Saturday, August 25, 2012

Jet Ski Dolphin Tour in Little River, South Carolina

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Jet Ski dolphin tour at Myrtle Beach Watersports in Little River, SC. It was a great experience, and I would recommend it to anyone vacationing in the Myrtle Beach area.

The tour leaves from Little River, just north of North Myrtle Beach. If you are staying in an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals condo, it would take you no longer than 15 minutes to drive to Myrtle Beach Watersports’ Little River location. My wife and I were greeted by friendly staff right away, who made us feel at ease in the midst of a new experience. After waiting for the other members of the tour to arrive, we made our way to a small dock and were fitted for life jackets. Our tour guide then introduced himself and briefed the group on safety procedures, and we were on the water in no time. Following the guide, we started out on the Intracoastal Waterway, getting familiar with the jet skis as we wound our way through the curves and out to the ocean.

The Little River Inlet is a busy traffic area for tour boats and fishing vessels, so we took it slow through the no-wake zone where the sea comes inland. After we cleared the barrier islands on the inlet, the open ocean greeted the group as we headed single-file to the dolphin viewing area. The ocean water is much rougher than the surface of the waterway, so it took a lot of care and finesse to keep the Jet Ski upright and moving briskly along. Five minutes later, we slowed to a stop about a mile offshore and waited.

Soon, dolphins appeared all around us. Their heads emerged from the water just long enough to take a breath, so I had to be especially attentive to catch a glimpse of them. They would come up for air in groups of about ten, and go under again. Every few minutes they would pop up here and there, and sometimes would come so close I felt I could reach out and touch them! The dolphins were obviously comfortable with our presence, even as we all tapped our throttles to try to keep up with them. It was a great feeling to be so close to animals you rarely see, especially in their natural environment. The dolphin-spotting game went on for 45 minutes or so until they had moved on.

On the way back to the dock, our guide gave us the opportunity to explore the inlet area on the Jet Skis, and there we were able to zip around as fast as we pleased. The group was more comfortable with the equipment at this point, so we headed back into the waterway at a much quicker pace. We were treated to amazing views of the waterway and salt marshes as we made the trip back to the dock. Before leaving, the staff offered us a professionally framed photo and the DVD of the video footage our guide had taken on the trip. The whole trip lasted about 3 hours, and we paid $65 per person, plus a tip for the guide. The money was well worth the memorable experience. The Jet Skis alone are a blast to use, and the dolphin sightings made the trip even better. Make plans to take the Jet Ski Dolphin Tour on your next vacation, and your family will be talking about it for months afterwards!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Rental Property in North Myrtle Beach

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals is pleased to introduce our newest property: a beautiful four-bedroom house called The Beach Jewel. As frequent North Myrtle Beach vacationers know, location is an important factor in choosing a rental property. This house is situated on 5th Avenue North and Ocean Blvd, right in the central Ocean Drive area of town. Popular restaurants, charming beach shops, and attractions are all within walking distance. Best of all, The Beach Jewel is right across the street from the beach, with an access point a short walk from the front door.

Besides being conveniently located, this property has room for a large family with its 4 bedrooms, two living rooms, and 3 bathrooms. There’s even a dining room that can be closed off for a more private dining experience. The restaurant-style kitchen table is great for the kids, and a TV built right into the kitchen cabinets is perfect for morning cartoons or watching the news while you cook. A wrap-around porch and large balcony provide all the outdoor room you could want for unwinding and catching the gentle ocean breezes.

The Beach Jewel also comes equipped with a laundry/utility room for keeping up with the chores, and a security system will give you peace of mind while you’re away enjoying the Grand Strand. The bright sitting area at the top of the stairs is a nice spot to relax with a book and cup of tea. There is also a small balcony on the rear of the house, complete with bistro table for an afternoon snack or private phone call. The big landscaped yard will surely prompt a game of catch or Frisbee, or use the open space to lay out and soak up the sun.

This property is perfect for family vacations, reunions, and SOS groups. Book a late summer vacation, or get a head start on 2013 by reserving your week of choice now. Call Ocean Drive Beach Rentals today to plan your next vacation!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Money Saving Tips for Your North Myrtle Beach Vacation

With a recessed economy, Americans seem to be a lot more concerned with how much they are getting for their money. People are shopping around for the best deals on everything, and summer vacation is no different. After researching flights and accommodations to an exotic overseas location, you will be relieved to see what it costs for a vacation to North Myrtle Beach. For roughly the cost of a single plane ticket, you can drive your entire family to the east coast, luggage and all. And no long lines, crowded terminals, or security hassles!

Accommodations in North Myrtle Beach may be your biggest expense, but by staying across the street from the beach or in one of our channel homes, you could save hundreds on your vacation. Eating at the area’s famous seafood restaurants every night can get expensive fast, so plan to buy fresh fish and shrimp at a seafood market and cook it at your rental property. You can feed your whole family for a third of what you would pay at a big seafood buffet. If you do go out for dinner, ask around about the best places to eat. There’s no need to spend up to $30 per person at a “tourist trap” restaurant.

Bike rentals are readily available around town, so unless you plan on driving long distances, consider renting bicycles for the kids or even the whole family to get around. This could save a few bucks on gas, and also adds freedom for each person to come and go as they please.

Myrtle Beach has great tourist attractions, but if you have already seen them you might skip the expense and opt for a movie rental, mini golf, Pelicans baseball game, or any of the free activities in the Grand Strand. Take advantage of free fireworks displays and live entertainment throughout the summer. Also, check online event calendars for things to do each day you’re here. Remember, North Myrtle Beach’s most popular attraction (the beach) is always free!

Another great way to save money is by coming prepared. Make a checklist of everything you will need for vacation and don’t leave the house until each item is checked off. Double-check your supplies so you don’t have to stop for sunscreen or towels on the way to the beach. Ask an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals staff member for additional tips when you check in. We’ll even give you coupons and automatic savings with our Endless Fun Club!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Monday, August 6, 2012

New Vacation Specials for North Myrtle Beach

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals has had a very successful summer so far, thanks to the thousands of guests that chose our rental properties as their home base during vacation. We have saved our guests money all summer long by offering value programs and specials designed to make their visit to North Myrtle Beach a little easier on the wallet. As the beginning of the school year marks the end of the traditional tourist season, we are still going strong with late summer specials that provide great incentives to come to the beach before summer winds down.

August and September are prime months to plan your weekly vacation for a number of reasons. We want to add value to our guests’ vacation, and one way we do this is with the Endless Fun Club. Also, in the spirit of saving vacation dollars, allow us to introduce our Endless Summer Special. If you book a weekly vacation August 18th – September 8th, you will receive dinner for four and breakfast for four at Ocean Drive Resort’s fabulous oceanfront restaurant. Enjoy a perfectly cooked steak with all the trimmings, or a giant flounder sandwich while you watch the waves roll in with your family. After your dinner, head to the OD Pavilion Amusement Park for some family friendly fun. The oceanfront amusement park is all-new for 2012 with exciting rides and carnival games. By the way, all this is FREE with your weekly reservation.

The OD Pavilion Amusement Park

The OD Amusement Park closes after Labor Day, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. For weekly vacations September 8th – 30th, take advantage of low offseason rates, plus dinner and breakfast for four absolutely free. Call us to make arrangements for your August or September vacation. You will be impressed by our “bang for the buck”!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals