Top Reasons Why Myrtle Beach is Better than New York City
Residents of New York City love to refer to their home as the best city in the world. And in some ways it is, if you can afford the exorbitant price of every single thing in the entire city.
Myrtle Beach, on the other hand, strikes a nice balance between affordability and awesomeness, with resorts, restaurants, attractions, live entertainment, and world-class golf for all budgets.
This is the 5th destination that we’ve taken on in our series of places that Myrtle Beach is better than, and so far it’s been a completely lopsided affair.
That said, let’s see how New York City stacks up.
Depending on which part of Myrtle Beach you’re in, the sand can be reasonably close quarters during tanning season. But if you think it’s packed here, you should see the beaches around New York City. And get this – some of them charge admission! What? Not only is the beach free in Myrtle Beach year-round, but between September and April, those who find peace while strolling an empty strip of sand will prefer the Grand Strand to the Big Apple a million times to one. Myrtle Beach 1, New York City 0
The 'Big Apple' is Not Relaxing In Any Way
Whether you’re flying or driving into Manhattan, your arrival will be chaotic, expensive, and stressful. And so will the rest of your stay. 24-hour honking horns, sirens, subway cars packed with unhappy-seeming people, the constant threat of pick-pockets and con-artists, the impossibility of hailing a cab if it happens to rain – these are what some people think of as “charming.” Oh, and the smells of the sewer and millions of unbathed people wafting through the streets. Wouldn’t you rather hang out on the South Carolina coast where the dominant scents are salt water and sunscreen, and the people are all just trying to relax and enjoy the natural scenery? Myrtle Beach 2, New York City 0
A quick search of Expedia.com for a stay in mid-June turns up numerous rooms in Myrtle Beach for a family of four in the $140 – $180 range. The same search of lodgings in Manhattan returns raters that are mostly in the $260 – $320 range, with several topping $400 a night. That’s $400 for a hotel that has no ocean view, no lazy rivers, and is at least a cab ride and subway trip away from the beach. Myrtle Beach 3, New York City 0
Our Broadway vs. Their Broadway
New York City’s Broadway theatre district is the main draw for many visitors every year – visitors who don’t mind plopping down $500 for a family of four to see a musical. According to BroadwayWorld.com, the average ticket price during the week of May 31st was just under $100, with seats to The Lion King coming in around $150. Just to put that in perspective, a family of four spending the day at Broadway at the Beach can play a round of putt-putt, take a wild ride on the stunt boat on the lake, have a great dinner, pick-up some ice cream for a stroll around the complex, catch a movie, end the night watching fireworks explode overhead, and pay for the hotel room, all for what they’d spend on watching a two-hour song-and-dance routine in Manhattan. Myrtle Beach 4, New York City 0
If you’ve ever been walking through Lower Manhattan and had your girlfriend scream bloody murder after a wet, nasty rodent crosses the street in front of you, then you know the terror that these things can strike in the hearts of human beings. Plus, they carry all sorts of diseases and appear to be the size of cats, which isn’t normal whatsoever and leads us to believe that they are full of gross unmentionables from the millions of garbage bins around the city. Yuck. Myrtle Beach 5, New York City 0
New York City’s Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue might be the shopping mecca of the East Coast, or even the whole country. But, like everything else in that over-populated city, you’re going to pay full price and then some. For the fashion-conscious who don’t need to spend $300 on a t-shirt, Myrtle Beach has plenty of alternatives to the snobby stores in Manhattan. The Tanger Outlets (one on 501, one on 17) are home to plenty of fashion retailers such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Coach, White House Black Market, North Face, Banana Republic, J. Crew, and many more, each of them offering their wares at a fraction of what you’d pay up north. Myrtle Beach 6, New York City 0
Forget golf courses, New York City barely has grass! Okay, there’s Central Park, but the fine for knocking a Titleist around is probably around what it would cost to play 10 rounds at the Grand Strand’s best courses. True, some of the nation’s best tracks are located out on Long Island, but unless you’re friends with Donald Trump or Mayor Bloomberg, you don’t stand much chance of getting a tee time. Myrtle Beach 7, New York City 0
The TomTom Traffic Index monitors roads all over the world, and guess who clocked in at number four on the list of worst congestion in America? That’s right, New York. And while traffic might be a little trying at times on the Grand Strand, a bad day on the streets here pales in comparison to the never-ending jams that randomly pop-up all over the five boroughs. Myrtle Beach 8, New York City 0
Real Estate Prices
Many of our regular vacationers decide that enough is enough and end up relocating to the Grand Strand where the market is full great properties at reasonable prices. For example, Zillow.com reported that the median home price in February of this year is $139,000 in Myrtle Beach and $172,000 in Horry County. What was the median list price in New York City in April? Try $555,000. Property taxes are a little better here too, with South Carolina ranking as the fifth least-expensive and New York ranking among the top ten most-expensive. Myrtle Beach 9, New York City 0