Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Reopened

If you’re planning on coming to the Grand Strand for a golf holiday we wanted to let you know the status of the courses since last weekend’s storm. Hurricane Matthew shut down most of the golf courses in the area last weekend. There’s been a whole lot of clean up taking place since then and we want to bring you up to date with who is open and who isn’t at this point in time.

Golf Course Updates
Post Hurricane MB Golf Course Openings

Make the Most of a Late Season Autumn Beach Vacation

This is a fabulous time of year to visit the coastal area of South Carolina, especially the Grand Strand region, for an Autumn beach vacation. There are lots of annual events taking place up and down the coast. Many people have come to fully appreciate the advantages of enjoying North Myrtle Beach vacations later in the year rather than in the heat of summer. The vacation rentals we have at Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals, Inc. are proof of that!
Make the Most of a Late Season Autumn Beach VacationWith October comes an assortment of festivals that include the ever popular Oktoberfest taking place Friday, October 14 at Valor Park, The Market Common. The festival runs from 4 – 9 p.m Come out and enjoy the live German music. There’s a large selection of Oktoberfest beer and German food from 20+ vendors. Fun and games will be available for the kids including face painting, inflatables and more.
Make the Most of a Late Season Autumn Beach Vacation
The City of Conway is hosting their annual Conway Fall Festival on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will feature arts & crafts, entertainment, kids play zone, food, car show, Conway Superstars Performance and more. The event is being held at 3rd Avenue and Laurel Street.
Make the Most of a Late Season Autumn Beach Vacation
Don’t miss the 12th Annual Little River Shrimp Festival being held Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Historic Little River Waterfront (4460 Mineola Ave, Little River, SC 29566). This 2-day event includes live entertainment, kids’ activities, vendors, fresh shrimp and seafood specialties. If you’re a shrimp lover you’re sure to get your fill at this popular event!
Make the Most of a Late Season Autumn Beach Vacation
The 17th Annual Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-Off will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 11 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Hot Fish Club, King Street Grille, and Morse Park in Murrells Inlet. $1 sample tickets will be sold for chili. Beer from New South Brewing Company will also be available for purchase. There will be a fabulous line-up of live bands for your enjoyment. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. This event draws thousands of residents and visitors to raise money for the Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and has become a staple of Grand Strand events. Participants and attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable or canned food item to support the efforts of South Strand Helping Hand.



Lots of Late Summer Events Not to Miss

Lots of Late Summer Events Not to Miss
While the end of summer may be in sight there’s no end to the fun filled events taking place this time of year around the Grand Strand area of coastal South Carolina. Many people find this is the best time to be at the beach just because there are less people around and the lines are so much shorter. Once August passes by you’ll find the temperatures start to cool off ever so slightly. So grab your friends and head on out to any of the following late summer events and you’ll be glad you did.
Dog Days Blues and Jazz Festival
La Belle Amie Vineyard, Little River, SC

Come enjoy great wine, jazz and blues on Saturday, September 10 from 12-5 p.m. Tickets are just $8.
Aynor Hoe Down Festival
Aynor Town Park, Aynor, SC

There will be hundreds of arts and crafts and food vendors, musical and children’s entertainment, a parade and street dancing on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2016 Brunswick County Intercultural Festival
Brunswick Community College, SC

This festival, held Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a free annual event that brings together individuals and families from all walks of life. Come out to learn, understand and celebrate the diverse culture represented in our area communities.
Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
Huntington Beach State Park, SC

This festival takes place Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come enjoy fine art, live music and food vendors with the park’s natural beauty as a backdrop.
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
Pawleys Island, SC

From September 24 through October 15 this popular festival of music and art features musical performances as well as art throughout the town. A variety of events will include Chalk Under the Oaks, Food & Wine Gala, musical performances and plenty more.
13th Annual Irish Italian International Festival
421 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Don’t miss this popular festival being held September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival includes two stages of live entertainment, food from and assortment of local restaurants, lots of street performers, arts & crafts vendors and dance groups. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Mustang Week Revs Up Myrtle Beach Vacations

Mustang Week Revs Up Myrtle Beach Vacations

You don’t have to be a motor head to get excited about the arrival of Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to miss this popular event since these beauties are motoring throughout the Grand Strand area. If you’re looking for something to rev up your Myrtle Beach vacation check out the special events taking place for Mustang Week starting today.

Mustang Week runs from July 18 through July 24, 2016. Events are scheduled at a variety of venues through the Grand Strand area including the Myrtle Beach Mall, Myrtle Beach Speedway and other locations. No matter what year or type of Mustang you like to check out, Mustang Week should be on your list of events to visit.

Mustang Week Schedule

If you’re looking for last minute beach accommodations in the Myrtle Beach area be sure to call us at Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals Inc., 800-845-0833. We can fix you up with perfect accommodations at a rate that won’t leave your wallet empty.

Things You Should Know About Rip Tides and Currents

If your family is planning a trip to the beach this summer, it is important to realize the dangers of rip currents before swimming in the ocean. The following are things you should know about riptides and currents before going in the ocean. This year Rip Tide Awareness Week runs from June 5-11, 2016 so we want to share information about rip tides and currents with you from the NOAA site. Educate yourself about what to do if you or a family member gets caught up in a rip current and you’ll be able to free yourself from it to enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Things You Should Know About Rip Tides

Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore and are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers, especially for non-swimmers. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, 80 percent of surf beach rescues are a result of rip currents. In addition, more than 100 people die annually from drowning when they are unable to escape a rip current.
Rip currents form when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between the breaking waves at the beach. One of the ways this water returns to sea is to form a rip current, a narrow jet of water that moves swiftly offshore, roughly perpendicular to the shoreline. Under most tide and sea conditions the speeds are relatively slow, however when wave, tide and beach conditions are right, the speeds can quickly increase to become dangerous to anyone entering the surf, even the most experienced swimmers. Rip currents can be very narrow or extend in widths to hundreds of yards. The seaward pull of rip currents varies from just beyond the line of breaking waves to hundreds of yards offshore.
Some of the clues you can use to identify rip currents include:
    – a channel of churning or choppy water,
    – an area having a notable difference in water color,
    – a line of foam, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward,
    – or a break in the incoming wave pattern.
Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average vacationer. If you are concerned about the possibilities of rip currents occurring in the surf, it is best to ask a lifeguard before entering the water.
If you are caught in a rip current, keep calm, conserve energy and think clearly. Never fight against the current. Swim out of the current in a direction parallel to the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle away from the current and toward the shore. If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim toward shore. If you are unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arms and yelling for help.
If you see someone in trouble, don’t become a victim yourself. Many people drown each summer while trying to save someone else from a rip current. Get help from a lifeguard if one is available. If not, have someone call 911. Throw the rip current victim something that floats such as a life jacket, cooler or inflatable ball.
It is important to note that under any conditions rip currents can occur and beachgoers should know how to swim and to heed the advice of beach patrol before entering the surf. When areas of rip currents are marked with signs, respect the signage and avoid the area.

Treat Yourself to Horseback Riding in Myrtle Beach

Horseback Riding in Myrtle Beach

You may not automatically think of horseback riding when you picture a beach vacation but it’s one of the popular, most fun things, to do in this area. If you’ve never ridden a horse before don’t let that stop you! Knowledgeable and friendly staff (and very gentle horses!) will assist you every step of the way as they guide you along a predetermined trail. For those who ride often, there’s just something mesmerizing about riding a horse along the surf at the beach. Try it for yourself and you’ll agree – it’s an unforgettable experience!

Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach, LLC, offers a relaxing and memorable way to view the coastline of South Carolina. While the group will stay together, you will be able to ride at your own pace. Each of the charming tour guides are extremely friendly and will add a little southern hospitality to your journey. If you have prior experience horseback riding you may trot rather than walk. Horses have a very calm and obedient temperament and can be led into the shoreline to splash around if you would like.

Family Horse Back Riding

Horseback riding is available year round at different locations depending on the season it is:

From March 1 through October 31 horseback rides follow the beautiful country trails in Conway, SC.

From Nov. 1 through Feb. 28 rides will be along the coastline of Garden City Beach and Myrtle Beach.

Rides take place at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., seven days a week. Price for approx. 1.5 hours country trail ride is $60 and $85 for beach ride. Buddy seats are $30.

Reservations are required by calling Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach at (843) 997-1876. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance for full reimbursement.

Where to Find Bicycle Rentals in Myrtle Beach

With the summer season on the radar it won’t be long before the kids are out of school and insisting the family goes off on the annual vacation to Myrtle Beach. The kids will burn a ton of energy at the beach both on the sandy beachfront as well as playing in the surf. To keep things interesting make sure your family checks out the available bicycle rentals in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. It’s a great addition to any family summer vacation.

Where to Find Bicycle Rentals in Myrtle Beach

Here’s a list of the most popular spots to rent bikes around the Grand Strand region. Most places that rent bikes also rent a number of other sports related items that are sure to enhance your vacation at the beach.

Myrtle Beach Bicycle Rentals ‘n Tours
229 Cold Water Circle, Myrtle Beach
Phone: (843) 222-3840

Daily, weekly and monthly rentals of adults and children’s bikes that include helmets and locks. Entry bikes for all ages and levels. Free delivery in surrounding area. Reservations appreciated.

Mr. C’s Bicycles
720A Business Hwy 17N, Surfside Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 238-3222

The Oldest Bicycle Shop On The Grand Strand. Offering locals and tourists great prices and great service year round! New and used bike sales, rentals, service and repair. Rent for the day or rent for the week. Includes bicycle, basket and beverage holder. Weekly rentals also include lock and helmet.

Myrtle Beach Bicycles
10799 SC-707, Murrells Inlet, SC
Phone: (843) 215-7433

Rentals, repairs, service, and sales. Authorized dealer for Sun bicycles, Origin8, Bianchi, Terratrike, and RedLine Bicycles.

Woody’s Beach Rentals
208 Atlantic Avenue, Murrells Inlet, SC
Phone: (843) 357-2453

Located in the heart of Garden City Beach and 2 minutes from Surfside Beach. Renting golf carts, single and tandem kayaks, adults and kid’s bikes, tandem bikes and surfboards to beach chairs, umbrellas, beach games and stand up paddle boards.

Pedego Electric Bikes 3080 DeVille St., The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 602-6941

Offering electric bike sales, rentals, tours, ,service and amazing accessories. But most of all — fun!

Spending the Easter Holiday in Myrtle Beach

The arrival of springtime means different things to people. For some it’s a date on the calendar while for others it doesn’t truly arrive until that first spring day. But no matter where you and live and what the weather is, you can’t help but think of spring when you’re celebrating the Easter holiday. If you’re planning on spending the Easter holiday in Myrtle Beach this year we’ll tell you about some events taking place around the Grand Strand area. All are open to the public so be sure to check at least some of them out!

Spending the Easter Holiday in Myrtle Beach

Take the kids to visit the Easter Bunny at Inlet Square Mall from now until Easter. Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (break from 3 p.m.-4 p.m.), Sunday Noon-5 p.m. (break from 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.). Bring a camera and take some priceless photos!

Bunny Hop Easter Celebration will take place from 12 noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at Barefoot Landing. The event provides plenty of entertainment, food and games.

Come have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach on Saturday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The price is $9.95 per person. Kids 2 and under are free with a paying adult. Please make your reservations by calling (843) 946-0007.

There will be an Easter Bunny Brunch at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina this Saturday, March 26. Bring the family and enjoy a hot breakfast, a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny and lots of Easter-themed games and activities. Don’t forget to bring your own basket, bucket or bag for the Easter egg hunt. Two seatings: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You must register and purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are $6 for members and $12 for non-members.

The Town of Surfside Beach will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Children’s Festival on Saturday March 26 starting at 1 p.m. This popular event will begin promptly at 1 p.m. at Passive Park followed by the Children’s Festival at Fuller Park from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Other fun activities include train rides, inflatable buildings, face painting, balloons and more.

Come out to enjoy Easter Brunch at Gulfstream Café in Garden City from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Prices are $19.95 adults and $9.95 kids. For brunch and dinner reservations visit:


Easter Services & Worship
Many places of worship are offering special services for Good Friday and Easter Sunday, including a sunrise beachfront service in Garden City Beach.



Preferred Accommodations for Myrtle Beach Marathon 2016

The 19th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon is taking place from March 3-5, 2016. This year the marathon weekend will be better than ever with more events added to support additional charities. At Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals we are proud to be the providers of the most preferred accommodations for runners taking part in the marathon. Whether you’re looking for a small studio size cottage or a large home to share with others, we’re sure to have a place to stay that you’ll find to be both affordable and comfortable.

Preferred Accommodations for MB Marathon

The Myrtle Beach Marathon is a flat ocean course famous for new PR’s and qualifying times for races like the Boston Marathon. This marathon started as an outlet for runners to give back. In fact, it emerged from five residents of Myrtle Beach participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” (TNT) program. More events were added over time, as was support for additional charities, to extend what was a one day race into a marathon weekend.

Today, each Marathon event supports one or more charities including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina, the Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Horry County Schools. The Myrtle Beach Marathon is proud to have helped these organizations raise more than $3 million over the last 17 years.

Features you should know about the Myrtle Beach Marathon include:
• Our 60 miles of wide, clean, sandy beaches
• Over 2,000 dining venues from casual to fine dining
• More than 110 championship golf courses in the Grand Strand alone
• Numerous live entertainment, theaters and exciting nightlife
• Cultural activities and historic sites galore
• Unlimited outlet malls, specialty boutiques and specialty stores
• Freshwater, ocean and deep sea saltwater fishing
• Tons of exercise facilities and so much more!

Online registration for this year’s marathon ends March 1st.

Best Movie Theaters in Myrtle Beach SC

One of the many fun things to do around Myrtle Beach when you’re vacationing here is to take in one of the latest movies. Who doesn’t love the super big screen, popcorn and soda, packed seats and the laughter and tears that only a great film can provide? We’ll share with you where to go to find the best movie theaters in Myrtle Beach SC and you just might see us there!
Best Movie Theaters in Myrtle Beach SC

Grand 14 Cinema at Market Common
4002 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach SC
Phone: (843) 282-0550


Cinemark at Coastal Grand Mall
2100 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 839-3225


Broadway 17 at Broadway at the Beach
1175 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 445-1616


Ripley’s 5D Moving Theatre
915 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 448-2331


IMAX 3D Theater
1195 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 448-IMAX


Check around to see what is playing at each of the theaters above then decide what you want to see and when it starts. Grab the family and head on over giving yourself plenty of time to get there in a relaxed state of mind. But don’t forget to grab some popcorn and soda on your way in! It’s a delightful way to spend an afternoon or evening while in the area.