While Myrtle Beach is definitely a great spot for fun, sun and sand, it also happens to be an outstanding place to shop. The Grand Strand, which runs 60 miles along the Atlantic Coast in South Carolina, offers plentiful outlet malls, souvenir shops, unique boutiques and national chain stores.
Here are 5 not-to-miss shopping spots in Myrtle Beach:
If you’re looking for a bargain, you’ll definitely want to head directly to Myrtle Beach’s Tanger Outlets, one of the best in the area with more than 200 brands. Right off Highway 501 and easy to find, the outlet mall has retailers for clothes, shoes, housewares, home furnishings, jewelry, accessories and even perfume and vitamins.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and The Fudgery provide a treat along the way with larger restaurants like Outback Steakhouse and Ruby Tuesday also on site. AARP and AAA members, along with military and service personnel, can stop by the services center to get a free Tanger coupon booklet to score additional savings.
A long-time tradition for shoppers visiting the area, Barefoot Landing is a shopping and entertainment mecca located along the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach. A mix of boutiques, national retailers, restaurants and amusements, there’s something for just about every type of shopper. There are plenty of stores offering Southern souvenirs and goods along with national chains like Chico’s, Ron Jon, the Mole Hole and White House/Black Market.
When you need to refuel before hitting the stores again, stop for a bite at one of many well-known restaurants like House of Blues, Dick’s Last Resort, Johnny Rockets or Wild Wing Cafe. There’s also lots of entertainment on site from Alligator Adventure, where you can get up close with these Carolina reptiles, and the Alabama Theatre, where you can catch top music acts, to a dinner cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the Barefoot Princess Riverboat.
Myrtle Beach has a mile-long boardwalk completed in 2010 that runs from the 14th Avenue to the 2nd Avenue Piers along the Atlantic. In addition to a variety of dining options, all along the boardwalk you’ll find shopping, as well as the famous SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, which gives you a bird’s-eye view of the entire area. Lining the boardwalk are souvenir and beach shops like the famous Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, Tsunami Surf Shop, LandShark Surf Shack, as well as I Love Sugar to calm a sweet tooth. Plus, you just can’t beat the people-watching!
Broadway at the Beach
There’s just about everything you can imagine at the Grand Strand’s Broadway at the Beach, a 350-acre super-fun entertainment area right in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Some top shops not-to-miss include Christmas at the Beach, Man Cave Store, the Paula Dean Store and Palmetto Paradise. There’s also classics like Yankee Candle, Lids, Crocs and Claire’s.
But Broadway at the Beach offers so much more than shopping. Kids will have a ball at activities like the silly Mirror Maze, Hollywood Wax Museum and carnival rides in Pavilion Park. There several major Myrtle Beach attractions located here, as well, including Ripley’s Aquarium where you can pet stingrays, and WonderWorks, which offers science in a funhouse atmosphere.
The Market Common
One of Myrtle Beach’s top entertainment districts, the Market Common is a tree-lined village offering a variety of casual restaurants, national retailers and even residences. Visitors will find some of their favorite stores like Chico’s, Tommy Bahama, Soma, J. Jill, Barnes & Noble and Charming Charlie.
Be sure to stop in the Southern Living Store, which offers Southern-style products including fashion, food, home decor, garden and travel totes and bags, and regularly hosts food-tasting events. The Market Common also has a movie theater perfect for a rainy beach day or just for ducking out of the sun for a few hours.
However you enjoy getting your shop on, you’ll find a way to cure the itch at Myrtle Beach.
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.