Shopping Hot Spots on Florida’s Gulf Coast

10/07/2016 | by Andy Moore | Guests

A vacation without shopping is like a vacation without the beach, well…you get the point. Part of the reason why shopping is the number one activity performed while on vacation is because of the source of happiness it brings to people. What better way to find happiness then by spending vacation money you have already saved up for right? Florida’s gulf coast is home to some of the best malls, local shops and boutiques in the country. It would be a mistake to visit Florida and not leave with a new outfit or souvenir to remind you of your stay. Today we are going to take a look at some of the best local shopping hot spots in the area.

Local Shopping Hot Spots

Local Shopping: The UTC Mall

UTC Mall

The newest Mall in Southwest Florida is located in Sarasota and is definitely worth a trip to. The UTC mall features two stories with stores lined all the way down both sides. It is one of the largest malls in Florida. You will surely be able to spend a day shopping away. To see a complete list of stores click here.

Ellenton Outlets

Who loves great deals? I’m sure we can all say we do and the Ellenton Outlets is the perfect mall to acquire great deals on brand name stores. This outside mall is great for those beautiful sunshiny Florida days. For a list of stores click here.

Main Street LWR

The outside venue is perfect for those looking for a great restaurant and shopping experience. LWR main street offers plenty of stylish boutiques and international restaurants to visit. The outside venue and easy to access stores makes for a great day or evening strolling the streets. For a list of restaurants, stores and activities offered click here.

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St. Armands Circle

If you are looking for the ultimate Florida shopping experience, St Armands Circle is the place to be. Art galleries, boutiques, local shops and some of the best restaurants and nightlife are located on the circle. Also, located a couple of blocks away is Lido Beach. Don’t miss out on the great shopping experience the circle has to offer. For a list of shops click here.

Siesta Key Village

Visitor friendly and island style shopping can be found on the strip of Siesta Key Village. Amazing island style boutiques and shops surround the strip as well as local restaurants and amazing nightlife hot spots. For a list of shops and restaurants click here.

Westfield Southgate Mall

This mall is home to designer brand name stores located in the heart of Sarasota. This mall is not one of the busiest around but definitely doesn’t mean its not one of the best. You will be able to enjoy a fine relaxing shopping experience coming here.  Check out the list of stores by clicking here.

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No need to worry about finding your favorite stores in this mall. Sarasota Square has an extensive list of some of the top brand stores for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Check out the list here.

Planning Your Vacation

The best news of all is that most of these local shopping hot spots are located a short distance from all of our rental homes. Most only about a 15 minute drive away. Also,  by not staying in a hotel you are saving money and also saving more money on not having to eat out everyday. By saying in a vacation home you are able to make home cooked meals a couple times a week and in turn save money to spend on shopping. Check out all of our rentals at www.gcvacationrentals.com/search-results/