"Fashionable meets budget-friendly at outlet malls and other retail hotspots in the Fort Myers Sanibel area. See where to shop in style and save big. "
"Who can resist the rush of discovering irresistible deals? The Fort Myers Sanibel area offers great opportunities for those with a savvy sense for savings. Bargains can turn up all over town, but these outlet shopping hotspots are a shoe-in:
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 – among them are:
Neiman Marcus Last Call
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th
Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store
Coach Factory Store
Banana Republic Factory Store
J. Crew Factory Store
After working up an appetite, dine al fresco at a lakeside eatery or settle in at the kid-friendly food court adjacent to a Florida-inspired playground. (If you have kids to shop for, don’t miss a stop at Disney’s Character Warehouse.) The facility is pet-friendly, too.
Before you go, check into on-site special events like water ski shows, concerts and arts and crafts events for kids. Miromar Outlets is located right off Interstate-75, Exit 123, in Estero.
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, including:
Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
Liz Claiborne New York
GUESS Factory Store
Nike Factory Store
Kids love digging their toes in the sand at the playground, where a hot dog cart is aptly positioned. Barnie’s Coffee & Tea offers specialty coffees, sandwiches and pastries with shady outdoor seating. There’s even a small nature observation area on-site.
Check for coupons and special promotions before you go. Tanger Outlets is located on Summerlin Road in Fort Myers, just before the Sanibel Causeway.
Bargains Beyond the Outlets
Although they may not be technically touted as outlets, big sales and tempting price tags are commonly found at:
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.
Coconut Point, Estero: Popular discounters hob nob with upscale retailers at this sprawling, pet-friendly shopping area with a touch of Mediterranean Revival style. Fashion aficionados and sale searchers pop in at the likes of Dillard’s, Caché and Tommy Bahama, while stores such as T.J. Maxx and Old Navy feature everyday savings. Dining options range from Johnny Rockets to Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Other good-to-know tidbits: A gourmet dog bakery offers pet sitting while you shop; kids stay entertained at an imaginative playground (check out Kidgits); fresh produce and other goodies are up for grabs at the in-season Farmer’s Market. Located on Tamiami Trail, south of Corkscrew Road.