Welcome to the Port of Tampa - Florida's biggest port! The Port of Tampa's cruise terminal services cruise itineraries to the Caribbean and Latin America. Tampa's inviting atmosphere, dynamic downtown setting, convenient location, famous attractions, and on-shore entertainment are making it a year-round cruise center!

Port of Tampa Hotels offers great rates on over 50 hotels near the Tampa cruise port. All of our hotels have been approved by AAA and the Mobile Travel Guide, the authorities in hotel inspection. All hotels offer a generous savings off of regular hotel rack rates. Book securely online for great rates on hotels near Florida's largest port, the Port of Tampa!

Port of Tampa Hotel Map

Featured Hotel:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore
Our hotel is close to Raymond James Stadium and Legend's Field. …more

Additional Hotels:

Hampton Inn and Suites Tampa Ybor City Downtown
1301 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District
1700 East 9th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center
513 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Marriott Waterside
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
200 North Ashley Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 South Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602

Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown
102 East Cass Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown
101 East Tyler Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Howard Johnson Express Inn and Suites
2520 North 50th Street
Tampa, FL 33619

About Port of Tampa

Located on the shores of Tampa Bay, a city of just over 335,000 as of the 2010 Census, the Port of Tampa is a gateway to the sea for cruise and cargo ships galore. It is also located in close proximity to downtown Tampa, Florida, and is only 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

The Port of Tampa, in its current location, was actually the second choice for a port on the western coast of Florida. The area's first sea port was actually established several miles further south, in the southwestern portion of what is now Tampa, Florida, along the bay. Henry B. Plant set up the port at the end of his railroad in 1885, but quickly discovered that the water in that particular portion of the bay was not deep enough to provide safe passage for the increasingly large ships of the era. He quickly realized the error and moved the port further north, to its present home. Dredging had to be done to make sure the water was deep enough, but the project was quickly completed and the Port of Tampa was established.

Today the Port of Tampa is operated by the Tampa Port Authority and is the largest in the state of Florida. Annually, the Port of Tampa handles more than 34 million tons of cargo, including everything from small items to vehicles, and sees exports and imports from traders as nearby as Mexico and Canada and as far away as Turkey, Russia, Canada, Trinidad and Brazil, among many others. It is also home to eight different cruise ports and sees more than 1 million passengers depart from the port each year for destinations in the Caribbean and up the eastern seaboard.