Awards & Accolades

Best-of-the-Best: Myrtle Beach Area Receives Prestigious Accolades and Awards


The Grand Strand holds records ranging from "World's Tallest Sandcastle," 
to "Favorite Destination for a Family Vacation" and more

The Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina continually proves that it is worthy of the moniker “The Grand Strand” year-after-year, garnering prestigious awards and designations ranging from the “World’s Best Beach” by Yahoo! Travel, “Overall Value for Money Destination” and seven of the “Best US Golf Destination” by USA Today’s 10Best.  Whether seeking an exciting sporting event or recreational vacation, the perfect family beach, the ideal retirement location, or the best place to host a meeting, visitors to the Myrtle Beach area will find award-winning offerings in every lifestyle category

TIPSPOKE.COM
2016 BEST BEACHES IN THE U.S.

A Google Consumer Survey named Myrtle Beach the best beach in the U.S., thanks to its warm tropical climate, water and adventure sports, thrilling attractions, family fun, and affordable accommodations.

TRAVEL CHANNEL
BEST BEACHES IN AMERICA, No. 2

By editorial decision, the Myrtle Beach area was named no. 2 on Travel Channel’s annual ranking of the Best Beaches in America. The editors called the area the “East Coast’s ultimate vacation hub” for its “silky white sand” beaches, amusement and water parks, live entertainment, restaurants, fishing, sailing, surfing and more.

TRAVEL + LEISURE
AMERICA’S FAVORITE BEACH TOWNS
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was named favorite beach town in the U.S. for its oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade, incredible culinary scene and kid-friendly amusements.

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT 
BEST FAMILY VACATIONS IN THE USA 

A ranking of the best family vacations in the U.S. listed Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as no. 9 for its accessibility and affordability.

HOTELPLANNER.COM
TOP 10 MOST GROUP-FRIENDLY BEACH CITIES ACROSS THE U.S.
Myrtle Beach was named the no. 2 best beach city in the U.S. for group trips, due to the high volume of group travelers to the area annually.

THRILLIST
25 BEST BEACHES IN AMERICA

A list of the best beaches in America included Myrtle Beach, for its impressive 1.2-mile-long Boardwalk & Promenade, towering SkyWheel and burgeoning food scene.

USA TODAY 
BEST EAST COAST BEACHES
 
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was selected as a best beach on the East Coast of the United States. 

TRIPADVISOR

25 MOST POPULAR SUMMER VACATION RENTAL SPOTS IN THE U.S.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was named no. 4 on the list for its amenities, accessibility and ability to accommodate larger groups.

BUZZFEED
14 BEAUTIFUL SOUTH CAROLINA DESTINATIONS TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE

The Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina, as well as the beautiful and serene Brookgreen Gardens were named two of the 14 places to visit in the state of South Carolina.

TRIPADVISOR
20 TRENDING U.S. VACATION RENTAL MARKETS

Demand for vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is among the highest in the United States and continues to increase at a rate of 57 percent year over year.

CHAMPION AUTISM NETWORK
FIRST AUTISM-FRIENDLY TRAVEL DESTINATION

The Surfside Beach Town Council signed the first-ever proclamation to make Surfside Beach the first autism-friendly travel destination.

BASEBALL AMERICA
BOB FREITAS AWARD – MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were awarded the Bob Freitas Award from Baseball America as Andy Milovich has guided the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to attendance gains in each of his three seasons as general manager of the Carolina League franchise.

SOUTHERN LIVING
SOUTH’S BEST HOLIDAY EXPERIENCES

Southern Living recognized Brookgreen Gardens’ Night of a Thousand Candles in its ‘South’s Best Holiday Experiences’ section of the December 2015 issue. Night of a Thousand Candles was also the only event included from the entire state of South Carolina.

MARCOM AWARDS
GOLD MARCOM AWARD – VISIT MYRTLE BEACH HOSTS AMHQ
PLATINUM MARCOM AWARD – VISIT MYRTLE BEACH OFFERS 60 MORE DAYS OF SUMMER

Myrtle Beach received two nods of recognition from the national 2015 MarCom Awards. The destination won gold in the Television Placement category for ‘Visit Myrtle Beach Hosts AMHQ,’ as well as Platinum in the PR Programs category for ‘Visit Myrtle Beach Offers 60 More Days of Summer.’

TRAVEL WEEKLY
SILVER MAGELLAN AWARD WINNER IN THE FAMILY DESTINATIONS CATEGORY (2015)
Myrtle Beach, SC, was selected as a 2015 Silver Magellan Award Winner in the Family Destination category. The 2015 Magellan Awards received entries from top travel organizations and professionals worldwide, proving the Grand Strand’s high standard of excellence within the travel industry.

TRIPADVISOR VACATION RENTALS
0 HIGHEST VALUE GETAWAYS WITH BIG RENTAL SAVINGS IN FALL SHOULDER SEASON
Tripadvisor placed Myrtle Beach No. 6 on its list of the top 30 places with the biggest rental savings for fall shoulder season.

TRIPPING.COM
TOP 10 BEACH DESTINATIONS IN THE U.S. FOR HONEYMOONERS
Myrtle Beach ranked third on Tripping.com’s list of ten amazing and romantic beach destinations in the U.S. for honeymooners. Tripping.com praised Myrtle Beach for its silky white sand, sunbathing, swimming, sailing and surfing opportunities.

TRIPADVISOR
10 EAST COAST BEACHES MAKING A SPLASH
With more than 100 destinations considered, Myrtle Beach topped TripAdvisor’s list of East Coast Beaches Making a Splash with an average rental review score of 4.35/5. According to TripAdvisor, the destination is consistently praised by travelers for its pleasant year-round weather and vast variety of entertainment.

TRIPADVISOR VACATION RENTALS
29 SUPER AFFORDABLE VACATION RENTAL DESTINATIONS YOU NEED TO VISIT
Tripadvisor placed Pawleys Island and Surfside Beach on its list of the top 29 affordable vacation destinations travelers need to visit.

PRICELINE.COM
BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK SPOTS FOR 4TH OF JULY
Priceline.com named Myrtle Beach one of the best bang for your buck spots for July 4th weekend. Additionally, the Myrtle Beach area is one of Priceline.com’s top 25 destinations for July 4th.

GOLF.COM
READER’S CHOICE AWARDS
Golf.com released its Reader's Choice Awards and Myrtle Beach was named No. 1 in the categories of best U.S. golf destination, best buddies trip destination and best value destination.

TRIPADVISOR
CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE, HALL OF FAME AWARD
Tripadvisor awarded Brookgreen Gardens its Hall of Fame Award for receiving a Certificate of Excellence the past five years in a row.

TRAVELCHANNEL.COM
BEST EAST COAST BEACHES

Myrtle Beach was named one of the best east coast beaches by TravelChannel.com for its beaches, amusement and water parks, restaurants and live entertainment.

TRIVAGO.COM
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR AMERICAN BEACHES

Hotel search Trivago.com polled U.S. travelers for the most popular American beach and Myrtle Beach was named the No. 1 favorite beach.

TRIPADVISOR VACATION RENTALS
30 RISING RENTAL DESTINATIONS IN 2015

Recognized for its laid-back atmosphere and stunning beauty, Garden City Beach, SC, was named No. 1 in TripAdvisor’s list of the fastest-growing vacation rental destinations in 2015. TripAdvisor found that Garden City Beach showed the greatest booking increase within the last year, and was praised time and time again by reviewers.

ABOUT.COM
TOP 5 SOUTH CAROLINA RV PARKS YOU MUST VISIT

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was named to About.com's "Top 5 South Carolina RV Parks You Must Visit" list. The list features five RV parks from various regions of South Carolina. About.com referred to Ocean Lakes as a “lovely RV Park.” Ocean Lakes is the first campground in the Myrtle Beach area to be recognized.

USA TODAY 10BEST
BEST KID-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS

Myrtle Beach, SC, was named No. 3 in USA Today’s 10Best list of Kid-Friendly Destinations. Citing its 1.2-mile Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade and endless attractions, 10Best called Myrtle Beach “a complete family destination for all ages.”

SOUTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA
SCPRSA MERCURY AWARDS

Myrtle Beach received an Award of Excellence in the Marketing Consumer Services Category at the South Carolina Public Society of America’s Mercury Awards for its 60 Days campaign.

VACATION IDEA MAGAZINE
22 BEST SMALL TOWN FAMILY WEEKEND DESTINATIONS
Recognized as a vibrant seaside town with excellent restaurants, beautiful natural scenery, amazing golf courses, and a wealth of attractions and activities, Myrtle Beach was named one of Vacation Idea magazine’s 22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations.

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
BEST FAMILY BEACH VACATIONS IN THE USA
Myrtle Beach, SC, ranked fourth on U.S. News and World Report’s top 10 list of best family beach vacations. This accolade recognized Myrtle Beach’s expansive sands, as well as plentiful attractions.

FAMILYFUN MAGAZINE
FAMILYFUN TRAVEL AWARD – TOP 10 TOURIST TOWNS & TOP 10 VACATION DESTINATION IN THE SOUTH
FamilyFun Magazine surveyed 2,000 parents about their all-time favorite U.S. vacation destinations and Myrtle Beach, SC was selected as one of the Top 10 Tourist Towns in the country, as well as a Top 10 Vacation Destination in the South.

USA TODAY 10BEST
BEST SPRING BREAK DESTINATION
Readers of USA Today and 10Best selected Myrtle Beach as the best spring break destination. The readers cited the destination’s mini golf courses, water parks, amusement parks, SkyWheel and banana boat rides as what makes Myrtle Beach an obvious option for spring breaking families.

HSMAI ADRIAN AWARD
BRONZE – BEACH HOUSE GIVEAWAY CAMPAIGN
Myrtle Beach, SC was selected as a 2014 Bronze Adrian Award Winner in the Digital Marketing: Contests/Sweepstakes category. The 2014 Adrian Awards embraced every segment of the industry, including hotels, airlines, cruise lines, car rental companies, and destination. Winners were selected from a field of nearly 1,200 entries by senior industry and media experts.

SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM AND TRAVEL
2015 GOVERNOR’S CUP
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was awarded the prestigious Governor's Cup at the 2015 Governor's Conference on Tourism and Travel. The winner of the annual Governor's Cup sets the benchmark for the state's tourism industry and highlights outstanding achievements in tourism marketing.

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