Florida has more to offer than beaches and historical sightseeing! Fort Myers and Naples have malls and shopping centers with restaurants, a variety of stores, and movie theaters that can help you escape the heat. Explore these three locations to get some fresh air while still enjoying the hot summer day.
Coconut Point – Estero, Florida – Coconut Point of Estero combines residential apartments, well-known stores, great restaurants, a movie theater, and boutiques to create the ultimate shopping experience. There are 140 stores and restaurants, from Five Guys to the American Gastro Pub and Target to West Elm. In addition to browsing the stores, take a walk through the boardwalk over the lake where you can see local birds and fish next to the restaurants with a peaceful view.
Fifth Avenue South – Naples, Florida – Old Naples redeveloped Fifth Avenue in 1996 to make it one of Southwest Florida’s premiere shopping destinations. Walking down the main strip, Fifth Avenue has a “café culture” feel with seating both inside and outside. The area boasts art galleries, restaurants, fine jewelry, apparel, and much more. It’s a lifestyle shopping area that anyone can enjoy. Whether it’s raining or just too hot to spend the whole day outside, consider strolling down Fifth Avenue South and taking in the beauty that Downtown Naples has to offer.
Mercato – North Naples, Florida – Mercato has residential real estate, a vibrant nightlife, a movie theater, and high-end stores. At night, some of the restaurants (like Blue Martini or Taps) turn into bars with enjoyable indoor and outdoor atmospheres. There is also a cigar bar called BURN that’s owned by world-renowned cigar maker Rocky Patel. During the day, the mall is buzzing with options like Le Macaron, interior design stores, spas, boutiques, and realtors (for anyone looking to make their vacation permanent).
Shopping malls and movie theaters provide excellent places to cool off because of their well air-conditioned stores, shady restaurants, and entertainment options like movie theaters, food, and shopping varieties. Don’t trap yourself at home when you could be spending time with friends and family experiencing the great amenities of Mercato, Fifth Avenue South, and Coconut Point.