Tampa - The Cigar City

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Tampa Florida - The Cigar City

Located just 30 minutes from the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches of Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Tampa is located in Hillsborough County and is the third largest city in the State of Florida. Tampa has a mix of rich Spanish and Cuban culture. It is the birthplace of the Cuban sandwich and home of the famous pirate invasion known as the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. Tampa has no shortage of activities to partake in. Whether you are in town to catch a cruise, watch one of the three professional sports teams, or smoke a cigar in the Ybor City district, Tampa does not disappoint.

Tampa receives almost 30 million visitors a year! This number continues to grow each year. The city hosts some of the most famous concerts and has been the site of the Super Bowl, political conventions, and other major events. Tampa serves as a perfect alternative to Miami. There are several places to visit close to Tampa such as: St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Sarasota, and Fort De Soto.

Things To Do In Tampa

Tampa is home to the several colleges and universities, including the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida. Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area, Tampa has many places to visit such as: the Glazer Children’s Museum, Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and Amalie Arena.

Neighborhoods To Visit In Tampa

Like many cities, Tampa has many great neighborhoods to visit that offer unique activities, restaurants and events. With the Hillsborough River running through the center of the city, the Tampa Riverwalk provides a great place for exercise, socializing, relaxing or even great dining and shopping at Armature Works Tampa. The Tampa Riverwalk also passes through Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa where there are many festivals, concerts, and places to just relax.

Another neighborhood in Tampa that is great for dining and shopping is historic Hyde Park and the Hyde Park Village. This area has great restaurants, Tampa nightlife, and shopping.

Tampa International Airport is located in the West Shore business district and also close to great shopping at International Plaza and beautiful hotels and resorts located on the Tampa Bay at Rocky Point.

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Popular Events in Tampa

Tampa is home to some popular and unique events. Visit Tampa Bay has a list of all events on their website.

Best Hotels in Tampa

Tampa is home to some great hotels and resorts. Here are a list of a few hotels in the area to consider:

  1. Epicurean Hotel, An Autograph Collection (Soho) - www.epicureanhotel.com
  2. Grand Hyatt Tampa (West Shore / Rocky Point) - www.hyatt.com
  3. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza (West Shore) - www.marriott.com
  4. Le Meridien Tampa (Downtown Tampa) - www.marriott.com
  5. Hilton Tampa (Downtown Tampa) - www.hilton.com
  6. Tampa Marriott Water Street (Water Street) - www.marriott.com
  7. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (East Tampa) - www.seminolehardrocktampa.com
  8. Embassy Suites (Downtown Tampa) - www.hilton.com
  9. Saddlebrook Resort and Spa (Wesley Chapel) - www.saddlebrook.com
  10. Westin Tampa Bay (Rocky Point) - www.marriott.com

Best Places to Eat in Tampa

Tampa has great restaurants to choose from. Here are some of the best places to eat in Tampa Bay:

  1. Bern’s Steak House - bernssteakhouse.com
  2. Columbia Restaurant - columbiarestaurant.com
  3. Ocean Prime - ocean-prime.com
  4. Ulele - ulele.com
  5. Eddie V’s - eddiev.com
  6. Mise en Place - miseonline.com
  7. Oak & Ola - oakandola.com
  8. On Swann - onswann.com

Flights To Tampa

Odyssey Airways can get you convenient and private flights to Tampa. Flights from Palm Beach to Tampa in our Cherokee Six or King Air can be as low as $400/passenger. Other parts of South Florida are available at an affordable rate such as the following:

  • Ft. Lauderdale to Tampa
  • Miami to Tampa
  • Jacksonville to Tampa
  • Naples to Tampa
  • Key West to Tampa
  • Tallahassee to Tampa
  • Pensacola to Tampa

There are endless options for flights to Tampa and Odyssey Airways can get you there. Contact us today at (813) 207-5002 or request a quote online. We are excited about the opportunity to show you the great city of Tampa.

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