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Tampa lies on Tampa Bay`s north shore, on the western coast of Florida. Tampa has been increasingly popular place for spending a holiday due to its nice sub-tropical climate. Because of its location near to Gulf of Mexico, the warm streams bring pleasant weather all year long. Average winter temperatures are around 21 C, while average summer temperatures are around 32 C. Occasionally there are some freezing rains and snowfalls in winter months, but that does not happen very often. A research conducted a few years ago ranked Tampa as the fifth best place for living in the USA. What makes the city of Tampa so popular are the numerous entertainment opportunities, cultural facilities, sports teams and two large universities. Tampa also has plenty of shopping malls, restaurants and a very rich nightlife. Most of the activities are centered in the main downtown area. Here you will find the Port of Tampa, which is a very busy place.
Tampa offers plenty of attractions for the tourists. There are lots of beautiful beaches nearby, which make Tampa one of the top destinations for spending a holiday. Besides beaches, there are lots of monuments, art galleries, recreational facilities and theme parks. Here you will find many beautiful and large gardens with some amazing wildlife. Other places worth visiting include the massive Florida Aquarium, the historic Catholic Church of Sacred Heart and of course, the Raymond James Stadium, which is the home of the professional NFL team of Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During the year there are many festivals going on in Tampa, such as the popular Pirate Festival which attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Tampa has a very good public transport and the city is well connected with other cities in Florida. There are regular tourist busses that go to Miami and Orlando. The airport is just ten kilometers away from the center of Tampa, so this city can also serve as a good base for exploring the wider region. Due to the fact that Tampa is a sunny city located on a coast with nice beaches, there are lots of hotels, motels, apartments and beach houses to choose from. Many popular hotels are located in the center of the city, very close to all nice restaurants and shops. Also there are many hotels with a great location by the beaches, offering some stunning views on the ocean.
In Tampa you will find plenty of quality restaurants, bars and cafés. Seaport area is a very lively place, with bars and restaurants that have nice terraces with sea views. Ybor district is a very vibrant place where you can try some traditional Hispanic cuisines, or you can go to some restaurants that offer quality seafood. Besides restaurants and beaches, Tampa is also known as a good destination for shoppers. Here you will find a large selection of different stores and shops. There are numerous shopping outlets, malls and department stores. Centro Ybor Mall is a very popular place for shopping, as well as the Old Hyde Park Village.