The Grand Strand recognized as top destination by numerous media outlets in 2022

The Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina continually proves that it is worthy of the moniker “The Grand Strand” and “The Beach” year-after-year, garnering prestigious awards and designations ranging from the “Best Resorts in South Carolina” by Southern Living, “Most Affordable Place to Buy a Beach House in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure,  and ‘Best Vacation Destinations for Families Traveling with Disabilities and Autism’ by Fodor’s Travel. 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. 

AFAR
The 7 Best Beaches in South Carolina

Cherry Grove Beach and Pawleys Island were named two of the best beaches to visit in South Carolina by AFAR. The piece specifically referenced Cherry Grove Beach as “the quiet side to Myrtle Beach” for its calming atmosphere and Pawleys Island as the “quintessential beach town that hasn’t changed for generations” for its nostalgic attraction offerings.

FODOR’S TRAVEL
These Vacation Sports and Hotels are Perfect for Families Traveling with Disabilities and Autism
Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach were named top cities for families traveling with disabilities and autism by Fodor’s Travel. The piece specifically highlights the Champion Autism Network (CAN) training for local businesses, as well as Savannah’s Playground and the quiet room at the Myrtle Beach Airport.

FODOR’S TRAVEL
The 11 Best U.S. Destinations to Visit During the Fall Off-Season
Myrtle Beach was named a top destination to visit during the “shoulder season” by Fodor’s Travel. The writer notes the destination's culinary offerings, outdoor adventure, shopping, and relaxation offerings across the 60 miles of Myrtle Beach coastline.

MAPQUEST TRAVEL
The Best Places To Celebrate The Fourth of July Across the U.S.
Mapquest Travel named Myrtle Beach as one of the best destinations to celebrate Independence Day. The writer specifically calls out the  Garden City Golf Cart Parade in Surfside Beach, as well as the annual Fourth of July Parade at Pawleys Island. Mapquest Travel also recommended the Surfside Beach Pier as a top place to head in the evening to enjoy inflatable rides, delicious food, craft beer, and a wonderful fireworks display!

STACKER 
Best East Coast Beach Towns to Live In
The cities of North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach both made the top of Stacker’s Best East Coast Towns to Live In list, at the #1 and #3 spots, respectively. Top features that make both cities top recommendations for the list include the Myrtle Beach area’s robust golf scene, outdoor activities available in Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park, in addition to the rich coastal cuisine.

SOUTHERN LIVING 
Surfside Beach is the Ultimate Destination for Families
Surfside Beach was named the Ultimate Destination for Families by Southern Living. The piece highlights Surfside beach as “The Family Beach” and specifically calls out the community for being a smaller, quieter escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Myrtle Beach. The outlet also mentions Shoreline Watersports and Wild Water & Wheels as top attractions to visit while in town. 

SOUTHERN LIVING
The Best Resorts to Stay In Across South Carolina
The Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach was named one of Southern Living’s Best Resorts to stay in South Carolina. The outlet highlights the resort’s indoor and outdoor pools, beach access, and opportunities for pampering at the Hibiscus Spa. 

TIMEOUT
The Best Water Parks in the USA
Myrtle Waves waterpark made Timeout’s list of best Water Parks in the USA. Myrtle Waves packs a punch with a unique balance of pools, slides, and attractions such as the Arooba Tooba,  Snake Mountain, or Turbo Twisters. Not to mention, the park is just a short drive away from The Beach! 

TRAVEL + LEISURE
The 10 Best Resorts in South Carolina
The Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach was named one of Travel + Leisure’s top resorts in South Carolina as a part of their World’s Best Survey. Travel + Leisure readers rated resorts on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. 

TRAVEL + LEISURE
This Gorgeous South Carolina City is One of the Most Affordable Places to Buy A Beach House in the U.S.
Travel + Leisure highlights Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as a top affordable, coastal city to purchase a beach house in the U.S. Putting the beautiful beaches aside, the writer highlights the many golf courses, excellent restaurants offering the freshest seafood, theaters, amusement parks, and shopping that attracts visitors of all ages and making it a top recommendation for those looking to buy a beach home. 

TRIP ADVISOR
Top 25 Hotels for Families
Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice Awards named Dunes Village Resort and Carolina Winds hotel as two of their top 25 hotel recommendations for families, calling out the excellent customer service offered by hotel staff.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
20 Best Places to Visit in the Carolinas
U.S. News and World Report listed Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach State Park as two of the best places to visit in the Carolinas. This report takes into consideration factors like the number of attractions, availability of accommodations, and opinions of everyday travelers.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
Best Places to Visit in June
U.S. News and World Report listed Myrtle Beach as one of the best places to visit in June. This report takes into consideration discounts on flights and hotels, weather, seasonal events, and a variety of location types (from city centers to serene beaches).

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
Best South Carolina Beaches
Pawleys Island, Huntington Beach State Park, Surfside Beach, Cherry Grove Beach and Myrtle Beach all made U.S. News and World Report’s Best South Carolina Beaches list. U.S. News considered natural beauty, cleanliness, nearby amenities and expert and traveler sentiment to determine the best South Carolina beaches.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
Best Family Vacations in the U.S.
Myrtle Beach was named one of the best family vacations by U.S. News and World Report. Specific attractions mentioned that make Myrtle Beach a must-have destination for families include Ripley's Aquarium, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Broadway Grand Prix, and numerous mini-golf courses.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
25 Top Family Weekend Getaways in the U.S.
Myrtle Beach was named one of the best weekend getaways in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report. The piece specifically highlights The Breakers Resort, the Hilton-owned South Bay Inn & Suites, and Captain's Quarters Resort as top lodging offerings at The Beach.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
Best Family Spring Break Destinations
U.S. News and World Report listed Myrtle Beach as one of the best family spring break destinations in the U.S. The outlet specifically highlights Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach Alligator Adventure, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, and a variety of water sports activities available in the destination. 

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
The 30 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in the U.S.
U.S. News and World Report listed Myrtle Beach as one of the top dog-friendly beaches in the U.S. The outlet specifically highlights the beach’s dog-friendly offerings along the 60-mile coastline such as the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, two local Barc Parcs, and Huntington Beach State Park.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
Fastest Growing Places in the U.S. in 2022-2023
U.S. News and World Report listed Myrtle Beach as the #1 fastest-growing place in the United States. This report takes into consideration the net migration of each metro area, which is measured by the growth of the population over the past five years. The percent increase in that period of time is how U.S. News determines the metro areas where the most people are moving, showcasing Myrtle Beach's booming popularity!

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
32 Top Cheap Weekend Getaways in the U.S.
U.S. News and World Report listed Myrtle Beach as one of the best weekend getaway destinations in the United States. This report highlights activities like watching the sunrise over the water, exploring the mile-long boardwalk, and searching the iconic shoreline for shells which are all free of charge. These activities, combined with affordable lodging, make Myrtle Beach a top choice for those looking to get away.