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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:
  • 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.

  • The main airport for Tampa is Tampa International Airport.

  • Sports teams in Tampa include the American football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the baseball team, the Tampa Yankees, and the ice hockey team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • 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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Fodor's Florida (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2017-09-12
Paperback (720 pages)

Fodor s Florida (Full-color Travel Guide)
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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

Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg (Travel Guide)

By Joshua Lawrence Kinser

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

Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg (Travel Guide)
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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.

Moon Florida Gulf Coast (Travel Guide)

By Joshua Lawrence Kinser

Avalon Travel Publishing
Released: 2016-10-11
Paperback (456 pages)

Moon Florida Gulf Coast (Travel Guide)
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Whether you're kayaking through mangroves, bodysurfing with manta rays, or sunbathing with a piña colada in hand, soak up the Sunshine State with Moon Florida Gulf Coast. Inside you'll find:
  • Flexible, strategic itineraries from a weeklong family vacation to a 10-day road trip covering all 700 miles of the Florida Gulf Coast, designed 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, collect fresh scallops in spring-fed waters, 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
  • 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.

For more of the Sunshine State, try Moon Florida Keys. Hitting the road? Check out Moon South Florida & the Keys Road Trip.

Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Kate Armstrong & Ashley Harrell

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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!

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  • 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.

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Insiders' Guide® to the Greater Tampa Bay Area: Including Tampa, St. Petersburg, & Clearwater (Insiders' Guide Series)

By Anne Anderson

Anderson, Anne W.
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Insiders  Guide® to the Greater Tampa Bay Area: Including Tampa, St. Petersburg, & Clearwater (Insiders  Guide Series)
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Travel Like a Local - Map of Tampa: The Most Essential Tampa (Florida) Travel Map for Every Adventure

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Central West Florida Backroads Travel: Day Trips Off The Beaten Path: Towns, Beaches, Historic Sites, Wineries, Attractions (FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL GUIDES Book 6)

By Mike Miller

Florida-Backroads-Travel.com
Released: 2015-08-14
Kindle Edition (116 pages)

Central West Florida Backroads Travel: Day Trips Off The Beaten Path: Towns, Beaches, Historic Sites, Wineries, Attractions (FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL GUIDES Book 6)
 
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CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL takes you off the Interstate Highways and onto the quieter roads that defined this region in earlier years. Millions of people visit Central West Florida every year and never really see it. Everything looks pretty much the same from Interstate 4, Interstate 75 or the Suncoast Parkway. The same old billboards, gas stations, chain restaurants and tacky tourist traps call out to you as you speed along. This guide will rescue you from interstate monotony and take you off the beaten path to what is called Old Florida. This part of our fast growing state is still a place of serenity, natural wonders and historic places. The guide is organized into several different sections so you can browse what you’d like at your convenience.


Several historic Central West Florida towns are profiled including Arcadia, Bradenton, Cortez, Dade City, Englewood, Homosassa, Plant City, Sarasota, St Petersburg, Tampa and Venice. The history of each town is discussed and photos are shown along with an antique postcard now and then. If a town has a good restaurant, the guide will mention it along with some favorite lodging choices.


Although Central West Florida is noted for its major cities - Tampa, Sarasota and St. Petersburg - the area is also famous for white sand beaches, vast agricultural lands and older quieter tourist attractions. This guide will show you where the best ones are. You will also learn about several Florida State Parks. These parks are quiet treasures that will make your visit even more interesting.


Florida heritage and history are important parts of the culture of Central West Florida. The guide tells you about festivals, including art shows, and gives you times and places so you can enjoy them during your visit. You will also find a list of all Central West Florida heritage sites, and will learn about the interesting history of this part of Florida.


Last but not least, CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL has a section on Florida day trips. You will be given recommended driving routes along with maps to help you enjoy your wanderings around this interesting region of Florida.


The guide is written by Mike Miller, a 50 plus year resident of Florida. Mike is a graduate civil engineer from the University of Florida and has traveled all over the state on both business and pleasure. He writes for and publishes his own website, Florida-Backroads-Travel.com. Much of the material from this guide is from the website.


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
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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.

Tampa Bay Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (A Pocket Naturalist Guide)

By James Kavanagh

Waterford Press
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The Tampa Bay Estuary features a diversity of habitats that support over 325 species of birds and some of the nation's top bird-watching hotspots, including Honeymoon Island. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species and includes a map featuring prominent bird-viewing areas. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by visitors and residents alike. Made in the USA.

Day Trips® from Tampa Bay: Getaway Ideas For The Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)

By Anne Anderson

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Day Trips® from Tampa Bay: Getaway Ideas For The Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)
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Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler
 
Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with this fun and friendly guide. For local travelers seeking new adventures in their own backyards as well as for vacationers looking to experience all the excitement the area has to offer, each Day Trips® guide offers hundreds of activities to do, sights to see, and secrets to discover within a two- to three-hour drive and a route map for each itinerary. Complete with full trip-planning information including where to go, what to see, where to eat, where to shop as well as where to stay options for those who want to extend their Day Trip into a weekend. 
 
In Spring 2012 we are proud to be publishing six all new guides—The Carolinas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Tampa and St. Petersburg, and the Twin Cities—as well as an updated edition of Day Trips from Kansas City.


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