OVR Staff
Well, summer is officially over now and that means our peak tourist season is also over. But it does NOT mean that the fun in Myrtle Beach is over! If you didn’t make it to the beach this summer, why not come now? Here are a few great reasons why the latecomers get the best deal!

Smaller Crowds! Fewer people on the beach means more sand and tranquility for you to enjoy. It also means you can make a last minute trip to the beach without needing advance reservations. There are amazing deals and discounts on oceanfront condos and houses after Labor Day!

The area attractions are still open, but not nearly as crowded. Places you’d normally have to stand in line for will now be easy to enjoy without all the waiting! If you love going on the rides of the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, you’ll be able to ride them over and over with little wait time. Talk about a deal!

Great Weather! Dog Days of summer have finally passed and the some cooler air is finally here. Our weather during the fall season here in Myrtle Beach is absolutely amazing. Still very warm and sunny during the days, but a little cooler and more pleasant at night. Perfect for evening walks on the beach! Also, the cool early mornings are the best time for finding a treasure trove of seashells.

Why not come to Myrtle Beach for a fall vacation? We have your perfect condo or house and now that the crowds have disappeared, a few steps are all you’ll have to take to find your perfect piece of beach to enjoy. Give us a call today for some great deals and come see why we love the beach in September!

Our Top Ten List For Fall Events In Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – by OVR Staff
For most of us here in Myrtle Beach, fall is our favorite time of year. Not only does it mean a welcome relief from the heat and humidity, but the changing of the seasons ushers in all the amazing activities along the Grand Strand that only happen during the autumn months. You don’t have to be a local to enjoy these events, so why not come to Myrtle Beach and take advantage of this amazing weather and fall events and festivals! Here are just a few to whet your appetite:

1.Check out the Sounds of Summer concerts. The next one will be September 20, 2013 and will be held in McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach.

2.Surfrider Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics. This is a chili cook-off like no other! October 13, 2013 in the parking lot of Wicked Tuna.

3.One of our favorites—The Greek Festival at St. Johns Greek Orthodox church in Myrtle Beach. Get amazing food and entertainment outdoors from 11am to 9pm September 26, 2013.

4.The 34th Annual Harvest Hoedown Festival in Aynor. This is pure fall fun! Happening on September 21, 2013 in downtown Aynor, just about 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach!

5.Check out the Classic Ford Car Show at Broadway at the Beach on October 5, 2013. 9am till 4pm.

6.September 19-21, 2013 marks the 40th Annual South Atlantic Shrine Festival. Come downtown Myrtle Beach to experience a true fall festival!

7.Need a little culture? How about visiting the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum for the Celebration of Gullah Culture. It is held on September 22, 2013 from 1-4pm.

8.If you can’t get enough seafood, The Little River ShrimpFest is just for you! On the waterfront in Little River October 13, 2013.

9.Autumn Big Band Blast is a great way to enjoy music and wine! Check it out on October 5, 2013 at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River.

10.Brookgreen Gardens Brew at the Zoo. If you love a good beer, then this event is for you! Come taste regional and national crafted beers and enjoy the surrounding beauty of Brookgreen Gardens! September 28, 2013 from 5:30-8:30.

This is just our top ten list. There is much more happening here on the Grand Strand, so be sure to get in on the fall action! For more information on these and many other activities and events, visit
http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/. Don’t forget to Call us here at Oceanfront Vacations for your perfect get-away condo!

Renew Your Spirit With the Quiet Side of Myrtle Beach

Sunday, September 22, 2013 – by OVR Staff
It’s hard to believe, but as I was strolling through our local home and garden center this week looking for plants, I noticed the workers clearing shelves and making room for…wait for it…CHRISTMAS TREES. It seems to get earlier every year! I mean the Halloween candy wasn’t even out a full 24 hours yet! While I love Christmas, it does seem a bit premature to start putting decorations out in the middle of September. But, I guess it goes to show you the crazed consumer culture we live in! Which got me to thinking about the many people who come to visit Myrtle Beach in the fall….

There’s definitely tons to do here in Myrtle Beach even after the summer passes. But did you know that this crazy bustling tourist town also offers quaint beauty and tranquil escape? It really is possible here to reconnect with nature and discover the natural beauty of the area. Here are just a few things you can do that don’t involve thousands of other tourists, noisy rides and games, or busy retail outlets.

Go Hiking. That’s right. You can hike here at Myrtle Beach State Park. There are lots of hiking trails with tons of natural wildlife and plants to observe along the way. It’s 300 acres of quiet beauty and campgrounds, should you want to just park here and not leave!

Reconnect With Nature. Huntington Beach State Park is just a few minutes south of Myrtle Beach and there you can enjoy the private stretch of beach, a freshwater lagoon, salt marshes and even a beautiful boardwalk from which to observe the wildlife. It even has one of the few original coastal forests remaining on the Grand Strand. Worth your time for sure!

Go Green at Brookgreen Gardens! You just can’t beat this place for tranquil beauty and serene nature. If beauty is what you’re after, then come renew your spirit among the 2000 plant species, wildlife, and beautiful sculptures. There are also many events where you can go enjoy music and art while you’re there.

Get Your Golf On! Myrtle Beach is famous for its many dozens of golf courses, many of which were designed by PGA players. You can’t go wrong with getting out your clubs and enjoying a quiet day to think, enjoy beautiful weather and the company of good friends while you golf, all on some of the most spectacular courses anywhere!

Take Morning Walks On The Beach. Let’s face it—there’s nothing more beautiful here than waking up to a gorgeous sunrise over the ocean! Why not get out before the city wakes up and just enjoy a quiet stroll on the beach while the sun rises. It’s truly a reward worth getting up for! As a bonus, the seashells, starfish and sand dollars are at their best early in the morning.

If you’re ready for some time off to unwind, call us today at Oceanfront Vacations and let us help you get the most peaceful place to stay to go with your quiet and peaceful vacation! Prices are amazing right now, so come on down—the water’s still fine!