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Roll up and ride in sleekly tropical Tampa

Nestled right on the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa offers visitors to Florida one of the nicest year-round climates this side of San Diego. The sea breeze keeps temperatures moderate and humidity relatively low. As part of the wider Tampa Bay Area, Tampa is an ideal place to vacation close to St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota and Bradenton with the attractions of Orlando just over an hour away on I-4.

The city took off in the late 19th century and grew into a thriving metropolis with modern architecture and vibrant neighborhoods. Tampa's roadways tend to be larger than those found in Florida's older communities, so driving is a pleasant experience.

Places to visit

The moderate climate prevents vegetation from freezing over in the winter, so Tampa is always bursting with color from tropical plants, and many plant nurseries are open during all seasons if you want to take an orchid home.

Bok Tower Gardens

At Tampa's Bok Tower Gardens, you'll find one of the best-maintained parks in all of Florida. A beautiful 205-foot marble tower dominates the park, and countless ponds, flower beds, benches and lawns provide plenty of space to play soccer or enjoy an afternoon picnic.

Tampa Bay History Center

Although Europeans did not begin colonizing the Americas until the 16th century, the American Indians reached Florida thousands of years prior. The Tampa Bay History Center is a Smithsonian Institute affiliate that charts Florida's entire history. Take a guided tour and experience more than 10,000 years of history. Afterwards, enjoy Spanish and Cuban cuisine in the center's restaurant.

Busch Gardens

You don't have to travel the whole way to Orlando to seek thrills on intimidating rollercoasters. Busch Gardens Tampa has eight rollercoasters, including Kumba, which rises more than 140 feet above the ground. Because Busch Gardens Tampa was previously known as Busch Gardens Africa, most of the rides, attractions and park areas have African names and themes that range from Morocco to the Congo.

Museum of Science and Industry

If you're bringing the entire family to Tampa, your kids will have a blast at MOSI, the Museum of Science and Industry. MOSI is home to a curved IMAX screen, and the theater often shows current movies as well as science documentaries. The museum itself has dozens of exhibits, and your kids will be able to learn about different technologies with hands-on experience.


Tampa is a major city for sporting events and you’re likely to have the opportunity to watch at least one sports game during your stay. Catch the local Buccaneers NFL team at the Raymond James Stadium, or if hockey is more your style, chill out at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Would you rather play sports instead of watching them? Go kayaking in Tampa Bay, or work up a sweat at Tampa Tennis.

Travel information

If you're flying into Tampa, you are in luck. Tampa International Airport (TPA) typically gets very high marks and connects to a variety of destinations, including Havana and Toronto. Drivers also have easy access. Tampa connects straight to Orlando with I-4, which minimizes driving times. To reach Gainesville to the north, drive on I-75 for about 90 minutes. Naples is a few hours to the south on I-75, and you can easily reach Miami by taking the Tamiami Trail.

Best time to visit

Tampa is a resort destination all year-round. It escapes much of the summer crowds that gravitate toward Orlando, allowing availability during peak season, and making it an ideal place to locate last minute travel packages. Florida often experiences hurricanes during the summer, but they rarely affect the Tampa Bay area. Hotels in the area are well-equipped to deal with any extreme weather, so storms are unlikely to impact your trip.

Temperatures are extremely pleasant during the fall and spring seasons, and you'll find Tampa to be comfortable in October without a jacket or even long pants. Shorts and sandals are appropriate attire for this Florida vacation, and the Gulf of Mexico is almost always warm enough for a swim.

Recently booked Tampa hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel 1 hour ago 3 stars $76
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay 2 hours ago 4 stars $134
Embassy Suites Tampa - USF/Near Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
3 hours ago 3 stars $122
InterContinental TAMPA 3 hours ago 4 stars $106
BEST WESTERN Tampa 5 hours ago 3 stars $63
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore 6 hours ago 4 stars $99
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Busch Gardens
7 hours ago 3 stars $59
Sailport Waterfront Suites on Tampa Bay 7 hours ago 3 stars $86
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
8 hours ago 4 stars $87
Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore 10 hours ago 3 stars $79

Recently Rated Tampa Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF
Busch Gardens
4.2 / 5
38 reviews
3 stars $99
4.0 / 5
28 reviews
3 stars $67
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Busch Gardens
2.9 / 5
152 reviews
3 stars $59
Hampton Inn Tampa-International Airport/Westshore
4.0 / 5
34 reviews
3 stars $75
Hilton Tampa Downtown
4.0 / 5
118 reviews
4 stars $98
Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore
4.0 / 5
125 reviews
3 stars $79
Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport
3.8 / 5
75 reviews
3 stars $66
Sailport Waterfront Suites on Tampa Bay
3.7 / 5
361 reviews
3 stars $86
Days Inn Tampa/ West of Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
2.5 / 5
163 reviews
2 stars $46
BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel
3.7 / 5
251 reviews
3 stars $76

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Tampa hotels

Featured Tampa Hotels

From $76

1 BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 251 reviews

7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway Map

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Waterfront property on Tampa's Rocky Point near Busch GardensBest Western Bay Harbor offers waterfront accommodations near Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium. Recently renovated, the hotel... More

Tampa trip
Shabby renovation and no breakfast were dissapointing.
Sep 7, 2014
From $98

2 Hilton Tampa Downtown

4 stars
4.0 / 5 118 reviews

211 North Tampa Street Map

Sophisticated corporate retreat in downtown TampaHilton Tampa Downtown is a corporate retreat ideally located in the heart of the city. This 17-story urban hotel is surrounded by the natural... More

nice launch pad
The staff was very friendly and help full. Even though the room rates were low, auxiliary stuff like drinks, and parking were outrageous for Tampa standards. $7 for a mixed drink..$20 day valet...
Sep 8, 2014
From $109

3 The Westin Tampa Harbour Island

4 stars
3.9 / 5 59 reviews

725 South Harbour Island Blvd Map

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Resort atmosphere on Tampa’s unique Harbour Island The Westin Tampa Harbour Island is situated on a unique landscaped island in downtown Tampa. Adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center, the... More

Perfect location
I stayed here one night and everthing was good..check in was a breeze food was great room was complaints
Aug 31, 2014
From $129

4 Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

4 stars
4.2 / 5 106 reviews

700 South Florida Avenue Map

Rate includes breakfast

Downtown luxury overlooking Tampa BayTampa Marriott Waterside Hotel is a landmark on the water, featuring 27 stories of rooms and suites overlooking Tampa Bay. The hotel incorporates cutting-edge... More

Great location
Two day stay right in a perfect location. Staff was very friendly and helpful with directions and recommendations. Good family hotel.
Jul 28, 2014
From $87

5 Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 88 reviews

200 North Ashley Drive Map

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Tampa hotel just steps from banks of Hillsborough River The newly renovated Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel is just steps from the banks of the Hillsborough River. Guests can wander downtown... More

great view a little noisy
Loved the room and the balcony overlooking the river. It was a little noisy at night (service elevator) . it would have been nice to have a mini fridge but all in all nice experience. Love the...
Sep 3, 2014
From $79

6 Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore

3 stars
4.0 / 5 125 reviews

4811 West Main St Map

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Our spacious guest rooms feature contemporary decor with stylish furnishings including the Hyatt Grand beds, state-of-the-art media and work center with a high-definition 42 inch flat panel... More

Very comfy clean Nice room Great value The staff was great. Parking included. Even my guest parked for free. That's money
Sep 8, 2014
From $119

7 Floridan Palace Hotel

4 stars
3.4 / 5 9 reviews

905 N. Florida Ave Map

Located in the heart of Tampa. Built in 1926, this nineteen story hotel has been brought back to its original grandeur. Indulge yourself in old world charm, met with the modern comforts of today.... More

Filled with Character
Lovely, remodeled, and redone. Beautifully so. This won't feel like your ordinary, modern hotel, but it is meant to evoke a much more beautiful era. Wifi was nice. Food in the restaurants was...
Jul 31, 2014
From $139

8 Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center

3 stars
4.1 / 5 60 reviews

513 South Florida Avenue Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

All-suite property connected to convention center on Tampa’s harbor Embassy Suites Tampa has a direct link to the Tampa Convention Center via sky bridge, making this hotel ideal for business... More

great hotel but watch for extra chages
additional 24. for parking,10 for internet...etc staff was great,though
Aug 5, 2014
From $106

9 InterContinental TAMPA

4 stars
4.1 / 5 146 reviews

4860 West Kennedy Boulevard Map

Florida style in the heart of Tampa, and walking distance to everything The InterContinental Tampa, tucked away in the Westshore business district, is just minutes from the Tampa International... More

Fantastic stay
It was simply amazing. Great room for great price.
Aug 26, 2014
From $109

10 Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City/Downtown, FL

3 stars
4.0 / 5 82 reviews

1301 East 7th Avenue Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

The Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City/Downtown, FL hotel is located in Ybor City, a nationally recognized historic district of downtown Tampa, Florida. With our rich designs and comfortable... More

room carpet leaves black deposit on bare feet-washes off in shower .
Aug 15, 2014
From $105

11 Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown

3 stars
3.9 / 5 15 reviews

101 East Tyler Street Map

Choice of self-contained suites with full facilities in downtown Tampa  The Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown offers studio, one- and two-bedroom rooms. There are 109 suites on the... More

Love the Hotel
Loved the hotel very comfortable and employee are extremely friendly and helpful.
Jul 7, 2014
From $106

12 Le Meridien Tampa

5 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

601 North Florida Avenue Map

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Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Meridien Tampa. Stunning architecture juxtaposes with modern touches in... More

Great Room, Great Service, still working out the details!
The room looked like we were the first to stay there. It was recently renovated from a courthouse to a hotel so there was still dust on the walls and tape on the floor, but no big deal. The room...
Jun 23, 2014
From $179

13 Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

1207 South Howard Avenue Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

Foodies, take note: your dream destination exists here in Tampa, FL. Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection offers a thoroughly unique take on the hotel concept. Our partnership with the legendary... More

Great Hotel
Really great hotel in an excellent location. Nice rooms, amenities, and terrific service. Thank you.
Aug 5, 2014
From $109

14 Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown

3 stars
3.5 / 5 22 reviews

102 E Cass St Map

Rate includes breakfast

Welcome to the Courtyard Downtown Tampa hotel! Located in the heart of downtown, near the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. We are here to make your stay in Tampa is most enjoyable. Just a... More

Close walk to everything downtown
My favorite part of this hotel was its proximity to the lovely downtown are in Tampa.
Mar 2, 2014
From $116

15 Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District

3 stars
3.8 / 5 15 reviews

1700 East 9th Avenue Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

The Hilton Garden Inn Ybor Historic District hotel in Tampa, Florida is located one block from Centro Ybor and a trolley car ride away from Channelside. The beautiful Hilton Garden Inn Ybor... More

good experience
Staff very friendly, room clean, next time I'm staying in the same hotel...the good thing about it was the laundry in the hotel...well I'm gonna be back on my birthday weekend...I really love this...
Sep 1, 2014
From $103

16 Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

3 stars
3.2 / 5 97 reviews

111 W Fortune St Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and Lifestyle Fitness in Tampa’s cultural mecca The Howard Johnson Plaza is an ideal place to stay for travelers making a cultural visit to the Tampa Bay area. The... More

Solid and satisfactory
It turned out to be a bit far from the convention center, but the free shuttle was very accommodating. They eve took me one morning 15 minutes before the shuttle service was scheduled to start. TV...
Aug 14, 2014
From $119

17 Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 45 reviews

4200 Jim Walter Blvd Map

Rate includes breakfast

Tampa hotel with a taste of the MediterraneanThe Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel has a uniquely Mediterranean style and ambience with bright colors, hand-glazed tiles and custom... More

Shop till you Drop
Great shopping at International Mall. Hotel is joined through a private passage that egresses by outdoor restaurants. Hotel is a resort. Amazing. Restaurant is 54 Star.
Jul 21, 2014
From $86

18 Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore

4 stars
4.1 / 5 114 reviews

4400 West Cypress Street Map

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All-suite Hotel with Fitness Center and Pool in the Heart of Sunny TampaThe Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore in downtown Tampa offers spacious suites with a full range of amenities for... More

Excellent Staycation
Everything was great! I was just needed to get away for a day and this hotel offered me that with a great price. I really enjoyed my stay.
Aug 14, 2014
From $66

19 Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport

3 stars
3.8 / 5 75 reviews

4500 West Cypress Street Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

Airport hotel in downtown Tampa offers free airport shuttle service The Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport is located less than two miles from Tampa International Airport in the heart... More

Nice stay
We were welcome with a smile, great staff always there to assist you. Great location, even though there was construction going on outside we couldn't even tell. Beds were super comfy. We loved the...
Sep 8, 2014
From $59

20 Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

3 stars
2.9 / 5 152 reviews

2701 E. Fowler Avenue Map

Kid-themed suites and pirate ship water park near Busch Gardens The Clarion near Busch Gardens is just minutes from Tampa’s theme park. The property sits close to the pools and water slides at... More

Great Experience
Everyone is always so nice and friendly. They make my family and I feel welcomed each time.
Sep 9, 2014