Retail Therapy: Shopping In and Around Fort Myers Beach, FL

Situated on Estero Island in the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Beach is truly a natural paradise. Besides the great outdoor activities amidst white sand beaches, the area offers unique shopping experiences. From world-class shopping complexes to arts and crafts and community-oriented establishments, the scene is diverse, catering to a range of tastes and preferences, and offering something for everyone. And you don’t necessarily have to break the bank!

Are you looking to do some shopping for yourself or maybe get some souvenirs to take home? You’re in the right place. With this blog, we will bring you a guide to our favorite shopping spots in and around Fort Myers Beach, FL.

Ready for some retail therapy?


Beach Pottery Etc.

Housed in a charming wooden structure and exuding beachy vibes, Beach Pottery, Etc. sells local arts and crafts, Talavera Mexican pottery, Vietnamese pottery, and much more.

They have everything you can imagine that’s pottery-related, and their pieces come in all shapes and sizes, suitable for homes, offices, indoors, and outdoors. All pieces are crafted in durable, high-temperature-fired clay with baked-in vibrant colors that won’t fade.

They also offer a large selection of items that are ideal for coastal décor, as well as beachwear, jewelry, local original art, gifts, and souvenirs — all of excellent quality and fair prices.

Here’s a tip: their clearance section has some great finds at bargain prices!


Erickson and Jensen Shrimp Sales

Speaking of fresh food, Erickson and Jensen Shrimp Sales is one of those rare local gems — a family-owned business that has been operating since 1950, with a fleet of shrimp boats and a seafood market in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Interestingly, they freeze the shrimp right on the boat, so you can still get it fresh. Needless to say, their shrimp is also chemical-free and unprocessed.

Besides wholesale of excellent quality giant pink shrimp, they also have smaller portions to offer to the public, in small, medium, or large sizes, ready to go, and at excellent prices.

The place is an attraction in itself, with friendly staff and that great dockside Florida vibe, a great place to stop by to see a business that has been in the same family for four generations and to grab some shrimp to cook yourself at your short-term rental.

Gulf Coast Town Center

For those who enjoy outdoor shopping (and what better place to do it than Florida?), Gulf Coast Town Center is a great space in Fort Myers. With about twenty anchor stores and countless specialty shops spanning fashion, sports, electronics, and more; you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Some of the shopping options include Bass Pro Shops, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, Foster’s Grill, GameStop, Justice, Kay Jewelers, Marshall’s, Petco, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Zumiez, as well as the World Famous Cigar Bar, to name a few. And even if you’re not looking for anything specific, it’s still a delight to stroll through Gulf Coast Town Center.

After shopping, it’s a great idea to catch a movie at Regal Cinema or pick one of the many casual or upscale restaurants. Kids will love the candy shop or the ice cream shop, so if you have the little ones in tow, make sure to treat them, and visit the outdoor play area for kids as well.

Edison Mall

With anchors like Macy’s, Dillard’s, and JCPenney, Edison Mall is the only enclosed, super-regional mall in Fort Myers, and it has that old mall charm that some people love.

Besides those big names, it also offers more than 160 specialty shops, including Aeropostale, American Eagle, Bath and Body Works, Books-a-Million, and Victoria’s Secret, to name a few. There’s also a great food court, kiddie rides, and a play area.

Here’s a tip: The Twisted Crab is a great option for some cravings post-retail therapy. It’s just that timeless shopping experience where the whole family will find something to buy or enjoy.

Bell Tower

Another refreshing place to shop, Bell Tower, is an open-air mall dotted by lovely fountains and lots of specialty stores and restaurants, as well as a movie theater.

This option makes for a much less crowded shopping experience than elsewhere, and the offerings include flagship stores like Williams-Sonoma, Three Dog Bakery, Sunglass Hut, Talbots, and Bath and Body Works, along with more unique names such as Subtle & Chic, Oceanview & 7th, and The Cheshire Cat.

Dining will be great at places like DaRuMa Japanese Steakhouse, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Cantina Laredo, and Burntwood Tavern, some of which offer open-air seating and are dog-friendly.

By the way, there’s a nice bonus for pet lovers: There are Doggie Potty Stations throughout the center, and many of the shops allow you to go in with your pet — but make sure to ask first, anyway!



Since opening its doors on March 14, 2015, Tunaskin has been more than just a brand; it’s become a cornerstone of the Fort Myers Beach and Southwest Florida community. Here’s why a visit to Tunaskin’s Fort Myers Beach location is a must for residents and visitors alike.

From stylish and comfortable shirts available in long sleeve, short sleeve, and tank options to lifestyle shorts and leggings, there’s something for every occasion. Hoodies and outerwear selections provide warmth and style for those cooler beach evenings.

Accessorize your beach day with Fort Myers Beach hats, including the FMB Snapback Mesh Hat and TSK Trucker Hat featuring the iconic FMB Pier. Don’t forget to check out the FMB Circle Sticker and other unique stickers to carry a piece of the beach with you wherever you go.


Coconut Point


A visit to Southwest Florida is never complete without stopping by Coconut Point, an open-air shopping center that is a haven to shoppers of all kinds. Here are compelling reasons why a shopping escapade in Coconut Point should be on your list.

At Coconut Point, you will find a vast selection of stores, creating an exciting shopping experience where you can find everything you need in one place. With a variety of brands from trendy names like American Eagle Outfitters to footwear experts at DSW Shoe Warehouse, you surely can get your hands on the best and latest styles that suit your taste and needs.

But shopping at Coconut Point isn’t just about retail therapy. After a long day of picking out your favorite items, there is an array of dining options for you to indulge in. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite or dining at one of their top-notch restaurants, your taste buds are in for a treat. They also offer daily deals on favorite drinks and appetizers ensuring you have the perfect well-rounded shopping experience.




Extra Tips for Making the Most of Your Shopping Experience in and Around Fort Myers Beach, FL

Fort Myers Beach and the whole region are becoming more dynamic every year, with new retail options popping up every season, bringing new concepts to locals and visitors alike. Here are some extra tips to make your shopping experience even better:

  • Research Local Markets: Look for local markets or shopping districts known for unique items and cultural experiences.

  • Ask Locals for Recommendations: Locals often know the best places to shop for authentic and reasonably priced goods. Strike up conversations with locals and ask for their recommendations.

  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes to make the shopping experience more enjoyable.

  • Choose Off-Peak Hours: Shop during weekdays or early mornings to avoid crowds and long lines. Off-peak times can provide a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

  • Engage with Store Staff: Don’t hesitate to ask store staff for assistance or recommendations. Building a positive interaction with staff can enhance your overall experience.

  • Consider Sustainability: Look for eco-friendly and sustainable options when possible. Choose quality over quantity to reduce the environmental impact of your purchases.

  • Take Advantage of Sales and Discounts: Keep an eye on sales, promotions, and discount programs. Consider using loyalty cards or joining reward programs for additional savings.

  • Prioritize Local Businesses: Prioritizing local businesses over big chains can have several benefits, both for individuals and the community as a whole. You can contribute to the local economic growth, as well as find more personalized offerings, services, and products.

Remember that the goal is not just to buy items but to have a positive and fulfilling shopping experience, as well as a great local impact. That’s the best quality tourism there is! Enjoy the process and have fun exploring the stores!

Want more tips for when you visit Fort Myers Beach? Head to our destination blog. We’re writing about several topics, including the best restaurants in town, what it’s like to go fishing in the area, and a nightlife guide. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered!

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