Saturday, July 14, 2012

Shopping in North Myrtle Beach

Perhaps the best thing about vacationing in the Grand Strand is that there is something for everyone. Kids have museums, Ripley’s Aquarium, mini golf, and water parks. Men have fishing and golf. And women can take a day of their own and shop ‘til they drop! With several world-class shopping outlets and establishments throughout Myrtle Beach, the deals and merchandise are endless!

If you want to take a ladies’ day out and go shopping from North Myrtle Beach, go south to the Tanger Outlets, located on Hwy 17 at Hwy 22. There are literally hundreds of stores with designer brands from every category. From American Eagle to Zales Jewelry and everything in between (including a food court serving top-quality food), you could spend your whole day at this famous shopping Mecca!

But you don’t have to stop there; drive further south to Broadway at the Beach to browse the outdoor mall and boardwalk. One-of-a-kind shops line the cobblestone “streets”, inviting you in with interesting gadgets, homemade fudge and candy, novelty gifts, designer clothes and accessories, and exotic décor. While you’re there, check out Celebrity Square, an array of fine dining restaurants and nightclubs. Bring your kids to Broadway at the Beach and treat them to customized souvenirs like teddy bears at Build-a-Bear or tricked-out model cars at RideMakerz.

The Market Common at Myrtle Beach is truly shopping at its best. Upscale stores and restaurants are encased in historic-style architecture, with private lofts above that house year-round residents. This creates a "town square" kind of feel, complete with a central park for special events. After your full day of shopping, pamper yourself with a massage at Dolce Lusso Salon & Spa, and have dinner at P.F. Chang’s or Tommy Bahama.

The Market Common at Myrtle Beach

On your way back to North Myrtle Beach, stop at Barefoot Landing to check out the gift shops and take a walk across the lake on their wooden bridges. There are plenty of specialty shops and unique restaurants, where you can relax and have drinks and dessert. There is simply too much shopping to do in one day, so you might have to split your time between a few days, or just hit one or two of these shopping complexes. Also, you are never too far from a beach store when you vacation in North Myrtle Beach. It seems there is one on every corner! Pick up beach towels, gifts, and souvenirs at shops like Eagles or Pacific Beachwear. When you check in to your Ocean Drive Beach Rental, ask a friendly staff member for suggestions on shopping!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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