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 KaminskiMuseum.org. 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 www.brookgreen.org. 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!

Come Kickoff Summer with these Local Events on Atlantic Beach

Summer has to be the season favored by more individuals than any other and understandably so. Kids are off school, families are taking vacations, and the weather is simply gorgeous. That explains why so many of you are on the edge of your beach chairs waiting for the summer festivities to begin. If you’re thinking about a visit to Atlantic Beach and trying to decide when to come, keep the following events in mind. At Atlantic Beach Realty we can provide you with comfortable accommodations that will round out your vacation perfectly!
Come Kickoff Summer on Atlantic BeachOn Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. don’t miss the 4th Annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival on the boardwalk at the Circle, 115 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC. Featured entertainment includes Coastline, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers, and Mighty Saints of Soul. Admission is free, but pets and glass containers are prohibited.
Come Kickoff Summer on Atlantic BeachThe Summer Kickoff Festival begins at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at 115 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach. This is the official celebration of Memorial Day. Sponsored by the Town of Atlantic Beach come out and enjoy the fireworks display on Saturday, May 27 at 9 p.m. along the boardwalk at the Circle beach access. Bring your chairs, but please no pets or glass containers.
Come Kickoff Summer on Atlantic BeachThe Crystal Coast Music Festival will take place Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Show starts at 1:30 p.m. Curtain at 10 p.m. Performers include NEEDTOBREATHE, Dr. Dog, Shovels & Ropes, Bombadil, Los Colognes, and Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey. Food trucks will be on the festival grounds for easy access to unique food for purchase throughout the event. This is a family friendly event. Children under 3 enter free. Location: 101 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach. Tickets can be purchased online through TicketMaster.
Hope to see you at one, if not all, of these events!

Bringing Fido on Your Family Beach Vacation

Pet lovers everywhere enjoy bringing their four legged family members on vacation with them, especially when it’s to the beach. Dogs love the beach – running along the sandy beachfront and jumping in the surf. What’s not to love about that! Many people take their dogs with them everywhere they go so a vacation should be no different. When you stay in a rental from Atlantic Beach Realty you’ll be able to enjoy pet friendly vacation rentals that even Fido will love.

Dogs at the beach
When you’re packing for the trip, be sure to bring your pet’s favorite belongings. Having their own bed with them while in strange surroundings brings them comfort and lets them know where they sleep. Their own water and food bowls from home and some toys will ensure their security and happiness. Try to keep them on the same sleeping, eating, and play schedule as they’re used to.

Most places that are pet-friendly will ask for an additional fee to cover potential damages or excessive clean up of the rental after your departure. This is pretty standard. Some places will put weight limits on dogs as well. People with angst-ridden dogs should seriously consider boarding their pets at home or in the area for everyone’s peace of mind.

Bringing Fido on Your Family Beach Vacation
Many North Carolina beaches allow dogs, though most have leash laws, and some limit dog access to certain times of the year. When planning a trip to beach with your dog, be sure to bring along bags to pick up any waste, as all locations require you to clean up after your pet. Atlantic Beach allows leashed dogs onto the sand all year, though they must stay back from the ocean in areas where lifeguards are present.

When you’re ready to find that pet friendly vacation rental, do a vacation rental search on our website and select “Pet Friendly” under Amenities. You will receive a list of all the pet friendly rentals we have. If you’d like any additional information please don’t hesitate to call us or use the “Live Chat” feature on our website. We’d love to help!


How To Find Your Perfect Atlantic Beach Rental

Since all vacation rentals are not created equal, sometimes trying to choose the best place to stay can be overwhelming. Atlantic Beach, North Carolina is a wonderful destination for that much needed vacation. Close to Beaufort and sharing the same island as Emerald Isle, you’ll find plenty to do in this area by way of entertainment and activities.
Once you have your destination, keep the following tips in mind to help you zero in on where you’re going to stay. At Atlantic Beach Realty we have many beautiful homes, condos and cottages that offer both comfort and affordability.

    • Set your price range.

It’s important to know your budget and have a price range in mind when looking for a place to stay.
How To Find Your Perfect Atlantic Beach Rental

    • Choose the type of rental that best meets your needs.

With so many Atlantic Beach vacation rentals to choose from, it’s important to know ahead of time how much space you need before you begin looking.

    • Decide on a location.

All of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals are close to the area attractions. Do you want to be able to walk to restaurants? Do you want to be oceanfront or to have a view of a golf course?
How To Find Your Perfect Atlantic Beach Rental

    • List the amenities that are most important to you.

Our vacation rentals offer a range of amenities that include beautiful furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryers onsite, swimming pools, tennis, free Internet, hot tubs and Jacuzzis.

    • Look at photos and read reviews.

Be sure to look at photos of the properties you are considering and read what other people have said about their past experience.
How To Find Your Perfect Atlantic Beach Rental

    • Save on specials.

There are always special deals on vacation rentals so be sure to check out the Specials page first!
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll find that locating the perfect vacation rental will be smooth sailing. If we can help you in any way or answer questions you may have, don’t hesitate to call Atlantic Beach Realty at 1-800-786-7368. We look forward to hearing from you!



Enjoying Your Baby’s First Beach Vacation

If you will be traveling with a baby for the first time this summer, there are some necessary precautions you should take to keep your baby happy and safe. When you make your vacation rental reservations with us at Atlantic Beach Realty be sure you let us know that you will be bringing a baby along. Many rentals can provide baby equipment (cribs, highchairs, play yards, etc.) at no extra charge. When you’re browsing through our accommodations check the list of amenities in advance to see what’s available. If not, you’ll need to either bring your own or get what you need from a local rental company.

With a little well-planned effort your baby’s first beach vacation can be a pleasant and fun-filled event. As long as your baby’s basic needs are met they’ll be pretty happy to go anywhere you’re going, just be sure they stay on the eating and sleeping schedule that they are accustomed to at home.

Here are some tips that will help you with your plans for traveling with a baby. You’ll probably find that some vacation rentals are more suitable to a family with a baby than others so take your time and look around.

• Best Time to Travel. Try to schedule your air flights when the baby normally naps. Your fellow travelers will thank you. Walk and play with the baby while in the airport. More energy exerted while off the plane will be less energy the baby exerts while on the plane.
• Stay On Schedule. While you’re on vacation try to maintain the schedule you have at home as closely as possible. That means the time you wake up and go to sleep, the time you eat meals, and when naptime is.
• Bring favorites. If your baby is used to a musical stuffed animal, a special blanket, pacifier or certain toys, bring them along on vacation.
• Just Ask. Does the rental you’ll be staying at provide equipment and accessories for babies? Ask about car seats from the car rental agency, too.

sun protection

• Sun Protection. Because you’re visiting a coastal location be sure to stay out of the midday sun. Dress your baby with a hat and lightweight clothing. Apply sunscreen to any areas of skin showing and consider renting a cabana or sun tent to shield them from the sun.
• Be Calm. Don’t stress out when getting ready for your trip. Stay calm, move slowly, and the baby will too.
• Less Can Be More. With babies the rule really is “Less is More.” Don’t over stimulate the baby. Provide a quiet and comfortable space for them to take their regular naps. And remember — afternoon naps improve the chances of a quality evening for everyone.
• If your baby is mobile, be sure to baby proof your accommodations as soon as you arrive.

If you follow these tips your baby’s first beach vacation can be a wonderful time for everyone that makes for lasting memories. Once your accommodations have been fully baby proofed you can get on with the pleasure of experiencing an enjoyable and relaxing beach vacation with your baby.

Don’t Miss These Holiday Happenings

This is a wonderful time of the year when there are plenty holiday festivals, parades, and special events taking place. There are plenty of things that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you live here or you’re planning an upcoming visit, be sure to take advantage of the special events that only come around this time of the year. If you need a place to stay Atlantic Beach Realty will be happy to provide you with holiday accommodations fit for Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves!

Here’s a run down of some local events in the area you should check out!


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On Saturday, December 10, come spend the day at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores for Santa by the Sea from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This magic, memorable holiday event for children allows them to share their wishes among the fishes and get a snapshot with Santa in a one-of-a-kind setting. Make crafts, mix reindeer food, enjoy reading time with Mrs. Claus, snap photos with costumed characters and more. Outside, Santa will provide a bit of North Pole weather with a snow-filled sledding area (sleds included). Tickets are in addition to the regular admission price or membership.  $6.95 per Santa by the Sea Bag. Bag includes vouchers for all event activities except sled rides. Sled rides are $2 per sled ride or $15 for 10 sled rides. Taxes not included. Location: Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Dr, Pine Knoll Shores, NC; tel. 252-247-4003.


The Moorehead City Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on December 10 and travel along Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City. Parade begins at 1700 Arendell Street and ends at 8th and Arendell Streets. Floats, community groups, bands, entertainment and Santa and his sleigh will be featured.


Don't Miss These Holiday Happenings in the Area

The Beaufort Historical Association will host the annual Christmas Candlelight Homes Tour from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes, several inns, bed & breakfasts as well as churches, all elegantly decorated for the season. These private homes represent a wide variety of Beaufort’s unique architectural styles from different periods of the town’s history. Tickets for this event are $14. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (252) 728-5225.


The 6th Annual Beaufort Holiday Art Walk celebrates the season with a festive day in historic downtown Beaufort, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Art Walk, held in conjunction with the Christmas Candlelight Tour, will begin at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery located on the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. and Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. Artists Carol Roop and Craig Gurganus will be featured as part of the Beaufort Art Walk in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (252) 728-5225, (800) 575-7483, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street.

A true musical tradition with which many Americans have grown to love, The Embers Christmas Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. on December 20 at the Carteret Community Theatre, 1311 Arendell St., Moorehead City, NC. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. The band will sing new arrangements of classic Christmas tunes the whole family will love.


There will be a New Year’s Eve Canon Blast from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Fort Macon State Park, East Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach. There will be live entertainment starting at 6 p.m., and the cannons will go off at 7 p.m. Bring a folding chair and picnic dinner to enjoy.


All of us at Atlantic Beach Realty would like to wish you and your family a very enjoyable holiday season!










Join us for Beaufort’s Brewin’

Beaufort's Brewin-2

Beaufort Wine and Food is gearing up for its inaugural craft beer festival – BEAUFORT’S BREWIN’, scheduled for September 23rd and 24th. The exciting two day festival will feature a variety of events offering something for everyone.
On Friday, guests can select to attend a number of seminars, luncheons and dinners in area restaurants, pubs and breweries. A Beer Walkabout will offer guests the opportunity to go from stop to stop, tasting different beer and cuisine pairings before finishing off their ‘tour’ with sparkling wine and dessert. BWF is also pleased to return crowd favorite – Beer, Bubbles and BBQ tasting event and BBQ competition to the Saturday line up. The tasting will focus on NC craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state. Participating breweries include: Aviator Brewing Co, Bold Rock Cider, Carolina Brewery, Carolina Brewing Co., Catawba Brewing, Duck Rabbit, Fortnight Brewing, Fullsteam, Gibb’s Hundred, Highland Brewing, Mother Earth, Natty Greene’s Brewing, Triple C Brewing, Unknown Brewing Co., White Street Brewery, Wicked Weed and Beaufort’s own Mill Whistle Brewing.

BWF will also be holding its first ever ROAD RACE –
RUNNIN’ ON EMPTY – September 24th, in conjunction withthe festival. Registration is available online and racers of all levels are invited to partake in the 1-Mile Walk/Fun Run, 5K,
or 10K. The 5K and 10K races will be timed using RFID technology from IPICO Sports. T-Shirts, commemorative glasses, prizes for top runner and beer after the race (or root beer for runners under 21) will all be included for registered runners. For more information about Beaufort Wine & Food events and tickets, go to http://www.beaufortwineandfood.com