Top Reasons Why Myrtle Beach is Better than the Outer Banks

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Top Reasons Why Myrtle Beach is Better than the Outer Banks

In 1903, two brothers from Ohio launched the first vehicle into the air at Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks. It was a big deal back in the day, but since then not much has happened on the sleepy 200-mile strip of islands off the coast of North Carolina.

Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach has been developing like gangbusters since around the same time, amassing a wealth of attractions, restaurants, shopping, lodging, and golf courses that are enjoyed by over 14 million vacationers each year.

Basically, if you want to go sit on a beach and do nothing, go to the Outer Banks. But if you want to sit on a beach and do nothing and then have a shower and go do everything, Myrtle Beach is your best bet.

Here’s why.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Baseball, that Great American Pastime, is one of the most fun and relaxing ways to spend time on a vacation, especially if you have a ticket to see the hometown Pelicans while you’re here. The Class-A Advanced Chicago Cubs’ affiliate are currently enjoying another first place season, and earlier this year Stadium Journey magazine listed TicketReturn.com Field as one of the top 50 stadium experiences in the country for the fourth straight year. The super kid-friendly park hosts nightly promotions that range from running the bases after the game to beer specials and fireworks at least once a week. As for baseball on the Outer Banks, maybe you could get a Wiffle ball and bat and hope it’s not so windy that every pitch flies directly into the Atlantic? Myrtle Beach 1, Outer Banks 0.

The Native Sons Salt Games

The Native Sons Salt Games

This sand-centric event is quickly evolving into one of Myrtle Beach’s coolest affairs, and Outer Banks doesn’t have anything that holds a kite to it. Check out this line-up – surfing, cross-fit, volleyball, 5K, wrestling, hot dog-eating, bikini contest, hula hooping, yoga, skateboarding, lifeguard games, cornhole, and paddleboard racing. Last year’s Salt Games drew over 3,000 spectators and 500 participants competing to see who the best on the beach was. Myrtle Beach 2, Outer Banks 0.

Myrtle Beach International Airport

Myrtle Beach International Airport

Okay, the Wright brothers might’ve invented flight on the Outer Banks, but the closest major airport to the islands is Norfolk International (ORF) which is a solid hour-and-a-half drive away. Meanwhile, the recently-renovated Myrtle Beach International (MYR) offers non-stop service to more than 30 destinations around the country, and the drive from the parking lot to many Grand Strand resorts is no more than five or 10 minutes. Myrtle Beach 3, Outer Banks 0.

Golf Capital of the World

Golf Capital of the World

In addition to the 80 championship courses on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach also hosts the annual World Amateur Handicap Championship, the nation’s largest Father & Son Team tournament, and the celebrity and pro-studded Monday After the Masters. The area has also hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship, The Golf Channel’s Big Break, and was recently named the country’s “Best Golf Destination” by USA Today. We’re sure the Outer Banks has a few nice tracks, but Myrtle Beach has more. Myrtle Beach 4, Outer Banks 0.

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach

According to the internet, the Biltmore Estate is North Carolina’s favorite attraction. For the record, that is not on the Outer Banks. South Carolina’s favorite attraction, however, is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Specialty shops, restaurants, rides, a movie theatre, miniature golf, an aquarium, boat rides, nightclubs, karaoke bars – you could literally spend all day and most of the night exploring this place without getting bored. Myrtle Beach 5, Outer Banks 0.

Lodging Options

Lodging Options

Sure, there are some hotels on the Outer Banks. But there are more than some hotels in Myrtle Beach. Simple ocean view rooms, deluxe oceanfront four and five bedroom units, beach houses, golf course villas, poolside condos – you name it. And our properties vary from budget-friendly to budget-less, allowing visitors to spend as little or as much as they’d like. Myrtle Beach 6, Outer Banks 0.

World-Class Shopping

World-Class Shopping

There are probably some great buys at Frisco Rod & Gun and Izabelle’s Closet, both located on the Outer Banks. But our visitors are a little more sophisticated. At Tanger Outlets, guests can peruse retail shops like North Face, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tommy Bahama, Adidas, and more. And that’s just the popular big name brands. Broadway at the Beach, Coastal Grande Mall, and Barefoot Landing are full of specialty shops, and The Market Common is home to Victoria’s Secret, Anthropolgie, Williams-Sonoma, Bath & Body Works, White House Black Market, CityMac Apple Store, and several unique boutiques. Myrtle Beach 7, Outer Banks 0.