Flight and hotel Tampa
Tampa: Year-round outdoor fun in a multicultural city
Located on the west coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa has a humid subtropical climate with pleasant temperatures year round. Its summers are hot and humid, and its winters are typically dry and mild with high temperatures around 21°C and lows around 11°C. The city was founded by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, and by the 19th century, it was flourishing with immigrants from Italy, Cuba, Spain and beyond, who had come to work in the city's thriving cigar industry. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Tampa as the fifth-best city for the outdoors in the United States.
What to know before visiting Tampa
Flights from London or Manchester to Tampa arrive at Tampa International Airport (TPA) and are usually just over eight hours. UK citizens from the United Kingdom will likely not need a visa for a flight to Tampa, as the United Kingdom is part of the Visa Waiver Program. By car, downtown Tampa is only a 15-minute drive from the airport, and like everywhere in the United States, the only accepted currency in Tampa is the US dollar, and the official language is English. Also, while planning your weekend in Tampa, keep in mind that it is five hours behind the United Kingdom.
When is the best time of year to visit Tampa?
Since the weather in Tampa is mild all year, it's really hard to pinpoint the best time of year for city breaks in Tampa. However, on average, the driest months of the year are April, May, October and November. In the summer, afternoon thunderstorms are always a possibility, though they don't generally last very long. Many visitors opt for package holidays in Tampa for a weekend, as they can plan their entire trip easily.
What is there to do in Tampa?
For travellers seeking a vibrant nightlife, Tampa won't disappoint! The historic Ybor City neighbourhood, close to downtown, should be first on your list after finding a flight to and hotel in Tampa. Within just a few blocks, there are more bars and clubs than a visitor could want, such as dance and jazz clubs, Cuban bars and Irish pubs.
Beach lovers should head down to St Pete Beach. Soak in the laid-back vibes at a tiki bar while you sip a piña colada and watch the waves roll in.
If a family getaway is your thing, head 20 minutes north of downtown to Busch Gardens, an African-themed animal park. Travellers spending their city breaks in Tampa can ride roller coasters and view wild animals such as giraffes, rhinoceroses and ostriches.
Some great places to visit in Tampa
- Shell Key Nature Preserve: Set on an undeveloped island just off the coast and about a 40-minute drive from downtown to where boats depart, this preserve is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nature. Camping, fishing and soaking up the sun are some of visitors' favourite pastimes here.
- Ybor City State Museum: Ybor city may be a popular nightlife destination, but it also has a rich history. Any visitor to Tampa should appreciate the city's once-thriving cigar industry.
When arranging your flight and hotel for your trip to Tampa, package holidays are a popular option, as you'll have the opportunity to consolidate your trip's itinerary and see points of interest such as the Tampa Bay Aquarium, the Tampa Bay Zoo and Seaworld.
What to eat in Tampa
You can't pay a visit Tampa without experiencing its fresh and delicious seafood. Here are some of the local favourites.
- Shells: A Tampa staple at St Pete Beach for over 30 years, where you can try fresh oysters, and seafood classics such as coconut shrimp, conch fritters and crab cakes.
- Mitchell's Fish Market: An upscale joint in Tampa's Beach Park neighbourhood, where you'll find delectable offerings such as PEI Mussels Provencal, seared Ahi tuna and steak.
You can't go for a flight to and hotel in Tampa without bringing back shells from the beach. Stroll along any one Tampa's beaches, and you'll surely find some beautiful shells to bring to your loved ones back home. Another souvenir you could pick up from Florida is an airbrushed T-shirt. Visit Pete Marin's Sure Shot Airbrush in St Petersburg for a one-of-a-kind souvenir!