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Tampa


Tampa is a city on the West Coast of Florida. It is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area (the other two large cities in the area are Clearwater and St. Petersburg), and the third largest city in the state. As of 2005, its population within the city limits was estimated at 326,519, but around 2.7 million people lived in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, which is generally known as the "Tampa Bay Area", "Tampa Bay", or to locals, as simply the "Bay Area". The population of the area has, and continues to grow rapidly, with the urban area having grown by almost 15% between 2000 and 2006, and reaching a total of an estimated 4 million in April of 2007.

The whole of the Tampa Bay Area is well-known for its beaches and nightlife, as well containing many excellent hotels, pools and golf courses, but there are also many tourist attractions in the area too, including a number that fall within the city of Tampa itself.

Some of the attractions in the Tampa area include:
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Tampa Facts


Here is some more information about Tampa:
  • The principal airport serving Tampa is Tampa International Airport.

  • Probably the most famous educational institution in Tampa is the University of South Florida. The University of South Florida is a public university founded in 1956.

  • Professional sports franchises in Tampa include the Florida State League baseball team, the Tampa Yankees, the ice hockey team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the NFL American football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Tampa's nicknames include "America's Next Greatest City","Cigar Capital of the World (Ybor City)", "Cigar City", "City of Champions", "Lightning Capital of the World", and "The Big Guava".

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Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Kate Armstrong & Ashley Harrell

Lonely Planet
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Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Florida is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Kayak the Everglades, snorkel the coral reefs of Biscayne National park, and experience Miami's mix of cultures from across the Americas; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Florida and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Florida:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - cuisine, people, culture, history, literature, cinema, television, music, architecture, landscapes, wildlife.
  • Free, convenient pull-out Miami map (included in print version), plus over 20 color maps
  • Covers Miami, the Keys, the Everglades, Orlando, the Atlantic Coast, the Tampa Bay Area, the Panhandle and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Florida, our most comprehensive guide to Florida, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

Looking for Floridian road trip ideas? Check out Lonely Planet Florida & the South's Best Trips.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg (Travel Guide)

By Joshua Lawrence Kinser

Moon Travel
Released: 2017-10-31
Paperback (250 pages)

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Moon Travel Guides: Experience the Life of the City!

A buzzing city center, quaint historic harbor, and more than 35 miles of Gulf Coast beaches: get to know this unique part of the Sunshine State. Inside you'll find:
  • Strategic itineraries for every timeline and budget, curated for families, beach-goers, foodies, outdoor adventurers, and more
  • Activities and ideas for every traveler: See surrealist artwork at the Salvador Dali Museum, or soar over the bay at the world's largest skydiving center. Discover the vibrant nightlife of Tampa's historic Latin Quarter, or indulge in a puff of the region's famed cigars. Get your kicks on one of the many thrill rides at Busch Gardens, or kick back with a daiquiri after a relaxing day on the beach
  • Honest advice on when to go, where to stay, and how to get around
  • Firsthand perspective from born-and-raised Floridian Joshua Kinser
  • Focused coverage of Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, South Tampa and Hyde Park, Busch Gardens and North Tampa, Greater Tampa, Downtown St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach and Gulf Port, Clearwater and Dunedin, and Greater Pinellas County
  • Day trips to Orlando's theme parks, the Nature Coast, and Sarasota
  • Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Detailed and thorough information, including crucial background on culture and history, wildlife, and geography
With Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg's practical tips, myriad activities, and local insight on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.

Visiting more of the Sunshine State? Try Moon Florida. Exploring by car? Try Moon Florida Road Trip.

100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die, 2nd Edition (100 Things to Do Before You Die)

By Kristen Hare

Reedy Press
Released: 2018-10-15
Paperback (160 pages)

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Tampa Bay offers an array of interesting places to visit and explore, including beautiful beaches, aquariums, theme parks, breweries, art museums, parks, and restaurants. But whether you're a local or a tourist, there are plenty of spots you might be missing. Why not step into the dark night in Ybor City to discover the streets and spaces where stories of early immigrants unfold on a walking ghost tour? Or watch the 1940s sponge diving video and then soak up the Greek culture and kooky kitsch at Spongeorama in Tarpon Springs. Climb through the great aboveground root forest at Edward Medard Conservation Park in Plant City. Or wait for the first weekend of each month and dig through the treasures at Brocante Vintage Market in St. Pete. In this second edition of 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die, you'll find one hundred ideas to help you get to know Tampa Bay, or get to know it even better.

Fodor's Florida (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's
Released: 2017-09-12
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years.

From the Panhandle's white sandy beaches to Walt Disney World and the Space Coast to hip Miami with its trendy hotels, dining and nightlife, Florida's attractions, along with balmy weather and beautiful people, lure over 80 million visitors to the state every year. In full-color throughout, Fodor's Florida takes a smart insider's look at the state, with helpful planning advice at the start of each chapter.

Fodor’s Florida includes:

  • PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides essential information about top attractions, nearby dining, and more
  • PHOTOS AND ITINERARIES to inspire and guide your trip
  • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Recommendations on new hotels, restaurants, attractions, shops, and sports outfitters throughout the state


  • ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Special features throughout the guide illuminate the most distinctive features of Florida. Art Deco Miami, Spring Training, and the Everglades Ecosystems, give travelers an unparalleled sense of Florida
  • INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: An "Experience Florida" chapter covering what's new in the state, great itineraries, and other helpful tips helps readers choose their perfect Florida trip. Each chapter opens with a map, Top Reasons to Go, and other essential information to help visitors plan time and vacation details effectively
  • DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Florida offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife
  • COVERS: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Tampa, Naples, Daytona, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Sanibel and Captiva, the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and more

DK Eyewitness Family Guide Florida (Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2019-06-18
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Perfect for planning and enjoying a stress-free family holiday, this easy-to-use guide book is packed with insider tips and information on Florida's best family-friendly activities and attractions.
Explore the magic of Orlando's theme parks, experience flight simulation at Kennedy Space Center, or build sandcastles on the Gulf Coast beaches. From recommendations of child-friendly restaurants to suggestions for rainy-day activities, this guide book takes the work out of planning a family trip to Florida.

Inside Family Guide Florida:
- Each major listing includes details of the nearest places to grab a snack or meal, what do if it rains, the closest toilets, and where kids can play and let off steam
- Contains cartoons, quizzes and games to keep young travellers happy all day long
- Detailed colored maps of all the major attractions and areas help you navigate with ease
- Colur-coded area guides make it easy to find information
- At-a-glance pages highlight all the best sights and activities in each area so you can plan your day quickly
Features expert suggestions for the best places for families to stay, eat, and shop 
- Gives essential travel information, including transport, visa, and health information
- Covers Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Orlando, Jacksonville, St Augustine, Tallahassee, South Walton, Pensacola, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Fort Myers, the Everglades and more

Only going to Orlando? Try DK Eyewitness Top 10 Orlando

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DK Eyewitness Florida (Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness

DK Eyewitness Travel
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Florida will lead you straight to the best attractions the state has to offer and provides the insider travel tips you need, whether you are making the most of the nightlife or discovering historic towns.

Explores the state's history, architecture, wildlife, beaches, and scenic walks. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Florida covers all the major cities and sights, from Miami Beach and the Florida Keys to the Everglades, the Gulf Coast, and more. You'll find 3-D illustrated cutaways and floor plans of all the must-see sights, as well as street maps and reliable information for getting around. Plus, this fully updated guidebook is packed with comprehensive listings of the best hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightlife in each area for all budgets.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Florida truly shows you this state as no one else can.

Lonely Planet Discover Florida (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Kate Armstrong & Ashley Harrell

Lonely Planet
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Lonely Planet Discover Florida is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the magic of Walt Disney World resort, stroll and peruse paintings on a Miami art walk, or get under the surface and take a snorkeling trip in the Keys; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Florida and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Discover Florida:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, culture, art, literature, cinema, music, politics, landscapes, wildlife, environmental issues, cuisine, lifestyle, customs
  • Over 53 color maps
  • Covers Walt Disney Resort, Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, Palm Beach, Gold Coast, Miami, Florida Keys, Everglades National Park, Tampa Bay, Gulf Coast and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Discover Florida, our easy-to-use guide, filled with inspiring and colorful photos, focuses on Florida's most popular attractions for those looking for the best of the best.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all the state has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet Florida guide.
  • Looking for a guide for Miami? Check out Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Eastern USA guide for a comprehensive look at all the country/region has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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Moon Florida Gulf Coast (Travel Guide)

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Moon Travel
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  • Flexible itineraries from short beach getaways to a 10-day road trip covering all 700 miles of the Florida Gulf Coast
  • Strategic advice for beach-goers, wildlife enthusiasts, water sports lovers, and more
  • The best spots for outdoor adventures like kayaking, hiking, biking, bird-watching, and fishing, and the best beaches for swimming, sunsets, and seclusion
  • Top activities and unique experiences: Discover the vibrant performing arts scene in Sarasota or stroll through quaint riverfront towns and secluded island enclaves. Unwind on shell-scattered beaches, explore winding mazes of mangroves, or spot gators in the swampy Everglades. Ride the coasters at Busch Gardens, browse art galleries in Naples, or check out a local swamp buggy race. Sail through the canals of Tampa, kick back at a beachfront oyster bar, and sip a local brew as the sun sets over the ocean
  • Expert advice from Florida native Jason Ferguson on where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around by car, bus, or boat
  • Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Background information on the Gulf Coast's landscape, wildlife, history, and culture
  • Handy tips for international visitors, families with kids, LGBTQ travelers, and travelers with disabilities
With Moon Florida Gulf Coast's practical advice and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way.

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DK Eyewitness Florida (Travel Guide)

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DK Eyewitness Travel
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  •  Gorgeous, all-new colour photography so you can imagine yourself there
  •  Reasons to love Florida: amazing theme parks, Art Deco architecture, outdoor adventures - what will yours be?
  •  See Florida from a different angle - 24 pages of fresh ideas for exploring this spectacular state
  •  A year-long calendar of events in Florida gives a selection of sporting occasions, celebrations and festivals for all seasons
  •  Expert advice covers the practical stuff: get ready, get around and stay safe
  •  Detailed, colour maps help you navigate Florida with ease
  •  Expert tips to make memories that last - where to snap and share the perfect photo, take in stunning views and escape the crowds
  •  The most authentic places to stay, eat, drink and shop
  •  Easy-to-follow walks and itineraries take you across the state, with plenty of eat and drink stops en route
  •  Hand-drawn illustrations show the must-see attractions, including the Space Shuttle, Flagler Museum and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  •  Covers Miami; the Gold and Treasure Coasts; Orlando and the Space Coast; the Northeast; The Panhandle; The Gulf Coast; The Everglades and the Keys

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florida is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you create your own unique trip.

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Lonely Planet Florida & the South's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Kate Armstrong & Regis St Louis

Lonely Planet
Released: 2018-02-15
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Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet's Florida & the South's Best Trips. Featuring 30 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures, you can trace the iconic Appalachian Trail or explore the roots of the Blues Highway, all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet's Florida & the South's Best Trips:

  • Lavish color and gorgeous photography throughout
  • Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests
  • Get around easily - 42 easy-to-read, full-color route maps, detailed directions
  • Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, toll roads
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Useful features - including Stretch Your Legs, Detours, Link Your Trip
  • Covers Florida, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Florida & the South's Best Trips is perfect for exploring Florida and the South in the classic American way - by road trip!

  • Planning a Florida & the South trip sans a car? Lonely Planet's Florida guide, our most comprehensive guide to Florida, is perfect for exploring both top sights and lesser-known gems.
  • Looking for a guide focused on a specific Florida and the South city? Check out Lonely Planet's Miami & the Keys guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)



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