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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.

Top Spring Events in Myrtle Beach, SC

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, music fills the air – it must be the start of another rejuvenating spring in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As always, the full calendar of spring events in Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. Whether you’re into classic cars or country music, or you just love spending time with sand between your toes, you’ll find a reason to visit Myrtle Beach with your family this spring.

We’ve put together a quick guide to some of the most popular spring events in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand to help you plan your spring break getaway.

Get your motor running

Car Show

Myrtle Beach hosts several events every spring just for car and motorcycle enthusiasts. On March 21, thousands of classic cars will make their way into town for the 31st Run to the Sun Car Show – the East Coast’s largest independent car show.

From April 5 to April 7, the 2019 Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam will build on the huge success of last year’s inaugural event. Show your love for all things Jeep during this three-day gathering featuring an obstacle course, Jeep exhibitions, live music and delicious food – all just a block away from the beach!

The two-wheelers come roaring in for the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally, May 10 through 19. The event grows bigger each year, with over 275,000 people coming to enjoy the bike shows, special merchandise and day trips down south to Charleston or up north to Wilmington, North Carolina. There’s plenty of hangouts in downtown Myrtle Beach for you to connect with old and new friends alike.

Golf with the pros

Golf Myrtle Beach

Sure, Augusta is home to the PGA Masters Tournament. But Myrtle Beach, SC, has the Monday After the Masters – one of the country’s most popular Celebrity Pro-Am tournaments.

It all started in 1994 as a charity event organized by members of the band Hootie & the Blowfish. They’ve since raised millions for the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and the South Carolina junior golf program. You never know who may show up to Monday After the Masters. In past years, actors, athletes, comedians and musicians have joined golf icons like John Daly and Tiger Woods on the links. From April 13 through 15, participants will enjoy exclusive parties, practice rounds and a Hootie & the Blowfish and Friends concert.

Dance the night away

Carolina Shag

The Grand Strand is home to the shag dance craze that caught the South by storm around the 1940s and has grown in popularity ever since. From April 10 through May 4, thousands of shaggers will do their thing in North Myrtle Beach, SC, during the Society of Stranders Spring Safari.

This event attracts lovers of beach music and shaggers from all over for 10 days of dancing, friendship and nightlife in the area’s most beloved local hotspots. The event culminates with a massive parade featuring floats from the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs.

Run with the Divas

Run with the Divas

In a stunning display of girl power, the popular Divas running series comes to North Myrtle Beach on May 5. The 8th Annual Divas Half Marathon and 5K is a unifying event for women (and men) of all ages with courses that direct runners through sites and scenery of North Myrtle Beach. All participants receive pink tutus, boas and tiaras, fit-tech shirts and priceless memories.

Ring in spring at Mayfest

For one day, approximately 15,000 people flock to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach to honor the month of May and celebrate the start of another summer. This year’s 14th Annual Mayfest on Main Festival happens Saturday, May 11. Come enjoy live entertainment, food and craft vendors, shopping and special activities for the kids.

Crack into some crabs

Crab Fest

Seafood lovers rejoice: The 38th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival returns to Little River, SC, May 18 and 19. Little River is less than 15 minutes from North Myrtle Beach and worth every second of the drive. As the name implies, the Festival offers fresh, local seafood, along with treats from other vendors. Both days are jam packed with live entertainment and beach music to set the mood.

Party with your favorite stars

Carolina Country Music Fest

Some of the biggest names in country music are scheduled to perform live during the 5th annual Carolina Country Music Fest taking place at the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion site from June 6 through 9. This year’s headliners include local favorites from the Myrtle Beach area along with country legends Alabama and contemporary chart-topper Dierks Bentley.

The star-studded lineup at the Carolina Country Music Fest also includes performances by Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Midland and Randy Houser. Food and beverage vendors on-site have everything you need to keep the party going. This event looks to be a sellout, so you’ll want to get your tickets as soon as possible. You may even want to treat yourself with VIP access, which gives you premium positioning near the stage.

Book your spring break today

This preview of spring events in Myrtle Beach, SC, is really just a sampling of what’s happening along the Grand Strand. You can always find something fun and exciting here – or you can simply relax and enjoy the warm weather and soothing waves.

Once you’re ready to schedule your trip, contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (888) 404-3110 to book accommodations for you and all of your guests. Or 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.

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.

Planning a Beach Wedding in Myrtle Beach, SC

Are You Planning a Magical Beach Wedding in Myrtle Beach?

Beach Wedding Couple
Myrtle Beach is the ideal setting for tying the knot

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, presents the perfect setting for your destination wedding: sand beneath your toes, sun shining, waves crashing in the background—nothing says love like the ambiance of a beach ceremony.

Beach weddings can pose some interesting challenges you may not encounter with more traditional venues. But with the right planning and considerations, you can orchestrate something truly magical and memorable. Here are the most important aspects to keep in mind when you’re planning to have your wedding in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Know the lay of the land

As you get ready for your big day, determine if you are going to walk down the aisle and celebrate within the City of Myrtle Beach, in North Myrtle Beach or somewhere outside of city limits. The regulations for each area differ, so you’ll want to check in advance and plan accordingly. For example, in North Myrtle Beach, alcohol isn’t allowed on the beach, and you can’t walk on the dunes. After you decide on a general location, obtain your local marriage license.

Don’t forget to check to see if there are any special Myrtle Beach events occurring at the same time as your ceremony, which could draw lots of folks in and disrupt your plans.

Settle on a space: public, private or resort

Beach Wedding Venue
Finding the perfect venue takes planning & imagination

Once you have decided the basics, your next big choice is deciding where you will hold your ceremony and reception. A public beach might save you the most money, but having your nuptials there means just about anyone can join the fun. (On the other hand, you’re sure to gets lots of spirited applause from onlookers!) Depending on where you decide to conduct your ceremony, though, you might be able to reserve a spot. In the City of Myrtle Beach, SC, you can obtain facility permits by contacting City Hall at 843-918-1008.

A private beach affords lots of seclusion, and restaurants and hotels near or on the beach provide views of the ocean and double as reception venues. They’ll tend to run a higher bill, however, than if you tie the knot on a public beach.

Luckily, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, offers plenty of venue options.

Take in the sunset

During the summer and late spring in Myrtle Beach, it promises to be scorching in the afternoon. Evening and morning ceremonies—with sunsets or sunrises—offer cooler alternatives with striking views. Your bridal party and other guests—especially older and younger ones—will thank you for sparing them from the heat. Plus, your photos will likely come out incredibly with everyone glistening less.

Moreover, you can seize the opportunity to enjoy your first kiss as a couple while the sun sets or rises in a dazzling array of color over the horizon.

Opt for appropriate—and comfortable—attire

Lightweight fabrics will keep your bridal party cool

When you walk down the sandy aisle, you want to be comfortable, so ditch the cumbersome and sizzling ball gown. Instead, you, your groom and your bridal party should wear lightweight fabric and colors—linen and cotton are excellent choices. Consider ditching the jackets for men.

While you’re at it, check the weather and keep an eye on the wind. If it promises to get gusty, forego the lengthy veil. Finally, leave behind the heels—you don’t want to sink into the sand. Wear flat sandals or wedges instead. You can even go barefoot for the full magical Myrtle Beach wedding experience.

Amplify your love

Your guests will surely want to hear the vows you’ve spent countless hours polishing and revising. The problem is, the waves in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, might be roaring, and you don’t want to try to compete with them when proclaiming your love. Even if you plan to simply repeat after the officiant, consider renting a microphone and amps—especially if you’re filming the proceedings as a keepsake.

Perfect the spread

A mouth-watering menu is essential for your reception

People always remember the food. From the first bite to dessert, you’ll want to master the meals that you serve at your reception. Outdoor dining—especially on the beach—demands more attention to detail. Think light fare, and prevent cheeses and cream-based items from sitting in the sun. Also, be sure to serve plenty of water to hydrate your guests, and offer bubbly wines that are sure to refresh everyone.

For your wedding cake, ask your baker about the best options for fillings and other ingredients. Inquire about fondant; it’s often a better choice for summer than buttercream. Red velvet also does well.

Bolster your bouquet

Not all annuals can hold up to the heat and humidity of Myrtle Beach, SC, during peak summer season. When you plan your ceremony, you’ll want to pay special attention to building your bridal bouquet and choosing the right varieties for the flower girl. Pick flowers that do well in tropical weather: chrysanthemums, plumeria, orchids, calla lilies and king protea all make excellent choices for their looks and durability.

Make the magic happen

Wedding Party Accommodations
Need wedding party accommodations? We can help.

Now that you’re ready to plan your dream destination wedding and say, “I do” in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, our friendly Vantage reservation specialists are here to help with accommodations. Contact us at (888) 303-4110 to book rental properties for you and all of your guests. Or browse and 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.

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.

5 Reasons Why Vacation Rentals Beat Hotels

You may confront a bit of a dilemma as you start planning your next Myrtle Beach vacation: Should you book a vacation rental property or a hotel? The answer, however, is simple when you consider cost, amenities and the space you can only get from vacation rentals.

To assure you that vacation rentals are the way to go, we’ve assembled five big reasons why it’s smart to choose vacation rentals for your Myrtle Beach getaway.

Reason #1 to book a vacation rental: The cost.

Multi-Family Vacations
Multi-Family Vacations

Booking a private vacation rental home using a property management company means more transparent pricing. You won’t get charged hidden fees depending on the amenities you use, so the price you pay doesn’t budge from the start.

If you’re traveling with a large group, it can get rather expensive to reserve several hotel rooms. By choosing a vacation rental home, you can involve more families, share the expenses and save money you can apply to future vacations!

Meals are the largest expense during a vacation. Having the option to cook your own meals in a vacation rental property relieves a huge burden from your budget. Recruit the whole family to help with dinner and visit Myrtle Beach restaurants only when you want to.

Reason #2 to book a vacation rental: Total flexibility.

Kitchen Area of Ocean Creek MM14
Kitchen Area of Ocean Creek MM14

Operating according to tight schedules is a good way to turn your perfect vacation into a drag. If you’re staying in a hotel, you can expect orchestrating your day around room service, the long lines for a mediocre breakfast and inconvenient pool hours.

A vacation home, meanwhile, gives you the freedom to sleep in, treat yourself to hearty meals at any time, and go for a late-night dip in the pool if you’d like. That’s vacation time.

Plus, vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach offer flexible periods of stay, whether you’re in town for a few nights or a few weeks.

Reason #3 to book a vacation rental: More space.

Ocean Creek L2433 - Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom of Ocean Creek L2433

Vacation rental homes typically run about 2,000 square feet, while a hotel room is usually less than one quarter that size. In that small of a space, things can get pretty hectic with family members bickering over the bathroom or keeping everyone’s belongings separate. And who wants to sleep in a room with the person who snores?

At a rental property, family and friends can spend quality time in shared spaces, then retreat to bedrooms when you need a little breathing room.

Reason #4 to book a vacation rental: Better amenities.

Swim-Up Pool Bar at North Beach Plantation
Swim-Up Pool Bar at North Beach Plantation

These days, travelers want a balance of home-like conveniences with perks they can only get on vacation. These include:

• Fast (free) Wi-Fi connections
• Big kitchens
• Swimming pools, pool tables and hot tubs
• Free parking

You’re far more likely to find these amenities in vacation rentals.

Washing machines, coffee makers and driveways not only make life easier—they boost your comfort level. While these come as part of the package with most vacation rental properties, hotels tack on hidden fees for even the smallest conveniences like Internet access and movies. Find the perfect rental property with all your must-haves rather than settling for an impersonal hotel room for your family vacation.

Reason #5 to book a vacation rental: Tranquility.

Unique Circular Living Room of Marina Inn 5101
Living Room of Marina Inn 5101

Frequent guests of rental homes in Myrtle Beach relish the peace and privacy afforded by a place of their very own. It’s nice to enjoy a refreshing night’s sleep without loud guests coming and going down the hall in a busy hotel.

Are you in the market for a relaxing retreat? Or perhaps a fun-filled week of activities for the whole family? Enjoy both when you book a rental property. It’s the perfect choice no matter how you define vacation.

Vantage is ready to assist you in choosing the perfect Myrtle Beach rental for you and your family. Contact a reservationist at (888) 404-3110 or book direct at www.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.

10 Ways Vacation Rental Owners Can Upgrade for Instant Value

Small Upgrades that Create Big Value for Vacation Rental Owners

While many vacation rental owners may not have the funds or resources for major structural changes to their rental properties, there are several types of easy upgrades that can instantly add value. Below are our top recommendations for inexpensive improvements that will help maintain your vacation rental, impress your guests, and pave the way for repeat business in the future.

  • A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any vacation home – nothing improves your home’s appearance more than this. Painting is easy and inexpensive and sets the tone throughout the property. Consider adding an accent wall for a splash of color and an interesting design element.
  • Replacing older light fixtures not only improves lighting quality, but also gives your home an updated look and aesthetic appeal.
  • New cabinet doors, knobs and contact paper for shelves and drawers freshen up kitchens and make guests feel at home during their stay.
  • Upgrading to hardwood or tile flooring makes your property easier to maintain and gives it an updated look in online photos.  You will score big points with guests, as well!
  • Contemporary showerheads, toilet paper holders, towel racks or faucets may seem like small details, but they can give bathrooms a clean, personalized touch like that of an upscale hotel.
  • Flat-screen TVs add a modern, streamlined look to your home and greatly improve the viewing experience for guests while they relax on vacation.  With the cost of flat-screen TVs having come down dramatically in price, this is a great opportunity to swap out any older, boxy TVs that may be making your vacation rental look dated.
  • Programmable thermostats can add money-saving and functional elements to the home. Most are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • While it may not be possible to add square footage to your property – especially if it’s located in a condo building – storage within the home can be maximized by installing vertical shelving in workrooms, pantries, closets and garages.
  • Little touches, like updating light switches and doorknobs, can add a fresh feel to any room. Routinely upgrade the bedrooms with hotel-quality bedding, pillows, and mattresses or mattress toppers – all things that guests have come to expect when they travel. New door handles and locks can improve security, as well.
  • Save on energy costs by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, routinely cleaning your refrigerator coils, and replacing older air conditioning or furnace filters.

Helping vacation rental owners succeed in North Myrtle Beach, SC is our passion. For more tips or to get a free proposal on your next project, contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 877-319-5808 or email deb@vantageresortrealty.biz. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page to learn more about how Vantage can help you maximize your vacation home.

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.