Saturday, December 31, 2011

A North Myrtle Beach Vacation in 2012

Thanksgiving and Christmas is now behind us for 2011. New Year’s Eve brings one more chance to celebrate this year. We celebrate the passing of this year, and what our resolutions are for 2012. Make sure to include a North Myrtle Beach family vacation in your list of New Year’s Resolutions, as everyone needs a little rest and relaxation in the year to come.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals believes that vacation time is just as important as fitness goals, family plans, and financial stability. In fact, a family vacation will help you re-connect with family and eliminate some of that debt cluttering up your pockets. North Myrtle Beach is an attractive and affordable family destination that will most definitely contribute to lasting memories from 2012. Our gorgeous beach has great attractions, Broadway-Style shows, lots of shopping malls and outlets, outstanding seafood and steak restaurants, and hundreds of highly rated golf courses just a short drive from your vacation rental home or condominium.

Make a commitment to treat your family to a great vacation in 2012. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals makes planning a vacation a breeze. Our vacation rental inventory provides a great selection to even the most-limited budgets. Guests can take advantage of our Endless Fun Club for exclusive discounts at area businesses. Get started right away, and give us a call at 877-287-2977 to plan your next vacation!

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Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas! From North Myrtle Beach

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all their fans. Staff members all have great things planned with family over the course of this weekend. Our North Myrtle Beach office will be closed on Saturday and Sunday – opening back up on Monday December, 26th.

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L to R: David, Marlene, Jake, and Brandon. Merry Christmas!

Guests in North Myrtle Beach for the Christmas holiday are enjoying warm weather and special theme shows and events. We won’t be getting any snow, and our temperatures will likely hover around 60 degrees. That’s warm enough for a Christmas Day walk on the beach, playing a great game of frisbee, or building sandcastles.

If you missed out on Christmas at the beach this year, don’t forget us next year. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals will always have great holiday promotions that add more value to your North Myrtle Beach holiday plans. Visit our website and check out detailed information about our vacation rental properties, both homes and condos.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Time to Plan for a North Myrtle Beach Vacation in 2012

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Come splash around in our warm ocean in 2012!

Although the holidays are not quite over, some people have started planning their 2012 North Myrtle Beach summer vacation. Colder weather has come, and it’s easy to recall summer memories of lazy beach days, laying by the pool, or visiting popular area golf courses. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals is seeing an increase in reservations for 2012 by early birds who want to make sure they have the best choice in rental properties for their vacation.

Our rental properties are filling up fast already for 2012, although we do have lots of options still available. It’s the best time of the year to make your vacation plans, especially if you know right now when you can take off from work. If you have your sights on a specific property right now, make sure you lay first claim to it. Keep your eyes and ears out for special seasonal promotions. One great idea would be to gift a North Myrtle Beach family vacation for Christmas! Your family would love a summer beach vacation as a gift.

New properties have been added to our rental program during the winter months. Whether you’re planning a week long family reunion or a simple weekend escape with your significant other, we have various types of properties in all North Myrtle Beach locations. All our vacation rentals are close to the beach. Call us today, at 877-287-2977, or visit our website to plan a memorable vacation next year!

Written By: Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sun Splash Joins Ocean Drive Beach Rentals of North Myrtle Beach

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Sun Splash, of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals in North Myrtle Beach

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals would like to welcome Sun Splash to our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals program. Located within an easy walk to the beach, this private vacation rental cottage provides for the perfect family beach vacation experience. Its coastal personality brings you back to the simple joys of spending quality time with family and friends.

Vacationing families who are looking for a nice, inexpensive vacation rental home will love Sun Splash! This nautical themed North Myrtle Beach cottage features a spacious interior with a more traditional feel. It’s got all the modern amenities you could want, such as multiple TVs, DVD player, and WiFi internet access. Beautiful wood flooring covers the main living areas, as well as all the bedrooms. A big hit with guests is the private sunroom off of the living room.

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Spacious living area with a classic nautical theme

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Three clean, refreshing bedrooms with real wooden flooring

Enjoy the ocean views from the living room, sunroom, and front deck. The large backyard provides fenced privacy to enjoy outdoor family games and picnics. Both the front and rear decks provide plenty of room for socializing. Sun Splash is a dog-friendly vacation rental, and is sanitized before every new guest. This North Myrtle Beach vacation rental will sleep up to 15 persons.

Sun Splash is located in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach. Experience the festive atmosphere of Main Street, as you are a short walk from popular beach clubs and specialty shops. You’ll be in close proximity to popular Grand Strand attractions and shopping malls. Hundreds of golf courses lie within a half hour’s drive from this vacation rental.

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Large decks are perfect for reading your favorite books

Call today and book your North Myrtle Beach family vacation in Sun Splash with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. Not only will you receive exceptional value at this beach cottage, but you can take advantage of special value-added programs through our rental program, such as the Endless Fun Club. Check out additional information on Sun Splash by clicking through on this link. Spring and summer weeks will fill fast in this property; dial 877-287-2977 to plan your next beach vacation.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nights of a Thousand Candles of Myrtle Beach

Our mild winter weather is perfect for a visit to the Myrtle Beach area. You can still enjoy beach activities, our golf courses, and plenty of indoor options. Theatres with live entertainment provide for great winter fun. You’ll want to check out Brookgreen Gardens, as an outdoor wonderland of art and wildlife.

Brookgreen Gardens is located in Murrell’s Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach down Highway 17. Internationally known for their impressive displays of horticulture and sculptures, they also host a spectacular Christmas event every year called Nights of a Thousand Candles. Every Friday and Saturday night in December, the gardens are lit with a beautiful combination of electric lights and thousands of hand-lit candles. The atmosphere feels almost surreal as you wander through mazes of brilliantly lit trees, hanging Spanish moss, and wonderful works of modern and traditional sculpture created by renowned artists.

Several scenes are set up throughout the gardens which feature vocal ensembles, jazz groups, and bell choirs. The music sets a holiday mood as you stroll along the pathways between each exhibit. While the emphasis is placed on the nighttime ambience and soft light, there are still trees in blossom and green fauna everywhere – impressive considering the season and chill in the air.

Nights of a Thousand Candles provides hours of family fun. You’ll want to plan your time wisely so you can appreciate each piece of art and light displays. The musical performances last until the gardens close at 10:00 pm. Refreshments and drinks are available for purchase. Have dinner at their onsite restaurant before the tour!

Don’t miss this impressive attraction while you’re here at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals of North Myrtle Beach. Your family will want to make it an annual Christmas tradition!

Written By: Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade - December 3rd

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H.G. Worley with our mascot, Odie the Dolphin, during the 2010 parade

We hope to see you at this year’s North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, set for this Saturday, December 3rd. Several floats will be motoring down Main Street to Ocean Boulevard in familiar holiday fashion, with marching bands, beauty queens, and local personalities. The annual celebration kicks off at 5:30 pm and lasts until at least 8:00 pm.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals will be passing out assorted candy from their brightly decorated holiday float. As an even sweeter gift, we will also be passing out our popular signature beach frisbees. Make sure you get to the parade route early, so you can stake out that perfect spot to watch the North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade with family and friends.

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Our 2010 North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade Float

We love participating in the Christmas parade. It gives us a chance to celebrate the holidays with our family, friends, and meet new people. Some spectators even put on as much of a show as the parade itself. Countless elves and Santa impersonators always stick out in the crowd. Stay tuned to Ocean Drive Beach Rentals’ Facebook page and vacation blog for event pictures in the coming week.

Dress warm! Saturday’s North Myrtle Beach forecast is calling for sunny skies, with high temperatures topping out at around 65 degrees. Expect the temperature to drop to around 45 – 50 degrees by the time the parade kicks off. There is no rain forecasted until late next week.

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Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TJ's of North Myrtle Beach

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TJ's of North Myrtle Beach

TJ’s is the newest member to Ocean Drive Beach Rentals’ vacation rental program. The 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom beach house is located in the Cherry Grove Beach section of North Myrtle Beach. It features a spacious interior with all the comforts of home.

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A traditional and inviting living room with plenty of space

Guests staying at TJ’s will enjoy two levels of living space, with a large living room and a well-equipped kitchen including granite countertops. There is a full bathroom on both levels. As a standard amenity, a clothes washer and dryer is located in the house. This rental includes high speed internet access, DVD players, and a TV in each bedroom (not that you would be spending any time away from the sand, sun, and surf).

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Imagine...relaxing to all the night sounds of the Carolina coast

No North Myrtle Beach vacation is complete without adequate family space outside. Guests staying in this house will enjoy a large screened porch. Uncommon in many vacation rentals at the beach, there is a sizable back yard – perfect for cook-outs and outdoor games! TJ’s is just a short walk from the beach, located in a safe neighborhood.

Make sure you check out TJ's before you reserve your North Myrtle Beach vacation. This may be the rental that's perfect for your family. You can find more information by following this link on the Ocean Drive Beach Rentals website. Remember, you'll get more room and value from a beach house vacation rental than a hotel room.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals' Newest Penthouse in North Myrtle Beach

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals just added a gorgeous penthouse to their vacation rental program, located in the Windy Hill section of North Myrtle Beach. Windy Hill Dunes 1603 lies on the oceanfront with stunning panoramic views of the wide, sandy beach below. This 5 bedroom and 4 bathroom penthouse features over 3,400 square feet of space for ultimate relaxation!

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Wake up to gorgeous ocean views every morning!

Guests will enjoy large ocean-side balconies, of which are accessible from the master bedroom, dining area, and living room, and the comfortable outdoor furniture. Granite countertops and cool tile flooring compliment the spacious interior. A wet bar, with a complete set of glassware, and electronic fireplace add to the joy of entertaining at the beach. There are ocean views of North Myrtle Beach from most of the bedrooms.

Windy Hill Dunes provides lots of amenities for guests staying with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. Adults and children alike will love the lazy river, swimming pool, and hot tub - all of which are located outside. There are multiple permanent grills located on property. Free parking, with an air-conditioned walk-over the boulevard, and glass elevators with views add to the comfort level for visitors. Guests staying at Windy Hill Dunes 1603 can take advantage of a private beach access to the beautiful wide, sandy beach of North Myrtle Beach.

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Luxury accommodations with space and views!

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Imagine napping in this bed

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Large gourmet kitchen with granite counters

Take a moment to check out additional information on the online property profile page for Windy Hill Dunes 1603 at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. You’ll be able to view additional pictures, a detailed property description, and year round rental pricing. Would you love to reserve this property for vacation? You may book a reservation online, or give us a call directly at 877-287-2977.

See you at the beach!
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Your beach awaits!

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fall and Winter Vacations

It’s November, and the cold weather is beginning to settle on the Grand Strand. While snow is normally nothing to worry about here, it can and does get chilly over the fall and winter months. Temperatures dipping down into the teens and twenties will convince people to keep off the beach and stay indoors to keep warm. But there’s still plenty to enjoy in the offseason!

Many snowbirds make their winter home in North Myrtle Beach to escape the weather in their hometowns and take advantage of the many activities outside of the tourist season. Even though you may not want to stay outdoors too long, the views are still spectacular. If you still want to be by the ocean and feel the brisk sea breeze, an afternoon walk on a pier or on the beach is invigorating. A beach game like Bocce ball or Frisbee is a fun way to pass the time. With the holidays just around the corner, shoppers will be hitting the malls and Broadway at the Beach. A day of Christmas shopping with a break for hot chocolate or coffee can be a great way to stay warm on a cool day. Outdoor enthusiasts might take advantage of a local fishing fleet’s late-season trip, and fish off the coast in the Gulf Stream. If you don’t mind the cold, this is a great time for fishing in South Carolina. You might also want to plan to attend one of the area’s fall and winter festivals. Market Common in Myrtle Beach has wine tastings and a tree-lighting ceremony. Little River has a Christmas Market on the Oceanfront. And North Myrtle Beach has the Endless Summer Festival and Shag dancing events. If you want to stay inside, maybe plan on seeing a Christmas production at one of our famous theaters, or a simple dinner-and-movie night with a loved one.

Though our region is known for summer fun, cold-weather activities can be just as exciting. Check out Ocean Drive Beach Rentals’ website for fall and winter promotions to save money, and come see why North Myrtle Beach is a great vacation choice, no matter what season!

Written by Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekend In Pictures: 2011 Endless Summer Festival of North Myrtle Beach

A cold, windy and cloudy morning gave way to sunny afternoon weather for this year’s Endless Summer Festival, held October, 29th on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals enjoyed meeting new friends at our booth. We handed out freshly-popped popcorn, our signature frisbees, and Halloween candy to visitors. Several attendees entered our drawing for a Free Weekend at the Beach and $100 gift certificate for a 2012 vacation. Those people who attended the celebration enjoyed arts & crafts displays, food vendors, and live entertainment at the Horseshoe on Ocean Drive.

We hope you make plans to attend the 2012 Endless Summer Festival in North Myrtle Beach.

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Jake Foutz, our Marketing Director, tends to our festival display

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Jake Foutz (L) and Brandon Moss (R) of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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Free frisbees!

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Festival-goers enjoying the sunshine

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shopping and Adventure at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach

Our destination has lots of activities, including the beach, which will keep you busy while on vacation. Enjoy the family fun such as shopping, dining, attractions, golfing, and comfortable movie theaters. Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach, offers an atmosphere where you can take advantage of all those activities in one central location.

Primarily a large outdoor shopping complex, Broadway at the Beach takes what most people love about “getting away” and combines it into a single experience. Visitors will have no problem spending an entire day browsing the outdoor mall, playing a round of mini-golf, exploring ocean life at Ripley’s Aquarium, and topping off the day with dinner and a movie. Catch a summertime Pelicans game in the baseball stadium next door! There’s an arcade, a small amusement park with rides, and the new WonderWorks museum (the famous upside down building). Cool off at the nearby Myrtle Waves water park, and race go-karts against family and friends at the Nascar Speedpark. Popular themed restaurants, such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Hard Rock cafĂ©, Senor Frog’s, and Planet Hollywood are all within walking distance. Liberty Brewery brews their own beer and has some great meals as well.

Enjoy Myrtle Beach nightlife at the many clubs that crowd Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. Catch live Broadway-Style shows year-round at the theatres that surround the complex, Legends and The Palace. All of which are situated around a small lagoon community connected with boardwalks.

Broadway at the Beach is a must-see attraction for anyone staying at the beach. Barefoot Landing, by the House of Blues, offers a similar shopping and entertainment atmosphere. Save money at the nearby attractions - Ocean Drive Beach Rentals sells discounted tickets for Ripley’s Aquarium, Myrtle Waves, and the Nascar Speedpark.

Written By: Brandon Moss - Vacation Rental Specialist, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, October 15, 2011

North Myrtle Beach is Represented at the Vacation Rental Managers Association Annual Conference in Orlando

Jake Foutz, Marketing Director for Ocean Drive Beach Rentals in North Myrtle Beach, attended the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Annual Conference October 9th – 12th in Orlando, Florida. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals attends both regional and national VRMA events to better understand the vacation rental industry and to gain a competitive advantage of the current market trends that affect our niche of vacation travel. This conference was the second-largest annual conference in the history of the Association.

Orlando hosted over 60 educational seminars and incredible keynote speakers this past weekend at the Annual VRMA Conference. Hundreds of vacation rental companies throughout the country and abroad were present to take advantage of several networking opportunities with other successful companies. Conference attendees learn how to improve their company’s bottom line, better serve their homeowners, market their destination effectively, and keep guests happy to come back for more.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals can take advantage of a lot of information that I got from the Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. I learned quite a bit, especially about how much of an impact social media will have in the travel industry in the future. Vacation rental companies have to embrace social media tools, such as Facebook, Google +, and company blogs to stay in touch with their audience and learn what kind of services and amenities they enjoy. - Jake Foutz

About the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA)

Founded in 1985, the VRMA is the professional trade association of the vacation rental, property management, and hospitality industries. Membership includes hundreds of professional vacation rental manager and associate suppliers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, representing tens of thousands of vacation rentals, condos and villas.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Endless Summer Festival in North Myrtle Beach

Make plans to attend the North Myrtle Beach Endless Summer Festival, held on October 29th. The Saturday – only festival lasts most of the day (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and is packed with fun for the whole family. It will be located on Main Street at Ocean Boulevard, with most of the free live entertainment taking place on the stage at the famous Horseshoe of Ocean Drive.

Visitors have swarmed to the Endless Summer Festival in the past, and we’re expecting nothing less this year. Typically, over 10,000 people attend this one-day event to celebrate summer’s end. North Myrtle Beach hosts several arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a classic car show, carnival rides, street performers, and live bands at this annual event. There is no admission charge. Best of all, the gorgeous beach is just steps away from the festivities!

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals confirms that they will have a display once again at this year’s Endless Summer Festival. We’ll be giving away free gifts and will have a drawing for a free vacation at our Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort, of which is located on the oceanfront in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy freshly-popped popcorn and take a picture with Odie, our dolphin mascot. See why Ocean Drive Beach Rentals is the place to host your next family vacation on the Grand Strand.

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Ocean Drive Beach Rentals' 2010 Display

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H.G. Worley, of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, popping corn in 2010

Let Ocean Drive Beach Rentals find you that perfect vacation rental property to stay in while you’re in North Myrtle Beach during the weekend of the Endless Summer Festival. Our properties are spacious, well-kept, and offer full kitchens and living areas. Take advantage of our Extend Your Vacation promotion and add on a free night or two to your stay.

Clich HERE for available vacation rentals in North Myrtle Beach during the Endless Summer Festival.

What's happening in North Myrtle Beach this fall? Click HERE for information on all other popular festivals and events.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Extend Your North Myrtle Beach Weekend

The fall festivals are in full swing in North Myrtle Beach and surrounding coastal communities. We’re enjoying beautiful 70-degree weather, perfect for various outdoor activities. Beach crowds are now down to a bare minimum. Our Grand Strand boasts a great weekend escape for all family sizes.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals has the best fall weekend rates in North Myrtle Beach! Come down for a nightly stay this fall and extend your stay for free. When you book a 2-night stay with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, you’ll get an additional night added at no charge. The deal gets sweeter if you book a 4- night stay – get an additional 2 nights free! Click through on this link to learn about the latest promotion at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals.

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How about a nice fall picnic on the beach?


It’s not uncommon for the mild beachy weather of North Myrtle Beach to last into the winter months. The Grand Strand of the Carolinas has proven to be a hot destination in the off-season. Popular restaurants still cater to fall visitors, and most attractions are open year round. There are several top shopping malls and outlets that dot Myrtle Beach. Golf tends to heat up as the weather cools down.

The Extend Your Vacation promotion is perfect for couples or families who would like to escape to the beach for a break from work or school. We all hate leaving North Myrtle Beach after visiting for such a short time. Now you can extend your stay for free! Call Ocean Drive Beach Rentals today and schedule a weekend away from home.

Phone Number for Ocean Drive Beach Rentals: 877-287-2977

Click HERE for visit Ocean Drive Beach Rentals on the web!

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Friday, September 30, 2011

North Myrtle Beach Life

One great thing about living in a popular tourist destination is that it feels like you’re on vacation every day. North Myrtle Beach restaurants, golf courses, and beach spots are places you may pass on the way to work or while running errands. You might think that these attractions would become commonplace and boring if you live right next to them through the year. However, the opposite is true.

The beach is much better when it’s only 10 minutes away from your living room. Full time living in North Myrtle Beach allows you to explore the area and pick your favorite places to eat, drink, and play. Experiencing these activities helps recommend them to others.

Food:

North Myrtle Beach is clearly not lacking on great restaurants. Endless buffets with delicious seafood, fine dining establishments, and family-friendly restaurants crowd Highway 17 - each with lights brighter than their neighbor and marquees boasting “crab legs on the buffet” or “half price lunch specials.” I like to skip Restaurant Row and visit the smaller hidden gems.

One of my favorite restaurants is Thai Season, located a few blocks south of Main Street on Highway 17. It’s got that small town attitude and a tiny sign – you’d miss it if you weren’t looking for it. Inside, it’s small, clean, and quiet. Their food is outstanding, and the wait staff is very friendly and fast. Thai Season is priced reasonably, at around $11 per meal, and offers a great take-out service. This is definitely the place to go for authentic Asian cuisine.

Drinks:

There are great classy, metro-style pubs and restaurants in North Myrtle Beach. You can get away from the younger college crowd and escape on a date night with your significant other. Sea Blue offers an upscale atmosphere with an extensive list of fine wines. Seasoned bartenders create refreshing mixed drinks, made using only the top-shelf brands. Food is made-to-order with fresh, high quality ingredients. Try their Maryland crab cakes; wonderfully crispy and served with vegetables and homemade sauce.

North Myrtle Beach Fall Festivals:

Come to North Myrtle Beach in the off-season and enjoy our fall festivals. From motorcycles and Ford Mustangs, to the Shag, beer, and oysters, there is a reason to party for most anything. The Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest is set for October 8th, in downtown Myrtle Beach. Enjoy the live music, street shows, and concerts that are taking place at the popular annual event. There is also another Oktoberfest this weekend in the Market Common district. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals keeps a current list of events on the website. Click through on this link to learn more about our great fall festivals!

North Myrtle Beach is vibrant all through the year. Whether you live here or vacation here, you already know about all the fun you can have at the beach. Try new things, as you never know what might be the highlight of your stay!

Written By: Brandon Moss - Vacation Rental Specialist, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, September 24, 2011

North Myrtle Beach Photo Contest Winner Announced

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, of North Myrtle Beach, picked the winner of their 2nd Annual Endless Summer Photo Contest on September 17, 2011. Fans of the popular vacation rental company’s Facebook page submitted vacation photos for a chance to win one of three great prize packages. The grand prize winner was to receive a voucher for a free weekend stay at the Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Club, with a $100 check for spending money.

Aondria Berry, from Knoxville, Tennessee, won the contest with her beautiful picture of a North Myrtle Beach sunrise. As part of her grand prize package, Aondria will get to spend 2 lovely nights in the oceanfront Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort; in the Ocean Drive section of the north Strand. A $100 check is a great compliment to the package, of which can help with gas money or a night out on the town. Pay close attention to future projects by Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, as her winning picture may be used in content.

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Aondria Berry, first place

The second place prize package goes to Savannah Robinson, from Sevierville, Tennessee. Savannah earned the prize of an official North Myrtle Beach t-shirt and a surprise gift that goes along with the shirt. Her beach portrait describes perfectly of what a Grand Strand vacation is like; relaxed and care-free. Laura Hartman, from New Haven, Indiana, won third place with her clever footprints in the sand photo. For her prize, she won a gift bag from Ocean Drive Beach Rentals.

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Savannah Robinson, second place

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Laura Hartman, third place

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals hosts a vacation photo contest every summer. We love to see what our guests are up to on vacation in North Myrtle Beach, and the memories they choose to capture on film. There are tons of great photos that are submitted; it’s so tough to pick three winners out of the bunch. Click through on this link to view more photos that were posted by our awesome Facebook fans.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Best Sunny Spots in North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are famous for many things. We’ve got beautiful resorts, expansive and abundant golf courses, fresh seafood, family entertainment, and mild climate. But, there’s one thing that draws millions of people to come back year after year, our gorgeous beach.

Thousands of vacationers fill the beaches in the North Myrtle Beach area on any given day in the summer season, enjoying a swim in the Atlantic, tossing a frisbee, building sandcastles, or just soaking up the rays with a magazine. While you can do any of these things by just stepping out your oceanfront condo and onto the sand; there are some choice spots in the area that stand out, and there are also some hidden gems that could become your regular go-to place on the beach. Knowing the best places to park and enjoy the ocean will save you time and money.

If you’re visiting in south Myrtle Beach - residential areas tend to have great beaches that are not crowded. There is plenty of free parking. Look for the gravel-paved lots from 34th avenue north, up to 51st avenue north. Some of these public beach accesses have showers, so you don’t have to worry about the kids tracking lots of sand into your car. Parking tolls in south Myrtle Beach don’t charge into the off-season, but the parking can be scarce

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Photo by: David McClain

Staying in the North section? You can always secure a great spot for yourself if you hit the beach early. Bigger resorts guarantee crowds. If you’re willing to drive or walk a short distance up the road, you’ll have a better experience all together – with more beach space and less crowds. Free parking can be found from 8th avenue north, to 18th avenue north.

Guests of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals have enjoyed the fishing piers in Cherry Grove Beach, one at 34th avenue north, and the other at 60th avenue north. A small inlet, around 60th avenue, provides a great place to relax on the beach. The water is shallow there, with minimal waves and lots of sandbars to explore. Rent jet skies from one of the vendors and cruise the day away on the inlet.

It’s important to know what the locals know to get the most out of your North Myrtle Beach vacation. Our beaches are some of the best on the East Coast. Now you know where to find the best spots in town to enjoy the sun and surf.

Written By: Brandon Moss - Vacation Rental Specialist, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Auto Care in North Myrtle Beach

Most of our guests opt to drive into town rather than fly. Usually, it costs less than a flight and you’re able to bring more luggage and beach gear on vacation. Just because your mind is on vacation once you leave home doesn’t mean that vehicle maintenance takes a vacation as well.

A few tips for your trip to the Grand Strand:

Make sure you do a thorough fluid check before leaving for North Myrtle Beach. Oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and transmission fluid are extremely important. If these aren’t at proper levels, your automobile can be in severe damage. Have a mechanic service your car before going on a long road trip.

Think fuel efficiency and don’t over pack your automobile. The heavier your car, or the most add-ons (trailer, luggage rack, bike rack, ect…), the less fuel efficient it is. Pack smart and economical to help you save money on your trip to North Myrtle Beach. Also, plan a route with plenty of gas stations. 10 hour trips require quite a few restroom breaks, and you’ll be assured of enough fuel for the trip. Running out of gas in the mountains of West Virginia is not an enjoyable experience.

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1985 Volkswagen Vanagon GL

Visit a full service car wash when you’re in North Myrtle Beach. Many contaminants such as tar, oil, salt, and bugs can damage your automobile on the way to the beach – not to mention the misty salt air along the coastal Carolinas. Sparkle Car Wash is a great local full service wash that many of our guests have recommended. It’s important to the life of your car to have it washed regularly, especially while on vacation.

Follow the advice above, and your road trip to North Myrtle Beach will be more enjoyable. Don’t forget pillows or in-car entertainment, such as movies and games. They become necessities on the long drive to the beach.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Monday, September 5, 2011

North Myrtle Beach Property Management

Do you own a home or condo in North Myrtle Beach as a second home or just an investment property? Have you considered renting your property out as a vacation rental – allowing guests to rent your home on a nightly, weekly, or monthly term? Renting your property as a vacation rental can be very rewarding if you have the right property management company supporting your venture.


Ocean Drive Beach Rentals
, of North Myrtle Beach, has the experience to keep you ahead of the trends in the vacation rental industry. Our proactive business model helps us stay ahead of dramatic economic changes that could affect your investment. Homeowners enjoy peace-of-mind with our in-house housekeeping and maintenance staff. We’ve got that “family business” atmosphere and team work that many other area companies lack.

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August, 2011 Homeowner Postcard. Design by Jake Foutz.

We were the first property management company in North Myrtle Beach to harvest the relationship marketing power of Facebook, and the social importance of maintaining a company blog. It didn’t take long for other companies to catch on to Ocean Drive Beach Rentals’ innovative marketing processes. We already have an impressive reach; being in business for just over two years! Having captured the attention of industry marketing gurus, our website remains one of the most well-developed sites in the vacation rental industry. The usability and bright design has turned many heads.

We’d love to host your property in 2012. Please give our office a call at 877-287-2977 for more information on our property management services. Our property services email is: ownerservices@odbeachrentals.com. We’ll talk to you soon!

Check out our beautiful website! www.odbeachrentals.com

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Irene Takes a Pass on North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach escaped serious damage from Hurricane Irene this past weekend. Irene, which was originally forecasted to hit the Myrtle Beach area directly, dropped dramatically in strength and changed to a more North-Easterly path at the last minute. The category one hurricane swept through the area on the way to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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Big, Bad Hurricane Irene - photo courtesy of the NOAA

The greatest effects of Hurricane Irene were felt early in the morning. We had an entertaining evening of showers and thunderstorms. Although we did receive incredible amounts of rain and heavy wind, it wasn’t enough to cause any serious damage or flooding in North Myrtle Beach and surrounding coastal areas. By the afternoon, streets were littered with branches, leaves, sand, and patio/deck furniture. Few trees were uprooted and there was minimal beach erosion.

Business is running as usual through the weekend. The week ahead looks beautiful and will be perfect for beach activity. Come down to North Myrtle Beach for Labor Day weekend and bring the whole family with you.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Summer's End in North Myrtle Beach

Summer has flown by way too fast. It seems like just yesterday, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel opened before a highly enthusiastic summer crowd. With extremely low rainfall these past few months, our guests experienced beautiful summer days with lots of sunshine! We’d hate for the North Myrtle Beach summer to end. Extend your summer as long as you can with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals!

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Photo By: Krista Watkins per the 2011 Endless Summer Photo Contest

It’s never too late to make your Labor Day Weekend plans for a North Myrtle Beach escape. This is the last chance to grab a slice of the summer excitement. Bring your family to the beach to enjoy the fireworks shows and local festivals, such as the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival (September 2nd – September 4th). The beach will be packed with the holiday crowds and popular shops will be offering Labor Day specials galore! Browse our inventory of vacation rental homes in North Myrtle Beach to see which properties are available for the coming holiday.

Can’t make it to the beach for the Labor Day Weekend excitement? North Myrtle Beach is the most economical vacation destination to visit this fall! Warm fall weather, mild ocean temperatures, low beach crowds, and a wide variety of attractions makes the Grand Strand a favorite with our Northern friends. Most restaurants, attractions, and shopping centers still cater to a growing off-season vacation market. You’ll find the lowest vacation rental prices outside of the summer season.

Check with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals to see how you can escape for a weekend, week, or a whole month to enjoy the coming off-season months. All of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rental properties rent year round. It’s not unusual to see prices $1,000 less than what they would be during the summer months.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, August 13, 2011

2nd Annual Endless Summer Photo Contest

It’s time for Ocean Drive Beach Rentals’ 2nd Annual Endless Summer Photo Contest! We want to see how much fun your family had in North Myrtle Beach this summer. While sunsets tend to be the most popular photographs, we are really searching for a picture that shows the whole family having a great time.

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Winner of our 2010 Endless Summer Photo Contest - By Kelly Godden

Submit your photo(s) to our Facebook page for a chance to win cool prizes! The photos that you submit must be taken in North Myrtle Beach and not a professional photograph. Please mention by caption that the photo(s) are for our Endless Summer Photo Contest. The theme of this year's contest is "Family Fun." We'll pick three photos as winners on Saturday - September 17th, 2011. Winner will be contacted through Facebook. You must be a Fan of our Ocean Drive Beach Rentals Facebook page to be eligible for a prize.

Three Categories of Prizes are as Follows:

1st Place Grand Prize: $100 check and a free two-night stay in the off-season at our Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort **

2nd Place Prize: 1 North Myrtle Beach T-shirt.

3rd Place Prize: Gift bag from Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Get rolling! We want to see some great pictures from your vacation!

** The Grand Prize, Free Weekend at the Beach, is only good for the off-season months of September - May. It must be used my May 31st, 2012. Transportation and meals are not provided, however - we do offer a nice $100 check for you to use how you wish.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, August 6, 2011

New Staff at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals in North Myrtle Beach

As the summertime has been growing, so has Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. While David Robinson joined us as our new controller in June, we added Brandon Moss as our second Vacation Rental Specialist, and Shane Vereen as a full time maintenance man. We’re proud that both of these skilled individuals have decided to join our talented staff, and hope that you’ll take the time to introduce yourself when you visit North Myrtle Beach next.

Shane Vereen is skilled in construction, HVAC systems, and handy man services. He is extremely efficient and knows how to get the job done right. If anything goes wrong with your rental property, he’s on the scene immediately. Our guests find that he has a great personality and that he’s easy to get along with. You can be rest assured that he’ll help make your North Myrtle Beach vacation a memorable one.

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Our newest addition, Brandon Moss.

Brandon Moss -

I moved to Myrtle Beach in the summer of 2010 from Colorado. My wife and I moved out to the coast for the sole purpose of trading the Rocky Mountains for the Atlantic Ocean. We love the warm weather of South Carolina, and living by the beach is great! I have a background in music, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Colorado State University. I still play various instruments, but mostly stick with drums. Working at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals is great, and I love helping people have fun while they’re on vacation. The Grand Strand is much more than a beautiful beach, and it’s great to share fun things to do around North Myrtle Beach with people who are here to get away.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pet Friendly Options in North Myrtle Beach

You don't have to leave home without your best friend. More vacation rental properties are accepting dogs in North Myrtle Beach. Most of the staff at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals own pets, and realize how difficult it is to find a house-sitter while on vacation. We believe that we have a solid selection of properties that can help in your dilemma.

As with most rental properties in North Myrtle Beach, some of our pet friendly rentals offer pools, lazy rivers, and other popular amenities. Click through on this link to view all our pet friendly offerings. All these rentals will be charged a pet fee - to make sure they are cleaned properly after departure. Follow up on our Pet Friendly Information page to view helpful tips if you're planning on bringing your dog(s) on vacation.

August is here, and you'll find the best prices of the summer! Book with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, of North Myrtle Beach - where you won't have to sell an arm and a leg to bring your dog down on vacation with your family. Let us know how we can better accommodate that extra family member.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Monday, July 25, 2011

On the Road to North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach is an easy destination to reach by car travel from most Eastern U.S. cities. Many people find it cheaper to take a road trip than buy expensive plane tickets. You'll save money by driving your own car to Grand Strand attractions that are all a short drive down the road from your vacation rental.

Highway life is not all that boring. Many families use the several hours as quality bonding time. Take along portable DVD players and a few great movies, and North Myrtle Beach doesn't seem that far away from home. Books, hand-held video games, and Ipods are sometimes all children need to stay occupied.

Estimated Eastern U.S. Driving Times:

Atlanta, Georgia: 6 1/2 hours

Baltimore, Maryland: 8 1/2 hours

Charleston, West Virginia: 8 hours

Charlotte, North Carolina: 4 hours

Columbus, Ohio: 11 hours

Knoxville, Tennessee: 7 hours

Lexington, Kentucky: 10 hours

New York City, New York: 11 1/2 hours

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 11 hours

Richmond, Virginia: 5 1/2 hours

** Please visit our directions page for maps and more information **

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk; A Popular Attraction

Just a short drive down the highway from Ocean Drive Beach Rentals and Main Street lies the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade. A new addition to Myrtle Beach’s downtown area, the boardwalk stretches just over a mile in length and features beach-side shops, restaurants and bars, and popular family attractions. Be sure to plan a visit this summer to catch great live entertainment and sample local seafood.

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Beautiful day for a stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!

Summer nights, through September 3rd, enjoy the free nightly events as part of Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights at Plyler Park on the Boardwalk. Your family will enjoy a carnival-style beachfront atmosphere full of concerts, fireworks, and street performers. Each night of the week features a different theme! Stop by the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel to take in breathtaking views of the oceanfront and the Boulevard from 200 feet above the beach.

Come see why Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk was ranked as #3 on National Geographic’s list of the Top Ten Boardwalks in the Nation. Ocean Boulevard has been completely revived because of this downtown addition. There is plenty to see and do for the whole family!

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Healthy Options in North Myrtle Beach

You don’t have to drop your healthy lifestyle when you go on vacation. There are a lot of ways to stay fit while visiting North Myrtle Beach. Pay attention to your diet and visit one of the many fitness facilities along the Grand Strand when you visit.

Dining out is a popular past-time for North Myrtle Beach visitors. Hundreds of seafood restaurants with their 4 hour wait times show this. Take your time and study the menu and ask wait staff about the various dinners before you go jumping into the buffet. Most restaurants will cater to the pickiest health nut and offer some fabulous alternatives. Fish is actually one of the best foods you can eat if you’re watching your weight – and we have tons of it!

When you’re at the beach, it’s not hard to stay active. In fact, most of the time, you are actually getting more exercise on vacation than you ever would imagine back at home! There is an endless supply of beach and water sports, such as beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee, surfing, and para-sailing. Our wide beach strand is perfect for distance runners. Outdoor shopping malls, such as Myrtle Beach’s Tanger Outlets, are a good place to get in hours of cardio. You end up walking several miles as you check out all the hot merchandise.

Don’t stop going to the gym just because you’re on vacation. North Myrtle Beach is host to hundreds of fitness clubs. Most of them feature pools, state-of-the-art weight rooms and cardio machines, and saunas. Guests of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals get discounts at Sports Doctors Fitness - located just down the road from major Grand Strand Resorts. Inquire within about what gym would be perfect for your needs.

There is no excuse for you to let your body go while in North Myrtle Beach. Although there is plenty of tempting treats to sway your healthy habits; it is extremely easy to stay on course. Instead of that ice-cream sundae on Ocean Drive, how about a delicious homemade fruit smoothie just a couple stores down?

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, July 2, 2011

David Robinson Joins Ocean Drive Beach Rentals of North Myrtle Beach


Ocean Drive Beach Rentals , of North Myrtle Beach, is proud to announce the addition of David Robinson to the team! David joined the staff mid-June and has already made tremendous strides. He comes aboard as controller (accounting) and property manager alongside Marlene Marcum.

David has enjoyed a successful career in hospitality for nearly 30 years, of which 14 years have been spent in management positions in the Myrtle Beach area. He’s taken positions with top hotel brands, condotels, and vacation rentals. The addition of David Robinson compliments our in-house staff of H.G. Worley, Jake Foutz, Marlene Marcum, and Kristen Leonard.

“I look forward to using my experience in fulfilling the fiduciary responsibilities to both the enterprise and the clients/owners. It is a challenging opportunity to work with this team and I’m always looking to what the next day brings and how we can have a positive impact.”

- David Robinson

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful

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Beautiful North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

When you're at the beach this summer, it's important to remember to pick up after yourself. We all love to bring our favorite drinks and snacks to the shore so we can stay refreshed throughout the day. But, it's no fun to walk on cigarette butts, peanut shells, and band-aids. It's not necessarily a pretty sight either - for those of us who love to see and visit North Myrtle Beach's beautiful shoreline.

A couple tips on how to make the beach more enjoyable for you and others:

Bring a trash bag with you to the beach. Trash bags are easy to pack within the cooler or beach bag. Pick up your peanut shells, candy wrappers, beer and soda cans, and cigarette butts as you finish. It's simple to do, and involves very little thought. Most sections of North Myrtle Beach feature public trash cans so you don't have to carry your trash back to your vacation rental condo or home.

You brought it down to the beach, so take it back to your vacation rental with you. Don't forget to take the cabana or beach umbrella down when you go back inside. Likewise for beach chairs, towels, beach toys, and clothes. There's a good chance that you may find your belongings missing when you come back to the same spot the next day or later that night.

I'd like to think that these are just a couple simple, common sense, ideas on how to better your day on the beach. A lot of people forget, and so it is important to remind everyone. Let's keep North Myrtle Beach beautiful for many years to come!

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fun on the High Seas at Pirates Voyage

Staff of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals were treated to a special viewing of Myrtle Beach's new dinner show, Pirates Voyage. The show is Dolly Parton's newest production, of which replaced the Dixie Stampede - just down the road of our North Myrtle Beach rental properties. Pirates Voyage is an amazing experience that out performs other dinner/theater shows on the Grand Strand.

With the Hollywood debut of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and the start of what will be a super summer season, Dolly Parton and group couldn't have picked a better time to introduce us to Pirates Voyage. The dinner show is similar to other shows in that the plot revolves around a competition of sorts while your family enjoys a 5-course feast, of which you are served a chicken, BBQ pork, fried shrimp, mashed potatoes, soup, corn-on-the-cob, dinner roll, and apple pie. The differences are plentiful! Three true to life pirate ships float on an indoor lagoon. Pirates battle for treasure, dive from high platforms, and interact with the audience. There are mermaids, skeletons, and amazing visual effects throughout the production.

We advise you to get to the show an hour early to enjoy pre-show entertainment in the Pirates Village. Musicians interact with spectators with familiar music and skits. Drinks and snacks are provided at an additional cost. There are full bar options for adult guests. The Pirates Village is an excellent idea for larger groups.

Pirates Voyage is located approximately 15 minutes from Main Street in North Myrtle Beach - south on Highway 17. Buy your tickets early, as this show will sell-out weeks ahead of time. Arrive hungry, as you will be stuffed by the end of the night.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Experience the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

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It's much bigger in person.

I recently took my parents and girlfriend for a ride on Myrtle Beach's new SkyWheel, which embraces the oceanfront in downtown Myrtle Beach. The SkyWheel and Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Bar & Grill are the newest additions to the Grand Strand and the thriving boardwalk along the popular boulevard. This is one attraction that you can't miss on your next family vacation to North Myrtle Beach.

The only wheel of it's kind in the United States, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel stands nearly 200 feet tall with impressive views of the beachfront, Atlantic Ocean, and inland towards Conway, South Carolina. One ride will last up to 12 minutes and three revolutions. There are 42 climate-controlled pods, or gondolas, that dot the giant Ferris Wheel. For a slightly elevated ticket price, you can choose to ride in a VIP gondola, complete with leather bucket seats and a glass floor. Thanks to the amazing comfort in these gondolas, the SkyWheel is open year-round - you won't be freezing in the winter, and you'll be cool in the summer.

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The best views at the beach! At nearly 200 feet above the Atlantic.

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Your pod awaits!

Our ride this past week went really well. It was a beautiful day; sunny skies and warm 80-degree beach weather. The SkyWheel turned very smoothly and the gondola never rocked or swayed, despite the breezy afternoon conditions. There was an amazingly short line waiting to board for our "flight." I strongly believe that the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel will fill the void of the old Pavilion and will bring the magic back to Ocean Boulevard. The old carnival atmosphere is still present along that stretch of the Boulevard.

Check out Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Bar & Grill after your flight on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Similar to his Margaritaville restaurant in Broadway at the Beach, you're sure to find lots of great food and fun on your night out with the family. There is also a LandShark store on the premises to stock up on souvenirs of your adventure at the SkyWheel. You'll want to plan for a few hours at this attraction - there is so much to do and see!

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Director of Marketing, Jake Foutz, with his girlfriend, Juanita, aboard the SkyWheel

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is located at 1110 North Ocean Boulevard. Visit the ride at night for a special treat (of which I'll save for your enjoyment). General admission tickets are priced generously at $8-$12 per ticket, depending on age, and can be bought online or at the attraction. Plan ahead of time and don't miss this unique experience on your next family vacation in North Myrtle Beach.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wet & Wild in North Myrtle Beach

Typical daytime temperatures in North Myrtle Beach during the summertime range from a low of 85 degrees to a high of over 100 degrees. It is important to stay cool on the beach, and to stay refreshed so you can have an enjoyable vacation. If you’re not one to lazy the day away with your feet in the ocean, and need a little more excitement without leaving the beach strand, then try out a few wet and wild activities while you’re on the Grand Strand this summer.

Surfing has been popular in the Myrtle Beach area for decades. Not only are our waves great for beginners, but our water temperature heats up to over 80 degrees – which makes for an even more enjoyable experience. Participate in a surf camp, such as the Myrtle Beach Surf Camp, to learn this sport or to capitalize on your shredding skills. Most of the local instructors come with years of experience and provide all equipment and even snacks and drinks. You’ll find yourself wanting to go back in the ocean for several hours at a time.

After your surfing adventure, you may want to try something more high speed. Check out Bob’s Watersports in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach for high flying parasailing fun. It’s a great way to see the shoreline of Cherry Grove from the air. They also have a great banana boat ride aboard their Red Shark inflatable. Families will love the speedboat and dolphin watch ride. Visit their website before you get to the beach for big money saving coupons!

Although it’s very tempting, don’t just lie around the beach on vacation. Take our advice and check out the various water activities on the strand. It’s a great way to stay cool on vacation.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, May 28, 2011

It's Summer in North Myrtle Beach, 2011

Sunshine, the roar of motorcycles, and a Saturday cook-out for our arriving guests officially welcomed our summer rental season today. Though stormy weather was forecasted for North Myrtle Beach, all we saw were sunny skies with high temperatures dancing around 85 degrees. Our hard work at preparing for our first cook-out paid off with a better-than-expected lunch crowd.

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Jake cooks some delicious burgers for our arriving guests!

Our rental inventory is booked solid for this Memorial Day weekend, though we were able to accommodate a few last minute vacationers. We’re very happy to meet and great guests who came to North Myrtle Beach as far away as Ohio and Illinois. Arriving guests really enjoyed our arrival cook-out, of which we will continue with through the summer weeks (with a special surprise for the July 4th week). Staff members at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals love Saturdays, and it shows with our positive attitudes and great customer service.

There are still plenty of weeks available this summer. Don’t wait until the last minute to make your North Myrtle Beach family vacation plans. Plan early - so you can reserve the best available property for your vacation needs. With over 85 vacation rental properties, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals has a rental for every budget!

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Arrive Hungry for Your North Myrtle Beach Vacation

Starting Saturday, May 28th, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals will be grilling out every Saturday in anticipation for arriving guests. After a long drive, pull up at our office on Main Street to pick up your arrival packets and grab a burger, hot dog, and drink! Your first family dinner at the beach will be provided free of charge – as a thank you for being our guest this summer.

Many of our guests drive more than 6 hours to come to North Myrtle Beach. Several hours on the highway can become very tiresome and annoying. It is a pleasure to provide that relief for when they [guests] check-in. We plan to have plenty of burgers, hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, and water available for everyone. Locally – born Beach Music in the background will compliment your mood for vacation. Stick around for awhile to chat with staff members and socialize with other arriving guests.

Don’t eat too many snacks on the car ride to North Myrtle Beach! We’ll take care of your dinner plans at arrival. Take advantage of all this great tasting free food. All you need to do on arrival day this summer is RELAX.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Live Music in North Myrtle Beach

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Nadirah Shakoor, of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, performing at Margaritaville of Myrtle Beach. May 2011

Beach weather is very much here and summer is right around the corner! Many families are in town, or are planning to visit in the next few months. Our peak season brings some of the best live acts and bands you’ll find in North Myrtle Beach all year. Spring and summer street festivals, such as Mayfest and the Little River Blue Crab Festival, bring in thousands of spectators.

The Legends of Surf Music, featuring Al Jardine and David Marks of the Beach Boys, put on a great concert before a packed house last weekend at North Myrtle Beach’s Mayfest celebration. Beach Music greats, such as The Fantastic Shakers and The Catalinas, are set to perform in front of a record crowd at this year’s Blue Crab Festival – happening right now. Great weather, delicious local food, and arts & crafts vendors compliment these popular festivals. You’ll want to stay tuned-in to our OD News page for more information about upcoming outdoor festivals along the Grand Strand.

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Al Jardine, of the Beach Boys, rockin' at Mayfest 2011

The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach is your chance to get up close and personal to some big acts. Its small venue size is perfect for the most intimate experience between musician and fan, and provides for great views almost anywhere in the theater. Popular bands and artists such as, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, .38 Special, and Good Charlotte are all expected to perform at the House of Blues within the next few months. Make sure to check out the band schedule online HERE before planning your next North Myrtle Beach family vacation.

Whether it’s popular mainstream musicians or regional and local bands, North Myrtle Beach has some of the best live acts in town when you’re in town. Stop in the office at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals or give us a call for our recommendations when planning our next family vacation. Most of the local venues keep us up-to-date with what’s going on around town.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Book One Vacation, Get the Second Vacation Free

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals is known for their great North Myrtle Beach vacation savings. With our EZ Breezy Pricing program, we’re comfortable in saying that we have the best value at the lowest pricing at the beach. Our Endless Fun Club gives our guests real dollar savings at all the popular area businesses and attractions! What more could we offer that will ensure that our guests have the best vacation possible?

For a limited time only, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals is giving away a free vacation! Call our office at 877-287-2977 to book your 2011 North Myrtle Beach vacation in one of our nearly 90 vacation rental properties, and we’ll give you a free weekend stay at our Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort. Located along the famous Ocean Drive, our resort features its very own beach club, indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor lazy river, beauty salon, and much more! You’ll be in close proximity to great restaurants, clubs, and live entertainment. The Ocean Drive Beach & Golf resort has been a popular attraction along the Grand Strand for many years.

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Coastal Cottage - 2nd Row in North Myrtle Beach

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals makes your vacation planning easy with the lowest vacation rental prices in town. There are over 85 properties in our inventory for every sized budget. Our rentals are perfect for couples just married, or large 15-24 people family groups. We have a special arrival day surprise for all of our summertime guests that will surely be a big hit. We’re here to help you realize your vacation memories!

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Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort - Oceanfront in North Myrtle Beach

Click through on this link to learn more about our limited time May promotion. Hurry and book your 2011 weekly vacation with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals before it’s too late! I’m sure your family could use some extra time at the beach this year – one week is just not enough.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, April 30, 2011

May is Here, Where are You?

North Myrtle Beach has been pretty fortunate through the recent Spring months. Threatening storms that caused misery through the mid-west didn't put up much of a fight along our beaches. We've escaped horrible weather, and had some excellent beachy weekends. Where were you?

May is fast approaching with a great forecast. This next week will bring sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's and low 80's. Your favorite North Myrtle Beach hotspots will be packed with happy visitors. Our beach strand will be flooded with beach-goers. Everyone knows that this is a great time to be on the beach. The humidity is low, and temperatures are up! The ocean should be warmed-up to near 70 degrees; which is much warmer than some popular northern lakes and other waterways. You can still find some great deals on vacation rentals with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals!

The weather is HERE, so where are YOU? Take a short weekend trip to North Myrtle Beach with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals this month. Time is of the essence - Memorial Day weekend is filling up fast!

Visit www.odbeachrentals.com NOW for great spring vacation rental deals!!

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Colt Ford Vacations in North Myrtle Beach Too

Country Music star, Colt Ford, was in North Myrtle Beach in the beginning of April vacationing with his family. Ford participated in the 17th Annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, held at the Dye Golf Course – located close to Barefoot Landing. The annual charity event usually brings in a sold out crowd to watch celebrities and golf professionals battle each other on the golf course.

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Colt Ford with H.G. Worley of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Colt Ford chose to stay in a vacation rental condo in the Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort, of which is managed by Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. The resort lies directly across the ocean with easy access to the beach. Every condo that Ocean Drive Beach Rentals manages in the Tilghman Resort features great views of the ocean and beach.

“We were caught by surprise” said Jake Foutz, Marketing Director for Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. “Colt Ford used an alias when he booked his reservation. We didn’t know who the guest was until he came into our office to pick up his rental keys.”

For more information about popular North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, please visit Ocean Drive Beach Rentals at www.odbeachrentals.com

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Beach Music Lives On

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H.G. Worley of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals being DJ for the day.

This past week, the owners of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals and the Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort, the Worley family of North Myrtle Beach, officially brought back the Beach Music legacy of Ocean Drive and bought the famed radio station, 94.9 The Surf. The station briefly went off-air in January of this year and the Worleys acted fast to save what could have been the end of Beach Music along the Grand Strand. Locals and visitors alike have been buzzing since the sale.

The Surf can be heard within a 2 hour radius of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That’s approximately a 120 mile radius from the Main Street headquarters of the station. Anyone with internet access will be able to listen to live streaming Beach Music tunes when the website comes live in the near future. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals will post updates on this blog as they become available. Ted Bell is the chief on-air personality of 94.9 and will bring you many great hours of quality Beach Music.

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Ted Bell and H.G. Worley on Opening Day

When you’re on the beach this summer, tune in to 94.9 The Surf. It will serve as a nice compliment to the beautiful scenery on the beach strand. Don’t forget to call in to the station and request your favorite bands.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Deeper Canals Coming to Cherry Grove

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35th Avenue Canal in Cherry Grove

The Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach features beautiful canals. They’re excellent for small watercraft, such as fishing boats and jet skis. A few Ocean Drive Beach Rentals' vacation homes are located canal-front with docks or piers that allow for prime waterfront relaxation. At low-tide however, the canals appear nearly waterless.

A judgment passed at the end of March that gives the ownership of the canals to the state – ending a dispute amongst the state of South Carolina and a local real estate company as to who legally owned the canals. It is now possible for the state for dredge the canals and remove the years of accumulated sediment. If left untouched, canals could eventually become impassable. This is a major project that could cost up to $10 million.

What does this mean for you? Canals and marsh waterways will become more boater-friendly. Our canal properties will also benefit from the improved waterfront views. There hasn’t been a date set for when dredging will begin.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals