Don’t Miss This Year’s Easter Hoppin’ Happenings

Don't Miss This Year's Easter Hoppin' Happenings
If you’re like most people you’re more than ready for the warmth of spring to arrive and for this up and down winter weather to be over. Now that we’ve turned our clocks ahead (The first positive sign of spring!) everyone is looking ahead to celebrating Easter Sunday on April 1 and the warmer weather it brings.

Just one of the springtime events that brings us one step closer to the heart of truly our most favorite season — summer! For those taking a springtime vacation, check out the luxury vacation home rentals Atlantic Beach Realty has available in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

In the meantime, following are some of the hoppin’ happenings taking place around the area to celebrate the Easter holiday:

Beaufort Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Hop on over to the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street, Beaufort, and join the fun at the Beaufort Historical Association’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday March 31 from 11 a.m. until noon. Children ages seven and younger are invited to search for hidden eggs filled with candy followed by light refreshments. This is a free event; all you need is to bring your Easter basket and arrive early to position yourself for the start of the hunt! The gates to the ground will open at 11 a.m. sharp for all age groups. For more details, please call 252-728-5225 or visit

Don't Miss This Year's Easter Hoppin' Happenings

Morehead Egg Hunt & Family 1-Mile Walk/Fun Run

Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Family 1 mile walk/run is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Rotary Park located at 2200 Mayberry Loop Road in Morehead City. The egg hunt activity areas are divided into three sections by the following age groups: 4 & under, 5-8, and 9-12. Thousands of eggs will be hidden in each age section. Plan to arrive early because the youth usually collect all the eggs in less than two minutes. No pets! For more information call 252-726-5083.

Following the Egg Hunt, bring the whole family to walk and/or run on the Rotary Park-O’Neal Field exercise trail. The Family 1-Mile Walk/Fun Run will begin at 10:00 a.m. and MCPRD staff will direct participants on the 1-mile course. This non-competitive event promotes family wellness and pre-registration is not required for this event. No pets or bikes please.

Easter Brunch with the Dolphins

A special event cruise — Easter Brunch with the Dolphins – will be held aboard the Crystal Coast Lady on Sunday, April 1, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. leaving from 600 Front Street, Beaufort.

Passengers will experience an elegant brunch cruise this Easter Sunday aboard our luxury vessel. Sip on a complimentary mimosa as you take in the beauty of the Crystal Coast and delight in a wide variety of food selections from our gourmet brunch buffet including an irresistible choice of desserts. Tickets are $35 per person and $20 for children age 2-11. Seats are limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 252-728-8687.

5 Star Weekly Rental Specials at Atlantic Beach NC

Ready to say goodbye to winter and take a pre-summer vacation to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina? Our weekly rental specials will have you enjoying the early spring weather in a pet-friendly home that sits oceanside.

5 Star Weekly Rental Specials at Atlantic Beach
On Island Time is at 116 East Terminal Blvd, in Atlantic Beach and will comfortably sleep eight people and their pets in this 3 bedroom, 3 bath cottage. The best part is you can save $125 when you stay for a week!

Pet Friendly Weekly Rental

The beautiful fenced-in back yard is a great play area for your pets no matter what size they are. You’ll also be just a short walk from the beach where pets can enjoy the beach and the water, too. The enclosed outside shower with hot and cold water and the water hose makes it easy to rinse your tired pets off after being on the beach.

Luxurious Accommodations

A spacious living room offers TV viewing with a walk out deck that is a great spot for a night cap or a leisurely breakfast. The beautifully equipped kitchen includes a dining table with seating for 6 and additional seating at the nearby counter, a dishwasher, and washer/dryer. There’s a bonus room off the carport complete with a sleeper sofa, TV, microwave and a mini-fridge plus a full bath.

5 Star Weekly Rental Specials at Atlantic Beach

Convenient Amenities

Will all the modern conveniences of home you will enjoy amenities such as local telephone access, wireless internet, outdoor grilling station, plenty of parking for up to 3-4 cars under the house, and a one-time set up of bed, bath and kitchen linen.

Five Star Reviews

Our guests had this to say about the On Island Time weekly vacation rental:
“My family really enjoyed our stay. The house was super nice. We travel a lot and have booked houses/condos all around. I feel this was the nicest one we have stayed in by far. At some places, the pictures look nice but when you get there you discover the pictures were old. This was not the case at all. I liked it better in person. I will definitely stay here again.”
— Rhonda T from Battleboro NC, 05/30/2017

5 Romantic Ideas for the Best Valentine’s Day Ever

5 Romantic Ideas for the Best Valentine's Day Ever
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re looking for romantic ideas to make it more memorable, we can help. Don’t wait until the last minute to make plans for that romantic day. The best Valentine’s Day holidays are ones that include well thought out plans. Why not go beyond flowers and candy this year. Sure, it’s a nice gesture, but we think you can do so much better and we’re here to help.
Step up your game with the following 5 romantic ideas for the best Valentine’s Day ever this year:

1. Call us for a reservation to stay in one of our luxurious Atlantic Beach Realty vacation rentals. Be sure to get a place that’s oceanfront so you can enjoy the phenomenal coastal views as well as hear the sound of the ocean.

2. Plan your stay well ahead of time, right down to the oceanfront meals you can enjoy on the beach and the long walks you can take together.

5 Romantic Ideas for the Best Valentine's Day Ever

3. Why not plan a picnic dinner on the beach at sunset complete with candles to light as the sun goes down. Whether you spread a blanket or set up a table and chairs to dine on fine china, the romance of the moment that will sweep you both away.

4. Don’t entirely forego the idea of flowers. A bouquet of flowers, given in a setting that doesn’t involve your residence, makes them exceptionally romantic!

5. If you decide to go out for dinner make sure it’s somewhere that’s very special and serves the type of food that your partner enjoys. This is not the time to go to the same old favorite restaurant you would go to on date night. Try something new this year and check for specials that local restaurants may be having on behalf of the holiday.

5 Romantic Ideas for the Best Valentine's Day Ever

At Atlantic Beach Realty we have a nice assortment of romantic vacation rentals that would be perfect for a romantic stay with your special someone. With amenities like heated swimming pools and hot tubs, you’re sure to have a delightful Valentine’s Day this year!

How to Find the Perfect Holiday Vacation Rental

When it comes to holiday vacations, who doesn’t want to land that perfect vacation rental that meets the needs of everyone in the family! At Atlantic Beach Realty we have many holiday vacation properties that will meet your needs just perfectly.

Winter beach rentals

Following are some things to keep in mind when you are ready to begin your search. Once you know what you want and need, it’s much easier to recognize it when you find it.

1. What is your price range?
Know how much you can afford to spend before you begin looking for a vacation rental, then stick to it.

2. What are your non-negotiable needs?
It’s important to know the size of the home you need before you begin looking. Are you bringing children? Babies? Pets? You’ll want to stay somewhere with lots of amenities that appeal to them and provide the gear they will need for a comfortable stay.

3. Choose the perfect location.
We have accommodations close to the ocean and some within view of it. Do you want to be able to walk to play golf? Do you want to be set off by yourselves close to nature or would you prefer to be located oceanfront? Keep in mind that the location of the home is reflected in the price.

4. What amenities matter most to you?
Our vast inventory of holiday vacation rentals include beautifully furnished homes that are nicely decorated, well-equipped kitchens, washer/dryers, swimming pools, tennis, free high speed Internet, and in some cases, hot tubs, Jacuzzis and more.

Winter vacation rentals5. Do your research.
Take a look at online reviews to see what other people have said about their experiences and look at the photos. This way you can be sure about what you’re getting. Then, if you enjoyed your stay, be one of those former guests that goes online and posts a positive review for others.

It’s never too early to make vacation plans no matter what time of the year you’re coming. Check out our specials for some great rates! If you have any questions, give Atlantic Beach Realty a call at 800-786-7368. We look forward to talking with you!

Yes, We Have Short Stay Properties!

So many vacation rental companies require a full week’s stay but not at Atlantic Beach Realty! We have plenty of short stay properties for you and your family whether you’re traveling through on the way to someplace else or just want to grab a weekend getaway.
With 20 properties available for you to choose from you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect accommodations. Our available properties include 1-3 bedroom condos and cottages. Take your pick! They all come fully furnished and beautifully decorated. We don’t think you should have to settle for less just because you’re not staying as long.
We have the following four short stay properties at the Island Beach & Racquet Club offering oceanfront, non-smoking condos that also feature outdoor pools, tennis courts, and elevators.
A-208The property shown above is A-208, a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath condominium that sleeps 8.
B-206The property shown above is B-206, a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath condominium that sleeps 6.
B-211The property shown above is B-211, a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium that sleeps 6.
B-212The property shown above is B-212, a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath condominium that sleeps 8.
Amenities in these properties include a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, wet bar, 2 TV’s, VCR/DVD, wireless internet access, screened porch off the living room, and a balcony off the master bedroom.
If you’d like more information about our Short Stay Properties or if you have any questions about making your online reservations for short stays, just give us a call at
800-786-7368 and we’d be happy to talk with you.

33 Great Reasons Why You Should Spend the Winter Months With Us

If this is the year you’re determined to get away for those bitter cold winter months, we have at least 33 great reasons for you to come to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, and spend your winter with us. We have budget friendly winter rentals that come fully furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay (linens not included) at a price anyone can afford.

Long term winter rentals are priced less during the off-season of the winter months. It’s a great time to come to the beach and not have to deal with hordes of people and traffic. The beach is pretty much yours to enjoy during the off-season!

Our 33 long term winter rentals are an assortment of 1-4 bedroom condominiums and cottages. Your stay must be for a 3 month minimum and up to a 6 month maximum. Rentals are furnished and do not allow pets unless otherwise indicated. Linens are not provided so be sure to bring your own. Cleaning is available during your stay for an additional fee.4 Seas
If you have your own boat you’ll want to bring it. We have rentals that come with their own deep water boat slip and lift like 4 SEA’S – 211 Bayview a 4 bedroom, 2 bath canal front home that can accommodate up to 8 people.

Popular features of our winter rentals may include ceiling fans in bedrooms and dining area, screened porches or balconies, wet bars, washer and dryer, wireless internet access, flat screen TV’s and DVD players. Many of our homes offer excellent ocean, beach and pool views as well.

Winter rentals in the quiet condominium complex of Island Beach & Racquet Club like A-310 will have you centrally located to area amusements, dining, and shopping. Amenities here include two oceanfront swimming pools and kiddie pools as well as a Junior Olympic-size swimming pool.

If you have any questions about our winter rentals please feel free to get in touch with us at Atlantic Beach Realty either through out Contact Us page or by calling (800) 786-7368. We look forward to hearing from you!

What You Should Know About Hurricanes

Hurricane season lasts from May through November and comes around every year. Some years have bigger and worse storms than others. If you educate yourself in what to do in the event of a hurricane you will be far better prepared for it.

what you should know about hurricanes
A hurricane is more than just an incredibly windy day. For instance, the ocean’s storm surge may extend beyond the immediate coastal areas. Hurricanes also bring tornadoes, heavy rains, and flooding to inland regions. It’s important to prepare for this ahead of time.

Before the Storm

If you live along the coast or are visiting, plan an evacuation route. When you check into your vacation rental be sure to ask about procedures in case of a hurricane. Stay tuned to a local television and radio station for emergency evacuation information. Know the safe inland routes to escape the path of the storm.

During the Storm

Stay tuned into your local television and radio stations for emergency information. Keep a battery-operated, solar-powered or hand-crank-operated radio or television for use during power outages. Stay inside a well-constructed building and away from windows and doors, even if they are covered. Go to an interior first-floor room, closet, or under the stairs and stay alert.

Tornadoes are often spawned during hurricanes. If the “eye” of the storm passes over your area, be aware that severe conditions will return with winds from the other direction in a very short time. Many say when the hurricane reaches you it will sound like a large train. When that noise stops do not go outdoors. Wait until it comes again and fully passes over you.

Limit any non-emergency phone calls. Keep calls brief to minimize network congestion. Wait at least 10 seconds before redialing a call. For non-emergencies, try texting instead. Once the storm passes, be patient. You will most likely not be able to return home right away.

Emergency Shelters

Emergency shelters will be opened if a hurricane approaches South Carolina. Before heading to a public shelter, first consider staying with family and friends or in a hotel out of the evacuated area. If those options are unavailable, the American Red Cross will provide a safe place to stay when you have no other place to go. Cots and blankets will only be provided in the public shelter after hurricane conditions subside. Although food may be provided, specialty items for infants and individuals on restricted diets may not be available.

Stay Connected

During a major disaster, there will be a lot of information available online at various sites. Some information will be accurate while other sources can be misleading. Check your local town or county’s website or verified social media channels to find trustworthy resources such as advisories on shelters, routes, detours and road closures, ways to return home and storm clean-up information.

You can use social media from your mobile device to post your status and let family and friends know you are safe. In addition to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and others, you can use resources such as the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well Program (

After the Storm

If you have evacuated, some areas may be inaccessible even after the official evacuation order is rescinded. Return only after local authorities advise it is safe to do so. In some cases there may be downed power lines and flooded conditions. Keep tuned to your local radio and TV stations and monitor social media for recovery information. Take the following precautions after the storm:
• Avoid downed and sagging power lines.
• Avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges and roadways.
• Inspect the utilities around and in your home
• Beware of snakes, insects and other animals driven to higher ground by floodwater.
• Let a relative know you are home
• Monitor the radio, TV and social media

If you’d like more information about hurricane conditions when you’re visiting don’t hesitate to contact us at Atlantic Beach Realty and we’ll share all we know with you.

Where To Go To Experience the Solar Eclipse

Where To Go To Experience the Solar Eclipse
People from all over the world will converge on our neighbors in South Carolina on Monday, August 21 for the solar eclipse. The total eclipse will be visible in a roughly 70-mile-wide path of totality that stretches from Oregon to Georgetown, SC.
For those that want to make the trip to South Carolina on Monday, August 21, to watch the solar eclipse and are looking for a spot to go we have the following suggestions. Whether you’re a resident or vacationing in the area and staying at one of our Atlantic Beach Realty vacation homes, this is an experience you truly won’t want to miss.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
1003 Front St, Georgetown, SC
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Bring your chairs and blankets for this special viewing on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front Street, in historic downtown Georgetown. For more details call 843-546-7706 or visit The lawn of the museum will be open at 1 p.m. Water, beer, wine and soft drinks will be for sale. Entertainment by DJ Jeff Benton.
Brookgreen Gardens Solar Eclipse Festival
1931 Brookgreen Dr, Murrells Inlet
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brookgreen Gardens is celebrating the Great American Eclipse with a special ticketed event. On eclipse day, the gardens will be closed to the general public, but gates will open for ticket-holders at 10 a.m., with the festival activities beginning at noon. Admission is limited for this special eclipse experience and tickets are available online at Featuring music by Oracle Blue, free eclipse glasses, live streaming of NASA’s coverage of the eclipse as it crosses the USA, and live streaming coverage of the aviary in the Lowcountry Zoo. Brookgreen’s Creative Education Department will host special eclipse-related crafts, and information and activities for youngsters. Fee: non-members: $20 for adults, $15 children up to 12 years.
Myrtle Beach State Park Solar Eclipse Party
4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Myrtle Beach State Park will be holding an Eclipse Party on August 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share and something to grill. This event is family-friendly, open to the public and free to attend (park admission will be required). Donations are gladly accepted to cover the cost of the shelter and glasses, as well as help fund future events. Eclipse glasses will be available, but they will be first come first served. Fee: cost of park admission (free for members)
Eclipse Day at The Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet
4025 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet 29576
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us for Eclipse Day where the moon will cover almost the entire sun for 2 minutes, 40 seconds starting at 2:46 p.m. Partial view begins at 1:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring your own eclipse glasses.

What You Should Know About Rip Tides

The Atlantic hurricane season officially started on June 1 and runs through November 30. During this period there is an increased likelihood of incurring rip tides and currents. When you’re at the beach it’s important to know how to recognize rip tides and what to do about them if you happen to find yourself, or someone else, caught in one.

What You Should Know About Rip TidesRiptides cause more deaths each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning strikes combined. A rip current can potentially pull you out to sea. People who drown in a riptide do so because they panic and don’t know how to escape it.

What is a rip tide

Rip tides are powerful currents of water moving away from shore and are the leading surf hazard at the beach, especially for non-swimmers. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, 80 percent of surf beach rescues are a result of rip currents.

Rip tides form when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between the breaking waves at the beach. As this water returns to sea it forms a narrow jet of water that moves rapidly offshore, roughly perpendicular to the shoreline. Normally under most tide and sea conditions the speeds are relatively slow, however when wave, tide and beach conditions align, the speeds can quickly increase and become dangerous to anyone, including experienced swimmers. Stormy weather can significantly increase the occurrence of rip tides.

How to identify a rip tide
Some things to watch for to identify a rip tide or currents include:
~ a channel of churning or choppy water,
~ an area of water having a notable difference in water color,
~ a line of foam, seaweed or other debris moving steadily out to sea,
~ any area of calm and/or muddy water in the midst of more active conditions,
~ or any unusual break in the incoming wave pattern.

Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average person so to stay safe look for these signs. If you are concerned about the possibility of rip currents, ask a lifeguard before entering the water.

What to do in a rip tide
If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm. Never fight against the current. Swim out of the current parallel to the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle away from the current and toward the shore. If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float on your back or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim to shore. If you are unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arms and calling for help.

How to help someone caught in a rip tide
If you see someone in trouble in the water, don’t become a victim yourself. Many people drown each summer while trying to save another person from a rip current. Call to a lifeguard if one is available. If not, call 9-1-1 then throw the person something that floats such as a life jacket or inflatable ball.

To stay safe in the ocean it’s always a good idea to swim where lifeguards are present and to avoid going in the water alone. If you’re not a strong swimmer, wear a flotation device. Regardless of your swimming abilities, make sure you and your family know how to identify a riptide and understand the methods of escaping one.

How to Make Your Dad Feel Special This Father’s Day

It won’t be long before Father’s Day is here — less than two weeks away! If you’re wondering how to celebrate Father’s Day this year we have some suggestions to make your dad feel extra special on his day.
How to Treat Your Dad Special This Father's Day
Why not splurge this year and show your father how much you appreciate all he’s done for you. Treat him to a comfortable and relaxing stay in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals. He’ll feel like a king in any of our furnished rentals with fully equipped kitchens and laundry.
Picture him lounging by the pool or peacefully lounging by the ocean on the special day just for him. Take a walk along the beachfront and just enjoy the time spent with your father. Time spent together is such a priceless gift you have to give, one that any parent would treasure, we’re sure.
How to Treat Your Dad Special This Father's Day
A vacation in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals makes a delightful Father’s Day gift. Does he really need another dress shirt or matching tie, funny Tee shirt or a golf outing? Ok, he might light that last one but there’s nothing that says you can’t do that, too, while you’re here!
Most important of all is to remember, no matter what you do or where you go with your dad, this is a great opportunity for you to connect with him on a personal level. Sometimes that’s as easy as sitting and talking one-on-one and letting him know that he matters to you. Other times, it’s just giving him some time out of your busy schedule to be with him. Once upon a time he was one of the two most important people in your life. Take this day to let him know you have not forgotten. Happy Father’s Day!