Best Shopping near the Cruise Port in Fort Lauderdale

You Don't Have to Go Far from Port Everglades for Great Shopping

Welcome to Fort Lauderdale. This exciting sun-soaked coastal city is pro when it comes to welcoming the millions of visitors. Port Everglades has become the welcoming point of many of these vacationers as they arrive to embark on their exciting cruises to the near-by ports of call, or even a longer cruise across the Atlantic to Europe, and even further. Port Everglades boasts as being one of the largest cruise ports in the United States, and with it's world-class algorithm and perfect ebb-and-flow of passengers and enormous cruise ships, it is a sight to behold. But don't get bogged down in the technicality of it all right now. You're here on vacation, and before you embark spend time doing some shopping around the port itself. These shop owners know exactly what cruisers need and want and are eager to assist in that perfect purchase. From the practical needs, such as a pharmacy, film development, sun tan lotion, or even flip flops, it's not far to Publix Super Market at Harbor Shops. One of Florida's favorites, Publix has become the professionals in stocking exactly what their customers need. And don't wait to get onboard before purchasing that special piece of jewelry. Windsor Diamonds has a jaw-dropping assortment of hand crafted jewels that can be purchased and shipped home to avoid the hassle of travel. You'll find the best in clothing, both casual and formal, housewares and novelties. Just think of this as a part of the vacation! 




Publix Super Market at The Harbor Shops
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If you're staying a few days before or after your cruise stop in at Publix right here just blocks from Port Everglades (and the airport). A state favorite, Publix seems to know just what every shopper needs and most likely will have it stocked or will lead you to where you can find it. Whether it's the necessary food stuff to carry you over, or beach attire, tourist items (postcards, t-shirts, etc.), the best wines, baked goods and simply the best deli anywhere, you'll be happy you stopped. A very friendly and knowledgeable staff that delights in helping our many visitors will be on-hand.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Publix is Florida's Number One grocery store chain and they are experts in knowing the needs of the local travelers.

Dale's expert tip: Remember that most cruise lines do not allow guests to bring food or drinks onboard so if any are purchased here be sure they are eaten before boarding.

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Bluewater Books & Charts
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Bluewater Books & Charts in Harbor Shops is for the yachting and boating enthusiast, or for those who dream. More than just a bookstore, this is the place to stop before the cruise to spend some time looking over their maps, flags and nautically-themed items. What could be more thrilling, especially for the kids who have come along on the cruise, to purchase a map, and even try and follow along the route – consider Navionics Digital Charts, which are a valuable educational tool. Also available are an assortment of art, calendars, cards and stationary, clothes and fascinating globes. Why not stop in and enhance this fascinating nautical journey you're about to embark upon?

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: This unique store touches on the nautical dreams in all of us.

Dale's expert tip: Peruse this store before you go. The items here will enhance your cruise and prove educational for the kids.

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A1A Sportfishing
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Boasting one of the most experienced crews in Fort Lauderdale, A1A Sportfishing's deep sea fishing charters offer a great way to experience the Atlantic with friends, family or business associates. Fully equipped sportfishing boats leave from the bustling Port Everglades cruise port and strike out along the coastal inlets or into the deep sea. Air-conditioned cabins and tidy bathrooms ensure comfort and convenience, and highly trained crewmembers are on hand to offer instruction to beginners. Catering is also available at an additional cost as well as impressive to friends and family. Call ahead and plan a pick up and drop off at one of many hotels and marinas on the water

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: A well-known and reputable fishing charter, the experts here are well equipped for this fun adventure.

Dale's expert tip: Plan ahead carefully upon arrival to Fort Lauderdale, either before or after the cruise and enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Charlie's Locker
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For perfect giftware head to Charlie's Locker. Located in Harbor Shops, this nautically-themed store has been serving the yachting industry – both owners and enthusiasts alike – since 1972. Take home a special piece for your home to remember your cruise from Fort Lauderdale. Choose from elegant tabletop items such as flatware, unbreakable dishes and even placemats. Outfit your dining room, bar and bedroom from and from an array of artwork, the perfect lamp or bathroom set that sets the right tone and make you feel you're back at sea. Also available are the perfect clothes to wear during that cruise, from Sportif Shorts, Cambio Jeans and boat shoes by Sperry Topsider. Certainly no cruise is complete without a stop at Charlie's Locker.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: A rare boutique that specializes in nautically-themed items, this is the perfect stop for that special purchase to take as a keepsake.

Dale's expert tip: Put this on you list while in Harbor Shops.

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Lauderdale Diver
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For a great selection of swimwear for both men and women, as well as dive apparel and equipment, it's not far to Lauderdale Diver. Located on 17th Street, the hub of Port Everglades, this convenient one-stop location has the latest swimwear fashions in every color and style and a knowledgeable and friendly staff to assist. And if an excursion is planned for SCUBA diving or snorkeling, Lauderdale Diver has wetsuits, freediving gear, full face masks and snorkeling equipment. This is a must-stop for every water enthusiast who is about to board their cruise for days of fun in the sun.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: A one-stop-shop for swimmers, divers, snorkelers and more, Lauderdale Diver is a must-stop.

Dale's expert tip: Much of the equipment here can be purchased online for convenience.

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Essentials Boutique
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Essentials Boutique, located right on the very bustling 17th Street Causeway, the gateway to Fort Lauderdale for everyone enjoying a cruise out of Port Everglades, is an essential stop for every lady looking for the perfect fashion and accessory for their cruise. From the striking casual wear, ideal for boarding and day excursions, to the playful and the elegantly formal, ideally suited for evening dining on the ship, Essentials Boutique knows exactly what is in style and what is your best look. Accessorize with a great selection of name-brand purses. Ask for assistance from the knowledgeable staff to achieve that perfect look.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Ideal selections of clothing and accessories that are suitable for the stylish cruiser.

Dale's expert tip: Plan a couple of hours before you board ship and surprise your traveling party with a new look.

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Maus & Hoffman
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A mainstay in the palm tree-lined Las Olas Boulevard, Maus & Hoffman has been dressing Floridians and visitors alike for many years. If you want to look like you've stepped out of the pages of "Town and Country" magazine then shop here. Tradition makes a striking comeback in this family-owned store. Maus & Hoffman has been a staple in south Florida shopping since the 1940s, and has been offering customers the finest quality clothing for both men and women with lightweight wools, soft cottons, luxe lines and sumptuous silks. The options here will take you from the office to a perfect night out in classic style.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: A fascinating store for boating, yachting and cruising enthusiasts that dream of something more.

Dale's expert tip: Come in an see for yourself what the reputation is all about.

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Remember formal night on your upcoming cruise. This is the night when everyone dresses to the nines for an elegantly serviced five-course meal and the finest wines, and photographers are everywhere. This will be night to remember. For the very best in Fort Lauderdale, upscale dresses and gowns that make every woman look great, visit Zola Keller on the city's most celebrated boulevard, Las Olas, just a few blocks from the Port. Designer Zola Keller has been dressing stars and socialites for years, and now her boutique on fashionable Las Olas Boulevard means the rest of us can discover the perfect wedding gown, prom dress, or elegant evening ensemble. From children to grandmothers, every woman can find the perfect fairy tale gown here. Expert alterations are available.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The quality and style from Zola Keller just does not get any better, anywhere.

Dale's expert tip: At first glance this shop may seem pricey, but it is affordable and worth a peruse.

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Windsor Diamonds
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Don't wait to board the cruise ship to purchase jewelry. While there will be a huge push to sell you every kind of jewelry while onboard, take some time to visit Windsor Diamonds before you leave. Located conveniently just blocks from Port Everglades, Windsor Diamonds has been a Diamond Wholesale Company for 30 years and they have extensive knowledge and experience to guide each customer to that perfect purchase. Many pieces are made right on the premises, using the best craftsmen in the industry, and the quality is guaranteed with a 15-day money back promise and what's more, they will ship your purchase to your home for free to make this a worry-free purchase.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Quality workmanship, stellar reputation and over thirty years in the business.

Dale's expert tip: Order your favorite piece of jewelry and have it shipped home and avoid safety issues of travelling with your expensive purchase.

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Harbor Shops
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Nestled just west of the inspiring 17th Street Causeway Bridge with its spectacular view of downtown and Port Everglades, is Harbor Shops. This expansive shopping center is a one-stop experience where you can pick up groceries, wine, yachting supplies, or those last minute items just before you board your exciting cruise, or have a delightful meal. Harbor Shops is a practical shop for health and beauty supplies at Flair Beauty Boutique, party supplies such as the cavernous Total Wine & More, where if you can't find your favorite wine here it doesn't exist. Here, too, you can purchase your groceries at Publix, cell phone supplies at the Sprint Superstore or simply chose one of the exceptional restaurants from Outback Steakhouse to the every-favorite Five Guys Burgers & Fries. Harbor Shops is a local favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: This is a one-stop shopping plaza that is well equipped to serve the traveler.

Dale's expert tip: Ask for transportation from the Port to Harbor Shops.

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Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition...  More About Dale