SHOP­PING

Travel Guide to Florida - - CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA -

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 crème de la crème. 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 I-95, the Vero Beach Out­lets show­cases 60 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 dogfriendly.

Look­ing for a unique shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence? His­toric tree-lined Cocoa Village is home to one-of-a-kind shops, restau­rants and other points of in­ter­est. In this surfers’ par­adise, be sure to check out the Ron Jon Surf Shop, a Cocoa Beach land­mark and the largest surf 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 en­graved bricks along the side­walk.

Day­tona Beach’s fa­mous Board­walk is lined with funky shops while the his­toric down­town of­fers a bounty of dis­tinc­tive bou­tiques and restau­rants. And, bar­gain hunters will be thrilled with the new Tanger Out­lets, which opened in Novem­ber 2016.

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