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The Hottest Myrtle Beach Summer Events

Live It up at the Hottest Myrtle Beach Summer Events

Don’t miss out on Myrtle Beach Summer events!

When the weather heats up in South Carolina, so do the celebrations! This year’s calendar is full of must-see Myrtle Beach summer events, and we don’t want you missing out. When you’re not lounging at the beach, add some excitement to your stay with thrilling air shows, dazzling fireworks displays, and electrifying concerts. And, that’s just a small taste of the events coming to the Grand Strand. Explore the possibilities and book your North Myrtle Beach vacation rental to make this summer one you’ll remember for years to come.

Mark Your Calendars for These Myrtle Beach Summer Events

Art in the Park | June 29 – 30

Art in the Park Myrtle Beach
Art in the Park, Myrtle Beach, going on June 29-30

Soak up some sun and immerse yourself in the world of visual arts at this summer’s Art in the Park show! It’s a lovely way to kick off the season and pair the summer scenery with original artwork. This celebration of creativity takes place at Chapin Park and Valor Park from June 29th to June 30th. You’re welcome to browse the booths featuring a variety of mediums and purchase your favorites. They make excellent souvenirs and even better gifts!

Salute from the Shore | July 4

There’s no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with a spectacular air show over the Grand Strand. July 4th, 2019, marks the 10th annual Salute from the Shore, and it’s easy to see why it has become such a popular summer event in Myrtle Beach. Each year, vintage aircrafts soar over the South Carolina coastline to delight beachgoers and commemorate Independence Day. Don your favorite red, white, and blue clothing and head to the shore this July!

Independence Day Fireworks | July 4

It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks, and there are plenty of opportunities to see them in the Myrtle Beach area. Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach are two excellent options. Arrive early and spend a full day exploring shops and tasting delicious foods, then gaze upward at 10:00 p.m. to watch the fireworks illuminate the sky. It’s a fantastic way to turn family fun into family memories!

Local tip: See if you can make late-night dinner reservations at a restaurant with outdoor seating. You might be able to pair your meal with remarkable views of the fireworks!

1964: The Tribute | July 19

Have you ever dreamed of seeing The Beatles live in concert? Grab your tickets for 1964: The Tribute and enjoy the next best thing! This talented tribute band is known for putting on spectacular performances, earning them a spot in Rolling Stone Magazine as the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.” Check them out at the Alabama Theatre on July 19th, and enjoy the legendary tunes of the 1960s!

Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival | August 2 – 4

Stay for all three days of the festival

When the calendar flips to August, it’s time for another award-winning summer event in Myrtle Beach! Featured as one of the top shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival showcases the talents of people from all across the country. You can peruse a variety of crafts and get a behind-the-scenes look at how they’re made via fascinating demonstrations. Check out all three days of the festival for the price of one ticket!

The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Golf Tournament | August 26 – 30

Take a swing at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur

Take a swing and test your skills at the summer’s premier golf competition for up-and-coming athletes! The Myrtle Beach World Amateur attracts over 3,000 participants each year for a one-of-a-kind tournament at several courses throughout the area. The wide range of handicaps allows people of all skill levels to compete in a friendly environment. Even if you don’t win any prizes, you can always count on having a great time at the 19th Hole with live music, food, and fun each evening!

Mustang Week | September 2 – 8

Don’t miss Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach.

Start your engines and buckle in for a full week of American muscle. If you’re driven by a fascination for classic cars, you won’t want to miss Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach. You can chat with other drivers at the Meet and Greet, see your favorite Mustang models at the car show, and even check out fun challenges like the Burn-out Contest at the Myrtle Beach Speedway!

Jay Leno: Live at the Alabama Theatre | September 21

You’ve seen him on late-night television, and now Jay Leno is headed to the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach! Purchase your tickets and get ready for a full night of laughs on September 21st. The summer may be coming to an end, but Jay Leno’s hilarious performance is sure to put a smile on your face.

Find Your Happy Place for the Summertime!

Ocean Creek K2

Ocean Creek K2

Make this summer the best one yet with a wonderful vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach! Our properties allow you to enjoy the beauty of the beach while being only a short drive away from your favorite Myrtle Beach attractions. It’s the best of both worlds! After all of the excitement of these summer events, you can unwind by the shore and watch the sun slowly set over the coastline.

Are you ready to enjoy an unforgettable vacation this year? The first step is finding your ideal property, and Vantage Vacation Rentals makes it as easy as a few clicks of your mouse. Explore our portfolio of properties now and find your happy place!

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.

Your Shore Thing for 2019: Ocean Creek in Myrtle Beach

If you’re looking to vacation in style for the summer of 2019, look no further than Ocean Creek Resort in North Myrtle Beach, SC. A 57-acre gated oceanfront paradise, Ocean Creek offers the perfect mix of rest, relaxation, activity and excitement.

Vantage Vacation Rentals puts you in the center of it all with a variety condo and townhome properties. Choose the Ocean Creek property that suits you and your family and discover the world of amenities waiting right outside your door!

Water, Water, Everywhere

Ocean Creek JJ4 View
View from Ocean Creek JJ4 in the South Tower

As the name implies, Ocean Creek practically surrounds you with water. That theme carries through the grounds, with 13 water features in all.

Submerge yourself in the refreshing waters of the Beach Club swimming pool, offering scenic views of the ocean and surrounding dunes. Three Lodge Villa outdoor pools provide peace and quiet amid the wooded areas of the resort, while the pool at the Tennis Villa invites complete lounging and relaxation.

Guests staying in the North and South Towers have their own private pools encircled by palm trees for a true tropical flavor. The South Tower pool flows inside beneath a domed area, where you’ll also find an indoor hot tub. From the North Tower pool deck, you can see the ocean as well as the natural creek for which the resort is named.

For fun without the sun, head for the cool, clear waters of the centrally located indoor pool at the Lodges. It’s right next to the indoor whirlpool, where bubbling, healing waters melt your tensions away.

Bigtime Family Fun

Ocean Creek Shuttle Service
Ocean Creek’s on-site shuttle service at the resort

It’s easy to understand why families flock to Ocean Creek every summer. This is the only oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach stretching from Highway 17 to the ocean. The beach is wide and secluded, like having your own private getaway.

The property includes an abundance of boardwalks, nature trails and paths for walking, jogging and biking together. You’re likely to encounter herons, egrets, turtles and other wildlife along the pond or around the creek bridge.

During weekdays, the Ocean Creek Kids Club is in session. Designed for children ages 5 to 12, the Kids Club features different activities every day, including scavenger hunts, beach kickball, face painting, water balloon games, crafts, seashell searches, sand castle contests and much more. And kids of all ages love the oceanfront playground, complete with swings over the sand.

Good Sports

Tennis courts at Ocean Creek resort

If your vacation time means game on, Ocean Creek has you covered. Play a few friendly sets at Ocean Creek’s full-service tennis center. You can sign up for a round-robin tournament with other guests, or take a private lesson from the resident tennis pro. There’s also oceanfront beach volleyball—a favorite activity among families and groups of friends. The golfers in your group can work on shaving strokes off their short game by practicing on our on-site putting green.

Shopping, Dining, Entertainment

Barefoot Landing complex (photo by Forsaken Fotos)

When it’s time to explore, you don’t have to go far to find something special. With just a three-minute walk, you can be at Barefoot Landing —one of the most popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinations on the East Coast.

The whole family will love strolling the outdoor setting and checking out the huge variety of shops, which include eclectic gift boutiques, popular national retailers, beach-themed general stores, jewelry and lots more.

For dining and drinks, you’ll find choices at Barefoot Landing to please every palate. Try Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s (yes, it’s Jimmy’s sister), the House of Blues with live music and fresh seafood from the Flying Fish Public Market and Grill. For dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth in one of several candy stores and ice cream shops.

If you feel like taking a walk on the wild side, do not miss Alligator Adventure—one of the largest facilities for reptile life in the world. Don’t let the name fool you: Alligator Adventure also houses exotic birds, monkeys, tortoises and hyenas, among other species. Then there’s T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, where you can get up close and personal with cubs, large cats and a monkey or two.

Delectable Dining

Ocean Creek’s on-site Beach Club Bar & Grill

Sure, you’re close to lots of wonderful restaurants. But you don’t have to leave Ocean Creek to satisfy your hunger.

Start each day at Ocean Creek’s Four Seasons Restaurant with a full southern breakfast buffet featuring fresh pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage and bacon, homemade hash browns, hot coffee, juice—the works.

For lunch and dinner, head to the Beach Club Bar and Grill. Their specialty? Mouthwatering burgers, grilled chicken, tasty appetizers and frozen tropical drinks (with and without alcohol). The Beach Club hosts special fish fries, cookouts, taco nights and live music throughout the summer. It’s also one of the best spots to watch the sunset at North Myrtle Beach.

Book Your Ocean Creek Getaway Today

Ocean Creek Resort is a highly desirable destination in North Myrtle Beach. If you like what you see, plan your trip with Vantage now to get the dates and the property you want. We have condos and townhouses for families of all sizes. Contact our team at (888) 303-4110, or visit https://www.vantagemb.com/rentals/ocean-creek-resort-rentals.

And remember to book direct through Vantage to get the lowest 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.

Our Top Vacation Rentals with a View

Ahhh… Vacation Rentals with a View

Whether it’s a sunrise over the ocean or sunset on the Intracoastal Waterway, nothing says ‘vacation’ like a breathtaking view. Scenic views provide relaxation, natural beauty – and best of all – a fresh perspective. In a matter of moments, the stresses of work disappear, the busy pace of life slows down, and your world realigns. We think views are even better when you can wake up and enjoy them right from your private vacation rental. Thanks to Myrtle Beach’s skinny shape and unique positioning between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, many of the vacation rentals in the area are within close proximity to water and offer fantastic views. Just drop your bags and worries at the door and step outside onto the balcony – you are on vacation!

Popular Resorts on the Grand Strand

Vantage Vacation Rentals offers a huge variety of homes in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach that feature amazing views. For a panoramic view of the ocean, check out our oceanfront rentals at Ocean Creek, Blue Water Keyes, North Beach Plantation, and Emerald Cove. Not only do these rentals provide beautiful views, but they are located in family-friendly resorts that are known for having some of the best amenities. If the peaceful Intracoastal Waterway is what you’re dreaming of, we also have a number of properties in the popular community of Marina Inn at Grande Dunes where you can relax with a drink as boats cruise by and the sun goes down.

Our Top Picks for the Best Views

    • Ocean Creek KK11 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 5 – Enjoy amazing ocean views and sunrises from this corner front condo in the South Tower that is well-furnished property and features a master suite with a king bed.  This community has a wide variety of amenities and is located across Highway 17 from the popular Barefoot Landing shopping, dining, and entertainment complex.
    • Marina Inn 5101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Located in the Grande 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 can take advantage of indoor/outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant, a community golf course, and a beach shuttle for easy access to the beach.

    • Beach Cove Resort 421 – 1-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 6 – Wake up to beautiful ocean sunrises from this lovely oceanfront condo with flat-screen TVs and a kitchenette. Guests have access to a variety of amenities within the resort, including indoor/outdoor pools, a lazy river, and an on-site restaurant.
    • Ocean Creek K2 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Relax in this oceanfront condo on the south side of the North Tower in Ocean Creek. Well-equipped with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV, this property offers beautiful views of the ocean, beach, pond, and fountains. Amenities within the resort include indoor/outdoor pools, volleyball, and a putting green.

  • Marina Inn 7505 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – This luxurious condo is in the Grande Dunes Resort on the southwest side overlooking the marina.  Enjoy an upgraded kitchen, flat-screen TVs, gas fireplace, and access to community amenities including indoor/outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant, a community golf course, and more.  A community beach shuttle runs regularly for a quick ride down to the beach.
  • Ocean Keyes 2743 – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Relax in this spacious lakefront condo in North Myrtle Beach with beautiful views of the fountains. This amenity-rich gated community is just a short walk from the beach and offers outdoor/kiddie pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, a clubhouse, and numerous grilling and picnic areas.

The first day of summer is less than six weeks away! If you haven’t booked your Myrtle Beach vacation, now is the time to do it. Need help finding a vacation rental with a fantastic view? Visit VantageMB.com and use our “Location” filter, which allows you to search by proximity to the oceanfront, Intracoastal Waterway, golf greens, and more. For more assistance, speak with our vacation rental “view experts” at (888) 404-3110 who are always available with recommendations for your perfect vacation spot.

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.

 

Vantage’s Top 10 Myrtle Beach Attractions

We want you to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by having the best summer yet! Myrtle Beach offers the best and most exciting attractions around, and we are giving you the Top 10 that are a must in our book.

Top 10 Attractions in Myrtle Beach

      1. Barefoot Landing – Experience one of the most unique destinations in Myrtle Beach. Located along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, Barefoot Landing is an impressive collection of shopping, dining, and nightlife venues that encircle a 27-acre lake. You will find something for everyone to love here. Enjoy a live show at the Alabama Theatre, live music at the House of Blues, or live reptiles at Alligator Adventure. Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille or casual fare at the Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, Barefoot Landing offers dozens of fantastic restaurants. Finish the day with beautiful views of the sun setting beyond the Intracoastal Waterway, or stick around for the fireworks which are held one night a week during the prime season.
      2. Intracoastal Waterway – A source of beauty, recreation, and commerce, the scenic Intracoastal Waterway is one of the central landmarks of the North Myrtle Beach area. South Carolina’s stretch of this inland waterway is just a small part of a 3,000-mile waterway that runs from Boston, Massachusetts all the way to the southern tip of Florida. Consisting of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, and man-made canals, the Intracoastal Waterway was originally created to provide a safe route for travel and transport without the hazards of the open sea. Nowadays, the waterway is used more for just having fun! Guests can take advantage of all kinds of watersports and activities, such as jet skis, pontoon boats, fishing charters, and dinner cruises.
      3. The SkyWheel – It’s your chance to fly high in Myrtle Beach! The SkyWheel is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America, sitting 187 feet in the air. Take a ride in an enclosed gondola and get a 360-degree view of the Myrtle Beach coastline and the surrounding area. Each ride can hold two to six guests and is three revolutions long, which takes about eight to ten minutes. When the sun goes down, SkyWheel lights up the night with a fantastic display that can be seen up and down the boardwalk.
      4. Broadway at the Beach – Let the adventure at Broadway begin. Spend a day zip-lining across a lake, getting lost in a maze of mirrors, and racing at the Grand Prix! Broadway at the Beach is a 350-acre oasis of entertainment venues, attractions, shops & boutiques, and some of Myrtle Beach’s best places to eat and drink. There is so much to see and do for everyone in the family.
      5. Ripley’s Aquarium – Surround yourself with marine life for a day! Ripley’s Aquarium provides an experience like no other aquarium you’ve been to before. Get the chance to spend a night at the aquarium to sleep under the sharks or get up close and personal with some of their sting rays. There is also a behind-the-scenes tour that educates visitors about what it takes to care for these beautiful creatures.
      6. Myrtle Beach State Park – Become the ultimate outdoorsy adventurer at the Myrtle Beach State Park. This beautiful and scenic park has so much to offer. Spend a day on the beach or out in the water, whether it’s boating, kayaking, or even scuba diving! Visitors to Myrtle Beach State Park also have access to campsites with individual water and electrical hookups, wireless internet, restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, and a gift shop. The park has countless biking and walking trails, as well as two state park golf courses!
      7. World-Class Golf Courses – With its sub-tropical climate and lush, green vegetation, Myrtle Beach is known as one of the world’s top destinations for golf vacations. One of our favorite courses is the Grande Dunes Resort Club, which was recently named the “National Course of the Year” by the NGCOA. Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, this course is known for its links-style design with Bermuda grass fairways and contoured greens. Vantage guests also have the benefit of staying at one of our Marina Inn luxury condos located across from the golf course!
      8. Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade – Bring the whole gang for some boardwalk fun! Play, eat, and shop all day long on Myrtle Beach’s beautiful Boardwalk & Promenade. Kids will enjoy the many arcades, amusements, and thrill rides along the way. Be sure to check out Pier 14 – a historic pier that has withstood numerous hurricanes throughout the years, but has been rebuilt even stronger for visitors to enjoy. Grab a bite to eat at the Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge or catch your own dinner by fishing off the pier yourself.
      9. Brookgreen Gardens – Experience a National Historic Landmark in all its beauty. This cultural center is home to garden after garden adorned with quaint pathways and over 1,400 sculptures. You will feel like you’ve walked into a picture book. Brookgreen Gardens also offers guided tours, programs, educational exhibits, and camps for kids of all ages. Be sure to stop by the zoo area, which is home to native animals that were either bred and raised in captivity or have sustained injuries that prevent them from living in the wild.
      10. La Belle Amie Vineyard – Little did you know that Myrtle Beach has its own vineyard, too! Spend a day sipping wine and touring the scenic La Belle Amie Vineyard. Located in the Grand Strand’s Little River area, this family-owned vineyard has its own tasting room, gift shop, picnic area, and front porch – perfect for relaxing in a rocking chair with a glass of your favorite wine. Various events are held seasonally throughout the year, such as live music, bonfires, and outdoor cooking.

All the fun, excitements, and relaxation of summer is just around the corner! If you haven’t booked your vacation to Myrtle Beach, now is the time to do it. Browse our website to find your perfect vacation rental, or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 today.

 

Save in May | The “Real” Senior Week!

Save Up to $50 – The “Real” Senior Week

High school and college seniors flock to the beach in June, but we like to think of May as the “Real” Senior Week! Thanks to mild weather, low rates, and less crowds, May is the perfect time to visit Myrtle Beach, SC. Take advantage of our Real Senior Week promotion and save up to $50 on your May vacation when you book by March 15th with the following promo codes (applies to travel 5/1/17-5/25/17 only; excludes Memorial Day weekend):

  • REAL25 – $25 off stays under $1300 (before tax/fees)
  • REAL50 – $50 off stays over $1300 (before tax/fees)

Offers valid on May reservations from May 1, 2017 to May 25, 2017. Discount applies to rental before taxes and fees. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions or credits, or applied to reservations booked prior to February 28, 2017. Please note that our properties do not permit group rentals to guests under age 25. Hurry – offer ends at 11:59 PM EST on 3/15/17! Visit our Specials Page for more information.

Enjoy Exciting May Events

One of the best reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in May is for the events! The excitement begins with Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally (May 12th-21st). Rev up your engines and enjoy a ride along the coastline of the Grand Strand. One of the big draws for Bike Week in Myrtle Beach is its central location, which allows for day trips to nearby points of interest in Georgetown and Charleston, SC. Motorcycle enthusiasts can check out vendors, participate in poker runs, enjoy live music, and so much more.

Spend quality time with mom by celebrating Mother’s Day weekend (May 12th-14th) at the beach. Numerous restaurants throughout town have Mother’s Day specials – a great way to show how much you care. If you’re looking for a fun family-friendly activity, check out the Mayfest on Main festival taking place on May 13th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Main Street. This event features live music, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, a community stage, and a children’s area. Stroll along Main Street to browse one-of-a-kind shops, or set up your beach chair and soak up the atmosphere.

Celebrate the coastal traditions of the Little River community, North Myrtle Beach, and the entire Grand Strand area at the 36th Annual Blue Crab Festival (May 20th-20st). Located on the waterfront in Little River, this event is a favorite of seafood lovers and considered to be one of the largest seafood festivals in the Southeast with an attendance of more than 50,000 visitors. In addition to fresh blue crabs and other local seafood, guests will also enjoy live entertainment, fun children’s area, and approximately 300 fine arts and crafts vendors.

Ready to book your May getaway? Search our website for the dates, location, and amenities you’re looking for. For assistance, speak with one of our friendly Vacation Coordinators at (888) 404-3110 today.

From The Beach, With Love

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Valentine’s Weekend Getaway

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means planning the perfect experience for that special someone starts right now. Why go the traditional route with just a dinner and a movie when you can plan an unforgettable Valentine’s weekend at the beach? Myrtle Beach will provide a peaceful getaway with less crowds, no traffic, shorter lines and cheaper rates. Have a weekend full of relaxation, quality time, and a whole lot of romantic fun! The shore is waiting and is yours to explore.

Love Is In The Air

Wake up early and enjoy the beauty of nature; take a stroll along the 60-mile beach and search for shells washed up on the shore, all while watching the sunrise. Spend your days bike riding (link to bike rental blog), shopping, exploring and soaking up the sun. Plan a memorable day at La Belle Amie Vineyard where you can eat, drink, relax and end your day cozied up by a bonfire. There are a countless number of favorite restaurants that will have you drooling! Make a reservation at Aspen Grille for some fresh Carolina cuisine or grab a bite to eat at Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Enjoy a four-course meal at Ripley’s Aquarium where you will be surrounded by marine life and romance.. Make Valentine’s Day extra special and board the Barefoot Princess Riverboat for a romantic cruise down the intracoastal waterway. The options are endless and will have you leaving with new memories and happy hearts.

Treat youand your loved one to a stay at one of our stunning properties with breathtaking views and luxurious amenities:

North Beach 834 Madiera ~ A beautiful 2-BR, 2-BA townhouse that sleeps eight. This luxurious home comes equipped with a full kitchen, FREE Wi-Fi, a private garage, A/C, pools, hot tubs and more!

Marina Inn 5101 ~ This 2-BR, 2-BA condo sleeps six. Enjoy beautiful views of the marina and intracoastal way along with a spacious living area, fully-equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, on-site restaurant and fitness center.

 

 

 

New and Upcoming Myrtle Beach Attractions

If you happened to read our blog, 2016 Myrtle Beach Attractions You’ll Love, or traveled to Myrtle Beach this past year, than you  already know about some of the new attractions that came to the Myrtle Beach area in 2016.  With 2017 right around the corner, we can’t wait to see what else pops up.

For now, here’s an update on a few other attractions that were new in 2016 as well as something new for 2017.

Track Recreation Center

New this past summer, in case you missed out, was the Track Recreation Center located on restaurant row between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. With two multi- level elevated go kart tracks, an indoor arcade, and brand new electric go-karts, this is truly a family fun activity.

Rockin’ Jump

Arrived in Myrtle Beach spring of this year, Rockin’ Jump is truly fitness disguised as fun. This 23,000 square foot trampoline park includes an open area for jumping, two trampoline dodge ball courts, a ninja challenge course, rock climbing walls and more!

Rip Tydz

Coming to Myrtle Beach in February 2017, is a new oceanfront restaurant, Rip Tydz. This new multi level wood and glass building will be one short block from the SkyWheel. The restaurant was designed to be family-friendly during the day and appeal to the social customer come night. The menu includes a variety of seafood, steak, fried food and raw bar.

We will be sure to update you on any new and exciting attractions, restaurants or events coming to the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach Area.

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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