Enjoy a Gulf Coast stay in Tampa Bay

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Culture, cuisine and coastal attractions come out on top in this Florida hotspot

When your clients land in Tampa Bay, home to diverse neighbourhoods, and exciting and accessible attractions, they’ll be eager to get exploring.

There are two non-stop flights a day direct to Tampa Bay – from Gatwick with British Airways and from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic – making it an essential starting point on any Florida itinerary.

 

Best of the bay

Many of Tampa Bay’s attractions, restaurants and parks are linked by the Tampa Riverwalk, a winding 2.6-mile promenade that takes in the best sights. Why not visit The Florida Aquarium where interactive exhibits tell the story of life under the sea.

Visitors can discover more at the Tampa Bay History Museum, which explores 12,000 years of Florida’s heritage, including its Cuban influence.

The Ybor City neighbourhood, a short streetcar ride away, is the best place to see this for yourself. It’s home to cigar factories, boutique shops, cafes and the delicious Cuban sandwich, which can be tasted at Florida’s oldest restaurant – the Columbia restaurant.

Warm and welcoming

Tampa Bay’s diversity means it’s a hit with every type of traveller. Its melting pot of cultures is reflected in the incredible food scene, which ranges from Cuban cuisine and Italian home cooking, to popular vegan spots and waterside restaurants.

There’s a calendar packed full of events too, including the colourful Tampa Pride festival in March.

Tap into the area’s history of pirates, who landed here 500 years ago, at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in January. Locals dress up in extravagant costumes, while the city hosts parties and a parade which winds through downtown Tampa.

So many of Tampa Bay’s attractions, including the famous Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, are wheelchair-friendly, making them suitable for visitors with accessibility needs.

The same is true for the many modes of transport across the city, such as the Pirate Water Taxis and the streetcars, making it easy for all visitors to get around and take in its biggest highlights.


Become a specialist

Discover how to sell Tampa Bay via the new agent training programme. Available on the web and mobile, you’ll have access to the latest knowledge on Tampa Bay’s best activities and sights.

VisitTampaBaySpecialist.com


Did you know?

The Tampa Riverwalk Attraction Pass offers access to seven of the best attractions for less, such as the Tampa Museum of Art and the American Victory Ship and Museum.

VisitTampaBay.com

PICTURES: Keir Magoulas

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