Pet Safety and Pet-Friendly Vacations

Top Tips for Pet Safety and Etiquette While on Vacation

All right! It's time for the family trip and Rover is coming along. For a fun and relaxing vacation, make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure your pet's safety on this adventure.

Make sure your vacation rental is pet-friendly.

The first important element is to make sure your rental accommodation permits pets. A
variety of condos, houses and hotels will allow pets, usually for a nominal fee and with some restrictions. Other vacation rentals may have strict policies prohibiting pets in or on their property. Appropriate arrangements should be made and confirmed prior to arriving for your vacation. For those of you who wish to travel with your canine companion, Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has a selection of pet-friendly accommodations from which to choose.

Keep your pe
ts hydrated.
It's easy to get overheated on a hot, summer day. A water bowl secured somewhere in your car and a few bottles of water will make traveling with your dog easier and safer. A resourceful suggestion... Keep a Frisbee in the car. It's excellent for playtime with your pup and can also be used as a water dish.

Exercise your pets early mornings or evenings.
Summer days can be very hot, especially from late morning to mid-afternoon. Take advantage of the more pleasant times of the day to exercise your pet. Outdoor walks are best in the early morning before it gets too hot or in the evenings when it's cooled down. Keep your pet and yourself safe and in tip-top condition.

Remember to take a leash.
When on vacation, it is important to control your pet, especially in a public environment. Whether at a local park or a public beach, it is an absolute must that you have charge of your pet. We also suggest bringing an extra leash in case you misplace or break one.

Keep pets properly secured when traveling.
The bed of a truck is never a safe place for any pet. There are special seat restraints and carriers available for your convenience and your pet's safety when you travel. Using them helps prevent pets from distracting the driver and away from controls, pedals and open windows. This will make the journey less stressful and safer for you, your family and your pet.

Obey local pet-related laws.
Municipalities each have their own rules and regulations regarding pets in public areas. Leashes are often required and pets may be permitted on the beach only during certain times of the day or in specific areas. When you take your pet outdoors, remember to carry a scoop and several plastic bags. Always pick up after your pets and remove any pet waste. BE RESPONSIBLE.

Be considerate of others.
When you take your pet along on your vacation, it is very important that you do not infringe on the rights of others. Dogs will bark... occasionally. Allowing continued barking or baying is unacceptable. By law, other families are entitled to "quiet enjoyment" of their vacation rental and time.

TripAdvisor Rates Myrtle Beach in TOP TEN

TripAdvisor Rates the Myrtle Beach High in Top Ten Family-Friendly Destinations

Highly regarded travel website TripAdvisor has ranked Myrtle Beach among the Top Ten vacation destinations for amusement parks and boardwalks as part of their 2011 Travelers’ Choice Family Awards. The TripAdvisor list of US destinations ranks Myrtle Beach #6 with praise for having abundant family-friendly amusement parks, water parks, and golf – in addition to excellent beaches.

TripAdvisor ranked Myrtle Beach as the best beach destination in the country in May of last year as part of its 2010 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards. These prestigious awards are based on reviews posted on the website by users and travelers.

The complete 2011 Top Ten rankings include:

  1. Anaheim, California.
  2. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
  3. Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Sandusky, Ohio
  6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  7. Hershey, Pennsylvania
  8. Ocean City, Maryland
  9. Carlsbad, California
  10. Panama City Beach, Florida

Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand stretches from Pawley's Island to the Cherry Grove Inlet in North Myrtle Beach, encompassing 60 miles of gently sloping beaches, salt marshes and inlets. A popular family vacation destination for over half a century, the Myrtle Beach area offers accommodations that range from luxurious villas to classic beach cottages... something to fit nearly all budgets.

From the scream-worthy Swamp Fox, a wood-frame roller coaster, to dozens of thrilling water slides… the Grand Strand has it all! Hot choices for family fun include Family Kingdom Amusement & Water Park, the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, NASCAR SpeedPark, Myrtle Waves Water Park and Wild Water & Wheels. The Ripley family of attractions has a strong presence at the beach, providing exciting family outings at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the Haunted Adventure, Marvelous Mirror Maze, Moving Theatre, and the very popular and educational Ripley’s Aquarium.

And speaking of the "E" word... Education can be FUN! Family and kid-friendly attractions abound at the beach. Take the kids to the Children's Museum South Carolina where they can play & learn. Everyone young and old will find a visit to Brookgreen Gardens and Castle Atalaya a pleasant day trip. Looking for an Eco-tour? Try a trek to T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, a fifty-acre preserve that's home to tigers, apes, falcons, Bubbles the African elephant, and more. Check out the stars, laser & music shows, at state-of-the-art Ingram Planetarium.

New area attractions for 2011 are guaranteed to provide even more excitement and fun for the whole family. WonderWorks – an amusement park for the mind – will amaze visitors with interactive exhibits such as landing a space shuttle, piloting a fighter jet, and experiencing a 360 degree virtual roller coaster. Adrenaline Pumping Adventures at WonderWorks will feature outdoor adventures including a thousand foot ZipLine and a pirate-themed, forty-foot high Ropes Course.

Sports fans will have a blast catching a baseball game and rooting for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Texas Rangers class “A” team at BB&T Coastal Field, a first-rate facility right in the heart of the beach. Spring and summer baseball camps at the Ripken Experience are great choices for future All-Stars to hone their skills “the Ripken way”.

If your family hasn’t experienced the awesome fun of the Myrtle Beach area, give it a try. It’s a great place to make incredible vacation memories. Where you stay can be as important as where you play. For the tops in comfort and value, choose one of the spacious beach houses or oceanfront luxury condominiums offered by Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations. Selections range from one to EIGHT bedrooms, are oceanfront and nearby, and have features such as pools, hot tubs and lazy rivers. You’re certain to find one that’s perfect for your family’s beach vacation headquarters. Book online anytime or call and reserve yours today!