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!

Best of Myrtle Beach (March 2011)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun for March

It may still be winter up north but it's definitely Spring at the Beach! With another weekend forecast of sunshine and temps reaching the 70s, I'm extremely happy that I live in North Myrtle Beach. I've only shoveled snow once... during a winter visit to a Connecticut friend, and once was enough. The only shoveling in my future will be prepping the ground for this year's vegetable garden or building a sand castle on the beach.

If you're tired of sucky weather (a technical term), give us a call and we'll make you a great deal on a beach getaway this spring for a couple of days, a week, or more. We have a dynamite special going on now to stretch your weekend with FREE SUNDAYS - just book Friday & Saturday and we'll give you the 3rd day FREE.

Pack a bag and head to North Myrtle Beach for some early spring fun. Some of our suggestions are:

Pushing the Limits, Volume 3 - Share an intimate evening March 3rd with Flecktones' bassist extraordinaire Victor Wooten and artist-in-residence Steve Bailey in Coastal Carolina University's Edwards Hall. Victor is a multiple Grammy Award winner and Bailey has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Jethro Tull and more. Music from their trend-setting Bass Extremes project and recent solo releases will highlight the show.

Randall Bramblett Band in Concert - One night only, March 5th, at the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Join us in this casual, intimate venue for an evening of outstanding jazz, blues and rock & roll. Randall has played with Traffic, Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, and more. It's a South by Southeast Music Feast so pot-luck dinner and beverages are included with admission. A full house is anticipated and advance reservations are strongly suggested.

Dick's Last Resort Annual Mardi Gras Parade - Kicking off at 5pm, March 8th at Barefoot Landing with parties, costumes, beads, candy, music and more. A family-friendly event.

50th Annual Canadian-American Days Festival - March 12th - 20th as we celebrate and welcome our friends from Canada with parades, golf tournaments, concerts and more. Family-friendly events.

23rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival - Be sure to wear something green as you join us on North Myrtle Beach's Main Street, Saturday, March 12th for a fun parade with over 100 floats and entries - marching bands, clowns, cycles and beauty queens. Two stages with music and entertainment, a great kids' zone with fun for the "wee ones" and a street fest with dozens of vendors and artisans. A FREE family and kid-friendly event.

64th Annual Plantation Tours - Tour pre-revolutionary and antebellum churches and plantations in Georgetown County March 25th & 26th. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to the Winyah Indigo Society Hall for tea each afternoon. Daily tickets are limited and advance reservations are highly recommended.

Myrtle Beach Golf Packages with FREE Golf

Spring Golf Vacation Deals from Century 21 Thomas

You'll find perks galore with many of the custom golf vacation packages from the Golf Masters of Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations... and the customer service can't be beat!

Our golf director is a founding member of the Grand Strand Golf Directors' Association and has all the experience and contacts to make your group's golf vacation the best ever. Wren, along with assistant golf directors Jim and Candace, are here to handle all the details so you can concentrate on having a great time on the course and at the beach.

"One of the most popular golf deals we have this year is our Ultimate Glens Package," said Jim. "With this special, we'll book a package with three paid rounds - Heather Glen, Shaftesbury Glen and Glen Dornoch - and you'll get FIVE more rounds FREE! That's an amazing amount of golf with serious savings."

Wren added, "Another favorite is our Myrtle Beach National Six-Pack Plus. Golfers get to play such hot courses as TPC Myrtle Beach, Kings North by Arnold Palmer, Long Bay and Pawley's Plantation by Nicklaus, and Gary Player's Blackmoor. You'll get six great rounds of golf at discounted rates and a FREE 7th round as a bonus."

Candace had a couple of choices to share, too. "The perks for our specials at Sea Trail and at the Legends even include meals. Our Legends 4-Pack not only includes a free 5th round but you get free breakfast, lunch and two drafts each day of play. Our Sea Trail Triple Play treats to a free lunches on the turn AND free afternoon replays. Talking about a deal!"

"Don't forget about the B&C MultiPlays," reminded Jim. "The guys get to play Grande Dunes, Tidewater, Prestwick, and the Granddaddy - Pine Lakes. Those are some top-shelf links... country club service and at really good rates."

Let the Golf Masters at Century 21 Thomas take your golf vacation to the next level in one of our spacious homes or villas - up to EIGHT bedrooms - and perf
ect for multiple foursomes. Have fun after golf, too. Many of our homes have game rooms with pool tables, foosball and air hockey. Most have wide screen TVs where you can all gather and watch the big game.

Call or Email our Golf Masters today... it might even lower your score.

WonderWorks - Excitement and Fun in Myrtle Beach

2011... More Fun at the Beach than ever!

WonderWorks - Opening Spring 2011 in Broadway at the Beach, this 50,000 square foot "amusement park for the mind" has an eye-catching exterior. It appears that it's Upside Down!

Filled with over hundred hands-on exhibits, it will allow visitors to maneuver the controls to land a NASA space shuttle, pilot a fighter jet, ride a 360-degree virtual roller coaster, experience 74 mph hurricane-force winds, and much more.

Soar... at WonderWorks' adrenaline-pumping, outdoor adventures. Already open, the ZipLine will let you glide safely on a soaring flight 1,000 feet from tower to tower and 50 feet above Lake Broadway. This fun attraction's dual-line course uses an ultra-safe, constant tension system to give you a super smooth Zip loaded with thrills.

And Explore... on their tri-level Ropes Course. Designed with a fun pirate theme, it has over thirty exhilarating challenges to navigate. Stretching to a height forty feet, this family-friendly attraction was assembled using more than 3,000 various ropes and cables.

Be sure to check out WonderWorks with its indoor and outdoor adventures when you visit North Myrtle Beach this year!

Call Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations for the best deals on summer family vacation rental homes, villas and condos or for super savings on spring and fall weekend getaways.

SOS Mid-Winter Beach Fun & More This Weekend

Welcome Shaggers for Hot Weekend Fun at the Beach

And it’s already started with the SOS Mid-Winter Break as hundreds of shag enthusiasts arrive in North Myrtle Beach ready to party and dance to the sounds of their favorite beach music bands. If you don't have reservations yet, Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has a super selection of vacation homes and condos at amazingly affordable prices. Visit us online or call for details and reservations.

Some of the events and entertainment planned for the weekend include:

  • Mid-Winter Fun at Fat Harold’s on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach with Sea Cruz on Saturday, the Castaways on Sunday, and DJ’s spinning your favorite beach music platters daily from noon ‘til closing.
  • Mid-Winter Band Festival at 2001 Entertainment Complex with multiple Carolina Beach Music Awards (Cammys) Acts featured this weekend. Dance to the sounds of the Craig Woolard Band tonight and Mark Roberts & Breeze tomorrow (Saturday) night in the Next Level club.
  • Rock & Roll and Blues at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, Saturday January 15, where power trio, Johnny Mac & the Booty Ranch, will heat it up for the first South by Southeast Music Feast of 2011. This intimate non-smoking, listening venue is limited to less than 200 music fans so come early. Admission includes concert, pot-luck dinner and beverages. See details online at
  • “Restaurant Week” in Myrtle Beach, January 14-22. From casual to fine dining, participating restaurants will feature special menu items, promotions and discounts. Sample new restaurants or enjoy old favorites with a variety of delectable dishes prepared by chefs – all at amazingly affordable prices. See participating restaurant menus and more info online at
  • “Dyn-O-Mite” Laughs at the Comedy Cabana, January 14-16. Come out to the Cabana for this special appearance by Jimmie “JJ” “Walker. Time Magazine’s “Comedian of the Decade” in the 70s and star of popular television sitcom “Good Times”, Jimmie has been entertaining us for five decades. His clean humor makes him popular with audiences young & old.

Move over 2010... 2011 is coming fast!

December and January Fun in North Myrtle Beach!

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope you've had a wonderful 2010. Thank you for visiting North Myrtle Beach this past year and for choosing Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations to provide your vacation accommodations, golf packages, and more. We hope your beach vacations were wonderful & memorable and that we were able to help make them as much fun as possible. We look forward to seeing you all in the coming year.

It looks like lots of cold weather with an abundance of snow and ice for much of the country this winter. With our daytime highs averaging 59 now through February, it's no wonder more & more couples are spending their winters here at the beach. Forget the snow shovel... grab your golf clubs, pack your bags and come to North Myrtle Beach. Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations still has several excellent oceanfront condos and homes available at amazingly affordable monthly rates now through March. Give us a call and we'll be happy to reserve the perfect place for your winter escape.

You'll find plenty to do while you're here this winter, too! Fantastic dining, non-stop shopping, inexpensive championship golf, and world-class entertainment... and MILD winter weather!

Some fun events suggested by our reservations team include:
  • The Chairmen of the Board - "Remembering General Johnson"... at the House of Blues, December 30th
  • New Year's Eve concert with Corey Smith and American Aquarium... at the House of Blues, December 31st
  • At the Place Theatre, now through December... The Magical Spirit of Ireland, Christmas on Ice, and "Nuncrackers" - a Nunsense Christmas Musical to make your holiday hilarious and bright
  • A South by Southeast Music Feast & Concert with the Reverend Doctor Johnny Mac and the Booty Ranch... at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, January 15th
  • Jimmy "JJ" Walker making everybody laugh... at the Comedy Cabana, January 14th - 16th
  • The SOS Mid-Winter Break, January 13th - 17th... time to get out your shaggin' shoes and head to North Myrtle Beach. All your favorite SOS clubs will be open and the DJs will be spinning the best beach music around.
See you at the Beach!