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Sanibel-Captiva & Fort Myers Beach Area Features

Spectacular Shopping Scene

Southwestern Florida is a wonderful place for shopping! In this region, there are plenty of beautifully landscaped shopping complexes with interesting stores to choose from. Step into some of the local shops where you can easily find new outfits, fabulous gifts for your loved ones, or cool souvenirs of a fantastic vacation to take home.

Here’s Where to Shop…

Periwinkle Place is a quaint shopping area on Sanibel Island where visitors will find island apparel, specialty items, jewelry and remarkable gifts in a park-like setting. This is also the place to go for delicious food at the Blue Giraffe and relaxing treatments at Sanibel Day Spa. Just a little east, you’ll find additional boutique stores at Tahitian Gardens. Stroll along the covered porches, stopping at stores that pique your interest with a great selection of toys, clothes, and jewelry. Hungry shoppers can visit one of the restaurants for a quick bite. At the Olde Sanibel Shoppes, located on Tarpon Road at the end of Periwinkle Way, eclectic and classy shops await visitors in search of interesting gifts.

While on Captiva, Chadwick’s Square South on Captiva Drive near Plantation Road is the best place to find amazing shops. From coffee to coolers and bathing suits to beach shoes, visitors can get what they need (or didn’t know they needed!) for their vacation.

The desire to get a great deal drives people to outlet malls year-round. At Sanibel Outlets in Fort Myers, you can find some of the nation's top designers and shop for the latest styles and everyday clothing. The entire family will love browsing the different name-brand stores at this retail destination.

Items You May Want to Shop For…


A special remembrance of your Sanibel or Captiva vacation can be preserved with a beautiful piece of jewelry. At Shiny Objects, pieces made from sterling silver, gemstones, tri-color gold and other materials are on display at affordable prices. Take home a new pendant featuring a wave accented with blue opal or a delicate bracelet made up of silver sea horses. Meanwhile, The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelers retails a wide variety of pieces. Some of their most popular items include jewelry featuring ancient Spanish coins. They also carry designer bracelets, estate jewelry, and rings and necklaces adorned with precious gems such as diamonds and sapphires.

Island Apparel

If you find the need for new clothes while on Sanibel, there are several places to shop. For women’s clothing, check out Her Sports Closet for resort wear and popular name-brands including Lilly Pulitzer, and Katherine Way. Meanwhile, men can find what they need at Island Pursuit, and kids clothing can be purchased at Nanny’s Children’s Shoppe. However, since you’re in the tropics, all you may really want is a bathing suit! In that case, head to Swim Mart in Fort Myers for a large assortment of sizes and styles to choose from for men, women and children. Butterfly Beach in Periwinkle Place and Synergy in Tahitian Gardens retail swimwear as well as clothing from some of the top surfing brands. These are the places to go for trendy beachwear. Finally, don’t forget your feet! Nothing complements a great outfit better than footwear. Just trot on over to Sanibel Sole to find comfortable and fashionable shoes to complete your look.

Home Décor & More

At Suncatcher’s Dream in the Olde Sanibel Shoppes, beautiful artsy decorations are available throughout the store that will fill your home with color and pizzazz. Stocked with amazing items for the house, ornaments, crystals, and unique jewelry, this store will surely supply visitors with mementos of their vacation they’ll cherish. Jb….designs is located in the same shopping complex and retails a wide array of items including furniture, clothing and one-of-a-kind items created by local artists. If you’re searching for a distinctive new handbag or a painting for the wall, this is the place to visit!

With a little love, some older items can regain their sparkle and may even last well into the future as a family heirloom. For a location that is brimming with antiques, visit Islander Trading Post on Sanibel Island. Here, you’ll find a large variety of goods in nice condition—everything from tea sets to furniture. Stop in and be wowed by the store’s eclectic collection of pieces from the past.


As your trip nears its end, you may want to start searching for a small token to take home. The Tarpon Bay Explorers Gift Shop is the perfect place to go for a nice gift or keepsake. Many people lose themselves in MacIntosh Books as they explore the store’s vast collection looking for new novels to add to their personal libraries. Other gifts and souvenirs can be found at stores such as She Shells Sea Shells. Besides an assortment of beautiful shells for sale, patrons can purchase beach-themed items made with seashells such as candles, picture frames and holiday ornaments.

If you would like to get a treat for the furry family member that was left back home, visiting Island Paws at the Olde Sanibel Shoppes is just the thing. Or, a great way to thank your neighbor for watching the pets, plants and the house while you were away, would be a gift of local beverages from The Grog Shop or interesting foods from Bailey’s General Store. You may even find a nice indulgence for yourself!

Enjoy browsing the charming boutiques and lusciously landscaped shopping areas in this region. You’ll likely come away with a gift you’ll treasure for years to come.

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