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Discover the Best Time to Visit Myrtle Beach

If you’re looking for an easy answer to the question, then the summertime is likely the clear choice. However, it’s not always that simple. In fact, all the seasons are wonderful options for your next vacation! It depends on what you’re hoping to get out of your experience. Our guide offers a brief overview of the seasons so that you can decide on the best time to visit Myrtle Beach for yourself. Your final decision might surprise you after weighing the pros and cons of each one! Of course, no matter when you visit, you’re welcome to book one of our vacation rental properties in the area and make your experience special.

Choose the Best Time to Visit Myrtle Beach for You

Summer


The weather is warm, the beaches are beautiful, and the boardwalk is full of life.

Ask a person who has been to Myrtle Beach before, and they’ll typically tell you that summer is the top choice for your visit. The weather is warm, the beaches are beautiful, the boardwalk is full of life, and the kids are out of school, making it ideal for a family vacation. There are plenty of benefits of visiting in the summer, but there are also a few things you should keep in mind, too. Some days can get very hot and humid, and your favorite attractions might become crowded during the peak season. Just make sure you travel smart, wear sunscreen, and drink plenty of water, and you’re in for a truly memorable summer in Myrtle Beach!

Summer Events:

Spring

See what’s blooming at Brookgreen Gardens.

If you’re searching for slightly cooler weather in Myrtle Beach with just as many opportunities for fun activities, then you should consider a visit in the spring. It’s the perfect season for nature lovers! You can stroll along less-crowded beaches, lace up your hiking boots and explore walking trails, and see what’s blooming at Brookgreen Gardens in addition to all the beauty in bloom around you. 

Spring Events:

Fall

Make dozens of lasting memories along the Grand Strand.

Fall is another great option for those of you that are looking to avoid the crowds of summer yet still make dozens of lasting memories along the Grand Strand. Daytime temperatures usually range from the mid to high 70s while evening temperatures only get down to around 50 degrees. Plus, you might be able to witness some vibrant fall foliage depending on when you visit.

Fall Events:

Winter

Trade the snow-covered pathways and icy roads for beautiful beaches and nature trails.

Attention, all snowbirds — this is the season for you! Myrtle Beach is a prime destination to escape all that frigid weather up north. Trade the snow-covered pathways and icy roads for beautiful beaches and nature trails. It’s a fantastic time to hit the links at our area’s top golf courses without having to worry about any crowds, wait times, or distractions. Plus, you can take advantage of off-season rates on Myrtle Beach properties. Just don’t forget to check out all the holiday celebrations, too!

Winter Events:

Find Your Year-Round Happy Place

We have a variety of fantastic properties throughout the North Myrtle Beach area to help you get started.

Explore our properties now and enjoy the ultimate getaway!

Have you chosen your favorite time to visit Myrtle Beach, yet? Don’t wait to start planning your vacation — get started today! We have a variety of fantastic properties throughout the North Myrtle Beach area to help you get started. All you need to do is pick your favorite, and we’ll make sure everything is perfect for your upcoming stay. They offer the best of both worlds with serene locations along the shoreline while only being a short drive away from the tourist attractions and nightlife of Myrtle Beach. Think it can’t get better? Think again! We also offer several different specials and deals to help you save money and make more memories while you’re here.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.


Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in the Myrtle Beach Area

School’s finally out! And kids can’t wait to head to the beach for swimming, boogie boarding and building sand castles. But at Myrtle Beach, the fun goes far beyond the sand and surf. Families return to Myrtle Beach every year for its wealth of kid-friendly activities, amusement parks, water parks and special events happening all summer long. 

There’s so much to do, in fact, that you may have a tough time knowing where to start. That’s why the Vantage team put together this list of our Top 10 things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach, SC.   

Vantage also has plenty of kid-friendly options for your stay, including properties with pools, game rooms and video game systems. Browse our properties and book yours today!

Our Top 10 List for Kids

1. WonderWorks

Wonderworks
WonderWorks is a one-of-a-kind amusement park!

WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach is a one-of-a-kind amusement park—and the perfect place to spend rainy days. Enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits and learn about natural disasters, light and sound, space and more. WonderWorks features plenty of pulse-pumping activities in its laser tag arena, 6D extreme theater, indoor ropes course and Xtreme 360 bikes. 

Kids of all ages can spend hours trying all the crazy challenges and tapping into their creative side. There’s even a life-size Lite Brite, optical illusions, a hurricane shack, a giant piano and a replica of the one-person capsule that launched as part of NASA’s Project Mercury.

2. Alligator Adventure

There’s a good chance you’ll get to see a live alligator feeding!

For a unique—and educational—experience, visit Alligator Adventure, one of the most popular attractions in North Myrtle Beach. There’s a good reason they call this place the Reptile Capital of the World. Open seven days a week, Alligator Adventure gives you the exciting opportunity to see hundreds of animal species, including albino alligators, crocs, snakes, lizards, exotic birds, monkeys and hyenas. 

This 15-acre park in Barefoot Landing is home to some of the animal kingdom’s most vicious predators, like Utan—considered the largest crocodile on exhibit in the United States at just over 18 feet. There’s a good chance you’ll get to see a live alligator feeding, where massive gators leap from the water to snatch a meal. All of the creatures at Alligator Adventure are a sight to see while you’re visiting Myrtle Beach, SC with kids.

3. Ripley’s Aquarium

Learn about jellyfish, the octopus and other colorful species.

Ripley’s Aquarium is not your average fish tank. Dive in—yes, in the water—to get up close and personal with sea creatures like sea turtles, giant stingrays and even sharks. For something a little less hands-on, try the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure, which puts you in the shark tank separated by a few inches of glass. 

Exhibits at Ripley’s Aquarium give kids a glimpse of the vibrant undersea life around the world, including the Rio Amazon and the Indo-Pacific coral reef. They’ll learn about jellyfish, the octopus and other colorful species that inhabit the ocean’s mysterious ecosystem.

4. Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

A thrilling adventure your kids will always remember.

Don’t just go out to dinner. Go way out—as part of a thrilling adventure you and your kids will always remember. The popular Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show invites your whole family to join Captain Blackbeard in his search for treasure. Between bites of your tasty four-course feast, revel in the excitement of swashbuckling acrobats, sea lions, tropical birds and mermaids.

5. Miniature Golf

Myrtle Beach has plenty of miniature golf options.

What’s a beach vacation without a little friendly competition at your favorite miniature golf course? Myrtle Beach has plenty of options, including Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf, Cancun Lagoon Adventure Golf, Dragon’s Lair Miniature Golf, Gilligan’s Island Funland Golf and Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf—rated the top miniature golf course in the world! (Be careful of the volcano.)

6. Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum
The Hollywood Wax Museum has it all!

Take the kids to the Hollywood Wax Museum to learn about and pose with their favorite superstars and snap pictures for the perfect souvenir. Prop stations have plenty of hats, microphones, tiaras and other swag to complete the shot. Say “cheese!” next to actors, athletes and style icons that look astoundingly real. 

While you’re there, get lost in Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors or capture zombies at Outbreak – Dread the Undead. If you’re looking for a fun and unique experience with kids, the Hollywood Wax Museum has it all. If you need help finding the museum, just look for the gigantic King Kong on the roof.

7. Barefoot Landing

There are tons of fun shops, candy stores, ice cream shops and over 20 restaurants and eateries.

Options abound for kids of all ages at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. From June to September, SummerFest! offers nightly live entertainment—music, juggling, dance demonstrations, special guests, you name it. Come on a Monday and enjoy the dazzling fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Really, any time is a great time to bring the kids to Barefoot Landing. There are tons of fun shops, candy stores, ice cream shops and over 20 restaurants and eateries. Kids love the classic merry-go-round, and there are games galore. Check out the Barefoot Landing calendar of events to see what’s happening during your visit to Myrtle Beach.

8. Broadway at the Beach

Fireworks displays paint the sky every Tuesday night during the summer months.

Broadway at the Beach has a little bit of everything all summer long. This is where you’ll find WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium, but those are just two of the big attractions here. Other kid (and parent) favorites include the Backstage Mirror Maze, the Beach Rider Jet Boat, mini golf and the amusement rides at Pavilion Park. You can even zipline across the lake at Soar & Explore

Sit back and enjoy a Legends in Concert—a live tribute show featuring world-class impersonators. Plus, family-friendly festivals happen throughout the year, and fireworks displays paint the sky every Tuesday night during the summer months.

9. Activities on the water

Water Park
Myrtle Waves waterpark is always a huge hit!

After a whole school year spent sitting at their desks, kids are ready to let loose when they visit Myrtle Beach. Rent kayaks or take surf lessons to let them channel all that pent-up energy. Myrtle Beach also has plenty of options for jet ski rentals, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, water tubing, water skiing and wake surfing. 

Families can hop on a charter boat for some deep sea fishing or take a dolphin cruise to see these playful creatures right off Myrtle Beach’s shores. 

With kids’ play areas, tubes, slides and more, Myrtle Waves waterpark is always a huge hit and a great way to beat the summer heat.

10. Outdoor excursions

More than 7,000 camp sites along the coast.

Did you know Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is considered the campground capital of the world? The Grand Strand boasts almost a dozen campgrounds and more than 7,000 camp sites along the coast. Make s’mores, tell scary stories and stargaze for the ultimate family vacation highlight. 

State parks are also a great way to take a break from the beach but enjoy the summer weather. Check out Myrtle Beach State Park or Huntington Beach State Park to get some fresh air and stroll along nature trails. Kids also love the T.I.G.E.R.S. Myrtle Beach Safari, an opportunity to explore 50 acres of a wildlife preserve—home to 130 endangered animals including wolves, apes, elephants and the world’s largest cat.

Plan your kid-friendly Myrtle Beach getaway

Book your favorite property direct through Vantage!

Myrtle Beach has no shortage of activities for kids of all ages. No matter what the kids in your crew enjoy, from high-energy sports to educational exhibits, the options in Myrtle Beach will keep them engaged and excited to return for years to come.

You can keep the fun going throughout your vacation by choosing a rental property that caters to families. Let a Vantage reservationist help you find your perfect fit. You can also browse and book Myrtle Beach vacation rentals online. Once you find your favorite property, be sure you book direct through Vantage. That way you know you’re getting the best possible rate.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Myrtle Beach for Nature Lovers

Venture off the beaten path and discover the great outdoors

Ready to get wild on your vacation? Venture off the beaten path and discover the great outdoors, Myrtle Beach, SC, style. You’ll escape the daily grind when you surround yourself in the diverse flora and fauna of South Carolina’s lowcountry. Whether you prefer flip flops or hiking shoes, the natural excursions here are a breath of fresh air for the whole family.

First things first: setting up camp in the great indoors. You’re going to want to cool off and relax in comfort after all your outdoor activity. Explore your options for North Myrtle Beach from Vantage that put you just a short drive away from these top natural attractions and activities:

Brookgreen Gardens: A retreat for the senses


The butterfly garden is a delight for all ages.

Spanning more than 9,000 meticulously curated acres, Brookgreen Gardens is accurately billed “a unique melding of art, nature and history.” You could spend days here and still not see it all. (The guided tours will help you cover the essentials.)

Brookgreen is home to the country’s largest collection of American figurative sculpture—more than 2,000 pieces by over 400 artists set against a lush garden backdrop. There are also three indoor galleries with smaller but no less impressive works.  

Speaking of garden backdrops, beauty is always in bloom in Brookgreen’s Botanical Gardens—a natural masterpiece that draws visitors from around the world. Among the most impressive displays: the 250-year-old Live Oaks towering overhead on Live Oak Allée. The butterfly garden with four wings is a delight for all ages. Stroll through a series of more formal, masterfully designed gardens bursting with color and fragrance.

The Lowcountry Zoo allows you to get close to and learn about animals native to the Myrtle Beach area that are feeling the strain of rapid development. Alligators, bald eagles, river otters, red and grey foxes, and many species of waterfowl call the zoo home.

Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been named the in the top 10 Public Gardens by Coastal Living Magazine and top 10 South Carolina attractions by USA Today.

Huntington Beach State Park: A stroll back in time

Observe birds and other wildlife.

Just across the highway from Brookgreen Gardens you’ll find Huntington Beach State Park—2,500 acres of natural treasures offering a welcome break from the busier beaches on the Grand Strand.

Enjoy the sun and surf here with over three miles of beachfront, with convenient restrooms and shower facilities. Fishing is permitted along certain sections of the beach with a South Carolina salt water fishing license.

Be sure to take a tour of Atalaya—the historic winter home that once belonged to the park’s namesakes, Archer and Anna Huntington. (Anna created some of the sculptures on display at Brookgreen.) The sprawling one-story house, inspired by Moorish architecture from the Mediterranean coastline, boasts over 30 rooms, a large courtyard and its own water tower.

Huntington Beach State Park’s hiking trails cater to a variety of outdoor enthusiasts, with several spots to observe birds and other wildlife. For something a little different and definitely memorable, book a tour of the park by Segway PT Glide from Myrtle Beach Segway.

Myrtle Beach State Park: An escape from the crowds

Myrtle Beach State Park

No nature lover’s itinerary would be complete without a visit to Myrtle Beach State Park—nearly a mile of wide, uncrowded seashore, along with miles of hiking trails, a beachfront boardwalk, picnic facilities and a peaceful fishing pier.

The hiking trails offer a relatively easy and flat trek throughout the park. You’ll see large sections of undisturbed maritime forest. Interpretive signs along the way help you identify different tree species.

Try your luck on the fishing pier and you could take home dinner of king and Spanish mackerel, flounder, red drum, bluefish, sea trout and other game fish known to frequent the area. You pay a nominal fee to enter the pier, but no license is required.

Depending on when you drop by, you may be able to visit the park’s Nature Center for family-friendly educational programs and meet some friendly critters.

The Waccamaw River: An enchanting excursion



The banks are lined with cypress trees tufts of Spanish moss

Drive just 15 minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach and you’ll discover one of South Carolina’s most breathtaking natural attractions—the Waccamaw River. The banks are lined with cypress trees and their trademark tufts of Spanish moss. Flowing water and songbirds are the only sounds you’ll hear.  

Try a guided eco-tour by kayak of the Waccamaw and its nearby creeks and swamps with the folks at Black River Outdoors. Fishing and birding tours are also available.

The crew at Waccamaw River Tours [offer narrated nature and wildlife excursions by boat, where you’ll learn about the history of the area and all the creatures that make it their home.

We’ll show you the way

Cool off and relax in comfort.

Finding your perfect vacation rental comes naturally to our team. We can’t wait to help you plan your memorable Myrtle Beach, SC, vacation. 

Contact our friendly reservation specialists at (888) 303-4110 to get on the right path. It’s also easy to browse and book direct at www.VantageMyrtleBeach.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates and the best selection.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Summer Vacation Rental Deals in Myrtle Beach, SC

Ready or not, summer is here. If you’ve been putting off booking your family’s beach vacation, we have some good news: Not only can you still book an amazing Myrtle Beach rental property, but you can save big on your stay!

Vantage now has a wide selection of vacation rentals with deals in Myrtle Beach, including reduced rates for peak times. In a way, your procrastination has paid off. But make sure you find and book your favorite beach house very soon, because with these special deals, they won’t last long.

North Beach 213

Ocean views and upgrades!

Rates reduced by 20% for June, 10% for July and 5% for August.

Ocean views and upgrades highlight this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo in North Beach Towers. For summer 2019, you’ll be among the first to enjoy the granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, upscale décor and other luxury upgrades.

Plus, North Beach offers some of the Grand Strand’s finest high-end resort amenities. Take the complimentary shuttle around the community to the Cinzia Spa or 21 Main, the on-site steak and sushi restaurant. Cool off in a cabana or at any of the eight indoor and outdoor pools, including the amazing Caribbean-themed beachfront pool.

Ocean Creek

57 acres of natural beauty with first-class amenities

Our Ocean Creek vacation rental options bring you inside 57 acres of natural beauty with first-class amenities. Spend your days sunning and playing on the clean, quiet sandy beaches. Refresh and rejuvenate in one of the many crystal-clear pools. Take a stroll among the beautiful, bountiful gardens. Enjoy a friendly game of tennis or beach volleyball. Start your morning with breakfast at the Four Seasons Restaurant, then grab lunch or dinner at the lively Beach Cabana Bar. There’s no reason to leave!

Ocean Creek K4

Kick back and soak in the stunning views

Rates reduced by 20% for June and 15% for July and August.

Kick back and soak in the stunning views of the ocean as well as the surrounding gardens and fountain pond. This luxurious three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo features an all new, beautifully updated kitchen for the summer of 2019, plus a refurbished living room. For quality downtime, there are new 40-inch televisions in each bedroom.

Ocean Creek L2274

Enjoy coffee and cocktails on the screened-in porch

Rates reduced by 15% for July and 10% for August.

Beach vibes flow throughout this two-bedroom, two-bathroom Lodge Villa condo. Surrounded by woodlands, this rental provides the perfect balance of fresh air and upscale amenities. Enjoy coffee and cocktails on the screened-in porches with views of the pool.

Ocean Creek EE13

Enjoy your oversized private balcony overlooking the ocean

Rates reduced 10% for June and July and 5% for August.

This is what staying oceanfront is all about. Step onto your oversized private balcony overlooking the ocean and fill your lungs with salty sea air. Let the warm breezes carry your worries away as you look for dolphins playing in the surf. The inside of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo also has plenty of room for everyone to claim their spot in both living and dining areas.

Ocean Creek K2

Begin and end each day with views of the ocean

Rates reduced 15% for June and July and 10% for August.

Bright, airy, comfortable—this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo puts you in beach vacation mode the moment you step inside. Begin and end each day with maximum relaxation on the shaded balcony with views of the ocean and water features.

Ocean Creek DD10

Relax in this 30’ x 30’ private rear deck

Rates reduced 40% for June, 30% for July and 20% for August.

There’s no question the big draw of this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is its massive 30’ x 30’ private rear deck overlooking the lush community. It’s the perfect place to spend hours sharing memories and making new ones. The condo sleeps eight and is ideally suited for large groups and families.

Ocean Creek G2707

Screened porch looking out onto your private backyard

Rates reduced 15% for July and 10% for August.

Picture your family spending mornings and evenings together on your own screened porch looking out onto your private backyard. If that sounds good, check out this peaceful Ocean Creek townhome. There’s even a wood-burning fireplace for s’mores indoors!

Ocean Creek CC5

Views of both the ocean and the tidal creek

Rates reduced 20% for July and 10% for August.

Bright colors, gorgeous wood floors and furniture made for relaxation greet you inside this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo. Your private balcony—accessible from the living room and master bedroom—offers tranquil views of both the ocean and the tidal creek that meanders through the community.

Save with Summer Sale Deals for Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach

We’ll help you find the perfect beach house

It’s time to cross this task off your list and get your family’s North Myrtle Beach vacation on the calendar. Act fast to be sure you get the dates you want—and the special summer deals that keep money in your pocket. 

We’ll help you find the perfect beach house for your group and budget. Just call a Vantage reservationist at (888) 303-4110. You can explore more North Myrtle Beach properties and book direct at www.VantageMyrtleBeach.com to get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Make the Most of Your Visit With These Free Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

Planning the ultimate beach vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. Savvy travelers can always find fun, free things to do in Myrtle Beach if they know where to look. Luckily, we do, and we’re happy to share our knowledge with you! Our list has everything from outdoor adventures to must-see events so you can keep the whole family happy while keeping your wallet happy, too. Once you build your itinerary, book direct with Vantage Vacation Rentals for the most value on your stay!

Free Attractions and Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

Relax on the Beach

Unwinding at the beach

It’s a great feeling when one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach is also completely free — unwinding at the beach! All you need is some sunscreen, and you’re in for a delightful day at the shore. Find a spot in the sand to sunbathe, hunt for seashells, dive into the cool waters, or relax with your favorite book. Many of our vacation rentals even come with free beach gear like umbrellas and chairs for you to enjoy!

South Carolina Hall of Fame

South Carolina Hall of Fame offers a whole lot of history!

Don’t worry if the weather isn’t ideal for a day at the beach. Myrtle Beach is full of free rainy day activities as well, like exploring the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Several influential figures have impacted South Carolina’s history over the years, and this is a great place to learn all about them. It’s a fairly small hall, but it packs a whole lot of history dating back to the 18th century!

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

Explore a world of creativity

Admission is free, and so is the fascination at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. It’s the only art museum in the area, home to 11 galleries and a variety of rotating exhibits. Bring the whole family and explore a world of creativity via paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more!

Horry County Bike & Run Park


Seven miles of trails to explore!

Do you hear adventure calling your name? Answer the call with a visit to the Bike & Run Park, also known as “The Hulk.” The seven miles of trails here are popular among runners and mountain bikers, offering excitement and exercise for all! Keep in mind that this isn’t your typical trail system for peaceful walks in the woods. You’ll find several twists, turns, and hills to get a full workout as you explore nature!

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

If you prefer leisurely strolls by the shore, we highly recommend walking along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This 1.2-mile stretch is perfect for soaking up the coastal charm of the area. For a small fee, you can also walk along the 2nd Ave Pier that juts out into the water for beautiful oceanfront views. Don’t forget to check out Hot Summer Nights at Plyer Park for free concerts and family-friendly activities all summer long!

Broadway at the Beach

Fireworks Myrtle Beach
Plan your trip with a free fireworks display!

Are you in the mood for a little window shopping or people watching? Head over to Broadway at the Beach, a bustling area that’s full of unique stores and eateries. Spend hours walking throughout Broadway or grab a seat on a bench and relax in the shade. You can even grab a handful of fish food from the dispensers and feed the carp in Lake Broadway for just a couple of quarters. Make sure you sync your visit with the free fireworks displays to get the most value out of your trip!

More Free Events in Myrtle Beach

Mustang Week September 2 – 8, 2019

Join the excitement at a variety of free events this year! Here are some more of the must-see celebrations you should mark your calendars for in 2019:

Enjoy It All With Vantage Vacation Rentals

Relax in a peaceful, family-friendly community

Complete the ideal, budget-friendly vacation by booking your stay with Vantage Vacation Rentals! We offer a wide selection of properties in beautiful North Myrtle Beach with options in every price range. So, you can relax in a peaceful, family-friendly community while being minutes away from the excitement in Myrtle Beach. Plus, our seasonal specials help you get even more value out of your trip!Browse our rentals and find your happy place today!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Our Favorite Things in North Myrtle Beach: A Locals’ Guide

Family-Friendly
Family-Friendly

Locals and visitors love North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for its family-friendly vibe, uncrowded beaches and the extraordinary variety of experiences. There’s so much to see and do here, you may have trouble choosing—especially when you only have a limited amount of time.

No worries, because we have the inside scoop! The Vantage team lives and works in the Grand Strand year-round, and we’re constantly getting feedback from guests about what they love best about North Myrtle Beach. So we’ve put together this guide to our favorite things and theirs. We’ll be happy to share even more when you book your vacation rental property.

Favorite adventures and activities

Kayaking Tour
Cruise around the sound in kayaks

North Myrtle Beach offers remarkable, up-close wildlife encounters for you and your family. You may even forget you’re in South Carolina. Start with Alligator Adventure—the reptile capital of the world—featuring alligators, bobcats, hyenas, lemurs and Utan, the largest crocodile on exhibit in the United States. Learn about these mysterious creatures during live educational shows and the can’t-miss gator feedings.

Continue your walk on the wild side at T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, another unique nature destination where visitors can watch large cats and cubs at play. Get your picture taken feeding a tiger cub or cuddling with a monkey and watch your Instagram feed blow up!

When you’re ready for some friendly competition, North Myrtle Beach’s miniature golf courses provide plenty of options for family fun. Mayday Golf, Paradise Adventures Golf and Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf courses include facts, stories and themes, complete with tropical islands, helicopters, train rides, mountains, Mayan pyramids and lost treasure as you putt your way to the finish.

For a cool day of water fun, cruise around the sound in kayaks and paddleboards from J&L Kayaks. Don’t feel like paddling? Try the jet skis and pontoons at Action Water Sportz. At New Wave Watersports, you can enjoy stunning views from above by parasail, or zoom past the beach on a banana boat. Splashing and laughter guaranteed.

golf
Enjoy world-class golf courses

Want to sneak away for some adult time on your beach vacation? North Myrtle Beach has over 20 world-class golf courses to choose from. Sample up to 10 wines from Duplin Winery—the oldest and largest wine tasting venue in the South. Try solving the crime during a murder mystery dinner at the famous House of Blues. The Alabama Theatre hosts resident variety shows and live performances from beloved artists, including the likes of Three Dog Night, Wynonna Judd and Josh Turner.

Favorite places to shop

Glass blower
So many shopping options!

Shopping is one of the most popular things to do in North Myrtle Beach for locals as well as visitors. The latest attraction here is Coastal Town Center—a brand-new venue with 21 stores offering clothes, jewelry, crafts sporting goods, food and much more.

Barefoot Landing is a perennial favorite of North Myrtle Beach residents. A relaxing sanctuary along the Intercostal Waterway featuring a 27-acre lake, this destination combines serene surroundings and a niche shopping experience. With 100 different national and local boutiques and restaurants, there’s enough to keep the whole family engaged for an entire day. And if the kids get antsy, Alligator Adventure and the T.I.G.E.R.S. Prevention Station are right next door.

A short drive from North Myrtle Beach, Tanger Outlets is discount city. Large factory outlet stores make up much of the shopping here, and we all know what that means—deals by the bagful. If that’s not enough, you’re just across the highway from more stores and a movie theater at Myrtle Beach Mall.

Favorite places to eat

Seafood Restaurant

No locals’ guide to North Myrtle Beach would be complete without focusing on the fantastic restaurant choices. We could write an entire book on this topic alone, but we’ll just give you a little nibble here. Fresh coastal cuisine and good vibes are always on the menu at Lulu’s, with live music and an outdoor play area. Filet’s on the Water pleases every palate with succulent steaks, sushi and seafood. Flying Fish Public Market and Grill serves up southern delicacies with a side of shrimp. For something on the cozier side, Joe’s Bar and Grill offers amazing cuisine matched only by the panoramic views of the saltwater marsh.

Beyond North Myrtle Beach

Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum

If you’re seeking a change of scenery, take the short drive south and explore some of our favorite things in the Myrtle Beach area. Broadway at the Beach is the total package—dining, shopping, live entertainment, special events and nightlife. You must take the crew to WonderWorks—dubbed an amusement park for the mind, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. You’ll have no trouble finding the place, since it’s the only upside-down building in town. Ripley’s Aquarium is here, too, along with more mini-golf courses and the thrilling Beach Rider jet boat. Get your picture taken with your favorite celebrities (sort of) at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center. Fulfill your need for speed driving a NASCAR race car around the Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is another local treasure, with the gigantic SkyWheel, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum and the landmark 2nd Avenue Pier. Channel your inner Jack Sparrow and bring all your buccaneers to catch the swashbuckling excitement of the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show.

Find your favorites with Vantage


Enjoy the view with Vantage!

We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to recommendations for your visit to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That’s the beauty of working with locals to book your vacation rental. We know the Grand Strand, we know what’s popular and we’re more than happy to help you find just what you’re looking for. Let’s start by finding your favorite accommodations. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist at (888) 303-4110 to book the very best spot for your family and friends. You can also browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Awesome in the Off-Season | Myrtle Beach, SC

Year-Round Fun for the Whole Family

Thanks to its subtropical climate, Myrtle Beach enjoys short, mild RipleysAquariumwinters and warm, sunny weather in the spring and fall.  Bring the whole family into town in the off-season and enjoy a relaxing vacation of shopping, entertainment, and attractions.  One of the best places to visit in Myrtle Beach, no matter what the weather, is Broadway at the Beach, a 350-acre oasis of entertainment venues, restaurants, and shops.  This includes the popular Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, where you can “play with the stars” and snap a photo with wax figures of your famous A-list idols – such as Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Robert DeNiro, Dolly Parton, and Elvis Presley!  Afterwards, head over to the Backstage Mirror Maze for a mind-bending adventure of infinite reflections or experience a zombie apocalypse at Outbreak, a thrilling haunted walk through an experiment-gone-wrong in a biotech lab.  Be sure to stop by Ripley’s Aquarium, a beautiful two-story facility with wide a variety of marine life, educationalopportunities, and unique experiences including diving with sharks and swimming with stingrays!

Natural Beauty, History & Wildlife

Take advantage of Myrtle Beach’s impressive natural beauty with a BrookgreenGardenswalk through the Brookgreen Gardens. Located in Murrells Inlet just south of Myrtle Beach, this National Historic Landmark features more than 9,000 acres of vibrant gardens, quaint pathways, and over 1,400 sculptures.  Stroll around the grounds on your own, or take a guided tour.  Brookgreen Gardens also offers an on-site restaurant and a wildlife zoo, which is home to native animals that were either bred in captivity or have sustained injuries that prevent them from living in the wild. Admission to Brookgreen Gardens is good for seven days, so you can return multiple times during your vacation if there are specific programs, events, or exhibits that you’d like to explore further.  This year-round attraction is definitely worth the visit!

Budget-Friendly Vacation Rental Rates

Last, but not least, the best part about the off-season is low rental rates! Our best properties are waiting to offer you luxurious accommodations for a fraction of what it would cost in the summertime.  Here are some recommendations for awesome off-season getaways.

  • Ocean Creek K2 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 6 – Enjoy beautiful views of the ocean, pool, and pond/fountain from this lovely Ocean Creek condo on the south side of the North Tower. Well-equipped with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV in the living room, this property features fantastic resort amenities, such as indoor/outdoor pools, volleyball, tennis, a putting green, and an on-site beach bar and grill.
  • Marina Inn 5101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Located in the Grand Dunes Resort, this elegant condo features panoramic floor-to-ceiling views of the Intracoastal waterway. Step outside from the circular-shaped living room onto a spacious balcony overlooking the marina and terrace.  Guests have access to indoor/outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant, a community golf course, and more.
  • North Beach 834 Madiera – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Slow down and enjoy the relaxed pace of the amenity-rich community of North Beach Plantation. Located in the Cottages section, this home features all-new, high-end furnishings and flat-screen TVs, and is just a short walk away from the on-site restaurant, spa, indoor/outdoor pools, swim-up bar, and other fantastic amenities.
  • Blue Water Keyes 1101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Wake up to beautiful views from this lovely oceanfront condo located on the south side of the building. Located in the Crescent Beach area of North Myrtle Beach, this resort provides indoor/outdoor pools, a lazy river, and an on-site restaurant.

Don’t wait – plan your off-season Myrtle Beach escape today.  Browse VantageMB.com or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.

 

4 of the Best North Myrtle Beach Bike Shops

Want a fun, outdoor activity for your next North Myrtle Beach vacation? Head to any of the North Myrtle Beach bike shops in the area and you’ll be set for a day of adventure. There isn’t much better than cruising down the beach on a bike. Especially if you opt for an early morning or late evening ride when the beach is nearly empty and the shoreline is wide. If biking on the sidewalk sounds like more fun to you, rest assured. There are plenty of places in the area to do that, too.  Biking is one of the best ways to explore North Myrtle Beach and these 4 North Myrtle Beach bike shops will provide you with all the gear!

North Strand Beach Service

North Strand Beach Service is a one-stop-shop for all your beach vacation needs. North Strand can provide all the extras you’d like to have on vacation, but don’t want to pack on your trip. In addition to bike rentals, North Strand also provides beach wagons, grills, cornhole sets, beach strollers, chairs, and umbrellas.  So, this bike rental shop is a great choice for visitors who also want to rent other vacation extras during their stay in North Myrtle Beach. In addition to standard 2-wheel bikes, North Strand Beach Service also rents three-wheeled beach cruisers, bike locks, baskets, and more!

Bike Doctor of the Carolinas

If you’d like to rent a bike from the experts, or if you are bringing your own bike to the beach, the Bike Doctor of the Carolinas is the place for you. The shop rents beach cruisers in a range of sizes for children and adults by the hour, day, or week. But, the Bike Doctor is also one of the best North Myrtle Beach bike shops, especially for serious bikers in need of bike repairs or accessories like baskets, lights, helmets, bike pumps, tubes, tires, comfortable seats, or other parts. If your bike needs an unexpected repair, take it to the Bike Doctor. The shop has an engineer with 40 years of experience on staff who completes all repairs within 24 hours!

Aloha Water Sports

So, you’re already out on the beach and decide to rent a bike for the afternoon? If you are in Cherry Grove, save yourself some time and trouble by renting a bike through Aloha Water Sports. Although Aloha Water Sports is most known for its watersports, the company also rents bikes on the beach. Conveniently located in Cherry Grove, you can rent a bike for an hour or two without ever leaving the beach. This bike rental shop is a great option for visitors who want to go for a quick ride down the beach without the hassle of ever leaving it!

Bodacious Bob’s Bike Rentals & Tours

If it’s fun name isn’t enough to bring you to Bodacious Bob’s, the waterfront bike tours will! Located just 10-minutes north of North Myrtle Beach in Little River, SC, this bike shop is worth the trip. Not only can you rent a bike through Bodacious Bob’s, you can also take a guided bike tour. The 30-mile Ocean Isle Beach Tour is the longest bike tour offered, but there are many different tours available. Bodacious Bob’s offers reduced rates on tours for guests who bring their own bike. And, for guests who want to ride at their own pace, a self-guided tour is also an option. All tours include a bike, helmet, and safety t-shirt. Self-guided tours also include a route map and information about interesting landmarks along the tour.

Let Us Show You the Best North Myrtle Beach Bike Shops and More!

Bike riding is just one of the many things to do in North Myrtle Beach, SC. With vacation rentals to meet every need, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the house or condo that is just right for your next trip to North Myrtle Beach. Our goal is to make your stay as effortless and relaxing as possible. From the beachfront boardwalk to the celebrity-designed golf courses, our friendly rental team will help find the North Myrtle Beach vacation rental that is right for you. Browse our vacation rentals, pick a favorite, and book a stay today!  

 

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for Adults

Even though North Myrtle Beach is very kid-friendly and offers a near-endless list of things for families to see and do, there are plenty of North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults, too! From art galleries to watersports, there is bound to be an activity that interests you. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway, a trip with friends, or just want to leave the kids at home for a night, here is your ultimate guide to North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults.

Art Museums & Galleries

If you want to spend an afternoon exploring a different side of Myrtle Beach, consider a visit to the Myrtle Beach Art MuseumWhile there are many galleries in the area, Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is the only art museum on the Grand Strand. Admission to the museum is free and it contains 11 galleries with exhibitions that change throughout the year.

Bars and Clubs

There is a bar or club to suit every taste in North Myrtle Beach. Whether you want to sample craft beer at a local brewery or dance at the hottest night club, you are sure to find the perfect spot to take in the best of Myrtle Beach’s nightlife.

Cigar Bars

For a more laid-back bar setting, plan a stop at Nick’s Cigar and Wine Bar. This North Myrtle Beach cigar bar is divided into three sections: the social bar with beer, wine, and high-top tables; the living room with leather-wrapped club chairs and board games; and the golf room with a state of the art indoor golf simulator.  

Comedy Clubs

Leave your stress at the door and spend a night at what might be one of the best North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults. Laugh until you cry at a stand-up show at one of the many comedy clubs in the area.

Golf Courses

North Myrtle Beach is the place to go for some of the state’s best golf courses. With nearly 100 courses in the area, there is one for every budget and skill level. Take your pick and make plans to play nine holes or a full round (or two)!

Live Music at the House of Blues

While there are plenty of places along the Grand Strand to catch live music, the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing is the closest, and best, place to catch a concert. Before your trip to North Myrtle Beach, check their calendar of events and plan a night out at the House of Blues.

Watersports

If you’re looking to spend a lot of time on the water during your next beach vacation, consider renting a jet ski, kayak, or surfboard for a day. Because of the small waves and soft, sandy ocean floor, active travelers of all experience levels can try their hand at one of the many watersports available to them  in Myrtle Beach.  

Wine Tastings

Who says you have to travel to California for a proper wine tasting? There are three exceptional wineries just minutes from the center of North Myrtle Beach. For a relaxing treat, make plans to spend a day in the tasting rooms at Carolina Vineyards Winery, Duplin Winery, or La Belle Amie Vineyard!      

Experience the Best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for Adults!

You’ve read our guide to the best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for adults, now plan your stay! Whether you’re planning a trip for two, or a big crowd, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the North Myrtle Beach vacation rental for you. Browse our properties and then book your favorite before it’s gone!
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Horseback Riding in North Myrtle Beach and What You Need to Know

Have a soft spot for animals, or just want to do something a little different on your next beach vacation? Consider horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach for a fun departure from the typical beach day. Although horseback riding on the beach is not allowed during the summer months, there are plenty of other great ways to spend a day horseback riding. With lots of great options in the area, horseback riding is one of the top North Myrtle Beach attractions! Here are a few things you’ll need to know before you begin your adventure:

The Rules Change with the Season

Depending on the time of year that you plan your horseback riding trip, you may or may not be able to ride on the beach. From March 1st – October 31st, horseback riding is not allowed on public beaches or in public marshes. But, don’t let this discourage you from participating in one of the best North Myrtle Beach activities. During the summer months, most horseback riding companies offer guided rides through wooded trails. If riding on the beach is a must, you can still find ways to do so. Consider booking a trip with Inlet Point Plantation. This company uses the private beach at Waites Island, which allows horseback riding year-round. Waiters Island is a beautiful, undeveloped 1,380-acre island with breathtaking, untouched beachfront and lakeside riding paths.

You Don’t Have to Ride on the Beach to Have Fun

There are plenty of companies like Wampee Stables and Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach that offer guided trips through some of North Myrtle Beach’s best wooded trails. These rides are a great way to see a different side of North Myrtle Beach at an affordable price. Riders who take these wooded trails and hidden paths get the rare opportunity to see the often undiscovered side of the North Myrtle Beach landscape. Plus, these shady spots offer sweet relief for visitors who have had their fill of salt and sand at the beach!

All Experience Levels are Welcome

One of the best parts about horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach is that it’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy! Children and adults of all ages and riding levels will have a fantastic time horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach. Most tours last about 1.5 hours and take you on scenic, but easy to navifate, trails. No previous horseback riding experience is necessary and expert guides help new riders get accustomed to riding calm and well-trained horses.   

You’ll Get a Souvenir to Take Home

At both Wampee Stables and Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach, guides take photographs of your group before and during your horseback riding adventure.  At the end of your ride, a free disc filled with images from your trip will go home with you. This is a great way to ensure the memories you make on your ride will last a lifetime!

Make Horseback Riding in North Myrtle Beach a Reality!

Horseback riding is just one of the many things to do in North Myrtle Beach. With vacation rentals to meet every need, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the house or condo that is just right for your next trip to North Myrtle Beach. Our goal is to make your stay effortless and relaxing. From the excitement of the beachfront boardwalk to the celebrity-designed golf courses, our friendly rental team will help find the North Myrtle Beach property that’s right for you. Browse our vacation rentals, pick a favorite, and book a stay today!  
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