San Diego Area Shopping Outlets    

Some of the best places to find bargains under the San Diego sun are at several outlet malls throughout the county.  Smart shoppers looking to save 50% or more off premium retail stores have several options.

One of the most well-known is the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, located in north county just west of The Flower Fields and east of the I-5, near Legoland.  You'll find 90 high-end stores and restaurants offering huge discounts, including well-known favorites such as Kate Spade, St. John, Barney's New York, Banana Republic, Gap, Stride Rite, Coach, Skechers, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, Coach, Dooney and Bourke, and Crate and Barrel. 

You can also find great bargains for kids at BabyGap, Oshkosh B'gosh, and Stride Rite Keds Sperry.  Even if you don’t find anything to your liking, you can still stroll among several top designer brand stores in an outdoor setting beautifully decorated with flowers and plenty of seating. 

At the far south end of the county, Las Americas Premium Outlets in San Ysidro near the California-Mexico border is managed by the same company that manages the Carlsbad outlet location.  You’ll find an excellent selection of high-end and designer brands such as BCBG Max Azria, COACH, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein, and factory stores including New Balance, Nike, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and Brooks Brothers.  Jewelry shoppers will be dazzled with perfectly priced diamonds, watches, and necklaces at Swarovski, Daniel's Jewelers, and Zales.

Because of its proximity to the border, you’ll also find a UETA Duty-Free Store with duty-free cosmetics, wine and spirits, handbags, and other accessories for those who qualify.

Another border outlet destination is Outlets at the Border, also in San Ysidro.  It’s worth a stop to shop for bargains at 25 stores, including A'GACI, Armani, Justice, O'Neill, and more.

The Viejas Outlet Mall in the San Diego foothills of Alpine offers bargains at popular stores such as Coach, Nike, Chico, Black and Decker, and others.  Viejas is also a family-friendly destination filled with fun things to do, including an arcade, bowling alley, ice skating rink, and mini golf course.  Shoppers also head next door for more adult-themed fun at Viejas Casino.

If you’re willing to travel a bit farther, head to the Lake Elsinore Outlet Center, where you’ll find 70 stores, including major retailers like Nike, Levi’s, GAP, Sketchers, and many others.