Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

When it comes to hurricanes it’s wise to educate yourself and be prepared. With social media being in front of most people these days it’s easy to get the wrong information. Hurricane season along the Eastern Coast of the U.S. lasts from June 1 through November 30.

hurricane-season

Those of us that operate Beachcomber Vacations live here all year round. We’re not new to the area or to hurricanes and other storms. We are experienced with, and respectful of, hurricanes and know the proper steps to take. You’ll find most local people will generously share that information with you.

It’s important to be able to trust your source when it comes to important subjects like hurricanes. Following is information we deem worthy. Please do not rely solely on social media.

You will know days or weeks in advance when a hurricane is coming so you’ll have plenty of time to get out of the way.

Don’t panic. A hurricane travels very slowly and can take weeks to get to where you’re standing.

Expect the airports to have limited flight availability if they’re open at all when an impending hurricane is due to reach land.

Lanterns for Hurricane Season

Before the storm is close be sure to stock up on bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries and other essential items you may need for 1-2 weeks.

If you’re vacationing during hurricane season whether it is with the airline, car rental agency or vacation accommodation agency travel insurance is a good idea.

While not as hazardous, tropical storms can develop into hurricanes rather quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation. 

Vacationers should stay in close contact with their tour operator, hotel staff, and local weather stations for updates and evacuation instructions in the event of a weather emergency.

You will be notified ahead of time of the emergency shelters where you can go for shelter if an evacuation order is executed.

Best Jet Ski Rentals in North Myrtle Beach

One of the most exciting water sports you can experience in coastal South Carolina are jet skis. If you’ve never ridden a jet ski take our word that it’s a blast! Whether it’s just you, with your buddies, or your whole family, riding on jet skis is something worth trying.

Following are the best places to find jet ski rentals in and around North Myrtle Beach. If you want to make memories this is a great place to start!

Action Water Sportz
1525 13th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 280-4100

Action Water Sports for Jet Ski Rentals in NMB

There are so many adventurous things you can do on the beach but the thrill of jet skiing will give you a fun-filled adrenaline rush never experienced before. Contact Action Water Sportz today for the opportunity to enjoy this water sport. Our jet ski rental services are unmatched in the region. We strive to make it safe for our clients. Rental hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily (earlier rentals are available for small groups per request). We offer rentals for 1/2 hour, 1 hour, or 2-hour Scenic Dolphin Watch Trip. You may ride alone or up to 3 people by the ½ hour or hour (great for families). Unguided riding available based on age of riders, tide conditions, water traffic, and other considerations.

Myrtle Beach Watersports
2100 Sea Mountain Hwy, North Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 280-7777

Myrtle Beach Watersports

Providing the largest riding area on the Intracoastal Waterway — up to 20 miles — and even ocean riding available at certain locations. All locations provide the latest safety equipment, safety instructions, important water safety rules and regulations, as well as “hands on” jet ski operating instructions. Half hour and 1 hour jet ski rentals on the ICW or Atlantic Ocean. Or sign up for the Jet Ski Waterway Tour that goes north up the Intracoastal Waterway touring Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, NC. (These are areas you cannot go on your own.) Professional tour guides are available to assist you if needed. Ideal for first timers but great for all riders. No experience required.

Thomas Outdoor Watersports
2200 Little River Neck Road, North Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 280-2448

Jet ski rentals at Thomas Outdoors

Thomas Outdoor Watersports offers a variety of jet ski rental options. The 1 hour waterway tour is 20-25 miles round trip on the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s perfect for the beginner jet skier with lots of wildlife and information on the history of the area. For those who want to take adventure and excitement to the next level there is the hour and a half extreme trip out to the ocean. Hop on a jet ski and take the dolphin tour of a lifetime. Come out and tour North Myrtle beach and the surrounding area of North Carolina from the water’s perspective. For a grand finale voyage out into the big ocean and look for wild dolphins. You just might get so close you’ll get splashed!
 
All of us at Beachcomber Vacations wish you a wonderful Summer 2018!

 

 

Reserve Your Beach House Now Before It's Gone





If you haven’t booked your summer vacation rental yet you’d better hurry! The best North Myrtle Beach beach houses are reserved long before summer even arrives, sometimes even before spring! There’s nothing more disappointing than having your heart set on a particular vacation home only to find out someone else has reserved it while you were still trying to get your schedule straight. In the majority of cases, all that’s required to hold a vacation rental is the deposit fee.

NMB Beach House Rental

It comes as no great surprise that the most popular beach houses that get scooped up the fastest will be the oceanfront rentals and beach houses with swimming pools and other exceptional amenity packages. Also, vacation rentals that are close to many recreational activities and amusement parks where guests can walk to rather than drive.

Planning early and looking at rentals online provides you with the greatest likelihood of getting the vacation rental of your choice at what is often the best deal. Check the Specials page and see great deals we have and when then schedule your vacation during that period if you want to save the most money. Planning ahead also helps to build anticipation and that boosts happiness for lots of people. In addition, the sooner you plan, the less stress there will be at the last minute. You’ll have plenty of time to get everything done that you need to prior to arriving.

If you tried but you missed out on getting your dream rental then consider renting it for a different time or shorter period. Perhaps a weekend away would do you more good than you realize! You can also request to be on a cancellation list (on stand by) in case someone with a reservation has to cancel.

Once your reservations are made you can get on with the fun of building your itinerary. Check the local event calendars to see what’s taking place in the area for the period of time you’ll be here. Don’t wait until you arrive and hope you hear about things because it just doesn’t work that way. Do your homework before you arrive and you’ll ensure this will be your best vacations ever!

 


Funfilled Myrtle Beach Boardwalk





Did you know that Myrtle Beach SC is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southeastern United States? While most people are attracted to the seemingly endless beaches, it is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk with its breathtaking SkyWheel that completes the experience for vacationing families visiting the coast.

Located in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach attracts more than 14 million visitors each year. With a tropical climate, the coastline around Myrtle Beach is perfect for tourism. Known as the Grand Strand, there are more than 60 miles of beach, which allows visitors plenty of room for sunbathing, water sports, deep sea fishing and so much more.

While the beach itself is noteworthy, Myrtle Beach is gaining new acclaim with its boardwalk. The first boardwalk was built in the 1930s. Because this original boardwalk was only made of wood, it was soon upgraded to concrete. Plans to expand the boardwalk were derailed by World War II, and the structure was destroyed by a hurricane in 1954. It was not until 1999 that fresh renovation plans were drawn up, and the new boardwalk was completed in 2010.

Although this boardwalk is relatively new, it is already regarded as one of the best. The boardwalk is 1.2 miles long, running along the coast with easy access to shopping and dining. There are numerous weekly attractions at the boardwalk, including festivals, concerts and more. The shining star of the boardwalk, though, is the SkyWheel, a 187-foot tall Ferris wheel. When it opened on May 2011 it was the second-tallest extant Ferris wheel in North America.

The boardwalk is also home to the Pavilion, which is a family-oriented amusement park. The Pavilion was originally opened in 1948, allowing pay-per-ride fun for visitors. Although the original site closed, it has been relocated to the boardwalk. For more recreation options, Family Kingdom is located not far away. Family Kingdom is a seaside amusement park with 40 years of history. This amusement park has more than 40 rides for the whole family to enjoy while staying with Beachcomber Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach.

Although modern travelers will find everything they want at Myrtle Beach, the area has a long history of popularity. In fact, Myrtle Beach's popularity made it the starting place of a dance revolution in the 1940s. With the vibrant atmosphere on the boardwalk in this time, shag dancing was invented at Myrtle Beach. Known widely today as the Carolina Shag, this dance is now recognized in professional dance competitions across the country.
 

 


Where to Find Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals in North Myrtle Beach





When your vacation plans include four-legged family members, you will want to know where to find pet friendly rentals in North Myrtle Beach. Not every beach resort or vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach has rentals available for your pets. We’re pleased to inform you that at Beachcomber Vacations we have the most accommodating pet-friendly vacation rentals in the North Myrtle Beach area available and waiting for you – all of you!

Take a look at Barnett House, located in Windy Hill section of North Myrtle Beach, for instance. This pet friendly home is located oceanfront and has 7 bedrooms on the second floor alone! We’re taking reservations now for this popular property that offers phenomenal coastal views. Amenities include outside showers that are a big help when you want to wash the salt and sand off your pets! Free wireless internet access that keeps you connected, a washer/dryer in the unit, and an oceanfront porch are all included. This unit comes with departure clean and all linens included in the price. It's a super good deal!

The ground floor of Barnett House, located in Windy Hill section of North Myrtle Beach, is also one of our pet-friendly homes. This home is oceanfront and has 3 bedrooms on the second floor. Make your reservations now for this popular property that provides phenomenal coastal views at no extra charge. Amenities include outside showers, wireless internet access, washer/dryer, and an oceanfront porch. This unit also comes with departure clean and all linens included in the price.

 

Another of our pet friendly homes in North Myrtle Beach is Willow Winds. This is a 3 bedroom home that comes complete with swimming pool, children’s pool, free wireless internet and a washer/dryer. There is available parking for two cars. Sorry, no motorcycles, boats, trailers or RV’s. Rate includes departure clean and linen package.

If you’d like more information about North Myrtle Beach pet-friendly vacation rentals or any other properties that we have displayed on our website, please give us a call at 1-800-334-3798.

 

 


Come Spend the Holiday Season in North Myrtle Beach





With the holiday season upon us we’d like to invite everyone to come spend the holiday season with us in North Myrtle Beach this year. Our holiday vacation homes are the perfect size for any family, at any time of the year. Have your heart set on making a holiday meal? No worries! Our vacation homes all come with beautifully equipped kitchens suitable for any size or style of meal preparation.

Be sure to get out and around the area to take advantage of the special holiday events. The Great Christmas Light Show is a park-wide lighted celebration that is sure to capture the true spirit of the season! The drive through light show will feature over 2 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5 mile drive throughout the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. Over 500 magical light displays, some up to 55 feet tall, have been custom made for The Great Christmas Light Show. Visitors will experience 20 enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will come to life. NEW this year, a section of lights come alive to synchronized music. The drive through light show is open nightly November 24 – December 31 (closed Christmas Day). Gates open 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

After the journey through the light show, everyone is invited to park their cars and visit Santa’s Village where they can enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores, get an up close look at the lights on the Santa Express Train Ride, experience the Go Ape lighted tree top adventure, go tubing down Santa’s new 40' inflatable slide and meet Santa! The Santa’s Village is open Friday and Saturday only from November 24-December 9. Opens nightly December 15-31 (closed Christmas Day).

We’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and holiday season this year. Lot’s of people travel over the holidays – the lucky one’s come to coastal South Carolina and stay with us, taking advantage of our off-season rates. If you’re looking to treat yourself and your family this year, take a look at the deals we have!

Santa Clause

Around the country children get pretty excitable at this time of year. First, in anticipation of the arrival of Santa and Christmas morning. Then with their gifts, time off from school and the arrival of visiting family and friends. When you spend your holiday oceanfront they can run off that excess energy on the beachfront. You'll also have the option to walk it, bike it, or go for a run. Make this the year you try your hand at beachcombing in search of the biggest and best seashell.

spend the holidays on the beachfront

You can count on our holiday rentals to provide all the comforts of home plus so much more. They are furnished throughout and beautifully decorated, have separate sleeping quarters, and sizable kitchens as well as separate dining areas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all from Beachcomber Vacations!

 


Myrtle Beach Thanksgiving: Top 10 Restaurants for a Holiday Feast





If you've chosen to dine out this Thanksgiving holiday, there are many restaurants in the area that will be open and serving scrumptious meals. All of the following restaurants have specials going on for the Thanksgiving holiday and some are all-you-can eat. You can’t go wrong with any of these restaurants in the Grand Strand area serving delicious food on Thanksgiving Day.

If you have family visiting over the holiday, keep us in mind for your holiday accommodations. We have plenty of November deals on vacation rentals and last minute rates going on. Give us a call! 

21 Main
719 N. Beach Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 282-7100
The theme here is formal (white tablecloths, black napkins) and the servers are expert in menu knowledge and etiquette. It’s a great place to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal if you want a fancy spot offering a world-class dining experience. Reservations required. Seatings from 12 noon until 3 p.m.

California Dreaming
10429 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 215-5255
Serving an all-American Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Full spread includes oven roasted turkey breast and sugar cured ham with all the fixings and dessert. The price is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children under 10. Carry out is available when you pre-order. Reservations are recommended.

Captain George’s
1401 29th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 916-2278
Captain George's Seafood Buffet will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving fare the buffet will feature Alaskan snow crab legs, steamed shrimp and plenty more. The price is $34.99/adult. Reservations are being accepted for parties of 10 or more.

Carolina Roadhouse
4617 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 497-9911
Carolina Roadhouse is offering a special Thanksgiving dinner served from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner includes oven roasted turkey breast, sugar cured ham, and all the sides. Adults are $19.95 and children under 10 are $9.95. Call for reservation.

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille
4930 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 361-0000
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey and all the trimmings. Featuring live jazz music from Tony Rosales. Reservations are suggested.

Gulfstream Café
1536 South Waccamaw Drive, Garden City
Phone (843) 651-8808
Gulfsteam Cafe will offer a waterfront Thanksgiving special from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner will be $19.95/person or $9.95 for ages 9 and younger and includes oven roasted turkey breast, sugar cured ham, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cornbread muffins, cranberry relish and much more including plenty of Gulfstream favorites. Reservations recommended.

Hard Rock Café
1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 946-0007
Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach will serve a Rockin' Thanksgiving feast from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Treat yourself to chef carved oven roasted turkey with traditional turkey gravy, cornbread stuffing, fresh rolls and more. The price is $27.95/adult and $11.95/child ages 4 to 10 and includes a soft drink or iced tea. Call for reservation.

House of Blues
4640 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 913-3746
Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with live music! The buffet will feature hand carved roasted turkey with turkey gravy, slow roasted top round of beef au jus, Jambalaya, cornbread stuffing, desserts and lots more. The cost is $34/adult and $16/child ages 4 to 10. $1 from every meal is donated to a local shelter home for children – Sea Haven Youth Home.

Dining out for Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach

Simply Southern Smokehouse
1913 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 839-1913
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Menu includes fried turkey, smoked turkey and stuffing, ham casseroles and other traditional sides including dessert for just $15.99 per adult, $8.99 children, including a beverage.

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse
2461 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach
Phone (843) 839-7427
Opening at 11 a.m. with a Thanksgiving Day buffet. Dine in or order to-go. No reservation required.

All of us at Beachcomber Vacations wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!


Things You Should Know About Hurricanes





When it comes to Hurricanes you really can’t know too much. With social media being front and center these days it’s easy to get wrong information. Hurricane season lasts from May 1st through November 30. At the time of this writing Hurricane Irma is approaching Florida and is threatening to come up the coast, passing along coastal SC.

You need to trust your source when it comes to important subjects like approaching hurricanes. Following are some links to reliable sites that are full of information you should know about Hurricanes in SC.

SC Hurricane Guide:
http://www.scemd.org/component/content/article/26-guides-and-brochures/142-south-carolina-hurricane-guide

Horry County Emergency Management:
http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement.aspx

Travel information from SCDOT:
http://www.511sc.org/

Emergency Shelters:
http://scemd.org/shelters-rss

Know Your Zone for Evacuation:
http://www.scemd.org/knowyourzone

How to Protect Your Home
http://doi.sc.gov/documentcenter/view/7466

Citizens with Functional Needs:
http://www.scemd.org/planandprepare/preparedness/functional-needs

Emergency Planning for Pets:
http://www.scemd.org/planandprepare/preparedness/preparefor

Red Cross:
http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies

Where to Report Yourself as Safe and Well:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Any questions about your vacation stay with Beachcomber Vacations can be addressed by calling us at 1-800-334-3798. Please stay safe and watch out for your neighbors during this difficult time.

 


Top 10 End of Summer Attractions You Can't Miss





With summer winding down and the return to school inevitable it’s not too late to squeeze in the best summer attractions the area has to offer before the summer season ends. If you’re waiting for cooler weather we have one word for you – don’t. Many of these places will close on Labor Day so you’ll need to go now to take advantage of the top 10 end of summer attractions you just can’t miss!

Wild Water & Wheels
Address: 910 US-17 BUS, Surfside Beach, SC
Hours: 10AM–6PM
Phone: (843) 238-3787
Website: http://www.wild-water.com/
A very popular outdoor, summertime water park with soaring slides, pools & a winding go-kart racetrack.

Radical Ropes Adventure Park
Address: 301 19th Ave S, Myrtle Beach, SC
Hours: 10 AM-7PM
Phone: (843) 723-4225
Website: http://www.radicalropes.com/
Aerial adventure park in a 5-acre forest, with a treetop obstacle course, zip-lines & climbing wall.

Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures
Address: 321 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC
Hours: 10 AM-12 AM
Phone: (843) 839-1661
Website: http://www.mbziplines.com/
Adrenaline-focused zip line park with 600-ft.-long lines offering 40-mph rides and some free falling.

Island Adventure Watersports
Address: 5843 Dick Pond Rd, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 8 AM-6:30 PM
Phone: (843) 650-7003
Website: https://www.islandadventurewatersports.com/
Water sports equipment rental service offering jet skis, boats, kayaking, and stand up paddle boards in Socastee, South Carolina.

Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour
Address: 4123-B US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet
Hours: 7 AM-7 PM
Phone: (843) 651-3676
Website: http://bluewaveadventures.com/
Come on a tour and learn all about wild dolphins in their natural habitat.

Gator Bait Adventure Tours
Address: 3650 Forestbrook Rd, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 7 AM-7 PM
Phone: (843) 503-3276
Website: http://www.gatorbaitkayakadventures.com/index.html
Canoe & kayak tour agency in Horry County, South Carolina

Captain Hooks Adventure Golf
Address:2205 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 9 AM-11:30 PM
Phone: (843) 913-7851
Website: http://myrtlebeachfamilygolf.com/
A pair of 18-hole mini-golf courses incorporate Peter Pan characters from pirates to Tinkerbell.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Address: 300 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 4 PM-12 AM
Phone: (843) 626-3447
Website: https://www.familykingdomfun.com/
Offering more than 37 rides for adults and children of all ages, including thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides and go karts. Free admission.

Splashes Waterpark
Address: South 29577, 300 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 4 PM-12 AM
Phone: (843) 626-3447
Website: https://www.familykingdomfun.com/water-park/
Oceanfront waterpark located at Family Kingdom. Speed slides, water flumes, intermediate speed slides, children’s areas, and a lazy river.

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel
Address: 1110 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 11 AM-12 AM
Phone: (843) 839-9200
Website: http://skywheel.com/
Riders take in coastline views from air-conditioned gondolas on this wheel that lights up nightly.


Try Your Luck at Crabbing





Many people have gone fishing or at least know what it’s all about but have you ever gone crabbing in South Carolina? It’s pretty much just what you’d expect – the art of catching crabs on a line. If you’ve never gone crabbing you should give it a try!

Every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. you can test your luck from the fishing pier in Myrtle Beach State Park on 4401 S. Kings Hwy, as we try to catch an assortment of crabs, fish and other sea creatures. This opportunity is held weekly through August 22, 2017.

 

Traps are a limited number and available on a first come, first served basis starting at 9:20 a.m. The cost is $5 cash per trap. You should bring raw chicken or raw fish to use as bait or you can purchase bait at the pier.

 

This is a catch and release program so that we conserve our resources for the future but it will give you the thrill of catching and handling the sea life that you capture.