There are plenty of shopping areas on the Emerald Coast including an indoor mall, outdoor malls, a premium outlet mall, shopping centers, and plenty of independent stores. Try not to be too closed-minded about your shopping destination, because there are so many stores hiding away in shopping center corners and on Hwy.98 that become a blur if driving by too quickly.

Turn your head and look around when you are at stoplights instead of staring at your phone, and you might see a store you never knew was there and that you never knew you wanted to visit. Many independent merchants may not have a big social media presence because they concentrate on satisfying their customers rather than on how many “likes” and “followers” they can accumulate.

Banana Bart’s
850-837-4355, 620 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Banana Bart’s is located in one of the first vacation homes built in Destin during the 1930’s. Bart & Anne Coleman opened Banana Bart’s in 1985 and the shop has an ever-changing collection, filled floor to ceiling, of jewelry, t-shirts, nautical decor, Christmas ornaments, eclectic fashion and more. This “last little piece of old Destin” where the counters are vintage and the wooden floors squeak is quite an experience for both old and young alike. Make sure to stop in and say hello to Bart & Anne. Open Monday – Saturday.

Emerald Lady Jewelry

850-424-3823, 34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. Located in the Best Buy Plaza behind Cracker Barrel on Hwy. 98. E-mail: Extensive selection of quality Sealife Jewelry. Australian Opal and Mother of Pearl Inlay Jewelry by Kabana, Larimar Jewelry by Marahlago and Alamea, Fine Swiss Watches by Classique, Ancient Coin Jewelry, Top Engagement Ring and Fashion Jewelry Designers, including Verragio, Gabriel & Co. NY, Amavida, Claude Thibaudeau, Demarco, Supreme, Love My Romance and more! Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Footprints Gifts
Best Little Shop on the Beach

850-837-6711, 9818 Hwy. 98, Miramar Beach. Located near Sandestin, 3 blocks east of Silver Sands Factory Stores. Open Mon.-Sat. Closed on Sun. The Best Little Shop on the Beach for 35 years. A beach-themed store carrying tropical gifts, shells, condo accents, and more. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Kitty Hawk Kites

850-837-2800 Destin • 850-796-0102 FWB, Destin: 34 Harbor Blvd. (located in HarborWalk Village at Emerald Grande). Summer hours: 9am-10pm daily; Winter hours: Sun.-Thurs. (10am-6pm), Fri.-Sat. (10am-8pm). Fort Walton Beach: 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy., #101 (located in the Boardwalk complex on Hwy. 98 on Okaloosa Island just east of the Gulfarium). With two locations on the Emerald Coast, Kitty Hawk Kites offers the area’s most unique selection of kites and kite accessories, wind art, clothing and apparel, footwear, toys, gifts, and more. Kayaks and paddleboards are also available for sale and rent at the Destin location. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Life is Good

850-269-0700, 34 Harbor Blvd. (located in HarborWalk Village at Emerald Grande, Destin). Life is Good Genuine Neighborhood Shoppe is your destination for optimistic apparel and accessories featuring refreshingly positive messages and comfortable fits for men, women and kids. Our diverse product line features casual tees, lifestyle apparel, headwear, bags, home accents, beach gear, organic wear and more. Giving Life is Good products to someone is a positive and unique way to spread the power of optimism. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Lindseys Furniture

850-249-6446, 7157 W. Hwy. 98, Panama City Beach. Website: A premier furniture store offering high quality furnishings for low prices, specializing in outfitting households with the most popular brands and styles. From living room and kitchen, bedroom furniture and mattresses, office furnishings and accessories, you’ll find everything you need under 1 roof.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

850-203-6555, 400 Quietwater Beach Rd.,
Pensacola Beach. Web Site: Established in 1959, Ron Jon is the “World’s Most Famous Surf Shop”, offering the best selection of surf brands, swimwear and beach gear.
Experience our Ron Jon Surf Shop in Pier Park in Panama City Beach as well.

The Blue Giraffe

850-326-5939, 13123 E. Emerald Coast Pkwy., Inlet Beach, FL. Website: Supports the local art scene by offering original, inspiring artwork by award winning artists, handcrafted coastal-inspired jewelry, creative gifts and distinctive selection of uplifting books. Major Credit Cards Accepted.