Travel Guide: Tampa, FL

Tampa is a beautiful waterfront city that is growing rapidly. It was once the home to Cuban, Italian, and Spanish immigrants in the “cigar city” of Ybor City.

Tampa is where the Cuban Sandwich was founded and hosts the annual International Cuban Sandwich Festival. The Cuban Sandwich has been served in restaurants in Tampa since at least 1905.

Many restaurant chains are located or founded in Tampa and it was once a bastion of these businesses, but is now taking a local turn. Some examples of this are Bonefish Grill, Burger 21, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Checkers/Rally’s, GrillSmith, The Melting Pot, Outback Steakhouse, and PDQ.

Courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System.

One of the most popular events that happens every year in Tampa is Gasparilla, a celebration of the legend of pirates that founded Tampa. This is similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and features floats, publicly-allowed drinking, and parties all around the city.

Tampa also has a vibrant craft beer scene that really started with Cigar City Brewing in 2007 and has now grown into over 100 breweries over the bay area. It is also home to small but growing startup community that is gaining some traction thanks to lots of local support.



  • Ciro’s Speakeasy & Supper Club
  • Fly Bar
  • Hooch & Hive
  • The Gin Joint
  • Rock Brother Brewing Co.
  • Copper Shaker
  • Mandarin Heights
  • The Patio at Winthrop Liquors
  • Luna Lounge at Bulla Gastrobar
  • WTR Grill
  • Sal y Mar at Midtown Tampa




  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
  • Marriott Water Street
  • Epicurean Hotel
  • Hotel Haya
  • The Godfrey
  • Roost Tampa


  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
    • Howl-O-Scream
    • Christmas Town
  • Adventure Island
  • International Plaza
  • Tampa Premium Outlets
  • TopGolf
  • Tampa Riverwalk
  • Midtown Tampa
  • Sparkman Wharf
  • Armature Works
  • Tampa Bay History Center
  • Keel & Curley Winery


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Estimate Population: 385,430

Local Newspapers: Creative Loafing Tampa, Tampa Bay Times

Current Mayor: Jane Castor

Local Reddit page: r/tampa

Tourism Bureau: Visit Tampa Bay

Local Sports Teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rowdies

Local Universities: University of South Florida, University of Tampa

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