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

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

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

2. Alligator Adventure

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

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

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

3. Ripley’s Aquarium

Learn about jellyfish, the octopus and other colorful species.

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

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

4. Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

A thrilling adventure your kids will always remember.

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

5. Miniature Golf

Myrtle Beach has plenty of miniature golf options.

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

6. Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum
The Hollywood Wax Museum has it all!

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

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

7. Barefoot Landing

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

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

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

8. Broadway at the Beach

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

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

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

9. Activities on the water

Water Park
Myrtle Waves waterpark is always a huge hit!

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

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

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

10. Outdoor excursions

More than 7,000 camp sites along the coast.

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

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

Plan your kid-friendly Myrtle Beach getaway

Book your favorite property direct through Vantage!

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

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

About Vantage

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

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.

Myrtle Beach for Nature Lovers

Venture off the beaten path and discover the great outdoors

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

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

Brookgreen Gardens: A retreat for the senses

The butterfly garden is a delight for all ages.

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

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

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

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

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

Huntington Beach State Park: A stroll back in time

Observe birds and other wildlife.

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

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

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

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

Myrtle Beach State Park: An escape from the crowds

Myrtle Beach State Park

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

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

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

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

The Waccamaw River: An enchanting excursion

The banks are lined with cypress trees tufts of Spanish moss

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

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

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

We’ll show you the way

Cool off and relax in comfort.

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

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

About Vantage

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

Get in Gear for Myrtle Beach Car Shows

The wind in your hair, the open road, the warm salt air, music and laughter—the beach was made for cruising. Hundreds of thousands of people ride into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, every year to rev their engines and share their common passion for all things automotive. That’s because Myrtle Beach car shows and bike shows are some of the East Coast’s largest and most popular events.

Whether you prefer two wheels or four, antique models or hot rods, you’ll find a gathering of friends to make your beach trip something special.

Here’s a look at just some of the bike and car events coming to Myrtle Beach in 2019.

31st Annual Run to the Sun Car Show

March 21–23, 2019

Classic car enthusiasts from across the country come together annually for Myrtle Beach’s Run to the Sun Car Show—the largest independent car show on the East Coast. Hosted by the Pee Dee Street Rodders, Run to the Sun includes a weekend tailored to those who share a love of classic American cars and trucks. The showcase of automobiles stretches on as far as the eye can see.

Run to the Sun is also the car show that cares, raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Horry County Benevolent Fund and Grand Strand Miracle League. Last year, the event raised $97,000.

2nd Annual Jeep Jam

April 5–7, 2019

The inaugural Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam in 2018 was a huge success, featuring over 600 Jeeps and attracting thousands of Jeep enthusiasts. This year promises to be even bigger and better. The three-day Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam will include an obstacle course, a Jeep show, live music, raffles and more than 75 vendors and food trucks. Best of all, the action happens just one block away from the beach!

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Spring Rally: May 10–19, 2019

Fall Rally: September 30–October 6, 2019

All motorcycles, riders and bike enthusiasts are welcome to join the fun of the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring and Fall Rallies held every year. People come to these riding events from all across the East Coast to enjoy some beach time, catch up with old friends and bond with new ones.

The big Bike Week Spring Rally started in 1940, and today it attracts an estimated 275,000 people to the Myrtle Beach area. Just as with years past, this spring’s bike week extravaganza serves up special bike shows, bike-themed vendors and tours around the Grand Strand. Bikers take cruising day trips to Charleston and Wilmington, North Carolina. There’s also a Loop Tour spanning nearly 200 miles through Horry and Georgetown Counties.

If you prefer a smaller crowd, or if you want a great reason to come back, the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally typically draws an estimated 25,000+ people.

24th Annual Corvettes at Myrtle Beach

June 1–2, 2019

Hosted by the Myrtle Beach Corvette Club, Corvettes at the Beach kicks off on Friday night with a dinner and dancing banquet. Saturday is show day, with Corvettes of all types polished and on display at Broadway on the Beach. Trophies will be awarded for classes covering the C1 to C7 models, along with other specialized categories.

The day includes door prizes, entertainment and a variety of food and auto vendors. The National Corvette Museum will also have items for sale.

18th Annual Mustang Week

September 2–8, 2019

Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach is far from your ordinary car show. It’s an event worthy of one of America’s most iconic muscle cars. Past years have included a Mustang “family” Meet ‘n Greet at Broadway on the Beach, an autocross driving school, special competitions at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, drag racing and the East Coast’s largest Mustang and SVT cruise-in, drawing over 2,500 vehicles.

You Can Stay With Us

When it comes to finding the right place for your trip to attend Myrtle Beach car shows, Vantage Vacation Rentals puts you in the driver’s seat. Choose from a variety of rental properties that keep you close to all the action during Myrtle Beach’s famed bike and auto shows. Get in touch with one of our friendly reservationists today at (888) 404-3110, or book direct at www.VantageMB.com.

About Us

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.

Myrtle Beach Holiday Events through New Year’s

Myrtle Beach Holiday Events through New Year’s

There’s no vacation like a winter vacation—especially in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Enjoy smaller crowds, cooler temperatures and exciting Myrtle Beach holiday events featuring something for the whole family, from live entertainment to tasty treats. Even watch the ball drop and start off 2019 right.

Looking for the perfect holiday outing? Here’s a look at fun Christmas events in South Carolina and the best Myrtle Beach New Year’s Eve parties.

Myrtle Beach Christmas Events

  • Intercoastal Christmas Regatta | November 24
    Catch the beginning of this vibrant parade at the Little River Inlet, then adjourn at Dock Holidays Marina. Cozy up with family and watch the parade coast along the waterway—the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
  • Nights of 1,000 Candles | December 6–December 22
    Sip on warm cider, listen to carolers and watch Brookgreen Gardens glow. Named the Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina by Travel + Leisure magazine, this magical event features more than 4,500 hand-lit candles.
  • Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot | November 22
    One of the area’s largest races, the Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot draws families from near and far to run 10K-, 5K- and one-mile races. Join over 1,200 participants in starting your Thanksgiving with a good sweat.
  • The Great Christmas Light Show | November 23–December 30
    Pile in the car for this North Myrtle Beach drive-through light show and revel in the magic of more than two million lights in over 500 displays. Afterward, visit Santa’s Village for a cup of cocoa and of course, meet Santa himself.
  • MarshWalk Wonderland of Lights | November 17–December 31
    Stroll along the MarshWalk, illuminated by thousands of lights synchronized with holiday music. Ring in the New Year with loved ones at this cheerful, dreamy event—one of the most dazzling Christmas events in South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach New Year’s Eve Parties

  • Southern Times Square at The Market Common | December 31
    Listen to live music, purchase champagne from vendors and bring the kids for fun activities as you say farewell to 2018. There will even be a live feed of the New York City Times Square ball drop. Get ready to count down at one of the best New Year’s events in South Carolina!

Myrtle Beach has plenty for you to enjoy this holiday season, with the perfect balance of fun and relaxation. You don’t want to miss these holiday events in South Carolina.  Visit our website or call (888) 404-3110 to find the ideal Myrtle Beach vacation rental for your holiday visit.

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager

Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager? Be Sure to Ask these 4 Questions.

Do you own a vacation rental in Myrtle Beach, SC? You may want to consider hiring a property management company to oversee its operations when you are unable to handle maintenance, communicate with guests and answer various questions. You do not want to end up with a management company that does not understand you and your needs, so here are some questions to ask every prospective organization.

1. What Are Your Fees?

You always want to know how much you will need to pay a property management company before signing a contract. The fees can range anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of the total rent. Consider how much you can afford to pay and still make a profit from your vacation rental.

2. What Do Your Other Clients Have To Say?

It is always advisable to seek out references. The management company should have no problem putting you in touch with current clients. These clients will offer their sincere opinions, and you will know whatever they say is the truth.

3. What Services Are Included in the Fees?

The fees you pay should cover most of the maintenance costs. Some aspects that should be included consist of marketing, maintenance, cleaning, in-person visits and pre-stay walk-throughs. Ask about everything, so you do not get caught off-guard about any extra fees that pop up.

4. What Is Vacation Rental Performance Like in the Area?

An experienced vacation rental property management company should be able to tell you everything about that industry in a specific city. They should be able to tell you when the slow and busy seasons are. You should also ask about any local regulations that could impact who you can rent to.

If you have a Myrtle Beach rental property and are looking for a vacation rental manager to partner with, Vantage Vacation Rentals can help. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page for more information about how we make the experience smooth and successful for property owners. Questions? Call (888) 404-3110 or send a message through our online form, and be sure to request a Free Rental Market Analysis of your property. We will get back to you shortly!

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.

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.