Ortiz Avenue's nearly 600 indoor and outdoor vendors sell everything from beach towels and clothing to luggage and musical instruments; new and old. However, the market's most cherished offerings are its superb, amazingly priced fresh local produce. You'll find tables full of tomatoes, avocados, strawberries, peppers and melons, as well as fresh-off-the-boat seafood. You'll also find prepared food if you'd rather not wait to get home and cook. The market is the oldest and most distinctive one in Southwest Florida, family owned since 1967. You'll find a heavy Hispanic influence here. While most of the vendor booths are covered, not all of the spaces are.
A whopping 400,000 square feet of bargain bliss await visitors at this enormous Fort Myers flea market. With over 900 vendors, Fleamasters is the largest market in Southwest Florida and offers an astounding variety of merchandise, including, but definitely not limited to, fresh fruits and veggies, paintings, clothing, electric bikes, Florida souvenirs, antiques, outdoor equipment, rare perfumes, cutlery and local wines. The market is covered with lots of ceiling fans and some stores are air-conditioned. The food options range from burgers and BBQ to tasty Latin cuisine. There is even a music hall and a stage for entertainment when you need a break; the people watching is top-notch. You could truly spend all day here and not get bored.
One of Southwest Florida's largest indoor shopping centers, the Edison Mall offers patrons more than 160 clothing, specialty and gift stores. The enclosed, climate-controlled setting makes it ideal for a rainy day shopping extravaganza. Anchor stores include JC Penney's, Sears, Dillard's and Macy's. In fact Macy's has two locations; one contains only women's items such as clothing, shoes and make-up. The other includes everything else! In addition to the great shopping, Edison also features over a dozen restaurants that specialize in everything from Japanese to Cajun cooking in the food court. Plenty of restaurants with table service can be found along the malls perimeter.
The Shell Factory is more than a shopping destination, it's a family entertainment destination as well. Located in North Fort Myers, this fun shopping center features well over 65,000 feet of retail space full of merchandise ranging from Christmas decorations, to jewelry and clothing, to shells, shells and more shells. The main showroom boasts a selection of more than five million shells collected from beaches worldwide. When your kids get squirmy send them to the Fun Park for bumper boats and a zip line across the lake, or to the Nature Park where they can see alligators and other animals, both exotic and native. Grab some food at Captain Fishbones and then shop some more.
Gather your friends, family, favorite shopaholic and your wallet, then head to this spacious outlet mall, lined with soaring palms and over 60 brand-name stores. If you are vacationing on Sanibel or Captiva Islands, this will be your last bargain shopping stop before heading over the causeway. Whether you're on the hunt for heavenly bubble bath from Bath & Body Works or a sassy sundress from Gap, you'll snatch up the perfect find at a satisfying 25% to 65% discount price. Other must-stop shops include Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, GUESS, Fossil and Coach. There is also a playground to entertain the youngest shoppers in your party.
One of the most all-encompassing shopping center in Fort Myers, this outdoor village-like mall is home to an astounding array of more than 70 stores. Adults, teens and even tiny tot tourists can find something here, whether it be fishing supplies from the 123,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shop; stylish onesies from Babies "R" Us; luxurious Bath & Body Works lotions or a darling dress from Charlotte Russe. Be sure to scope out locally owned shops like Forema for affordable but classy fashions. Gulf Coast Town Center also boasts a Regal Cinemas with IMAX. Enjoy the mouthwatering myriad of restaurants and bars to rest your feet and refuel, the list is long and impressive.
Boasting more than 35 retail shops, Periwinkle Place looks as much like a well-manicured public space as it does a shopping center. Situated along and named after Sanibel's main road, it's the largest shopping plaza on the island. This is the place to go if you are looking for upscale men's and women's fashions, as its covered boardwalks lead past boutique after boutique, many of them locally-owned. The very first Chico's clothing store is located here. Pick up some bling at Congress Jewelers, or unique art at Island Style. After shopping, treat yourself to a meal at the Blue Giraffe or enjoy some professional pampering at the Sanibel Day Spa.
Just off of Interstate 75, only 18 miles from the city of Fort Myers, this award winning, open-air Mediterranean-style outlet mall's bright covered sidewalks are lined with over 160 designer and brand-name stores. Amidst picturesque fountains, koi ponds and vibrant murals, shoppers discover spectacular sales at such beloved outlets as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus, Coach, Michael Kors, White House/Black Market and Le Creuset. There is an expansive lakefront dining piazza and additional restaurants and bars on the east entrance. A children's area will help distract your little ones and so will the special events that mall managers plan every week.
This open-air, Main Street-style mall just south of Fort Myers in Estero, is the center of a 500-acre master-planned community, giving it a unique and relaxed atmosphere. Surrounded by glistening lakes and fountains, shoppers stroll the lovely boardwalk, collecting goodies from 113 stores along the way. One side is lined with so-called box stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, World Market and Ulta. The other side features higher end boutiques such as Chanel, Pandora, Lucky Brand and Apple. After browsing your favorites, unwind with a movie and dinner at one of two dozen unique restaurants including steakhouses, Asian cuisine, island cuisine, Italian and lots more.