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Tips and Advice for Selecting a Beachfront Vacation Rental

Are you planning to rent a fabulous beachfront home for your family’s summer vacation in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Whether you’re choosing a vacation rental in the mountains, lakeside, or by the ocean, it can be an exciting and difficult decision. The demand for oceanfront rental property has skyrocketed in recent years, making the decision even more challenging. When you’re looking for a beachfront or nearby rental home or condo, there are many things to consider before opening your wallet and committing your vacation funds.

Features and Amenities
You’ll find many different rental properties from which to choose, each with a variety of features and amenities. It is important to thoroughly research each potential rental home. Make a list of features that your family considers absolutely necessary for a fun vacation. Depending on your family’s interests, some features to consider include: a fully equipped kitchen, swimming pool, hot tub, lazy river, game room, big screen and/or multiple TVs, DVD players, WIFI, and view.

Photos – Inside & Out
An abundance of photos of your potential vacation home should be available and are essential for making a good decision. When there are very few or even zero photos of a property, it’s like trying to decide while wearing a blindfold. Good photos can help prevent unpleasant surprises upon arrival at the rental home you have selected. After you’ve narrowed your decision, be sure to ask about other important items such as cleaning fees, upfront deposits, pet policies, and any limitations or restrictions that the owner or agent might have.

Location, Location, Location
Another key question to ask… “Exactly where is this rental home in regards to the beach?” Some vacation rental companies will stretch the truth about how far away from the beach their property actually is. Proximity to the beach, restaurants, shopping, and area attractions could be very helpful in deciding on your vacation headquarters. If the owner or agent seems uninterested in answering your questions, it is probably best to look for other vacation rental options. A good, trustworthy property owner or agent will be happy to answer any additional questions that you have.

He Said… She Said
Look for online reviews and comments that can give you an idea of experiences of others with the rental company you’re considering. List the negative and the positive aspects of the vacation rentals you’ve chosen. This will help you decide wisely when it’s time to reserve your dream vacation home.

Vacation Specials
Once you are satisfied with your choice, check for any applicable vacation specials and/or deals. In this economy, there are often specials available to entice potential guests with discounted rates or attractive “perks” such as tickets or coupons for shows, amusements, golf or other activities.

Timing... Now or Later?
“Should I reserve early or wait for a vacation sale?” It all depends on what’s important to you. Keep in mind that the better, more popular vacation rentals are taken the quickest. To make sure you get the home or condo in the right location with all the bedrooms and features you desire, it’s nearly always best to reserve early. If budget is the top priority and you’ll be satisfied with your second or third tier choices, then waiting for a price drop might be right for you.

You’ll find that doing as much research as possible before booking will help you get a beach vacation rental home with all the features that you want, all the space you need, and at a rate you can afford. With proper planning, your vacation rental home will more likely meet or even exceed your expectations!

Whenever you are ready, the best place to start searching for your great beach vacation rental is our website. You’ll find plenty of choices, plenty of photos, and excellent rates. Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations always makes easy on you and your budget.

Pirate's Voyage... Myrtle Beach's Newest Attraction

It's Buccaneers instead of Belles at Pirates Voyage.

Have you heard the latest? The spirit of the infamous pirate Blackbeard is returning to the Carolina coast! After a successful run of 19 seasons, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede has undergone an amazing $11 Million transformation to become the newest Myrtle Beach attraction - Pirates Voyage. The booming summer vacation season will just be getting underway as this spectacular show changes its theme from plantations and southern belles to pirate's treasure and sword fights. The grand opening is set for June 3rd.

For those who are not too savvy on pirate history, Edward Teach - better known as Blackbeard - was one of the most notorious pirates and he roamed the Carolina coast from 1716 through 1718. A shrewd villian, he avoided the use of force when possible and relied on his fearsome image instead.

Why is he special to South Carolina? In May of 1718, Blackbeard's ships and crews blockaded the port of Charleston, stopping and looting all vessels entering or leaving. He continued the blockade and thievery for nearly a week in Charleston before sailing north to Topsail Island in North Carolina - passing just off the coast of what is now Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand.

The last ship he captured, Queen Anne's Revenge, was a short-lived prize for Mr. Teach as it became grounded on the shoals of Beaufort Inlet. It was a tremendous loss to Blackbeard of both ship and captured goods. Only six months later, his voyages were ended and he and his crew were no more.

The new Pirates Voyage will give you a glimpse into the pirate life and Blackbeard's roaming of the Carolina waters. The venue that was once the stomping grounds of show horses is now a 15-foot deep lagoon where ships will unfurl crimson and sapphire sails as they battle for treasure and booty. You'll have grand seats where you can spy all of the action as you are served a five-course Pirate's Feast with your choice of "Half O' Roasted Clacker" (chicken) or "Crispy Fried Shrimp" and the buccaneer's favorite dessert, "Apple O' Me Eye Pie".

So, grab your pirate hat and eye patch and set sail for Pirates Voyage. For tickets, call 1-800-433-4401 or visit them on the web at Go to Facebook, "Like" their page, and enter their drawing for a chance to win tickets and meet Dolly!

Be ye pirate, swashbuckler, sailor or landlubber, Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has the perfect vacation rental home, villa or condo for you and your crew. Book it online anytime or call and let us reserve one for you today.

A Magic Carpet Ride in Myrtle Beach

Many New Exciting Things to See and Do in Myrtle Beach

Have you ever thought of taking an air-conditioned ride 200 feet in the air? After you've experienced Myrtle Beach's newest attraction, The SkyWheel, you'll be able to say you've taken a "Southern Magic Carpet Ride." It's truly amazing! The SkyWheel will give you a full panoramic view of our fantastic oceanside city while you enjoy a comfortable ride with your family and friends.

You'll spend your orbits in one of 42 climate-controlled, enclosed gondolas - manufactured in Switzerland with safety and comfort in mind. At its apex, you'll be 200 feet above sea level and able to see up to 25 miles of ocean, beaches and surroundings. You can watch the people walking and having fun on our bustling Ocean Boulevard, on the beach, and even see one of Myrtle Beach's favorite destinations - Broadway at the Beach.

It's even more spectacular at nght! While riding a gondola after dark, you'll experience an awesome LED light show while you view the city's glittering nightlife. Each spacious gondola has room for up to six passengers and is like riding in your own private sky carriage.

Just imagine taking a break from your day of fun on the beach, relaxing in one of these cool SkyWheel gondolas and seeing so many wonderful sights. After your ride, visit the Landshark Bar & Grill located right beside the SkyWheel. Enjoy a frosty beverage and a burger, stroll the Boardwalk and check out all the other fun attractions that you saw while on the Wheel.

Defy gravity on The Slingshot right across the street from the SkyWheel. Enjoy a spooky time at Ripley's Haunted Adventure or be totally amazed at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Nearby you'll find lots of beachwear shops, arcades and more... plenty of places to find that perfect souvenir for a fantastic day or night at the beach.

More information about the SkyWheel

The Grand Opening is set for May 20th with a ribbon-cutting at 9:30 that morning. The ride averages a long 8 to 12 minutes and is very reasonably priced - $12 per rider and only $8 for kids 3 to 11, military or seniors 55 or older. Children two and younger ride free. The SkyWheel also offers a VIP Gondola for a higher rate that bypasses the line to put you in the first available gondola, gives you a double ride, a VIP lanyard, and VIP escort to and from the gondola.

This attraction will operate seasonally and plans special events for Father's Day, Independence Day, New Year's, and more. It is located at Myrtle Beach's Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade. For more information, call (843) 839-9200 or visit them online at

Plan to take your family on a Southern Magic Carpet Ride this summer on the amazing SkyWheel. For a fantastic deal on top-notch accommodations, check out our Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacation Specials.