I've moved the following content here for intergration into the article. Please see Wikitravel:Manual of style and, specificly, Wikitravel:NPOV. Please feel free to edit the content of the guide. Maj 14:38, 6 August 2006 (EDT)
Overall, Myrtle Beach is a hospitable town, but it must be understood that it still lies in the middle of a rural state in a rural region of the United States. It is not a mecca of liberal arts and thought, so the further you stray from the commercial sector, the more conservative you will find it. Confederate flag bikinis abound. Knowing this, use common sense. Money is a language that most everyone there speaks, so if you're willing to pay, you'll find the town a much more inviting and friendly place.
Dissenting view: As a resident of a nearby community, I can assure you that Myrtle Beach is more tolerant than most regional communities, certainly of non-WASP ethnic groups and I believe of alternative lifestyles also. The connection above between "rural" and "unsafe" is a myth, fostered by too many "Deliverance" reruns - the Grand Strand certainly has a lower crime rate than a "mecca of liberal arts and thought" like New York or San Francisco. The biggest danger to travelers, especially young women, is likely to come from other travelers, who are unknown to the surrounding community and breeze in and out of the city too quickly for law enforcement to track. Finally, many in the American South consider the Confederate flag a symbol of heritage and not hate, and I have observed several African-American attendants of "Black Bike Week" displaying it. --
- I think the two paragraphs above need to be reconciled with a more "Neutral point of view." I'm also not sure if it really needs to be in "Stay safe" unless there are real threats to personal saftey. "Understand" may be a better location. Maj 14:41, 6 August 2006 (EDT)
I see a few listings to rental consolidation sites. Is this acceptable because of the nature of the destination or are these in violation of the external links policy? Am curious because I've been deleting similar listings in other pages (Tuscany, for example) and have, perhaps, mis-understood the policy for external links.--Wandering 13:03, 5 November 2007 (EST)