Seashells and sunset walks. Toes in the sand. Beautiful Gulf Coast vistas. Year round sunshine. Exciting nightlife, saucy Cuban food, a fine cigar. Stroll, shop, dine Tampa Riverwalk. A vibrant, fun, active coastal city, Tampa Bay is the place to be.
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Tampa Bay sits on the west coast of Florida on the beautiful Gulf Coast. The coastal city is best known for year-round sunshine, great beaches, trendy restaurants, exciting nightlife, and avid sports fans. Tampa was ranked one of the best outdoor cities (Forbes, 2008), the fifth most popular city based upon places where people want to live (Pew Research Center, 2009), and the top city for twenty-somethings (Washington Square News, 2004). Tampa is the economic center of western Florida and it has the second largest population in the state.
Tampa’s downtown area has undergone an extensive redevelopment creating Tampa Riverwalk, a bustling urban go-to for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Developed along the Hillsborough River and Channel District, it is one of Tampa’s newest chic areas to live, work and play.
The Tampa Bay area has many choices for cultural enrichment. You can go grand scale, to the luxurious Tampa Theatre movie palace, Tampa Bay Symphony, Tampa Bay Opera, or The Florida Orchestra, or hit local boutique theaters like Gorilla Theatre, or Spanish Lyric Theater with Spanish, Latin and bi-lingual productions. Busch Gardens is a popular African-themed adventure park offering family entertainment, thrill rides and animal-viewing.
Tampa also has a thriving culinary scene with everything from cafes and bistros to farm-to-table dining, fish houses and gourmet cuisine. There’s great Cuban restaurants, as well as Spanish, Floribbean, Italian, Greek, Colombian, Puerto Rican, and Vietnamese cuisine. Food truck dining is so popular that Tampa hosts the world’s largest food truck rally.
When it comes to nightlife, Tampa rocks! It was rated sixth on Maxim magazine’s list of top party cities. Downtown Tampa has more clubs and bars than any other area of the city. Hot spot districts include Channelside, SoHo, Bay Street, and historic Ybor City, developed by Cuban and Spanish cigar-factory workers at the turn of the century.
Tampa Bay is comprised of six geographic regions, and has six neighborhoods considered historic districts. This is important to know when searching for a rental home.
The Port of Tampa is the seventh largest port in the nation handling nearly half of the state’s seaborne commerce, and Tampa Bay has the second highest share of cruise ship travel behind Miami.
Three major professional sports teams are based in Tampa Bay, including the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lighting, and Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays.
With year-round sunshine, Tampa is outdoor fun. There’s paddle boarding, dolphin cruises, world-class golf, parks and wilderness areas to enjoy, including Hillsborough River State Park for camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking or a family picnic.
You’ll love all the great choices for fun and adventure in Tampa. Days are full of sunshine, smiles, scrumptious dining, coastal fun, and friendly people. You can walk for miles along Tampa Bay and gaze at the gently blowing sea grass, mangroves, fish and rich marine life. A place where you can unwind or wind up, Tampa Bay has it all.