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