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

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