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Tampa is home to some of the most exciting sights, adventures, and of course, beaches. While there is no wrong time to visit the area, you want to go (ideally) when there are fewer tourists, and the weather is still favourable. September – December gives you exclusive access to Tampa because school is in session and hotels will offer lower prices to counteract vacancies. While it is technically “winter in the United States, Tampa boasts temperatures averaging 17 – 32 degrees Celsius. September does see rain, but October – December have minimal rain storms.
A taxi ride to downtown is approximately 9 miles. Yellow Cab and United Cab are found outside the baggage claim and the fare starts at $2.50 USD plus $2.40 USD per mile. There is a minimum fare of $15 USD and a flat taxi fee to downtown of $25 USD.
You can save money and explore the area driving on your own. Book your transportation with car rental deals from momondo.
SuperShuttle is a ride-sharing shuttle found at baggage claim. You can book in advance or approach the desk for a ticket. The fare to Downtown Tampa is approximately $12 – $34 USD.
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus (HART) is found at the west end of the Red Baggage Claim. Take Bus #30 to city centre for approximately $2 USD.
The vintage streetcar known as TECO Line services the downtown area. Purchase a 1-day unlimited ride fare ticket for approximately $5 USD per day. There is an all-day family ticket as well for 2 adults and 3 children for approximately $12.50 USD.
HART buses operate throughout Downtown Tampa. You can purchase a 3-day unlimited HARTride Card, which can also be used on the streetcar. The unlimited pass is $11.75 USD per person.
The Coast Bike Share program lets you rent one of 300 bikes from 30 locations. You can download the app to find a rental or check-in location. The fee is $8 per 60-minute ride.
The Downtowner is a free ride-sharing service operating in Downtown Tampa 7 days a week. You must download the app and book the service. The rides take you to local attractions, including the Tampa Riverwalk, Florida Aquarium, and other downtown sights.
Canadian citizens can enter the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program, which lets them visit for 90 days or less without requiring a travel visa. A passport is required, and travellers must have an Electronic System for Travel Authorization approval.
For foreign nationals, please check the U.S. Department of State website.
Tampa is home to plenty of attractions and things to do. Whether you are travelling with the entire family or alone, be sure to visit the Florida Aquarium for plenty of interesting aquatic animals. Also, there is the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, the Big Cat Rescue and the Park Zoo. For some thrills, go to Busch Gardens and enjoy 297 acres of animals, shops, and rides. Take a boat tour and enjoy Tampa’s sunsets, dinner on the water, and more. There are numerous museums in the area as well, including the Henry B. Plant Museum, Glazer Children’s Museum, and the Tampa Bay History Center.
Tampa is rich in Cuban culture due to its proximity to Cuba. So, you will find areas of Tampa that have Cuban restaurants, boutiques, and more. Be sure to try a Cuban sandwich, which is truly delicious.
If you plan to visit the beach, bring sunscreen, and also a bug repellant. Mosquitoes and sand fleas are prevalent year-round.
The waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Tampa are favourable, which brings jellyfish and sharks into the area. You will notice designated swimming areas with nets. These nets keep sharks and jellyfish out of the safe swimming and surfing zones; therefore, stay within them. If there are jellyfish warnings, avoid those areas of the beach.
Walt Disney World
In Tampa, you can visit Walt Disney World by renting a car and taking a 1-hour drive.