In Florida, even shopping can be a thrill ride. Whether the amusement park atmosphere of an Orlando mall or the ultra-chic boutiques of Palm Beach, Florida shopping offers something for everyone.
Can't get enough of the Mouse? Welcome to The World of Disney, the planet's largest Disney character store, in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney Shops. Nearby, you'll find theme shops for Cirque du Soleil, House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, Harley-Davidson, and the amazing LEGO Imagination Center.
Fort Lauderdale's Los Olas Riverfront might be considered a Florida mall theme park, with its Spanish tile roofs, sunny courtyard concerts, and the adjoining trendy venues along the Riverwalk and Las Olas Boulevard.
At the Shops of Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, you'll find unique Florida shopping for Native American art and rare exotic seashells.
The Perfect Florida Mall
With flagship retailers, funky boutiques, weekend farmer's markets, and rollerblading beautiful people, the eight-block pedestrian mall on Lincoln Road in South Beach has been the model for half a century for what malls around the world aspire to be: the place to be.
Love to see "originally priced at" on a tag? Sawgrass Mills Mall, west of Ft. Laudedale, features discount outlets like Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, OFF 5TH Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, and Kenneth Cole.
Near Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores features discount shopping at Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Sony, and the Gap outlets.
If you're a regular on Rodeo Drive, you'll feel right at home at Bal Harbour Shops in Miami Beach, a Riviera-style mix of palm trees, fountains, and A-list stores including Cartier, Christian Dior, Escada, Fendi, Hermes, Prada, and Tiffany.
Tuscan ambiance abounds at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, featuring Artefacto, CH Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Roberto Cavalli, and La Perla.
For over half a century, the Palm Beach set has frequented posh Worth Avenue shops, such as Chanel, Giorgio Armani, David Morris Jewelers, Dunville's L'Antiquaire, and Emanuel Ungaro.
Shopping By Design
Miami's 18-square-block Design District has opened the world of interior design to the public, with dozens of leading-edge furnishing showrooms and art galleries, including Holly Hunt, Odegard, and Art Basel. Art Night events are held the second Saturday of each month.
Everything from kitschy boutiques to mid-century antiques can be found at Miami's still up-and-coming Biscayne Corridor neighborhood, on Biscayne Boulevard between 50th-79th Streets.
Start your eBay empire at Ft. Lauderdale's sprawling Swap Shop, featuring homemade crafts, garage-sale bargains, and a farmers market.
Care to do your Florida shopping before or after your trip? All things Disney can be purchased at www.disney.com. Indian River oranges, tangelos, and ruby red grapefruit can be sent to your door from www.halegroves.com. Select fine Key West cigars from www.thompsoncigar.com. Or try online shopping at a hot South Beach boutique at www.tomasmaier.com.