SHOPS AND SHOPPING IN FLORIDA

Travel information about shops and shopping in Florida

Whether you are looking for the latest, the oldest or the freshest, Florida is a shopperÕs paradise. From designer stores, specialty shops and Florida cuisine, to antiques, collectibles and even spa treatments, you will find what you are shopping for in the Sunshine State.






For a one-stop shopping experience, Florida’s malls carry everything from high fashion to specialty jewelry and designer chocolate, all with a distinctly Florida flair and for those who appreciate a good deal, Florida offers a wide variety of outlet malls where you can get that designer look without the designer price.

Florida offers a variety of unique shopping experiences, designed to help you find that perfect souvenir that you know you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever treasure it is that you are hunting for - new or old, unique, inexpensive, or both - Florida is the state for shopping.


GOLFING IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA

Destin/Fort Walton Beach
The charm and southern hospitality you’ve found in the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area extends into its malls and shopping areas. Spend a day out of the sun and visit the many shops, boutiques and outlets all around the area, where you’ll find treasures to suit every taste – from trendy boutiques and specialty stores to malls and factory outlets. Also worth a visit are the Silver Sands Factory Stores in Destin. This shopping center is the nation’s largest, featuring more than 100 name brand factory outlets and is literally across the street from the Gulf of Mexico.

Seaside/Beaches of South Walton
For those who must answer the natural call of shopping, Beaches of South Walton offers hidden treasures around every corner. Whether it's designer and name brands at affordable prices, hand-made art by talented artists or eclectic gifts and home accessories, the area's shopping is as indulgently diverse as each of its thirteen beach communities.



SHOPPING IN NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA

Tallahassee
Two large regional malls and numerous specialty centers offer a wide spectrum of popular chain stores, boutiques, curiosity and antique shops. North of Tallahassee, Havana, once an important center for the broadleaf tobacco used in cigars, now holds an eclectic collection of antique shops, art galleries and cafes.



SHOPPING IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA

Jacksonville
Shopping opportunities are everywhere, with something for every taste. Vintage and antiques in the eclectic Five Points, upscale chic and trendy boutiques in Avondale and San Marco combined with the latest in must-have retail at the newly opened St. Johns Town Center.

St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra Beach
From more than 20 art galleries and 25 antique stores in St. Augustine to trendy resort boutiques in Ponte Vedra Beach, shopping in the St. Augustine-Ponte Vedra Beach area of northeast Florida offers visitors plentiful and diverse choices. The original art, crafts and one-of-a-kind antiques are a major enticement for shoppers but for more retail-minded shoppers, opportunities galore await in St. Augustine at two of Florida's premier outlet mall locations. St. Augustine Premium Outlets is home to 95 outlet stores, with impressive savings from J. Crew, Banana Republic, Coach and Tommy Bahama, just to name a few.



SHOPPING IN CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA

Clearwater
The greater Clearwater area is known as the “Retail Center” for Florida’s west coast due to its abundance of specialty, high-end boutiques, beach-town surf shops, major shopping complexes, flea markets and outlet malls.

St. Petersburg/Clearwater
For those who love to shop, St. Petersburg/Clearwater - Florida's Beach is a paradise waiting to be explored. Visitors will discover and love the sheer variety of malls, shopping villages, outlets centers and specialty stores in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area - from one-of-a-kind boutiques and antique stores clustered together for easy browsing, to beachside shops filled with souvenirs and flea markets overflowing with bargains.

Tampa
If you’re visiting Tampa, stop by the International Plaza and experience all the style of Central Florida. Keep yourself in the height of fashion with shops like Gucci, Christian Dior and Adrienne Vittaddini, or develop a carefree style for the beach at Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch.



SHOPPING IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

Kissimmee
Travelers with visions of great deals on designer bags and clothes, of finding hidden treasure among the shelves of an antique store or indulging their shopping passion at a high-end boutique will find it all in Kissimmee. Stop by Kissimmee’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment center, The Loop. Go outlet shopping at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and Orlando Premium Outlets, antiquing along the historic downtown streets of Kissimmee and St. Cloud and find unique gift ideas around Market Street in the neo-classical town of Celebration. Also find familiar favorites at Florida Mall, unique specialty stores at Festival Bay and high-end department stores and shops at Mall at Millenia.

Ocala
In addition to the downtown shopping district located around the Historic Downtown Square, major shopping areas include Paddock Mall*, 40 East Shopping Center, K-mart Plaza, Shady Oaks Mall, Ocala Shopping Center and Gateway Plaza.

Orlando
From Gucci bags and Tiffany diamonds to Ocean Pacific flip flops and secondhand treasures – plus everything in between – Orlando has emerged as an international shopping dynamo. And, with more than 52 million square feet (4.6 million square meters) of retail space – and growing – you can bet that all tastes and budgets will be delightfully satisfied. Home to nine world-class malls, including the upscale The Mall at Millenia and Gen-Xer Festival Bay Mall at International Drive, the area offers great shopping options for the entire mind, body and spirit under one roof.



SHOPPING IN CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA

Daytona Beach
The Ocean Walk Shoppes at Ocean Walk Village includes upscale eateries, boutiques and live entertainment. A 10-cinema movie theater, Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company and a Starbuck's coffee shop help to fill the four-level, 90,000-square-foot retail complex. Ocean Walk Shoppes & Movies is a part of the $250 million Ocean Walk Village redevelopment project.


SHOPPING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Bradenton
Anna Maria and Longboat Key are known for their specialty boutiques, offering everything from island wear and novelties to hand-made jewelry and art. Bradenton’s downtown houses numerous antique shops, while the nearby Village of the Arts features more than 40 cottage-like galleries for artists. Bargain-hunters can score big at the Prime Outlets in Ellenton, but if price is not a problem, upscale St. Armand’s Circle is the place to go for a variety of exclusive shoe, clothing, gift and other retail stores. Be sure to visit the Red Barn Flea Market, which boasts more than 600 booths, and has been a proud tradition since 1981. Here you will find everything from clothing, collectibles and antiques, to electronics, tools and pet supplies.

Fort Myers
Visitors from around the world find the Fort Myers/Sanibel area in southwest Florida has more to offer than its beautiful sugar-white beaches and balmy weather, including a veritable feast of shopping opportunities. From its one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs found in boutiques, art galleries and flea markets to the familiar labels of upscale malls and outlets centers, the Fort Myers/Sanibel area is a shopping haven with something for everyone.


Marco Island
Marco Island offers many shopping treasures. Specialty shops and resort boutiques offer everything from bathing suits and island wear to the finest designer fashions. Shopping goes beyond beach wear, with stores that offer artistic items of local flavor and interesting souvenirs. Conveniently located just a few miles off the island is Prime Outlets, with over 40 stores offering designer clothing and shoes, books and housewares at discount prices.

Naples
In historic shopping districts and waterfront plazas, Naples visitors can find unique treasures ranging from original artwork by the masters to designer fashions. Third Street South, Naples’ business district at the turn of the century, now serves as a premier shopping and dining district. This has become a trendy shopping village of more than 100 distinctive shops, galleries, outdoor cafés and restaurants – all within walking distance to the beach. Just a few blocks away, Fifth Avenue South has undergone a renaissance into a dynamic pedestrian-friendly scene both day and night with art galleries, clothing and design boutiques.

Sarasota
Sarasota County is more than just pretty; it’s a pretty great place to shop. From art galleries and antiques to flea markets and outlets, Sarasota is the perfect one-stop shopping destination.



SHOPPING IN SOUTHEAST FLORIDA

Boca Raton
You will find restaurants, cafés, a multiplex theater and an amphitheatre around this Mediterranean-style courtyard; all of that, along with specialty shops and national retailers, make Mizner Park a fabulous place to spend the entire day. Mizner houses many premium stores that offer men’s and women’s apparel, exclusive wears, art, jewelry and a great selection of dining restaurants and bistros.

Fort Lauderdale
Sawgrass Mills, the world's largest discount mall, Festival Marketplace and Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in the South, offer more buys for the buck. Shopping malls such as the Galleria, featuring Neiman-Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, are complemented by traditional Florida shopping avenues such as Las Olas Boulevard, Dania Antique Row and beach boutiques.

Key West
If you feel like shell-hunting, but are trying to avoid the heat, visit the Shell Warehouse for everything shell-related, from jewelry to chandeliers. Located on Whitehead Street in Key West, the unique shop has the look of an old clipper, with weathered walls covered with trophy fish. For a true specialty, visit the pride of Key West, Kino Sandals, where the Lopez family has been handcrafting sandals for 40 years. For complete rejuvenation that you can take home, don’t miss Key West Aloe on Front Street, where all the products are developed from local tropical ingredients, like key lime and pure aloe.

Miami
It is a far cry from the days when a half bushel of grapefruit and a Greetings from a Miami Beach snow globe were de rigeur tourist purchases, Miami has become a red hot retail destination: a tropical treasure trove of trendsetting fashions, cutting-edge home décor and great values. Serious shoppers from around the world travel to Miami to check out designer showrooms displaying the latest styles and innovations, and visit funky boutiques trumpeting homegrown talent.

Also. visit the Dolphin Mall – just five miles from the Miami International Airport – for the best in South Florida shopping. The shopping center has been specifically designed to reflect Miami’s rich multicultural heritage with both high style street wear and casual garb for the sands of South Beach. Even the food court is reflective, designed as a hacienda, boasting cuisine from all over the world. Out-of-town visitors receive special shopping discounts, and there is an airport shuttle for those who are on a schedule.

Palm Beach
Great year-round weather with open green markets, festivals and trendy shopping districts offer an unparalleled mix of shopping choices. From the funky and forward shops of the Clematis Street District and the famous and elegant boutiques of Worth Avenue to five superior shopping malls, ample antiquing and the European-style town centers of CityPlace and Mizner Park, Palm Beach County boasts world-renowned shopping.

Pompano Beach
If you prefer marketplaces to malls, Festival in Pompano Beach boasts 400,000 square feet of marketplace shopping with a Florida twist: air conditioning! With 800 shops, this market allows its visitors a shopping experience for every occasion. Spend all day searching for the best deal on everything from clothes and shoes to gifts, jewelry and home furnishings. Shoppers can search for the freshest local produce in Festival’s farmers’ market, world famous for its New York pickles, exotic spices, flowers, candy and nuts.



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