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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!

Post-Tax Time Oceanfront Vacations

Taxes Done? Trade Your 1040 for SPF 40

Here’s an idea even your accountant would approve of: trade your primary residence for a sandcastle, and put the stress of tax time behind you with an oceanfront vacation.

Nothing is more relaxing than ocean waves and salt air, and we have great oceanfront properties that are a perfect way to reward yourself for getting your taxes done. (And if you’ve already received your refund, this is a great way to treat yourself.)

Bring that special someone, or invite all of your little deductions to come along. You’ll find a wide variety of vacation choices throughout Myrtle Beach, and we promise you won’t have to fill out any forms.

So put down that calculator, pick up your beach toys and reward yourself for a job well done. To deduct your tax-time stress, book online or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 404-3110.

Check Out these Oceanfront Rentals

  • Ocean Creek LL1 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Enjoy amazing ocean views and sunrises from this oceanfront 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.

  • Ocean Creek EE13 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Sip your morning coffee and watch the sun rise over the ocean from your perch on the oceanfront corner of the South Tower! This property is well-equipped with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV in the living room and all bedrooms. In addition, guests can take advantage of fantastic resort amenities, such as indoor/outdoor pools, volleyball, tennis, a putting green, and an on-site beach bar and grill.

  • Blue Water Keyes 601 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Wake up to beautiful views from the glass-paneled balcony of this oceanfront condo. Located in Crescent Beach, the property features a full kitchen and awesome community amenities such as indoor/outdoor pools, hot tubs, a lazy river and fitness center.

Don’t wait!  Our oceanfront vacation rentals are in high demand and fill up fast. Browse VantageMB.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 404-3110 to find the perfect spot for your North Myrtle Beach vacation.

Book Now, Pay Later | Ends Feb. 28th

Book Now to Hold Your Perfect Spot

With five weeks of winter still to go, chances are you’re dreaming about a summer vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC this year. Why let a little thing like your bank account get in the way? That’s why we’re rolling out our unique Book Now, Pay Later offer. After all, if you’re going to be enjoying your vacation later, why should you have to pay for it now? So now through the end of February, you can reserve your dream vacation with just a $250 deposit.

Here’s How it Works:

    • Choose the vacation rental you’d like with a $250 deposit (per week booked)
    • Pay the remainder of your deposit by April 1st
    • The balance of your reservation is due 30 days prior to your arrival date

At this time of year, many guests are waiting for their tax refund to arrive (or maybe even still saving up for vacation). But we want to help make your vacation dream a reality without having to wait.

Please note that the Book Now, Pay Later special is valid only on select weekly rentals during the period of June 23-September 1, and some properties may be excluded. Feel free to speak with a vacation coordinator at (888) 404-3110 to see if your desired vacation rental is included. Hurry – this offer ends February 28th. The sooner you book, the more choices you’ll have!

Check out one of our top communities below, or browse our entire inventory of vacation rentals HERE.

Ocean Creek

One of our favorite spots for experiencing North Myrtle Beach is Ocean Creek – a one-of-a-kind destination with so much natural beauty and things to do that you may not want to leave the community gates. Located on a 57-acre property between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this oceanfront resort offers first-class amenities and a peaceful respite from the bustling Boardwalk area. Guests can hike and bike on dozens of nature trails that take you past lush gardens, oceanfront vistas, and a scenic tidal creek. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, swimming in Ocean Creek’s indoor/outdoor pools, or shopping at nearby Barefoot Landing. Additional amenities include beach volleyball, tennis courts, a putting green, on-site restaurants, and kids’ activities. Guests can choose from several types of accommodations such as the North and South Tower condos with ocean views, Greens Villas overlooking the putting green, Tennis Villas next to the tennis courts, Garden Homes with private yards, and Lodge Villas located within a peaceful woodland area. All units are within close proximity to one another and are just a short walk or tram ride from the beach.

Don’t wait another day to get your 2018 Myrtle Beach vacation lined up and take advantage of our Book Now, Pay Later campaign. Search VantageMB.com using your desired dates, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, location within town, and so much more. Or give us a call at (888) 404-3110, and we would be happy to suggest some vacation rentals that fit your needs and budget.

North Myrtle Beach Loves Snowbirds

Follow Us South for the Winter

Calling all Snowbirds – escape the winter blues and fly south with Vantage! With off-season temperatures in the 60s and 70s, North Myrtle Beach is known for staying warm all year long.  Trading your snow boots for flip flops has never been easier!  Vantage’s unique FlexStay properties provide more flexibility, allowing you to customize a vacation that fits your timeframe and budget. Starting the beginning of September, these vacation rentals allow you to fly into town any day of the week and enjoy a 3-night minimum stay rather than a traditional week-long visit. Looking to nest for longer? Vantage offers great snowbird deals on long-term vacation rentals. Whether you dream of an off-season weekend getaway or a 3-month-long vacation,  plan your visit around YOUR schedule, not the other way around!

Check Out a Few Snowbird Properties


Beach Cove Resort 421
1-BR, 1-BA, Sleeps 6 – Enjoy your morning coffee on the balcony of this oceanfront condo. Guests have access to a variety of amenities within the resort, including a grill and coffee bar, indoor/outdoor pools, a lazy river, and arcade room. At night, stop by the Barefoot Landing and enjoy attractions including House of Blues & Flying Fish Market & Grill.


Blue Water Keyes 1101
2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Wake up to beautiful views from  the glass-paneled balcony of this oceanfront condo. Located in Crescent Beach, the property features a full kitchen, a flat-screen TV, and a whirlpool tub in the master bathroom. Head downstairs to enjoy indoor/outdoor pools, hot tubs, a lazy river and fitness center.


Emerald Cove II 8A
4-BR, 3-BA, Sleeps 10 – This spacious oceanfront condo is equipped with a kitchen, large breakfast bar, flat-screen TVs & washer/dryer. Step out on the private balcony and let the “big blue” relax you and your family. Make sure to splash around in the outdoor pool!


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 spa, indoor/outdoor pools, swim-up bar, on-site restaurant and other fantastic amenities.

Don’t wait Snowbirds – plan your off-season North 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.

Last-Minute Vacation? We’ve Got You Covered.

It Pays to Procrastinate

Did you wait until the last minute to book your Myrtle Beach vacation rental? Not to worry. That means you can take advantage of reduced rates and last-minute deals at select homes in our inventory. Browse below for a few of our homes featuring drastically reduced rates on various weeks, or visit our Specials Page for a complete list.

Our Top Last-Minute Deals

Ocean Creek MM9 – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – SAVE $300 on the week of July 8-15 (was $2300 – NOW $2000)!  Enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and Myrtle Beach coastline from the south side of the South Tower!  Well-equipped with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV in the living room and all bedrooms, this property features fantastic resort amenities, such as indoor/outdoor pools, volleyball, tennis, a putting green, and an on-site beach bar and grill.

Ocean Creek KK11 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 5 – SAVE $200 on available July weeks (was $1800 – NOW $1600)!  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 7505 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – SAVE $200 on the week of July 8-15 (was $1900 – NOW $1700)!  Relax on the balcony while taking in beautiful views of the marina, Intracoastal Waterway, and pool area. This luxurious condo features a renovated kitchen, a gas fireplace, a king bed, two queen beds, a sleep sofa, a gas fireplace, and flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms.

Now is the time to book your Myrtle Beach vacation so you can take advantage of these amazing deals at Vantage Vacation Rentals! For assistance finding the vacation rental that’s right for you, speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 404-3110 today.

Fun & Free Activities in Myrtle Beach

Don’t Miss these Fun & Free Activities

With all the expenses involved in planning a vacation, it’s great to know that there are lots of fun things to do once you get to Myrtle Beach, SC that don’t cost anything at all. In addition to our free beaches, the town of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area offer a variety of free activities ranging from exciting to educational. Several areas around the Grand Strand that you definitely don’t want to miss are our local parks, which are great sources of recreation. Be sure to check out the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, a 1/2-mile waterfront boardwalk in a historic fishing village on the western side of the Intracoastal Waterway.  There is so much to do in this beautiful spot such as walking, jogging, boating, and paddleboarding, plus enjoying live music, scenic views, and dozens of delectable restaurants.  Sports and nature enthusiasts will also feel right at home at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, which features multiple ball fields, 3 playgrounds, a 25-acre lake for water activities, and an amphitheater.

Free Activities for the Whole Family

No matter what days of the week you are visiting, Ocean City has you covered with fun and free activities that will get you out and about to enjoy the area and your time together.

Barefoot Landing

The popular Barefoot Landing entertainment and shopping area pulls out all the stops with its Summerfest program every night from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (6/1/17-9/2/17).  Live music fills the air as strolling entertainers, jugglers, and children’s characters mingle with the crowd.  There are additional activities for the little ones such as face painting and kids’ karaoke.  The night wraps up with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30.

Vereen Botanical Gardens

Located in Little River, this beautiful 115-acre park and wildlife refuge features scenic trails and boardwalks winding through salt marshes and Civil War cemeteries.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables or on the gazebo overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

Horry County Museum

Explore the rich history of the Myrtle Beach area at this museum dedicated to preserving its low country roots.  The Horry County Museum features a working Living History Farm that shows what  life was like on a one-horse farm from 1900-1955.  Visitors can view activities that were common during those days, such as plowing with mules, blacksmithing, milking cows, making soap, and more.

Music on Main Concert Series

Bring a beach and you’ve got the best seat in the house for some great entertainment every Thursday night (7:00-9:00 p.m.) in North Myrtle Beach.  Located on Main Street in the downtown shopping area, the atmosphere is festive and fun as local bands from every genre wow the crowd with their musical talent.

Complimentary Carriage Rides

Relax in a quaint horse-drawn carriage while taking in the sights and sounds of downtown Myrtle Beach.  Free carriage rides take place every Tuesday night (6:00-9:00 p.m.) until August 29th starting at Dolce Lusso Salon and winding through the scenic streets of the Market Common.

All the fun, excitement, and relaxation of summer is just around the corner! If you haven’t booked your Myrtle Beach vacation, now is the time to do it. Browse VantageMB.com to find your perfect vacation rental, or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 404-3110 today.

Top 4 Reasons to Celebrate July 4th at the Beach

Red, White & You | July 4th in Myrtle Beach, SC

What could be more all-American than spending July 4th at the beach in Myrtle Beach, SC? Recently named one of the Top 5 Summer Beach House Destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, Myrtle Beach is known for its clean beach, family-friendly atmosphere, and multitude of activities and events. Read on to find out why you need to spend your holiday here:

  1. Freedom

    Celebrate your freedom in the place that makes you feel free! There’s nothing like having the sun on your face and sand between your toes to help you appreciate the freedom we have here in the U.S.A. Enjoy a moment of solitude as you listen to the waves and remember those who have fought for our freedom and continue to defend it today.  At 1:00 p.m. on July 4th, beach-goers will get to witness some of our country’s best military pilots in action during “Salute from the Shore.”  F-16s from Shaw Air Force base and several vintage military will show off their courage, teamwork, and expertise as they zoom over the South Carolina coastline from Cherry Grove all the way to Hilton Head.

  2. Fireworks

    Bring a chair or a blanket and you’ve got the best seat in the house for fireworks in Myrtle Beach, SC. Fireworks displays will be held at several locations around town on July 4th. Visitors staying in the downtown area will be dazzled all along the Boardwalk as fireworks light up the night in the area of the 2nd Avenue Pier at 10:00 p.m. In addition, the nearby entertainment complex Broadway at the Beach will host its own fireworks at 10:00 p.m.  If you’re staying in North Myrtle Beach, then Barefoot Landing is the place to be. This scenic shopping and dining area has plenty of grassy areas to view fireworks over the lake. Did you know Myrtle Beach has a minor league baseball team?  The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will also host their own Independence Day fireworks display following their game that starts at 7:05 p.m. and features an “All-American” Package for $17.76, which includes a ticket in the Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck, a 24 oz. Budweiser draft bee (or soda), a hot dog, Cracker Jacks, and a mini American flag.

  3. Festivities

    The Myrtle Beach area keeps the party going all day long with fun entertainment and activities. Start the day at 8 a.m. at The Market Common by participating in the Independence Day 8K (and 5K/1 Mile), a family-friendly race around Valor Park with prizes for various age groups.  Since it’s the 4th of July and it just wouldn’t be the same without a parade, check out Pawleys Island’s Annual 4th of July Parade (10:00 a.m.) or the  “Red, White and Southern” Annual Boat Parade at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk (4:00 p.m.) where you can enjoy creative float displays and festivities.  Starting at 2:00 p.m., Croissants Bistro and Bakery in Myrtle Beach will sponsor its annual Cupcake Eating Contest at Broadway at the Beach in Heroes Harbor.  This event features numerous family-friendly activities such as face painting, pony rides, and live music, as well as a contest (3:00 p.m.) to see who can devour the most iced cupcakes in five minutes!

  4. Food

    What’s a birthday party without the food? On Saturday, July 2nd, La Belle Amie vineyards in Little River will be hosting an Independence Day Cookout from Noon-5:00 p.m. with wine tastings, barbecue, and live music (bring 2 canned/dry goods for area food bank and save $3 on admission).  But no matter what days you are visiting over the July 4th holiday, Myrtle Beach offers ten miles of restaurants, from fine dining to casual cuisine. For some fresh crabs, stop by Joe’s Crab Shack at Broadway at the Beach for a classic crab-picking experience or a bushel of crabs to eat at home.  If you’re looking for a fun and family-friendly island atmosphere, check out Ocean Front Bar & Grill in the downtown area of Myrtle Beach (9th Ave. and the Boardwalk) for delicious appetizers, entrees and drinks as well as gorgeous views of the ocean. Finally, for some of the freshest local seafood around, stop by Captain Dave’s Dockside Restaurant in Murrells Inlet which features a casual and contemporary atmosphere and beautiful views of the water from their dining room.

The 4th of July is only five short weeks away and our vacation rentals are filling up fast! If you haven’t booked your Myrtle Beach vacation, now is the time to do it. Visit VantageMB.com to search for the perfect spot for your vacation, and while you’re there, be sure to download our FREE Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide.  Give us a call at (888) 404-3110 if our Vacation Coordinators can assist you in planning a relaxing escape to the Grand Strand.

Marina Inn – Myrtle Beach’s Hidden Gem

Experience Myrtle Beach at Marina Inn

One of the best reasons to visit Myrtle Beach, SC is for its wide variety of vacation experiences and recreational opportunities. From beautiful beaches and attractions to world-class golf and fine dining, there is truly something for everyone here! If you are searching for a Myrtle Beach resort that checks off all the boxes on your family’s vacation wish list, then look no further than the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Located along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway and just one mile from the beach, this 2,200-acre landscape is one of the area’s top communities thanks to its elegant accommodations, fun amenities, and central location between North and South Myrtle Beach. Popular attractions are just a short drive away, such as Broadway at the Beach (5 miles), Barefoot Landing (4.5 miles), and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (6 miles).

Play Where You Stay

By far, the hub of activity for Marina Inn is its beautiful, Mediterranean-inspired pool area located right next to the water. Head out for a refreshing swim in the indoor and outdoor multi-level pools, or soak in the hot tub while watching boats cruise in the marina and along the Intracoastal Waterway. Golf enthusiasts can brush up on their golf game at Grande Dunes’ championship golf course, which is just a quarter-mile away from the Marina Inn on the opposite side of the Intracoastal. Guests can also grab a bite to eat at the popular on-site restaurants Waterscapes and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, as well as two full bars – one indoor bar and one outdoor bar near the swimming area (outdoor bar only open in summer season). Additional amenities include a fitness center/sauna, tennis courts, and watersports rentals conveniently located down at the marina. Best of all, Marina Inn’s shuttle service will wisk you away for a day on the beach at Grande Dunes’ oceanfront property (beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels are provided).

Elegant Marina Inn Vacation Rentals

Known for their high-end décor and fantastic views of the marina and Intracoastal Waterway, Vantage Vacation Rentals’ Marina Inn vacation rentals are the perfect spot for you to relax on your next Myrtle Beach vacation. Choose from these gorgeous two- and three-bedroom properties:

  • Marina Inn 5101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Located on the ground level, this elegant condo features panoramic floor-to-ceiling views of the Intracoastal Waterway from a unique, circular-shaped living room. Step out onto a spacious balcony overlooking the marina and terrace, or relax inside with an upgraded kitchen, renovated bathrooms, two king beds, a sleep sofa, and a gas fireplace.
  • Marina Inn 7301 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Perched up above the pool area, this 2,100-square foot condo features beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway and marina. Guests can enjoy two private balconies, two king beds, two double beds, a sleep sofa, two gas fireplaces, and a unique master suite with its own half kitchen.
  • Marina Inn 7505 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Relax on the balcony while taking in beautiful views of the marina, Intracoastal Waterway, and pool area. This luxurious condo features a renovated kitchen, a gas fireplace, a king bed, two queen beds, a sleep sofa, a gas fireplace, and flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms.

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is the perfect resort for your next Myrtle Beach vacation. Visit our Marina Inn page for more details as well as a complete list of our Marina Inn vacation rentals. Hurry – our 2017 season is filling up fast! Book online today, or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 404-3110.

Experience Ocean Creek in North Myrtle Beach

Family-Friendly Amenities of Ocean Creek

North Myrtle Beach is known for many things: pristine beaches, a laid-back atmosphere, world-class golf, and family-friendly resorts. One of our favorite spots for experiencing North Myrtle Beach is Ocean Creek – a one-of-a-kind destination with so much natural beauty and so many things to do that you may not want to leave the community gates. Located on a 57-acre property between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this oceanfront resort offers first-class amenities and a peaceful respite from the bustling Boardwalk area. Guests can hike and bike on dozens of nature trails that take you past lush gardens, oceanfront vistas, and a scenic tidal creek. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, cooling off in one of Ocean Creek’s seven swimming pools, or shopping at nearby Barefoot Landing. For the sports enthusiasts in your group, Ocean Creek offers a variety of amenities to keep you active such as a beach volleyball area, tennis courts, and a putting green. And don’t forget about our younger guests! Ocean Creek’s summer kids’ programs run Monday through Friday and feature fun activities to keep them busy such as water balloon games, face painting, kickball, scavenger hunts, sand castle competitions, crafts, and so much more!

Wide Variety of Accommodations

Ocean Creek offers several types of accommodations to suit every size family and budget. These include North and South Tower condos with ocean views, Greens Villas overlooking the putting green, Tennis Villas next to the tennis courts, Garden Homes with private yards, and Lodge Villas located within a peaceful woodland area. All units are within close proximity to one another and are just a short walk or tram ride from the beach. In addition, Ocean Creek offers several on-site dining options to satisfy your appetite while on vacation. Four Seasons Restaurant is located in Lodge #1 and serves a full breakfast buffet that is available every morning. Or, try a seasonal favorite – the Beach Club Bar and Grill – which features delicious food, evening entertainment, and special cookouts. This is also known as one of the best spots to watch the sun go down! So, sit back and relax while Ocean Creek takes care of everything else. Browse below to see a few of our featured Ocean Creek vacation rentals:

Ocean Creek K4 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Located on the south side of the North Tower, this lovely oceanfront condo offers beautiful views from a well-furnished balcony with sturdy swivel chairs, comfortable rocking chairs, and a patio table for playing cards or an al fresco meal.
Ocean Creek QQ5 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Kick back and relax in this newly renovated South Tower condo with side balcony and huge 30’x30’ bonus back patio with 360-degree views. Both the kitchen and all bathrooms have been updated with beautiful cabinets, granite, and tile.
Ocean Creek KK11 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 5 – Enjoy amazing ocean views and sunrises from this corner front condo in the South Tower. This well-furnished property features a master suite with a king bed and flat-screen TV in the living room
Ocean Creek L2103 – 1-BR/1.5-BA/Sleeps 4 – This beautiful condo is conveniently located on the far-east corner of Lodge #1, making for an extra-short walk to the beach, tidal creek, restaurant, and oceanfront amenities. Relax on your private screened porch just off of the living room to enjoy woodland views during the day and cool breezes during the evening.

What are you waiting for? Come and make lasting memories with your family at the Ocean Creek Resort. Browse our entire inventory of Ocean Creek rentals, or give us a call at (888) 404-3110 today to book your 2017 vacation.