Myrtle Beach shopping is some of the best in the region, with hundreds of stores, boutiques, galleries, and souvenir shops. In addition, you will find several shopping outlets in Myrtle Beach with bargains that draw thousands of visitors as well as South Carolina residents from all over the eastern part of the state, and even from neighboring North Carolina.
Among the shopping outlets in Myrtle Beach are two Tanger Centers. One is located about six miles west of downtown Myrtle Beach on Highway 501, and can be conveniently reached with car rentals. Another quite large center is located on Highway 17 (the main thoroughfare that parallels the coastline) about halfway between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Between the two, you will find more than 200 name brand outlet stores offering apparel, accessories, house wares and home furnishings, and footwear. These two shopping outlets in Myrtle Beach also offer food courts and restaurants, ice cream and candy shops, and specialty stores offering everything from diamonds and pet supplies to perfume and power tools.
There are also three well-known Myrtle Beach shopping malls that are tourist attractions in their own right. Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is set between Highway 17 and the Intracoastal Waterway, and actually boasts its own marina in case your mode of transportation happens to be a boat. After visiting the hundred or so shops and one of the waterfront dining spots, you can stop in at the Alligator Adventure, one of the largest reptile zoos in the world, or Preservation Station, a 50-acre refuge where you can enjoy some hands-on encounters with greatly endangered and rare species from orangutans and chimpanzees to more than 60 big cats including tigers and the liger (a cross between a lion and a tiger). When your Myrtle Beach shopping is over and you've seen all the critters you wish to see, you can come back after dark for some nightlife at more than a dozen entertainment venues including the legendary House of Blues.
Another of the well-known Myrtle Beach shopping malls is Broadway at the Beach, also a tourist attraction and located between Highway 17 and the beaches of central Myrtle Beach. Similar to Barefoot Landing, it is a 350-acre complex boasting about 20 restaurants, more than 100 specialty shops, cinema complexes, live performance theaters, and its own night club district. There is a small amusement park, miniature golf, and eve a zip line and ropes course. Here also is another Hard Rock Café and another dozen or so night clubs and music bars. This is also the site of numerous special events, including festivals, conventions, and seasonal fireworks displays. About a mile away is one of the newer Myrtle Beach shopping malls is the Coastal Grand Mall, with more than 170 stores anchored by stores such as Sears, JC Penney, Old Navy, and Cinemark Theatres.
There are several other Myrtle Beach shopping malls and centers as well as numerous boutiques and shops found along the beaches and in oceanfront hotels. About halfway between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach to the south is the sophisticated Market Common, with upscale shops and boutiques and elegant dining choices. This center is also a residential community, with a large number of apartments, condominiums, and other types of vacation rentals.