Nestled just west of the inspiring 17th Street Causeway Bridge with its spectacular view of downtown and Port Everglades, is Harbor Shops. This expansive shopping center is a one-stop experience where you can pick up groceries, wine, yachting supplies, or those last minute items just before you board your exciting cruise, or have a delightful meal. Harbor Shops is a practical shop for health and beauty supplies at Flair Beauty Boutique, party supplies such as the cavernous Total Wine & More, where if you can't find your favorite wine here it doesn't exist. Here, too, you can purchase your groceries at Publix, cell phone supplies at the Sprint Superstore or simply chose one of the exceptional restaurants from Outback Steakhouse to the every-favorite Five Guys Burgers & Fries. Harbor Shops is a local favorite of locals and visitors alike.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: With everything needed for the local and for the tourist, Harbor Shops is a convenient stop anytime.
Dale's expert tip: Ideal shopping center for those arriving or embarking on a cruise and just a few miles from the airport.
The Fountains in the city of Plantation has grown to be one of the premier shopping destinations west of Fort Lauderdale. Flanked by a new, large Publix grocery store with its new White Apron cooking school as well as Whole Foods to the south and Barnes and Noble to the north, The Fountains has a list of famous names such as Kohl's, Marshall's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Office Depot, Total Wine & More and Jos. A. Bank. And after a full day of shopping, stay for lunch or dinner. From great barbecue at Smokey Bones to endless salads at Sweet Tomatoes, classic Italian at The Olive Garden and the refreshing Lime Fresh Mexican Grill to other favorites like Chili's, Red Lobster, Applebee's and Duffy's Sports Grill, it's all here.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Having had a recent make-over with an elegant look and new businesses, this is the new look of Plantation.
Dale's expert tip: A few miles from the beach, perhaps, but well worth the drive for an amazing array of shops and restaurants.
Reputed to be the South's biggest flea market, Fort Lauderdale's Swap Shop is an experience all in itself. You can't miss the bright yellow people bridge over Sunrise Boulevard which beckons passers-by to come on in and be surprised. Forget the malls and all that's new and shiny! This is an unbelievable place to find that special addition to your collection, or even be inspired to start a new one! With more than 2000 eager vendors that spans about 75 acres, there's something to delight everyone who comes in. And don't just plan on an afternoon of shopping as there is an added draw: "The World's Largest" 14-screen drive-in movie theater, which has lined up traffic for years. Definitely a must do if traveling with the family. Head for the Swap Shop where oldies are goodies!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Known for many years as a flea market and drive-in theatre, Swap Shop is a magnet for people who love a good deal.
Dale's expert tip: This place gets busy fast so show up early for the best parking and the best deals.
For over 40 years Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale has been a staple shopping center and the go-to place for locals and visitors alike. Just blocks from the very popular Fort Lauderdale Beach and easy to find at the crossroads of Oakland Park and Federal Highway, there is always a friendly crowd to mingle with and plenty of stores to browse. Coral Ridge Mall was constructed back when Fort Lauderdale was getting its footing as a true vacation getaway in the sun and a popular city to relocate for the best of the good life, and also at a time when shopping malls were a new thing and springing up across America, and it has never lost its luster. The stores here are a list of America's most treasured: Home Goods, Marshalls, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Game Stop, Famous Footwear, the newly enlarged anchor store, Target, and, of course, everyone's favorite, the AMC 10 Theatres. Stick around for lunch, too, at Einstein Bros. Bagel or the delightful and delicious Galaxy Pizza or Subway.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: A historical site as well as a convenient one just miles from the beach and easy to get to.
Dale's expert tip: Located on a busy corner with plenty of parking and security.
Next door to the International Game and Fishing Association World Fishing Center is the very popular Bass Pro Shop's Outdoor World. This enormous facility has something for everyone. Be it an exciting trip for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, golf, or casual wear, this is the authority for outdoor sporting attire. Florida is one of the most popular destinations in the world and travel gear just naturally is one of the necessities of any visit. Bass Pro Shop's Outdoor World is the outdoor sports enthusiasts dream, and even more for the outdoor sports traveler, and where better than right in Fort Lauderdale.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: There's no place for the outdoor sportsman that Bass Pro Outdoor World, whether it's hunting or fishing, it's all right here.
Dale's expert tip: To avoid driving and parking, book a room right next door at the convenient hotel.
Beautifully positioned just north of Fort Lauderdale along the picturesque coast, Pompano Beach has long been a delightful destination to work, live and play for residents and visitors alike. Pompano Citi Centre reflects all that. Designed to take advantage of the sunny and open atmosphere, this shopping mall is the next best thing to being out in the warm, Florida weather. Classic favorites include JCPenney's, Macy's, Ross, Lowes and Sears, coupled with over 70 specialty shops including ABC's Fine Wine & Spirits, Hallmark and Claire's. There's no need to go far to lunch or dinner. Pompano Citi Centre is flanked by the popular J Marks Restaurant and Chili's – all topped off with a stop at the temping Cold Stone Creamery. Pompano Citi Centre is a fun and popular one-stop shopping adventure.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Conveniently located just a few miles of Downtown Fort Lauderdale with plenty of parking and everyone's favorite stores.
Dale's expert tip: Whether shopping for yourself or for an occasion, Pompano Citi Center has exactly what you're looking for.
Even if horse racing isn't on the agenda, Gulfstream Park is a high-end shopper's dream. This glamorous and exciting landmark has been host to many of the world's greatest stars of thoroughbred racing since it opened in 1939, and by adding this spectacular shopping and dining hotspot it has managed to draw not only racing and casino fans but serious shoppers as well. Designed in a truly classic style that emanates pure class, The Village at Gulfstream Park welcomes visitors to a picture-perfect setting that is complimented by an A-List of shopping and dining options. Here you can spend your winnings or drown your sorrows in Crate and Barrel, Z Gallerie, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma or the very alluring West Elm. You can even have a seat next to the cast of the Simpson's and take your picture right outside the fascinating Barker Animation Art Gallery. Dining options have equal caliber with such names as III Forks Steakhouse, Cantina Laredo, The Playwright Irish Pub and the enticing Texas de Brazil. The Village at Gulfstream Park has managed to appeal to enthusiasts of every kind and has drawn crowds to enjoy this treasured Hallandale Beach development. This place is a true winner.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: A local landmark for many years, the remarkable shopping aspect here draws those who enjoy high-end shopping in an elegant setting.
Dale's expert tip: You don't have to be a horse-racing enthusiast to enjoy the top name shopping.
Billed as the second most popular tourist attraction in the state of Florida after Disney World, this Fort Lauderdale sprawling shopping mall's more than 350 stores are brimming with unbeatable bargains. Also noted as being Florida's largest outlet mall, Sawgrass Mills is home to such popular retailers as Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack, Sacks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and TJ Maxx. Shoppers also find high-end designers, including Kate Spade, Coach and Burberry. After a successful shopping spree, the adjacent IMAX theatre and nearby offering of restaurants such as P.F. Chang's and The Cheesecake Factory, offer exceptional ways to unwind. And don't worry: There's more than enough parking!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Drawing in locals and tourists alike with discounted top retailers, Sawgrass Mills is the top tourist destination in Broward County.
Dale's expert tip: Best time to visit is during the week as weekends are incredibly busy and can be crowded.
Probably the most popular street in Fort Lauderdale, trendy Las Olas Boulevard features one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs. But the fun doesn't stop there. This is where the city comes to play. Check the calendar and plan to visit the popular Las Olas Art Fair, which draws in thousands of locals and visitors to mingle with gallery owners and artists. Las Olas Boulevard is also where food lovers enjoy the annual Las Olas Food and Wine Festival, where local celebrity chefs and dedicated foodies indulge in their passion for food and wine. The beautiful architecture of Las Olas boasts a picturesque Mediterranean influence and showcases finely landscaped green space. This is definitely a place for eyeing up the latest styles and enjoying the sights and sounds of an upscale Floridian crowd.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Las Olas Boulevard is where it's at in Fort Lauderdale, from fine dining to boutique shopping and great people watching.
Dale's expert tip: Check ahead on some weekends as the boulevard can be shut down for various functions and a cab is the best way to get there.
Keeping with Fort Lauderdale's grand world-class image, The Galleria has set a new standard in shopping for residents and its many visitors alike. It's easy to see why this upscale shopping mecca is one of the most popular malls in Fort Lauderdale. 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, Dillard's, Macy's, Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic and the Apple Store. Take advantage of the convenient valet parking and shop to your heart's content, then enjoy a leisurely meal at popular eateries like P.F. Chang's, Blue Martini and Trulucks, all within walking distance.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Probably the most popular high-end shopping mall in Fort Lauderdale.
Dale's expert tip: Valet parking available for convenience.