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Your BEST Sawgrass Mills Guide

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Welcome to Sawgrass Mills, the BEST shopping destination in South Florida. If you have heard otherwise from someone, don't listen to that person's opinions ever again. You probably heard good things and you probably heard bad things. Here, you'll get only the facts....

I think there are 2 reason why you are on this page right now - either you want to see if the trek from Fort Lauderdale or Miami Beach is worth it (yes, it is) and/or you want to find the latest sales that are going on.

Most likely you are a tourist vacationing in South Florida or maybe you are in town for a day just before or after a cruise. What to do? SAWGRASS MILLS MALL! that's what. I know you heard the name, everyone has. And there is a reason behind it. Sawgrass Mills Mall is a destination in of itself. More than 350 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, numerous luxury and upscale brand stores offering unbelievable discounts (yes, it is true) are calling your name. Whether you are taking a tour bus from your cruise or a hotel in miami, or a taxi from the beach, be ready to get bitten by the shopping alligator. Don't shop on Collins Avenue or Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach, come to Sawgrass Mills at Urban Sawgrass and save money.

While Sawgrass Mills is a drive from Miami or Miami Beach, it is actually very conveniently located in west Broward County, in the City of Sunrise, in a new district 'Urban Sawgrass'. BankAtlantic Center (and ice arena and concert hall) is located directly across the mall. It is home to the NHL's Florida Panthers hockey team.

Urban Sawgrass is a very good neighborhood so you'll be very safe as long as you follow standard precautions. Under no circumstances leave your bags in the car after shopping. The mall provides a Bags To Go service where they will hold on or even deliver your prized shopping winnings to a hotel for a fee. This fee is well worth it. We hate to see you buy the latest styles and newest laptop, leave it in the car to go eat at a restaurant (plenty of awesome choices here) only to come back and discover that your car was broken into.

How to get here:

By tour bus: There are a number of bus companies offering pickups at numerous hotels throughout Miami Beach. You can also catch an organized shopping trip by tour bus from Port Everglades or Port of Miami after you come back from a cruise. Your cruise ship will provide all the  details.

By taxi: Roundtrip taxi ride from Fort Lauderdale Beach will cost you $$. From Miami Beach, $$$

By public transit: No convenient public transit will get you to Sawgrass Mills from Miami or Miami Beach. From Fort Lauderdale Beach you can catch bus #40 and transfer to #36 which takes you directly to the mall. Directions here. Please note that the directions shown are from Westin Beach Resort Fort Lauderdale. Directions are similar if you are staying at any other hotel along the beach such as The Ritz-Carlton.

By private car: Get directions here. Just enter your starting location in the textbox labeled 'A' to the left of the map. Numerous highways in the neighborhood allow for quick access and a short ride to Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Miami and Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale and all 3 international airports (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL), Miami International (MIA) and Palm Beach International (PBI)).


Where to stay:

While most like you are staying in Miami, Miami Beach or Fort Lauderdale, consider spending a few days at a local hotel at Urban Sawgrass in the City of Sunrise, only 20 minutes west of Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Crowne Plaza offer mid-level service and a panoramic view of the city including Sawgrass Mills Mall, BankAtlantic Center and the Everglades. Located directly across and within walking distance of Sawgrass Mill.

La Quinta is located next to IKEA less than a 5 minute drive from Sawgrass Mills Mall. This double building hotel is conveniently located next to the upscale commerce parks in the City of Sunrise, home to many international companies.


Where to eat:

The mall is home to two Food Courts, but check out other restaurants located in or near the mall. Find the full list here.


What do to:

Yes, there are other things to do at Urban Sawgrass and City of Sunrise besides shopping. The most obvious is going to a Florida Panthers hockey game (tickets) or concert at BankAtlantic Center which is located just across the street from the mall, on the north side.

You can also go for an airboat ride in the Everglades or visit Markham Park for a mountain bike trails, model aircraft airfield, shooting range, sky viewing telescope and other unique amenities. Ride your bike along the levee of the Everglades.



Best prices on electronics can be found at Brandsmart USA, located at the east-end of the mall (by Flamingo Road) next to SuperTarget. Please note that the prices are cheaper at the STORE than online.

Mall basics:

Open 10-9:30 Monday - Saturday

11 - 8:30 on Sunday

Restaurants and movie theater have their own hours. Sales and coupons here.

Many sites suggest you don't wear heels as you will be walking a lot. while it is a good sound advice, there are pleny of shoe stores here and most like you'll pick up a pair or three of the latest platforms, sandals and boots at a great discount.

Parking: Yes the parking lot gets very busy on weekends but there is plenty of parking still. If you can't find a parking on the south side of the mall, try parking on the north side or just in front of or to the side of SuperTarget. There are always plenty of parking here. This will also help you find the car easier when you are coming back since SuperTarget is the first store on the east end of the mall. This way you won't forget which entrance you parked in front of.

The stores are always offering discounts and you can find the latest sales as they are announced her on our site. It's a good idea to rent a cart, but don't leave it outside, bring it back inside the mall and get some of your money back.

Bags to go: Don't leave your bags in the car! Leave them here for safe keeping. Located throughout the mall.


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