Homestead and Florida City, the southernmost part of Greater Miami, is an entirely unique area. The blend of residential suburbia and lush tropical farmland is not only an exciting place to visit for the various nature attractions, but a great place to stop and get some shopping in while you’re around. En route to the Florida Keys? You’ll pass through Homestead and Florida City. Plan on stopping at the outlet stores for bathing suits, exercise gear and sunglasses or other Keys necessities. For a look back at history and some impressive craft shops take a detour to Cauley Square Historic Village.
History buffs, read on. Historic Downtown Homestead is perfect for the antique enthusiast looking for that statement piece to take back home with them. The area is full of old buildings with history dating back to the early 20th century and stores selling bits and pieces of design history.
The area has a different take on grocery shopping. Get out on the fields and pick your own berries in Homestead or taste the area’s famous sticky buns; we know you’ll be taking a few to-go.
Florida Keys Outlet Center
Right off the exit to Florida City, the gateway to the world-famous Florida Keys, is the breezy Florida Keys Outlet Center where you can shop 55 brand name outlet stores. Shop for the best deals in town, looks you already love for less and stock up on necessities for back to school or the start of summer. The Florida Keys Outlet Center is a bit removed from the rest of Homestead and Florida City’s attractions and a ways drive from Miami’s more urban areas. This means it’s usually free from crowds for quiet shopping at your leisure.
At the Florida Keys Outlet Center you’ll find name brand stores with discounted pricing. These include Nike, Aeropostale, Gap, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Izod, Gymboree, OshKosh B’gosh, Famous Footwear Outlet, Sketchers, Nine West, Coach, Sunglass Hut, Toys “R” Us and more.
Stop here on your way to the Keys, you have to pass by anyway, and put your saved money towards chartering a fishing boat in the Keys or upgrading to a restaurant that’s a bit pricier.
Cauley Square Historic Village
Old Florida is alive at Cauley Square Historic Village. Discover a collection of unique mom and pop shops housed in colorful bungalows and a few places to eat surrounded by lush tropical wilderness. The beautiful grounds are used for rustic chic weddings and private events, but it’s open to the public for live music, shopping and walking the ground’s gardens. If you’re nostalgic for a time replaced by mega-malls and online shopping, this bohemian historic square is a must-stop on the way to the Keys or during a Homestead exploration day.
Shoppes at Cauley Square include an Aviary specializing in exotic birds and custom cages, Namaste for all your Eastern needs from incense to artifacts, several bungalows with handmade arts and crafts like porcelain and rag dolls, linens, stationary and all sorts of items for around the home. It’s the perfect gift to take back and place on a windowsill to remember your time in Miami. At the Miami Paper Museum you’ll find personal stationary, scroll dedications and engraving.
Have tea with finger sandwiches at the Tea Room Restaurant, a historic building with large chandeliers, quaint old–Florida style décor like dark wood French doors and framed pictures of the good ol’ days.
Shopping at Local Farms
One of the most popular reasons to visit Florida City and Homestead is for the area’s many well known farms where you can pick berries and other seasonal fruits. Make a day trip out of driving down and get some fresh air in the fields where you don’t have to settle for a grocery store. Everything comes fresh from the vine to your mouth.
Burr’s Berry Farm, Phil’s Berry Farm and Knaus Berry Farm are just some of the options for places to pick fresh produce. There’s usually a market attached where you can take home some other fresh goods. Don’t skip the sticky buns as they’re a specialty in the area. Actually, we recommend you buy a few extra for breakfast to enjoy the next morning.
Check out Florida City’s Robert Is Here for a larger variety of produce and local goods. Started by a local when he was nine-years-old quite a few years ago, this farm stand now has a market, petting zoo and the best fruit shakes in town.
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