Sure, we’d all like to pretend that we shop at the high-end designer stores, or those unique indie boutiques, but let’s be honest – a big part of the fun of shopping in South Beach is hitting up all the great outlet malls, and bargain-hunting to your heart’s content – are we right?!
So, if the phrase “steep discounts” makes your heart flutter, memorize these addresses, then take yourself on a shopping spree without the guilt trip!
A short drive from Miami Beach, Dolphin Mall offers a traditional pairing of mall stores and 92 outlet shops, featuring all the classics including Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, GAP, Levi’s and DKNY. This is great choice if the weather’s looking iffy, as it’s completely indoors. Try to go during the week as weekends can be seriously packed.
Located in North Miami Beach, the Sears outlet stores are the place to go if you’re looking for more than just fashion. Homewares and linens are seriously affordable here, as are small appliances (finally get yourself that juicer!)
One of the biggest when it comes to sheer choice of stores and brands, the Sawgrass Mills is a slightly longer trip (it’s located in Sunrise, FL) but well worth the journey. There’s more than shopping here too – stop in at the gameroom, movie theatre, and even a “Barbie Dreamhouse Experience” perfect for kids. The dining options here are really great – try to grab a seat at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant for world-class fare.
Florida Keys Outlet Centre
If you’re thinking of venturing out to the islands, then you can combine your sightseeing with a trip to the outdoor Florida Keys Outlet Center in Florida City, Homestead-Miami, just before you hit the causeway. The outlet mall has beautiful Spanish architecture and all of the stores have friendly staff and good discounts. Another plus: this spot will allow you to bring your pet with you! There are 55 different stores ranging from specialty shops to name brand stores
Palm Beach Outlets
For the serious bargain hunter willing to travel, head north along the coast to Palm Beach, where you’ll find another 100+ outlets to fulfill your spending urges. The modern, breezy walkways feature everything from Converse to Tommy Hilfiger, and the atmosphere when the place lights up at night adds to the atmosphere. Fuel your spree at the food court, or stock up at the adjacent Whole Foods before feeling way too full and buying running gear at the Nike store.
And if that doesn’t keep you and your credit card busy for the entire length of your stay, we don’t know what will! Our top tips? Go early, wear comfortable shoes, and keep a bottle of water with you at all time. Shopping is heavy work!