The adorable town of Stuart is ideal for browsing boutiques and dining. From beach-themed to upscale kitchen shops, it is a favorite destination for tourists and locals alike. You’re sure to find clothing, shoes, jewelry and handmade arts and crafts.
When it comes to shopping in Central East Florida, Vero Beach is the creme de la creme. Ritzy boutiques on Ocean Drive are filled with items to make you ooh and aah. Nearby Miracle Mile features shopping venues such as Bark Avenue (goodies for your pet), Chico’s and Cottonways, The Vero Beach Book Store is one of the best independent bookstores in the state, due to its jam-packed calendar full of best-selling author signings and presentations.
Florida is renowned for outlet shopping and one of the best is in Vero Beach. Conveniently located at exit 147 off 1-95, the Vero Beach Outlets showcases 6o designer and brand-name shops, including Williams Sonoma, Coach, Banana Republic and an expanded Restoration Hardware.
Avenue Viera, on the outskirts of Melbourne, is a pleasant outdoor shopping mall flanked with specialty restaurants, shops and a huge Carmike Cinemas movie theater on palm tree-lined sidewalks. Visit all the chain store biggies such as Kohl’s, Cost Plus World Market and Books A Million, Historic downtown Melbourne’s main street, East New Haven, is three blocks of fun packed with international eye-catching delights, boutiques, consignment shops and antique stores. Better yet, most are dog-friendly.
Looking for a unique shopping experience? Cocoa Beach’s historic tree-lined Cocoa Village is home to one-of-a-kind shops, souvenirs and other points of interest. In this surfers’ paradise, be sure to check out the Ron Jon Surf Shop, a Cocoa Beach land mark and the largest surfing shop in the world.
New Smyrna Beach offers exceptional shopping and art galleries along both Flagler Avenue and Canal Street. The route stretches from the river to the ocean and is a wonderful reminder of old-school Florida. Note the Flagler Walk of Fame, made up of 9 engraved bricks along the sidewalk.
Daytona Beach’s famous Boardwalk is lined with funky shops while the historic downtown offers a bounty of distinctive g boutiques and restaurants. And, bargain ; hunters will be thrilled with the new Tanger Outlets, which just opened in November 2016.