The best places to shop in Southwest Florida:
Outdoor malls, design districts & flagship outlets
Fort Myers Area Shopping
Fort Myers Beach is conveniently located between Fort Myers and Naples, both of which have diverse opportunities for all types of shoppers — from fashionistas, to bargain hunters, to souvenir seekers. Travelers and residents can enjoy a variety of clothing stores, delicious cuisine, and endless entertainment. Whether you want to shop for fashion, enjoy a movie, or listen to some relaxing live music, each of our local shopping centers has something unique and exciting to offer.
Just south of Fort Myers in Estero, Coconut Point is an open-air, Mediterranean style complex that combines big-box stores, dining, and boutiques in a lush boardwalk setting. Its 140 stores include Target, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Best Buy, and Dillard’s Department Store. High end shops and boutiques include Chanel, Pandora, and West Elm. Coconut Point offers both casual and upscale dining options as well as Regal Cinemas.
Tanger Outlets is an outdoor, tropical style factory outlet, featuring a number of brand-name and designer shops. With a wide variety of shops to choose from, Tanger Outlets offers incredible deals that you can’t find anywhere else. Stores include Banana Republic Factory Store, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike Factory Store, LOFT Outlet, and much more! There is also an Island Java Cafe, perfect for a cup of coffee, lunch, and ice cream.
Bell Tower Shops
Bell Tower is a modern and sophisticated open-air mall with a wide variety of boutiques, upscale restaurants, and a Regal Cinemas featuring 20 screens. Bell Tower holds over 50 retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, ULTA, Banana Republic, and Chico’s. You will also find a variety of delicious, first class dining, such as, Crü, Bistro 41, Blue Oyster Bar & Seafood, Cantina Laredo, and more. Bell Tower Shops also hosts several ongoing events, such as Yappy Hour, where patrons can bring their dogs and enjoy live music, entertainment, raffle prizes, and drink specials.
Gulf Coast Town Center
Located just off I-75 and Alico Road, Gulf Coast Town Center is a fun, outdoor mall with a friendly atmosphere perfect for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Gulf Coast Town Center features a variety of shops including Bass Pro Shops, JCPenney, Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Super Target, complemented with a number of delicious restaurants, such as, Fosters Grille, Blu Sushi, The Keys Bar & Grille, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Miller’s Ale House, and more. Visitors can also enjoy a movie at Regal Cinemas 16 & Imax theater, wind down with a cigar at the World Famous Cigar Bar, or sit back and relax while listening to some live music on the weekends – for free!
Franklin Shops on First Street
Located in the River of District in Downtown Fort Myers, the Franklin Shops on First Street offer a unique Southwest Florida shopping option. Shoppers can browse a diverse selection of retail shops that offer jewelry, art, gifts, and boutique items. The River District is also home to a variety of restaurants and bars. Franklin shops is the ideal landmark for travelers and local residents, offering an array of events filled with live music, fine art displays and shows, and much more.
Naples Area Shopping
Whether you’re looking to shop indoors on a rainy day or enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine, Naples offers world-class shopping options from high-end luxury retail to one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques.
The newest shopping center in Naples, located on the North side of town, features upscale shopping and chain stores supplemented by a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. Shopping includes Pandora, Sperry Top-Sider, Nordstrom Rack, Z Gallerie, and Jos. A Bank, plus Whole Foods and Sur La Table for foodies. Restaurants like Blue Martini and MASA turn into bars for the late night crowd, making Mercato a popular choice for those looking to “bar hop” into the wee hours.
“What are the best places for Happy Hour? Our own Zizi Naples Kitchen offers a great happy hour daily from 4-6pm, and offers a selection of 5 appetizers each priced at $5, as well as $4 drink specials. In the Naples area Blue Martini, located in the Naples Mercato plaza is a great option for Happy Hour as well, offering happy hour everyday from 4-8pm.” – Larry, Concierge at Bellasera
The Rodeo Drive of Naples — Waterside Shops features the most luxe brands and high-end restaurants in a beautiful architectural setting with water features throughout. Waterside is home to Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom of Naples, as well as Burburry, Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes.
Naples Outlet Center
Bargain shoppers will love this outlet mall located south of downtown Naples. Featuring 30 factory outlet stores including Ann Taylor Outlet, Bass Outlet, Coach Outlet, and a handful of local specialty stores.
This fun shopping and dining complex is a throwback to Naples commercial fishing days, as it was once a tin-roofed dock facility for downtown Naples. Nowadays, Tin City is a casual, beachy tourist-attraction with 30 or so shops and souvenir stores. After exploring the shops, visitors can enjoy fresh, casual dining options — many of which specialize in local seafood and feature water views.
Fifth Avenue South
A true representation of of the Naples experience, Fifth Avenue is a street lined with one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, theaters, and arts centers. In contrast to the mall and outlet shopping options in Naples, Fifth Avenue offers a sophisticated, cultural, and artsy vibe, with many of the shops selling handcrafted items, art, jewelry, and gifts. Also located on Fifth are the town’s most prestigious and acclaimed fine dining resteraunts. An added perk — Fifth Avenue is the venue for street art and other festivals throughout the year.
“Coastland Center Mall and Mercato are my two favorite shopping centers in Naples. Coastland Center Mall is an indoor mall with a wide variety of shops and places to dine in their generously sized food court. Coastland Center Mall is perfect for any day, whether it’s raining, sunny or windy. Mercado is another incredible shopping center filled with various shops, upscale restaurants, and entertainment. This is an outdoor plaza so we have the privilege of enjoying the weather as we shop, during all four seasons. Mercado is also a great spot for happy hours, movies at the Regal Cinema, and delicious food.” – Emily, Guest Services Manager at Park Shore
The Village on Venetian Bay
Some of the best shopping in Naples! Instead of finding the same stores that are so often duplicated, The Village on Venetian Bay has assembled a collection of nearly 60 shops, galleries, and restaurants that are truly unique and special. All beautifully set right on the waterfront and decidedly fashionable!