About Tampa Bay
The award-winning Tampa International Airport, located just seven miles from downtown, as well as a first-rate cruise port, makes it easy for you to conquer Tampa Bay with ease. The area boasts a whopping 361 days of sunshine each year, which makes it a coveted destination for those looking for a beach vacation. But it’s not only Floridians who think the beaches here are fantastic. Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fort De Soto and Caladesi Island State parks all are listed among the best beaches in the country each year. Beyond the sun and sand, Tampa Bay has a vibrant waterfront district, delicious culinary cuisine, serene river excursions, thrilling attractions and exceptional shopping to discover.
The City's Culture
Tampa Bay offers an amazing mix of urban living, beach communities and cultural corridors to explore. From its early days as a fishing village to its transformation as a hub for cigar-making, social clubs and architecture, Tampa Bay has catapulted into the national spotlight by hosting many high profile events, from the Super Bowl to the Republican National Convention. It is no wonder that life on the bay is attractive to international travelers from Canada, United Kingdom, Germany as well as visitors from Boston, New York, Chicago and Dallas alike. Travel to any of Tampa Bay’s neighborhoods: Tampa, the Gulf Beaches and Pinellas County, to enjoy the thriving nightlife, world-class shopping and waterfront experiences–because there’s something here for everyone.
From the sands of Clearwater Beach to the surrealistic mind of Salvador Dalí and the thrilling rides at Busch Gardens to the cigar-rolling rooms of Ybor City, Tampa Bay is rich in adventurous attractions and other places to visit. Aside from the award-winning beaches, there’s plenty else to do: dine on the freshest seafood, play a round of golf or explore the Southeast’s top craft beer scene. Don’t be afraid to dive in and explore Tampa Bay’s art scene with stops at The Dalí Museum, Tampa Museum of Art and the street murals in downtown Tampa. Make it a family day at The Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium or Busch Gardens to experience the outdoors and wildlife adventures.
Where to Explore
Tree-lined streets, picturesque homes and shopping inspired by a European village make the Hyde Park Village neighborhood one of Tampa’s hot spots. Grab a bite to eat, do a little shopping or even pampering at the spa. Take a walk down one of the streets and find yourself on Bayshore Boulevard, the world’s longest continuous sidewalk at 4.5 miles. A short trolley ride east of downtown Tampa is historic Ybor City—once known as the cigar capital of the world, now better known for its restaurants, bars and live music. Another place to explore is the charming area of Dunedin, a former hub of Scottish immigrants and American pioneers, and the site of Florida’s oldest craft brewery.