Get your plastic ready because Miami has plenty of places to splurge. In addition to dozens of malls and mega-malls (we've listed a few favorites below), there are several major shopping districts in South Beach and other areas of the city.
For serious shopping in South Beach, head straight to Lincoln Road, an outdoor shopping area of unique boutiques that runs between Lenox and Washington Avenues. Here you can hunt for housewares, clothes, art and other goodies -- and take a break at one of its many sidewalk cafes.
In north Miami Beach are the upscale shops at Bal Harbour, where you'll find big-name designers like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany and Fendi.
You'll find more luxury brands in the up-and-coming Design District, including Cartier, Dior, Hermes and Versace -- as well as numerous art galleries and design studios.
In Coral Cables, the Miracle Mile (Douglas Road and 37th Avenue to LeJeune Road and 42nd Avenue) has a mixture of fashionable boutiques, spas and eateries. Specialties include clothing, furniture and housewares, and specialty gifts.
Miami is home to a number of malls and shopping centers. Our favorites are Bayside Marketplace -- for its wealth of dining and shopping options and its convenient location within walking distance of the cruise port -- and the Dolphin Mall, Miami's largest mall. It's divided into three districts: Ramblas (designed to look like a village square with several eateries), Playa (where you'll find casual clothes and home decor) and Moda (home to more upscale boutiques).