We cancelled our hotel for a VRBO in Myrtle Beach, and here’s what happened…

me patio houseThe five of us in the same room. Doable? Sure. Enjoyable? Never.

As the prospect of staying in a cramped hotel room for $345 + 45,000 points for  two nights in Myrtle Beach loomed closer, I started scanning the Vacation Rental by Owner site (www.vrbo.com). I found this listing. “Too good to be true”, I thought. I emailed the site and our dates were available! We go to this area every year and always pick somewhere new to stay, but we had never stayed anywhere other than a hotel. I decided by the looks of the house and for our familial sanity it was worth the risk. Here’s how the “risk” played out-

First of all, it was 6 minutes from the airport!
master houseThen the house was huge with three spacious, brand new bedrooms. Look how adorable this one was:
boys room house2The kitchen was open and modern, which meant that we could stock up on waters and iced-coffees.
drake houseThere were two balconies, one on each floor, that we took full advantage of.
Brady patio houseAnd the beach was literally across the parking lot!

photo courtesy of vrbo

photo courtesy of vrbo

The whole family had a great time playing in the waves, soaking up the sun and fighting off the sand.
Beach house

The booking also came with a $100.00 food credit. Again, sounded too good to be true, but they gave us the voucher when we checked in.  Score! We had a blast cashing it in at the open-air, ocean view Loco Gecko. The waitress was so incredibly kind and patient with our unruly bunch and even packed up the giant coconuts the kids drinks came in for us.
geck loco houseEven I had a blast spending the $50 arcade credit that came with the booking (Another perk!). The whole family competed in skee ball, basketball, and other games in the newly renovated arcade at the Crown Reef, just a few short blocks away.
arcade houseFree passes to the waterpark at the Crown Reef were also part of the package. I found the Crown Reef particularly lively during this busy season, but the boys certainly had a great time going down the water slide and splashing along in the pool. waterpark houseI can’t deny that I was perfectly entertained by the pool goers rendition of “YMCA” as they danced and sang along with the poolside d.j.
house poolThe convenient location of the rental house meant a stroll downtown Myrtle Beach was less than 15 minutes away.
walking on board walk houseThe two different restaurants we chose for dinner were hip, local, delicious and super family friendly. The first one was Art Burger Sushi Bar where the sushi was indeed fantastic as was the quirky art on the walls.
Art sushi bar house The second was Hot Tomato with a huge outdoor patio and a fabulous beer selection (in addition to fantastic pizza).
me hot tomato houseEverywhere you look in this area is another mini golf spot, so we were even able to fufill our toddler’s birthday dreams of golfing with complete ease.
mini golf house

We were sad to pack up with the early 10am check-out, but we made the absolute most of our time there. As my husband said best, “This place was awesome!” It was more than doable. It was enjoyable!

Whoever you are, wherever you are find JOY!




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