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"National Geographic Travel" ranks Myrtle Beach as one of the worst places to visit ... in the world


FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL - Unapologetically paved over by golf courses, strip malls, water parks, and concrete high-rises, Myrtle Beach is "the definition of unsustainable." The state parks in its vicinity are worth a visit, however.

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:

"A tourism disaster. After my first visit I vowed never to return. Development is rampant and feels out of control. The quality of attractions is terrible. Uber-consumerism is everywhere. However, the region around Myrtle Beach has lovely state parks, beach areas and some small villages. If I were to ever be coaxed back to the region, that is where I would spend all of my time."

"A wall of high-rises blocks access to the beach. The roads paralleling the beach are home to the world's largest collection of cheap T-shirt shops and mini-golf courses. Access to the generally clean beach is limited and many buildings are too close to the high-water mark to be safe from hurricane damage. Some dune protection is in place."

"Overdevelopment, poor building guidelines, and concrete high-rises too close to the water have brought about a steady decline that seems near impossible to reverse."

"The Grand Strand is overbuilt and just waiting for a big hurricane to wipe the slate clean."

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That's pretty harsh....

...I would think the dead of winter in central Siberia to be a pretty bad place too, what about Afganistan these days?...worlds "worst"?, MB?...I don't think so...

Sorry, MB has some pretty nice shows going on, good entertainment, good presentation, nice facilities...not cheap but,...nice.

Nobody should ever wish such bad luck as a directed disaster like a hurricane on any coastal town! "The Grand Strand is overbuilt and just waiting for a big hurricane to wipe the slate clean." No, we don't say that here...this is where we live and strive!

"Wipe the slate clean"? For what? Not a good thought, not a good quote, not a good person that said it. Funny though, no mention of "who" or what entity made these quotes..., journalism has changed.

National Geographic Travel...they don't know diddly.,,,

I have always called the

I have always called the Grannnnnd Strannnnnnd the Redneck Riviera, and for good reason.

The proles can't get enough of the Redneck Riviera's tacky attractions, which extend as far north as Carolina Beach.

A huge population or rednecks are living lives of stupid slothfulness at Long Beach on Oak Island, another little hot spot on the Rivira Redneck.

Y'all come down for a visit before the real cold weather gits here!

Redneck Riviera....seriously???

Um apparently you have been misinformed on what exactly a redneck is otherwise you would realize how stupid your post sounds.
I am proud to call myself a redneck. I hunt, fish, farm and live a unlavish lifestyle. I am college educated with a Bachelors Degree.
I live in the Southport Oak Island area and if you would actually take a moment to look you would realize that the majority of people who live on Oak Island are either dirt poor(not lazy or slothful)due to the collapsed economy which mainly consisted of CONSTRUCTION/BUILDING jobs or retired folks. Yes there are some bums that live there just as they live in Wilmington or Whiteville or Raliegh.
I make plenty of money (probably more than you will see in your slothful lifetime) but I chose to come back home to Brunswick County and I am proud of my "redneck" heritage and I am proud to live here and enjoy visiting Oak Island.
I think you need to learn the difference between being slothful and being dirt poor, trying to make ends meat and support your family anyway you can...even if it means getting your piece of the tourist pie.

If you dislike it so much, then I only have one question for you?


Oh, and did I mention I'm a WOMAN?

Redneck Woman... what a

Redneck Woman... what a great reply!!!
Especially love to see a good hard working educated woman smack em around with some common sense. Some of the "rednecks" I ran into down there kept me in interesting conversation at a gas station or whatever stop I would make on my motorcycle and I still remember these people. They are good down to earth Americans. You go girl!! I Oh and did I mention I am a man?