March 27, 2014

Myrtle Beach again lands on list of trashiest spring break destinations

Myrtle Beach is again one of the trashiest spring break destinations, landing in the top five of’s rankings for the third consecutive year.

Myrtle Beach fell from No. 4 to No. 5 this year, the same spot it held during the ranking’s first year. Myrtle Beach was outdone in trashiness this year by No. 1 Las Vegas, Panama City Beach, Fla.; New Orleans; and Orlando.

It’s one ranking that doesn’t produce a news release from the local chamber of commerce touting Myrtle Beach’s inclusion. City spokesman Mark Kruea said last year that he was surprised Myrtle Beach made the list because the area only gets a few spring breakers and the visits are spread across several weeks.

“For two years in a row, Myrtle Beach local officials have been both confused and upset that they’ve made the Top 5 Trashiest Spring Break destinations,” the website posted. “What exactly is it that they’re missing?”

The website’s write-up on Myrtle Beach goes on to say that spring breakers can “spend your day on the beach getting hammered” then hit some of the nightclubs and strip clubs later. expanded its rankings this year to 20 destinations from 15, and for the first time included a couple of ski destinations and added criteria such as foam parties.

The rankings by the website, which says it is the authority in college lifestyle, are based on several criteria: Girls Gone Wild shoots, bike weeks, Hooters restaurants, tattoo parlors, strip clubs and local liquor laws about open containers and closing time.

2014 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations, ranked by

1. Las Vegas

2. Panama City Beach, Fla.

3. New Orleans

4. Orlando

5. Myrtle Beach

6. South Padre Island, Texas

7. Miami

8. Tampa, Fla.

9. Fort Myers, Fla.

10. Scottsdale, Ariz.

11. San Diego, Calif.

12. Lake Havasu, Ariz.

13. Virginia Beach, Va.

14. Destin, Fla.

15. Gulf Shores, Ala.

16. Key West, Fla.

17. Killington, Vermont

18. San Juan, Puerto Rico

19. Daytona Beach, Fla.

20. Breckenridge, Colo.

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