Sunday, September 21, 2008

Snowbird FAQ

Shoveling snow, maneuvering icy roads, paying high heating bills? Escape the dreads of winter and come live at the beach with Southern Coast Vacations. While your neighbors are bundled up in 3 layers of clothing, you can be strolling down the beach or sitting on your oceanfront balcony with a good book in hand.
For our repeat snowbirds, thank you for staying with us and feel free to call us anytime to book your stay again for next year. For the “rookie” snowbirds who are looking at wintering with us for your first time, ask yourself what are you looking for in a winter rental? Internet access, laundry facility, pets allowed? We offer all of this and more. Please read over the following commonly asked questions to assist you in your winter getaway. If you find that your question has not been addressed, please feel free to contact us.

Where are your properties at?
We have properties from as far north as Cherry Grove to the far south as Garden City. We have oceanfront condos, condos on golf courses, and townhomes and houses that are just a short walk to the beach.

Do I have to pay all of my rent up front?
If you are staying for one month, you will pay your rent, taxes, and fees upon booking. If you are staying for multiple months, you will pay your first months rent and fees upon booking. You will then pay your monthly rent prior to the first of each month.

What are the benefits of staying for multiple months?
Many of our homeowners offer a discount if you stay for multiple months. If you stay 90+ days you do not have to pay sales tax on your rent.

What additional fees are there?
We charge a one time departure cleaning/linen fee/reservation fee. The charge varies depending on the property.

What linens are included?
We provide fresh sheets for each bed and towels. Kitchen towels are included but not dish clothes.

Do you have internet ?
Many of our properties are equipped with internet service. Please let our vacation specialists know if you will need internet service so that they can reserve the appropriate property for you.

Will I have phone service?
Many homeowners do provide local phone service for their guests. Long distance phone calls are not available from local property lines. If it is need our staff can ask the homeowner for any special requests.

Do you allow pets?
We have several dog friendly properties that are just a short walk to the beach. None of our oceanfront properties allow pets.

Where will I get my mail?
As our properties are all individually owned, we recommend that you rent a mailbox from the post office while you are here.

Is cookware provided?
The homeowners provide basic cookware for your stay. Dinnerware and silverware are also provided. Some units include wine glasses and extra cooking utensils but if there is something special you require, please bring it with you or ask our staff if it can be arranged.

Extras you may want to bring with you
· Extra blankets
· Iron-not all units provide them
· Beach towels
· Trash Bags
· Mixing Bowls/Serving Bowls
· Baking Dishes
· Colander
· Cleaning Supplies

Surf Fishing!

Today I went surf fishing with my father and brother. We got up early and grabbed some coffee and spent the morning on the beach. Here is a photo I took with my phone. It was a little overcast early but the temperature got up to the mid 80's, and it turned out to be a beautiful day.

We caught about 2 dozen fish, mostly blues but we pulled in a flounder, a spot tail, and a couple other species I could not name.

This is just another reason to come join us for your winter vacation!

It was a great experience, and I recommend when you come to this area you bring your fishing poles. Let me know if your heading out and I may join you!

Information for your pet!

Dear Fido,

Welcome to Myrtle Beach, SC where you can frolic on the beach, visit a dog park and shop at pet friendly complexes. We at Southern Coast Vacations have multiple pet friendly properties that are just a short walk to the beach for you and your family to stay at. When traveling, it is always smart to have the rules of the beach and the phone numbers for local animal hospitals. Please let us know if you need any other information.
Enjoy your stay!
The staff of Southern Coast Vacations

This information is for your parents!

Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on some beaches with restrictions during the summer. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or Ocean Boulevard from 13th Ave South to 21st Ave North in Myrtle Beach during any time of the year.

Here are a couple local pet hospitals in case of emergencies or meds.

Grand Strand Animal Hospital
3007 Church St.
Myrtle Beach

Animal Hospital
2501 Hwy. 17 S
North Myrtle Beach

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hospital and Medical Information

Dear Snowbird,
Walks on the beach, winery tours, shopping, and nights of eating out are just a few of the many things I am sure you have on your schedule for your winter stay at the beach. But you also are probably wondering, “What if I get a toothache?” or “Where is the closest hospital?”. Below is a list of just a few of our medical facilities that you can print out and bring with you for your winter stay. You can also feel free to call me at any time during your stay for information on the more enjoyable appointments in life, such as hair salons, day spas, golfing, and sightseeing trips in the area.
Enjoy your stay with Southern Coast Vacations,
Southern Coast Vacations

Conway Hospital
300 Singleton Ridge Road
Conway, SC

Seacoast Medical Center
4000 Highway 9 East
Little River, Sc

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center
809 82nd Parkway
Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach Dental Associates
8151 Rourk Street 82nd Parkway
Myrtle Beach, SC

Carolina Family Dental
1240 Hwy. 17 S.
North Myrtle Beach, Sc

Save Money on Winter Rentals!

Did you know that if you stay in Myrtle Beach for 3 months or longer you can save 12% off your stay? If you are staying longer than 90 days you can avoid sales tax and get a 12% discount.

Remember you need to commit to at least 3 months. You can pay for your say a month at a time and still get your discount but you need to make sure you let your management company know your length of stay.

If you have any questions or would like to view some of our properties please contact our office! We would love to have you spend your winter with us.

Southern Coast Vacations

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Snowbird Greeting!

This is a letter we supply to all snowbirds and winter rentals when they arrive. Just wanted to share it with you.

Welcome to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I would like to take a moment and thank you for staying with Southern Coast Vacations and for giving us the opportunity to help make your winter vacation a memorable experience!

You are staying in a privately owned property that the homeowner has personally furnished. It should be equipped with everything that you need for your winter stay with us. If you find that you need any additional items, please contact me, and I will do my best to accommodate your requests.
Myrtle Beach is home to fabulous shows, tantalizing restaurants, and unique attractions, all of which will add to your stay. I will be more than happy to make any recommendations to you.
Once again, thank you for choosing Southern Coast Vacations and please do not hesitate to call or stop in to see me.

Have a Wonderful Stay!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Winter Rentals in Myrtle Beach

This site will be dedicated to helping Snowbirds find the best property for thier winter rental.

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