There are many great reasons why you may be thinking about moving to Tampa Bay, FL. Located on the west coast of Florida, near the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa is one of the southeastern United States’ largest metropolitan areas. It’s also home to the state’s largest, most important port. The area includes Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and four counties, including Sarasota.
Tampa is 175.3 square miles with 61.8 miles of it being nothing but water – formed by Old Tampa Bay, Hillsborough River (passing through the downtown area), Palm River, the McKay Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. The area only rises 48 feet above sea level.
There are more than 385,000 people living in Tampa with more than 4 million living in the Greater Tampa area. This area is continuing to grow at an impressive rate as people are drawn to the work opportunities and the great quality of life (including vibrant arts and culture) the area affords.
Weather in Tampa Bay, FL
Summers are hot and humid with thunderstorms being quite common. Temperatures usually range from the 70s to the 90s. This creates a humid, subtropical atmosphere. In the winter temperatures range from the 50s to the 70s. With all the water around you may be concerned about tropical storms and hurricanes, but none have hit the area since the 1920s.
Industry and Economy
In the 1880s phosphate was discovered in the area and to this day it still plays an important role in the economy. Alongside this, fishing and the railroad drew many immigrants into the area.
Ybor City has always had ready access to Cuban tobacco and it also contains a bustling port. This has spurred the area to become a major cigar manufacturing center. Tampa itself is the world’s capital when it comes to cigar making.
Over the years the area’s economy has diversified. It now also includes shipping, finance, telecommunications, health care, sports, tourism, shipping, insurance, and real estate. Some of the area’s biggest employers include Publix Super Market and JP Morgan & Chase. The area is also home to MacDill Air Force Base which employs more than 15,000 workers. Additionally, Tampa Bay, FL is number two in the state for the number of cruise ships it welcomes into its port.
Shopping, Dining, and Other Activities
One of the best spots in Tampa Bay, FL is the Tampa Riverwalk. There you’ll find:
● The Florida Aquarium
● Port Tampa Bay cruise terminal
● Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
● Food kiosks
● The Tampa Museum of Art and Glazer Children’s Museum
● The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
● The historic Tampa Heights Water Works building
Besides the Riverwalk, there are many other exciting arts and cultural sites, including:
● The Museum of Science and Industry
● The USF Contemporary Art Museum
● The Henry B. Plant Museum
● The Ybor City Museum State Park
● Gorilla Theatre
When you’re looking for some downtime, look no further than the more than 165 parks and beaches in the area. Some of the other, great outdoor activities you’ll enjoy include Busch Gardens Tampa theme park and Lowry Park Zoo.
While many of the traditional shopping malls in the area have been converted into office facilities, there are plenty of mixed-use developments available, including:
● International Plaza
● Bay Street
● West Shore Plaza
● Hyde Park Village
● The SoHo District
After a busy day full of activities you’ll want to find somewhere to eat. Foodies will love the fusion (like at the Hall on Franklin and Armature Works) and Latin-inspired cuisine. Other popular foods in the area include Cuban (Columbia Restaurant), Italian, and Spanish. There are also food trucks in Seminole Heights, Ybor City, and South Tampa. The area’s food is so good that many restaurants have become chains with their headquarters in Tampa Bay, FL. (e.g. Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, The Melting Pot, Outback Steakhouse).
If you’re still looking for something to do after dinner, check out the bars and nightlife. Some of the spots you’ll want to check out include:
● The Coyote Ugly Saloon is infamous for its bar-top dancing.
● The Honey Pot has live entertainment, billiards, and drag shows.
● The Castle is a multilevel Goth night club.
● King Corona Cigars and Cafe have hand-rolled cigars.
● Club Prana is known for salsa dancing.
● Bayshore Boulevard is a classic Irish pub.
Life in Tampa Bay, FL
There’s an array of neighborhoods that make up the area – each with its own character, landmarks, and culture. Some of the best-known neighborhoods include:
● South Tampa
● East Tampa
● Ybor City
● South Shore
● Plant City
Why not Move to Tampa Bay, FL
There’s no reason not to move to Tampa Bay, FL. You’ll enjoy lots of fun, sun, and activities. Regardless of what area you choose to call home, you’ll enjoy everything the area has to offer. Let Vitale Homes helps you to move to a dream home in Tampa Bay Area this year.
Vitale Homes builds new single-family homes in both large and small master-planned communities as well as self-developed neighborhoods throughout the Tampa Bay area, with a particular understanding of the Land o Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Hudson, New Port Richey, Odessa, and surrounding towns of Pasco and Pinellas counties. Whether this is your first home or twentieth home, you’ll experience the Vitale Difference of personalized customizations, exceptional included appointments and finishes, upgrades, and energy features often above industry standards and always above expectations.
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