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Fall 2019 Events in Myrtle Beach

Welcome to the serenity of the beach off-season—fewer visitors means fewer lines, and there’s still plenty to do in Myrtle Beach, SC.

As the year’s most scenic season approaches, Myrtle Beach hosts dozens of festivals and other events for you to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a few highlights—everything from family-friendly fun to adult-oriented experiences. Celebrate creative craftsmanship and works of art as well as natural beauty and live music at these upcoming activities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Browse Vantage’s current vacation rental options to get a place near all the upcoming entertainment.

Summer’s Final Saturday Farewell at La Belle Amie Vineyard

Guests can receive reduced admission when they bring two canned/dry food items for the local food bank.

La Belle Amie Vineyard, home of Twisted Sisters Wine, hosts special events every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. La Belle Amie is sending summer off with a bang on September 21. Guests can receive reduced admission when they bring two canned/dry food items for the local food bank.

SeptemberFest!

A popular celebration to close out the summer, SeptemberFest! will take place at Barefoot Landing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 21.

Speaking of barefoot, North Myrtle Beach’s Duplin Winery will host a grape stomp, complete with a bottle of wine and souvenir wine tumbler for you to take home. SeptemberFest! will feature live music and food and drink vendors.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally

This year’s autumn event will take place from September 30 to October 6.

Twice a year, Myrtle Beach Bike Week LLC hosts a seasonal motorcycle rally. This year’s autumn event will take place from September 30 to October 6 and invites all motorcycle enthusiasts to attend. Located at the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach Bike Week will feature vendors, entertainment, attractions, official merchandise and much more. Come witness the Carolinas’ largest motorcycle rally, right here in Myrtle Beach.

44th Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival

Huntington Beach State Park will welcome nearly 100 artisans whose works will be on display for the 44th Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival September 27 to 29. Attendees can enjoy art juxtaposed against the backdrop of the park’s natural beauty. Local musicians will play live, and vendors will offer food and beverage selections. Purchase of admission includes re-entry all weekend long.

Live Oak Art and Music Fest

Stop by nearby Conway, SC, on October 5 to enjoy a free celebration of creativity at the Live Oak Art and Music Festival. Over 50 local artists, singers, performers, crafters and more will convene under on the lawn of Horry County Courthouse for the festival’s 15th year.

Harvest Home Festival

Bring the kids to Brookgreen Gardens on October 5 and 6 to ring in the fall.

Bring the kids to Brookgreen Gardens on October 5 and 6 to ring in the fall. With everything from pumpkin picking to hayrides, Harvest Home Festival is the ultimate autumn entertainment experience. Interact with animals, paint pumpkins, explore the gardens, enjoy live entertainment and even build your own scarecrow to enter into the contest!

Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest

Partake in a vast selection of beers (or biers, if you’re trying to fit in with the festivities) at Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest. From 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11 and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, Grand Park at Market Common will become an epicenter of entertainment. More than 60 vendors will be in attendance, as well as face painters, inflatables, a pumpkin patch and more.

15th Annual Little River ShrimpFest

Seafood lovers rejoice!

Seafood lovers rejoice! The 15th annual Little River ShrimpFest will have about 150 different vendors representing not only local restaurants, but also artists, crafters, business expos and community organizations. Sample all sorts of fresh seafood—and, of course, shrimp. Bring the kids to enjoy face painting, balloon artists and stilt walkers. There will be even more live entertainment on two music stages. You can catch all the fun at the Historic Little River Waterfront on October 12 and 13.

40th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival

Nearby Loris, SC, will host its 40th annual Loris Bog-Off Festival, a local tradition that has expanded overtime to its current scale of 35,000 visitors per year. Keeping with tradition, the festival is held the third Saturday of every October, which falls on the 19th this year.

Attendees can create their own chicken bogs—a southern dish consisting of chicken, rice, sausage and spices—or try some from the 200-plus vendors who will be set up at the festival. The event will also feature two stages full of live music.

30th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

More than 140 wooden boats will be on display at the 30th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show on October 19 and 20. Attendees can participate in maritime activities such as knot tying, model boat building and a corrugated cardboard regatta.

One of Saturday’s main events will be the Wooden Boat Challenge, in which partners have a four-hour time limit to build rowing skiffs, followed by a race on the Sampit River. Sailors aged 8 to 15 can compete in Sunday’s Opti Pram Regatta. Dance to the live music performed from two stages both days.

Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, 5K and Doggie Dash

After the Coastal 5K, take a leisurely run or walk around the lake at Market Common for the Doggie Dash—with proceeds going to the Grand Strand Humane Society.

Fitness buffs unite for three races in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on October 19 and 20.

The first event, the Coastal 5K, begins at the Market Common at 7:30 a.m. and takes participants on a loop course that concludes in beautiful Grand Park. Immediately after, dog owners will take a more leisurely run or walk around the lake at Market Common for the Doggie Dash—with proceeds going to the Grand Strand Humane Society. The last—and longest—race, the Mini Marathon, will begin at Coastal Grand Mall at 7:00 a.m. on October 20.

BooFest!

The Saturday before Halloween (October 26), come to Barefoot Landing for BooFest!, a spooky celebration featuring costume contests for both kids and pets. Be sure to catch the showing of Hocus Pocus at the amphitheater at 7:00 p.m.

Howl-O-Scream

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex will host Howl-O-Scream.

Keeping with the pre-Halloween festivities, North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex will host Howl-O-Scream on October 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Brave visitors and thrill seekers can check out the scare zones or take a hayride through the scare-free zone.

Halloween Fireworks Extravaganza

Helicopter Adventures will sponsor a free Halloween Fireworks Extravaganza on All Hallows’ Eve. Come to Broadway at the Beach, where you’ll hear ooh’s and aah’s, followed by the occasional shriek or witch’s cackle, as the sky lights up with colorful displays of holiday joy.

Brew at the Zoo

Taste more than 30 craft beers from all over the region and the nation.

Adults 21 and older can taste more than 30 craft beers from all over the region and the nation. Brookgreen Gardens will host the event on November 2, when attendees can play cornhole or giant Jenga while listening to the music of local favorites the Paul Grimshaw Band.

Mythical and Medieval Festival

Travel to a mystical fairy forest, witness a fantastic fire show and eat a giant turkey leg at the Mythical and Medieval Festival, the only Renaissance festival in Myrtle Beach, SC. Running on November 9 and 10, the festival will raise money to support Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams, a local nonprofit that helps children who have been neglected, abused or abandoned. The festival features fun for everyone in the family—from glass blowing demonstrations to axe throwing.

25th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit!

It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit. On November 16, come to Broadway at the Beach for the 25th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and enjoy live music, entertainment and a photo op with Kris Kringle himself.

Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals

For four days, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will be transformed into the Dickens Christmas Show, drawing about 20,000 visitors. Inspired by A Christmas Carol, the November 14 to 17 event will feature hundreds of vendors with gifts, toys, jewelry and more to stuff your loved ones’ stockings.

Lighting of the Landing

To officially mark the beginning of the holiday season, Barefoot Landing hosts a special tree lighting event on November 23. Enjoy holiday activities starting at 4:00 p.m., followed by entertainment, fireworks and, of course, the tree lighting itself.

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Over 4,500 lights will adorn Brookgreen Gardens from December 5 to 22, when visitors can revel in the holiday spirits by enjoying a peaceful walk through the serene paths soundtracked by carolers and holiday music. From 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. on select nights, you can take part in a seasonal sensory experience sure to put a smile on your face.

Enjoy the fall festivities!

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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

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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.

5 Treasure Troves for the Best Myrtle Beach Shopping Adventures

Get in touch with your inner shopaholic! Whether you’re searching for thoughtful gifts or unique souvenirs, we can help lead the way. Explore our guide to Myrtle Beach shopping, and discover all of the treasures waiting for you here. You can enjoy a full day of bargain hunting and fill your arms with shopping bags or spend a leisurely afternoon windowshopping along the boardwalk. Either way, you’re in for a great time! (Especially if you get to unwind in one of our vacation rentals afterward!)

Where to Go Shopping in Myrtle Beach

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach is much more than a place to shop!

It’s no surprise that Broadway at the Beach is such a popular spot to shop. This 350-acre space is home to dozens of specialty stores with something for the whole family. Adults can find great deals on clothing and home decor while kids can explore the wonders at Broadway Magic, Klig’s Kites, and Build-a-Bear Workshop. Plus, Broadway at the Beach is much more than a place to shop — it’s where memories are made! Feel free to take a break from shopping to play a round of mini-golf, ride in a speedboat, see the aquarium, and even fly high above it all with a helicopter tour!

Coastal Grand Mall

Coastal Grand Mall has everything from jewelry to electronics and beyond.

Especially on rainy days, you might prefer to stay indoors for your afternoon of shopping. Consider exploring the Coastal Grand Mall! It’s the second largest mall in South Carolina with an extraordinary number of stores. If you’re up for an all-out shopping spree, this is the place for it. The Coastal Grand Mall has everything from jewelry to electronics and beyond. When hunger strikes, the extensive food court has you covered for any craving.

Tanger Outlets

Find your favorite brand names at incredible prices.

Next stop, savings! The Tanger Outlets are perfect for bargain hunters, and they have two convenient locations in Myrtle Beach. You’re welcome to visit them either on Highway 17 or Highway 501 to find your favorite brand names at incredible prices. Both locations include stores for Adidas, Brooks Brothers, Coach, and many more.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Myrtle Beach
Add some coastal vibes to your shopping experience.

Add some coastal vibes to your shopping experience at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk! Their shopping district might not have as many stores as the Coastal Grand Mall or the Tanger Outlets, but you’re sure to find some unique treasures here. Stop in at the LandShark Surf Shack, get a custom air-brushed tee at Beach Creations, and make sure you check out the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove!

Barefoot Landing

You can find several boutique shops along the Intracoastal Waterway

Don’t forget about Barefoot Landing in nearby North Myrtle Beach! Here, you can find several boutique shops along the Intracoastal Waterway with gorgeous natural scenery. The serene atmosphere makes it ideal for when you just want to take your time and enjoy a peaceful day of shopping. However, if you are up for some excitement, it’s not far away. Feel free to catch a show at the Alabama Theatre or the House of Blues!

Shop Smart for Your Vacation Rental

We make it easy to find your happy place!

Are you planning a trip to the Myrtle Beach area? We make it easy to find your happy place, so you can save time shopping around for properties! Our vacation rentals are located in some of the most beloved communities of North Myrtle Beach with amenities that go above and beyond expectations. Plus, they come with our exceptional customer service that you can’t get anywhere else. Browse our properties today and get one step closer to the ultimate Grand Strand getaway!

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.

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.

Plan Your Trip to Youth Baseball Nationals in Myrtle Beach

Every summer, teams from all over the United States and around the world pack their gear and head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the Youth Baseball Nationals – one of the premier youth travel baseball events in the nation.

Each of the four week-long tournaments brings intense competition, special bonding opportunities and family memories that last a lifetime. We’ve put together some key stats about the tournaments along with a winning strategy to help your whole group make the most of your time at Youth Baseball Nationals.

The lineup

Myrtle Beach Youth Baseball Game

Teams from most age divisions have four options to participate in a week-long national tournament in the summer. Below are the tournament dates for Myrtle Beach, SC, along with the age divisions for each week:

Week 1: June 14 – 20
Teams 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U

Week 2: June 21 – 27
Teams: 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U

Week 3: June 28 – July 4
Teams: 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15/16U

Week 4: August 2 – 8
Teams: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U

Each participating team in Youth Baseball Nationals is guaranteed 6–10 games during the week, while players have opportunities to earn All-Star honors and compete in a special All-Star game. Tournament weeks kick off with a Nationals Mixer, complete with DJs, games and cash giveaways. Championship Thursday includes a Team Showcase with contests such as home run derby, around the horn and speed burner. All players will receive tournament rings.

Coaches, be sure to register in time to ensure your team gets the week you want. For each week, there’s a limited number of slots for each age group—and this is a very popular tournament that fills up fast.

Championship-level park

Myrtle Beach Youth Baseball

Players feels like they’ve hit the bigtime when they set foot in the Grand Park at The Market Common. Among the nation’s top youth baseball complexes, Grand Park offers 11 all-weather fields, nine of which feature completely synthetic turf. These fields enable games to resume just minutes after any massive downpours.

When there’s a break in the action, Grand Park puts you within walking distance of an exceptional shopping and dining experience in The Market Common. Designed like a small village, The Market Common includes popular retailers, unique restaurants and pizza and ice cream shops.

Fun beyond the games

Water Park Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC, is a perfect destination for Youth Baseball Nationals, with so much to see and do for families. For starters, all participants (including coaches) in the Youth Baseball Nationals receive complimentary week-long passes to Myrtle Waves Water Park. The largest water park in South Carolina, Myrtle Waves is just minutes from the Grand Park ballfields.

Sliding takes on a whole new meaning at Myrtle Waves, thanks to an amazing selection of speed slides and some of the world’s tallest tubular slides—the 10-stories-high Turbo Twisters! Thrill-seekers will love shooting down the dark and foggy tunnels of the black-enclosed Night Flight tube slides.

WonderWorks
Photo credit: Forsaken Fotos

Myrtle Waves is adjacent to Broadway at the Beach, one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular tourist destinations. All in one location you’ll find amusement parks, miniature golf, shopping, restaurants, Dinosaurs the Exhibition, Broadway Grand Prix, Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks and so much more.

For a true bird’s-eye view of Myrtle Beach, SC, head to the Boardwalk and hop aboard one of the 42 gondolas on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. The Skywheel takes you up a full 20 stories above the Atlantic Ocean!

Skywheel Myrtle Beach

You’ll definitely want to take the short drive to North Myrtle Beach and explore everything Barefoot Landing has to offer. The food and shopping here are world-class. Plus, families get the chance to have close (and safe) encounters with a menagerie of wild creatures at Alligator Adventure and T.I.G.E.R.S/Preservation Station. For music lovers, you can’t go wrong with the live acts at the Alabama Theatre and House of Blues.

Of course, the beach and the ocean are always top draws for kids and families. Just remember, there’s no frying in baseball—so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and shade for games and downtime.

Find Your Home Base with Vantage

When it comes time to find the right accommodations for everyone headed to your baseball tournaments, stay away from curveballs. Let Vantage help you book a vacation rental property in Myrtle Beach, SC, that’s sure to be a huge hit with everyone in your group. To plan your stay, contact one of our friendly Vantage reservation specialists today at (888) 404-3110. Or browse our selection of properties at www.VantageMB.com. When you’ve made your choice, be sure to book direct through Vantage to ensure you receive 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.

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.

New Vacation Rentals for 2019 in Myrtle Beach

A big part of the fun in planning a vacation in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, comes from exploring all the possibilities for rental homes. At Vantage Vacation Rentals, we offer a variety of options—including several new additions for 2019. Here’s a quick tour of the latest rental properties now available to you.

Ocean Breeze Cottage

New Vacation Rentals Ocean Breeze Cottage Private Pool and Yard
Ocean Breeze Cottage Private Pool and Yard

Treat yourself to the tranquility of North Myrtle Beach’s family-friendly Windy Hill section. This spacious, three-story duplex is ideally suited for gatherings of large families or for several families on vacation together.

Ocean Breeze Cottage features five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms—with comfortable sleeping room for up to 18 guests. Everything about this home is designed to maximize your comfort and convenience. On the first floor, relax in the den—complete with a mini-fridge and wet bar, along with a large sectional sofa and flat-screen TV.

Move up to the bright and airy second-level living room and you’ll find another sectional sofa and TV. Grab a book or cocktail and head out the sliding glass doors to a furnished balcony.

The kitchen is always a popular gathering space, during and between mealtime. The Ocean Breeze Cottage features a modernized kitchen recently updated with a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops with lots of space for meal prep.

All of your guests will love cooling off and playing around in the private outdoor pool.

Other amenities to enhance your stay include:

  • Full-size washer and dryer
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Central air conditioning
  • Parking for four cars (driveway and garage)

At Ocean Breeze Cottage, you’re just a short half-mile walk to a clean and peaceful beach—one that doesn’t have the crowds you’ll find across the Grand Strand. You’re also minutes away from some of the most popular attractions in North Myrtle Beach, from outlet shops and golf courses to Barefoot Landing—which features a fun mix of dining, shopping and entertainment. And it’s an easy car ride to visit other Myrtle Beach attractions, including the Boardwalk, amusement parks, Skywheel and more.

Ocean Creek Resort

Ocean Creek South and North Towers
Ocean Creek South and North Towers

Swimming, dining, tennis, hiking, biking, relaxing—the 57-acre Ocean Creek Resort community gives you all of this and more behind its secure gates. Nestled between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Creek Resort is a haven of natural beauty and a calming contrast to the busy Boardwalk area.

Right outside your door, you’ll find serene nature trails that wind through and past lush gardens, seascapes and a scenic tidal creek. Take full advantage of your proximity to the beach and enjoy the sun and surf, then cool off in one of Ocean Creek’s many private swimming pools. You’ll have full access to the resort’s tennis courts, beach volleyball area, putting green and a children’s playground.

You won’t have to look far to satisfy your hunger. There’s a Four Seasons Restaurant on site serving a full breakfast buffet every morning. Head to the Beach Cabana Bar for a delicious lunch or dinner, including evening entertainment and special cookouts. You’ll also have a front-row seat for gorgeous ocean views.

Vantage has added two new vacation rentals in the Ocean Creek Resort for 2019:

Ocean Creek NN9

New Vacation Rentals Ocean Creek NN9 Dining and Living Room
Ocean Creek NN9 Dining and Living Room

Newly updated, renovated and well-appointed, Ocean Creek NN9 affords gorgeous views of the ocean and southern coastline from two private balconies. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo sleeps eight guests comfortably.

Bright, beachy accents let you know right away you’re on a special vacation. The condo features hardwood flooring throughout an open floorplan, along with updated bathrooms. Prepare your own memorable meals in the gourmet kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and glass tile backsplash.

The four flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet help everyone feel at home. Other amenities include:

  • Central air conditioning
  • DVD player
  • Washer/dryer
  • Free bed linens/bath towels

Ocean Creek CC5

New Vacation Rentals Ocean Creek CC5 View
View of Ocean & Tidal Creek from Ocean Creek CC5

Discover the key to stress-free living in your three-bedroom, three-bathroom oceanfront condo. Grab coffee or a cocktail and enjoy the serenade of changing tides from balconies off your living room and master bedroom. You’re perfectly positioned to watch each day start new with the sun rising above the glimmering sea.

Inside, Ocean Creek CC5 offers everything you could want to enjoy a true retreat from the real world. There’s a fully equipped kitchen designed for fun family meals, along with four TVs and a DVD player for movie night.

You’ll also enjoy:

  • Wireless Internet
  • Washer/dryer
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free bed linens/bath towels

Book Your New Vacation Rental Today

Are you ready to plan your North Myrtle Beach summer getaway in one of our new vacation rentals? Would you like to explore more options? We’re here to help. Contact a friendly Vantage reservationist today at (888) 404-3110, or book direct at www.VantageMB.com.

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.

2019 Housing Forecast: Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals

2019 Forecast for Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals: 6 Expert Predictions

It’s not yet January, but your 2019 housing forecast has already arrived. For property owners in or entering the vacation rental market, knowing what potential guests value is the key to a successful experience—for you and your vacationers. What matters most to guests, whether millennials or extended families? What should you promote about your property and the surrounding area? And how can you make small changes to your property that will yield a big return on your investment? Read on for six major trends and timely predictions for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina vacation rentals in 2019.

1. Spacious and multi-purpose properties


Who doesn’t want more space? People looking to book vacation rentals certainly do. In 2019, expect to see the search for larger rental homes increase. Whether potential renters want space to accommodate extended family, embark on increasingly popular multigenerational travel or simply to create a little distance between the kids and adults, more is better.

And it’s not just more space that renters are seeking—it’s a variety of opportunities available within that space. The grand vacation rentals described by Forbes writer Christopher Elliott, including an estate in California’s wine country with sleeping room for 10, are mansions with their own pools, hot tubs, spas, outdoor bars and outdoor living rooms.

There are plenty of ways, however, to create this cozy look and feel without having thousands of square feet to spare. Think about how to break up your vacation property in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, so that different rooms have different functions. Here are some ideas:

  • A room stocked with rainy day games
  • A jewelry-making station for collected shells
  • A napping nook for children (and adults!)
  • A picnic patio for seafood nights
  • A porch for ice cream desserts and cocktails

If you’re thinking about renovating to meet some of these goals, creating more open kitchen and dining room areas for guests to gather is an ideal place to start.

2. Catering to millennials


The 2019 housing forecast reveals that there’s more to property rentals than large families. Consider millennials—travelers in their late 20s to early 30s—who come your way alone or with others to attend events, see the landscape or just hang out.

Many millennials are flexible and experienced travelers, even at their young age. They’ve had all kinds of vacation experiences, from staying in condos, beach houses and hotels as children to booking vacation properties online with ease as young adults. But they’re often looking for something different: rentals that accommodate a smaller budget and fewer vacation days.

Here’s how property owners can help: Have an option for shorter stays. Think about making multiple properties in the same complex available for groups on vacation. And absolutely don’t forget millennial-style amenities:

  • Speedy Wi-Fi and plenty of bandwidth for streaming
  • Mobile services for all property-related interactions, including booking and paying
  • Proximity to scooter, car and bike sharing resources

Millennials can also be nostalgic for locales from their childhoods. By mentioning neighborhood restaurants, beaches or arcades from their childhood vacations to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you could book a stay—and even prompt a new tradition—built on memories.

3. Local outdoor and dining attractions


Nature sites are becoming big travel destinations for 2019. The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and the Catskills in New York have been listed among Lonely Planet’s best affordable adventures for the new year.

The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, vacation rental market can benefit from this trend. Adventures abound here, including:

  • The surf fishing, natural trails and equestrian facilities at Myrtle Beach State Park
  • The Dangerous Reef exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium—a 340-foot underwater tunnel where you can walk surrounded by sharks, tarpons and green moray eels.
  • Day and night safari tours at Myrtle Beach Safari’s 50-acre tropical preserve
  • A variety of kayak tours, including the National Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tours, Historic Conway & Big Cypress Kayak Tours and the Sunset Refuge Kayak Tour

One trend that has become increasingly apparent as it takes over Instagram is the rise of foodies. Experiencing local food, adventurous dishes—and taking pictures of it all—is a particular priority for many vacationers. Myrtle Beach’s food and beverage venues are up to the task—and so are you in what you recommend to renters, such as:

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, also features food festivals and events galore. Depending on the week or month, guests might encounter a barbeque or shrimp festival, events centered around local Greek or Italian foods, or—if they’re lucky—the world-famous Blue Crab Festival.

4. Quality, consistent service


We live in a digital society, and companies continue to invest in technology that accelerates the speed of business. But outstanding customer service—the kind with a personal touch—is timeless. And in the world of vacation rentals, it’s an essential differentiator.

According to a publication summarizing the 2018 VRMA Conference: “Booking a vacation rental is more of a ‘considered purchase’ than booking a hotel room.” Property owners have to stay focused on the core tenets of customer satisfaction, like meeting or exceeding expectations with regards to the quality of the experience, the amenities offered and the level of service delivered.

This can mean:

  • Maintaining the property with timely repairs and upgrades
    Adding modern conveniences that enhance the stay, including key-based entry systems and digital thermostats
  • Simple benefits that guests will remember and appreciate, like free passes to the local gym, mid-week cleanings and delivery services for groceries and other essentials

In the property rental business, you cannot overestimate the importance of personal engagements and the value of making guests feel welcome and cared for. That’s not always easy for busy owners, so it’s vital to select property management experts with a reputation for delivering impeccable service.

Hospitality consultant Debby Hudspith defines this service as: “Knowing why the customer is there in the first place, making them feel important, building a relationship, responding to requests out of the ordinary and ensuring someone is always available for them, no matter which department.”

5. Value over luxury


What’s one of the most important elements of vacation rentals in 2019? Value. It’s not always luxury that guests are after, and since group trips are on the rise, dividing up a property’s nightly rate is an efficient and cost-effective way to get more space. Divided by 10 people, the cost of the California wine estate we mentioned earlier was just $68 per person per night. It’s hard for any hotel to beat that rate.

Property owners can offer value in a myriad of other ways for any kind of rental property. Including in the price of your rental amenities like a complimentary bottle of wine and/or a welcome basket of snacks might just be the reason your renters return next season.

Further ideas highlighted by Successful Meetings include:

  • A record player and an eclectic vinyl music selection
  • Customized cocktail packages brought right to their door
  • A pet fish as the property mascot

Choosing skincare products, robes and linens that reflect the changing seasons or come from a local source is a trendy bit of detail much appreciated by renters. And lots of these ideas will fit into any budget.

Other bonuses renters enjoy are practical elements that will make their stay easier—coffeemakers, blenders, bottled water and energy bars, fresh fruit, baked goods straight out of the oven and water bowls and treats for pets.

6. Benefits of booking direct


This year, local vacation rental property owners are taking the lead over online travel agencies (OTAs). Managers of large vacation properties revealed at the VRMA International Conference a decline in the overall use of OTAs.

Local owners have plenty to offer that OTAs and their customer service representatives just can’t, including personalized communication with guests and availability at every stage of the booking and renting process. More and more, guests will rely on owners and property managers for hyperlocal Myrtle Beach information, such as:

  • Last-minute dinner recommendations at Barefoot Landing
  • The inside scoop on the area’s best ice cream parlors
  • Recommendations for kid-friendly spaces and the coolest clubs for adults to dance the night away
  • The most unique local shops and top attractions at Broadway at the Beach
  • The most memorable spots to explore at Myrtle Beach State Park—surf fishing, nature trails, equestrian facilities

These are just a few of the trends and predictions we’re keeping an eye on for vacation rentals and travel in 2019. As the year gets going, the experts here at Vantage Vacation Rentals will be on the lookout for more opportunities to help you keep your guests satisfied while getting the most from your Myrtle Beach property.

In the meantime, we’re here to answer your questions, provide support and set you up for a successful year. Reach out to us at any time by calling 888.404.3110 or email us at Info@VantageMB.com.

Squeeze in Last-Minute Labor Day Fun

Labor Day weekend called. It wants you to go to the beach.

If you thought you wouldn’t get to the beach this summer, or you wish you could have one more dip in the ocean, here’s great news: these great choices are available for a Labor Day weekend stay in North Myrtle Beach.

Build a sandcastle. Indulge in a Peaches Corner hot dog. Earn bragging rights at putt-putt. Or just work on your tan (and make everyone at work jealous).

So why stay home and do chores when you and enjoy one last weekend relaxing to the sound of the ocean waves? Pack your flip-flops and a good beach read and say goodbye to the summer the right way.

North Myrtle Beach Rentals for Your Labor Day Getaway

Vantage offers a variety of vacation rentals in some of North Myrtle Beach’s top communities. Amenity-rich resorts like Beach Cove Resort, Emerald Cove II, and Ocean Creek are not only located directly on the beach, but are also conveniently located across Route 17 from the popular Barefoot Landing attraction – with dozens of shops, restaurants, activities, and events throughout the year.

Looking for a peaceful golf or boating vacation? Try the beautiful community of Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxurious resort along Myrtle Beach’s Intracoastal Waterway and just a stone’s throw from the Grande Dunes Golf Club.

No matter which resort you choose, you can be sure to get a first-class experience as you soak up these final days of the season.  So book one last weekend at the beach and say goodbye to summer the right way: with your toes in the sand.

  • Beach Cove Resort 421 – 1-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 6 – Oceanfront condo with beautiful ocean views, outdoor/indoor/kiddie pools, arcade game room,  and on-site restaurants.
  • Blue Water Keyes 701 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Oceanfront (side) condo with ocean views, outdoor/indoor pools, lazy river, hot tubs, and fitness center.
  • Blue  Water Keyes 1101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Oceanfront (side) condo with ocean views, outdoor/indoor pools, lazy river, hot tubs, and fitness center.
  • Emerald Cove II 8A – 4-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Spacious oceanfront end-unit condo with plenty of light, expansive ocean views from multiple rooms, and an outdoor pool.
  • Marina Inn 5101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Elegant condo with updated appliances and floor-to-ceiling views of the Intracoastal Waterway from a unique circular-shaped living room.  Amenities include outdoor/indoor pools, hot tub, on-site restaurant/bars, and community golf and tennis.
  • Marina Inn 7301 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – 2,100-SqFt condo with Intracoastal views from multiple balconies and a unique master bedroom suite with fireplace and private kitchenette.  Amenities include outdoor/indoor pools, hot tub, on-site restaurant/bars, and community golf and tennis.
  • Ocean Creek K4 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Oceanfront North Tower condo with beautiful ocean views, indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, volleyball, kids’ activities, and on-site dining facilities.
  • Ocean Creek L2256 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Newly-renovated Lodge unit condo with fresh decor and woodland views from a private screened porch.  Amenities include indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, volleyball, kids’ activities, and on-site dining facilities.
  • Ocean Creek L2433 – 1-BR/1.5-BA/Sleeps 4 – Updated Lodge unit condo nestled in the trees, offering woodland views from a private screened porch. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, volleyball, kids’ activities, and on-site dining facilities.
  • Ocean Creek QQ5 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Oceanfront (side) North Tower condo with ocean views and multiple balconies, including a 30′ x 30′ furnished private deck. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, volleyball, kids’ activities, and on-site dining facilities.

Plan your Labor Day getaway to North Myrtle Beach at VantageMB.com. Or give our Vacation Coordinators a call at (888) 404-3110 – we would be happy to help you find the rental that’s just right for you!