San Diego has a variety of shopping malls.  A favorite is Fashion Valley Mall which offers many different department stores:  Nordstrom, Robinsons May, Macys, Neiman Marcus and Penneys.  Besides the aforementioned department stores there’s lots of other great shopping varying from Crate and Barrel to Mac Cosmetics!  There’s a couple of wonderful benefits to Fashion Valley Mall.  First, the trolley stops at the mall!  Secondly, there’s a movie theatre located in the mall.  So, if you are a tourist and your husband hates shopping,  he can come along and head to the movies.  Lastly, there’s lots of restaurants to chose from.

Also, the best choice in outlet malls, is located in South Bay.  Take I-5 South (this mall is close to the Mexican border) and take Camino de la Plaza exit, turn right and you’ll go right to the mall.  You will find many great deals, including a $12 shoe store, Gap, Banana Republic, Coach to name a few.  You might have to buy another suitcase to get all your new purchases home. 

Del Mar Plaza:  www.delmarplaza.com  Del Mar Plaza is a lifestyle center offering a mix of high-end shopping and dining.  With 22 distinctive stores and boutiques, visitors can shop for designer clothing and shoes, fine jewelry, artwork, and home décor.  For the food-minded, visitors can relax at one of the plaza’s nine restaurants of various cuisines.  Additionally, services such as a food market, hair salons, spa, dry cleaners, financial and realty are also available.  More than 160,000 sq. ft. of public space is incorporated with comfortable seating and panoramic ocean views.   Located at 1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014. 

Carlsbad Outlet Shopping Mall

Univeristy Town Center known to the locals as UTC, this mall is great for families with little ones.  There is a play area with a train ride!