Depending on the person, there are certain things one likes to do when on vacation. Some like to go to the beach. Others like to eat and drink to their heart's content. Then there are those who like to shop until they are red in the face.
In Palm Beach County, there are a multitude of shopping centers, districts and malls where the shopping-centric vacationers can go and be at peace with their bags and their credit cards.
For those vacationing in or around West Palm Beach, you have a bit of options when it comes to shopping. For great variety and excellent prices, its best to head over to the newly built Palm Beach Outlets. Here are great stores like Nordstrom Rack, Brooks Brothers, Off Saks, J. Crew, Gap and more. The sprawling center is outdoors but has canopies to help keep shoppers in the shade. They are a couple great restaurants on-property as well as a Whole Foods for those who like a bite during their buying binges.
Some people have a bit more expensive taste, and that is no problem. Across the bridge over on Palm Beach you can find Worth Avenue, one of the most storied and revered shopping districts in all the land. European boutiques, top designer stores and an amazing Tiffany's can be found here. The beach is also very near by, so just head towards the clock tower when you are ready for some fun in the sun.
Downtown at the Gardens is a multi-faceted neighborhood center providing shopping, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife options for human beings of all ages. One of the cornerstones of the property is a massive Whole Foods with large interior dining room. Listen to live music in the background while checking in at top stores like Urban Outfitters and Izod. A movie theater is on campus, so if you get tired of walking around, pop in for a quick flick. If you are with the kids, and can tell they are getting grumpy, there is a Sloan's Ice Cream. A cone with a few scoops and a topping will keep those eyes from falling.
Harbourside Place is the newest and trendiest multi-use development in Jupiter. The facility houses restaurants, a hotel, an amphitheater which hosts live acts, and of course a multitude of shopping options. Current stores include Tommy Bahama, Chico's and White House|Black Market to name a few. More retailers are scheduled to come on board over the next year. Nearby is the intracoastal waterway,making it easy to spend a whole day in and around the grand Harbourside Place. Its goal is to be the center hub of shopping and nightlife in Jupiter, and it is currently well on its way to achieving that.
While it's easily a 30-minute drive from Palm Beach, this Wellington mall lures shoppers with its popular selection of stores and eateries. Williams-Sonoma, Express, Express Men, and Baby Gap are among featured retailers, in addition to anchor stores Macy's, Nordstrom, Dillard's, and JCPenney. When you're ready for a bite to eat, choose from Ruby Tuesday, California Pizza Kitchen, Charley's Steakery, Starbucks, Haagen-Dazs, the food court and more. The two level mall has over 180 stores, a child's play area, free wi-fi, valet parking and complimentary wheelchairs. If you are in Wellington for a polo match, take a break from the action and chill out in one of the best area malls.
This stretch of wonderful shops occupies six city blocks and features a diverse mixture of merchandise that's sure to please connoisseurs and casual shoppers alike. Almost anything you could need or want to beautify your home is available, from accessories and lighting fixtures to antiques from a variety of periods and countries. If you've got time to browse, this district will provide hours of enjoyment. If your time is limited, you can quickly press through and check out what catches your eye first or interests you most. With over 40 stores featuring pieces from the 17th through the 20th century, there will surely be a find for everyone here.
The Gardens Mall, located in Palm Beach Gardens, is not only beautiful inside, but has everything you need whether you are shopping for a loved one or picking up a special treat for yourself. Walk around the mall and you'll quickly notice the luxurious feel thanks to the high-end designer stores like Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Burberry and Tory Burch. If you want more bang for your buck, then Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Express, and H&M, may the perfect stops for you. The Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma offer great home shopping options. The full food court as well as P.F. Chang's China Bistro and the California Pizza Kitchen offer plenty of food choices when you need a recharge from the endless shopping available.
Northwood Village, located just mere miles from the hustle and bustle of Clematis St. and City Place in West Palm Beach offers the old town vibe as antique shops and boutiques line the streets. This place is great to go if you are looking to browse one of the many art galleries or have the time to search for treasure in one of the vintage shops, like Something Lively or Nancy's Vintage Warehouse . The eclectic feel isn't lost once you stop for a bite to eat either, so consider making it more than just a shopping trip - support a local restaurant while you're in the area. If you are holding out for a special occasion to get out to Northwood Village, then consider going on the last Friday of the month for the Art & Wine Promenade for wine tastings, live entertainment and many street artists. Most of the antique shops stay open late for this award-winning event so it really is the perfect time to explore the area.
The Shops at the Breakers make it possible to have the best of luxury options right at your fingertips during your stay on Palm Beach. No trip to Palm Beach is complete without Lilly Pulitzer as her vibrant patterns are now synonymous with classy beach wear for men, women and children. Find her patterned pieces in the boutique or head to Absolutely Suitable for swimwear carrying the same iconic designs. Of course there are many other designers showcasing swimwear items here and so there is bound to be a style for everyone. The Shops also offer a children's boutique, Coconut Corner, a jewelry store, Mix at the Breakers, as well as the new complement to that- Match at the Breakers, a resort shoe salon. There are several more stores that offer indulgent salon products as well as the essentials needed for a great day out on the golf course. If you've already headed home from your trip to Palm Beach but wish you would have picked up something special then be sure to check out the online shopping through The Breaker's website.
City Place is great for shopping; the stores are laid out in a way that walking around them is a pleasant experience. Stop in Starbucks or Panera Bread for a coffee and treat before you get started, then make your way through any of the more than 40 stores ranging from high-end to budget friendly. There are staples like Gap, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, and Macy's as well as specialty stores like Sephora, Cache, and Anthropologie. If you're visiting from out of town and looking for a souvenir from your trip then you'll want to stop by Destination Palm Beach. If you're just getting to town but are low on beachwear, then Tommy Bahama's is where you'll need to be. Don't let the downtown location make you worried about parking fees because when you park in the City Place garage, spend $50 shopping, and show the attendant your same-day receipt, you get four hours free. City Place is great for one-stop shopping too thanks to Publix in the area, so come and spend several hours enjoying the stores, fountains, and many dining options.
The Palm Beach Outlets are open for business, beckoning deal hunters off Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. Over 100 stores have opened so far, with more to come as the construction on the property progresses. There are shopping opportunities for everyone, with big names like Nike, Saks, Express, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein and more pleasing customers with great sticker prices. The outlets are open-air, but are covered by massive tents to provide shelter when the afternoon rains come. At night, the tents light up, changing colors constantly to draw further foot traffic to the shopping mecca. The Outlets correctly anticipated that people would get hungry during their shopping binges. There is a Starbucks, Subway and BJ's Brewery on site as well as a Haagen Dazs which kids will surely enjoy.
Perhaps the quintessential emblem of Palm Beach affluence, Worth Avenue is a paean to wealth and style. The Mediterranean-inspired architecture, much of it designed by local architect Addison Mizner, is endlessly charming. The primary street is lined with delicious shops and light-wrapped palms, while vias (small side streets) branch off the main avenue and expand into lush, vine-laden courtyards that are oh-so-European. Retailers include a who's who of fashion and prestige, including Chanel, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., Hermès, Cartier, Escada and Van Cleef & Arpels. Even if you don't buy, make sure to wander through the area. Its wonderful ambience is as intoxicating as its top-quality merchandise.