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Top Places to Dine in Tampa Near the Airport

Last updated on February 22nd, 2020 at 09:39 am

If you have ever been on a cruise ship, you already know it’s an amazing time all around. Whether it’s the new cultures you’ve experienced while cruising, the endless cruise ship food, swimming and events, but you’re just not ready to go home yet, but you only have a few hours before your flight leaves from the airport. What to do? Well, food always makes us happy, so we’ve put together a post for you about some of the top places to dine in Tampa before you depart back to the normal, working 8-5. Check out these great places to dine in Tampa near the airport and cruise port terminals.

Hard Rock Café
The Hard Rock Café made the list for two reasons. One, it’s located inside the airport – if your flight is only delayed an hour or two, this is a perfect place to go grab an American classic cheeseburger and fries, while enjoying the high-energy vibe and memorabilia on throughout the restaurant. Second reason, it’s the ‘Hard Rock Café.’ If you’ve never been to one, it’s something you need to experience at least once in your lifetime, so why not kill two birds with one stone and grab a meal accompanied with some music history and maybe even some live music too!


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Bahama Breeze
Just east of the airport off the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Bahama Breeze is a laid-back Caribbean eatery chain that offers tropical cocktails, beachy décor, and of course some of the best Caribbean entrees you’ll ever eat. Happy hour is from 4-6pm Monday through Friday, and with a 12am closing time, even if you have to stay in Tampa overnight, this may be the place for you to have a cocktail or two. Their ‘Late Night’ happy hour is from 9pm to close, embrace it. Assuming you enjoy some seafood, we recommend the lobster and shrimp quesadilla or coconut shrimp.

Oystercatchers or Armani’s
Trying to stay near the airport to avoid traffic jams, head over to the Grand Hyatt just outside the Tampa airport, these are perfect places to cozy down for the night and enjoy some premium steak and seafood. We’ve included these two on the list in case you have only a few hours. Located in the Grand Hyatt just east of the airport, Oystercatchers and Armani’s are great places to sit down and absorb the amazing views of the Tampa Bay.

Mitchell’s Fish Market
This American seafood restaurant chain was founded in Ohio the late 1990’s and has been proudly serving top of the line seafood since day one. Mitchell’s Fish Market has only one location in Florida, and it’s located just south of the airport in the WestShore Plaza. The menu boasts a wide variety of options including raw fish, cooked seafood, gluten-sensitive foods, and one of our favorites, bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp. If you’re able to have a seat at this stylish upmarket chain, be sure to order one of their happy-hour martinis as well.

Rusty Pelican
On a business trip? Getting off the plane with your nice slacks and a tie? The Rusty Pelican is a sophisticated bar and grill offering formal dining with waterfront views. Trust us, you won’t feel over-dressed in this proper seafood restaurant setting, we recommend more of a dress to impress approach here. (Also perfect for an upscale date). Have a look at the sunset menu which offers a delicious three-course prestige dinner with an appetizer, entrée, and multiple dessert options.

Tampa, AKA ‘The Big Guava,’ is an amazing city with unprecedented culture and endless things to do – and never a short supply of seafood. Even if you’re only visiting Tampa for a few hours on a layover, it’s also a great place to live. If you enjoy the warm tropical weather, search available Tampa houses for sale and look at becoming a permanent resident.


Best Tampa Cruise Port Hotels

Last updated on August 18th, 2018 at 07:56 pm


tampa cruise port hotels

Check out these top-rated Tampa hotels near the cruise port which offer packages designed to make your pre-cruise stay enjoyable and relaxing.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay

3050 N. Rocky Point Dr. West, Tampa, FL, 33607-5800 | 813-888-8800

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay is directly located on the waters of Tampa Bay

Located 10 miles from the Tampa Cruise Port, the DoubleTree Suites By Hilton Tampa Bay is great for cruise passengers who are flying into Tampa or who are driving. They offer complimentary airport transfers to the hotel as well as 7 day parking for cruise passengers when they book the Park, Stay & Go package.

This all-suite hotel is close to beautiful beaches, great shopping and world-class restaurants and offers complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel. When you arrive, enjoy your complimentary warm chocolate chip cookie before taking a dip in the heated outdoor pool. An on-site restaurant is an ideal spot to grab breakfast before catching the shuttle to the port. Click here for more information on the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay.

Miles to Port : 10.1

Airport Transfer : Yes – Complimentary

Port Transfer : Yes

Long-Term Parking : 7 Days

Breakfast : $

Swimming Pool : Outdoor

Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore

700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa FL, 33609 | 813-289-8200


Located 6.3 miles from the Tampa Cruise Port, The Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore offers a complimentary shuttle to the airport as well as parking for up to 15 days with their Cruise and Stay package.

This recently renovated hotel offers complimentary transportation within a three-mile radius to fantastic dining and shopping. If you’d rather stay in, watch the game at Bar700 or grab a delicious bite at the Marketplace, which offers ideal breakfast items as you wait for your cruise shuttle. An outdoor pool and onsite fitness centre is a great place to unwind and free WiFi is available in all of their contemporary rooms and suites. Click here for more information on the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore.

Miles to Port : 6.3

Airport Transfer : Yes – Complimentary

Port Transfer : Yes

Long-Term Parking : 15 Days

Breakfast : $

Swimming Pool : Outdoor

Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore

5303 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33609 | 813-289-1950

Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore

Located 6 miles from the Tampa Cruise Terminal and 10 minutes from the Tampa International Airport, the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore offers a complimentary airport shuttle as well as self-parking and a shuttle to and from the cruise port when you purchase the Bon Voyage package.

Guarantee a great night’s sleep with Crowne Plaza’s Quiet Zones and keep connected before heading out to sea with their complimentary, fast WiFi. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Mezzo Restaurant, which opens early for a fast and fresh breakfast. A choice of two pools, complete with pool side service at the indoor pool is a great way to relax after a great workout in their fitness facility. Click here for more information on the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore.

Miles to Port : 6.3

Airport Transfer : Yes – Complimentary

Port Transfer : Yes – with package

Long-Term Parking : Yes – with package

Breakfast : $

Swimming Pool : Indoor & Outdoor

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

700 South Florida Avenue Tampa FL, 33602 | 813-221-4900

Tampa Marriott Waterside

The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina not only offers beautiful views, but it’s located less than a mile from the Tampa cruise port. When you purchase the Park and Cruise package, you can park for up to 8 days and enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast before catching the shuttle to the your cruise.

Relax in a comfortable, stylish guestroom or unwind in their state-of-the art fitness center or outdoor pool. Enjoy pre-cruise cocktail or delicious cuisine at one of the hotel’s five restaurants or travel a short distance to many upscale shops. Watch boats dock at the 32-slip marina or enjoy the evening by a cozy communal fire pit. Click here for more information on the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.

Miles to Port : 0.5

Airport Transfer : No

Port Transfer : Yes

Long-Term Parking : 8 Days/7 nights

Breakfast : Hot

Swimming Pool : Outdoor

Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center

513 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602 | 813-769-8300

Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown

Enjoy the night at the Embassy Suites Tampa-Downtown Convention Center in your two-night suite and complimentary made-to-order breakfast before catching the shuttle to the Port of Tampa located only two miles away. With their Park and Cruise package, you can leave your car in covered parking for up to 7 days.

After you’ve worked out at the 24-hour fitness center, or taken in the view of Tampa Bay from the outdoor pool, enjoy a variety of beverages and snacks at the complimentary Evening Reception. Listen to live music from the baby grand located in the lobby atrium, surrounded by bubbling fountains and lush trees. With it’s ideal downtown locale, you’re close to world-class dining and shopping. Click here for more information on the Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center. 

Miles to Port : 2

Airport Transfer : No

Port Transfer : Yes – round trip

Long-Term Parking : 7 Nights

Breakfast : Hot

Swimming Pool : Outdoor