Shopping is a big part of the Grand Strand’s appeal. Hit the funky beach shops downtown for T-shirts. For window-shopping and other items, check out:
BROADWAY AT THE BEACH (www.broadwayatthebeach.com) is a 23-acre complex wrapped around a lagoon, just north of U.S. 501 at U.S. 17 Bypass. About 100 stores, three hotels, 20 restaurants and 15 attractions. Take the family to the IMAX Theatre, Ripley’s Aquarium, NASCAR SpeedPark and MagiQuest. For adults? A dozen nightspots.
BAREFOOT LANDING (www.bflanding.com) is on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. You’ll find 100 stores and 17 eateries. Barefoot is built over a 27-acre lagoon, with shopping areas connected by walkways. The big attraction: the entertaining and educational Alligator Adventure. There are live gators in the complex’s lagoon. For adults? House of Blues .(www.houseofblues.com).
MARKET COMMON (www.marketcommonmb.com) is an urban-retail village on the south side, between U.S. 17 Bypass and Springmaid Beach. You’ll find an array of upscale-oriented retailers (Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, etc.) and dining/entertaining options. There’s also a Piggly Wiggly for the groceries and supplies you forgot to bring with you.
TANGER OUTLET STORES: (www.tangeroutlet.com) There are two of these centers in Myrtle Beach, each with 90-some retailers. Most stores are name-brand outlets (Aeropostale to Black & Decker) offering discounts and closeouts. One Tanger is on U.S. 501 at Waccamaw Pines Drive; the other is north of downtown, on U.S. 17 (near S.C. 22/Veterans Highway).