Flights to Tampa
Tampa is a major city located on Tampa Bay along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A popular port of departure for Caribbean cruises, Tampa is part of a greater metropolitan area that includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The heart of downtown Tampa is Riverwalk, a 2.4-mile path that connects some of the city’s biggest attractions, including the Florida Aquarium and Tampa Bay History Center. A great place to bike, run, and walk, it is also the site of festivals and special events. Be sure to see it at night when it’s all lit up.
Ybor City is an integral park of Tampa’s charm. Founded in the 1880s by Cuban immigrants, it was home to cigar factories that employed thousands of immigrants from Cuba, Spain, and Italy. Although the factories thrived for more than 50 years and are now long gone, the rich, cultural heritage of the neighborhood’s history remains strong. The area enjoys a rich night life with its plethora of restaurants and bars. One of its landmarks is the beautifully-tiled Columbia Restaurant, which has been serving Spanish cuisine in Ybor City since 1905.
Tampa International Airport (TPA) is six miles from Tampa and serves more than 20 international, domestic, and regional airlines, including Delta Air Lines. It serves 85 non-stop flights to destinations throughout the U.S., Central America, Europe, and the Caribbean, including Cuba. Conde Nast named it among the top three airports in the U.S. in 2016.
The design of Tampa International Airport is unique. It has a central landside terminal for ticketing and baggage claim surrounded by four airside satellites (A, C, E, and F) comprising a total of 59 gates. This is where the majority of the airport’s restaurants and shops are located. Each airside is connected to the terminal by an automated people mover.
Dining options include P.F. Chang’s, Hard Rock Café, Qdoba, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Cigar City Brewing, and Columbia Café. Shops include Dylan’s Candy Bar, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Spanx, Shades, and The Body Shop.
- Yellow Cab and United Cab provide taxi service outside baggage claim.
- Hillsborough Regional Transit bus service picks up passengers at the Rental Car Center. Follow signs to the Remote Curbside.
- Passenger vans and limousines pick up passengers at enclosed lobbies located at either end of Baggage Claim.
- Car rental agencies are located in the Car Rental Center. From the main terminal, take the SkyConnect train to the center.
Take a guided tour and stop by Ybor City Museum State Park, the former site of Ferlita Bakery, famous for its Cuban bread before it was damaged by fire in 1922. Today, it tells the story of Ybor City’s founders.
Experience the thrill of an African animal safari and feed a giraffe at Busch Gardens theme park. The park is home to more than 12,000 animals and 300 different species. If you prefer a different kind of thrill, there are plenty of rides, including multiple roller coasters like the triple-loop Cheetah Hunt and Cobra’s Curse, a spin coaster.
Ranked among Parent Magazine’s top five kid-friendly aquariums, Florida Aquarium is a 250,000-square-foot facility designed to illustrate the passage of a drop of water from Florida’s freshwater streams as it journeys to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Watch wildlife ranging from otters to octopus frolic in the water.
See the city from the water by navigating Tampa Bay in an eBoat. The sheltered, easy-to-operate electric boat can hold up to 10 passengers and are available to rent by the hour. Or, if you’d rather, book a guided tour.
Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Barrymore Hotel provides guest rooms and suites with gorgeous views of the city skyline or Hillsborough River. Amenities include complimentary shuttle service to popular attractions, an outdoor pool, business center, and restaurant.
Aloft Tampa Bay Downtown offers cool, contemporary accommodations centrally located on the waterfront near the convention center. Amenities include a splash pool, children’s program, business center, and a gym. There isn’t a restaurant, but there is a DIY grab-and-go counter for snacks and a small bar.
For a truly unforgettable stay, venture to nearby St. Petersburg and stay at The Don CeSar, a stunning pink palace of a hotel that opened in 1928. One of the last grand hotels of its era still standing in the Southeast, this seaside gem offers luxurious accommodations, six restaurants and bars, a pool, and a spa.
Tampa has a humid subtropical climate and experiences two seasons. From May through October, it is wet and hot. From November through April it is mild and dry. The rainiest months are June through September when two-thirds of its annual precipitation falls. The hottest months are June, July, and August when the average monthly high is 90 degrees; average lows are in the mid-60s. The coolest months are December, January, and February when the average highs are in the mid-70s, with average lows in the low-50s.