Shopping in Florida
Florida in general and Orlando in particular are excellent for shopping. So much so that you may find yourself buying more suitcases when you come home!! Just remember the excess baggage charges though. For British holidaymakers it is a shopping paradise, with savings of as much as 75% to be had.
If you are looking for designer clothing there is a huge choice. From Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and DKNY to Guess, Hugo Boss, Versace, Georgio Armani and Timberland to name just a few.
There are now 2 locations for these outlets, International Drive and Vineland Road. These a very good places to shop it has stores from a wide variety of designers including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Timberland, Osh Kosh, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Nike and Reebok to name just a few.
Most give good value for money but things get better around sale times like Thanksgiving etc. If you will be shopping in Reebok for sneakers or sports clothing, take a look in the many coupon books to be found in and around the Orlando area or even the local newspaper for a coupon they issue giving 10% or sometimes 15% off their products. This is additional to the offer they have on trainers/sneakers, which is, buy one pair get the second half price or buy 2 pairs get the third pair free. One thing to remember about Premium Outlets is that if you are over 50 they have a senior’s day discount on a Tuesday where you can receive another 10% off your purchases.
Don't forget to get your VIP club membership which will give you further discounts and allow you get the coupon book from the food court for free instead of the $5. VIP Club
The Mall of Millennia.
This is one of the newest additions for shoppers in Orlando. It is a very modern, upmarket Mall with 2 floors, a food court and some beautiful architecture. Most of the other shops are aimed at the high income families. There is a Gucci, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Burberry and Jimmy Choo to name just a few. If you are looking for that something special and cost isn't really a problem then this is the place for you. Also in the same area are lots of other stores including, Linen 'n' things, (Great for villa owners) Home Depot, Marshalls, Golfsmiths (Great Golf shop) and a Super Target.
Marshalls & Ross stores.
You will see a lot of these stores dotted around the area and they are always worth a visit. You can pick up named, designer clothing at a fraction of the price. Be prepared to wade through rails and rails of stuff. Generally it is last season's clothing but the price is always very good. Some liken it to an organised Jumble sale. The main thing is the they have a large turnover of stock and it changes all the time so visit regularly.
The Florida Mall.
This is probably the largest Mall in the area. There several department Stores including JC Penny, Sears, Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom the last two are quite upmarket. There are over 200 speciality shops along with several sports shops including Footlocker, Team Choice and Oakley. There is a large food court offering a variety and a choice to suit everyone. Remember to visit Macy's gift wrap to collect your visitors passport, this is only available to foreign visitors to the US and gives you a further 11% off your purchases.
Pointe Orlando is situated on I Drive near the Wonder Works exhibition. It is quite a small Mall and has seen some changes since first opening in 1997. It has a Muvico IMAX theatre (Multi Screen) and several night time clubs and eating places. Some of the stores are:
- AlX Armani Exchange
- Bimini Shoes
- Boardwalk Surf & Sport
- Foot Locker
- Gray Fifth Avenue
- Image Leather
- Players Golf
- Tommy Bahama
- Tropical Emporium
- Everything But Water
- Lady Foot Locker
- Victoria’s Secret/Victoria's Secret Beauty
- Kids Foot Locker