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From the traditional hammocks of Pawleys Islands to the small local outlets that dot Highway 17, Myrtle Beach shopping options run the gamut of tastes and interests. Naturally, you’ll find plenty of tee shirt and bikini shops threaded throughout the area plus an assorted array of tchockchke shops perfect for finding “I heart Myrtle Beach” gifts and seashells to bring back home. For family outings, peruse Broadway at the Beach or Barefoot Landing before heading out for a dinner, and for more upscale locations, browse the Pawleys Island Hammock shops for locally-made goods and fresh fudge. When a rainy day (or the urge to bargain hunt) strikes, don’t miss the Tanger Outlet chain.
Since its opening in 1996, Broadway at the Beach has been one of the best Myrtle Beach shopping destinations. The 350-acre, $250 million attraction is packed with three theaters, 17 restaurants and more than 100 shops. If you have kids, take them to the Disney Store, buy scents for your home at Yankee Candle or bring back a souvenir in the form of a Build-A-Bear. Don’t forget to stop and feed the fish in Lake Hollywood, the 23-acre man-made lake at the center of the complex, home to several thousand overfed carp—it’s disgusting and fascinating, all at the same time. Of course, if athletic activities are more your passion, the Nostalgia Park also features nine rides from the former Pavilion Amusement Park and a NASCAR Speedpark, plus an 18-hole putt-putt course.
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Neighborhood: Pawleys Island
Chances are, you’ve spent many an hour lounging in the cool shade and swaying gently in a hammock—but have you spent those hours in a Pawleys Island Hammock? The most famed island export, these rope-based hammocks offer a lifetime guarantee and showcase artisan craftsmanship … they’re also the anchor of the Pawley’sPawleys Island Hammock Shops, a collection of local stores and eateries just outside the island itself on Highway 17. Snag saltwater taffy at the Candy Cottage, new sandals at Barefoot Elegance, or a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork from the many galleries. Don’t miss annual events like the family-friendly Easter Egg Hunt, perfect for creating new family traditions.
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When shopping in Myrtle Beach, those in search of value generally have a field day Tanger Outlets, where hundreds of discount brand name and specialty shops fill a massive outdoor mall. Shops run the gamut from Kate Spade, BCBG and Coach to Lacoste, Under Armour, Black & Decker and J. Crew. Re-fuel at the Fudgery or Dippin’ Dots. Then, just for kicks—do something you never thought you’d do … get your name written on a grain of rice at Rice Creations. You know you’ve always wanted to. We won’t judge.
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Neighborhood: North Myrtle Beach
Stroll the boardwalk and visit one of North Myrtle Beach's favorite shopping spots—from golf to dining to shopping and the Alabama Theater Barefoot Landing has it all. Peruse the surf wear at Ron Jon’s, snag new footwear at Burlington Shoes and satisfy your sweet tooth at Candy Mike’s. Then, take your whole group for dinner (at the House of Blues, perhaps?) or a show—but don’t forget to snap a photo at sunset on the lake!
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Think you’ve seen it all at Tanger Outlet Center North? Think again. A slightly farther drive than the Tanger North location, this Myrtle Beach shopping outlet offers even more upscale shopping and more than 400 stores. Search the racks for great deals at stores like Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger. There’s plenty for the kids too, with Hartstrings, OshKosh and Bass, plus a Toys “R” Us Express store. Perfect for a rainy afternoon or just a break from the beach, the Tanger Outlets are a must.
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