Tampa, FL

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Explore the former cigar capital of the world, now a popular destination for its theme parks, wildlife and natural beauty.

The city of Tampa is the commercial hub of Florida’s west coast, with a business district of banks and hi-tech companies, and a busy port for cruise ships and freighters. Commerce is just one part of Tampa’s story: This subtropical city also has a wealth of natural attractions.

Tampa began in the early 16th century when Spanish explorers landed on its shores. But it wasn’t until the 1880s and the arrival of the railroad that the area started to prosper and grow. At this time, Cuban immigrants founded the cigar industry in the Ybor City district, giving rise to Tampa’s reputation as “cigar capital of the world” during its 1920s and 1930s heyday.

Go to the waterfront area, a sub-district of downtown Tampa. Once a commercial seaport, it’s now a lively entertainment and tourist destination with popular attractions such as the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Museum of Art. In the same area you’ll also find the Tampa Bay History Center.

Disney doesn’t have the monopoly on theme parks and attractions in Florida; Tampa also boasts plenty of wild and imaginative rides. Adventure Island is a huge amusement park of water slides, flumes and waves pools. One of Tampa’s must-see destinations is Busch Gardens. This Africa-themed adventure park has high-speed roller coasters and exotic animals.

Florida is famous for its manatees, marine mammals known as sea cows, which thrive in warm waters. See them close up at the Manatee Viewing Center and at Lowry Park Zoo.

Make time to enjoy some of the lush scenery. Stop by the country parks to spend relax by a river, or walk the nature trails to discover Tampa’s wilderness. Lettuce Lake Park has 240 acres (97 hectares) of open space, wetlands and forested areas. Come to hike, bike or picnic.

Downtown Tampa is easy to navigate, with a range of public transport options, including the In-Town Trolley Network, which services most attractions. The TECO Line Streetcar offers a more nostalgic way to see the sights, while free guided walking tours are a great way to cover the highlights of city center. These walking tours are offered every other Friday. Check Tampa’s Downtown website for details.

Where to stay in Tampa

Floridan Palace Hotel, BW Premier Collection
Floridan Palace Hotel, BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
905 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL, 33602
The price is NT$3,980 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in Tampa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (877 reviews)
"Beautiful property. Loved our room. Would stay again"

Reviewed on 2022/5/17

Floridan Palace Hotel, BW Premier Collection
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
4 out of 5
5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL, 33610
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$7,984 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,468 reviews)
"The place was perfect except for the pool bartender who was rude."

Reviewed on 2022/5/14

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa
The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa
3.5 out of 5
7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL, 33607
The price is NT$4,011 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms ...
3.4/5 (1,673 reviews)
"The only problems I had were that the hotel had 6 floors and only one working ice machine. Also after talking to other guests we learned all the tubs filled up when you took a shower and drained very slowly after. Great pool and view convenient shuttle service within 3 miles.WTR was loud on the weekend ..."

Reviewed on 2022/5/17

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Frontdesk | 1910 E 7th Ave Apts Historic Ybor Tampa
Frontdesk | 1910 E 7th Ave Apts Historic Ybor Tampa
3 out of 5
1910 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33605
The price is NT$2,345 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, Netflix, and an LCD TV. Popular attractions Florida Aquarium and Port of Tampa are located nearby. Discover ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (36 reviews)
"Great location, nice balcony, will definitely stay there again!"

Reviewed on 2022/4/23

Frontdesk | 1910 E 7th Ave Apts Historic Ybor Tampa
Sailport Waterfront Suites
Sailport Waterfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2506 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL, 33607
The price is NT$5,513 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,402 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 2022/5/17

Sailport Waterfront Suites
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
3 out of 5
3075 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL, 33607
The price is NT$4,541 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tampa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the restaurant and ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,741 reviews)
"The staff was very pleasant and welcoming😊"

Reviewed on 2022/5/11

Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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