7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Myrtle Beach After the Summer Ends

Myrtle Beach – known for its spacious beaches, lively family attractions, delicious restaurants, and countless golf courses – will be closing shortly.  With the summer season ending and children going back to school, what is the point in visiting this popular summer vacation spot anyways? Will not everything be shutting down?

In response to the statement above that Myrtle Beach will be closing shortly, it is completely false! The area is no doubt less populated with visitors compared to June, July, and August months. Fortunately, many attractions and restaurants will remain open in the fall and winter months. So why should you visit Myrtle Beach anytime other than in the summer months? Here are 7 reasons why!


1.       Many Myrtle Beach attractions will remain OPEN!

Myrtle Beach is known for its wide variety of attractions and entertainment fit for any age.  While hours may vary at the different locations, many of the popular spots such as Broadway at the Beach and the Myrtle Beach Boulevard & Boardwalk will remain open! Ripley’s Aquarium, Wonderworks, and the Hollywood Wax Museum are a few ideas we encourage you to add to your vacation bucket list as well. 


2.       There are fantastic festivals and events coming up in Myrtle Beach during the fall and winter seasons.

In September there will be the 18th Annual Mustang Week and Aynor Harvest Hoedown. October will be nothing short of fun with the popular Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally and Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest being held at The Market Common! And that’s not all – in November there will be the 50th Annual South Carolina Bluegrass Festival and Dickens Christmas Show. For a complete list of upcoming events, be sure to check out Palmetto Vacation Rentals “Calendar of Events” page under Area Guide.


3.       Less crowds equals less chaos.


How awesome would it be to skip the lines and long wait times?  With less people rushing onto the beach, dining at your favorite restaurant, or driving around the Myrtle Beach area, you will have a lot more space and time to enjoy the things that you love! Let’s face it – sometimes crowds can be pretty overwhelming – especially on vacation. 


4.       Outstanding rates and available rentals being offered!

In the fall and winter months here in Myrtle Beach, you will find that rates at any condo vacation rental company are much lower compared to the summer season. Why not take advantage of the great deals being offered during the “off-season?” We here at Palmetto have a ton of fantastic deals to extend to you during these upcoming months. 


5.       Fall weather (and winter too) in Myrtle Beach is prime.

Compared to the summer months with temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with added in afternoon showers, fall at the beach is perfect. Temperatures range between 62 to 75 during the fall season. In the wintertime, the average is around 57 to 61 degrees. This weather is great for walking on the beach or exploring the many festivals being held! Beat the humidity and soak in the Myrtle Beach rays during our off-season prime weather months. 


6.       You can escape to the beach for more than a week!

To anyone looking to flee from the winter cold, Myrtle Beach is a great spot for all our snowbirds. We offer several long-term rentals ranging from one month to a year at a discounted rate! Think about waking up every morning to the Myrtle Beach sands and relaxing in your spacious home away from home rental.


7.       Myrtle Beach is very easy to get to.

Many visitors dread the journey it takes to get to their vacation destination. Compared to spots such as Orlando, New York City, and Los Angeles – Myrtle Beach is an easy and convenient location to drive and fly into. The Myrtle Beach International Airport offers travelers incredible deals during the fall and winter months! Skip the crowds and traffic during the summer and head on down to the beach.


Ready to come vacation in Myrtle Beach now? We here at Palmetto Vacation Rentals would love to help you! Give us a call at (888) 808-2788 or book directly online for your next getaway.  The Myrtle Beach sands are calling. We will see you soon!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa! 

Friday Finds – Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House

Friday Finds – Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House

“Bringing the best customer service through the freshest ingredients to the full bowl of Spirit – each soul, each person – one at a time”

This past Thursday the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce offered local businesses the unique opportunity to look behind the scenes at Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House. Located on 38th Avenue North, Pho Claire has brought a new flavor to the Grand Strand area through its fresh and healthy Vietnamese styled menu items. After opening the doors this past February, many locals and guests alike are discovering the art and taste of one-of-a-kind pho.

One may wonder what “pho” actually is. According to Sophia, Pho Claire’s owner, many are clueless about this popular Vietnamese noodle broth soup that is currently being consumed all around the world. In fact, many of us even struggle to pronounce “pho” correctly. Pronounced as “fuh,” pho at its rawest form consists of broth (usually beef or chicken), banh pho noodles (flat rice noodles), fresh herbs, and thinly sliced beef or chicken. Pho can also come in vegetarian form as well!  The process to make pho can last anytime between six to twelve hours! On top of tasting delicious, pho is also known for its amazing health benefits.

The idea to start Pho Claire sprang up with Sophia and her husband several years ago after moving to Myrtle Beach from New Jersey ten years. Sophia and her restaurant manager Tony are both originally from Vietnam. Sophia and her husband wanted Myrtle Beach to experience a true and authentic Vietnamese cuisine. With so many various dishes in different parts of Vietnam, Sophia aspired to create a menu that would encompass popular items throughout the land.

Open every day from 11 AM – 10 PM, Pho Claire offers customers a unique dining experience perfect for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Besides pho, Pho Claire offers customizable Vietnamese sandwiches and noodle bowls, healthy salads, flavorful spring rolls + more! In addition to the delicious food menu, there are also Vietnamese inspired bubble teas, Vietnamese coffee, and fresh smoothies.

The behind the scenes tour consisted of a presentation and tasting hosted by Pho Claire. In the presentation, Jason and Alison were able to hear about the history, vision, and details of the delicious Vietnamese noodle house. After the presentation, the tasting began! Vietnamese salad, small Vietnamese “sandwiches,” wonton soup, and watermelon were a part of the delectable experience.

The words spoken from our marketing guru Jason were “I could eat this all day!” In my opinion there were several qualities from the tasting that reminded me of my time a few months ago in Thailand. While Thailand mainly had spicy items, the options from the Vietnamese Noodle House offered guests a more neutral and fresh palate. I found the food to be energizing! Jason and I agreed to Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House being on our top lunch places to visit in the future.

Are you ready to experience a fresh, delicious, and unique dining experience? Pho Claire is the place you need to come take a taste at! They have been open for less than six months and are making serious headway in the Grand Strand area. Whether you are a tourist visiting the area or local looking to expand your taste buds, Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House needs to be added to your restaurant bucket list!


Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House:
Website | Facebook
1201 38th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 AM – 10 PM



Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa! 

Pavilion Amusement Park: A First Hand Experience 2019 | Myrtle Beach

If you enjoy amusement park rides, come on over to the Pavilion Amusement Park located at Broadway at the Beach on your next Myrtle Beach vacation! Yesterday Jason and I decided to head over to the Pavilion Amusement Park to see what all the hype was about at this this popular Myrtle Beach hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Rides such as “The Beast,” “American Swing,” and “The Rocket” intrigued our curious kids at heart personalities!

When we arrived at Broadway at the Beach, we were amazed at the variety of rides being offered to people of all ages. The Pavilion Amusement Park was divided into three different areas at Broadway at the Beach: East Park, Central Park, West Park.

East Park: Are you a fan of classic amusement park rides?

East Park has a fabulous array of original rides from the historic Pavilion and new additional rides. The Pavilion – originally located at the Myrtle Beach Ocean Boulevard officially opened in 1948 and was host to over 40 + popular rides.  After being closed in 2006, several of the popular rides from the historic landmark such as the Famous Carousel and Pirate Ship were transferred to Broadway at the Beach. East Park offers rides for all ages!

Central Park: If you are a thrill seeker, this is the area to come to!

Central Park is the area that Jason and I went to! Located right next to the Broadway at the Beach Guest Services and Tsunami Surf Shop, Central Park is easily spotted through it’s 80 foot tall slide and other exhilarating rides. The ride that we were able to go on was the American Swing. Recently added to the Pavilion Amusement Park, the American Swing is the closest sled ride you will be able to take in our sunny and hot Myrtle Beach. Up to two riders can get into one of the twenty sled cars.


Jason and I decided to take our own cars during this exciting ride to get the full experience. This ride is not for the faint of heart! In less than seconds, Jason and I found ourselves with our hands in the air screaming as we circled around the American Swing in our hanging sleds. We had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the full eight minute experience!

As a side note, the American Swing is one of the lesser adrenaline pumping rides compared to many others in Central Park. If you are looking for a serious thrill ride, my suggestion is to try the Speed XXL! With speeds of over 50 mph and heights reaching up to 130 feet with rotating seats. This ride will have you bouncing out of your seat – literally.

West Park: Calling all the kiddos!

Over at West Park near the popular Myrtle Beach Wonderworks is where you will find the best rides for your little ones. Popular rides such as the Myrtle Turtle kids coaster, Mini Teacups, and Broadway 360 Observation Wheel have become family favorites over the years. The rides being offered at West Park also have less restriction on heights and age!

Photo by WPDE News: Myrtle Beach Observation Wheel

An extra bonus to the Pavilion Amusement Park– during the summer season at Broadway at the Beach, there is a beautiful firework show happening at 10 PM every Tuesday and Friday! Come eat, play, and enjoy all at Broadway at the Beach this summer.

For a detailed list of the park rides, park hours, and pricing click here!

Let us know what you think about the Pavilion Amusement Park! Send in your pictures and get a chance to be featured all over our Palmetto Vacation Rentals social media pages. We hope you have a fantastic Myrtle Beach vacation!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

It’s Raining, Now What? | Myrtle Beach Indoor Activities

Many travelers love coming to Myrtle Beach for the beach and popular outdoor attractions such as the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach! One may wonder though what to do around the area when the summer sun hides behind those stormy gray clouds. Instead of aimlessly walking around your condo rental or watching Netflix reruns the entire day during your getaway – we here at Palmetto have a few fun ideas to enjoy around Myrtle Beach indoors!


The Pirate’s Voyage
Get ready for an intense buccaneer battle with a hearty and delicious pirate feast. Guests will experience the spirit and swashbuckling excitement of the pirates. The Crimson and Sapphire pirates will battle each other on deck, in the water and in the sky above their full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon. Audience members will cheer them on to see who will take the treasure. Must reserve tickets online prior to show*


WonderWorks
Located at Broadway at the Beach, WonderWorks has become the Grand Strands top family fun spots! Feel the rush at the Hurricane Shack, step into a real-life space suit at Space Discovery Zone, challenge yourself in the 3 story high glow-in-the-dark ropes course, and let your imagination soar at the lite-bright design station. There are activities at WonderWorks for all!


Hollywood Wax Museum
Are you a fan of Michael Jackson, Robin Williams, Katy Perry, or Reese Witherspoon? These are just a few of the 100+ famous celebrities featured at Myrtle Beach’s Hollywood Wax Museum! Get ready to be electrified as you come face to face with your favorite people – wax style that is. Make sure to take a lot of photos while there to show off your encounters to everyone back home!


Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater
Instead of watching a movie, why not actually be a part of it? At Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater, you will experience every twist and turn through their 3-D films and motion simulator. Located right on Myrtle Beach’s popular Boulevard & Boardwalk!


810 Billiards & Bowling
“Burgers, Bocce, Beer, and Bowling!” Welcome to 810 Billiards & Bowling – Myrtle Beach’s premier bowling and dining attraction only minutes away from the beach. 20 state of the art lanes, 100+ delicious menu items, daily happy hour specials, and games galore. All the fun, all in one spot – for you and the family!


So what place are you planning to see on your next rainy day?
Be sure to also send Palmetto Vacation Rentals photos from your indoor adventures on the Grand Strand here. You may just be featured on our social media!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Myrtle Beach Favorites | Travelers Edition 2019

Want to hear what travelers love about Myrtle Beach?
Come watch Jason and Alison’s recent adventure to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Boulevard where they were able to ask people just like yourself what they enjoy about South Carolina’s leading vacation destination.

You may discover some fantastic ideas for your next Myrtle Beach vacation!

Call Palmetto Vacation Rentals today at (888) 808-2788 or visit us online to see all that we can offer you for your next getaway to Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach Cupcake Crazy!

Cupcake Glory was on the line!

Do you like cupcakes? Of course! But How much?

This July 4th, 31 brave and determined souls tested their cupcake mettle in the 8th annual Croissants Bistro and Bakery Cupcake Eating Contest. The contest is held each year at the beautiful Grand Dunes Marina in Myrtle Beach, where you can find fun games, vendors, and the entertaining Patriotic Golf Cart Contest.

This year was the first time for your blog heroes, Alison and Jason, and we had a blast! The MC kept everyone involved and the music selection was upbeat and fun! We talked with several contestants and they discussed their strategies for victory. Many said the same technique: “Lots of Water”! Each contestant ponied up $20 for their entry and received a t-shirt and more importantly – their chance for cupcake immortality! Proceeds from the event went to Backpack Buddies and Help4Kids.

Right as the opening horn sounded, the focused contestants began stuffing their faces. After a few moments, it was clear who the true contenders were. 3 or 4 of these masters of mastication distanced themselves from the herd as they looked like a cross between Hungry, Hungry Hippos and Pac-Man! They would shovel in a cupcake, take a swig of water, gulp, repeat.

To the victors, go the spoils!

When the dust settled and the final horn blared, there stood one man, who had tasted the glory of the promised land before! Mark Lyle had eaten a total of 35 delicious cupcakes and was declared champion for the second straight year. Everyone cheered and a great time was had by all. See you there next year!

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

Fourth of July 2019 Events | Myrtle Beach

Who else is ready to chow down on some delicious hamburgers, spend quality time with your family and watch spectacular fireworks along the Grand Strand this Independence Day?

Fourth of July is almost here! This Thursday (July 4th, 2019) and upcoming weekend you may be curious as to what is happening around the Myrtle Beach area for this wonderful celebration. We here at Palmetto Vacation Rentals have a few ideas on how to make this Fourth of July the best one yet! 

Festivals: 

Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration
Live music and family fun will be hosted at the Surfside Pier this Thursday. Join in on the entertainment and relax as you take in the ocean waves.
11 South Ocean Blvd. Surfside Beach, SC | 6:00 PM -10:00 PM


Salute from the Shore
Come recognize and unite with others to honor our armed forces this July 4th in this 10th annual flyover happening along the South Carolina beach areas.  
Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | 1:00 PM


4th of July Independence Day 5k and 8k
Get your running shoes on and make your way over to The Market Common for the Independence Day 5k and 8k. Be sure to register online and get your game face on!
The Market Common, Myrtle Beach SC 29577
Registration begins at 6:00 AM Race begins at 7:30 AM


8th Annual Croissants Bakery 4th of July Cupcake Eating Contest
Calling all cupcake eaters to the table! Croissants Bakery will be holding its eighth annual cupcake eating contest at the Grande Dunes Marina this Independence Day. Last year the winner was able to eat a total of 36 cupcakes. Are you ready to beat that?
8201 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach SC 29572 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Fireworks: 

What is a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks? Come check out the beautiful eye-catching sparkles of light along the beach this holiday at one of these locations! 

Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 2957 | 10:00 PM

Cherry Grove Pier
3500 North Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 | 9:30 PM

Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
4025 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 | 10:00 PM

Barefoot Landing
4898 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 | 10:00 PM

Be sure to tag Palmetto Vacation Rentals with your favorite Myrtle Beach Fourth of July memories. You may just end up being featured on our Facebook page. We hope you have a wonderful and memorable 2019 Fourth of July holiday! 


Originally from New York, Alison moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

If I Had My Little Way, I’d Eat Peaches Every Day!

Historic, Peaches Corner!

This week’s Friday Finds sees your heroes reunited, and it feels so good!

After experiencing a once in a lifetime month-long mission trip to Thailand, Alison returns to experience a Myrtle Beach Institution of culinary delight!

Built when FDR was still in office, Peaches Corner is one of the most visited and recognizable landmarks on the Grand Strand. Built in 1937, Peaches has delighted both vacationers and locals for over 80 years!

Peaches Onion Rings = Heaven!

Located in the heart of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk on Ocean Blvd, Peaches features some of the absolute best hot dogs, burgers, and other sandwiches in the area. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned veteran traveler to Myrtle Beach, you owe it to yourself to try one of their historically excellent “baskets” with fries or some of the most delicious (and LARGE!) onion rings around. You won’t be disappointed.

Mustard, Chili, Onions, and a Smile!

Peaches gets its name from the Peach Family who opened the restaurant in 1937 and operated it for over a decade. Back then, hot dogs sold for only 15 cents and you could get 2 for a quarter! Beer was only 10 cents! Prices are still excellent, and you get a ton of great food for a great price.

One of my earliest Myrtle Beach memories is sitting outside Peaches and at their famous counter, watching all the fun and activity of excited tourists relaxing and having fun and nothing has changed. Sitting there today, feeling that refreshing ocean breeze, while watching the hustle and bustle of folks having a big time made me feel like I did when I was a little tyke. Now, I want to head down to the Gay Dolphin and look at Shark Teeth or stand outside The Bowery and listen to those sweet sounds!  It’s a great place to unwind while taking in all that downtown Myrtle has to offer. Check it out.

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

When you think of a beach boardwalk, images of the glory days of Atlantic City or Coney Island probably come to mind. You can probably still envision the carnival games, food vendors, and barkers loudly selling their beachwear, trinkets, games, and rides. Close your eyes, breathe deep, and you can probably smell the funnel cake, cotton candy, and hot dogs mingling with the warm, salty air. Do I hear Seagulls?

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is home to a relatively new attraction that is becoming one of its most distinctive and recognizable draws: The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Built in 2010, you’ll find this well constructed, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing walkway to be a defining character to the heart of the Grand Strand.

Ranked in the top ten of many review sites, magazines, and publications, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk holds its own when compared to the staples in Atlantic City, Coney Island, and Ocean City. Travel and Leisure named Myrtle Beach the number 2 boardwalk in the country, based on the fantastic entertainment and food options. There’s something for everyone here, where modern entertainment mixes with the classic Grand Strand nostalgia of yesteryear.

Originally 1.2 miles long, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has been extended beyond 18th ave North to accommodate newer resorts. Along with the boardwalk, downtown Myrtle Beach area hosts great shops, restaurants, hotels, rides, attractions, and entertainment. The Famous Myrtle Beach Skywheel is nestled perfectly as the centerpiece of the boardwalk and features Jimmy Buffet’s Landshark Bar and restaurant. Here are some of the best features:

The Bowery is one of the most legendary establishments in South Carolina. Since 1944, it has been delighting visitors and locals alike with country and southern rock. This longtime honky-tonk bar is a country music icon and is best known for hiring the world famous super group, Alabama as their house band. This place takes you back to the “glory days” of Myrtle Beach, before high rises dominated the landscape.

Peaches Corner is a MUST VISIT on your boardwalk experience. This place is older than the CITY of Myrtle Beach! The best way to describe their burgers and dogs is “PERFECT”. Since 1937, Peaches has helped define Myrtle Beach as one of the best food destinations on the East Coast.

Second Avenue Pier allows visitors to venture farther out into the Atlantic Ocean than anywhere else on the Grand Strand without taking a boat or plane. This pier gives guests the rare chance to stroll 900 feet out over the ocean waves and get a spectacular view of both the sea and the city skyline back on dry land. By day, this wooden walkway is a hub of activity as anglers fish the deeper waters in hopes of hooking a big one. Depending on the season, sea bass, flounder, Spanish mackerel and trout are among the species regularly caught from the pier. As the southernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Second Avenue Pier is only a short stroll from Plyler Park, where free concerts are held throughout the summer months, as well as all the great shopping, dining and attractions.

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove has been one of the most recognizable locales in Myrtle Beach since 1946. Calling itself “The Nation’s Largest Gift Shop”, you’ll find not only typical beach items, but the most unique gifts ranging from fine art, collectibles, jewelry, toys, and the largest collection of Shark teeth and ocean finds in the south. Located at 910 North Ocean Blvd, The Gay Dolphin should be on everyone’s vacation to-do list!

These are just a few of the great attractions, restaurants, and fun things about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Classic T-shirt shops, arcades, pizza joints, Ripley’s theater, Candy shops, Bandito’s, the Fun Plaza Center, and more can be found at this iconic boardwalk.

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

Myrtle Beach Golf Cart Safety

Don’t let a pleasant vacation turn into this. (Photo Credit WMBFnews.com)

The Grand Strand of South Carolina welcomes over fourteen million guests each year from around the world. They come to our small piece of paradise and sometimes forget that there are rules and regulations to follow, or they may run afoul of the law. Some of the most misunderstood rules that apply to the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach areas pertain to golf carts. A very lucrative industry in most beach resorts is golf cart rentals. Back in the day, golf carts were used as a means of transporting a golf twosome, and their bags, from hole to hole while playing golf. Boy, have the times have changed!

Today, vacationers come to the beach with a golf cart rental already reserved. While the rental companies are bound to instruct and advise these renters, most people, quite frankly, don’t listen. They are too excited to pay attention. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to read these instructions before you arrive. Read these rules carefully; it could save you a lot of grief and money!!

In 2011, the state of South Carolina implemented a golf cart law specifically for carts that are used for a purpose other than golf.

Anyone operating a golf cart must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license. This sounds like a no-brainer, but there are times when vacationers forget to bring their common sense on vacation. IF YOU’RE YOUNGER THAN 16, DO NOT DRIVE A GOLF CART!
A golf cart may not travel more than four miles from your rental unit.
Golf carts may only travel on secondary roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. You may only cross an intersection of a major thoroughfare.
A licensed driver is allowed to operate a golf cart during day light hours only; from dawn until dusk.
All necessary paperwork and permits must stay with the cart while in operation
You can get a DUI while driving a golf cart on secondary roads.
A passenger can be arrested if there is an open container in the golf cart while in operation.
Do not drive a golf cart on sidewalks. Sidewalks are used as a conveyance for pedestrians only.
Be aware, at all times, of your surroundings. A golf cart offers neither safety nor protection in the event of a crash.

Every summer there are numerous accidents, and they range from a small dent to death. Please be careful if you’re coming to the beach and rent a golf cart. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that everyone is. Many of us are locals who are heading to and from work. Sometimes we drive too fast or get distracted, just like you do when you’re home going to and from work.

From a Myrtle Beach newspaper: “A Myrtle Beach man is in jail after authorities say he crashed his golf cart into a vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.”

From WBTW TV station: “North Myrtle Beach officials confirm one woman was killed after a driver crashed into a golf cart Wednesday evening in the 1500 block of Havens Drive around 6 p.m.”

From WBTW TV Station: “One person is dead after a crash involving a golf cart Thursday in North Myrtle Beach, according to Chief Garry Spain, with the North Myrtle Beach Fire Department.”

Be Safe, be aware, and slow down. After all, you’re on vacation!

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.