Tampa in the sunshine state of Florida is home to a remarkable bay with endless possibilities for both fun and relaxation.
The famous Busch Gardens is in the north, a whimsical mix of theme park and zoo which inspires many to find cheap flights to Tampa. They host different events during the year like special night-time openings for Hallowe'en and big shows for New Year’s Eve. The smaller Lowry Park Zoo is also nearby, but if you’re sticking to the beaches on your trip, you might just spot a manatee or dolphin on the coast instead.
All the beaches in Tampa Bay have immaculate white sand and there are plenty to choose from; some are regularly voted among the USA’s best beaches. Closest to the city itself are Davis Islands Beach and Ben T Davis Beach, but it’s worth heading west to the Gulf of Mexico coast where you’ll find places like Clearwater Beach with its volleyball players, the pristine and secluded Egmont Key State Park, and the family favourites of St Pete Beach and Sand Key Beach. These are the places that make flights to Tampa so alluring.
At night, head to the historic multicultural district Ybor City. Originally this neighbourhood was home to many of the Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Romanian and German immigrants that came to western Florida; today it’s full of culture vultures going from museum to art gallery on the charming streetcars during the day, while at night partygoers throng the hip nightclubs and bars.