Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is a one-stop destination for fun, food, shopping and adventu

Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is a one-stop destination for fun, food, shopping and adventu

North Beach Plantation allows you to experience a vacation of ecstasy.

This spectacular oceanfront resort is located between the Atlantic Ocean and White Point Swash on an “island,” which is more than 7 acres. Within the resort, there is an assortment of water amenities including swimming pools and spas. A winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, which is given annually to the best hotels and restaurants nationwide, North Beach Plantation is also home of 21 Main, an eatery serving steaks, sushi, shrimp and other delectable food.

Less than two miles away from North Beach Plantation, guests of the resort can enjoy the expansive entertainment, dining and shopping complex known as Barefoot Landing.

Barefoot Landing has a beautiful 27-acre lake as its centerpiece. The lake bisects the complex featuring about 100 shops, theaters and attractions.

Kim Kelley, marketing director at Barefoot Landing, said the natural environment and the unique attractions make it a favorite destination of locals and tourists.

“People visiting Barefoot Landing enjoy our various attractions,” Kelley said. “They like to go see the shows, and we also have neat little boutiques that people come back to year after year.”

A popular shop at Barefoot Landing is PURPLEologist. The catchall store only sells items that are the color purple. Whatever you can think of that is wearable or usable PURPLEologist probably has it.

“People just love it,” Kelley said.

Dick’s Last Resort (food served up in buckets by hilarious staff), D&D Outfitters (apparel and accessories for the cowboy or cowgirl in you) and Johnny Rockets (a 50s’ style dinner with music played and danced to from the 50s to the 90s) are among other hot spots.

The most beloved attractions at Barefoot Landing include Alligator Adventure (where America’s largest crocodile in captivity, Utan, lives), The House of Blues, T.I.G.E.R.S/Preservation Station and Alabama Theatre.

One of the most fun aspects of Barefoot Landing is its Summer Fest. During Summer Fest, Barefoot Landing hosts a series of family-friendly events. For example, at 10:15 p.m. every Monday, there is a fireworks show.

Other summer activities include festival-like amusement with clowns, kid’s karaoke, face painting and a parade featuring llamas or miniature ponies and a small marching band. The fun gets underway every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

One of the featured entertainers during Summer Fest is Nick Pike. Pike, who was on Season 5 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” is a juggler, comedian and unicyclist.

During Summer Fest, “we do real camel rides as well,” Kelley said.

Visitors to Barefoot Landing, however, can be entertained year-around, not just during the summer.

The Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, for instance, not only serves up fresh seafood and delicious sushi but also lets guests “toss a fish” as a part of their dining experience. Upon request, a guest, donning latex gloves, can ask a staff member to “toss” a fish from the display case, which he or she tosses back. Thus far, nobody has reportedly dropped a fish.

If you go:
What: Barefoot Landing
Where: 4898 U.S. 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
When: (From now until Dec. 31) The store hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Call for the days of operations for attractions, entertainment venues and the like.
Cost: Prices vary among the various businesses. Call the individual retail shops, restaurants, attractions and theaters to find out prices.
Information: Call 843-272-8349 or visit
Directions from The Cottages at North Beach Plantation: Start going northwest on Diane Circle toward Airport Boulevard. Turn left onto Airport Boulevard. Turn left onto 33rd Ave. S. Take the second right onto North King Highway/U.S. 17. Barefoot Landing will be on the right.

Posted 12/11/12