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Make Your Holiday Retreat to Myrtle Beach Feel Like Home with Fresh-Baked Goodies

Christmastime can create sensory overload on the Grand Strand. With all the sounds of holiday music, the sights of the Christmas lights and the chill of the winter weather, we have to rely on our senses of smell and taste to find some relief - and the Myrtle Beach area has plenty of bakeries that provide comfort and comfort food for the season.

The aroma of fresh-baked goodies and flavor of sweet Christmas treats are in high demand this time of year, which is why Myrtle Beach bakeries are firing up their ovens filled with loving. Guests at The Caribbean Resort & Villas can follow their noses to these hot spots over the holidays and stock up on sweet treats that will ensure that they and their family members have a merry Christmas. You might even want to pick up a few extras to leave out for Santa Claus. Here are a few of his favorite bakeries on the Grand Strand:

* Boardwalk Coffee House: Located on the 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this place serves a lot of java for folks strolling along the breezy oceanfront. But Boardwalk Coffee House also serves some tasty pastries and iced coffees to put a little pep in your step during your shopping spree in the downtown district.

* Croissants Bistro & Bakery: Located a little over a mile from The Caribbean Resort & Villas, this European-style bakery has all the Old World classics for Christmas as well as all the American favorites. The German chocolate cake and assortment of holiday-themed baked goods make this place a must-stop on your holiday shopping list.

* Crumb Buns Bakery: It's a bit longer drive up to North Myrtle Beach for baked goods, but folks swear that this place makes the best bear claws in town, making it worth the trip. If you find yourself shopping at Barefoot Landing or Tanger Outlets North, do yourself a favor and swing by Crumb Buns to pick up some treats for the road.

* Dulce Bakery: Everyone has their own family-favorite holiday treats, many of them family recipes that have been passed down over the years. There's a good chance Dulce Bakery will have something akin to those treasured treats. With more than 50 types of international pastries available plus special orders, this downtown bakery really hits the spot.

* Johnny D's Waffles & Bakery: Longtime guests at The Caribbean Resort & Villas have discovered this little honey hole a few blocks north of the resort. Known for its delicious breakfast and lunch menus, Johnny D's also has an in-house bakery counter filled with tasty treats for the holidays.

* Sweetgrass Bakery & Cafe: Tucked away on the north end of town, this tiny bakery and cafe serves some big flavors with a variety of house-made cheesecakes, cupcakes and cookies. If you are in the market for a full cake or pie to feed a crowd, this place's fare will keep them quiet and happy.

* Toffino's Italian Bakery & Deli: Visitors of Italian descent often long for the Old World holiday treats they grew up with, such as cannolis or tiramisu. Many eventually find their way to The Market Common area for Toffino's, which packs its bakery counter with Christmas favorites for the holidays.

A stop at a local bakery during your Myrtle Beach vacation is an easy and tasty way to celebrate the season and make your holiday stay at The Caribbean Resort & Villas even sweeter.