One of the great aspects of living in the Tampa Bay area is its incredibly diverse array of neighborhoods, each with it's own distinct charm and feel. Whether you are most interested in the grand style of living that Hyde Park offers, a boating community like Davis Island, or perhaps high rise living in the Channelside District--you will have no problem finding an area that suits your style. Please explore the following links below to learn a bit more about a few of Tampa's most popular areas:
Home to some of the most sought out beaches in the country, Tampa offers direct access to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Here, you can stroll the broad, powdery beaches of Clearwater Beach, catch a breathtaking sunset in St. Pete Beach, or bask along some hidden stretches of Treasure Island--not to mention the dozens of other beach front playgrounds that Tampa has to offer.
Sports Fan? You've come to the right place! Tampa is home to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. With a team in almost every pro-sports category, Tampa offers a level of sports that rivals nearly any city in the country. Furthermore, if you are a baseball fan, Tampa is the Spring Training home of the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Come on down for a game!!!
There is certainly no shortage of top rated amusement parks in Tampa and the Tampa Bay Area! From the insanely fast and scary roller coasters at Busch Gardens, to the wet-and-wild water slides of Adventure Island, or the 20,000 sea creatures on display at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa--there is no doubt you'll find a ton of great ways to spend your time here. Furthermore, Tampa is only a quick hop from all of the Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando (just over an hour drive on a light traffic day!) There are a plethora of options for both children and adults to enjoy some serious fun time in Tampa.
Tarpon. Blacktip Shark. Sailfish. Marlin. Lemon Shark. Snook. Striped Bass. Flounder. Snapper. Dorado. Grouper. Hammerhead. Sheepshead. Trout. Mackeral. Barracuda. Just to name a few. Tampa has among the most amazing sport fishing as well as great eating fish available anywhere in the country. Just hop on a fishing boat or grab a charter anywhere in Tampa Bay and you'll see what I mean!!!
So if you like a good night out on the town you've come to the right place. World famous Ybor City is home to literally DOZENS of bars, restaurants, and clubs for anyone straight, gay, curious, or anywhere in between. If you want to go dancing, drinking, and like a great party in general, you have found your stop. If you want something more classy and upscale, then head to Hyde Park Village. Rub elbows with pro-sports players? Franklin Manor after a football or hockey game downtown. Drinking with the college kids? Go play in Soho at The Lodge, McDinton's, or the Soho Saloon. Cheers!!!
If you have a knack for culture and the arts, there is no shortage in Tampa. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts offers a solid repitoire of Opera, Classical Music, and touring Broadway Performances. Carol Morsani Hall, which is the centerpiece of the Straz Center, features seating for 2,600 amid 4 levels. If you are an art buff, be sure to check out The Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg or the Tampa Museum of Art which displays a fabulous permanent collection of modern & contemporary art from artists like Miro, Calder, Dada, Jaume Plensa, Alex Katz, Cindy Sherman, Berenice Abbott, and Chuck Close, among others.
A few favorite spots: Bern's Steakhouse, On Swann, Bartaco, The Columbia, Brass Tap, The Front Porch, Sacred Pepper, Fresh Kitchen, Eddie V's, Oxford Exchange, and Ulele. Go eat!!! Scope out the top rated here: Trip Advisor: Tampa
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