Myrtle Beach, a family-friendly beach destination catering primarily to middle-class visitors, has lots of shopping venues. International visitors are amazed by Myrtle Beach shopping opportunities and outlet prices. Sometimes they purchase entire wardrobes here (and luggage to get it home).
Shopping is great year-round, but winter weekends offer thin crowds and traffic. Watch for tax-free shopping days, often in August before most public schools open.
Outlet and mall shopping is plentiful.
Tanger Outlets 17 is an outlet mall north of Myrtle Beach; Tanger Outlets 501 is west of the Intracoastal Waterway. Both boast 100 brand name stores and a food court, and each has smaller shops that vary from season-to-season. There is plenty of free parking and several restaurants on the outer edges of the parking lot.
Barefoot Landing, along the Intracoastal Waterway, is a major shopping, dining and entertainment complex in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy lunch at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille in between browsing specialty retail shops.
Broadway at the Beach, another complex with attractions, dining and entertainment, also has more than 100 specialty shops likely to change from one visit to the next.
Coastal Grande Mall, the state’s largest enclosed mall, houses 170 boutiques and department stores, a theater and food court. Look for home furnishings, jewelry, health and beauty and a variety of apparel and footwear.
Seasonal Farmers Markets feature local produce, plants, breads, meats, fish, soaps, jams, wine and craft items. Most are open May 1 and until late October (or longer). Schedules and products vary by location, day and weather.
Golfers can find all the equipment and clothing that the pros are using. Visit either PGA Tour Superstore: one in Myrtle Beach and one in North Myrtle Beach.
Consignment and thrift stores are easy to find and fun for budget shoppers. Upscale boutiques, galleries and specialty shops are spread widely throughout the area; many newer ones are located in Pawleys Island south of Myrtle Beach.
Shop till you drop — then go back for more.