As much as we hate to admit it, sweet summertime is nearing the end and back-to-basics routines are swiftly rounding the corner. While we’d all like to don our bikinis and boardshorts for the remainder of the year, the time has come for us to acquire new autumn-appropriate threads for the upcoming fall season.
Besides the beach party atmosphere, fabulous dining, and entertainment, San Diego is one of the greatest places for shopping in all of Southern California. But rather than venture to the usual premium malls and high-end boutiques, why not check out some of the best bargains that San Diego has to offer?
From Las Americas Premium Outlets in San Ysidro and the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, to Desert Hills in Cabazon and Ontario Mills in San Bernardino county, the greater San Diego area is home to a wealth of shopping venues where you can get the most for your buck.
Discover a few of our favorite San Diego outlet centers.
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Big-name brands and designer favorites are found by the rack-full at Carlsbad Premium Outlets at reduced prices, reassuring trendsetting shoppers that fashion does not need to suffer along with the economy. The long stretch of shops wind through a tranquil landscape with the occasional palm tree, spouting fountains, and of course strategically placed benches for those who cannot handle more than an hour’s worth of good shopping.Carlsbad is home to 90 outlet stores including Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Calvin Klein, Crate and Barrel, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. Carlsbad Premium Outlets are open Monday through Saturday from 10am-9pm and 10am-7pm. For more information, please visit Carlsbad Premium Outlets.
Viejas Outlet Center
Set on 37 acres in the east San Diego County foothills directly across from Viejas Casino, Viejas Outlet Center provides shoppers with a unique peaceful ambiance that draws upon the natural beauty of the surrounding environment, with meandering paths of lush landscaping and plant life, natural water features and massive rock formations. The eye-catching Native American theme and mystical fountain show is more than enough reason alone to check out this fun-filled shopping center. With outlet stores ranging from Nike and Hilfiger to Gap and Vans, this southeast San Diego epicenter is the bargain hunter’s dream. Viejas is open from Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday from 11am-7pm. For more information please visit Viejas Outlet Center.
Desert Hills Premium Outlet
Arguably one of the largest and most rewarding outlet malls in Southern California, Desert Hills Premium Outlet is quite literally located in the-middle-of-nowhere, California about 20 minutes west of Palm Spring. The colossal outdoor mall spans over two full blocks and entices city dwellers and bargain shoppers from miles away with name-brand labels ranging from Armani and Ferragamo to Hugo Boss and Yves Saint Laurent. Ladies, be prepared for a shopping experience unlike any other. From Theory, Jimmy Choo, and Juicy Couture, to True Religion, Rock & Republic, Diane Von Furstenberg and the all-new Splendid, Desert Hills is a one-stop shop for all your clothing and accessory wants and needs. Desert Hills is open Sunday through Thursday from 10am-8pm, Friday from 10am-9pm and Saturday from 9am-9pm. For more information, please visit Desert Hills Premium Outlet.
While many people are fooled into thinking that’s Cabazon boasts one outlet center, it is in fact two separate centers. Cabazon is the much smaller center of the two and due to the extremely close proximity to the larger Desert Hills complex and the similar architectural styles, the landscaping and the paint colors make the malls blend together as one. You won't find a large number of stores at the Cabazon Outlets, but you'll definitely find very interesting shops. From Rip Curl and Oakley, Sunglass Hut and Brighton Collectibles, to home good stores such as Crate & Barrel and Le Creuset, Cabazon packs in a unique selection of stores you won’t find many other places in Southern California. For more information, please visit Cabazon Outlet.
Lake Elsinore Outlets
Lake Elsinore Outlets is a 369,000 square foot outlet shopping center located 60 miles north of San Diego off of Interstate 15. While you won’t be able to buy Prada here, nor Gucci, Hugo Boss, or Versace here, you will find plenty of quality labels – including a few famous designers – and plenty of bargain deals. Enjoy shopping at outlet stores such as Guess, Billabong, Tommy Hilfiger,Reebok, Vans and many more. To top it off, Lake Elsinore is a dog friendly Center so bring your lovable huggable pooch along for the ride for a fun-filled day of shopping. For more information, please visit Lake Elsinore Outlets.
Ultra-conveniently located for both locals and travelers at the junction of Interstate 10 and Interstate 15, the Ontario Mills Mall and the surrounding cluster of shopping centers offer scads of shopping, a large choice of restaurants, two large movie theaters, and other entertainment choices, as well. Discounted shopping choices include everything from Nike, Hollister, Oakley, Abercrombie & Fitch, Saks Off 5th to Betsey Johnson, Hugo Boss, Solstice Sunglasses, Cole Haan and many, many more. Ontario Mills is open Monday to Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 11am-8pm. For more information, please visit Ontario Mills.
Las Americas Premium Outlets
The former "Shops at Las Americas" have recently undertaken new management by the Chelsea Premium outlets chain and have been renamed Las Americas Premium Outlets. Although they may have changed their identity, the outdoor mall still offers patrons a fantastic selection of factory outlet stores in a classy setting, all steps away from the USA/Tijuana border. With 125 outlet stores, you’re guaranteed to find impressive savings at stores such as Adidas, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sony, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger, and Victoria's Secret. Las Americas is also one of the best places for back-to-school shopping as it offers a large scale of children’s merchandise as well as the only Aeropostale kid’s store on the West Coast. Las Americas is open Monday through Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 10am-7pm. For more information, please visit Las Americas Premium Outlets.
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