A day out shopping in Florida truly has something for everyone. You hear about the high end, luxury shopping in Miami, or how about the beachside souvenir shacks, or what about the brand-name mouse ears from Disney — the possibilities are endless. No matter where you stay in Florida, there will be dozens of shopping options nearby.
We’re here to help you narrow things down. For those who love racking up the credit card points and finding the perfect gift for someone they love (including themselves!), check out our list of the best places to shop in Florida:
Miami is wild, and that’s rings true for the beaches and the malls alike. Start your spree at The Shops at Midtown Miami on the corner of 36th St and N. Miami Avenue. There’s over 633,754 square foot of shopping space with a blend of value retail and local high-end offerings. The center offers consumers national brands including Target, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, West Elm and Loehmann’s among many others.
Another one of Miami’s most popular shopping centers is the Dolphin Mall in nearby Doral. If you want to check out a movie the Mall’s large theaters will satisfy, or you can go for the bistro theater experience as well. And if you want some food and fun, hit up Dave & Buster’s for arcade games and pub food.
While not a mall, taking a walk up and down Lincoln Road will give you the opportunity to buy a little bit of everything, but all of it will have a South Florida flare. From Alton Road to Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road has a little bit of everything including jewelry, artwork, and some of the best and most unique restaurants you can find.
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is world-famous for it’s high end retailers and people watching. The old-world, glamorous resort destination in Palm Beach is full of exclusive fashion, accessories, gifts, art, antiques and furniture. When we say luxury, we mean it. Shops including Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade line the street. Of if you’re not in a place to spend, window shopping is practically a sport here. Worth Avenue is full of festivities for onlookers, including a holiday window decorating contest, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a pet parade.
There are more affordable shopping areas in Palm Beach, too. Head to historic Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach starting at Flagler Drive on the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s full of boutiques, clubs with live music, restaurants and antique shops. Also in West Palm, check out CityPlace, a town center mix of shops, restaurants, a movie theater and homes.
Destin is a huge vacation rental destination on the Emerald Coast — and with good reason! There’s world-famous golf courses and plenty of shopping. If you’re ready to get into some serious savings, check out Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Destin, with nearly 100 outlet stores from Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, and more.
Destin Commons, an outdoor shopping mall, is lined with lush palm trees and gorgeous fountains and offers train rides for the kids. The Village at Baytowne Wharf is an outdoor shopping and eating area located in the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. The gorgeous wharf offers fishing, activities such as a ropes course and golf challenge, bustling nightlife, and clothing stores.
Grand Boulevard at Sandestin also has shopping worth a visit. Retail options like Coldwater Creek, The Walking Company, Brooks Brothers and J. Jill are all part of this venue, which includes a salon, galleries and more. Chow down at Cantina Laredo, Mitchell’s Fish Market, or The Cheese Bar at Wine World when you get hungry.
On a visit to Pensacola, you’ll want to go to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk where there’s shopping and dining aplenty. Plus fun beach and arcade games! Swimsuits and beach gear can be found at Envie Boutique or Islanders Coastal Outfitter. If you want to head indoors for A/C and smoothies, try the Cordova Mall near the airport. There’s big box stores and plenty of food courts.
Panama City Beach
Start your shopping excursion in PCB at Pier Park, an outdoor complex with an IMAX movie theater, restaurants, live music venues and more than 120 stores. You’ll be feeling the beach vibes at the legendary Ron Jon Surf Shop. Ron Jon Surf Shop was founded in 1959 and has been a famous name in beach style ever since.
At the Panama City Mall names like Candy Courtyard, Backyard Grill & More, and Hot Topic keep visitors happy and spending. Food options include Hershey’s Ice Cream, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Red Lobster and the Tropical Smoothie Café. There’s also a spa and cinema, once you’re finished shopping and snacking.
The Galleria Mall on East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale has Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Bebe, Finish Line, Pottery Barn and more. And parking is a breeze with a color-coded garage for easy memory.
On the other side of town, on West Sunrise Boulevard in Sunrise, you’ll find Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet shopping mall in the United States with more than 350 stores. Find luxury brands in the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills just outside the mall, including Prada and David Yurman.
Those in Fort Lauderdale preferring a more grown up experience as opposed to hanging with the spring break crowd will find it in the Las Olas Boulevard shopping and dining district, and the nearby Riverwalk. Museums, art galleries, shopping and more abound in this upscale, action-packed area of Fort Lauderdale.