#6 wallet-friendly trips destination
Tampa
Florida
37% less than average North American trip cost

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.
Tampa is great for family, beach & food.

Hacker Tip

With so much to see and miles of beaches to explore – including some gorgeous options in nearby Clearwater and St. Pete, you’ll likely want a car to get around. Rent your own wheels if you don’t want to rely on ride-share.
Lowry Park Zoo Tampa Bay History Center Big Cat Rescue
385,430
population
English
language
49th
largest city in the United States
USD
currency
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Getting to Tampa

While you’ll likely fly into Tampa, if you’re renting a car anyway, you may want to compare prices with airports in nearby St. Pete-Clearwater or Orlando. Both are relatively close (around an hour, give or take), and depending on your departure airport, you could score some savings.

Median airfare by month

$148 Median airfare from US to Tampa in January

Median airfare by time before departure

$197 Median airfare 1 month before departure date
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Staying in Tampa

Stay in Ybor City for some of the state’s best Cuban food, as well as vintage shops and nightlife. The area also has a lively LGBTQ community.

Median hotel rate by month

$160 Median January hotel rate

Median hotel rate by night

$165 Median Sunday hotel rate
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When in Tampa

Must-see in Tampa

Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Ybor City
Ybor City
Tampa Theater
Tampa Theater
Manatee Viewing Center
Manatee Viewing Center

Weather in Tampa

Average Temperature (°F)
61° Average temperature in January

Eating in Tampa

What should you order while you’re in Tampa?

Get the Cuban sandwich. Many agree that the classic pressed sandwich of shredded pork, ham, Swiss, mustard and pickles (Tampa's version also adds salami) has its origin in Ybor City.
Tampa

What you’ll expect to pay (USD)

$10-14
Cheap meal
$5
A beer
$40-60
Nice dinner for 2
15-20%
Standard tip for good service

Where to eat in Tampa

Oxford Exchange Oxford Exchange
Afternoon Tea
4.8 Excellent
$$ $30 and under
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Cena Cena
Italian
4.8 Excellent
$$$ $31 to $50
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Ocean Prime - Tampa Ocean Prime - Tampa
Seafood
4.8 Excellent
$$$ $31 to $50
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