MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Vacation rental website FlipKey reports the Myrtle Beach area is currently one of its top three most popular summer 2014 vacation destinations.

FlipKey, which is owned by TripAdvisor, reports that 500,000 reservation requests have already been made on properties for summer 2014. The top three requested locations for June, July and August are: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ocean City, Md.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"We're not even finished with January yet, so to see this type of ranking is great news for our upcoming summer season in the Myrtle Beach area," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "Air carriers are setting earlier spring start dates with service to the Grand Strand, and now vacation rental property requests are growing for our busiest season. The signs are encouraging that lots of new and returning visitors will be spending time with us in 2014."

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