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5 of the Best Malls and Outlets on the Gulf Coast

5 of the Best Malls and Outlets on the Gulf Coast | Plumlee Vacation Rentals

You know that Florida’s Gulf Coast is famous for its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear Gulf of Mexico waters, but did you know that you are also near some of the best shopping outlets, malls and plazas when you vacation in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores? You are! Here are a few of our very favorite places to shop when you’re looking to make a day trip off the island and into one of our nearby West Florida towns. All of these shopping excursions are easy to get to from your Indian Rocks Beach rental. Pair your shopping trip with another nearby Gulf Coast attraction or make your shopping experience an adventure all its own. Either way, you will love spending some time here. Happy shopping!

Summer Clothing for Sale at Ellenton Premium Outlets | Plumlee Vacation Rentals

Ellenton Premium Outlets

Ellenton Premium Outlets is home to 130 designer and name brand outlet stores for the whole family. Enjoy exceptional brands at extraordinary savings of 25% to 65% off every day. Ellenton Premium Outlets is conveniently located off I-75 and US-301 in Ellenton, Florida and is an easy day trip from your Indian Rocks Beach rental. The drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is an added bonus offering fabulous views.

This outdoor mall features covered walkways, lush, tropical landscaping and flowing water fountains. Ellenton Premium Outlets stores range from women’s apparel and accessories to home furnishings to specialty items. Stores include Coach, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Ellenton Premium Outlets is a perfect shopping stop for the area residents and visitors looking for a delightful wallet-friendly shopping experience any time of the year.

Two Women Shopping & Eating Ice Cream at Tampa Premium Outlets | Plumlee Vacation Rentals

Tampa Premium Outlets

Tampa Premium Outlets is home to 110 outlet designer and name-brand outlet stores including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Nike Factory Store and more. Tampa Premium Outlets is conveniently located off Interstate 75 and State Road 56 on Grand Cypress Drive making it an easy drive from Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores in just over an hour.

Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, shoppers enjoy shops including, Calvin Klein, Coach, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger. You can find delicious options at Market Hall, including Green Leaf’s Beyond Great, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen and Johnny Rockets. Make a day of it by combining your shopping trip with one of our other big Florida Gulf Coast attractions. Tampa Premium Outlet is just 30 minutes from local attractions like Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).

Outdoor View of Bay Street Restaurants at International Plaza | Plumlee Vacation Rentals

International Plaza + Bay Street

International Plaza and Bay Street, adjacent to Tampa International Airport, is the one of the most distinctive shopping and dining destinations of Florida’s West Coast. It’s only 25 miles from your Indian Rocks Beach vacation rental as you make the drive over beautiful Tampa Bay using the Courtney Campbell Causeway. 

Explore the nearly 200 amazing stores and 16 sit-down restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, The Capital Grille and The Cheesecake Factory to mention a few. Finding something unique has never been easier. Be sure to take a stroll through Bay Street located on the Upper Level adjacent to the Food Court. This vibrant open-air village is filled with restaurants and nightlife open a little later for a lot of fun.

Eat, Shop, Play at WestShore Plaza on Florida's Gulf Coast | Plumlee Vacation Rentals

Westshore Plaza

Westshore Plaza is one of the premier shopping destinations in Tampa, Florida with a mix of shopping, exclusive Bay Area dining and an AMC theater. Cross over Tampa Bay and make a day of shopping, dining and a movie. It’s the perfect place for a break from the heat and a nice alternative for a rainy day—and only about a 45-minute drive from Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

Westshore Plaza offers over 100 specialty shops anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears. There are several restaurants PF Chang’s, Maggiano’s, Irish 31, Besito Mexican, Seasons 52, Mitchell’s Fish Market and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Shoppers can also catch the latest release at AMC 14 Theatres.

Exterior Photo of Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater, Florida | Plumlee Vacation Rentals

Westfield Countryside Mall

Westfield Countryside is a super-regional indoor shopping center located on Florida’s Gulf Coast and is just minutes from the Gulf Coast Beaches, Tampa International Airport and St. Pete / Clearwater Airport. This is the closest large shopping mall to your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores vacation rental, as it’s only a 30 minute drive into Clearwater from the island.

Westfield Countryside brings shoppers some of the best retail destinations in major cities by integrating food, fashion, leisure and entertainment. This mall has a great mix of premium retailers including BCGB, Coach, Pandora and others as well as many of your favorite everyday shopping spots. New additions to the mall include Ultimate Relaxation Massage and Extreme Tattoos which are now open and Planet Grilled Cheese and GameTime which are coming soon.

Where to Shop Local in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores, Florida

If big malls and shopping outlets just aren’t your style, there’s good news! You don’t have to go anywhere outside of the local area to find some great local retailers with their small shops and unique offerings. We always prefer to shop local when we can, so here’s a list of the local retailers for your convenience. 


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5 of the Best Malls and Outlets on the Gulf Coast | Plumlee Vacation Rentals