So, you only have one day to explore Tampa Bay. You have a small window of downtime before you board your relaxing, sun-drenched Caribbean cruise, and you want to take advantage of every opportunity along the way. Perfect!

Here’s how you can explore Tampa Bay before you take off for your Port of Tampa cruise.

Start with a great breakfast!
You want to make the most of this, don’t you?! Drag yourself out of bed and get the day started with a hearty breakfast! Head over to Pinky’s, which has been consistently named as a top breakfast spot in Tampa. Their menu is full of affordable options like Cuban sandwiches, breakfast quesadillas and their signature pancake sandwich, which is eggs, ham, swiss and cheddar sandwiched between two buttermilk pancakes. Yum!

Visit the Florida Aquarium
Since you may want to walk off that breakfast of sweet and savory deliciousness, head to the Florida Aquarium Florida Aquarium and take a stroll through nature. You can take your pick from a wide variety of exhibits including the “Journey to Madagascar,” which explores lemurs, chameleons and geckos. If you’re bold, you can even crawl inside a tree full of hissing cockroaches. Other interesting exhibits are the “No Bones Zone,” the “Bays & Beaches,” and the “Coral Reef,” which is full of animals like barracudas, nurse sharks, lionfish, and green sea turtles.

Shop at International Plaza and Bay Street
What’s a vacation without doing a little shopping, right? Head to Tampa’s premiere shopping mall and peruse the many, many stores like Coach, Aldo, H&M, Burberry, and Kate Spade.

Have dinner at Eddie V’s
Breakfast is sure to wear off at some point, so satisfy those hunger pangs with a stop at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. Here, you can get dolled up and enjoy a great meal along with an elegant atmosphere. You can take your pick from menu items like champagne and oysters, lobster tacos, Chilean sea bass, and Alaskan halibut.

Wind down at the Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center
The Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center, like many other Hilton hotels in downtown Tampa, has everything you need to bring your day of exploration to a relaxing end. The hotel has plush suites that are designed with your comfort in mind. Whether you want to decompress by lounging around and watching the many free TV channels or taking a long, hot soak in the bathtub, the choice is yours.

Enjoy Tampa Bay, and enjoy your cruise!

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