10 Best Places to Shop near the San Diego Cruise Port

When disembarking at a cruise port for a day or two, there are certain items that travelers may discover they need on board. On this list you'll find a hat store, a drugstore and a camera store to address basic needs while traveling. We have also included one of San Diego's best shopping malls, stores with bathing suits and another dedicated exclusively to hats.  

Seaport Village is within walking distance of San Diego's B Street Terminal cruise port and is a must-visit. The shopping area is located on the water, boasting panoramic bay views as well as good restaurants, a carousel and roaming entertainment. The revitalized Headquarters added even more trendy shopping and dining options to Seaport Village's.

Two picks here for chic, tasteful California and San Diego-themed souvenirs (along with cute beachwear) include Urban Girl Accessories and Urban Beach House. 

Walking in the other direction will land visitors in the Little Italy neighborhood that is famous for–you guessed it−amazing Italian food (why not bring some snacks on the ship) and boutique shopping. Here, you'll find Kapreeza who sells unique, high-end swimwear that is hand-selected from Europe for those looking to impress on and off the ship.

If you're only allowed one day, plan your strategy in advance as the downtown San Diego area is quite large with a lot to do.

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This hat specialty shop is geared toward specialty hats including fedoras, top hats, berets, flat caps, rain hats, and many more. The store is very well-known for service. While grabbing a hat quickly off the rack is certainly acceptable, one...  Read More



Rite Aid is a large drugstore chain in the US so they'll have toiletries and over-the-counter medications one might need. If you can arrange to have a prescription called in by a doctor in advance, you could pick it up from the pharmacy here....  Read More



Noted for being a famous pop culture boutique loved by celebrities, Kitson has branched out into San Diego with a location at The Headquarters at Seaport Village. The boutique stocks men's, women's and kids' accessories, gifts, books and...  Read More



Nelson Photo is a full-fledged camera store representing major brands like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Tokina, Olympus, Tamron, GoPro and much more. Service is outstanding if you're looking for advice regarding a new lens or how to use an existing one,...  Read More



The Urban Beach House is dedicated to coastal fashion, with a diverse assortment of brands like Quicksilver, Waterman, Billabong, Roxy, O'Neill, Rvca, Nixon, Sanuk and Olukai all represented. Bathing suites, flip flops, sunscreen, hats and other...  Read More



This boutique is an excellent place to source ladies swimwear near the cruise port. Everything is personally selected to ensure that each piece is 100% European from materials, design, labor down to quality control. Many of the pieces aren't...  Read More



This store is adorable! Go here to find gifts for pretty much all ages that are practical, witty and stylish. As the name implies, the boutique is full of accessories but it's not just jewelry on offer. They have an enormous selection of TOMS...  Read More



The colorful and whimsical architecture of Horton Plaza sets it apart from any shopping mall in the region, in fact, the complex has become somewhat of a San Diego icon since its construction in the 1980s which is credited with jumpstarting the...  Read More



San Diego's Little Italy is a delightful combination of urban chic coupled with the history and tradition of Italian and Sicilian immigrants who settled on its shores in the early 20th Century. It hosts two major festivals each year: the...  Read More



This 14-acre waterfront village features over 50 specialty shops and galleries. Some of the items you'll find include handmade soaps, nautical collectibles, home accessories, magic tricks, jewelry, hot sauces, toys, sportswear, books, decorative...  Read More


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