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Old 08-29-2014, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Beach Vacation Rental Suggestions-South Carolina

I would like to go to South Carolina either Edisto Beach, Hunting Island or Myrtle Beach in October. We have a travel trailer, but I sorta like the idea better of having our GS crated in a house vs. a trailer if we wanted to do some sightseeing. I am afraid of leaving her alone in the trailer, which we have never done, in case she starts barking for any reason if we crated and left her behind. We really want to do outdoor activities like fishing and crabbing and take her with us, but it would be nice to go out for a fresh seafood dinner if we chose to.

I have never been to any of these communities and was hoping to get some advice. It would be just my husband and I, who are in our 50's, on this vacation. The rental prices are really high, so maybe making a reservation with our trailer at a state park would be the way to go.

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm just starting the process you are already on...

So far, everywhere we go in the motor home. the dog goes. Fortunately, she's completely at ease...hangs outside with us calmly while we relax. We also bring a small boat as we enjoy cruising the lakes and fishing etc.....once again the dog is completely mellow aboard.

However, I considered exactly what you are asking.."what if". We have a large crate we carry with us and I have yet to use it in the motor home. If I did, I brought blankets to cover most of it and of course would obscure any views which would bring any motion from outside to her. But my problem is, if it's hot..it means I am relying on the A/C to keep her comfortable...and I am a worrywart...don't know if I trust an RV A/C and a RV park's electrical system.

Anyway, test your dog out in the crate....start easy....later make some noises outside where she can hear you and see how she does. Do this before you hit the road...

Oh, I've never used a crate before this ( 3 GSDs over the years )....but I was surprised test running the motor home experiment and it seemed pretty good. Taking the visual stimuli out of the equation makes a difference....but these GSDs sure have good hearing.......maybe some music for her..who knows???


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Are you set on SC? I went to the outer banks (kitty hawk) beginning of last May and had a blast with my 2 dogs. I was actually there for continuing education but got a full week 4 bedroom house rental right on the beach for <$1000 including the dog fees. If you go back a row or 2 of houses, they will be even cheaper but still a very short walk. There were very few people on our beach the entire week. We basically had a big section all to ourselves. The mal only ran off once after some guys playing football (and stole the ball), they were probably 50-60 feet away from us, so that was pretty good for the week
I have pictures showing our beach and how un-crowded it was if you are interested in going there. Lots of seafood restaurants. We had a good time driving right on the less developed beach of corolla too, which is where they have wild horses. Very few people out there and even cheaper rental houses, but you need a 4-wheel drive.
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Well, we live in middle GA and SC is a 4-5 hour drive as it is. I would love to go to some place closer, but I have found that the majority of beaches here in GA and FL do not allow dogs. I have learned the state parks in SC are more flexible. when it comes to pets.

Tosca is crate trained at home, but we have never put her in one while camping. There was never a need because we took her everywhere and we usually stayed at the campsite.

Another reason for considering a rental is that we have parrots and may take them with us. They, too, make noise whenever strangers pass their territory. am afraid of being evicted either from having a barking dog or loud birds. The possibility of A/C going out in the trailer is another concern even though our trailer is practically new, but you never know.

Comparing prices of a vacation rental versus our travel trailer is a no brainer. lol. I also got to thinking that pet friendly houses may have fleas from previous guests.
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Well, we live in middle GA and SC is a 4-5 hour drive as it is. I would love to go to some place closer, but I have found that the majority of beaches here in GA and FL do not allow dogs. I have learned the state parks in SC are more flexible. when it comes to pets. ...
If you want a dog friendly place in Florida and you don't mind the Gulf coast, my favorite Florida beach is Sanibel Island down by Ft. Myers. This place is dog friendly, right on the beach just steps from the cottages ... there is a charge for dogs and unless it's changed, a maximum of two dogs per cottage.

Mitchell's SandCastles Sanibel Island Vacation Destination

I "think" this is the cottage we stayed in: http://www.mitchellssandcastles.com/vrnumber3.cfm
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I have always wanted to go to Sanibel Island, but wonder if with all the shells on the beach, they would cut doggy paws.
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Yeah ... there are ton of seashell down there. Maybe I've been lucky ... no cut pads ... but my guys are walked on lead ... have seen people letting their dogs run and play ball or frisbee, run at large and haven't heard of cut pads but who knows??? Anyway, I love it down there.
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Maybe one day I will make it down there. It would be over 6 hours to drive. Longer with a trailer.
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Have you thought about Jekyll Island (or St. Simons Island, there may be others) ... it's in your neck of the woods. I've been to Jekyll Island a few times, haven't been there in a while but it was dog friendly last time I was up that way.
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Are you set on SC? I went to the outer banks (kitty hawk) beginning of last May and had a blast with my 2 dogs. I was actually there for continuing education but got a full week 4 bedroom house rental right on the beach for <$1000 including the dog fees. If you go back a row or 2 of houses, they will be even cheaper but still a very short walk. There were very few people on our beach the entire week. We basically had a big section all to ourselves. The mal only ran off once after some guys playing football (and stole the ball), they were probably 50-60 feet away from us, so that was pretty good for the week
I have pictures showing our beach and how un-crowded it was if you are interested in going there. Lots of seafood restaurants. We had a good time driving right on the less developed beach of corolla too, which is where they have wild horses. Very few people out there and even cheaper rental houses, but you need a 4-wheel drive.
Could you post the site of the rental company and some pics? Sounds lovely!

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