Check them out before they’re booked
Even from just a quick search of the Airbnb site, it’s obvious that there are plenty of rentals in Horry and Georgetown counties, as both are popular tourist destinations for beach lovers. Some of these rentals tend to book out months in advance, leaving last-minute vacation planners to scramble.
Pawley’s Island in Georgetown County is home to the highest number of Airbnbs in the region.
We asked these five superhosts, or Airbnb hosts with the highest ratings and verified identities in the area, what makes their beach rentals popular as vacation destinations and how far in advance their summer time slots are. are they reserved.
Brett’s ‘really nice escape’ to Pawley’s Island
Brett Bakely charges $145 a night for his four-person rental.
“It’s beautifully decorated, it’s got a nice beach theme and there’s a pool less than 100 feet from the condo entrance and we have all the necessary amenities,” Bakely said. “It’s actually on the True Blue golf course, overlooking the fourth or fifth hole.”
Bakely said his rental is usually booked a month for the summer months.
“We are quite busy from May to July. August is slowing down here and there,” he said. “Our prices are actually cheaper than the Best Western over there at Pawley’s.”
Bob and Melissa’s “stylish beach house one block from the beach” in Surfside Beach
Bob and Melissa Thomas charge $213 a night for their Surfside Beach rental for four.
“My wife is our designer and we both spent 20 years in the service industry and knew what we wanted to do and what we wanted to do better,” Bob Thomas said. “Our formula has been stylish furniture, artwork, that sort of thing.”
Thomas said their rental is usually fully booked for the summer months in March of that year. He said he receives the most booking requests for summer trips during the winter months.
Linda’s ‘Peaceful Escape to Pawleys Plantation’ at Pawley’s Island
Linda Kennedy charges $131 a night for her four-person rental.
“It is located in a gated and secure resort community with access to a highly rated golf course. The setting is very woodsy and peaceful, yet it’s minutes from beach access, great restaurants, and shopping,” Kennedy said. “The unit was recently renovated, so it is very clean and inviting. As one of my guests said in his review, this is the best blend of the luxury of a hotel room with the comforts of home. Also, I think it’s rather difficult to find rentals in the Pawleys Island area suitable for small groups of 2-4 people. Most are large houses with several bedrooms.
Kennedy said her rental is usually booked for just under a month, but last-minute cancellations often allow last-minute planners to book.
Jina and Christopher’s “Little Belue Cottage” at Pawley’s Island
Jina Lee and Christopher Belue charge $115 a night for their rental for three people.
“We believe ours is very unique. It’s very different from a typical two or three bedroom condo,” Lee said. “We take a lot of time and make sure the chalet is super clean, welcoming and comfortable for all of our guests. It is minutes from all the golf courses in the area, the best restaurants in town and of course the beach.
Lee said her rental is usually booked for two to three months for the summer months, but she already has a few reservations for 2023.
Bob and Mary’s “Lovely Condo” at Pawley’s Island
Bob and Mary Longo charge $261 a night for their four-person rental.
“We installed new flooring, new furniture, new paint, you know, fresh and it’s not like your typical rental. We’ve gone the extra mile and upgraded it. We communicate well with potential guests in terms of things to do and see and places to eat,” he said. “I like to schedule an early check-in if I can, like if someone is leaving the apartment late , so I can’t do an early check in, but if there’s a vacancy the night before, sometimes they can feel free to come arrive and check in early and spend an extra day at the beach. another thing is that I provide them with umbrellas and deck chairs.
Longo said customers tend to book with him for about a month on average, but some book earlier or at the last minute.