Category Archives: Vacation Information

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!


Cherry Grove Rentals

Cherry Grove HomeSearching for that perfect Cherry Grove rental or trying to determine if Cherry Grove is the right place for you? Cherry Grove Beach is located in North Myrtle Beach which includes a variety of rentals which include oceanfront homes, oceanfront condos, and houses along the channel. Cherry Grove is one of the most peaceful, serene, and famous communities along the Grand Strand. Just below the North Carolina state line, it is one of the oldest residential areas and offers a fantastic place for families. Cherry Grove is also minutes away from two marinas to dock the boat or rent some jet skis. These Marinas also have waterfront dining and entertainment located in North Myrtle Beach and Little River both locations less than 10 minutes away. Cherry Grove conveniently has a grocery store steps from the ocean along with Cherry Grove’s famous pizzeria Basils, Dairy Hut’s Ice cream, and many more irresistible locations. It is also home to the Cherry Grove Pier that has record-setting catches including a world record 1780lb. Tiger Shark and a record 98 lb. Tarpon. Cherry Grove is also one of the best beaches along the Grand Strand and on the East Coast. This area also connects to the North Myrtle Beach Main Street where the Shag dance was created. Also, just minutes away from the heart of Myrtle Beach if your feeling adventurous and want to ride the world’s largest Ferris wheel with over one million LED lights and walk the newly built boardwalk this is where it all happens. This is a great location and offers a little bit of everything, including great restaurants, miniature and regular golf courses, shopping, and is a great place to just relax! The beaches have plenty of free places to park and are the perfect family location.


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!


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 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.


Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Update

The SkyWheel is one of Myrtle Beach’s new attractions this year and its grand opening will be Friday, May 20, 2011. The SkyWheel consist of 42 gondolas that will go around as the wheel turns. This allows people to see as far north as the South/North Carolina boarder and as far south as the Inlet. Of the 42 gondolas, one will be a V.I.P. with leather seats and a glass bottom. It will also rotate around six times while the regular will go around three times. The admission will be $12 for adults, $8 for ages 3-11, military, and 55 and older, and those 2 and younger will get on free. The SkyWheel attraction will be fitted with 1 million LED light bulbs for after dark display and special effects will kick in for a full-blown light show once or twice a night. So come on out this Friday night and support the opening of a great attraction! The SkyWheel is located at 1101 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach and the hours of operation will be 10 a.m. until 2 a.m.


Myrtle Beach – Beach Rules

On May 17, 2011, The Horry County Council passed the third reading of the proposed “uniform beach rules” for the county. Some of the potential items that may become uniformed within the county include: the times animals are allowed on the beach, the distances that motorboats and jet-skis must be from the shoreline, beach tents and umbrellas, alcoholic beverages, and carrying glass containers.

In regards to when animals are allowed on the beach, the ordinance states that approves animals must be on a hand-held leash no longer than seven-feet long and may not be on the beach between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. May 1 through Labor Day. The person in control of the animal is also responsible for its cleanup.

Motorboats must be 400 yards from the shoreline, while jet-skis must be 100 yards from the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. With beach tents and umbrellas many are in favor of restricting these items since they can be a distraction to lifeguards and make it harder for them to see the people on the beach and in the water.

Currently the ordinance allows “shading devices” to be 12-feet by 12-feet in size and they must be ten feet away from other shading devices (with the exception of circular umbrellas measure 7.5 feet in diameter) and cannot be on the beach between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. Also, the use of alcoholic beverages and carrying glass containers will continue to be prohibited on all county beaches.

The spokesperson for the City of Myrtle Beach, Mark Kruea, said that while county may pass these ordinances, some many choose to have their own regulations. For example, the City of North Myrtle Beach recently passed a regulation concerning dogs on the beach so it may choose to stay with that regulation, rather than the County’s. However, the dog rule is the same as the proposed ordinance, so the city and county would be uniform.


Travel Insurance for Vacationers

If you are like many travelers, cheap travelers insurance seems almost impossible to find and many consider it unnecessary. However, having travelers insurance is something that everyone should have. Of course, many travelers are tightening their budgets for vacation but many should realize that having insurance pays off in the long run.

Finding cheap travel insurance is not as hard as you think and there are several ways to go about saving. Travelers need to search for insurance at a discount rate and the best way to find discounted rates are to compare travel insurance as soon as you start planning your trip. First, take into consideration if your trip is a one time or annually. Another factor to consider would be if you are traveling overseas or domestically. All of these factors are very important when determining the price of the insurance.

When comparing prices the simplest method is to start online. Doing a quick internet search will quickly bring you to websites that allow you to look at various types of travel insurance polices. There are numerous policies such as worldwide travel insurance, annual travel insurance, single trip, and multi trip policies with a variety of options.

Of course, saving is on everyone’s mind but when buying insurance you need to at least make sure certain situations are covered. For instance, make sure trip cancellations or delays, lost baggage, and personal liability are covered. After determining the precise type of direct travel insurance that meets your need then your options will narrow down and allow you to research companies more in-depth. Protecting yourself is the main key to a successful vacation or trip and finding a good travel insurance policy will give you confidence and reassurance that you are protected.


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!