The Tampa Bay area is located on the central-west coast of Florida and includes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Tampa Bay is home to a diverse population of over 4 million people and it has something to offer no matter what you're looking for.
Go to the Beach
The Tampa Bay area is no different than many other parts of Florida in that one of it's biggest draws are beautiful weather and the white sandy beaches. Tampa Bay's Pinellas County has 38 miles of coastline including three of the nation's top ten beaches in Clearwater Beach, Fort De Soto Park and Caladesi Island State Park. With an average annual temperature of about 72 degrees, beach weather is present nearly year-round in Tampa Bay.
Go to a Game
Tampa Bay is home to three professional sports franchises including the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and the MLB's Tampa Bay Rays ensuring that you can attend a pro game at any time during the year. Because Tampa Bay doesn't have the fan base of much larger cities like New York or Boston, tickets to these games are usually both affordable and widely available.
In addition to three professional sports franchises, Tampa Bay is also home to an arena football team, a semi-pro soccer club and division I college athletics at the University of South Florida. No matter what sport you're looking for, Tampa Bay has it covered.
Experience Historical Ybor City
Ybor City is a historic neighborhood located northeast of downtown Tampa. Ybor was founded in 1886 by cigar manufcaturer Don Vincente Martinez-Ybor and is recongized as Florida's first industrial town. The neighborhood was originally populated by thousands of immigrants from Spain, Cuba and Italy and their influence remains today. Ybor has been designated a National Historic Landmark District and it's 7th avenue was recongnized as one of the "10 Greatest Streets in America." Today, Ybor City is a thriving and uniquely eccentric center for restaurants and nightlife.
Visit the Salvador Dali Museum and Downtown St. Petersburg
The Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is home to the largest collection of Salvador Dali works in the United States. The Spaniard Dali, is famous for his striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work and his skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance era artists. Ironically, St. Petersburg is experiencing a renaissance of its own with an influx of new restaurants and bars popping up all over the downtown area, especially along the waterfront where the Dali Museum happens to be located. The city even made the New York Time's list of 52 places you should go in 2014.