Shopping in Myrtle Beach can be a diverse adventure that ranges from finding the right tacky tourist gift to the perfect pair of Italian loafers. A great place to start that search for the one-of-a-kind tourist icon is at the Gay Dolphin. The Dolphin stocks its store with those obscure and unusual souvenirs that most likely have been sitting on their shelves since the late 60′s. How can you pass up the opportunity to purchase an item as rare as a carved coconut head that looks like little pirate, or maybe you would prefer a rubber fish? This glass-enshrined tourist Mecca has it all, a lookout tower on the roof and even a bizarre string fountain.
Once you have had your fill of beachwear stores, and have found that one-of-a-kind souvenir. You may want to then venture on to one of the Grand Strand’s many shopping complexes. With a vast variety of stores, each complex has it’s own unique twist. Colonial Mall is the shopping complex farthest North in Myrtle Beach and it tends to cater to a younger and more refined shopper. Next, there is Coastal Grand, the largest mall on the east coast. With stores like Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, Dick’s Sporting Goods,Bed Bath & Beyond, and Cinemark Theaters. It located next to the Intersection of U.S. Hwy 501 and SC Hwy 17 Bypass. Inlet Square Mall would be the mall that is located the furthest South. They have more of an older conservative clientele. At each of these locations you have your typical mall fare, lots of shops, a food court and parking (imagine that!).
The Grand Strand has several other shopping centers along it’s sunny shores which include Broadway at the Beach, a shopping, eating, and dancing dream come true, Barefoot Landing (see the aforementioned description), the Myrtle Beach Factory Stores, which is guaranteed to satiate the outlet shopping lover with stores like Nike, Timberland, Banana Republic and more.
Once you tire of shopping the mega-complexes there are many smaller boutiques that offer a more unique buying experience. There are places like Studio 77, which has the perfect items to decorate that posh New York City loft. And then there are funky and trendy clothing stores like The Venue, which help you to look fabulous while hanging out in your big city apartment. There are other great shops like Daze End that carry all the necessary survival gear for the skaters and ravers. And if it’s music you’re looking for, be sure to visit Sounds Familiar. Sounds Familiar has a great selection of compact disc and tapes that vary in styles from drum’n'bass to bluegrass. In Myrtle Beach there is truly something for everyone… well, most everyone.
Golf Widows and families alike know that the Grand Strand has some of the best shopping on the east coast. You can spend a day at the outlet malls or at Broadway at the Beach and have a blast.