Tampa Bay

There is a vibrant arts scene, incredible outdoor recreation, and fabulous annual festivals celebrating people and cultures worldwide.

Welcome to Tampa Bay

 
Living here feels like being on vacation all year long
 
Tampa Bay sits on the western shores of Florida, along the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The area comprises Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ybor City, and Clearwater and is home to around 3.2 million people. While still a popular place for retirees, thanks to year-round sunny weather and excellent transportation links, it's becoming increasingly popular for young professionals. There is a vibrant arts scene, incredible outdoor recreation, and fabulous annual festivals celebrating people and cultures worldwide. If looking for exciting nightlife with plenty of bars and clubs, Ybor City – where Tampa originally got its start – is the place to be. The urban Tampa Bay area feels modern, bustling, and is growing to accommodate those eager to make this area their new home.
 
If you're considering buying a home in Florida, the Tampa Bay area should be high on your list of potential destinations. You'll find homes of every size and style in the Tampa Bay area, with many utilizing the contemporary coastal aesthetic with high ceilings, open floor plans, and gorgeous swimming pools. Many homes also incorporate the Spanish Colonial style, a nod to the area's rich history. 
 

What to Love

  • A large metropolitan area that retains the quintessential laid-back lifestyle 
  • Diverse communities with incredible cultural, dining, and entertainment opportunities 
  • Some of the best beaches in Florida are on your doorstep
  • Incredible year-round weather offers plenty of outdoor recreation 
  • Growing economic sectors provide great career opportunities 

Local Lifestyle

Residents in Tampa Bay are eager to participate in all the Tampa area offers, from the laid-back beachy lifestyle to the buzzing nightlife social scene. You'll find your neighbors making the most of the sunny days by renting kayaks at Fort DeSoto park or exploring the tranquil seclusion of Caladesi Island State Park. Once the sun goes down, it's time to shed that laid-back demeanor and embraces the vibrant nightlife scene. There is always something happening, whether you want to explore the latest gallery openings, listen to fantastic live music, or try the newest dish from a world-renowned chef. Tampa Bay's sunny days and sparkling nights make it feel like you are on vacation every day. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Start your night at Bern's Steak House, a top-rated Tampa venue that opened in 1956 and retains its old-school, refined sensibilities. Then head to Armature Works, an old riverfront warehouse converted into a chic venue offering food and drinks with space for some great live events. When looking for weekend entertainment, head to Sparkman Wharf to enjoy unique street food offerings and a must-see beer garden. Be sure to also stop at Columbia Restaurant in downtown Tampa to experience traditional Spanish-style cuisine.
 

Things to Do

Tampa Bay has a wealth of activities for every member of the family. You'll find plenty happening at the area's local parks, including the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The venue offers free monthly concerts and is the final location for the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a huge parade held annually on the last Saturday in January ever since 1904. If looking to spend a night out on the town, check out Club Prana for great dancing and a scenic rooftop bar. Sports lovers can head to Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Or spend a day out with the family at The Florida Aquarium, located in Channelside and home to sharks, penguins, and other aquatic animals. 
 

Schools

Tampa is served by the Hillsborough County Public Schools school district. 
  • Tampa Preparatory School, grades 6-12
  • Jesuit High School, grades 9-12
  • Academy of the Holy Names, grades pre-K to 8 (boys) and 12 (girls)
 
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