If you're planning to depart by air, Orbitz.com is a great resource for cheap flights from Brownsville. The main airport serving the city and surrounding areas is the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport. The airport is owned by the city and located about four miles east of downtown. Three commercial airlines fly out of the city: AeroMexico, American Airlines and United Airlines. Orbitz.com can help you find bargain tickets on any one of these airlines. The local forecast office for the National Weather Service is also located at the airport.
Both short- and long-term parking lots are located near the main terminal. An overflow lot is north of the terminal on Amelia Earhart Drive. For drop-offs, temporary parking in front of the terminal allows for quick unloading before departure.
An airport-island shuttle service operates throughout the day, seven days a week. Shuttles leave South Padre Island about every hour. The fare to ride the shuttle is $1.50. The WAVE bus line also provides transportation from within Brownsville to the airport. Several taxicab companies operate in Brownsville and frequently take passengers to the front of the airport terminal.
Restaurants at Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport
The U-Mix Cafe is a quaint coffeehouse located inside the airport at Brownsville. There are snacks and baked goods available as well. You can pick up a souvenir at one of the airport gift shops. Booking flights from Brownsville through Orbitz.com is a smart move because you won't have any last-minute surprises.
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.
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