Where to Shop in Southwest Florida

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Whether you’re in Naples, Fort Myers, or Venice, there’s no shortage of great shopping. Find out where you should stop for your next experience shopping in Southwest Florida.

5th Avenue South

Located in Downtown Naples, 5th Avenue S is an elegant street with upscale shops. If you want to feel like a millionaire for a day without spending much money, do some shopping in this area. 

There are bathing suit shops galore, children’s boutiques, and art galleries. If you want to see baby clothing and kids toys that inspire the imagination, walk into Giggle Moon. The shop is a s whimsical as its name. For jewelry, check out the Best of Everything. Despite being in a ritzy area, the shop has accessories for every price range. Browse the selection of hand-made soap at Naples Soap Company and find your favorite scent. 

There are several other streets in the downtown area that have excellent shopping. Take your time to wander around and enjoy the life of luxury. When you work up an appetite, you can enjoy the many restaurants and cafes that line the streets. 

Bell Tower Shops

Most people don’t think of Fort Myers when it comes to shopping. But Bell Tower Shops is one of the prime shopping destinations in Southwest Florida. The outdoor mall is always expanding and features some interesting and fun shops.

Bring out your inner child and walk into the Cheshire Cat, a fine toy shop. Even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll love seeing the innovative collection of toys. Pick up some new shades at the Sunglasses Hut or embrace Florida with your wardrobe and shop at the Pink Pineapple. They feature a large selection of Lilly Pulitzer.

If you’re looking for a mix of local stores and large chains, Bell Tower is the place to be. After you shop, play some games at Dave and Buster’s or eat a meal at one of the many restaurants. You can even catch a movie at the movie theater.

Main Street

Venice is a gem in Southwest Florida. While you’re in town, you shouldn’t overlook the shopping. There are some hot spots for shopping on Venice Main Street. From art to clothing, there’s a bit of everything.

First, you should visit the Art Escape Gallery. It’s a place to see or buy fine art, and features local artists. They also offer art classes to help you home your art skills. If shoes are your weakness, you’ll find it difficult to say no at B & B Bootery. They sell high-end comfort shoes, such as Taos and Ecco. 

Pamper yourself when you pick up soap or body products at Cleopatra’s Bath & Body. It also has unique gifts for you to bring home for your friends and family. After your shopping is finished, be sure to check out one of the parks or the beach.

Mercato Shops

When you need a break from the beautiful Naples beaches, it’s time to head into one of the top Naples shopping destinations. The Mercato is an outdoor venue that’s modern and stylish. Located only about a mile from the beach, it’s a convenient location with a lot to offer.

The venue features many high-end shops. If you’ve never checked out bamboo products, walk into Cariloha Bamboo. Almost everything in the store is made from bamboo, making the product’s eco-friendly. To get in some art appreciation, check out East West Gallery. The constantly changing gallery features awe-inspiring art pieces. Browse a large selection of paper goods at the Paper Source, or pick up some clothing at one of the many apparel shops. f you want to get high-end clothing at a discount, you can shop in Nordstrom Rack. 

In addition to having great shopping options, the Mercato has several restaurants and a large movie theater. If you shop in the evening, you may be able to catch some live entertainment.

First St

Downtown Fort Myers is a unique place. So, it should come as no surprise that the shops there are one-of-a-kind. When you walk down First Street, you can experience it for yourself.

Your first stop should be the Franklin Shops. In the store, you’ll find two stories of art, clothing, jewelry, and gifts. The second floor is dedicated to the art. You’ll come across metal sculptures, pendulum clocks, and paintings. 

Another great destination is Market Earth Inc. If you’re interested in shopping for some eco-friendly accessories, this is the place for you. They have a little of everything, from clothing to purses to body wash. Learn about steampunk or add to your collection at home when you shop at timeless. Their window displays alone are enough to keep you entertained.

Wall around the street and check out what downtown Fort Myers has to offer. Be sure to stop at a restaurant or cafe, the head to Centennial Park and relax.

Periwinkle Place

As much as you love popular chain stores, you probably appreciate the chance to shop at small, local businesses. In Sanibel, that’s all you’ll find. The island locals pride themselves on a lack of chain stores. At Periwinkle Place, you can shop some of those stores.

The marketplace is more than 41,000 square feet of shopping. There are 25 shops, and the venue was chosen as Sanibel’s top shopping spot. It’s home to Fresh Produce, a place to buy cotton clothing for women and children. If you have kids, Toys Ahoy belongs on your list of shops to visit. Fantasea is a shop for those who want coastal gifts and decor. When you shop there, you can bring a taste of the island life back home. 

 The marketplace is surrounded by greenery and a playground. There is a popular restaurant with outdoor dining and a day spa.

Shopping in Southwest Florida

Enjoy the sun, the sand, and the shopping of Southwest Florida. For the best experience, head to a few of the top destinations on this list.

**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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