Southwest Florida Visitors' Guide: Shopping

BY January 12, 2017

Although those who visit the Gulfshore are a diverse group, they all have one thing in common: the desire to take a piece of Southwest Florida home with them.

Luckily, our corner of the Sunshine State is packed with shops stocking a wide array of clothing, décor and gifts that feature our unmistakable local flavor. Shop-hop through Sanibel Island to discover Southwest Florida-inspired gems at Periwinkle Place and Tahitian Gardens. For more boutique clothing and goods, head to the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers, where an impressive spread of specialty items are available. Looking to check out the finest in upscale stores? Visit Waterside Shops, Mercato, Fifth Avenue and Third Street South, and many other spots in Naples and find an abundance of big-name and up-and-coming brands.

With our area’s selection of shopping centers, we know you’ll find what you’re looking for—so much so that we suggest you bring along an extra suitcase.




THE PROMENADE AT BONITA BAY, U.S. 41 and South Bay Drive, (239) 949-1573. A Mediterranean-style shopping and dining center with open-air walkways, greenery and waterfalls throughout. Offers specialty shops including To the Moon, Kelly Chase Couture Bridal Boutique, Coastal Outfitters, Jami’s and Children’s Couture. Dining options include Roy’s, DeRomo’s Gourmet Market & Restaurant and Molino’s Ristorante. promenadeshops.com


COCONUT POINT, south of Corkscrew Road on U.S. 41, (239) 992-9966. The shopping area is part of a 500-acre, master-planned community. Shops include J.Crew, Chico’s, Apple, Sephora, Gymboree, West Elm, LOFT, Best Buy and more. More than 20 dining offerings include Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ted’s Montana Grill and California Pizza Kitchen. simon.com

MIROMAR DESIGN CENTER, 10800 Corkscrew Road, (239) 390-5111. Comprehensive resource for design professionals and consumers. More than 40 showrooms present furniture, fabrics, flooring, lighting, kitchen and bath products, art, accessories, wall coverings and much more. Design referral services, college-level courses and event facilities are available. miromardesigncenter.com

MIROMAR OUTLETS, exit 123 off I-75 at Corkscrew Road, (239) 948-3766. An inviting Mediterranean atmosphere with covered, open-air walkways, sculpted water fountains and an abundance of casual eateries. Miromar Outlets offers an extensive selection for bargain-hunters with more than 140 outlet shops. Outlet stores include Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Cole Haan, J.Crew Factory, Coach Outlet, Movado Company Store and Bose Factory Store. miromaroutlets.com


BELL TOWER SHOPS, U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway, (239) 489-1221. A scenic, open-air, upscale retail center with more than 50 specialty stores, fine dining, a 20-screen movie theater and well-known hotel accommodations. Stroll through lush landscapes and enjoy special events throughout the week. Center includes national chains ULTA Beauty, Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams-Sonoma and more. thebelltowershops.com

EDISON MALL, U.S. 41 and Colonial Boulevard, (239) 939-1933. Featuring many of the nation’s top department and specialty stores such as Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, JCPenney, the Disney Store, Yankee Candle, Journeys, Justice, Bath & Body Works and Foot Locker. simon.com

GULF COAST TOWN CENTER, I-75 and Alico Road, (239) 267-5107. Lifestyle center featuring the first Bass Pro Shops to open in Southwest Florida. Shops such as JCPenney, SuperTarget, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Ron Jon Surf Shop are intermixed with restaurants including P.F. Chang’s, Miller’s Ale House and Islamorada Fish Company. Regal Cinemas 16 adds to the lively evening atmosphere. gulfcoasttowncenter.com

PARK SHOPS AT ANDREA LANE, U.S. 41 and Andrea Lane. Features Bonefish Grill, Bradley’s Jewelers and more.

THE RIVER DISTRICT, historic downtown Fort Myers, is experiencing a revival of retail and commercial development with a surge in art galleries. It’s a destination for shoppers looking for the perfect gift or unique home furnishing.

SANIBEL OUTLETS, 20350 Summerlin Road, (239) 454-1974. Stroll canopied boardwalks in a lush, tropical setting and shop more than 30 name-brand and manufacturer outlets, including Coach Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, GUESS Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, Samsonite Factory Outlet and Nike Factory Store. sanibeloutlets.com


THE ESPLANADE, 760 N. Collier Blvd., (410) 296-4800. This shopping plaza is set upon 1,100 feet of waterfront on Smokehouse Bay and encompasses nearly 50,000 square feet of fine dining, select retailers, specialty stores and commercial offices. It also houses the 77-boat-slip Esplanade Marina and a bayside sunset amphitheater. Restaurants include CJ’s on the Bay, Chop 239 and Mango’s Dockside Bistro. theesplanade.com

MARCO TOWN CENTER MALL, North Collier Boulevard at Bald Eagle Drive. More than 40 shops, restaurants and cafes in a casual outdoor setting. Dining options include The Crazy Flamingo and Summer Day Market & Cafe, and locally owned boutiques include La Scarpa, Periwinkles, Blue Mangrove Gallery, Georgie’s and the Shoe Resort and Sandpiper Clothiers.


BAYFRONT, on Goodlette-Frank Road at U.S. 41, (239) 233-6722. Enjoy the colorful European-style architecture while browsing the shops and galleries of this center that includes several dining options, residences and a marina. Specialty services and shops available, such as Stoneburner Companies and Myxn Scents. Restaurants include St. Germain Steakhouse, Tavern on the Bay and Shane’s Cabana Bar. Other services include Robert of Philadelphia salon. bayfrontnaples.com

COASTLAND CENTER, 1900 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 262-2323. The area’s only enclosed retail center includes more than 100 retail stores, including well-known names such as Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sears and brands including G By GUESS, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Express and Victoria’s Secret. Dining options include, The Cheesecake Factory and an extensive food court. coastlandcenter.com

FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH, six blocks in Old Naples, (239) 692-8436. A continental ambiance offers a mix of sophisticated restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Among the retailers are Petunias of Naples, Port Royal Jewelers and Best of Everything. Fifth Avenue is home to more than 25 restaurants and sidewalk cafés. The Sugden Community Theatre is on Fifth Avenue South, and the Naples Art Association is just around the corner. fifthavenuesouth.com

GALLERIA SHOPPES AT VANDERBILT, Vanderbilt Beach Road at Airport-Pulling Road. Mediterranean-style shopping and dining village featuring Pei Wei Asian Diner, ZAZOU, Stacy’s Golden Hanger, The Good Life, European Wax Center and more. shopvanderbilt.com

MERCATO, U.S. 41, north of Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 254-1080. Anchored by Whole Foods Market, the mixed-use development also includes The Capital Grille, AZN Azian Cuizine, The Pub Naples, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, Blue Martini, Silverspot Cinema, Gigi’s Children’s Boutique, Pandora, J.Crew Mercantile, Venture X, Sur La Table, Z Gallerie and more. mercatoshops.com

THIRD STREET SOUTH, located in the heart of Old Naples, (239) 434-6533. Featuring a collection of charming shops, the thriving Gallery Row and premier culinary finds. Shops include Marissa Collections, Tickled Pink, Gattle’s and C. Orrico—A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Shop. Restaurants include Campiello Ristorante & Bar, Sea Salt, Jane’s on 3rd Garden Café, Ridgway Bar & Grill and Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, among others. In addition to providing a source for area information, the concierge will hold and assist with package deliveries and arrange transportation. Third Street South is also a Naples Wi-Fi hot spot, so bring your laptop. thirdstreetsouth.com

TIN CITY, on U.S. 41 at Goodlette-Frank Road, (239) 262-4200. Originally a 1920s clam-shelling and oyster-processing plant. Eclectic shops offer kitschy souvenirs, collectibles and handmade goods. Try waterfront dining at Pinchers Crab Shack, or grab a bite at M&M’s Café. tin-city.com

THE VILLAGE SHOPS ON VENETIAN BAY, Gulf Shore Boulevard North at Park Shore Drive, (239) 261-6100. A recently renovated waterfront village with a taste of Old Italy. Stroll by the bay and shop at more than 30 upscale specialty boutiques for men and women, including A Horse of a Different Color, Simply Natural, Wildflower and Mondo Uomo, as well as galleries and jewelers. Waterfront restaurants include M Waterfront Grille, MiraMare Ristorante, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, The Village Pub and a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop. venetianvillage.com

WATERSIDE SHOPS, U.S. 41 at Seagate Drive, (239) 598-1605. An outdoor shopping center set among artistically tiled fountains and anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Home to luxury boutiques including Johnny Was, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Free People, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, St. John, Apple, Kate Spade New York and Calypso St. Barth. Dining options include BrickTop’s restaurant, BRIO Tuscan Grille, California Pizza Kitchen and the new True Food Kitchen. watersideshops.com


CHADWICK’S SQUARE, at the entrance to South Seas Island Resort on the north end of Captiva Island. Features a unique selection of specialty shops with everything from beachwear to home furnishings, including a gallery, clothing shops and grocery.

PERIWINKLE PLACE is home to a restaurant, a day spa, a toy store, shops featuring unique gifts, galleries, apparel boutiques and jewelry stores on Sanibel Island. Some stores include Island Pursuit, Peach Republic and the original Chico’s. periwinkleplace.com

PERIWINKLE WAY, Sanibel’s main road, features open-air shopping perfect for casual strolling. From seashells to souvenirs and clothing to crafts, there is something for every taste.

TAHITIAN GARDENS on Sanibel features specialty clothing and decor boutiques, jewelry stores, restaurants and more along covered outdoor walkways. Shops include local names like Brown Bag, C. Turtles and Pandora’s Box. shoponsanibel.com


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