Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Simple Pleasures" Joins Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

"Simple Pleasures" on Ocean Drive in North Myrtle Beach.

Simple Pleasures is the latest vacation home to join our vacation rental program at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. This privately owned property meets the high standards of ten other full-sized houses in our rental inventory. Your family will want to take advantage of the great amenities that this property has to offer.

Conveniently located on the second-row along Ocean Drive, Simple Pleasures is a short stroll across the road to the wide, beautiful strand of North Myrtle Beach. Not only are you across the street from the beach, but there is a large yard to host fun family games in the warm Carolina sunshine. Enjoy a bright, colorful interior with lots of space to unwind and relax during your vacation. Tropical decorations adorn the walls and really put you in the mood.

Plenty of space with two large living rooms.

Guests who vacation in Simple Pleasures will enjoy various amenities during their stay. There are two levels of living space at this property. The lower level features three bedrooms, of which all have their own televisions, and two full bathrooms. A kitchenette and large living room with a television and DVD player nicely compliment the space. Four more bedrooms with televisions and two full bathrooms are located on the upper level. Another large living room and full kitchen are located upstairs. Enjoy morning coffee or family picnics in front of an ocean view on the spacious screened porch. As with most of our vacation rental properties, there is a grill and outdoor shower on the premises.

With occupancy of twenty people, this vacation home is excellent for large family groups. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals also manages the large home next door, Coastal Cottage, which features five bedrooms, over three bathrooms, and a fenced-in yard that includes a volleyball net, private pool, and optional hot tub. Combined, these two properties serve occupancy of thirty-six people; a perfect arrangement for church groups, family reunions, or weddings in North Myrtle Beach!

Seven beautiful bedrooms with comfortable bedding.

Large screened porch with ocean views!

A property profile with detailed information for Simple Pleasures will be online starting tomorrow, January 30th. Cruise on over to our website to view our other vacation rental homes, or some of our fine condominium and villa rentals. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals has properties for every budget and desire. Once you find that perfect vacation rental, give us a call at 877-287-2977, or book online, to reserve your next visit to the North Myrtle Beach area.

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

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Just for You, From Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

In keeping up with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals’ commitment to quality customer service and providing our guests with the most value for their vacation dollars, we have re-vamped our popular Endless Fun Club. Come to North Myrtle Beach with your family and enjoy the wide beach strand and gorgeous weather while saving money in the process. We’re proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a memorable family vacation.

Our Endless Fun Club is a value program that was designed to save our guests valuable vacation dollars at popular Grand Strand attractions, restaurants, specialty shops, and other top amusements. In 2011, we plan to limit this exclusive program to just over 15 of the most visited businesses in North Myrtle Beach and surrounding communities. All discounts and perks will be available to our guests beginning March 1. Big name attractions, such as Myrtle Waves, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Wild Water & Wheels were anxious to join the program and offer up to 15% off admission to guests vacationing with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. Also on the program, are the area’s most successful smaller businesses, such as Beach Memories, Melissa Skidmore Photography, Sports Doctors Fitness Studio, Sugar Shack Ice Cream Parlor, and the Parson’s Table Restaurant of Little River.

Look Out.....SHARK!

We think it's important to keep the Endless Fun Club limited to only the best area businesses, as to not overwhelm and confuse our guests. There won't be any more than 25 businesses on the program for this year. More great businesses are going to be joining our savings program by March. It’s important to note that this program will continue to grow year after year with even bigger discounts to our guests that even locals aren’t entitled to.

Guests of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals will have to show their vacation rental keys when they purchase products or services from one of the participating businesses. It doesn’t get any simpler than that! No coupons to print, or phone calls to authorize permission. For the amusement parks, you’ll have to come to our office, at 453 Main Street, to purchase your discounted tickets. There will be an Endless Fun Club pamphlet in your arrival welcome bag that shows all businesses that are participating, with their exclusive deals for you.

Be on the lookout for more great ideas to save with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. There is no other value program in North Myrtle Beach like our Endless Fun Club. We want to help you save on your North Myrtle Beach family vacation this year. Spring is just around the corner, and we have quite a few more surprises to “spring” on you.

Click HERE for more information about Ocean Drive's Endless Fun Club.

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

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Deal of the Summer?

You took advantage of a valuable promotion being offered by a popular vacation rental company. Your family is going to save over 50% on a vacation rental property during the summer! Great find on your part, but what is happening behind the scenes? Protect yourself and understand what the business is cutting back on in order to offer you that steep deal. Sometimes that deal is not as good as it seems.

Getting a great rate on a vacation rental property is important, but you have to want the excellent services and support that goes along with a memorable, hassle-free vacation. A heavily discounted rental doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting the best deal. Guests should read between the lines and always ask about the disclaimer if the deal is too good to be true. Properly cleaned vacation properties, a prompt maintenance staff, and great customer service are all very important factors in your family’s vacation. Be leery of companies that skimp on their support services to offer you the best rate – it does happen.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals takes time to research vacation rental prices throughout the industry, and to get our guests the right price. Our prices are competitive with other companies along the Grand Strand. We won’t slump on our great customer service, superior housekeeping, and maintenance support. Specialty programs, such as our Endless Fun Club, are designed to SAVE you valuable vacation dollars to give your family that added value while visiting North Myrtle Beach. You won’t be going home broke at the end of your week of rest and relaxation.

I hope we offered some good advice for you to plan your next family vacation. Don’t rent a vacation property because of the big discount, but research as to what value the company offers your family when at the beach. Make sure they aren’t cutting back on their services.

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

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Waties Island: Time Off the Usual Path

Grand Strand Beautiful, Waties Island

Need a day away from the beach crowds of North Myrtle Beach and Cherry Grove? Would you like to find that perfect spot in the sand where you’re not smacked in the face by a frisbee or stumbled upon by a passerby? Believe it or not, there is a place down the strand where you can set up your beach headquarters, away from the invasion of other sun worshippers. Waties Island is a gem that is a wonderful stretch of beach to spend the day.

Waties Island is an undeveloped barrier island that straddles the border between North Carolina and South Carolina. An inlet separates the island off the northern tip of Cherry Grove Beach. Students from Coastal Carolina University primarily use it as a marine biology research location because of its pristine, untouched environment. It’s a beautiful place that can be a high point in your trip to North Myrtle Beach. Lots of wildlife can be found here, from sea turtles and crabs to various species of birds.

Stranded on The Island

A couple years ago, I found myself stranded overnight on Waties Island with friends. What originally was planned as a day trip, turned into an overnight stay. We enjoyed uninterrupted sun bathing, kayaking, and swimming the entire day before eating supper on the beach while watching a gorgeous sunset. By night time, high tide came and the inlet became too aggressive to cross in the canoe and kayaks that we used earlier. Our only option was to make a camp with the canoe, kayaks, and beach towels and stay the night. Morning brought a calmer low tide and we were able to cross back to the “main land” of Cherry Grove beach.

Leave Only Your Footprints

If you decide to have a Waties Island adventure yourself, remember to study the tide charts and cross the inlet at low tide. I’d suggest crossing in a canoe or kayak instead of swimming – fighting the strong currents of the ocean that are frequent there. Sharp oyster shells can be found on the bottom of the inlet. At the end of your visit, please remember to take all your trash and equipment with you, and to leave the island how you found it - beautiful and unpolluted.

For more information, follow this link.

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

Friday, January 7, 2011

Plan Your Vacation Now For The Best Selection

It’s hard to believe; less than five months to go until the start of summer, and even a shorter amount of time until the mild spring weather. North Myrtle Beach will be bustling with vacationers before we know it! Available weeks in our rental properties are filling up fast every day. Have you made your summer vacation plans yet?

We like to refer to this time of year as the “peak booking season.” Most guests will call around the holidays, and shortly thereafter. By booking their vacation rental earlier in the year, guests have a better chance of getting the type of property they desire. You’ll risk losing important amenities and the ideal beach location if you wait until the last minute. That second-row home with a large swimming pool and volleyball net may not be available a month from your planned family vacation. Not always do you get a better price either.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals now has an inventory of over 80 properties. We work hard to accommodate every budget, and will work feverishly to find you that perfect vacation rental, no matter the time of year. Enjoy the one-stop-shop features of our website, and visit often for new and helpful information about our company and the North Myrtle Beach destination.

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

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What Songs Are On Your Vacation Soundtrack?

Our favorite music plays an important role in life. It makes cleaning the house easier, road trips much smoother, and sets the mood for a romantic evening away from the stress of daily life. The right vacation soundtrack will make your beach vacation much more enjoyable. Part of the packing process for your North Myrtle Beach vacation should include a homemade vacation soundtrack of your favorite beach music.

Before you come to the Grand Strand this year, buy a blank tape or CD and record your favorite beach or summertime songs. If you are more techno-savvy, download a custom-made album onto your IPOD. This soundtrack will set a positive mood when driving a long distance or on a cumbersome flight. You’ll be on vacation long before you reach the beach. Carry a portable battery-powered stereo, or your IPOD, to the beach and relax to the vibes of your vacation music.

What do you like to listen to while on vacation, or the trip to the beach? Popular bands and musicians include Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Kenny Chesney, and the Zac Brown Band. Their laid-back lyrics promote a stress-free, beachy feeling. Of course, there are many summertime songs by various mainstream artists that put you in the center of paradise, including It’s Five O’clock Somewhere, by Alan Jackson. Perhaps you’re more into the regional Beach Music acts such as the Chairman of the Board, Tim Clark Band, Sea Cruz, or Rick Strickland. These bands cater more to the shagging lifestyle and early North Myrtle Beach era. Beach Music still has a huge following along the Grand Strand.

Whatever your personal taste in music, it’s an excellent idea to personalize your vacation sound. You’ll find that it helps with creating those vacation-time memories that you pay so much to enjoy. The best thing about it is that the music takes you to a place that is far removed from work, and in many cases, reality.

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