Category Archives: Myrtle Beach Vacations

Grand Strand Resorts

Bay Watch ResortMyrtle Beach, South Carolina or better known as the Grand Strand is one of the most popular family beach destinations in the United States. With over 60 miles of sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean, white sandy beaches, exciting entertainment, nightlife, restaurants, festivals, water parks, and much more, Myrtle Beach makes a perfect vacation for everyone! If you are planning a vacation to the area, one of the best ways to enjoy your stay would be at a resort! Staying at a resort is one of the most exciting and enjoyable experience because you have all your amenities in one location. Most resort have spas, pools, children activities, restaurants, housekeeping, beach access, nightlife, and much more! Why should you have to work at finding things to do while on vacation? By having everything at arms length you can have a more enjoyable experience with less hassle. Along the Grand Strand area there are several resorts that can accommodate all your needs! If you would like more information on planning a resort vacation at Myrtle Beach, contact The Willis Team at 843-492-4411 or by email at willisteam@scbeachrealestate.com and we can help make your stay a fun an exciting experience!


Vacation Planning Tips

When planning a vacation, maintaining a budget can be difficult. However, with a few strategic pointers, your family can enjoy immense entertainment and still save! If you are planning a trip to Myrtle Beach, there are several ways to help you stay within your budget. First, you should always plan ahead. This is very important when it comes to saving your money. When planning ahead, it takes very little effort and time and in the end it could save you hundreds possibly thousands of dollars! When beginning the planning process of your vacation you should always visit websites that provide information for area attractions such as: shopping, entertainment, restaurants, hotel information, and much more! For example, myrtle-beach.com, visitmyrtlebeach.com, cityofmyrtlebeach.com, and discovermyrtlebeach.com are all great websites that allow you to interactively explore the area from your computer. This will also help you search various prices and look for the best deals! When looking for a great price or rate, keep in mind another great tip, coupons! Using coupons is a great way to vacation for less and with hundreds of them floating around Myrtle Beach you can truly save a great amount of money. Coupon books such as the famous Monster Coupon Book and The Sunny Day Guide offer families the affordability to explore the sites of the Grand Strand without breaking the bank. However, instead of waiting to look at coupons when you arrive, go ahead and visit the coupon company’s website and request a booklet. By having them ahead of time you are able to makes plans and maintain your budget. With all the attractions the Grand Strand has to offer, families may become overwhelmed when choosing an entertainment schedule. However, using these small tips will increase your family’s momentum and make it possible to enjoy a relaxing inexpensive vacation!


Carolina Keyes Rentals

Carolina Keyes - North Myrtle Beach RentalsConveniently located along the Intracoastal Waterway, lies the sought after Carolina Keyes. Located just west of 17 in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, Carolina Keyes is riverfront living at its best! Attracting renters year after year from all over, Carolina Keyes offers peaceful serene environment year round, well-situated in a secluded community with the Intracoastal Waterway as a back drop! With six available open floor plans with 9ft ceilings, classic 6 panel interior doors, durable laminated counter tops, quality appliances and outside storage closets, Carolina Keyes - North Myrtle Beach RentalsCarolina Keyes offers spacious rentals the whole family can enjoy. With multiple on-site amenities including: two 50’ ft swimming pools with sun decks, two hot tubs, barbeque areas, colonial style lighting, a lighted Charleston-style boardwalk with two large floating docks, with free on-site parking; as well as conveniently located only minutes from North Myrtle Beach’s major marinas, making Carolina Keyes a fisherman’s paradise. Closely located to all major attractions, restaurants, and entertainment the Grand Strand has to offer. If you’re interested in renting or buying in Carolina Keyes, contact an SC Beach Real Estate agent today!


Ocean Keyes Rentals

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Ocean Keyes - Ocean Drive RentalsLocated on 50 scenic acres in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, sits Ocean Keyes, a coastal community offering anywhere from lakefront town homes to Intracoastal Waterway condos. With a handful of choices, Ocean Keyes offers a selection of neighborhoods with a variety of designs and views. Each property is equipped with open floor plan, so whether you’re looking for a long-term or short-term rental, Ocean Keyes is fully set with all your vacation needs! Beach Villas are available with 9 ft ceilings, granite counter tops in kitchen, GE appliances, with marble counters in bathroom, and durability impact-resistant windows and sliding glass doors for maximum storm protection; 7 individually designed layouts to choose from. Our Lakeside town homes offer private elevators in each unit, two-car garage, granite counter top in kitchen, 9ft ceilings, Ocean Keyes - Ocean Drive RentalsGE appliances, ceramic tile floors in bathroom with marble counter tops, screened porch off living room and master bedroom and a balcony off kitchen/breakfast area; 2 custom planned floor plans. Apart from the excellent location and numerous options, Ocean Keyes offer world-class amenities attracting renters from all over including: six 50’ pools with sundecks, 4 kiddie pools, 6 hot tubs, fitness facility, tennis courts, outdoor grilling and picnic areas, and much more. This seaside community is less than 300 feet from the oceanfront, great for a breezy golf cart ride to the Blue Atlantic. So if you’ll be looking for the perfect Ocean Drive rental property, Ocean Keyes has got it all! Call SC Beach Real Estate, where we make sure you vacation is sure to be you will remember!


Myrtle Beach Rentals

Myrtle Beach Vacation RentalsIt’s that time of year again and families are gearing up for summer and many are looking for the perfect Myrtle Beach vacation rental. Here in Myrtle Beach, rentals can be quite overwhelming. From oceanfront versus ocean view, second versus third rows, and even questions like, are linens provided? All of this is taken into consideration and many families are uncertain about the difference in prices and location. For instance, location is the key to any beach rental. With an assortment of options to choose from you should always know the differences. With oceanfront property you have the luxury of the beach amenities and everything it has to offer. However, the price of oceanfront rentals is a little more expensive but the ability of having everything at your fingertips may be worth it. With ocean view rentals, you are located near the ocean but are not necessarily directly on it. For instance, many ocean view properties can be on the “second row” and are able to see it from a distance. This also applies to third row rentals that have the same concept but are further from the beach. You also have similar amenities such as oceanfront rentals but will pay a much lower rate. Whatever your preference is choosing a property can be easier with the help of a Realtor. At SC Beach Real Estate were able to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have and help direct you to the perfect vacation rental. For more information on Myrtle Beach vacation rentals contact Travis Willis at 843-492-4411.


Myrtle Beach Vacation – The Best Mile

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is an exciting relativity new attraction in Myrtle Beach. The beach boardwalk stretches from the 2nd Avenue Pier to the 14th Avenue Pier and is home to several festivals and events all summer long. For instance, the Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights at Plyler Park is a main attraction that features live concerts on Tuesdays and Saturdays, A “Kid’s Carnival” on Monday nights, and amazing fireworks show on Wednesday nights! The 1.2 mile-long oceanfront boardwalk also features numerous shops and restaurants along its path and is divided into three sections.

The northernmost portion stretches from the 14th Avenue North Pier to Plyler Park. The mid-section is located from Plyler Park to the former Pavilion Amusement Park site at 8th Avenue North and has a more carnival-like atmosphere with oceanfront dining and businesses. The Southernmost end leads down to the 2nd Avenue Pier and has an oceanfront park.

Some interesting facts about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is that is took nine months to build and cost close to $7 million to make. There are also about 800,000 feet of lumber, 300,000 nails, 555,000 screws, and 10,000 bolts that make up the boardwalk!


Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals Myrtle BeachMyrtle Beach, South Carolina is one of the most fascinating and enjoyable vacation destinations in the United States. There are several attractions around the area such as: historic communities, numerous golf courses, over 1400 restaurants, the Intracoastal Waterway, Broadway at the Beach, WonderWorks, The SkyWheel, Barefoot Landing, The Market Common, The Farmer’s Markets, family-friendly beaches, and several other entertainment attractions. There are also various shopping centers such as: The Tanger Outlets, Coastal Grand Mall, and various other boutiques.

Myrtle Beach Vacation Attractions

Myrtle Beach or The Grand Strand is also known for its Low country hospitality and remarkable local fishing villages of Little River, Murrells Inlet, and Georgetown. The Grand Strand is also home of the state’s dance; the Shag. The Shag is a colorful dance that is thought to have originated on Ocean Drive in Myrtle Beach during the 1940’s and the primetime of the Jitterbug. The Grand Strand is also home to 650 acres of public parks and recreations that include: Grand Park, Whispering Pines Golf Course, and numerous other parks.

Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach

Oceanfront Vacation RentalsWhen it comes to vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is considered one of the top locations for family-friendly beaches and entertainment. The area has been voted the #1 Beach along the East Coast and has 60 miles of white sandy beaches and sparkling blue Atlantic waters. Myrtle Beach offers numerous vacation rentals including over 365 hotels, condotels, and other lodging properties. However, when choosing a vacation rental property, one must always keep in mind the location! Location is the key to an enjoyable stay at Myrtle Beach and with its luxurious oceanfront homes and condos, one can’t go wrong.

Myrtle Beach Rentals

When it comes to Myrtle Beach rental condos and homes, SC Beach Real Estate specializes in recommending excellent condos, condo communities, and short term home rentals. Since there are several options that deal with vacation rentals, one should know the pros and cons to each. Oceanfront Vacation RentalsFor instance, with condos there are enjoyable amenities that one may not have while staying in a beach home. Such amenities include: indoor and outdoor pools, lazy rivers, hot tub and spas, on site restaurants, and housekeeper. However, when enjoying a condo, one must keep in mind that it is a more compact space which may not be the best option for larger families and friends. This is a main difference between a Myrtle Beach condo and beach home. When enjoying an oceanfront beach home, there is a lot more space, mobility, and privacy! There may not be a convenience of an indoor pool or housekeeping but a larger family is able to have more freedom and liberty while staying comfortably in a larger area.

For more information on Myrtle Beach rentals, whether short term or long term, contact SC Beach Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals.


Unique Places to Live Along the Grand Strand

Myrtle Beach homeAlong the Grand Strand there are several unique communities to call home. For instance, the more popular spots around the coastal area include: Myrtle Beach, Little River, Murrells Inlet, and North Myrtle Beach. With all of these communities being remarkably charming it’s the perfect location for coastal living.

For more than a century, traveling to Myrtle Beach has been one of the best places to visit and now days more people are settling in the largest community along the Grand Strand. With entertainment such as the Myrtle Beach State Park, Broadway at the Beach, an assortment of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and attractions, Myrtle Beach is the place to be. There is also, the town of North Myrtle Beach that was founded more than 30 years ago and offers a wonderful family atmosphere with numerous fishing piers, shopping areas, and is home of the state’s dance, “The Shag.”

On the other hand, Carolina Forest Homeif you want to live at a slightly slower pace, Little River is known as a unique little town that lies just below the North Carolina border. In the 1700s, Little River was considered a refuge for pirates and Civil War blockade-runners in the 1800s. This quaint town is also very renowned for its Blue Crab Festival that is held each May. Another pleasant city along the Grand Strand is the Murrells Inlet community. This historic fishing village has earned the title of “sea-food capital of South Carolina,” and has an astonishing variety of fresh catches from its waters. Murrells Inlet also offers breathtaking inlet settings and activities such as: deep sea fishing, boat tours, kayaking, and much more!

With these wonderful communities, they have remarkable neighborhoods with price ranges to suit every budget. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, someone looking for retirement, or a vacation getaway, you’re bound to find the perfect location in the Grand Strand area. If you would like more information on real estate property, or Myrtle Beach rentals, contact SC Beach Real Estate at 843-492-4411 and our agents will be happy to assist you.


Myrtle Beach National Travel and Tourism Week

May 7-13th marks the 28th annual National Travel and Tourism Week. The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is joining the hundreds of cites, states, and businesses around the country in the annual salute to travel and tourism in the United States. The cities of Horry County who are participating are: Conway, Myrtle Beach, and Surfside Beach. They are making declarations for the week and according to the MBACC, there are nearly 15 million tourists that visit the Myrtle Beach area each year. The National Travel and Tourism Week was established as National Tourism Week in 1983 when the United States Congress passed a joint resolution designating the week to be celebrates in May 1984. President Ronald Reagan at that time signed a presidential proclamation urging citizens to observe the week.

For the celebration, the MBACC is planning a week of activities and promotions for visitors of the Grand Strand. For instance, the chamber’s visitor centers in Myrtle Beach will be serving complimentary refreshments during the week and the Myrtle Beach International Airport visitor center will have live music and offer refreshments throughout the week.


Myrtle Beach Vacation Marketing Efforts

On Tuesday, the Myrtle Beach business leaders found out how well their marketing efforts turned out from last year. The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce hired the Equation Research to present the results of the 2010 Conversion/Economic Impact Study. According to the Chamber officials in February, they told the Myrtle Beach City Council that the marketing efforts worded and according to Equation Research, “a third of visitors and advertising influenced their decision to come to Myrtle Beach.” With that said the marketing to bring in tourist made $307 for every dollar spent on marketing based for those who asked about the Myrtle Beach Vacationbeach and eventually came to the area. In 2010, there were about 66 percent of website visitors who came to the beach and resulted in more than 1 million travel parties last year.

Also, according to the research presented, “each visiting party spent, on average, the most on accommodations, $604; followed by $513 on restaurants/groceries, and $444 on shopping, as well as more on golf, entertainment, transportation and miscellaneous items. The spending is based on a survey of 2,270 people who requested information and came here last year.” Phil Vassar, the chairmen of the chamber’s marketing council stated that “ considering all the statistics, the sales tax has boosted business at the beach, luring folks to stay in hotels, eat out and play the golf courses…we take it all in and evaluate it all together…the marketing brought an increased number of people in here.” The Myrtle Beach officials say that the momentum of last year should continue into this summer and with new attractions such as the SkyWheel and WonderWorks, there is sure to be even better results!