Florida Shopping Guide: Fort Myers and Sanibel Island

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The Fort Myers and Sanibel area offers excellent shopping experiences, just like their beaches. From great local artists, beach souvenirs, or beautiful clothing, there is something for everyone to find at one of the area's many shops and malls.

Bell Tower Shops
Whether you're visiting Bell Tower Shops for the first time, or you have made them part of your daily shopping experiences, you'll discover an entertaining new world there. Bell Tower Shops is much more than an ordinary shopping trip. It is a world of inviting open-air spaces, with lush landscaping, fountains and waterfalls. It is a place where you feel both comfortable and stimulated. Stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Williams-Sonoma and even a Fresh Market.

Daniels Parkway & US 41, Fort Myers, FL 33907
239-489-1221, www.thebelltowershops.com

Boca Grande Shopping
Shopping on Boca Grande may be small but it is wonderful. With iconic local island retailers like Fugates and Boca Grande Outfitters, there is something for everyone--whether you're staying on the island or just visiting for the day. Stop by for lunch, a look at the local iguanas or for some great shopping. For more information on Boca Grande's shopping visit bocagrandechamber.net/things-to-do/shopping/.

Captiva Island Shopping
Although it may be smaller than Sanibel, Captiva Island offers some good shopping options, from fishing gear to Captiva souvenirs. For more information on Captiva Island's stores visit www.captivaisland.com/shopping.html.

Coconut Point Mall
Coconut Point is the center of focus for a 500-acre, master planned community that is more than a shopping center. The property has 1.2 million-square-feet of retail space, office condos and residential housing. They have 110 stores and 27 restaurants--all surrounding several acres of lakes with a boardwalk. Coconut Point is the place for people to gather,shop, dine, work, play, see a new film. Shopping is for everyone from stores like Brookstone to Tommy Bahama.

23106 Fashion Drive, Estero, FL 33928
239-992-9966, www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=1202

Edison Mall
Delight in visiting your favorite stores, including Macy's, Dillard's, JCPenney and Sears. Find exactly what you're looking for when you explore the 160 specialty shops located throughout the mall. Some of the stores and restaurants include Coach, Victoria's Secret, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor Loft, Silverspoon Cafe, Elephant Bar Restaurant, and Bijou Brigitte.

4125 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-939-5464, www.simon.com/mall/?id=129

Fleamasters Flea Market
Spend the day or spend the weekend at Giant Fleamasters Fleamarket. With over 900 stores, there's plenty to see and do. From paintings to pets to electric bikes, Fleamasters has a million items you won't find in ordinary, mart stores. The best place for Florida souvenirs, home decor, antiques and collectibles, hair salon, jewelry, more.

4135 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. Ft. Myers, Florida 33916
239-334-7001, www.fleamall.com

Miromar Outlets
For great deals and shopping, visit the Miromar Outlets. From Godiva Chocolates to Villeroy and Boch, there is a store for everyone among their 140 designer brands.

10801 Corkscrew Rd. (Miromar Outlets Blvd.), Estero, FL 33928
239-948-3766, www.miromaroutlets.com

Periwinkle Place
Periwinkle Place offers something for everyone from designer beachwear and men's and women's clothing to gourmet gifts, original island art, elegant jewelry and unique and fun toys. While you are visiting, plan on spending some time in the Sanibel Day Spa to revitalize yourself. The Blue Giraffe Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring award-winning recipes.

2075 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL
www.periwinkleplace.com

Sanibel Island Shoppimg
Sanibel Island has lots to offer for shopping on a small island. From Periwinkle Place to the Tahitian Gardens, there are several shopping areas that offer great, unique goods including clothing, jewelry, art and more. For more information visit www.shoponsanibel.com.

Shell Factory
The Shell Factory is Southwest Florida's #1 destination for family entertainment and shopping, and proudly presents the world's largest collection of seashells, and shell specimens. You will also find the finest fossils, and sea life, not to mention the most beautiful, top of the line coral. Their unique one of a kind gifts and jewelry come from all over the world creating a must see and shop atmosphere. The Shell Factor offers incredible gifts and souvenirs including shell jewelry boxes, shell candles, wind chimes, photo frames, magnets, key rings, mugs, shark teeth, and shark jaws.

2787 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 33903
239-995-2141, www.shellfactory.com

Tanger Outlets
For great deals and excellent outlet mall shopping, visit the Tanger Outlets in Fort Myers. From Calvin Klein to Polo Ralph Lauren, there is something for everyone.

20350 Summerlin Road Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-454-1974, www.tangeroutlet.com/fortmyers

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