Spend a day of luxury shopping in Fort Lauderdale — Photo courtesy of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Fort Lauderdale is the essence of luxury. This world-class oceanfront vacation hot spot is dotted with four- and five-star luxury hotels with such stellar names as Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Hyatt Regency, the Westin Diplomat and the W Fort Lauderdale, to name a few. Visitors arrive here from the world over, expecting the very best in luxurious accommodations, amenities, attractions, restaurants and, perhaps best of all, shopping centers. And they find them all.
Fort Lauderdale Beach — Photo courtesy of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Your first stop is The Fort Lauderdale Galleria. This luxurious, upscale shopping mall has raised the bar when it comes to high-end extravagant items and world-class retail names. One of the most popular shopping centers, here and not far from the beach on Sunrise Boulevard, this inviting two-story, upscale shopping center is home to well-loved stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Dillard's, Macy's, Ann Taylor, Williams Sonoma, Coach, Pottery Barn, Banana Republic and the Apple Store, to name a few.
Williams Sonoma, Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale — Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.
And this is only the beginning. Just south of the Galleria is the City's most famous (and perhaps most beloved) boulevard Las Olas. This immaculate and beautiful, palm tree-lined drive is the epitome of one luxury after another. Well-known for its unique and one-of-a-kind elegant boutique shops, this is a pleasant shopping experience for those who love luxury. Here is found the very finest in fashions at Zola Keller and Maus & Hoffman, fine jewelry at Carroll's Jewelers and hard-to-find antiques and art at Pockock Fine Art and Antiques.
And the best thing about Fort Lauderdale is that the finest luxury does not have to cost a fortune. Known for being the second most popular tourist attraction in the state after Disney World, and for good reason, Sawgrass Mills in the city of Sunrise (located just a few miles west of downtown Fort Lauderdale) is a haven for the luxury lover on a budget.
Spend a few hours here and indulge in a shopping extravaganza like none other, at such stores as Armoni Outlet, Burberry Factory Outlet, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Gucci, Prada, Kenneth Cole Outlet Store, Le Creuset, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Versace and more. The mall's overwhelming popularity has allowed it to be expanded with The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, a chic open-air marketplace that has stamped this shopping mecca as the premier South Florida destination.
So for those who love luxury, Fort Lauderdale is the place to be. From it's ideal weather year-round, beautiful beaches, world-class accommodations, fine dining options, fascinating attractions and, especially, endless luxurious shopping, this South Florida wonderland offers something for everyone.
The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills — Photo courtesy of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau