Tampa Travel Guide

The Big Guava

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You're Going to Love Tampa

With its beaches, amusement parks, sporting attractions and an endless array of shopping venues, the "Big Guava" has it all.

If all you want to do is ride the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens and dine on BBQ meat and tacos, get stuck straight into it. If you want to laze around on beaches like Clearwater, there's no better place to roll out your towel. If you love golf, Tampa's got your back - with superb courses like Pebble Creek within the city limits. And if culture is your passion, you can dive into the Tampa Museum of Art, which holds works from ancient Greece to the latest contemporary art.

Whatever your vacation dreams, Tampa will welcome and entertain you like no other American city. So make it the destination for your next sunshine getaway.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Tampa

What to do in Tampa

Busch Gardens
Ybor City
Tampa Theater
Manatee Viewing Center
Top activities in Tampa

When to Visit Tampa

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There's no single time to visit Tampa. After all, with 361 days of sunshine and a warm climate, the beaches are attractive almost all year round. You might want to time your visit to secure cheaper accommodation prices. Between September and December, crowds tend to thin out and the leading hotels dramatically lower their rates.

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How to Get to Tampa

Airports near Tampa

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Where to Stay in Tampa

Most of the best hotels in Tampa are located on the waterfront, near the Downtown district or the many beaches. If you want to be near the coast, check out options in Beach Park like the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore or the Grand Hyatt. In the center of town try the Meridien or the Embassy Suites, which offer spacious apartments that families will appreciate. For budget accommodation, have a look at Gram's Place or the Amerisuites Budget Hotel, both of which provide comfort and convenient locations at an affordable price.

Popular Neighborhoods in Tampa

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East Tampa

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How to Get Around Tampa

The Cost of Living in Tampa

Shopping Streets

Tampa has several popular shopping neighborhoods. Just south of the center, SoHo is the place to head, where boutiques like Smack Apparel and Urban Body Clothing combine with some of the most stylish restaurants in the city. Slightly to the southeast, you can find Palma Ceia - a strip of clothing stores like Ship Chic and Kate McKenzie and accessory outlets like Zoey Bloom. There are also plenty of popular malls. Both the Westshore Plaza Mall and the International Plaza Mall are near the airport and worth checking out before you fly home.

Groceries and Other

Tampa is full of places to buy cheap groceries, including major supermarkets like Walmart, Publix and Whole Foods. So if you are self-catering during your stay, saving money should be simple. Grocery costs are quite low, with a gallon of milk likely to cost $3.90 and a pound of apples $2.

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Where to Eat in Tampa

Food is one of the greatest attractions in Tampa, particularly if you love Latin American. Head to Cafe Don Jose to try Colombian cooking, or Fuego to dine on huge plates of Brazilian BBQ meat. You can order Delmonico steaks at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City or grab a gourmet taco on the go from El Taconazo (the taco bus). SoHo is also full of great sushi restaurants, including Sushi Ninja, while there are excellent Caribbean eateries like the Jerk Hut and upscale European style restaurants like NoHo Bistro to explore as well. Expect to pay $15 or so for a medium-range meal.

Most popular restaurants in Tampa

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Contemporary American
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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City
Cuban
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Ocean Prime - Tampa
Seafood
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Charley's Steak House - Tampa
Seafood
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