Traveling through Miami’s airport isn’t always the best — chaos, delays, patience-defying lines. But there is one saving grace: the shopping.
MIA offers every variety of shop, from high-end labels to local souvenirs. And each terminal has a location of Duty Free Americas, which offers an impressive selection of fashion, accessory and beauty products, whether it’s a Longchamp tote, Victoria’s Secret gear, or Shiseido makeup.
Not surprisingly, the airport’s largest terminal offers the best shops: British shirtmaker Thomas Pink opened its first North American airport shop here; plus, you’ll find outposts from Penguin (for preppy basics), Victoria’s Secret, Emporio Armani, and Montblanc. There’s also a gallery where you can pick up colorful paintings by local artist Romero Britto.
Local society magazine Ocean Drive has a branded mini department store in this terminal called Shoppes at Ocean Drive, which is stocked with Jimmy Choo sunglasses, Adidas sports gear, and gourmet foods.
North Terminals: E, F, G
This section of MIA has a smaller shopping scope than the rest of the airport, but in Terminal E you can find a Sunglass Hut and Havana Nines, a Florida-based menswear store dedicated to island-ready shirts and shorts. You can also pick up a swimwear at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Terminal G.
West Terminals: H, J
Terminal H is a good bet for popular mid-range brands like Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and L’Occitane. Navarro Pharmacy, a local chain that is now part of CVS, claims to cater to South Florida’s Latino community and sells designer fragrance and other skincare products from drugstore makers like Neutrogena.
Terminal J is more promising still with stores like MAC, Coach, Brookstone, Desigual (the Spanish brand with a penchant for not-always-great wild prints), Hugo Boss, and Tumi.