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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.

Fourth of July Events in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate the 4th of July this year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! From Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach to the MarshWalk at Murrells Inlet, you’ll oooh and ahhh at all the Independence Day activities the Grand Strand has in store.

We’ve put together this quick guide to some of our favorite family-friendly events, including daytime parades and multiple fireworks displays. We can’t imagine a better way to wish America happy birthday.  

We also have a wide variety of properties ideal for your family’s 4th of July beach trip. They’ll keep you close to everything with plenty of space to relax and recharge. See what’s available.

A Sky Full of Color

A tremendous show in Myrtle Beach

No July 4th celebration would be complete without a colorful fireworks spectacular painting the summer night sky. You’re bound to see a tremendous show no matter where you are in Myrtle Beach. But it’s always better to plan ahead, arrive early and get a great spot to enjoy the show.

This year’s major fireworks displays include:  

  • Broadway at the Beach starting at 10:00 p.m.
  • Barefoot Landing starting at 10:00 p.m.
  • Cherry Grover Pier starting at 9:30 p.m.

Murrells Inlet MarshWalk starting at 10:00 p.m.

For your safety and the safety of others, please leave all pyrotechnics to the professionals. It is illegal to sell, possess or use fireworks of any kind within Myrtle Beach city limits.

The 53rd Annual Pawleys Island Parade

Thursday, July 4, 2019 10:00 a.m.

Don’t miss the Pawleys Island 4th of July parade

Want some creativity with your patriotism? Since 1966, visitors and locals alike have joined in the family fun of the Pawleys Island 4th of July parade, hopping on anything that might even remotely pass as a float. You’ll see trucks, cars, golf carts, boats and who knows what else all decked out in red, white and blue. And you’ll see lots of smiling riders greeting the enthusiastic crowd lining the street.

Want to join the fun? It’s only $15 to enter in advance, and $20 on parade day.

Murrells Inlet Boat Parade

Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:00 a.m.

Myrtle Beach “parade float”

Don’t miss the one Myrtle Beach event that takes the term “parade float” literally. Get your spot along the MarshWalk and wave to the cavalcade of watercraft going by during the July 4th Murrells Inlet Boat Parade. The procession starts at Garden City Point, chugs past the MarshWalk and finishes up in Morse Park Landing.

8th Annual Croissants Bakery 4th of July Cupcake Eating Contest

Thursday, July 4, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Marina Park at Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach is a cupcake town!

Let them eat hot dogs in Coney Island. Myrtle Beach is a cupcake town—at least on the 4th of July. The Croissants Bistro & Bakery is once again hosting its popular cupcake eating contest, complete with a $500 cash grand prize and a championship trophy. What does it take to win? Eat more cupcakes than any of the other 49 contestants in five minutes. Last year’s winner polished off 36 cupcakes, while contestants combined to eat more than 1,000 in all!

If you have the stomach for it, and you’re 18 or older, you can register online. Your $20 entry fee includes a t-shirt and, of course, lots of cupcakes. The event is free for spectators, and food trucks will be on hand with plenty of non-cupcake food choices. Be sure to bring the kids for face painting, cupcake decorating and carnival games.

10th Annual Salute from the Shore Flyover

Thursday, July 4, 2019 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate America’s independence

Celebrate America’s independence and all of those who’ve made it possible during Salute from the Shore. This unique South Carolina tradition includes flyovers across the state’s beaches from vintage military aircraft and F-16s representing South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing.

Patriots of all ages dressed in red, white and blue garb pack the Myrtle Beach coastline to cheer and salute the aircraft as they pass. You’ll find gigantic flags and homemade banners paying tribute to loved ones in the service. 

Make Myrtle Beach Your 1st Choice for the 4th

We’d love to help you find the right home for your stay.

Visiting the Grand Strand for Independence Day is as American as baseball and apple pie. Treat your family to a summer holiday they’ll never forget. We’d love to help you find the right home for your stay.

Just call our friendly Vantage reservation team at (888) 303-4110. You can also browse properties and book direct at www.VantageMyrtleBeach.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

Have a great July 4th!

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.

Summer Vacation Rental Deals in Myrtle Beach, SC

Ready or not, summer is here. If you’ve been putting off booking your family’s beach vacation, we have some good news: Not only can you still book an amazing Myrtle Beach rental property, but you can save big on your stay!

Vantage now has a wide selection of vacation rentals with deals in Myrtle Beach, including reduced rates for peak times. In a way, your procrastination has paid off. But make sure you find and book your favorite beach house very soon, because with these special deals, they won’t last long.

North Beach 213

Ocean views and upgrades!

Rates reduced by 20% for June, 10% for July and 5% for August.

Ocean views and upgrades highlight this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo in North Beach Towers. For summer 2019, you’ll be among the first to enjoy the granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, upscale décor and other luxury upgrades.

Plus, North Beach offers some of the Grand Strand’s finest high-end resort amenities. Take the complimentary shuttle around the community to the Cinzia Spa or 21 Main, the on-site steak and sushi restaurant. Cool off in a cabana or at any of the eight indoor and outdoor pools, including the amazing Caribbean-themed beachfront pool.

Ocean Creek

57 acres of natural beauty with first-class amenities

Our Ocean Creek vacation rental options bring you inside 57 acres of natural beauty with first-class amenities. Spend your days sunning and playing on the clean, quiet sandy beaches. Refresh and rejuvenate in one of the many crystal-clear pools. Take a stroll among the beautiful, bountiful gardens. Enjoy a friendly game of tennis or beach volleyball. Start your morning with breakfast at the Four Seasons Restaurant, then grab lunch or dinner at the lively Beach Cabana Bar. There’s no reason to leave!

Ocean Creek K4

Kick back and soak in the stunning views

Rates reduced by 20% for June and 15% for July and August.

Kick back and soak in the stunning views of the ocean as well as the surrounding gardens and fountain pond. This luxurious three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo features an all new, beautifully updated kitchen for the summer of 2019, plus a refurbished living room. For quality downtime, there are new 40-inch televisions in each bedroom.

Ocean Creek L2274

Enjoy coffee and cocktails on the screened-in porch

Rates reduced by 15% for July and 10% for August.

Beach vibes flow throughout this two-bedroom, two-bathroom Lodge Villa condo. Surrounded by woodlands, this rental provides the perfect balance of fresh air and upscale amenities. Enjoy coffee and cocktails on the screened-in porches with views of the pool.

Ocean Creek EE13

Enjoy your oversized private balcony overlooking the ocean

Rates reduced 10% for June and July and 5% for August.

This is what staying oceanfront is all about. Step onto your oversized private balcony overlooking the ocean and fill your lungs with salty sea air. Let the warm breezes carry your worries away as you look for dolphins playing in the surf. The inside of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo also has plenty of room for everyone to claim their spot in both living and dining areas.

Ocean Creek K2

Begin and end each day with views of the ocean

Rates reduced 15% for June and July and 10% for August.

Bright, airy, comfortable—this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo puts you in beach vacation mode the moment you step inside. Begin and end each day with maximum relaxation on the shaded balcony with views of the ocean and water features.

Ocean Creek DD10

Relax in this 30’ x 30’ private rear deck

Rates reduced 40% for June, 30% for July and 20% for August.

There’s no question the big draw of this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is its massive 30’ x 30’ private rear deck overlooking the lush community. It’s the perfect place to spend hours sharing memories and making new ones. The condo sleeps eight and is ideally suited for large groups and families.

Ocean Creek G2707

Screened porch looking out onto your private backyard

Rates reduced 15% for July and 10% for August.

Picture your family spending mornings and evenings together on your own screened porch looking out onto your private backyard. If that sounds good, check out this peaceful Ocean Creek townhome. There’s even a wood-burning fireplace for s’mores indoors!

Ocean Creek CC5

Views of both the ocean and the tidal creek

Rates reduced 20% for July and 10% for August.

Bright colors, gorgeous wood floors and furniture made for relaxation greet you inside this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo. Your private balcony—accessible from the living room and master bedroom—offers tranquil views of both the ocean and the tidal creek that meanders through the community.

Save with Summer Sale Deals for Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach

We’ll help you find the perfect beach house

It’s time to cross this task off your list and get your family’s North Myrtle Beach vacation on the calendar. Act fast to be sure you get the dates you want—and the special summer deals that keep money in your pocket. 

We’ll help you find the perfect beach house for your group and budget. Just call a Vantage reservationist at (888) 303-4110. You can explore more North Myrtle Beach properties and book direct at www.VantageMyrtleBeach.com to 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.

Book Direct & Save on Your Vacation

Five Reasons Why Smart Travelers Book Direct

Browsing travel websites is a great way to get an overview of the types of places to rent in various vacation spots. You can see a whole bunch of places at once and sort by price, distance, availability, amenities and other factors.  But smart travelers know that the next step isn’t to click on “Book Now” on those sites but instead to book direct from the property owner or agency that manages the rental.  Here’s why:

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant traveler fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or manager to book direct.
  • Direct contact with the owner or manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” This provides you with a faster, smoother experience.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites because these listings are expensive for property owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and managers offer helpful insider’s knowledge that can enhance your experience and save you valuable vacation dollars. Many have special offers, flash sales, and off-season discounts  that they don’t list on the major sites.
  • If you’re looking for a local’s perspective, property owners and managers can give you the most updated information on their rentals and community. They can tell you about new amenities, lesser-known area events, the best restaurants, and hidden gems around town.

In short, if a particular property management or vacation rental firm has a property – or a few properties – that look good to you, go to that company’s website (such as VantageMB.com!) to book direct. Chances are you’ll find more options, avoid hidden fees on travel websites, and have a smooth experience as you gear up for a great vacation.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save on your vacation and have a much better experience.