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4 Tips On Unplugging From Work On Your Vacation

Sometimes maintaining a work-life balance feels more like trying to juggle while riding a unicycle. Between raising children, fighting for that new promotion and trying to keep some semblance of social life, we’re desperately in need of a good beach vacation. However, many adults find it difficult to fully disconnect from the office, even while they lounge on the beach. To get the most out of your next Myrtle Beach vacation, follow these four tips on unplugging from work:

Prepare beforehand

Your vacation may be marked on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean your coworkers will remember you’ll be gone. The week before you leave, be sure to reinform everyone you work with on a regular basis that you won’t be reachable. This gives them ample time to come to you with anything that needs to get done before your trip. The day before you leave, set up your out of office email reply, stating that you won’t be able to respond until your return date. It’s your responsibility to make sure all your work is done before you leave, but it’s your coworkers responsibility to manage without you while you work on your suntan.

Schedule a time to check emails

Some people may not have the luxury of leaving their work completely unattended while on vacation. If this is you, set yourself a schedule of when you will check your email each day. Check in each morning before you and your family head out and again each evening before dinner. If absolutely necessary, give your coworkers a phone number to reach you at if there is an emergency. You’ll still be up-to-date on the happenings in your office while still enjoying the rest of your day with your family.

Turn off notifications

If your phone is buzzing at you every time you’re copied in an email, you’ll never be able to fully relax. Go into your settings and disable notifications for your work related apps. If you don’t trust yourself not to check for updates, create a folder on your home screen with work apps titled “do not open.” Remind yourself you’ll get online later in the evening to check in and don’t need to use your phone for anything but picture taking on the beach.

Remember, you deserve a vacation

Everyone deserves a break from their hard work every once in awhile. We become accustomed to balancing so many responsibilities that we often feel guilty when we stop to take time for ourselves. However, remember that you need time to relax and enjoy yourself in order to be the best coworker, parent and friend possible. The most important part of truly disconnecting from work while on vacation is acknowledging that you deserve a break. So, sit back and enjoy the sun, sand and waves with your loved ones, courtesy of Seaside Rentals.

Five Spots We Love To Get a Cocktail in Myrtle Beach

It’s 5 o’clock and you’re ready to take your crew to a fun location. Here are a few spots we love to get a cocktail in Myrtle Beach:

If you want to rub elbows with locals, try Collectors Cafe. You’ll be surrounded by works of art on the walls and on your plate. We suggest the Basil Lemon Drop Martini or the Farmer’s Daughter for a cool start to your evening. The black bean cakes and sauteed calamari, scallops and shrimp are perfect noshes for a happy hour.

For the beer lover, Gorden Biersch at Market Common is a must. You can build your own flight of 6 or a get a “full pour” which is enough for two people. They have great hand-tossed pizzas and nachos for sharing, too.

For those who love to sit out on the water with the breeze in their hair, Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet is for you. Its sprawling deck can accompany big parties and their menu offers lots of options from fried seafood to Asian-inspired fare like Ahi tuna sashimi. If you love red wine, we suggest trying the Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot Noir ($55/bottle) and if you like white, we love the fruity and light taste of the Acrobat Pinot Gris ($34/bottle).

Art Burger Sushi Bar might seem like a strange name and combination, but you won’t be sorry you visited. We love the liquid nitrogen drinks (they’re all the rage) and they even have edible cocktails! Did we mention they also have ocean views? Hey, they haven’t gotten 4.5 stars on Yelp for no reason!

If casual is more your style, don’t miss the Atlas Tap House. They offer craft brews and bourbon drinks. Plus, if you get hungry, you can grab some barbeque. We suggest having the Two Hearted Ale, which is brewed in Michigan. And if you want to go local, try the White Ale from New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach!

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Why Spend Memorial Day Weekend 2017 in a Myrtle Beach Vacation Rental

What better way to spend the Memorial Day Weekend than at the beach? Each year, families and friends flock to the coast to do just that. Haven’t quite settled on plans yet? You still have some time!

Memorial Day falls this year on Monday, May 29th. With the three-day weekend, people typically make it into a mini-vacation. This particular holiday includes certain traditions, such as backyard barbecues, that are truly best carried out in a home. When you book your stay in a vacation rental, you get to have a vacation that feels like home.

Renting a vacation home allows you to stay put.

When you have a three-story oceanfront home rented out for the weekend, why would you ever have to leave? There’s something especially rejuvenating about going on vacation and truly not worrying about doing anything but simply relaxing.

The beach is in your backyard.

Even if your rental unit is not quite oceanfront, you will likely still be a short walk or golf cart ride away. There’s nothing better than not having to pack up the car to head to the beach.

All of the amenities you miss when staying at a hotel.

Community areas to spend quality time with your family, more than one bathroom, the list could go on. The biggest perk of renting a vacation home during your Memorial Day Weekend trip is the use of a kitchen! Memorial Day at the beach simply doesn’t feel the same when you have to dine out at a restaurant instead of grill out in your backyard.

There’s still plenty of time to book your Memorial Day Weekend with friends, family or just the two of you. See our list of available rentals to find your vacation that feels like home.

Top Activities in Myrtle Beach for Thrill Seekers

For some, a vacation needs to be the perfect combination of relaxing and thrilling. Likely, you’re aware of the many reasons Myrtle Beach offers a relaxing vacation, but did you know it’s also the perfect spot to catch some major thrills?

Here are some top activities in Myrtle Beach for thrill seekers:

  1. Broadway Grand Prix’s Sky Coaster

The Broadway Grand Prix Sky Coaster rests 100ft up in the air and flings thrill seekers quickly through the sky. And, luckily, if you just can’t get enough of it, you can purchase the “Biggest Wristband” ticket package and receive unlimited flights on the Sky Coaster.

View operating hours and ticket prices here.

  1. Parasailing

There’s nothing more thrilling than speeding through the sky attached to a boat! It’s also an exciting way to view Myrtle Beach.

  1. Myrtle Waves Water Park

Though it’s possible to have a relaxing day at the water park, Myrtle Waves’ boasts some water slides that will leave any thrill seeker entertained! You can view their rides and get tickets to the park here.

  1. Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides

Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides is located in Downtown Myrtle Beach and offers three exciting rides: The Skycraper, The Sling Shot and The Air Strike. All three are guaranteed to satisfy the thrill lover in your family!

Pro tip: continuously check their site for discounts. Here is their current discount.

  1. Helicopter Adventures

Helicopter Adventures offers a chance to view Myrtle Beach from up to 40 miles in the air satisfying even the most daring thrill seekers. With an amazing views of the area, it’s a thrilling adventure you’ll always remember.

Learn more about their hours of operation and pricing here.

  1. Ziplines

Add some thrills to your vacation by zipping through the air at high speed! Choose to zipline at Soar & Explore located at Broadway at the Beach and soar 50 feet over a scenic lake or choose to zipline at Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure and soar through the trees! Either course is sure to be thrilling.

Contact Seaside Rentals to plan your beach vacation today!

10 Popular Activities in Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach has become one of the top destinations in the U.S. for family vacations and enjoying a little fun in the sun. When planning your next vacation, keep in mind these top 10 popular activities to do in Myrtle Beach, SC.

1. Stroll around Broadway at the Beach.
Broadway at the Beach offers some great shopping, dining, entertainment and attractions making it the perfect spot for everyone in the family to enjoy.

2. Dine at a waterfront restaurant.
While in Myrtle Beach, dining at a few waterfront restaurants is a must. To get the best view and seating, make reservations in advance for sunset. We recommend checking out The Gulfstream Cafe, Sea Captain’s House and Filet’s on the Water.

3. Late night mini golf.
During peak months, many of Myrtle Beach’s attractions stay open late which means you’ll still find families playing mini golf even at 10pm.

4. Play some arcade games.
A little fun, friendly competition is a great way to end the day and arcades offer a little something for everyone. We recommend stopping by the Garden City Pavilion and the Fun Plaza Arcade.

5. Walk along Ocean Boulevard and the Boardwalk.
There’s nothing like joining the crowds of people walking along Ocean Boulevard or the Boardwalk. Ice cream, candy, attractions and unique gift shops await!

6. Take a ride on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel.
Seeing the ocean from high atop the Myrtle Beach Skywheel is a sight you won’t easily forget. It’s a must-do activity on any Myrtle Beach trip.

7. Spend a day at a water park.
Water parks are a great break from the beach while still offering a respite from the heat. There are quite a few water parks spread throughout Myrtle Beach so it’s not hard to find one that’s perfect for your family!

8. Go ziplining.
Ziplining may seem like something you can only do in far off, exotic places, but Myrtle Beach actually has a few different zipline companies that let you see the area from a different perspective. For example, Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure offers zipline adventures through the treetops of North Myrtle Beach while Soar + Explore Zip Line & Rope Course lets your drift high above Broadway at the Beach and Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures lets you fly through the sky just feet from the beach.

9. See a variety show.
Myrtle Beach is scattered with some great theatres that offer family friendly variety shows. We recommend checking out Alabama Theatre and Legends in Concert.

10. Take a sunset beach walk.
While spending the day at the beach is one of the most popular activities to do when visiting Myrtle Beach, don’t just pack up when you the sun starts to go down. Stay a little longer, walk the beach and take in the amazing sky as the sunsets. It will be a memory that will last a lifetime!

Ready to plan your Myrtle Beach vacation? View our listings to book your perfect beach rental.

What to Think About When Planning a Spring Break Beach Vacation

Spring is just a few weeks away and soon tourists will flock to the beach to soak up the sun and relax by the ocean. So, if you’re ready to escape winter and wanting to spend your spring break in Myrtle Beach, it’s time to start planning! Here’s what to think about when planning a Spring Break beach vacation.

Who’s going?

You’ll want a set number of who will be joining you on the trip because this is essential to deciding where to stay. If you’re joined by just a few friends, a hotel room might suffice. However, if you’re going with a larger group a beach rental is the best option. Additionally, with a large group you’ll want to check to see if everyone is comfortable sharing a room or if some in your group would prefer their own room.

Pro tip: use our advanced search option to view rentals around Myrtle Beach, SC with the exact number of bedrooms you need.

Are you bringing your pets?

If you have pets, you may be considering bringing them with you. This could be fun, but it could also end up making you have to alter your plans. For example, your dog won’t be able to stay alone for long which means you’ll either have to enjoy only the activities that your dog can enjoy too or you’ll have to plan your day around going back to your rental to walk and play with your dog.

Pro tip: if you decide to take your dog with you, use our search by amenities option to view pet-friendly rentals near Myrtle Beach.

Will you be driving or flying?

If you’re flying, you may prefer to save on the cost of a rental car by staying in a central location that will allow you to walk to nearby activities, restaurants and shops. If you’re driving, this can offer you more options as far as location and ultimately, by not being in the town’s central hotspot, you can save a small amount of money on your rental or hotel.

Do you want to save money by staying somewhere off the beach or are you comfortable with splurging in order to be oceanfront?

You can truly save a good amount of money by staying in a rental that’s just off of the beach, so if you’re trying to plan a Myrtle Beach spring break vacation on a budget this is your best option. If you’re not concerned with your budget and are more concerned with spending spring break with the ocean just outside your backdoor, spend a little extra for an oceanfront rental.

Pro tip: you can use our advanced search option to find rentals that are located oceanfront as well as those that are a few rows away, but still just a walk to the beach.

These are just a few of the of the top things to consider when planning a spring break vacation, but the number one priority is simply planning early! Waiting until the last minute will leave you stressed and paying far more for far less.
If you’re struggling to decide which beach rental home is right for you or if you’re trying to decide if a beach rental is even best for you, give us a call at:843.839.0099

Best Beach Vacation Rentals for Groups of Friends

Spring is just around the corner and after the winter months, nothing sounds more enticing than a warm sea breeze and a day relaxing under the sun especially when you can do that relaxing with a few of your closest friends. If you’re ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle, here are the some of best beach vacation rentals for groups of friends. 

Portofino III 311B – Surfside Beach, SC

This rental has 4 bedrooms including 2 double beds, 3 queen beds and 1 king bed. Ultimately, the rental can accommodate 14 people making it easy for your group of friends to rent the home. Additionally, the rental is oceanfront and has a TV in every bedroom.

Blue Bayou – Surfside Beach, SC

With 4 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa in the living room, this rental sleeps 12 guests comfortably and not only will you be able to relax at the beach, you’ll also be able to take a swim in your own private pool. The rental also includes an outdoor deck and exterior grill which means you can enjoy the ocean breeze while grilling up some hotdogs or burgers!

 

New Beginnings – Garden City Beach, SC

New Beginnings is a 5 bedroom rental with only one bedroom that holds 2 beds. This means it’s possible for a small group of friends to enjoy the rental in their own room. However, the rental is still capable of accommodating 10 guests comfortably. In addition, you’ll find that you’ll thoroughly enjoy having you own beach access and for chillier nights, take a dip in your own private hot tub overlooking the ocean!

The Bellagio – Myrtle Beach, SC

If your group of friends is eager to splurge for a beach rental that will give everyone their own bedroom, The Bellagio is your go-to rental. With 7 bedrooms, no one will be left bunking together. There are also 7 bathrooms which means no one will have to share a bathroom either! But, you won’t just be in awe that everyone gets their own bedroom and bathroom, you’ll also be left speechless by the amazing beach view from the back deck and the private pool nestled under palm trees in the backyard.

 

Whether you’re looking for an ocean front rental or a second row home with a private pool, Seaside Rentals offers beach vacation rentals for groups of friends tailored to everyone’s needs.

4 Reasons to Rent a Beach House for Your Next Beach Vacation

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Beach vacations are always a blast. Sand, sun and family time. What could be better? Booking a beach rental can upgrade your beach vacation from an 8 to an outstanding 10!

Sometimes the beach can tire you out, especially if you have children.

Spend too much time at the beach during the day and you just might find that the sun can become overbearing and the sand can become a nuisance. Having a beach rental can solve all of this!

Instead of spending hours upon hours at the beach, you can spread it out and go periodically throughout the day. This means you can go to the beach for a few hours in the morning, walk the rental for lunch, relax, head back out and then finish the day floating the pool!

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Everyone gets their own space.

Having a beach rental also means everyone can have their own space which is especially great for babies and kids. Family time is great, but sometimes everyone needs a little time to do their own thing whether this is read a book, watch TV or play. This keeps moods in check and makes family time that much better!

Cut down on meal expenses.

If you have a large family, going out to eat during vacation can become expensive. Utilizing a beach rental means you have a full kitchen that you can utilize for breakfast, lunch and dinner, cutting vacation costs tremendously.

Enjoy your vacation as a family without the noisy distractions.

Beach vacations aren’t just for families which means in typical hotel scenarios, you can find yourself surrounded by college kids in the pool or noisy groups that make getting a good night’s sleep impossible. By getting a beach rental, you cut down on the distractions and spend more time fully enjoying your vacation as a family.

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Make your beach vacation the best one yet and book your family a beach rental. If you have questions about which rental is best for you, reach out to our staff–we’d love to help you find the perfect fit!

3 Mini Golf Courses To Visit In Myrtle Beach

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Mini Golf is a great activity that allows the whole family to have fun. While on your Myrtle Beach vacation, check out one of these awesome Mini Golf destinations.

 

Cancun Lagoon Miniature Golf
This course offers mini golfers the opportunity to choose between 2 courses: 1 outdoor and 1 indoor. The outside course features Mayan themed decor, while the inside course runs within the huge replica Mayan pyramid that the course is known for. Your kids (and yourself) will love it.

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Prices:
Adult (1 round, 1 18 hole course) – $9.50
Child (1 round, 1 18 hole course) – $8.00

The course hours vary by season so check out their website for exact times. Printable coupons can also usually be found on their site, so be sure to visit them online before going to the course.

 

Molten Mountain
Like Cancun Lagoon, Molten Mountain also offers both an indoor and outdoor course (probably because both courses were designed by and owned by the same person!). The courses at Molten Mountain follow a more tropical theme with the outside course meandering along the base of a volcano and the indoor course winding its way through the inside of the volcano.

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Bonus: The volcano erupts with “fire” and steam every 30 minutes leaving younger kids in awe.

Prices:
Adult (1 round, 1 18 hole course) – $9.50
Child (1 round, 1 18 hole course) – $8.00

The courses hours vary by season so check out their website for exact times. Molten Mountain also has the same coupons as Cancun Lagoon, so check out their site before heading to the course.

 

Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf
This course is great for the whole family, but with a Peter Pan theme, it’s especially great for younger children who are able to identify characters as they make their way through the course.

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Prices:
General Admission 11 years old and up (after 6pm): $10
General Admission 11 years old and up (before 6pm): $9

Child 4-10 years old (after 6pm): $9
Child 4-10 years old (before 6pm): $8

Tickets can be bought on their website or at the course. Hours are based on the season, so view their website for more details.

Myrtle Beach is full of family friendly activities. You’ll find numerous mini golf courses throughout the area and you’ll love the quality time you get to spend with your family.

Seaside Rentals would love to help you book your next Myrtle Beach family vacation!

Sunscreen Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to a person’s beach bag, everyone has a different idea of what should go inside: books, music, snacks…the list is endless. But one thing we should all be sure to have in our beach bags is sunscreen! We’ve all heard for years the importance of using sunscreen to protect us from sunburn and skin cancer, but simply slathering up isn’t enough to keep you protected from the sun.

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Follow these sunscreen dos and don’ts to keep your skin protected!

DO

Apply and reapply often! The recommended reapplication timeline is every 2 hours when you’re in the sun. If you spend a lot of time in the water and aren’t using waterproof sunscreen, you might want to reapply more often!

Use hats, shirts, cover ups, umbrellas, and more to keep you out of the sun as much as possible

Apply sunscreen even on a cloudy or cold day. You can still get burned even if it’s cloudy, and the temperature of the day has nothing to do with the sun’s ability to burn your skin!

Use a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays

DON’T

Rely on your makeup’s built in SPF to be enough to keep you safe. You’re likely not applying enough or reapplying often enough for makeup to be an effective sunblock.

Assume that because you have darker skin you’re immune to the sun’s ability to burn you.

Apply sunscreen to your infant without first consulting a pediatrician

Waste money on SPFs higher than 50, as there’s no evidence to support that SPFs higher than 50 are any more effective at protecting you from the sun.

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