By Marla Cimini
Everyone knows the suitcase you return with is often packed with more than when you left. For those travelers who love to “shop ‘till you drop,” these beach destinations are worth a visit, as they are home to some of the largest, world-class, factory-outlet malls in the USA.
Tanger Outlets - Outer Banks, North Carolina
A fun shopping destination, the Outer Banks offers a wide selection of retail stores and boutiques located throughout its many beach towns. But serious shoppers head to the Tanger outlet center in Nags Head, a large outlet mall that features nearly 30 stores with an extensive selection of popular brands at value prices, including Nine West, Gap and Coach. The shops offer women and men’s apparel, as well as housewares and children’s clothing stores.
Where to stay: Outer Banks Vacation Rentals
Tanger Outlets - Rehoboth, Delaware
When taking a break from the beach, a quick drive to the nearby Tanger outlet mall in Rehoboth, Delaware, provides a fun shopping excursion. With more than 150 stores spread across three separate buildings, this outlet mall has major brands well represented, such as Old Navy, Fossil and Calvin Klein, with sales on clothing and accessories at budget-friendly prices. Open daily, this mall offers ample parking and a number of casual eateries, too.
Where to stay: Delaware Beach Vacation Rentals
Premium Outlets - South Walton, Florida
Serious Gulf Coast shoppers know to pack an extra suitcase when heading to the nearby Silver Sands Premium Outlets. With more than 100 stores, this location features a wide array of top brand shops including: Ann Taylor, DKNY, Polo Ralph Lauren and Sony electronics. Often offering discounts anywhere from 25% to 65% off regular retail prices, it’s no surprise that this destination is so popular in Northwest Florida. Regular shoppers can benefit from their VIP club as well as special limo service to and from the mall.
Where to stay: South Walton Vacation Rentals
Tanger Outlets - Charleston, South Carolina
A shopper’s paradise, the Charleston area is home to a multitude of retail and outlet malls of all kinds. In addition to smaller boutiques, the nearby Tanger outlet mall serves the area with about 100 stores, offering valuable discounts and a robust selection of family-friendly eateries. Some popular clothing shops include: J.Crew, Express and Lucky brand jeans. When you’re looking to splurge, there’s a Zales jewelry store, too.
Where to stay: Charleston Vacation Rentals
Tanger Outlets - Hilton Head, South Carolina
Boasting more than 30 shopping centers across the island, Hilton Head offers a vast selection of opportunities to embark on a real shopping safari. True bargain-hunters head to the major outlet mall with more than 125 distinctive stores. In addition to the smaller shops, this Tanger outlet facility is anchored by the Saks 5th Avenue’s “Off 5th” store and the Nike Factory Outlet. And when you need a rest, several cafes and restaurants are just steps away, including Starbucks, Panera Bread and Olive Garden.
Where to stay: Hilton Head Vacation Rentals
Tanger Outlets - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Known as one of the world’s premier shopping destinations, Myrtle Beach draws visitors to the many stores located in its wildly popular Tanger Outlet center. This sprawling mall features more than 200 famous brand shops, with designer accessories and other merchandise for all ages. A few include: Banana Republic, Forever 21 and Under Armor. And footwear fanatics can rejoice. This outlet has more than 20 shoe stores alone, from casual and comfortable to dressy and luxurious.
Where to stay: Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals
Tanger Outlets - Gulf Coast, Alabama
When planning a getaway to Alabama’s Gulf Coast, many shoppers schedule a trip to the Tanger Outlets, located in the town of Foley. An expansive destination, this mall is home to more than 200 discount stores that offer clothing and accessories for the entire family -- including a massive TJ Maxx, Gap Outlet and Hanes. After hours of perusing the shops, take a food break at several places onsite, such as: Rock N Roll sushi, Bella’s Pizza and Mr. Wok.
Where to stay: Alabama’s Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals
Freelance journalist Marla Cimini has a passion for travel, music and culinary adventures (combining all three whenever possible). Her articles have appeared in USA TODAY and numerous publications worldwide.