The city of Tampa, situated on an inlet reaching far into the west coast of Florida, is the economic centre of western Florida. The city centre is an area of high-rise office blocks, but Tampa also has historic old quarters such as Ybor City and Old Hyde Park. The maps drawn by the Spanish conquistadors show a number of Indian settlements around Tampa Bay. In 1824 the Americans built a fort at the mouth of the Hillsborough River directed against the Seminole Indians. After the Second Seminole War a port and trading center were established here, and this soon developed into a regional center. The Civil War brought a period of stagnation, until a boost was given to the town by the construction of the South Florida Railroad.
Towards the end of the 19th century Tampa became a fashionable winter resort. In 1886 the Cuban cigar manufacturer Vincente Martinez Ybor moved his business to Tampa and a new quarter, Ybor City, was built for his Spanish-speaking employees. The mining of phosphates in the surrounding area also gave a stimulus to the city's development.
The Tampa Bay Area is overflowing with fun activities to make your vacation here a fun-filled adventure! Whether you like to build sandcastles, take relaxing strolls along the boardwalk, play Frisbee or merely take a swim in the Gulf of Mexico, our beaches are the place for you.
Our warm year-round climate means you can enjoy outdoor activities like boating, cycling, golf or simply lounging by the pool or beach. For the thrill seekers wanting to add some action and sport to your visit, you’ll find plenty of places to fish, parasail, play beach volleyball or soccer and visit an exciting amusement park.
Needing a break from the sun, don’t forget to visit all of the wonderful gift shops, beachwear stores, malls, museums and many more indoor family activities.