Northwest Florida has some of the best shopping destinations in Florida. Find out where to shop in Northwest Florida, and you won’t leave empty-handed.
Pensacola Beach Boardwalk
There’s nothing quite like shopping on the beach. When you visit the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, you get to do just that. The venue is located on the water and features boutiques, clothing shops, and art galleries.
As you might expect, there are a few surf shops in the area. You can shop for surf apparel or pick up a body board and test your skills on the water. If you love food and wine, you can stop at the popular wine and cheese stop. There are plenty of restaurants along the boardwalk, most of which have stunning views. As you eat or shop, listen to the live entertainment.
For over 15 years, Destin Commons has been one of the top shopping centers on the Emerald Coast. There are more than 95 stores and restaurants in the Commons. The venue was the first in Florida to have a Southern Living Store.
As you shop luxury stores, discount shops, and clothing retailers, you can stop and enjoy a movie or eat at one of the many restaurants. There’s even a bowling alley with an underwater theme. Kids can play in the play area, and everyone will marvel at the mural art walk.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Located in Miramar Beach, the Village of Baytowne Wharf is the place to go if you want to shop boutiques and art galleries. While the stores alone are enough to attract visitors, the real attraction is the ambiance.
The venue is located inside the gates of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. When you spend time shopping at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, you get a taste of what it might be like to live in the luxurious community.
This shopping destination is also home to some excellent eateries. As far as live entertainment goes, there’s almost always something going on.
If you plan on doing some shopping in Tallahassee, you need to stop at Market Street. The destination is conveniently located near Interstate 10, making it easy to access. There are over 50 specialty stores, most of which are on one street. Rather than drive around to shop, you can walk to all of your favorite stores.
Shop for some men’s clothing at Nic’s Toggery, or add to your jewelry collection at the Tallahassee Diamond Center. Bedfellows features fine linens and brands like Peacock Alley Linens and Sferra. If you need a comfortable pillow to sleep on, you should check out their selection.
My Favorite Books is a book-lovers paradise and has a large selection of both used and new books. When you walk into the store, you should expect to spend hours browsing the aisles. For home goods, Weezie’s Cottage and Home is the place to go. Their furniture is American-made and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll get inspiration for your home’s decor.
After a day at the beach on Okaloosa Island, continue relaxing with some retail therapy. The Boardwalk is a tourist hot-spot that’s located on the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to having many great shops, the area also has plenty of attractions and restaurants.
When you shop on the Boardwalk, you don’t need to worry about washing the beach off you. Shop owners are used to sandy customers in swim suits. You can pick up a new, dry suit at Surfside Outfitters. Go in Kitty Hawk Kites and pick out a few beach rentals. If you’re up for adventure, you can sign up for hang gliding lessons.
Looking for souvenirs? Tropical Trends has a large selection of beach-inspired gifts. While you’re there, pick up something for yourself or your friends. Then, head back to the beach and play in the surf and sand
Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
There’s something about shopping along the beach that relaxes the mind and body. The next time you’re in Fort Walton Beach, take the time to shop the Miracle Strip Parkway. One of your first stops should be Buccaneer Gift Shop. They sell art and souvenirs galore. If you love Betty Boop, Nascar, or Elvis, you’ll enjoy their huge collection of collectible items. Stop for a photo opportunity next to their 15 foot Coca-Cola bottle.
Another great destination is Alvin’s Island. This is the place to go for beach merchandise, souvenirs, and more. While you’re there, pick up some floats for the ocean or beachy decor for your home. They also sell traditional souvenirs, like shot glasses and magnets.
Take home a custom tee at Coral Reef, where you’ll find a large selection of witty shirts. Getting a custom tee is almost a rite of passage for a beach vacation. When you’re done, go back to the beach for some fun in the sun.
Front Beach Rd
Located in Panama City Beach, Front Beach Road is your go-to stop for shopping near the beach. There are several shops, restaurants, and more in the area.
Some of the stores are unlike anywhere else. Turtle Girls Market has items as unique as the store’s name. They sell beach-inspired decor, but most of the pieces are original. For bathing suits, go no further than Big Willy’s Surf and Swim. Their large selection has something for everyone.
For the boutique shopping experience, Shipwreck LTD is ideal. They have surf clothing, bathing suits, and surfboard rentals. There’s also the ever-popular Alvin’s Island for all of your beach needs and souvenirs.
If you enjoy antiques, you have several shopping options. Main Street Antiques features an impressive selection, as does Elegant Endeavors Antique Emporium.
Enjoy the Beach and Shop in the Panhandle
Your time in the Panhandle is only improved by shopping. Check out some of the top shopping destinations and you’ll make your time even more memorable.
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