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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 Rated Tampa Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel
3.7 / 5
313 reviews
3 stars $103
Comfort Suites At Fairgrounds-Casino
4.0 / 5
8 reviews
2 stars $98
Sailport Waterfront Suites on Tampa Bay
3.7 / 5
389 reviews
3 stars $141
Ramada Temple Terrace/Tampa North
Busch Gardens
3.8 / 5
63 reviews
2 stars $89
Tahitian Inn Cafe and Spa
3.7 / 5
131 reviews
3 stars $109
Howard Johnson Inn Tampa Ybor City
2.5 / 5
62 reviews
2 stars $53
Baymont Inn & Suites Tampa near Busch Gardens/USF
Busch Gardens
3.2 / 5
141 reviews
2 stars $72
InterContinental TAMPA
4.1 / 5
154 reviews
4 stars $136
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
4.4 / 5
52 reviews
4 stars $159
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Tampa Westshore Airport
4.0 / 5
68 reviews
3 stars $159

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Featured Tampa Hotels

From $179

1 Floridan Palace Hotel

4 stars
3.5 / 5 12 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

Gasparillo Good Times
We stayed here for the Gasparillo festival. The hotel was clean and well taken care of. We were relatively close to all the action. We will stay here again in the future.
Feb 20, 2015
From $58

2 Vista Inn and Suites Tampa

3 stars
3.2 / 5 34 reviews

400 East Bearss Ave Map

With its comfortable guest rooms spacious suites convenient location and friendly service our Tampa Florida hotel is an ideal destination for vacationers who want to discover the exciting... More

Family Vacation
The hotel is very convenient. Directly off 295 and minutes from Busch Gardens. However, the hotel was dirty and in need of TLC. No phone in room, bathtub was stained and dust all over the place....
Feb 20, 2015
From $169

3 Hilton Tampa Downtown

4 stars
4.0 / 5 126 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

Easiest Convention Goer Experience Yet
If you have a little to spend and want to be comfortable and clean, this hotel was awesome.
Jan 20, 2015
From $139

4 The Westin Tampa Harbour Island

4 stars
4.0 / 5 64 reviews

725 South Harbour Island Blvd Map

Save 25% on your stay

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

Vacation with my daughter
Our hotel and staff were wonderful! Very convenient having the rental agency in the same building. Had a great time watching Walking Dead by the restaurant on their HUGE flat screen TV. We drew a...
Jan 23, 2015
From $199

5 Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

4 stars
4.2 / 5 110 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 value
Big hotel, great value for the money, next to the water, plenty to do nearby.
Nov 19, 2014
From $169

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

3 stars
4.0 / 5 89 reviews

1301 East 7th Avenue Map

Free On The House 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

Jan 25, 2015
From $105

7 Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore

4 stars
4.1 / 5 125 reviews

4400 West Cypress Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

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

awesome hotel
the staff was awesome down to earth and super friendly as well as super helpful! the cab service they use is AWESOME! On time and fast! Hotel was also very clean! Beautiful indoor garden type area...
Feb 19, 2015
From $148

8 Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 94 reviews

200 North Ashley Drive Map

Save 25% on your stay

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

Two days visiting
Room is smaller than expected. The location is next to the river.
Feb 17, 2015
From $103

9 BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 313 reviews

7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway Map

Save 15%

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

righe place for the price.
Pillows were in need of updating. Not all vending machines worked. Staff was helpful. Shuttle was sometimes unreliable. Room was very clean. Balconies are a nice touch. Pool was great, heated and...
Feb 27, 2015
From $189

10 Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center

3 stars
4.0 / 5 65 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

Worst hotel experience
From the bumper to bumper traffic to valet car which took over 30 minutes, to the line of people waiting to check-in (40 min), we were displeased. No-one came up to any of the guests to apologize,...
Jan 12, 2015
From $319

11 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 $194

12 Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown

3 stars
3.5 / 5 23 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 most enjoyable. Just a few... More

Toilet wasn't clean
Hotel wasn't as friendly and clean as most Marriott's. When I walked in the bathroom the toilet had been used and not flushed. This was unacceptable.
Jan 15, 2015
From $141

13 Sailport Waterfront Suites on Tampa Bay

3 stars
3.7 / 5 389 reviews

2506 North Rocky Point Dr Map

All-suites hotel centrally located on intimate Rocky Point Island Sailport Waterfront Suites is Tampa's only all-suite waterfront destination, overlooking the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay.... More

Great location
The location was prime, hotel is older and decent. Its doable and clean, if you are going to spend the majority of the time out outdoors this is perfect!
Feb 24, 2015
From $209

14 Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown

3 stars
3.9 / 5 16 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

Perfect for conference
I stayed here during a three day conference held at the Tampa Convention Center. The hotel is about 5 min from the convention center and they have an incredibly convenient, complimentary shuttle...
Oct 21, 2014
From $159

15 Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District

3 stars
3.8 / 5 16 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

Friendly Staff
Hotel staff was very friendly. Great full breakfast. Building is a little older, but the rooms are quite spacious. Furnishings are run of the mill, bedding is very clean, and the parking lot could...
Oct 19, 2014
From $228

16 Le Méridien Tampa

5 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

601 North Florida Avenue Map

Save 10% on your stay

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

Nice clean modern
Hotel was great-recently renovated so everything was fresh.
Nov 25, 2014
From $149

17 Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

4 stars
4.0 / 5 76 reviews

2225 N Lois Ave Map

Includes parking for up to 7 nights

Welcome to the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore hotel located in the Westshore business district, two miles from Tampa International Airport and five miles from Tampa Convention Center. When you stay... More

Nice choice for the area
There are several hotels in the area and prices can sometimes be fairly competitive. The Hilton is usually pretty reasonably priced compared to competing properties in the area. We live in Tampa...
Jan 7, 2015
From $152

18 Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore

3 stars
4.0 / 5 133 reviews

4811 West Main St Map

Save 10% on your stay

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

Parents' weekend
Great hotel for the cost. Our room was ready upon arrival so the front desk kindly gave us a complimentary beverage while we waited 30 minutes.
Jan 18, 2015
From $136

19 InterContinental TAMPA

4 stars
4.1 / 5 154 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

Business Trip
Great location...good value...would use again. Rooms are nice and roomy, good WIFI, desk was set up well for the business traveler.
Feb 21, 2015
From $159

20 Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 52 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

couple getaway
we were able to walk right over to the mall and do some shopping, get a bite to eat and and get some drinks during happy hour and a number of restaurants all while being in a central location ......
Feb 21, 2015