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Shopping near Tampa's Cruise Port: Convenient Stops for Last-Minute Must-Haves



We’ve all been there. You’re on vacation in an unfamiliar city and you realize you misplaced your toothbrush, or your phone charger, or your prescription. Or maybe you’re on your way out of town and need to know where the nearest gas station is. Or maybe you’ve forgotten to pick up a souvenir for your cat-sitting neighbor. To help you find these and other items you may need, 10 Best has put together a list of convenient shopping options, all located within a 15 minute drive of the Port of Tampa.

In addition to the necessities, there are fun and unique shops where you can find the latest in swim and resort wear, the perfect dress for a formal dinner, and some wonderful Tampa souvenirs. Located just next door to the cruise terminals is Channelside Bay Plaza. With its mix of retail and dining options, this is a perfect place to browse before your cruise.

If you’re looking for some serious swimsuit shopping, the best place to go is International Plaza where you’ll find Everything But Water with a good selection and personal service. But, if you’re just looking to pick up that personal care product you forgot, also on the list is the nearest CVS store. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered. 


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Marathon Gas Station
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This BP station is the only gas station and convenience store in the downtown and Channelside areas of Tampa. As one of the world's leading oil and gas producers, BP gas stations can be found across the country and offer quality gasoline with Invigorate that helps clean and protect your engine with continuous use. This station offers discounts for cash or BP Visa card gas purchases. There is also a convenience store with ATM where you can pick up some soda and snacks or get your lottery tickets. Diesel fuel is also available.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Located just blocks from the Port of Tampa, this BP station offers gas, a convenience store and an ATM.

Skye's expert tip: Convenient place to stop before hitting the freeway.

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For over 100 years Walgreens has been serving the needs of Americans and is one of the country's most familiar and trusted pharmacy retailers. This version of the popular store is located in Tampa's Hyde Park neighborhood, convenient to downtown and the airport. Other conveniences include their full-service pharmacy with drive-through option, they are open 24 hours a day, and they offer same day pick up for prints and other photo products. Photos can also be uploaded via their smart phone app. Walgreens also offers a full range of personal care products, cosmetics, snacks and sodas, and most everything that you might have forgotten to bring with you.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Just a 7 minute drive from the Port of Tampa, this Walgreens is open 24-hours.

Skye's expert tip: Offers a full-service pharmacy, but check the hours as they vary from store hours.

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Columbia Restaurant Gift Shop
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Located next door to the famous Tampa dining institution, the Columbia Restaurant, is the Columbia Restaurant Shop. The Shop allows visitors to take home gifts and souvenirs to remind them of Tampa and their one-of-a-kind dining experience at Florida's oldest restaurant, and the World's Largest Spanish restaurant. Here you can pick up Columbia cookbooks and signature food items, including their famous Cuban roast coffee, created in-house. Also available for purchase is a selection of beautiful hand-made and hand-painted Spanish ceramics. The shop even features a small cigar factory and selection of hand rolled cigars. From 11am - 3pm, Monday through Friday, cigar aficionados can watch professional cigar-rollers demonstrating their skills.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: A mere 6 minute drive from the Port of Tampa, the Columbia Restaurant Gift Shop is a good place to find Tampa Souvenirs.

Skye's expert tip: Even if you don't have time to dine, this gift shop is loaded with quality items to take home.

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Founded in 1818, Brooks Brothers has been a go-to option for men's formal wear for almost 200 years. Built on a reputation for fashion innovation, top quality, and excellent service, this is the perfect place to find an elegant suit for the formal dinners on your cruise. In addition, there are also dressy and casual outfits for the entire family, all bearing the distinctive and classic look of Brooks Brothers. Tampa's edition of this American standard is found less than 10 minutes from the Cruise Port in Hyde Park Village, a collection of upscale shops and boutiques.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Located less than 10 minutes from the Port of Tampa, Brooks Brothers offers top quality formal wear for men.

Skye's expert tip: Classic and elegant outfits for the whole family.

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If you're looking for the perfect formal gown to wear on your cruise, visit Georgette's & The Shoe Salon. Located a quick 10 minute drive east from the Port of Tampa, Georgette's is also convenient to downtown and the airport. With a full line of gorgeous designer gowns to choose from, as well as the all-important matching shoes, there are options for glamour girls of all ages. For the past 30 years, this family-owned boutique has earned a reputation for quality and excellent service. So relax with a glass of wine and take your time and find something fabulous!

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Georgette's & The Shoe Salon, just a 10 minute drive from the Port of Tampa, is one of Tampa's favorite formal wear boutiques.

Skye's expert tip: Great service, great selection, and plus sizes are available.

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CVS Pharmacy
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CVS is one of the top pharmacy retailers in the US and the only pharmacy in downtown Tampa. So if you're in the downtown or Channelside Districts and in need of a pharmacy, this is your best option. However, this particular location does not have full pharmacy services. What it does have is the usual over-the-counter medicines and first aid supplies. You will also find personal care items such as deodorant, shampoo, razors and the often forgotten toothbrush. If you just lost your lip liner, this CVS could come in handy with their complete supply of drugstore cosmetics. Perhaps most important services for vacationers are their photo services, offering same day pick-up for prints and digital files can be uploaded from almost anywhere including Facebook and other social media sites using their convenient smart phone app.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: This CVS is the closest pharmacy in the area - about a 5 minute drive away.

Skye's expert tip: Does not offer a full-service pharmacy.

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Located just a few doors down from Tampa's Cruise Terminal 2 is Surf Down Under, an apparel and accessories store with a fun "Aussie surf shop" vibe. This unique specialty boutique features a handpicked selection of casual clothing options for the whole family. If you're looking for the latest fashions in swimsuits, outfits for shore excursions, or need a new pair of sandals, Surf Down Under has a good selection of fresh and hip options to choose from. Other necessities you can find here include sun glasses, hats, and bags. Brands featured include Billabong, Roxy, Element and Quicksilver.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Very convenient to Tampa's cruise terminals is Surf Down Under, a specialty boutique providing trendy swimwear and casual clothing options.

Skye's expert tip: Good option if you like that surfer vibe.

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Did you drop your phone in the pool? Did you forget your USB cable/phone charger/flash drive? Is your camera on the fritz? All of these problems and so much more can be quickly solved by a visit to this centrally located Best Buy electronics store. Convenient to downtown and the airport, this full-service Best Buy carries a complete line of all the electronic gadgets and accessories imaginable, available at an affordable price. With their extensive selection, you are sure to find the ear buds, AC adapter or camera memory card that you're after. This Best Buy also offers Geek Squad support services, an Apple Store and video game software trade-ins.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: This Best Buy is a full-service electronics store located about a 15 minute drive from the Port of Tampa.

Skye's expert tip: Known for their friendly and helpful sales staff.

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If you're looking for a full-service swim and resort wear specialty shop, Everything But Water is the perfect choice. Located just next to the airport and a 15-20 minute drive from the Tampa Cruise Port, Everything But Water is located in International Plaza, the city's most upscale shopping venue. Here, experienced sales consultants will take the time to properly fit you in fashionable styles that will have you looking and feeling amazing. With a large selection of swimsuits and resort wear, you are sure to find everything that you will need for your get-a-way. They also offer private bridal parties where you can outfit your entire bridal party before that special destination wedding.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Everything But Water, located in Tampa's International Plaza, offers a wide selection of swim and resort wear with individualized service.

Skye's expert tip: Perfect for women of all ages who want to find their most figure-flattering options.

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This waterside collection of retailers, nightlife, and restaurants is centered on an attractive, European-style brick plaza that features palm trees, fountains and umbrella-shaded tables. An urban oasis of sorts, Channelside offers the downtown crowd a pleasant escape from their steel and glass offices. The popular shops here carry wares ranging from premium cigars, coffee and wine to oil paintings and tropical apparel. In addition, the center features a handful of restaurants including the popular Thai Thani and Hooter's. If you like bowling, check out Splitsville that combines a modern, well-maintained bowling alley with an upscale restaurant and lounge.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Located next to Tampa's cruise terminals is Channelside Bay Plaza offering a mixture of retail shops, restaurants, and bars.

Skye's expert tip: Fun to browse, but the selection of retail stores is small.

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Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye

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