Miami: A Great Place to Shop

Crazy Shopping in Miami

If you are looking for discounts, downtown Miami is a good place for you. Start with Biscayne Boulevard, where you can even haggle when it comes to prices. Although some sellers are not really good English speakers, savvy shoppers still consider the place fun for shopping.

The Malls of Miami

washington_avenueThe Dolphin Mall, located west of Miami International Airport, houses 240 retail stores including Bass Pro Shops, Ross Dress For Less, Linens `N Things. The mall’s layout makes each visit entertaining and unique.

The Falls combines outdoor shopping with the best entertainment and restaurants. Ann Taylor, Talbots, Brook Brothers and the Gap are up for fine-looking clothing while household furnishings are found at Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams-sonoma. It is located at the fork of SW 136 Street and US 1.

Miami Beach makes a red hot shopping destination. Stroll over to Washington Avenue or Española Way for some accessories and unique fashion. Great finds are home design items and art works on a cultural hub like Lincoln Road.

The largest Mall in Florida is in Sunrise, the Sawgrass mills mall. You’ll find outlets like JC Penney, Saks 5th Avenue, and Beall’s Outlet.

At Biscayne Corridor, you’ll find luxurious Juicy Couture suits, furniture stores, and some really funky boutiques stretching from till the 79th street from the 50th, whole at Miracle Mile, ladies, bridal stores and gift shops are still on high together with the opening of new chain stores like Old Navy and Barnes and Noble.

Between Hallandale Beach Boulevard and the Miami Gardens, just along Biscayne is Aventura, extending to 2-mile of chain stores including Circuit city, Borders, Best Buy, Marshall’s and more. A lot of stores in Calle Ocho specialize on Latin music aside from shops selling shoes, furniture, and cigars. Experience dynamic street life to a place they call Little Havana. For bargains, go for the Opa-Locka Hialeah Flea Market, considered as one of the largest in South Florida with over 1,200 retail and wholesale vendors.

Greater Miami and the Beaches is a good marketplace for upscale shopper offering wide-range of choices with the specialty shops available in the area.

Shopping Hours and Sales tax

Nonfood items are charged with local and sales tax of 6.5 percent. However beverage and food tax are charged depending on the location. For Surfside, 4%; Miami is 3% while 2% goes to other areas within Miami-Dade County. You may also choose to ship your item anyplace in the world through UPS or United Parcel Service.

Shop hours are usually from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday, while a little early closing on Sunday. Most stores in South Beach open late till midnight. It is advisable to call to inquire for store hours as this may also vary.

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