Four Local Favorites | Grand Strand Gift Shops

As soon as you even get near Myrtle Beach, you’ll notice the gift shops. Large and small, these slices of Americana offer things you need like sunscreen and cell phone chargers, and things you don’t need like kitschy knick-knacks and fun t-shirts. Let’s look at some of the gift shops in Myrtle that stand out from the rest.

Jaws Resort Wear, Garden City Beach

Sharks are the center of the show here, with a giant fiberglass one, mouth agape, guarding the entrance of the glass-walled store. Enter through its mouth (Watch out for the teeth!) and you’ll be greeted by a zebra-striped airplane hanging from the ceiling, seemingly marooned over a shark tank, its propeller still slowly spinning from a crash landing. The live (small) sharks circle below, ready to nibble the toes of the frightened occupants.

Ron Jon Surf Shop, Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing

Started in Cocoa Beach, FL more than 50 years ago, Ron Jon has been an institution at coastal locations in the eastern United States, and Myrtle Beach is no exception. There are only a dozen Ron Jon surf shops in the country, and Myrtle Beach has two stores. Shop for beachwear, activewear, surf and skateboards, and any beach item you can think of at this shop that celebrates life at the beach.

Whales Nostalgia City and Museum, two locations in Myrtle Beach

There are two Whales Beachwear stores that are extra unique because they’re partnered with an attached Nostalgia City and Museum. Find a variety of throwback items, vintage signs, antique cars, and other fun nostalgic items. These are great to visit with an older crowd or those who just want to buy a touch of yesteryear.

Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, Myrtle Beach

A Myrtle Beach tradition since 1946, the Gay Dolphin is located right on the main strip off the boardwalk. It’s three floors packed full of everything you can possibly think of in a beach gift shop, and yes, you really can get lost in it. There are vintage postcards, shells of every sort, large pieces of art, and even a lifesize bigfoot statue. Fun fact: the Gay Dolphin, along with Lazelle’s Flower Shop, are the oldest businesses in Myrtle Beach that are still owned and operated by the original family.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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