Best Bets for Shopping
A relaxing getaway doesn’t always require sand, surf and sun. Sometimes the best way to unwind involves some shopping with the girls and a dose of spa pampering.
The Fort Myers Sanibel area is the heart of Southwest Florida’s retail scene and one of the state’s most popular shopping destinations, hands-down. And it’s no surprise that this area known for relaxation has an abundance of spas and salons with a long list of soothing services. Combine the two and you have a girlfriends day trip or weekend getaway that’s good for the mind, body, soul and wardrobe.
Just south of Fort Myers off Interstate 75, Coconut Point in Estero is part of a retail-centric community that has something to satisfy the fashionista, foodie, beauty buff and bargain shopper in all of us. “Mall” is an understatement: There are more than 100 stores (everything from major clothing labels to high-end furniture), 25+ restaurants and a movie theater. The Main Street-style complex takes design cues from Mediterranean Revival-style architecture and incorporates lakes, palm trees and boardwalks.
Miromar Outlets, Estero
Not only is this pretty outdoor shopping plaza easy on the wallet, but it has a Mediterranean ambiance that’s sophisticated, inviting and relaxing all at the same time. Spend the day wandering flower-filled promenades and surrendering stress to the rushing water from the Euro-styled fountains accenting restful piazzas – in between scooping up bargains, of course. Shopaholics go wild over the mix of reduced prices and high-style brand names. There are more than 140 brand-name stores to explore.
Tanger Outlet Center, Fort Myers
Don’t miss this beachy, budget-friendly shopping gem on the way to Sanibel Island. Bright Caribbean colors and tall coconut palms set the mood – you may even hear some Jimmy Buffett tunes while you shop. Tanger’s layout is especially easy to navigate, and it’s great for a family outing. You’ll find more than 40 brand-name outlets.
Gulf Coast Town Center, between Fort Myers and Estero
Find more than 100 major retailers and discount stores such as Super Target, Marshall’s and Ross Dress for Less. Sports enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. You’ll also find banks, salons, a movie theater and more, plus many dining options – two popular ones are Firepit City Grill and hip local favorite BluSushi. Other fun tidbits: There’s a “sea critter playground” for kids and live concerts at the bandstand. Located off I-75, Exit 128.
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