Shopping and Dining Close to Emerald Island Resort
All of our vacation homes are located in Emerald Island Resort Orlando located in Kissimmee and offer outstanding amenities. The Emerald Island Resort itself is a tropical oasis close to Orlando Florida area theme parks and attractions and are close to many restaurants, banks, shops and grocery stores.
Shopping and Dining close to Emerald Island Resort
Emerald Island Resort is located close to all of the important destinations in the Orlando area - with the airport, Disney theme parks and International Drive area all within a short drive. Within the immediate vicinity of the Emerald Island Resort are many supermarkets, several restaurants like Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Burger King, KFC, Subway and a variety of Chinese, American, Japanese and Indian restaurants. There are also many Super Centers a little further down the road including a large 24x7 Wal-Mart supercenter for virtually any essential shopping. You can find links to Directions to Orlando Area Theme Parks and Stores in our Guest Info page.
General Shopping close to Emerald Island Resort
Compared to the UK, many items in the USA are a lot cheaper to purchase. Most famously, designer clothes are very cheap - especially from many of the designated retail outlets on International Drive and Highway 192. Labels such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Dolce and Gabbana, Levis and Quiksilver are all easy to find at reduced prices.
There are several large, modern shopping malls around 15 minutes from our vacation rentals in Emerald Island Resort. The Florida Mall has just had an extension and is full of modern shops. Another great place for shopping is Pointe Orlando on International Drive, with its more up-market selection of stores - FAO Schwarz toys, Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and so on. CDs and DVDs are a lot cheaper in the USA and it is often easy to find things that have not been released in the UK as yet. With DVDs and video games, please bear in mind that the American versions of the software may not work with your hardware at home unless it has been modified.
The following are the approximate distances to these shopping malls from our luxury Orlando area vacation rentals in Emerald Island Resort.
- Premium Outlets - 10.5 miles
- Pointe Orlando - 15.0 miles
- Florida Mall - 18.8 miles
- Mall at Millenia - 19.6 miles
Grocery Shopping close to Emerald Island Resort
The main reason for many vacationers in choosing a vacation home is to be able spread-out without having to spend a fortune on their accommodation needs. One of the key advantages of renting Emerald Island Resort vacation homes is to save on dining expenses by preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner at your convenience and save on dining expenses. When you rent an Emerald Island vacation rentals, it opens endless options for dining-out or eating-in. In addition to being close to many shops and restaurants, Emerald Island Resort is close to many grocery and convenience stores, many of which are open 24x7.
- Winn Dixie Grocery Store: Located at 7840, W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee FL 34747; Tel: (407) 397-2210; 1.5 miles from Emerald Island Resort, this store is closest to Emerald Island, however prices are often higher than at the Publix Supermarket. Both stores sell groceries and tourist related items such as postcards, pool toys, coolers, etc.
- Publix Supermarket: Located at 14928 E Orange Lake Blvd, Kissimmee FL 34747 Tel: (407) 239-4989 this store is located at about 2 miles from Emerald Island Resort and generally offers high quality foods, groceries and meat.
- Wal-Mart (24 Hours): Located at 550 Us Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34711 Tel: (352) 536-2746. This store offers most everything you can imagine for your vacation though finding specific brands may be difficult at times.
Warehouse Shopping close to Emerald Island Resort
Warehouse stores are membership stores, but do sell bulk packages of groceries and other items. They are great if you are staying a longer time or have a larger family group. If you are already a member in another state/country then you should have no problem buying at either of these stores.
Not a member? Sam's Club will sell to non-members, but there is a 10% mark-up on the prices. If you are buying a lot it may be worth investing in a basic membership. Costco has a similar policy for no-members where you can get a day pass, but again there is a 10% mark-up on prices.
Payment at both places needs to be by cash, debit card or check. Costco also accept American Express and Sam's Club have their own credit card that they also accept. Apart from that, neither store accepts other credit cards.
- Sam's Club, 4763 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746 Tel: (407) 397-9910. This is about 10 miles from Emerald Island Resort Kissimmee.
- Costco Warehouse, 2101 Water Bridge Blvd, Orlando, FL 32837 Tel: (407) 393-1003. This is about 18 miles from Emerald Island Resort but we feel it is well worth the drive.
Dining close to Emerald Island Resort
Even though our properties come stocked with all the kitchen utilities that you could ever need, you will nearly always find yourself eating out! Restaurants are everywhere, ranging from cheap and easy fast food to theatrical dinner shows.
The main areas to find restaurants are on Highway 192 and International Drive with the latter being a further away.
Steaks are something of a specialty in Florida, and two of the best places to find them are at any Charley's Steakhouse or Roadhouse restaurant. A little close to Emerald Island Resort the chain restaurant Outback Steakhouse.
Seafood is also very popular, and Fish Bones restaurant on International Drive is excellent, as are the chain of Red Lobster restaurants that can be found all around the Orlando area. There is a Red Lobster very close to Emerald Island Resort. All styles of food are catered for, and a drive along Highway 192 will reveal Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and even Mongolian restaurants - plus around a dozen of each popular fast food outlets! Buffet style restaurants such as Golden Corral as well as home style cooking offered by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store are also very popular around Emerald Island Resort and typically serve American cuisine. Giordano's, Carrabba's Italian Grill are popular upscale Italian restaurants.
Bob Evans, Denny's, IHOPS and Waffle House are all national chain restaurants close to Emerald Island Restaurant and serve variety of American foods and are also predominantly known for breakfast though their food is good for anytime and does not break the bank.
Children are more than welcome in every restaurant. All restaurant staff are very friendly and helpful and specific children's menus are available in most restaurants.
Most restaurants have their own bars, so there are few specific bars or pubs like we may be used to here in the UK. One thing to bear in mind is that Florida's legal age for drinking is 21, and with penalties for underage drinking being severe most bars and restaurants will check the age of customers - so take your driving license or ID with you if you are planning a night out. Even if you are over the legal age, they will still check!
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