5 Great Outlet Malls in Florida

    By Kanika Jelks

    Florida boasts some of the country's best designer duds at incredibly reasonable, hard-to beat prices. How? The extensive network of outlet malls in Florida makes a good deal in the Sunshine State hard to beat. Here are five favorite Florida outlet malls and a little about what you can expect at each:

    1. Prime Outlets Ellenton

    Conveniently located near Sarasota,Tampa and St. Petersburg, Prime Outlets Ellenton offers a premium shopping experience. Come prepared to spend some time. Top brands ranging from Michael Kors to Stuart Weitzman; Juicy Couture to Ralph Lauren all offer special savings, often up to 65 percent off. Pay special attention to the Off 5th, Saks Fifth Avenue outlet. I've found some of my most fabulous footwear hiding in this hot spot just waiting for a shoe lover to give them a good home. You won't be disappointed.

    2. Silver Sands Factory Stores

    With more than 100 different shops, the options for luxury acquisitions literally run from A to Z. Silver Sands Factory Stores claim to be the nation's largest designer outlet center. You can begin at Ann Taylor and end your shopping spree at the Zales Diamond Center. Silver Sands is located in picturesque Destin, Florida and you'll be excited to know that the only things more beautiful than the bargains that wait are the beaches that beckon just miles away from the shopping center.

    3. Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall

    Located in Sunrise—a stone's throw away from Fort Lauderdale—the best reason to check out the Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall is The Colonnade Outlets, an exclusive collection of designer boutiques that is part of the larger umbrella Sawgrass experience. Here you'll find Kate Spade and Burberry, Tag Heuer and True Religion; Escada, Kenneth Cole and more. It's one of the most extensive outlet malls in Florida and includes many entertainment options as well as restaurant choices. Enjoy.

    4. Orlando Premium Outlets

    This Premium Outlet Mall is the icing on the Orlando experience cake. And, one of the best things about Orlando shopping is you can absolutely have your cake and eat it too! I love the family-friendly vibe that is pervasive throughout Orlando. It's a city responsible for helping the dreams of children from around the world come true. But it also includes plenty of dream answering options for adults. The Premium Outlets is a good place to start. You'll find everything you're looking for from LaPerla to Lacoste in an inviting setting that focuses on service.

    5. Prime Outlets St. Augustine

    Prime Outlets in St. Augustine was recently expanded and renovated. The result—elevation to the top tier of shopping experiences in Northeast Florida. All of the big names are here, but what makes this shopping center really special is its inclusion of the only Gucci outlet in the Southeast United States. Special shopping packages and holiday hours make this summer the perfect time to see the new St. Augustine outlets.