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Introduction

Tampa is one of Florida’s largest cities, within a stone’s throw of the Sunshine State’s famous beach. It’s one of the main cities along Tampa Bay and has plenty of examples of architecture influenced by its past status as a place for Spanish explorers to rest in between journeys. Today, Tampa is as vibrant as any other coastal city in the USA. Communities from all over Latin America and the Caribbean have settled in Tampa, making it one of the more colourful parts of Florida. The beach is its main selling point, while the climate makes for plenty of great days to spend watching the waves crash against the coast – even in January, temperatures reach 19°C.

Ideal car

Economy
As a result of all of the road works being performed constantly in some of Tampa’s more popular areas, a small, sensible vehicle will be easier to drive when asked to drive slowly.
Driving in Tampa
Road driving side: R
Urban speed limit: 30mph
Rural speed limit: 55mph
Motorway speed limit: 70mph

Driving in Tampa

R

Road Driving Side

30mph

Urban Speed Limit

55mph

Rural Speed Limit

70mph

Motorway Speed Limit

Important things to note

The morning and evening rush hours can be pretty hectic, especially on the Interstate 275 Freeway. Driving between 9.30am and 3.30pm is fine.
There are regular construction works taking place in Downtown Tampa. This may lead to delays on the road, especially on the major routes heading towards there.
In Downtown Tampa, you might need to know about the streetcars and trolleybuses. They usually get right of way, while they can exacerbate traffic.
Ideal car: Economy
As a result of all of the road works being performed constantly in some of Tampa’s more popular areas, a small, sensible vehicle will be easier to drive when asked to drive slowly.

Highlights & Hotspots

Busch Gardens, a zoo and theme park, is one of Florida’s most popular visitor attractions. On McKinley Drive, the rides are traditional yet thrilling, while there are performances from the dolphins at regular intervals, not to mention magic and ice-skating.
If going to Tampa with the family, you might like to visit the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on E Fowler Avenue. It’s a children’s museum that has plenty of interactive exhibits as well as an entertaining IMAX dome.
Ybor City is one of Tampa’s most colourful districts. Home to immigrants from Cuba, Spain and Italy as well as other parts of Europe, it’s a good place to learn about Tampa’s history. In Ybor City, you can dine at one of the local restaurants, visit a local bar or perhaps puff on a locally-made cigar.
The Channelside entertainment complex near the Port of Tampa is a good place to spend an evening, whether you want to have drinks, eat out or even go bowling. The complex’s bowling alley is one of the most famous in the region, being surprisingly trendy.

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Airport Information

Tampa International Airport is six miles west of the city centre. It has one main terminal building and a service building where car rental facilities are based. Flights come to Tampa regularly from London Gatwick Airport.
The airport is close to Tampa Bay, lying within a short drive of the Interstate 275. From there, you can head towards Downtown Tampa.