Myrtle Beach ranks 3rd most popular destination this summer, Tripadvisor 2021 survey shows

Myrtle Beach ranks 3rd most popular destination this summer, Tripadvisor 2021 survey shows


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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBW) – Myrtle Beach is one of America’s top tourist destinations. While its many golf courses, family entertainment, and dinner shows are major draws, most visitors flock to this hot spot for its beaches.

It’s a place where you can walk the boardwalk, play a pickup game of beach volleyball, take a paddleboard or kayak trip, join a fishing excursion or flex your golf skills at a championship course.

Add to that a pent-up year and a half of pandemic isolation, and the area is bracing for a record-breaking year. Tripadvisor’s new 2021 Summer Travel Index reveals that – with every passing day – travel is making a big comeback.

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Nearly half of Americans (43%) in a recent Tripadvisor survey believe travel activity will rebound within three months.

Over two-thirds of Americans (67%) are planning to travel this summer (June 1 – August 31), which is a 17% increase from those who traveled this spring (March 1- May 31). Millennials are the most excited to get back out there with the vast majority (72%) of the generation planning trips. Although many still plan to drive to their destination (43%), 19% plan to fly, up 4% from this spring.

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The most popular accommodation types for 2021 summer trips are all-inclusives and beach resorts. Here are the most popular destinations for Americans this summer, according to Trip Advisor’s 2021 rankings.

  1. Cancun, Mexico
  2. Orlando, Fla.
  3. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  4. Key West, Fla.
  5. Miami Beach, Fla.
  6. Las Vegas, Nev.
  7. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  8. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  9. Tulum, Mexico
  10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Americans are done with quiet staycations and hanging out idly in their homes; they’re excited to get out and about. Compared to the first week of January, hotel searches are up 65%, searches for experiences (attractions and tours) increased by 78%, and restaurant searches are up 53%1.

What’s hot this summer?

  • Of those planning to travel, 74% of Americans will take a domestic trip and 13% will travel internationally.
  • Americans ready for longer R&R, with 29% taking a weeklong trip and 28% vacationing for 10 days.
  • Most popular travel weeks begin June 21 and June 28, timed around Independence Day.
  • Summer splurge: Over half (53%) of Americans plan to spend more on trips this year vs. last summer, rising to 66% for millennials. Globally, Americans are the biggest summer spenders, planning to shell out 9% more than the average traveler around the world.
  • Hottest amenities: Clean hotels, free cancelations, hotels with restaurants.

Here are the rankings with Trip Advisor’s most booked experience, where to eat and a highly rated hotel that’s still available:

Top 10 destinations
this summer
Highly-rated hotel
that’s still available
Most booked
1. Cancun, Mexico Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun Best ATV Tour, Five Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included El Timón de Cancún
2. Orlando, Fla. The Delaney Hotel SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium La Luce
3. Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations Polynesian Fire Luau and Dinner Show Ticket in Myrtle Beach 42nd Street Bar And Grill
4. Key West, Fla. Havana Cabana at Key West Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D’oeuvres Seaside Cafe at the Mansion
5. Miami Beach, Fla. The Standard, Miami City Half Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruise il Pastaiolo
6. Las Vegas, Nev. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation  Edge Steakhouse
7. Playa del Carmen, Mexico Banyan Tree Mayakoba Buggy Tour in Playa del Carmen with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village Visit Nørdic
8. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences Cabo San Lucas – Beach and Desert 4×4 ATV Tour  Panache Restaurant
9. Tulum, Mexico Ahau Tulum Selva Maya Eco Adventure Park: Ziplining, Hanging Bridges, Rappelling and Cenote Loco Tulum
10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana 5 tours in 1 – Horseback Riding / City Tour / Cacao Farm / Zipline / Dune Buggy Montserrat Manor Restaurant

Globally, nearly half (48%) of travelers are planning summer trips, with more than a third (38%) staying domestic and less then one in ten (9%) venturing internationally. Luxurious destinations like Bora Bora and Dubai top the list of most searched international destinations this April, while Greece and Iceland gained the most momentum in the last several months.

The data cited in this release was gathered and analyzed from two key sources:

  • A Tripadvisor Consumer Sentiment Survey, based on data drawn from an online survey of over 2,500 consumers, in partnership with Qualtrics, conducted between April 1 through April 8, 2021 across six countries – U.S., UK, Australia, Italy, Singapore and Japan
    • Generations cited are broken down by the following age ranges:
      • 57 – 75 (Baby boomer)
      • 41 – 56 (Generation X)
      • 25 – 40 (Millennials)
      • 18 – 24 (Generation Z)
  • Site behavioral data sourced from first party traffic data on the Tripadvisor platform, gathered during the week commencing March 22, 2021, for searches made by U.S. travelers from January 1, 2021 through March 26, 2021 for travel between June 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021.