It’s Time to Shop for Summer on Florida’s Historic Coast

Leave the winter behind and embrace the sunshine and pleasant temperatures of the spring and summer. It’s time to pack away the parkas and pick up necessities and a few splurges when vacationing on Florida’s Historic Coast.
 
Shopping is easy in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches. You can score great deals at St. Augustine Premium Outlets or St. Augustine Outlets. Discover upscale fashions and accessories at boutiques in Ponte Vedra and at the resorts. And find just about everything you and your family will need for a day at the beach at local surf shops.
 
Take it to the Beach
 
These items should be in everyone’s beach bucket – sunscreen, sunglasses and beach towels. Even if it is a cloudy day, you can still get a sun burn. Any local drugstore, grocery store or surf shop will carry a wide variety of sunscreen, even a formula for sensitive skin and children. For luxury brand, high quality sunglasses at an affordable price, head to Rainbow Shades at St. Augustine Premium Outlets or the Sunglass Hut at St. Augustine Outlets. Local big box stores or pharmacies carry beach towels along with chairs and umbrellas.
 
Resortwear
 
Stay protected from the sun in the most stylish way by purchasing a hat, which you can wear on and off the beach. Shop at Panama Hat Company in St. Augustine’s historic district for a hand crafted, one-of-a-kind hat you’ll be happy to take home after your vacation. You’ll also find a variety of headwear at the Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra Beach and the Dutch Convoy shop on San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine.
 
Of course you’ll need a bathing suit, and a fashionable cover-up. The Sunshine Shop, PIT Surf Shop, Surf Station and Aqua East in St. Augustine Beach all carry a wide variety of swimsuits for the entire family. You can pick up a cover-up while you’re there or check out the stylish options at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa or Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The boutiques at Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra Beach offer a colorful selection of fashions to wear at the pool, on the beach or just relaxing at the hotel.   
 
Sandals are the must-have footwear in Florida. You’ll find bargains on name brand shoes such as Skechers and Rack Room Shoes at the St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall. Flip-flops aren’t just for the beach anymore. The best place to find flip flops appropriate for the beach or for everyday wear around town are the many small shops off St. George Street in downtown St. Augustine or at the many surf shops -  Surf Culture, PIT Surf Shop, Surf Station, Aqua East and Mangrove Surf Shop.
 
Hitting the Links
 
There are more than a dozen championship golf courses in Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine. Before you tee off, check out pro shop at the Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, which carries the most extensive collection of PGA TOUR merchandise in the country. World Golf Village’s pro shop also has an extensive collection of quality gear. Pick up a few things before starting a round at the Slammer & Squire or the King & Bear. Or find plenty of bargains at the Greg Norman Collection at the St. Augustine Premium Outlets.
 
 
Gifts for friends and family back home
 
You may not think about the local attractions and museums as a place to shop for gifts for friends back home but many sell books, keepsakes and jewelry. Take home a bit of art and culture from Florida’s Historic Coast by hunting for treasure at more than 20 galleries in the historic district of St. Augustine.