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Where to Stay in Tampa - From Luxury in the City to Budget-Friendly Near the Parks

The sprawling layout of Tampa means there's a wide range of accommodation available. Are you looking for a romantic bed-and-breakfast on the waterfront? Or do you want your stellar views with a side of city nightlife? Families should consider a stay near Busch Gardens, while fashionistas may want to be near the shopping action.

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Where to Shop in Tampa - From Traditional Cigars to Cutting-Edge Styles

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Tampa was renowned for fine hand-rolled cigars, and is still affectionately called “Cigar City.” Today, Tampa is still known for producing some of the best cigars in the country. But that’s no longer all the city has to offer. A shopping spree in 21st-century Tampa involves visiting an eclectic range of retailers, from upscale designer boutiques to thrift shops and bookstores.

What to See and Do in Tampa - From Microbrews to Music to Zoos

There’s so much to see and do in Tampa, you’ll likely be planning your next visit before the first has ended. Tampa must-see attractions range from museums to waterfront parks to a phased walkway with views of the Hillsborough River. As for must-do activities, the city offers an eclectic range. Whether your idea of the perfect day includes microbrews, dolphins, or live music, Tampa has something for you.

A Tampa City Guide - Culture, Sports, and Wildlife Near Florida’s Gulf Coast

Tampa - also known as “The Big Guava” - is a bustling Florida city set on Tampa Bay, just east of the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise waters. Settled in 1823, the city is known for its Cuban and Spanish heritage, which can be experienced in many parts of the sprawling metropolitan area. Tampa activities range far and wide, whether you’re a foodie, sports fan, or culture vulture.

Theme Parks, Zoos, and Tours in Family-Friendly Tampa

Tampa's carefree style and sunny climate make it an ideal destination for a stress-free family vacation. You can swim with dolphins, have a picnic in the park, and enjoy heart-pounding roller coaster rides with your kids.

Tampa Nightlife and Entertainment - From Sunset Brews to Dancing 'til Dawn

When the sun sets over the bay, the Agua Luces light up Tampa Riverwalk and the streets come alive. Stylish young locals are decked out for a night of bar hopping, while the Goth crowd is geared up to rave the night away. But Tampa also has a softer side, which you can tap into by sipping drinks on the waterfront or by taking in an evening jazz concert.

Theme Parks, Zoos, and Quirky Tours in Family-Friendly Tampa

Tampa's carefree style and sunny climate make it an ideal destination for a stress-free family vacation. You can swim with dolphins, have a picnic in the park, and enjoy heart-pounding roller coaster rides with your kids.

From Museums to Outdoor Concerts - Arts and Culture in Tampa

Prepare to be in the middle of an extensive and authentic arts and culture scene. Whether you crave contemporary art, fresh-out-of-Broadway shows, or great photography exhibitions, this city can offer it all - and thanks to Tampa's many Cuban and Spanish descendants, it often comes with a dash of Latino flavor.

Where to Eat in Tampa - From Guava Pastries to Blackened Gator

Many Tampa eateries stay true to the city's Cuban and Spanish ties, but Tampa has Southern roots and is known for its produce, too. That means you'll also find farm-to-table restaurants whose seasonal menus have classic Southern and creole flavors. Gazpacho, fried green tomatoes, blackened alligator, and fresh seafood are some of the many local treats you'll be able to sample in The Big Guava.

Tampa Travel Tips - Navigating The Big Guava Like a Local

Tampa is one of the largest cities in Florida, and an ideal destination for a varied vacation. Though the city takes pride in its Spanish and Cuban heritage, you'll find the population to be impressively diverse. Activities span far and wide, too. Tampa's location and climate make it the perfect getaway spot for beachcombers, thrill-seekers, foodies, and more.

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