Use Orbitz.com to book one of the many flights to Tampa International Airport, the major airport serving the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. Most major domestic and international airlines fly in and out of the Tampa airport, which is located at 4100 George J Bean Parkway, roughly eight miles northwest of the downtown Tampa area.
There are several options for ground transportation from the Tampa airport. Pick up the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus (HART) near the red baggage claim area, or grab a taxi or share-a-ride van at the ground transportation quadrants located in each corner of the baggage claim area. Most cab companies charge a $2 fee plus $2.25 for each mile, with a minimum $15 charge for each trip. For the ultimate mobility during your stay, use Orbitz.com to add a rental car to your travel package.
Tampa has a relatively mild climate. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and summer temperatures top out at around 90 degrees. Dress for summer, but bring a light jacket for those cool nights and a waterproof slicker for the inevitable afternoon storms.
To get the most out of your Tampa trip, attend a few of the city's outdoor festivals and celebrations. Each Saturday evening throughout the summer, you can attend Saturday Sunsets on the Trail at Treasure Island or the Holmes Beach Concerts in the Park series. The Fun 'N Sun festival and the annual Tampa-Hillsborough Storytelling Festival run through the spring, and Art in the Park and the Bridge Street Market are weekly events. Enjoy your Tampa vacation, and don't forget to use Orbtiz.com to book cheap flights to Tampa for your next trip.
Florida is hot, and Tampa is no exception. The peak season falls over the winter months from January to April, when the weather is warm and the humidity relatively low. As is common in Florida, the weather dictates the activity. You can try to avoid the crowds and opt for a visit during the summer months, but this is one locale that has tourist season for a reason.
Summers in Florida can be painfully hot and muggy, with frequent afternoon thundershowers and lightning storms. If you can stand the scorching temps and near-unbearable humidity, you’ll be welcomed with lower hotel rates and shorter lines at attractions. June, July, and August are when the mercury tops out, but that just give you an excuse to spend your day cooling off at the beachside tiki hut with any kind of drink that has an umbrella in it.
After Labor Day is when deal hunters find the best discounts. The shoulder season months (May, October, and November) are typically a good time to visit, as there are significantly fewer visitors then. This is when Ybor City holds its annual Guavaween, a Halloween-inspired street party with Latin flare.
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