Myrtle Beach has again landed on the list of trashiest spring break destinations.
Myrtle Beach landed in the No. 4 spot in the Florida-heavy rankings by coedmagazine.com, behind No.1 Las Vegas, No. 2 South Padre Island and No. 3 Daytona Beach. Myrtle Beach was No. 5 on the list last year. This is the second year the website has compiled the list, but expanded it from the top 10 last year to the top 15 this year.
The rankings by the website, which says it has been the authority in college lifestyle for more than six years, 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.
“The Myrtle Beach locals weren’t too pleased about being included on last year’s Trashy Spring Break list but it’s our job to call ’em as we see ’em,” the website wrote. “The fact that Kenny [expletive] Powers had a recent stint there on ‘Eastbound & Down’ isn’t helping Myrtle’s reputation very much.”
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.
Myrtle Beach’s inclusion on the list baffles Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea, who said the area only gets a few spring breakers and the visits are spread across several weeks.
“I am at a loss to explain why someone would put Myrtle Beach on that list,” he said. “That wouldn’t be our perception.”
2013 Trashiest Spring Break destinations, ranked by coedmagazine.com:
1. Las Vegas
2. South Padre Island
3. Daytona Beach, Fla.
4. Myrtle Beach
5. Orlando, Fla.
6. Lake Havasu, Ariz.
7. Miami, Fla.
8. Panama City Beach, Fla.
9. Key West, Fla.
10. Fort Myers, Fla.
11. Tampa, Fla.
12. Virginia Beach, Va.
13. Scottsdale, Ariz.
14. New Orleans
15. San Diego