Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pack Efficiently for Your North Myrtle Beach Vacation

Don’t let the little things complicate your beach vacation. Start off on the right track to avoid family conflicts. Your North Myrtle Beach vacation begins when you drive out of your driveway or board the plane to the coast. To make your trip more enjoyable, follow our tips on how to pack your car or prepare your luggage for a flight.

Road Trips are a great idea when traveling. Most of the time, you’ll spend less money than flying and you get to see the countryside. It is important that everyone in the automobile is comfortable and has enough room to stretch, especially after a two-hour, or in some cases, five-hour nap. Don’t clutter the seats with luggage, that’s what the trunk is for! Keep only in-car entertainment on hand, such as an interesting book or iPod. Avoid packing perishable food, as spoilage may occur if packed improperly, and could provide an unpleasant odor the rest of the trip. North Myrtle Beach is a haven for grocery stores. Buy your food locally on vacation.

Think these folks packed just a little too much into that wagon?

Make use of all nooks and crannies when packing the car, but don’t stuff the available trunk space. Pillows, blankets, and linen are great, and they don’t take up much room. These things can easily fit into small spaces between luggage. Leave your windows free and clear and make sure you can see out into traffic. You wouldn’t want to wreck on your way to North Myrtle Beach by not being able to properly see out the windows.

Use common sense when packing your car. What do you really need to bring on vacation? If you find the back end of your sedan weighed-down and nearly touching the pavement, then you’ve packed too much. Grills, kitchen appliances, coolers, bikes, and beach equipment are either provided with your North Myrtle Beach Vacation Rental, or are offered for rent through area vendors. Remember to only pack the necessary clothes, bathroom supplies, and limited entertainment options. Guests always go back home with more than what they brought, due in part to the great shopping at the beach.

You have to be even more efficient if you’re flying to North Myrtle Beach. Checking bags can get pretty expensive these days. It’s not unusual to spend over $40 per bag to check. Try your best to pack everything in a suite case that will fit in an overhead compartment. Certain liquids and sharp objects can’t be taken onboard an airplane. Remember to carry on a good book or an iPod as flights can get boring.

The more efficient you pack, the more money you will save. Lighter cars will save you more gas money, and carry-on bags are mostly free on flights. Don’t subject yourself to any conflicts on your trip to North Myrtle Beach.

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

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Best Time To Rent

The summer season is definitely the busiest time of year for vacation towns such as North Myrtle Beach. School is out, the weather is hot, and many families like to be around for Independence Day to participate in the festivities on the beach. While there is no doubt that the most action takes place between Memorial Day and Labor Day, things start to heat up much earlier and folks like to stick around much later than the traditional summer season. Some people are more flexible in their vacation dates and want to know the best time of year to plan their trip. The answer to that question depends on what you want to get out of your time here.

Some vacationers look forward to the excitement of the tourist season and can’t wait to make friends on the beach, go out with fellow out-of-towners, and swim in the warm water of the Atlantic. If this is you, then June, July, and August offer the most activity. There are more people in town during July 4th week than any other week of the year, mostly because of family traditions and the Grand Strand’s impressive Independence Day events. Our famous summer-long fireworks displays are among the East coast’s favorite, the Myrtle Beach boardwalk area is bustling with activity, and the nightlife is in full swing.

For those who prefer thinner crowds, less traffic, and cooler temperatures, spring is a fantastic time of year for a trip. Though the ocean is sometimes too cold to swim, the weather stays in the 70s and 80s during April and May. Since school is still in session, families will save their trip for later in the summer. This allows for some of the most prime conditions for a vacation. All the local businesses are open, and even the seasonal ones will open in March or April. You can also take advantage of offseason prices at this time. After summer, mid-September to mid-October offers some of the best weather of the year. The ocean is still warm, the days are still long, and there is still plenty to do. Though most of the crowds have gone home, many will stay through October to golf, lounge on the beach, shop, and enjoy the area’s attractions. Remember, prices go down after Labor Day. So if you are unsure of when to take your vacation and are concerned about saving a few dollars, consider the late or early offseason and call Ocean Drive Beach Rentals to book!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

North Myrtle Beach Weekend in Review

January is a popular time for snowbirds to visit the beach to enjoy our mild winter and exciting events. The winter Shag weekend is here and Ocean Drive of North Myrtle Beach is alive with sounds of beach music and tapping feet. Myrtle Beach has captured the Nation’s attention as the GOP candidates gather for a debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Carolina Shag events take place in North Myrtle Beach throughout the year, and the winter Shag weekend is this weekend, January 13th -15th. Many Shaggers take the entire week to make the most of a trip to the beach. We still have vacation rentals available, if you’d like to participate in the action! Even if you don’t dance (shag), there is still plenty to do in and around the beach. Most area attractions are open in the off-season.

The Republican Presidential debate will be hosted at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16th. Visitors from all over the Nation are in town to participate in the political events. As you can imagine, tickets to the Debate are sold out. You may want to try and catch your favorite candidate at congressional town hall meetings, or mingling with the locals.

Aside from all the exciting things happening in the off-season, we are looking forward to a great summer season in 2012. Our beautiful North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals still have dates available for upcoming spring and summer weeks. Call ahead for special occasions with nightly rentals.

Written By: Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

North Myrtle Beach an Affordable Family Destination

You want to take your family on vacation this year, but the money situation is still a little tight for 2012. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals believes everyone deserves a memorable family beach vacation. North Myrtle Beach is an awesome family-friendly destination with lots to do and see. Our beach won’t break your bank, and you’ll be traveling back home with more money than you can imagine by following a few simple money-saving tips.

Invite the whole family down to North Myrtle Beach to enjoy a vacation. How great would it be to share the experience with relatives? When was the last time your family shared a vacation rental home or condo with cousins? Family reunions are an extremely popular vacation trend, and it serves as a chance to catch up on all the current events in your extended family. Ask family members to chip in to the total cost of the vacation rental. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind donating a few extra dollars to have fun at the beach – miles away from home.

It's free to build sandcastles on the beach! Little goes a very long way...

One major advantage to vacationing in a vacation rental vs. a hotel or resort room is that you have a fully equipped kitchen to cook some great meals. Save vacation dollars by dining in more, and eating out only a couple nights in North Myrtle Beach. Get creative, research coastal recipes, and cook a new meal for the family! Prepare for your feast, and visit local fresh seafood markets for the daily catch and unique seasonings.

Another way to save big on your North Myrtle Beach vacation is to buy attraction tickets in advance on the internet. Most, if not all, popular attractions sell tickets through their websites. You may be able to save up to 15% off the gate or admission price just by buying your tickets in advance. Plus, you won’t have to waste time by standing in long lines at the ticketing booths on site at the attractions. It does make a difference on the cost of your vacation, especially for large family groups. Mix up the adventure on your vacation, and visit Ripley’s Aquarium or Myrtle Waves Water Park.

I have only touched on a few of the many ways you can save on your next North Myrtle Beach family vacation. Visit our Specials Page to view seasonal deals on our vacation rental properties, and check out our Endless Fun Club to save real vacation dollars at popular area attractions, shops, and restaurants! We all know how important vacations are; don’t let it slip by in 2012.

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