Reasons Why Myrtle Beach is Better than Virginia Beach

By emerson • March 16, 2017
We're pretty sure that the uncrowded, undeveloped beaches of Myrtle Beach State Park are way better than Virginia Beach's Mount Trashmore.
We're pretty sure that the uncrowded, undeveloped beaches of Myrtle Beach State Park are way better than Virginia Beach's Mount Trashmore.

We’ve already explained why Myrtle Beach is superior to Gatlinburg and Daytona Beach, and now it’s time to take a look at another vacation destination that sits roughly 350 miles to our north.

After a diligent amount of research, it looks like Virginia Beach’s claim to fame is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which is the largest around according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Whooopdie-doo! Needless to say, we’ll take “Golf Capital of the World” over that any day.

But what else separates Myrtle Beach from Virginia’s most populated city?

Well, have a look.


The 2010 census showed a metropolitan population of 465,000 in Myrtle Beach, while counting 1.7 million folks in Virginia Beach. You do the math – if the number of residents there is more than three times the number of residents here, then there’s far less room for tourists to move around. In fact, we’ve heard that the beach is standing room only and there’s literally nowhere to take a walk. And forget about a nice meal with the family – tables are so close together that other diners wind up eating your food directly from your plate without even asking. (just kidding, sort of). Myrtle Beach 1 – Virginia Beach 0.

Places to Play

A person with some control over naming Virginia Beach’s municipal attractions decided that “Mount Trashmore” would be a suitable handle for the city’s main park. Given that the space was formerly a landfill (a.k.a. dump), the name makes sense. However, unless you’re Oscar the Grouch or have access to very high-quality nose plugs, we’re guessing that this wouldn’t be somewhere you’d like to hang out. Visitors to the Grand Strand can choose from numerous places that don’t smell like an old bag of garbage, including Plyler Park, Valor Park, a couple of oceanfront state parks, and a number of our resorts that have on-site waterparks. Myrtle Beach 2 – Virginia Beach 0.

Civil Liberties

Virginia Beach collected over $6,000 in fees last year resulting from their ban on profanity. And while we agree that inappropriate language should not be used around youngsters, it seems cruel (and maybe somewhat un-American) to reach into an adult’s wallet for saying a “bad” word here and there in the company of friends on vacation. Myrtle Beach 3 – Virginia Beach 0.


Sure, Myrtle Beach gets some congestion on the main thoroughfares (Ocean Boulevard, US 501, Business 17) during the summer months, but these roads can be avoided by taking alternate routes like Grissom Parkway and SC-31 (seriously, check these out!). From what we’ve heard, Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach is a nightmare of high speeds, reckless drivers, constant bottlenecking, honking horns, and flying middle fingers creating a hostile environment for those who just want to reach their destination safely. In fact, website Daily Beast ranked I-264 in Va. Beach the 18th worst commute in the nation, ahead of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Atlanta. Myrtle Beach 4 – Virginia Beach 0.


This reasoning could be leveled against more or less every other area in the country, but golf on the Grand Strand is superior in pretty much every way with regard to Virginia Beach, where there are a mere 11 public courses and two military tracks, which are almost never worth playing. Myrtle Beach, on the other hand, boasts affordable rates on world-class designs by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Gary Player, Mike Stranz, Robert Trent Jones, Greg Norman, Tom Doak, and many of the other greats of golf course architecture. Myrtle Beach 5 – Virginia Beach 0.


According to the National Weather Service, Virginia Beach gets an average of 117 days of precipitation every year. That’s not bad, but it’s not Myrtle Beach. Here, we average 92 days, which means the Grand Strand sees two full weeks of sunshine more than Virginia Beach every year. Also, they get around six inches of snow yearly, while we average less than an inch. Sure, these aren’t humongous differences, but you’d have to agree that if you’re looking for warmth and sunshine, that Myrtle Beach’s numbers are better. Myrtle Beach 6 – Virginia Beach 0.

Because Says So

According to the popular hotel search engine, Myrtle Beach is 2015's most popular beach destination among U.S. travelers, beating out Virginia Beach, Ocean City, Miami, Key West, Honolulu, Atlantic City, and everywhere else. What can we say? Numbers don't lie. Myrtle Beach 7 Virginia Beach 0.