Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is Valhalla for hardcore outlet shoppers and lovers of seashell Christmas tree ornaments. Nearly every corner has a beach store selling cheap towels, sunscreen and live hermit crabs. Fireworks are also a hot ticket item, due to South Carolina's relatively loose pyrotechnics laws.

Shopping in Myrtle Beach

Barefoot Landing

On the shores of a manmade lake, this miniature city contains shopping, dining and entertainment establishments. Sink your teeth into peanut butter fudge on the boardwalk, pet a tiger cub, have a sepia-colored photo taken, then dine on crabs.

4898 Hwy. 17 South, SC, 843-272-8349,
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | things to do

Broadway at the Beach

No ordinary mall, this gargantuan shopping complex includes hundreds of shops, theme restaurants, an aquarium, IMAX theater and NASCAR Speedpark, all surrounding a 23-acre manmade lake where you can feed obese carp from fish food vending machines.

1325 Celebrity Circle, SC, 843-444-3200,
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | trendy | things to do

Christmas Mouse

Looking for a lighthouse-shaped ornament? Select from dozens at this year-round Christmas shop, dealing in both beach-themed and traditional holiday decorations.

2306 South Kings Hwy., SC, 843-448-7644,
Tags: family | budget | shopping

Coastal Scuba

South Carolina's largest dive shop sells a full line of diver necessities like Scubapro gear, underwater cameras, spearguns and Navy SEAL watches. The store is also a PADI-certified dive facility and leads tours of nearby reefs and shipwrecks.

North Myrtle Beach, 1901 Hwy. 17 South, SC, 843-361-3323,
Tags: shopping | expensive | smart splurge

Dynamite Fireworks

With laxer fireworks laws than neighboring North Carolina and Georgia, South Carolina has become a mecca for pyrotechnics fans from across the Southeast. Dynamite offers all the best Roman candles, sky rockets and spinners.

1149 Hwy. 544, SC, 843-238-1802
Tags: budget | shopping | great value

Tanger Outlets

The 100-plus name brand outlets at this outdoor mall include Izod, Harley-Davidson, Nike and Pepperidge Farm. Shopping here is an extreme sport, with people coming from states away to stock up.

4635 Factory Stores Blvd., SC, 843-236-5100,
Tags: shopping | moderate | great value

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