Imagine a sunny day, the streets lined with picturesque historical buildings and lush palm trees. A weathered fort and cemetery are on the horizon, and a costumed Ponce de Leon character walks by. You hear live folk music and smell traditional Spanish fare. The beautiful beach is just minutes away. No other city mixes history and coastal living quite the way St. Augustine does. You’ll want to explore every nook and cranny of this national treasure, and the best way to take home a piece of this ancient city is to go shopping.
From artisan-crafted creations in unique shops in the historic district to the latest designer clothes at the outlet malls, a shopping excursion will lead you to discover numerous treasures. In fact, two of Florida’s premier outlet malls and factory stores, the Premium Outlet Malls of St. Augustine and on the other side of I-95, the St. Augustine Outlet Malls (I-95 Exit 318), sell designer merchandise, and offer more than 50 brand names, both affordable, both irresistible. Over one hundred and thirty outlet stores offer savings on designer fashions and sportswear, accessories and jewelry, housewares, home furnishings and gifts and specialty items. Name brands include Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Off Fifth, and many, many more.
When in St Augustine, spend a lazy afternoon shopping in the eclectic stores along the historic cobblestone streets. Browse through art galleries on Aviles Street, indoor shopping halls on the historic St. George Street and tropical beach wares on Anastasia Island and St. Augustine beach. Stop at quaint shops around the corner and Victorian homes converted to boutiques; and before you know it, you will end up with more shopping bags than your hands can carry. No wonder shopping is the favorite pastime for Florida visitors.