When you are choosing the Myrtle Beach area for your next beach vacation, relocating your family, or traveling for a quick getaway, you are choosing one of the most praised destinations to visit in South Carolina, and in the United States! Here are 40 accolades and mentions that Myrtle Beach has recently received (a humble brag from all of us at The Beach): 

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

THE MOST POPULAR SUMMER TRAVEL DESTINATIONS THIS YEAR, ACCORDING TO FLIGHT DATA

Condé Nast Traveler ranked the most popular travel destinations, according to flight data, and Myrtle Beach made the list, ranked as Orbitz’s 7th-most popular flight destination and 15th most-searched summer destination on Priceline.  Affordable summer beach destinations continue top Americans’ favorite getaways, and prime among them is a classic. Myrtle Beach’s boardwalk and stretch of sandy beaches have jumped 30 spots in popularity since summer 2019, according to Skyscanner, making the beach city the site’s 66th most searched summer destination for 2021.

EAT THIS, NOT THAT!

10 BEST ROMANTIC FOOD DESTINATIONS IN AMERICA, NEW DATA SAYS

Myrtle Beach, SC has quite the variety of options when it comes to cuisine, and according to a story on Eat This, Not That! visitors need to try some classic Southern food. Specifically highlighted was Tupelo Honey, which offers all of the favorite dishes like shrimp and grits, biscuits, and fried chicken—all in a cozy, romantic atmosphere.

MATADOR NETWORK

5 DESTINATIONS DESIGNED FOR AUTISM-FRIENDLY TRAVEL 

Matador Network highlighted Myrtle Beach, SC as a top Autism-Friendly travel spot, specifically referencing the destination’s relationship with Champion Autism Network (CAN). Visitors to the region can request a CAN card, which serves as passes for families when overstimulation might become an issue, and can be used with no questions asked. Ripley’s Aquarium and Savannah’s Playground are also referenced in the piece as top attractions to visit for children with disabilities.

PARENTS

THE BEST HOTELS FOR KIDS AROUND THE WORLD

Coral Beach Resort & Suites was named one of the best hotels for kids around the world by Parents. Whether the children want to explore the eight-lane bowling alley or try a game of pinball and air hockey, or head to the lazy river, sunken pirate ship, and splash buckets, they will be entertained for hours. Parents can relax by the beach while the kids are occupied and select rooms come with a kitchen for easy meal prep.

READER’S DIGEST

THE 15 BEST AFFORDABLE BEACH VACATIONS IN AMERICA

Reader’s Digest named Myrtle Beach one of the best destinations for summer travel, highlighting the more than 80 golf courses, a number of amusement parks, and Ripley’s Aquarium that call the destination home. Notably, the outlet also mentioned the 60 miles of beautiful beaches, as well as the number of music and arts festivals in the region throughout the year.

RED TRICYCLE

30 FAMILY RESORTS WITH JAW-DROPPING WATER FEATURES

Myrtle Beach’s Grande Cayman Resort is featured in a Red Tricycle piece on the best family resorts and water features. The newly renovated resort is home to Silly Sub Water Park, perfect for children looking for an outdoor water adventure. 

THRILLIST

THESE ARE AMERICA’S MOST GORGEOUS BOTANICAL GARDENS

Brookgreen Gardens made Thrillist’s list of America’s Most Gorgeous Botanical Gardens for this year. The piece mentioned the 1,440 works in the garden—550 of which are displayed at a given time—by 300 of the best sculptors the country has ever seen. And not to mention, Brookgreen Gardens also has a lowcountry zoo where visitors can see local animals in their habitats! 

TODAY

19 FAMILY VACATION IDEAS YOUR TEENAGER WILL LOVE

TODAY highlighted Myrtle Beach as a top vacation destination perfect for children ages 13-18, specifically referencing the Myrtle Beach area beaches, world-class golf courses and boardwalks. Specifically for teens, the piece mentioned attractions such as go-kart racing, "The Walking Dead" themed escape room, and The Simpsons in 4D. Additional activities and recommended hotels in the piece include the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, and South Bay Inn & Suites, and Grande Cayman Resort.

TRAVEL + LEISURE

25 FESTIVE CHRISTMAS TOWNS TO VISIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Myrtle Beach made Travel + Leisure’s list of top Christmas towns to visit for the holidays. The story highlighted the twinkling Christmas trees and Night of a Thousand Candles light show at Brookgreen Gardens as well as the Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees— with themed trees for all 50 states. 

TRAVEL AWAITS

10 PERFECT MULTIGENERATIONAL TRIPS TO EXPERIENCE THIS SUMMER

Travel Awaits named Myrtle Beach a top Multigenerational Trip to experience in Summer 2021. The outlet highlighted the beach, boardwalk, golf, the SkyWheel, water parks, boat rides, kayaking, paddleboarding, Ripley’s Aquarium, and all the liveliness of the strip in Myrtle Beach. In addition, the piece mentioned Brookgreen Gardens as a national historic landmark with the largest collections of American figurative sculpture in the U.S. in a garden setting, with a zoo, butterfly house, children’s sensory trail, picnic area, and ponds. 

TRAVEL AWAITS

THE BEST DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES IN THE U.S.

Travel Await’s list of the Best Dog Friendly Beaches in the U.S. featured Myrtle Beach as a top destination on the East Coast for pet-friendly travel. The piece highlights the destination’s summer policy, where beaches are only pet-friendly before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. However, for the rest of the year, dogs are allowed any time.

TRAVELPULSE

HOTTEST MEMORIAL DAY DESTINATIONS IN THE US 

Travel Pulse named Myrtle Beach as one of the hottest destinations for Memorial Day weekend travel. Myrtle Beach was the third-hottest U.S. destination based on TripTik road trip searches this year. The family-friendly holiday destination was featured for its dozens of miles of gorgeous beaches, a plethora of stellar golf courses, amusement parks and thrill rides and other classic summer attractions like the bustling boardwalk and promenade.

TRAVELPULSE

THE MOST POPULAR LABOR DAY WEEKEND DESTINATIONS 

In addition to the most popular Memorial Day Weekend Destinations, Myrtle Beach also made the list of the most popular Labor Day Weekend Destinations. The Beach offers travelers the quintessential summer vacation with miles and miles of sandy shores and inviting surf as well as numerous top-notch golf courses, restaurants, bars, clubs and beloved family-friendly attractions from the boardwalk and promenade to Broadway at the Beach. 

TRAVELPULSE

AMERICA'S BEST BEACH TOWNS FOR 2021

Myrtle Beach was also named as one of America’s Top Beach Towns for 2021 and the outlet specifically highlights the 60 miles of beautiful coastline, with a variety of activities for visitors of all age ranges.

TRAVELPULSE

TEN GO-TO DESTINATIONS FOR YOUR FALL CAMPING TRIP

Camping and outdoors travel gained immense popularity over the past two years and Myrtle Beach was recently named a top Go-To Destination for a Fall Camping Trip. The new Carolina Pines RV Resort was specifically mentioned in the piece as it has RV sites, campsites and cottage rentals.

TRAVELPULSE

THE 50 BEST BEACHES FOR SUMMER

TravelPulse named Myrtle Beach one of the 50 Best Beaches for Summer, highlighting the beautiful coastline, paired with additional attractions such as the Skywheel and Pirates Voyage.

TRIPADVISOR

TOP 25 BEACHES - UNITED STATES

TripAdvisor listed Myrtle Beach as part of their Top 25 Beaches in America roundup. The feature specifically highlighted how Myrtle Beach truly has activities and fun for people of all ages. Additionally, the piece noted the beach’s 193 hotels, 18 Bed and Breakfasts, and 7000+ rental properties for visitors.

TRIPS TO DISCOVER

10 BEST PLACES FOR A FAMILY VACATION ON THANKSGIVING IN THE US

The Myrtle Beach area was named a top family vacation destination for Thanksgiving travelers this year. The writer specifically referenced the destination’s 60-mile stretch of beautiful beaches, lively boardwalk and promenade, amusement parks, mini-golf and other family-friendly attractions such as the Broadway Grand Prix and Ripley’s Aquarium. Lastly, the writer highlighted the annual South Carolina Bluegrass Festival as a top place to eat a Thanksgiving meal.

USA TODAY 10BEST

10 BEST SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE U.S. FOR FAMILIES THIS YEAR

Myrtle Beach’s camping scene was featured as a USA Today 10Best summer vacation for 2021. Camping is a time-honored tradition and Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was mentioned as a top destination for its beachfront location, mini golf, water park and bike rental opportunities available to visitors. 

USA TODAY 10BEST

10 BEST BOTANICAL GARDEN HOLIDAY LIGHTS 

Brookgreen Gardens was featured as a USA Today 10Best botanical garden holiday light display for 2021. On select December nights, Brookgreen Gardens celebrates the holiday season with more than 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless more sparkling lights. Visitors can walk through the display with a warm cup of cider, cocoa or wine in hand to the sounds of live holiday music. 

USA TODAY

10 AUTISM-FRIENDLY FAMILY VACATION SPOTS: MYRTLE BEACH, BEACHES RESORTS, LEGOLAND, AND MORE 

USA Today mentioned Myrtle Beach as not only a Best Summer Vacation spot, but also as a top recommended destination for Autism-Friendly Travel. The piece specifically highlights the destinations connection to Champion Autism Network and the opportunity for visitors to request a CAN card as a no-questions-asked pass for families at places where over-stimulation may be an issue.

USA TODAY

BEST SMALL AIRPORT (2021)

Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to be named the best small airport. A panel of industry experts partnered with editors at USA today to pick initial nominees, and Myrtle Beach was selected for this award by popular vote. 

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

THE BEST PLACES TO RETIRE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

US News and World Report listed Myrtle Beach as the best place to retire in South Carolina. The piece specifically highlights Myrtle Beach’s golf and beach communities as well as the low cost of living, making it a desirable place for retirees to enjoy entertainment and culture of the area. 

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

U.S. NEWS RANKS THE BEST AFFORDABLE PLACES TO RETIRE IN THE U.S. IN 2021-2022

US News and World Report listed Myrtle Beach as one of the best affordable places to retire in the United States. This report takes into consideration the cost of living in each respective city, as well as the unique attractions/offerings in each destination.