The insiders guide to Tampa Florida

Tampa Florida sits on the west coast of Florida on Hillsborough River, and Hillsborough Bay, which flow directly into Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Tampa Bay area includes Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater, and many of the small surrounding towns. The City of Tamp has a population of about 336,000 but the greater Tampa Bay Area has over 4 million people.

Downtown Tamp is a mixture of beautiful tall buildings, colorful bridges crossing the Hillsborough River, Parks, Museums, waterfront hotels, and condos.


Ybor City

Ybor City is a historic section of Tampa that has many brick buildings built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Known as the Latin Quarter of Tampa, Ybor City has many latin restaurants including Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Greek, and French.

The relocation of a cigar factory from Key West to Ybor City in 1886 was the catalyst to bring many other cigar makers, making Ybor City the cigar capital of the world for many years. This brought immigrants to work in the factories, open stores, and provide services.

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Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs is the only thoroughbred race track on the west coast of Florida and has become a major stop on the road to the triple crown.

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University of South Florida (USF)

Located in Tampa Florida, The University of South Florida (USF) offers 232 undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and doctoral degree programs. USF uses a semester based calendar and has about 30,000 undergraduate students.

University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
813-974-2011

Harbour Island

Harbour Island is a 177 acre island that is a combination of condos, single family homes in gated communities, restaurants, a Westin Hotel, an Athletic Club and Span, and many docks for boats.

Connected by two bridges to Downtown Tampa, Harbour Island is located in the heart of the city.  South Harbour Island Blvd is a bridge that connects Harbour Island to downtown Tampa and accommodates vehicles and pedestrians. A short walk over…

Lowry Zoo

Rated the # 1 Zoo in America by both Parents magazine and Child magazine, Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa offers year round activities for kids, families, and adults. 

With more than 1,500 animals on 56 acres, Lowry Zoo has created natural habitats throughout the park for visitors of all ages to enjoy and get up close to animals from around the world.

The Zoo offers water play areas, rides, and opportunities to…

Ybor City

Ybor City is a historic section of Tampa that has many brick buildings built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Known as the Latin Quarter of Tampa, Ybor City has many latin restaurants including Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Greek, and French.

The relocation of a cigar factory from Key West to Ybor City in 1886 was the catalyst to bring many other cigar makers, making Ybor City the cigar capital of the…

Busch Gardens

Roller coasters, rides, animals, shows, and the famous Clydesdale horses are a few of the things you will see at Busch Gardens in Tampa.