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 "Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America" by Golf Digest. 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.
BEST OF SAMANTHA BROWN, TRAVEL CHANNEL (2013)
Samantha Brown, well known for her travel programs on The Travel Channel ranked Myrtle Beach #1 on her list of Best Travel Spots on her show's website. This list was out of five other locations and included places such as Los Angeles, Miami and Nantucket.
BEST FAMILY VACATIONS (2013)
FlipKey, the vacation rental company of leading travel website TripAdvisor.com, ranked Myrtle Beach as one of the best family vacation spots.
BEST BOARDWALKS FOR FOOD ACROSS THE USA (2013)
USA Today chose the top 25 boardwalks around the country based on reflection of region, price, and quality of ingredients. Myrtle Beach ranked 12th on the list.
TOP 10 AMERICAN PLACES KIDS WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT (2013)
To celebrate the re-launch of Which Way USA, its popular puzzle club that delivers a state-by-state adventure though the U.S., Highlights for Children polled kids to discover their most-desired vacation destinations. Myrtle Beach, SC, ranked no. 3 on the top 10 list.
TOP 25 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS (2013)
Chosen by millions of travelers, Myrtle Beach was ranked one of the top 25 travel destinations by TripAdvisor.com.
TOP SOUTHERN HOT SPOT FOR WINTER MEETINGS & EVENTS (2013)
ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South, asked readers and Facebook fans to vote for the cities they felt were the best places to hold a meeting or event during the winter months. Voters were directed to a Facebook ballot and were given a selection of 50 destinations across the Southeast and the Caribbean Seas region to select from. Myrtle Beach ranked no. 11 on the list.
TOP EAST COAST BEACHES (2013)
FlipKey is the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor.com. Through traveler feedback and industry research, Myrtle Beach was recognized as one of the Top East Coast Beaches based on a variety of factors, including access to restaurants, attractions, lifestyle and of course scenery.
BEST RESTAURANT CITIES (2013)
The Huffington Post ranked the Myrtle Beach/Florence market as number 6 of 15 restaurant crazy cities based on the number of restaurants per capita in the area. HuffPost Food used data from The NPD Group's annual ReCount survey, which takes a yearly census of the number of restaurants in the country, to rank United States metropolitan areas by the number of restaurants per capita. The group sites the area having over 1700 restaurants and 24 restaurants per 10,000 restaurants.
STADIUM JOURNEY MAGAZINE
101 BEST STADIUM EXPERIENCES IN SPORTS (2013)
Stadium Journey Magazine ranked TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark 19th on its annual list of the 101 best stadium experiences in sports in 2013. The list ranked the Myrtle Beach Pelicans home ballpark among, and ahead of, some of the most famous venues in all of sports such as Wrigley Field and the Cowboys Stadium. The list also ranked the Pelicans as the third-best stadium experience in Minor League Baseball, and the best in the state of South Carolina.
AMERICA'S MOST AWESOME BOARDWALKS (2013)
Budget Travel picked the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk as one of America's Most Awesome Boardwalks. Nineteen boardwalks across the country were chosen, and Myrtle Beach's 1.2-mile oceanfront staple is nestled alongside the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey, Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Venice Beach Boardwalk in California.
SILVER FOR MYRTLE BEACH PRIMARY DEBATE (2012)
Myrtle Beach was judged to be exceptional by expert travel and tourism professionals to be awarded a Silver HSMAI Award in the special events Public Relations category for the Myrtle Beach Republican Primary Debate on Fox News in January 2012. Myrtle Beach brought the beach into politics with the creation of a large sand sculpture of the presidential candidates coined Mount Myrtle.
TOP 10 BEST BREWERY TOURS IN THE U.S. (2012)
In October 2012, Tripadvisor named Myrtle Beach based New South Brewery one of the top best brewery tours in the United States. Based on their sites popularity index, New South was ranked number 7 of 10. Visitors to the area can tour the brewery, try samples and purchase their favorite brews to take home.
WHERE TO RETIRE MAGAZINE
TOP 15 LOW COST TOWNS (2012)
For its Sept/Oct 2012 issue, the magazine included Myrtle Beach in its profile of low cost towns for retirees. Towns in this ranking were chosen for their below average living costs, affordable homes and low taxes.
TOP 5 FAMILY BEACHES ACROSS AMERICA
Away.com included Myrtle Beach is its top 5 list of family beaches in America in 2012. The accolade highlights the great weather and wealth of family friendly activities one of the top family beach destinations in the US.
BESTIES READERS' CHOICE TRAVEL AWARDS "BEST SPRING BREAK DESTINATION"
Myrtle Beach was voted best spring break destination by readers of 10Best.com. It was given the honor for its endless entertainment options for families and 60 miles of coastline.
"BEST YOU CAN PLAY"
Nine golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area were selected among the top 15 "Best You Can Play" in South Carolina by Golfweek, including a third place ranking for Caledonia Golf and Fish Club and top-10 honors for The Dunes Golf and Beach, True Blue Golf Plantation, Tidewater Golf Club, TPC Myrtle Beach and Barefoot Resort's.
"CHEAT SHEET OF BEST BEACH FOR 2012"
Away.com included Myrtle Beach in its list of just eight "best beaches" for 2012, calling out the Grand Strand for its "for the whole crew" appeal - citing the destination's family-friendly offerings like the SkyWheel, the Boardwalk and WonderWorks. According to the website, Myrtle Beach is "a no-brainer for the active family on a domestic-trip budget in 2012."
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