Planning a vacation but haven’t yet decided where to go? Tampa Bay is a great choice as it is known for having some of America’s best beaches. You'll also find quieter waters where you can go fishing, sailing, kayaking, or cruise into the sunset. On land, there’s much to discover too, including great museums, entertainment centres and nature reserves. Choose your ideal Tampa vacation home to have the perfect base for your vacation. With your days being packed full of excitement, you'll be glad to have your own place to call home.
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Popular Rental Amenities in Tampa
Accommodations can be narrowed down based on your personal preferences. Above, you can see the number of rentals that offer a specific amenity in Tampa. Tampa is the ideal place to look for an accommodation if you can't imagine a vacation without internet or you never miss an episode of your favorite show, as the most common features are "Internet" and "TV." You can also look for a vacation rental in Tampa if you want a rental with a fireplace as 380 of the listed properties there provide "Fireplace."
The Weather in Tampa
Check out the climate diagram for Tampa. In July maximum temperatures go higher than 90°. January is the coolest month, with average minimal temperature reaching 50°. The rainiest month is August while the driest month is April.
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Dining in Tampa Bay
Foodies will love the culinary scene in Tampa Bay, with fresh seafood and delicious cocktails as highlights. Voted "Best Piano Bar" and "Best Outdoor Scene" by Tampa Bay Metro, Ocean Prime stands out from the crowd. When it comes to drinks, be sure to try their signature Peach Vodka and Muddled Basil creations.
Surf and Turf and all-American cuisine can be found in abundance. From grills to rib-eye steaks, chicken wings and perfectly marinated chops, there is no end of delicious, mouth-watering cuisine here. A wide selection of international cuisine can be found too, from Italian to Mexican and more.
Climate in the Tampa Bay Area
The best time to visit Tampa is in the spring and fall, when temperatures are moderate and pleasant. May through September are the warmest months, when plenty of swimming and relaxing in the sun is on top of the agenda. During summer, if the heat gets too much, simply spend the main part of the day enjoying indoor activities before going for a stroll along the beach in the evening. Of course, you can always return to your Tampa vacation rental for an afternoon siesta or to top up your sunscreen.
Art and Culture in Tampa
Head downtown and you’ll find the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the second largest performing arts complex in the southeastern United States. Impressively, since the late 1980s, it has entertained over 10 million guests.
Another great spot to head to for live shows and entertainment is the Amalie Arena, found between The Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Convention Center.
Activities for Children
It can sometimes be a challenge to entertain kids while on vacation. Fortunately, when you stay in a Tampa vacation rental, that is not the case. Fun attractions for little ones include the Glazer Children's Museum, which is a haven for kids and kids at heart. Plenty of fun, interactive exhibits with themes such as 'airplane' and 'hospital' feature, meaning everyone will be kept entertained.
Another great attraction for the whole family is the water park in Adventure Island. Have fun on corkscrew slides, splash around the giant wave pool, or get a tan while lounging amidst the laid-back beach atmosphere. At Fabian's Fun Port, let the little ones hang loose at the water jungle gym.
The 9 Best Nightspots in Tampa
1. Club Skye: Known for its electrifying hip-hop music, Club Skye in Ybor City features two dancing floors, a private champagne room, and an outdoor bar.
2. Club Prana: Located in Ybor City, Club Prana is one of Tampa's hottest nightlife destinations featuring a sky bar overlooking downtown Tampa for a fantastic experience of night lights and music beats.
3. The Kennedy: Renowned for its upscale decor, The Kennedy in Soho district has both indoor and outdoor areas. You can also book private VIP lounges here.
4. Ritz Ybor: Aside from lively music acts, the 17,000 square foot Ritz Ybor boasts three dance floors, several bars, and an amphitheater.
5. Honey Pot Club: Located in Ybor City, the vibrant Honey Pot Club is a popular queer nightclub, featuring live DJ performances and drag shows.
6. Gaspar's Grotto: Head to pirate-themed Gaspar's Grotto for Latin food, live music, and an outdoor lounge.
7. The Castle Club: With separate areas for dancing and chilling out, The Castle Club is a local favorite.
8. City Side: This popular haunt is another popular queer cocktail lounge with an outdoor dance area and spectacular cabaret shows.
9. Jackson's Bistro, Bar & Sushi: As the name suggestions, this place is a waterfront hot spot where you can eat, drink, and chat until morning.
The 5 Best Craft Breweries in Tampa
1. Dunedin Brewery
Dunedin Brewery is one of Florida's oldest microbreweries offering delicious pub fare and an extensive list of craft beers in a laid-back atmosphere.
2. Cigar City Brewing
Located in the Westshore District, Cigar City Brewing offers a wide selection of craft brews. You must try their Cucumber Saison, a refreshing ale flavored with lemongrass and melon.
3. Hidden Springs
Hidden Springs in Tampa Heights boasts a diverse menu of craft beers, including the Muppet Face Killah and the Peanut Butter Deja Moo.
4. Tampa Bay Brewing Company
In addition to traditional pub fare, the Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City offers a wide variety of crafted beers and ales.
5. 7venth Sun Brewing
Located in the heart of the historic neighborhood called Seminole Heights, this award-winning brewery serves a large selection of deliciously decadent brews made with fresh tropical fruits.
3 Big Annual Events in Tampa
1. Florida State Fair
Attracting more than 500,000 visitors, the Florida State Fair is one of the biggest state events. Held in Tampa every February, it celebrates the best of agriculture and horticulture.
2. Gasparilla Pirate Fest
In addition to colorful parades featuring a 164ft tall pirate ship, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest offers plenty of pirate-themed entertainment.
3. LGBT Pride Parade
The annual LGBT Pride Parade, held every June, celebrates the diversity of the LGBTIQ communities and includes vibrant parades, spectacular fireworks, and amazing live performances.
Cooking in Your Tampa Vacation Rental
One of the great things about having your own vacation rental is that if you fancy a relaxing dinner in, you can choose to cook at home. Take your time over preparation, share tasks and enjoy a glass of wine as you talk about the day's fun.
To pick up ingredients for your meal, why not head to the Fresh Market which takes place every first Sunday of the month. Organized to support local vendors, this is where the locals shop, and it features a huge range of specialty goods like handmade craft objects and artisan produce. If you do not manage to catch this market during your stay, there several weekly markets, including Corey Fresh Market on Sundays and Ybor Saturday City Market, amongst many more.
Having your own fully-equipped Tampa vacation home gives you more flexibility so you can relax and truly enjoy your stay in this beautiful region.
6 Must-See Attractions in Tampa
1. The Florida Aquarium
Home to a wide variety of sea creatures, the Florida Aquarium offers daily shows and talks, over 20,000 animals and plants, and a water play area for kids.
2. Big Cat Rescue
This is the largest sanctuary for abandoned big cats in the US. Take a guided tour with an expert to learn about these majestic animals, their care and rehabilitation.
3. Lettuce Lake Regional Park
Walk on boardwalks through various different Floridian ecosystems such as a freshwater wetland and oak forest. The park also has a visitor center, playground and barbecue pits.
4. Tampa Electria Manatee Viewing Center
Manatees love the warm water discharged from the power station, and at the visitor center you can learn about these remarkable creatures and see them from the observation tower.
5. Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Bridge spans Tampa Bay, and is over 4 mile long. Drive over the bridge for spectacular views, or take a cruise beneath it for a different perspective.
6. Hyde Park Village
If you love shopping and dining, then head to Hyde Park Village, an outdoor lifestyle center. There’s a fitness center, salon and cinema to enjoy. It’s located at the corner of Swann and Dakota Avenues, and is open daily.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many holiday rentals are available to book in Tampa?
November has the highest amount of available House rental and Apartment rental in Tampa, so you can expect plenty of offers, even for last-minute bookings.
What amenities are most popular for vacation rentals in Tampa?
If you're looking to book a vacation rental in Tampa, the most popular amenities are: Internet, TV and Pool.
Are pets allowed in holiday houses in Tampa?
If traveling with a pet in Tampa, 21% of holiday homes allow pets.
What's the best time to travel to Tampa?
When choosing a holiday rental in Tampa, keep in mind that rainy season is typically in August or July, with April often being the driest.
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