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The city of Tampa is the county seat of Hillsborough County and the largest city in the greater West Central Florida region.

Tampa is situated on the north shore of Tampa Bay in West Central Florida. Saint Petersburg lies west of the bay, while Bradenton is on the southern shore. The downtown business center of the city is on the north shore of Hillsborough Bay (a small bay within Tampa Bay which is bordered by the eastern shore of Tampa Bay and the small peninsula of South Tampa) and Ybor City lies just to the east. MacDill Air Force Base is on the southern tip of South Tampa, while the city also extends to the north all the way to the newly incorporated area of New Tampa.


The Tampa Bay area was visited by many Spanish explorers, beginning with Panfilo de Narvaez in 1528. However, no long term permanent settlements were created until 1824 when the US federal government created a reservation for north Florida Seminole Indians. At the same time, the US created Fort Brooke to oversee the reservation as well as protect the strategic harbor.

The 1880s saw the town's first population boom. In 1883, phosphate was discovered in the area, spurring the development of the mining and shipping industries in the area. Shortly after, Henry B. Plant completed work on his railroad linking Tampa to Jacksonville. He began promoting Tampa as a holiday spot and built the grand Plant Hotel as a luxury resort destination. In 1886, Jose Martinez Ybor opened Tampa's first cigar factory in Ybor City which encouraged the immigration of many Italian and Cuban factory workers.

During the Spanish American War at the turn of the century, Tampa was the main port of departure for troops heading for Cuba. During this time, the Plant Hotel was converted into officer's accommodations, housing the Rough Riders and Teddy Roosevelt.

In more recent times, Mac Dill Air Force Base was created in 1939 and the University of South Florida in 1956. Over the course of the Twentieth Century, Tampa has grown into the center of a large metropolitan area; it now hosts the regional headquarters of many international companies, has acquired numerous professional sports teams, and has even bid for the summer Olympics.


Tampa is a very diverse city. The first residents were the members of the Seminole Indian tribe that was relocated there from northern Florida and the soldiers stationed at Fort Brook to control the reservation. The town remained a mostly military town until the 1880s when Tampa saw its first major waves of immigration from Cuba and Italy. The major growth of the area did not occur until air conditioning became common in the years after World War II, but the region has been growing steadily since then. Tampa is now home to many native Floridians, including Seminoles, Cubans, and Italians, as well the residence of many 'transplants' from the Midwest and other areas of the states and new immigrants from the Caribbean and central America. Tampa's population swells during the winter months with the arrival of the 'snowbirds,' retired persons from the northern U.S. and Canada who come down for a few months to enjoy the relative warmth.


Tampa has a growing economy and serves as a major port. Among others, Raymond James, Home Shopping Network, Outback Steakhouse, and a major portion of Citigroup are all headquartered in Tampa. Tampa's major industries today are phosphate mining, shipping, citrus processing, shrimping, and tourism.

By plane

Tampa International Airport (IATA: TPA) (ICAO: KTPA), 2, located near the waters of Tampa Bay along I-275. Saint Petersburg Airport (IATA: PIE)3 is an alternative only fifteen miles away, generally serving smaller routes and discount airlines. A bit further away is Sarasota International 4, offering proximity to beautiful Gulf beaches to the south of Tampa.

By train

Tampa's Amtrak 5 station is located at 601 Nebraska Avenue in downtown Tampa. Amtrak's Silver Service runs daily from New York City or Miami to Tampa. The train journey through Florida offers great views, but be aware that the schedules are often more of a suggestion than a reality.

By car

Tampa is easily accessible via the major interstate highways, I-75 from north and south, and I-4 from the east. From either highway, exit onto I-275 to reach Tampa. However, be prepared for frequent traffic jams particularly when it rains; nearly all of Downtown and the airport area are under constant and complete construction. Also be ready to deal with terrible drivers, as this is the retirement state.

By bus

Tampa's Greyhound 6 station is at 610 Polk Street in downtown Tampa.

By boat

Cruise ships from five cruise lines operate from Tampa, mostly to Caribbean islands and Mexico. The Tampa cruise terminal is on the Ybor channel downtown.

By Car

The main freeways in Tampa are Interstate 275, Interstate 4, the Veterans Expressway (toll FL 589), and the Leroy Selmon Crosstown Expressway (toll FL 618). Some of the main east-west roads through town are Kennedy Boulevard (SR 60), Gandy Boulevard (SR 694), Hillsborough Avenue (US 92) and Fowler Avenue (SR 582), while some of the north-south roads are Dale Mabry Highway (US 92) and Florida/Nebraska Avenue (US 41). Traffic is especially bad during the rush hours: from about 7:30 to 9:30 AM and 3:30PM to 7:30PM. During these times, try especially to avoid I-275, especially between I-4 and SR 60 (by the airport) as this section runs by downtown and is currently being rebuilt.

By Bus

HART provides extensive bus service throughout Hillsborough County. There are three types of routes offered: "local", "Commuter Express", and Trollies (see below). Local routes are ones which have many stops in a small region. Commuter Express lines are long-distance lines namely providing service from suburbs into Tampa. Only local to local & commuter express to local transfers are allowed. Fares are $1.75 for local routes and $2.75 for commuter express lines. Four small routes (83, 87, 88, & 89) have a 50¢ fare with no transfers. Riders over 65, 17 and under, on Medicare, or disabled are half-price: 85¢ for "local" routes and $1.35 for "commuter express" routes. Bus transportation in the Tampa area is not popular and one can expect plenty of room in busses.

Tampa streetcars By Streetcar

Tampa also has the TECO Line Streetcar that runs from Dick Greco Plaza downtown to Centennial Park in Ybor City with 8 stops along the way (10 total stops). The line is useful for tourists and convention goers. The line runs by many local shops, restaurants, and attractions including the convention center/ Embassy Suites, the St. Pete Times Forum, Channelside, the Florida Aquarium, and through Ybor City. There are 3 types of streetcars in operation: 9 "Birney Safety" replicas (picture, right), one "Breezer" open-air replica (picture, left), and one original "Birney" car (#163, not pictured) which operated in Tampa from 1923-1946 and went through 10,000 man-hours of restoration. Even if you're not using it for transportation, the streetcars are a fun way to see some of the city's historic and cultural sights.

As of December 2008, a one-way fare is $2.50. A 1-day, unlimited rides pass for both streetcars and trollies are available for $5, since this is the cost of 2 rides (not synonymous with "round-trip"), it's highly recommended. Riders over 65, 17 and under, on Medicare, or disabled are discounted to $1.25 each trip or $2.50 for 1-day unlimited. Children under 4 are free, but if taller than the fare box ID is required. Exact change is required, streetcar drivers do not provide change. Three-day and one year passes are available from Hart bus line ticket vendors, not from the streetcars. Service is available: 11am-10pm Monday-Wednesday, 11am-11pm Thursday, 11am-2am Friday, 9am-2am Saturday, and noon-8pm on Sunday. Streetcars arrive every 15 minutes, except service 9-11am & midnight-2am every 30 minutes.

By Trolley

Tampa also two-line trolley system serving the Central Business District. Unlike the streetcars, which are electric and run on a fixed track, the trollies are simply small, diesel busses styled to look like a streetcar. The purple line runs north-south from I-275, through downtown to the northern end of Harbor Island. It has service every 10 minutes at 17 stops(17), Monday through Friday from 6-9am and 3-6pm. The green line trolley runs only on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-2am. It has service every 10 minutes at 17 stops along the Hillsborough River (west side of CBD), the northern tip of Harbor Island, and along Channelside Drive (between Franklin St. and Kennedy Blv.). As of June 2008, rides are $0.25 (no transfers), $3.25 for a 1-day pass, and $5 for a 1-day streetcar/trolley pass. Riders over 65, 17 and under, on Medicare, or disabled are discounted to $1.60 for a 1-day trolley pass or $2.50 for a 1-day trolley/streetcar pass. Children under 4 are free, but if taller than the fare box ID is required. Only $1 bills are accepted.

Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Phone: (813) 273-4000, 18. Daily 9:30AM-5PM. Channelside district, just east of downtown. Fabulous aquarium following a drop of rain from a swamp through Florida's aquifer, to its rivers and out into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Restaurant, gift shop, children's play area, touch tank, interactive dive experiences, and eco-tours of Tampa Bay. Adults $17.95, ages 3-12 $12.95.

Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Phone: (813) 935-8552, 19. Daily 9:30AM-5PM. One of the top-rated zoos in the country, featuring children's areas, restaurants, a manatee hospital, and first-rate encounters with animals from around the world. Make sure to tour the aviary and feed the lorikeets. Adults $15, ages 3-11 $10.50.

Busch Gardens, McKinley Drive, Toll Free: 1-888-800-5447,20. More than just an amusement park -- also a top-notch zoo. Expensive, but a very enjoyable day -- rides, shows, and the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales! This is a fun place for all ages, kids, teens, and even adults. It has a family friendly atmosphere with lots of things to do and see. The scenery is amazing; it has a feel of different places as you travel throughout the park. Rides vary from a huge merry go round to the famous rollercoaster, Montu. There are many different types of rides to choose from and also many roller coasters to choose from as well. Not a ride fan? You can check out the many shows they perform daily. Ice skating, singing, magic, birds, dolphins and other performances can be found all around the corners of Busch Gardens. Not a show fan either? Then check out the many food establishments spread out through the park. They offer fast food like popcorn and fries to a nice sit down meal. Also check Busch Gardens out during different holidays. They always have special events and offers. For instance, for Halloween they have Howl-O-Scream when the park is open all night long. They also have special events for over night stays, New Years, and special ticket sales for Florida residents. Always watch out for these special events because they happen all the time. If you do one thing while you’re in Tampa, go visit Busch Gardens. It is a great place to remind you about how fun Tampa really is. It is one of the biggest attractions in the Tampa Bay area. The rides, food, and shows will make you want to come back!

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Av., Phone: (813) 987-6100, 21. Daily 9AM-6PM. Hands-on children's science museum, including an IMAX dome and stellar revolving exhibits. Great way to spend a day with the family. Adults $23.95, ages 2-12 $19.95.

Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Phone: (813) 274-8130, 22. Daily 10AM-5PM, Closed Mondays. An extensive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as contemporary and traveling exhibitions. Check the website for monthly "Art After Dark" exhibitions. Adults $8, Children under 6 Free. Free admission on Saturdays 10AM-Noon. As of August 2008 a new larger museum is under construction and most of the permanent collection is not on display.

Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin Street, Phone: (813) 274-8982, 23. Opened in 1926 and located right downtown, the Tampa Theatre is a historic movie palace featuring a wide range of independent, foreign, and documentary films on a daily basis. Architecturally stunning both inside and out, it is no wonder that the Tampa Theatre has become both a city and national landmark being listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. It is Tampa's only non-profit theatre and operating costs are largely covered by its membership program, various corporate sponsors as well as ticket sales.

University of Tampa. Formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel built at the turn of the 20th century by railroad magnate H.B.Plant, the beautiful old building is now used as the administration building and classrooms for the University of Tampa. It has been lovingly restored to most of its prior glory; the ballroom is a showpiece with its domed ceiling under brilliant silver minarets. There is a small, but very interesting museum in the building that recreates a large portion of Tampa's early history, as well as giving visitors a peek into how the hotel appeared when it first opened.

University of South Florida. The main campus for this university. Blossoming from five buildings in its opening (1960) to 164 buildings on the Tampa campus alone, this beautiful college is now educating more than 29,000 students. With beautiful greenery, fountains, and named the “top architecture school in Florida” by the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design in 2002. A sports fan? The University of South Florida has you covered here as well! Home to the Division-1 football (at Raymond James Stadium) and basketball (at the on-campus SunDome) among others.

Ybor City. Is a historic Spanish district located near downtown featuring a wide range of nightclubs, bars, and shops making it a popular evening and weekend hotspot. Originally home to Cuban and Italian immigrants the city was famous for its many cigar factories and is where the Cuban Sandwich first popularized in the United States. Ybor City is also a National Historic Landmark District and can be easily visited by catching one of its famous streetcars that connects downtown Tampa to Ybor City.

Channelside. Entertainment complex in the revitalized Channelside district near the Port of Tampa. Numerous upscale restaurants, several mid-range chain restaurants and bars, an IMAX movie theater and a trendy (if you can believe it) bowling alley.

Raymond James Stadium. Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USF Bulls.

egends Field Across from RJS, the home of the Single-A Tampa Yankees and the spring training home of the New York Yankees.

The St. Pete Times Forum. Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning (of the NHL) and Tampa Bay Storm (of the Arena Football League). Also hosts numerous shows and concerts throughout the year.

Cruise ships, Port of Tampa

Gasparilla Pirate Festival, is an annual event consisting of several parades, live entertainment, and fireworks. The event is also known as the Mardi Gras of Tampa, and normally takes place on the last two Saturdays in January.

Guavaween offers daytime events and nighttime parade on the last Saturday in October in Ybor City.
Sant'Yago Knight Parade is an illuminated nighttime parade that takes place one Saturday in February in Ybor City.

Several film festivals take place at the Tampa Theatre several times a year.

Read the Tampa Tribune -- Tampa has some sort of event going on nearly every weekend, especially in the spring and early summer. Art festivals, a terrific Renaissance festival, street festivals -- take advantage of the great weather and enjoy our city.

Surprisingly, ice skating is a popular activity in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Skating Academy in nearby Oldsmar has two NHL-sized ice surfaces. Other well-known rinks include Sunblades Center and the rink in Westfield Countryside Mall, both in Clearwater.

Lettuce Lake Park between I-75 and the University of South Florida has boardwalks that go through a nearly pristine area with 700 year old cypress trees, alligators, egrets and herons. One end of the boardwalk overlooks the Hillsborough River in its original state, a far cry from what it looks like in the downtown area.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing at Raymond James Stadium off Dale Mabry Highway.Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an American football team whose home field is Raymond James Stadium (off Dale Mabry a couple of miles north of I-275). Routinely near the top of the NFC South, they are the 2002 Super Bowl champions and the team which receives the most support in the Tampa Bay region (although the recent performance of the Rays has gotten much more support and attention). The season lasts from August(preseason)-January(postseason, if they qualify). Tickets start at $50.

Tampa Bay Lightning are an NHL(ice hockey) team who won the Stanley Cup in the 2003-2004 season. Their home is in the St.Pete Times Forum. Season includes 41 home games and lasts October-June.

Tampa Bay Storm an Arena Football League team playing in the St.Pete Times Forum. They have won more Arena Bowl titles than any other team in the AFL. Season lasts March-June.

Spring Training Baseball The New York Yankees train at Legends field during the month of March. However, tickets are usually sold out several weeks before a game.

Tampa Yankees a minor league baseball team which plays their games at Legend's Field from April-September

Ace Golf/Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive, Phone: 813-973-3870, 29.

Babe Zaharias Golf Course, 11412 Forest Hills Drive, Phone: 813-631-4374

Boat Charters. Find a fishing charter, sunset cruise or yacht charter to see Florida froma different point of view.

Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place, Phone: 813-685-4105 (Fax: 813-654-1227)

The Claw at USF, 13801 N 46th Street, Phone: 813-632-6893, Fax: 813-975-6695

Emerald Greens Golf Resort and Country Club, 13941 Clubhouse Drive, Toll-Free: (866) 974-7336, Phone: (813) 961-9400, Fax: (813) 961-9424

TPC Tampa Bay, 5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, Phone: 813-949-0090

Union Electrician, Citigroup, Raymond James, Outback Steakhouse Corporate Office, Home Shopping Network, Tech Data.


International Plaza Mall Located near the airport, would be worthwhile if one is trying to spend a few hours. The usual stores are present, plus a collection of boutique shops in the outdoor area. Lots of food and drink options as well.

Westshore Plaza Mall Also near the airport, has a movie theater and shops.

Channelside Beside the cruise terminals in downtown, this shopping complex has a theater (including Imax screens) shops, food, and drinking places. Take the streetcar into Ybor City for more shopping and restaurants, the ride takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

University MallLocated near University of South Florida, has a movie theater, shops and food. Take the Heartline buses.


Carmine's Restaurant, 1802 E 7th Ave, Ybor City neighborhood. Cuban, Spanish, and Italian.

Hugo's Spanish Restaurant, 931 S Howard Ave., (813) 251-2842. Slightly more expensive than La Teresita, but still a bargain in the pricey SoHo neighborhood. $10 will buy you a mountain of food at lunch time.

The Jerk Hut, 207 E Twiggs St., (813) 223-4473. and 1406 E Fowler Ave (813) 632-9551 Don't be put off by the name - "jerk" is a Jamaican term for slow-roasting meats. The Jerk Hut serves theirs with an addictive sweet red sauce. Also, curries and oxtail stew.

Mel's Hot Dogs, 4136 E Busch Blvd., (813) 985-8000. A tacky little restaurant near Busch Gardens. Good hot dogs and bizarre hot dog related memorabilia.

Mema's Alaskan Tacos, 1724 E 8th Ave, Ybor City. (813) 242-8226. "Alaskan" or not, the good fresh made tacos and tamales are a favorite with locals and visitors alike in the Ybor City neighborhood, right on the trolley car line.
New Soul Sandwich Shop, 518 N Willow Ave., (813) 251-3720. Definitely "off the beaten path." Great soul food in industrial neighborhood, just off Kennedy. Don't mind the ramshackle surroundings, as the proprietors and the regulars are quite friendly.

El Taconazo, 913 E Hillsborough Ave., (813) 232-5889. Known locally as the "Taco Bus." Simple and delicious Mexican food for very little money. The ceviche is a steal at only $5, but be forewarned: there's no air conditioning.
La Teresita, 3246 W Columbus Dr., (813) 879-4909. Inexpensive Cuban diner with good food and interesting characters. A true Tampa institution.

Westshore Pizza, 927 S Howard Ave., (813) 251-2020. Numerous other locations throughout Tampa Bay. A local chain with good, cheap eats including pizza and cheesesteaks.

Xtreme Juice Smoothies, 619 S. Dale Mabry Hwy.., (813) 879-6033. South Tampa's best smoothies. A local smoothie shop that offers Buy One Get One Free on Sundays.


Bahama Breeze, 3045 N. Rocky Point Drive E., Phone: (813) 289-7922.

Fuego, 1721 West Brandon Blvd, Brandon (Just outside the Tampa city limits; Highway 60/Adamo Blvd becomes Brandon Blvd. at the line) Tel. (813) 413-8382. Brazilian. If you're a meat eater and looking for something a bit different, this is a treat. Waiters bring a wide variety of chicken, beef, pork, and sausages fresh cooked in various ways to your table to sample as much as you wish of.

T. C. Choy's Asian Bistro, 301 S Howard Ave., (813) 251-1191. Sushi and dim sum, along with other traditional Chinese fare.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company , 1600 E. 8th Avenue, Ybor City section of Tampa. Tel. 247-1422. Brew pub with a good food menu including shepard's pie and huge calzones in addition to more standard fare.

The NoHo Bistro 1714 N Armenia Avenue, Tampa 33607, Tel. 813-514-0691. Local independent bistro located in the historic West Tampa district. Lunch and dinner service available. Menus change seasonally and weekly in the case of dinner. Classic European-style bistro fare with an eclectic American flare. Catering and private dining also available.


Bern's Steak House, 1208 S Howard Av. +1 813-251-2421 Considered to be the best steakhouse in America along with one of the largest wine lists as well

Cafe Don Jose, N. 56th St. A bit cheaper than the Columbia Restaurant, yet the quality seems to be much better.
The Columbia Restaurant, 2117 East 7th Avenue, Phone: (813) 248-4961, 40. Spanish, a landmark in the Ybor City neighborhood since 1905.

Mise en Place, 442 W Kennedy Blvd., (813) 254-5373, 41.

The Palm, 205 Westshore Plaza Dr. +1 813-849-7256, 42.

The View at CK's, Atop the Marriott at Tampa International Airport, (813) 878-6500, 43. A revolving gourmet restaurant right in the middle of the Tampa Airport.


Ybor City is a historic area of Tampa which now hosts the region's best known bar and nightclub district. In the 1980's it was reborn as an arts/bar district, but increased demand for rental space eventually crowded out the artists and independent, small-scale bars. Now chains and drunken hooligans predominate in the late hours; it can still be pleasant in the day and early evening before the late night rowdies come out.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company 44, 1600 E. 8th Avenue, Ybor City section of Tampa. Tel. 247-1422. Good variety of well made beers.

Boba's Internet Cafe, 2764 University Sq. Dr.. Great internet cafe with Boba or (bubble) tea, try some!

Gram's Place, 3109 North Ola Ave., 813-221-0596, 45. Clean, Quiet, Restful MUSIC THEMED "Bed & Beat" Rooms and a simulated RAILROAD Station Depot and Sleeper Car, over-sized in ground Jacuzzi and BYOB Bar in courtyards.

Amerisuites Tampa Airport/Westshore Hotel, 4811 W Main St., Tel: (813) 282-1037, A favorite of both business and leisure travelers, AmeriSuites hotels offer guests an attractively designed suite with 25% more space than a traditional hotel room.

Amerisuites Tampa/Busch Gardens Hotel, 11408 North 30th Street, Tel: (813) 979-1922. . Most AmeriSuites provide guests with amenities such as kitchenettes with microwaves and refrigerators, complimentary Bountiful Breakfast Buffet, fitness rooms and pools.

Amerisuites Tampa/Sabal Corporate Park Hotel, 10007 Princess Palm Avenue, Tel: (813) 622-8557 AmeriSuites has received the Three-Diamond designation from AAA in recognition of its good design, exceptionally well-maintained structures, quality of guest service and chain-wide consistency.

Amerisuites Budget Hotel Various locations, free Wifi access, breakfast and special offers.

Best Western All Suites Hotel Near USF Behind Busch Gardens, 3001 University Center Drive, +1 813 971-8930, Toll-free: +1 800 786-7446, Fax: +1 813 971-8935

Best Western Brandon Hotel & Conference Center, 9331 Adamo Drive, +1 813 621-5555, Toll-free: +1 877 287-6026, Fax: +1 813 699-1939

Best Western Tampa, 734 S Dale Mabry Highway, +1 813 490-2378, Fax: +1 813 490-2380

Best Western The Westshore Hotel, 1200 N West Shore Boulevard, +1 813 282-3636, Toll-free: +1 800 449-4343, Fax: +1 813 282-0055

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 8610 Elm Fair Boulevard, +1 813 490-1000

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 4750 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., +1 813 877-6061

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 9402 Corporate Lake Dr., +1 813 885-3700

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 8310 Galbraith, +1 813 910-7171

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 3025 North Rocky Point Dr, +1 813 287-8585

Motel 6 Tampa Downtown, 333 E Fowler Avenue, +1 813 932-4948, Fax: +1 813 931-4577

Motel 6 Tampa East - Fairgrounds, 6510 US 301, +1 813 628-0888, Fax: +1 813 620-4899

Ramada, 11714 Morris Bridge Rd, +1 813-985-8525.

SpringHill Suites Tampa Westshore Airport, 4835 West Cypress Street, +1 813 639-9600, Fax: +1 813 639-9700

Tampa Stadium (Hillsborough) Microtel Inn & Suites, 5405 North Church Ave., +1 813 739-2244, Fax: +1 813 739-2250

Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza', 4200 Jim Walter Blvd, +1 813 877-9200. Located in the heart of Tampa's Westshore business district and walking distance from the International Plaza Mall, this hotel is great for both business and leisure travelers. Get swept away in Mediterranean elegance at Renaissance Tampa.
Courtyard Tampa Brandon, 10152 Palm River Road (Rt 60 & Falkenburg Road behind Circuit City), +1 813 661-9559, Fax: +1 813 661-4583,

Courtyard Tampa Downtown, 102 E Cass St, +1 813 229-1100, Fax: +1 813 224-9200. Located in the center of Tampa’s downtown business district our Courtyard by Marriott is within walking distance to many downtown businesses and just miles from other Tampa attractions.

Courtyard Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher, 13575 Cypress Glen Lane, +1 813 978-9898, Fax: +1 813 978-1835. Conveniently located off I-75, our Courtyard hotel is just around the corner from the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens Adventure Park, Adventure Island Water Park, and the Ford Amphitheatre.

Courtyard Tampa Westshore/Airport, 3805 West Cypress, +1 813 874-0555, Fax: +1 813 870-0685

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10221 Princess Palm Avenue, +1 813 623-6363

DoubleTree Guest Suites Tampa Bay Hotel, 3050 North Rocky Point Drive West, (813) 888-8800

Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa-USF Busch Gardens, 3705 Spectrum Blvd, (813) 977-7066

Fairfield Inn Tampa Brandon, 10150 Palm River Road, +1 813 661-9719, Fax: +1 813 661-0416

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport/Westshore, 5312 Avion Park Dr., +1 813 289-2700, Fax: +1 813 289-2722. Free airport shuttle. Situated in the heart of the Westshore Business District and across from the Tampa International Airport.

Holiday Inn Tampa Busch Gardens Hotel, 2701 E. Fowler Ave, (813) 971-4710. 70.

Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 North Tampa Street., Located in the heart of the city, our downtown newly redesigned Tampa Florida hotel places you within minutes of the convention center, Ybor City, Florida Aquarium and Busch Gardens.

Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center, 5108 Eisenhower Blvd, +1 813 243-2600, Fax: +1 813 243-2600
Residence Inn Tampa Downtown, 101 East Tyler Street, +1 813 221-4224, Fax: +1 813 221-4228. Located in the center of Tampa’s downtown business district our Residence Inn by Marriott is within walking distance of many downtown businesses.

Residence Inn Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher, 13420 North Telecom Parkway, +1 813 972-4400, Fax: +1 813 972-3376. Welcome to the Residence Inn Tampa North, take advantage of our heated pool and spa, and exercise room to melt tensions away. Located in Telecom Park Business Center, we are located near I-75.

Residence Inn Tampa Sabal Park/Brandon, 9719 Princess Palm Avenue, +1 813 627-8855, Fax: +1 813 627-8899. Our Residence Inn is located in the Sabal Park Business Center near Brandon with convenient access to I-75, I-4, downtown Tampa and Ybor City. Enjoy room to relax, room to work and room to breathe.

Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport, 4312 W. Boy Scout Boulevard, +1 813 877-7988, Fax: +1 813 877-8078. Located across the street from International Plaza and 5 minutes from Tampa International Airport, newly remodeled, free breakfast and high-speed Internet, Wifi.

Tampa Airport Marriott, Tampa International Airport, +1 813 879-5151, Toll-free: +1 800 564-3440, Fax: +1 813 873-0945

TownePlace Suites Tampa Airport/Westshore, 5302 Avion Park Dr., +1 813 282-1081, Fax: +1 813 282-1089. Our Tampa hotel is located in heart of the West Shore Business District, surrounded by local businesses, fine dining, shopping and entertainment.

TownePlace Suites Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher, 6800 Woodstork Road, +1 813 975-9777, Fax: +1 813 975-9776. Just around the corner from the TownePlace Suites Tampa North, you will find Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, the Ford Amphitheatre, Hard Rock Casino & Cafe, and University of South Florida.

Emerald Greens Golf Resort and Country Club, 13941 Clubhouse Drive, Toll-Free: (866) 974-7336, Phone: (813) 961-9400, Fax: (813) 961-9424.

Safety Harbor Resort, 105 North Bayshore Drive, Tampa. +1 888 237-8772

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, +1 813 874 1234, +1 813 207 6790.

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive., 35-acre resort-like hotel - set along a wildlife preserve on the upper shores of the bay - offers a unique retreat for the business traveler and vacationer alike. Minutes from the airport, downtown, beaches and more.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N. Orient Rd., Tampa. + 1-813 627-7625.
Intercontinental Hotel Tampa, 4860 West Kennedy Boulevard, +1-866 915-1557 76. Located downtown near Tampa’s Westshore district, this hotel offers wedding and meeting facilities and is a short walk to the Convention Center.

Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd, +1 813 877-9200, Toll-free: +1 800 644-2685, Fax: +1 813 877-3000.

Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Boulevard Clearwater Beach + 727-595-1611 FAX: 727-596-8488
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, 700 South Florida Ave, +1 813 221-4900, Toll-free: +1 888 268-1616, Fax: +1 813 204-6342.

Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N Westshore Boulevard, +1 813 287-2555, Toll-free: +1 800 564-3489, Fax: +1 813 289-5464, 81.

Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel, 725 South Harbour Island Boulevard, +1 813 229-5000.82 .
Quorum Hotel Tampa, 700 North Westshore Boulevard, +1 813 289-8200, Toll-free 1 877 4QUORUM,83
Stay safe

Avoid Downtown after dark, when most of the office workers who populate it during the day are gone. Also be aware while in Suitcase City, the part of town surrounding Busch Gardens, USF and University Square Mall.