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. 

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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More


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