Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Making the most out of a Tampa trip

If the shimmering waters of Tampa Bay or the aroma of Cuban cuisine are calling out to you, you’re in the right place. Tampa is an absolute gem on Florida’s west coast and has quietly made a name for itself over the last hundred years. And for those who know where to go, it’s a cool experience filled with culture, nature, and history waiting to be explored. Here are some travel tips and must-do experiences to remember if you’re heading that way for a trip out of town. 

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Things To Do And Places To See: Highlights

Exploring Ybor City Is A Must

Situated in the heart of Tampa, Ybor City is the embodiment of rich Cuban, Spanish, and Italian influences. When you walk along its cobblestone streets, you are transported back in time. If you’re looking for an interesting activity, you have to check out the Ybor City Museum State Park. It would be a sin not to indulge in a traditional Cuban sandwich at Columbia Restaurant, Florida’s oldest eatery. Remember to take loads of pictures and make awesome memories. If you’re interested in the cultural influences of the Tampa Bay area, then it will be worth your while to visit the Tampa Bay History Center. They have really interesting exhibits that tell the story of the area. 

Strolling The Sands Of Tampa

While Tampa might be more known for its urban allure, its beaches should definitely not be overlooked. If you’re looking to dip your toes in the Gulf Coast’s golden sands, you’ll find a multitude of options. For travelers with furry friends, Tampa has many awesome spots that are dog-friendly; they need to enjoy vacations too. Check out spots like Picnic Island Park; they have a designated dog beach. Thank me later.

Do A Dolphin Cruise 

The waters around Tampa Bay are filled with playful dolphins. Several operators offer dolphin-watching tours, ensuring you get up close and personal with these intelligent creatures. As a bonus, you’ll also witness some of the best sunsets that Florida has to offer. 

Travel Tips To Make The Most Of Your Tampa Trip

Be Weather Wise

Tampa can get hot and humid, especially in the summer. So, plan outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon. Remember, the early bird catches the worm, so get up early, don’t miss the sunrise, and make the day your own. If you do visit in Summer, remember that you might face the odd thunderstorm more regularly. 

Pack With Your Destination In Mind

Light clothes, sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and comfortable shoes are the keys to enjoying Tampa Bay. Oh, and don’t forget your sunglasses. The sun doesn’t hide from Florida. Another important thing to remember is bug repellent; you wouldn’t want to be caught without it down south.

Remember To Be Safe

As with anywhere you travel these days, just make sure to have your wits about you when traveling around the Tampa Bay area. Not that there are specific safety issues, but it would be wise to do so nonetheless. 

Tampa is a place well worth visiting; it’s full of old-world charm and modern appeal. Whether you’re chasing its culinary adventures, diving into its diverse culture, or simply taking in its natural beauty, you’ll have a good time. So, pack those bags and set sail for the Gulf Coast.

This post was written with Life According to Steph readers in mind

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