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Tampa Introduction


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Tampa Bay, Florida, has much to recommend it: Busch Gardens (which predates Disney World), impressive museums, winning sports teams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning), fishing charters and one of the country's largest ports, rocking nightlife and a wealth of tourist attractions.   Click here to see the full Tampa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tampa Geography


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Greater Tampa, a major port city, sprawls around the northern end of Tampa Bay. The beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are west across Old Tampa Bay, and the city of St. Petersburg is south across the bay. Bridges and long causeways (with signs warning you to check your gas gauge) link the city to St. Petersburg and the popular beachfront communities of Clearwater, St. Pete Beach and other smaller resort towns.   Click here to see the full Tampa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tampa History


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The Calusan and Timucuan people were the original inhabitants of the area. Centuries later, around 1500, the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived. Staking claim to the Native Americans' real estate, the Spanish also attempted to convert them to Christianity. The ensuing bloodshed lasted for more than 300 years. By then Tampa and the rest of Florida were becoming settled, and in 1824, Fort Brooke was built nearby to subdue the remaining resistant Seminoles, another of the fierce Floridian groups.  Click here to see the full Tampa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tampa Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Visitors to Tampa have a wide range of entertainment options, including art and science museums, amusement parks, dinner and gambling cruises, major-league sporting events, nature preserves and, of course, nearby beaches. Downtown is the business center, but it also hosts art festivals, boating races and is the home of the picturesque campus of the University of Tampa.  Click here to see the full Tampa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tampa Nightlife


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Dozens of bars—jazz, blues, country, reggae, punk, gay, Goth, strip, you name it—line the streets around Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. The bar scene doesn't really start until 10 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the action often lasts until the clubs close around 3 am. Ybor is also a good bet during the early evening hours—before 9 or 10 pm is a more family-friendly time.   Click here to see the full Tampa travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tampa Restaurants & Dining


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The highlight of Tampa dining tends to be restaurants specializing in Cuban and Spanish cuisine. The Latin influence is most evident in Ybor City, of course. You could just walk around and stop at any little eatery that looks good, or head straight for the venerable Columbia Restaurant. Prices vary widely.   Click here to see the full Tampa travel guide on Travel42 »

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