The Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Destin is one of my favorite shopping spots for many reasons, but the most wonderful one is location. It’s right across the street from the gorgeous Emerald Coast, so close that you can smell the sea air while you’re shopping. A trip to Destin is the ultimate way to combine my three passions- shopping, gelato and beach trips!
Even without the beachside setting, this Florida outlet mall has a lot to recommend it. There is a good selection of over 100 outlets, with an excellent mixture of high-end designers and mid-priced retailers. And Silver Sands Outlets makes it easy to enjoy a shopping day with the family, with convenient parking and a very cool playground for the kids!
In addition to the outlet staples like Nike, Reebok, Gap, Banana Republic, they have some of the harder to find shops. The Juicy Couture, Tumi, and Michael Kors outlets are popular new additions to the center. They also have a Bare Escentuals outlet: this is the company that makes the amazing Bare Minerals makeup, and they offer some great deals here.
The Coach store is always popular, and the Destin location is stocked with many items from the full-price stores at serious markdowns. If you’re looking for watches, make sure to check out the Fossil store. They carry not only Fossil watches but also Michael Kors, Emporio Armani and Burberry timepieces at excellent prices.
Amazing Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet
My favorite Silver Sands store is the Off Fifth Saks Fifth Avenue. It’s HUGE: two full levels of shopping space, and chock-full of designer deals. I’ve visited Off Fifth stores all over the U.S., and this one DEFINITELY offers the best values anywhere. You can score some especially great bargains if you go in the wintertime. Winter is the off-season for Destin, so the merchandise doesn’t move as quickly and therefore gets seriously discounted. They have a high-end designer section where I’ve bought a Giuseppe Armani jacket, a Burberry skirt, a Valentino dress, and some St. John dress pants, all for under $50 each. It’s really worth your while to dig through all of the clearance racks, especially when they are marked an extra 50% off, because the markdowns are really extreme at this store, and you can get unheard-of deals on some great wardrobe pieces.
Best Outlet Mall Food Anywhere!
If you’re shopping at Silver Sands Outlet Mall, be sure to stop in for lunch or a snack at San Gelato Cafe. This chic little eatery serves delicious panini sandwiches, salads, and coffee drinks. But the real draw is their handmade gelato, and it’s the real thing, just like you get in Italy. Real gelato can be very hard to find in Florida, and an outlet mall is the last place I’d expect to track it down, but here it is, and it’s amazing! And one more tip- be sure to go online to the Silver Sands Outlet Mall website before your trip to print out a voucher for a free coupon book. There’s some great coupons in there to make your shopping score in Destin even better!