Located on the western coast of Florida, Tampa is a popular cruise destination for those heading out to explore the Caribbean but is also worthy for further exploration in its own right.
A large number of beaches are one of the most popular attractions for those visiting the city and the surrounding area, with the likes of Fort de Soto, Clearwater and Caladesi Island being amongst the most popular.
In fact, the beaches around the Tampa Bay area have consistently been rated amongst the best in both Florida and the USA as a whole.
Within the city itself, the historic neighbourhood of Ybor City is something that shouldn’t be missed, with the chance to take a ride on an old street car to marvel at the charm of the many historic buildings that have helped the area become a National Historic Landmark District.
The Ybor City Museum is the best place to fully discover the history of the cigar industry, which shaped the district when it was formed in the 1800s. Bustling shops and fine dining restaurants can now be found throughout the neighbourhood.
Those who want to learn more about the history of Tampa as a whole, rather than just the Ybor City district, will enjoy the chance to visit the Tampa Bay History Centre; located in the Channel District close to the main cruise port.
Arguably the most well-known tourist attraction in the Tampa region is the large Busch Gardens theme park, whilst the Adventure Island water park will also appeal to those looking to add some thrill to their trip.
For lovers of wildlife, a visit to the Lowry Park Zoo and Florida Aquarium is a must whilst Tampa is also packed with well-known shopping areas offering the best in retail therapy.