Shopping at Las Americas Premium Outlets in San Ysidro — Photo courtesy of Las Americas Premium Outlets
While San Diego offers a number of boutiques and outdoor shopping malls, there are also opportunities to browse upscale outlets. One such opportunity is at Las Americas Premium Outlets in San Ysidro, a city located on San Diego's border with Mexico.
A shopping stop on your way to explore south of the border is easy. But there are other reasons why Las Americas Premium Outlets are worth the drive. Take a look at our list of the best of the best reasons to shop here:
1. Close Location
Yes, you'll need to drive south of downtown San Diego to get to Las Americas Premium Outlets. Many residents and tourists mistakenly make the southernmost boundary of exploration the bridge to Coronado, when in reality there's much to do between Mexico and downtown.
Without traffic, it takes about 20 minutes by car from downtown to reach Las Americas Premium Outlets – an average amount of driving given that San Diego is quite large. The journey between downtown and La Jolla takes the same amount of time, for example, and it's a drive that most visitors and residents take with frequency.
Plus, the outlets are easily accessible from two of San Diego's major freeways, the I-5 and I-805, which more or less merge at the outlet mall's freeway exit.
2. Exceptional Brands
Over 125 brands showcase at Las Americas Premium Outlets. In addition, these outlets have a local reputation for great finds.
Visitors browse high-end designers like Armani and Michael Kors, as well as Converse and GAP.
3. Bargains in All Ranges
The diversity of the stores suggests discounted prices in a number of price ranges. However, note that even outlet stores have further sales, so it's worth stopping into brands that would normally be out of your price range.
4. Parent-Friendly Shopping
Kids grow quickly, so many parents find the idea of spending less on their clothes, shoes and toys appealing.
Locals especially might be surprised to know that not only is there a Disney Store at Las Americas Premium Outlets, but also a Toys 'R' Us. In addition, kids will love Claire's, Skechers, Janie and Jack and Gymboree.
5. VIP Club
Shoppers can go online prior to their visit to join the VIP Shopper Club. Benefits of doing so include exclusive online coupons; a voucher for a free VIP coupon book (that can be picked up at Las Americas Premium Outlets); other deals around town; insider updates regarding favorite brands; and notifications regarding special events and sales.
When planning your San Diego shopping itinerary, don't leave out Las Americas Premium Outlets.