Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tips for Enjoying Bike Week

As Atlantic Bike Week is well underway, the streets are swarming with motorcycles of all shapes and sizes. Bikers from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida converge on the Myrtle Beach area on Memorial Day weekend, turning the whole Grand Strand into one giant Bike Fest. It’s truly a sight to behold as Highway 17 is overflowing with motorcycle traffic. Some drivers are skittish around so much activity, and not everyone will be conscientious on the road.

Whether you are a biker or driving a car, the best way to avoid accidents is to be a defensive driver. It’s no use succumbing to road rage and lashing out at other people, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Instead of being impatient because traffic is moving too slow, take the time to admire all the unusual motorcycles around you. Some people get very creative with modifications and paint on their bikes, and some are great works of art. Always be aware of what’s going on around you. This means no cell phone use, loud music, or any other distractions behind the wheel. Some bikers will break traffic laws, speed, squeeze between cars, and fail to use turn signals. It’s better to plan for these actions and maneuver around them than to hurt someone, even if it’s their fault. If you want to avoid heavy traffic, plan to take alternate routes to play it safe and arrive at your destination sooner.

If you are on a motorcycle, be courteous to other drivers. Have a decisive plan of action before you get on the road so you don’t have to stop and discuss directions with your group. There is a time and place for burnouts, tricks, wheelies, and engine revving. Quiet neighborhoods and back roads are not that place. When traffic is slower, just go with the flow of the other vehicles rather than ride on the shoulder or between lanes. The residents of North Myrtle Beach welcome bikers, but they also want everyone to be safe and thoughtful of others. Bike Week is all about fun, so be careful that someone else’s fun is not spoiled by what you are doing.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most exciting times to be in North Myrtle Beach. There is so much to see and do during Bike Week, and you can feel the energy in the air as the motorcycles roar down the road. At Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, we want our biker guests to come back year after year, so follow these tips to make sure everyone stays safe and has a great time!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Driver Beach Rentals

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Main Street: The Center of Small-Town North Myrtle Beach

If you’ve never been to North Myrtle Beach, you’re missing out on one of the best vacation spots in the country. While Myrtle Beach is more famous for its many attractions, North Myrtle Beach offers close proximity to the same attractions, but with more of a small-town feel. Once you turn off Highway 17 and head away from all the traffic, quiet neighborhoods, shops and restaurants, smaller resorts, and beach houses make up North Myrtle Beach. At the center of it all is Main Street.

Main Street runs from Highway 17 to Ocean Boulevard and is the major throughway from the larger resorts in Ocean Drive out to the Highway. But it’s more than just a road. It captures the nostalgic feeling of a small town square in a classic American vacation town. Tourists and locals alike love to browse the specialty shops, eat at the famous cafes, and hang out on the beach beyond Ocean Blvd. In the summer, the “horseshoe” area at the end of Main Street is alive with live music and vacationers enjoying the nightlife. On special holidays, the street is closed to traffic, and extravagant parades make their way through town. There are also festivals in Main Street throughout the year, like the Endless Summer Festival in October. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals enthusiastically participates in several of these activities.

Ocean Drive Resort, the Ashworth, the Avista, and Ocean Bay Club are just a few resorts within walking distance of Main Street. These are popular vacation destinations, and you can conceivably park your car at your condo and never use it while you’re here. Entertainment, restaurants, and grocery stores are all conveniently located on Main Street, so walk or rent a bike to save money on vacation! We rent units at all the major Ocean Drive area resorts, so be part of the action and explore Main Street this summer!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Beach Regulations for North Myrtle Beach

The time has come for summer vacation, and soon tourists from all over the country will be flocking to North Myrtle Beach to take advantage of our world-famous beaches. Millions of people will head out to the beach to soak up the sun, play in the water, and enjoy relaxing walks down the coastline. While city officials want every family to have a great beach vacation and come back next year, they also want to ensure that certain rules are followed so that everyone is safe and each person remains considerate of the people around them.

The new beach regulations for 2012 are mostly unchanged from last year. They include rules on beach umbrellas and chairs, digging holes in the sand, and other safety guidelines. Perhaps the most welcomed new rule concerns laser pointers. In the past, young vacationers would sometimes bring high-powered colored laser pointers to the beach and shine them on beach combers at night. Also, some beach-goers used them to light up resort walls and point them into condos on the oceanfront. Understandably, some Myrtle Beach guests were upset that their vacation nights were imposed upon by distracting lasers bouncing all over the beach. The new ordinance will prohibit the use of laser pointers on the beach, putting an end to the pesky problem.

The new regulations are already in effect and are being enforced on the beach now. A complete list of these rules can be found here. Though regulated, the use of beach equipment is still permitted and welcome. Guests often ask us where they can rent beach chairs and umbrellas. To rent these items, call (843) 280-5684. Remember to follow beach regulations, and have a great summer out on the Grand Strand!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How to Save Big in North Myrtle Beach

At Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, we’re always thinking of new ways to bring families to the beach for the lowest price possible. We have put together some awesome specials for May and early June, and we want to invite all our blog readers to get in on the savings! Right now, we’re offering up to 40% off houses and condos with a 5 night minimum, and 25% off weekend stays of 3-4 nights. Vacation rental prices are rarely this low, and we won’t be able to offer deep discounts like this for long. If you’re looking for a bottom-dollar vacation, it’s a great idea to take advantage of this special and book a 2nd or 3rd row property. Though the beach is usually not visible from these homes, it is very close and easily accessible. We have several beautiful properties in our inventory that fit in this category, and we’d love to have you as our guest this spring.

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It’s also the best time of year for a couple’s weekend getaway. Browse our one bedroom oceanfront properties and call us for a romantic weekend trip you’ll never forget. Or, bring another couple and rent a two bedroom unit to save even more! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to answer your questions and get to work creating a customized vacation for you. Give us a call or visit our website to find out more, and we hope to see you soon!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals