The sense of community and entrepreneurship is strong in South Tampa. From exceptional restaurants and cafes to clothing and fitness boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Grab a business lunch at Oxford Exchange or Mis en Place next to the University of Tampa, then meet up with friends for happy hour or dinner in SoHo.
Scenic Bayshore Boulevard, with its iconic balustrades, boasts the longest uninterrupted sidewalk in the world alongside stunning luxury homes. Across the bay from MacDill Airforce Base is historic Davis Islands, a quaint neighborhood with spectacular views of downtown Tampa; take a golf cart ride to the yacht club, dog park, and business district, or check out Peter O. Knight Airport.
Must See: Hyde Park Village
Stroll along the brick-lined streets and fountain courtyard while shopping the high-end boutiques. Hyde Park’s unique restaurants offer brunch, dinner, coffee, dessert, drinks, and CineBistro. Pop by the farmer’s market or the playground at Kate Jackson Splash Park.
Must Do: Experience Gasparilla
Each January, Tampa kicks off Gasparilla – its legendary weeks-long pirate festival celebration with the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Gasparilla Pirate Fest – the nation’s third-largest parade, the Sant’Yago Knight Parade, music festival, international film festival, marathon, and much more. Grab some beads and join the krewe – there’s something for everyone!
Must Have: Bern's Steakhouse
With a James Beard Foundation Award and named Rachael Ray’s best restaurant in America, Bern’s boasts the largest private wine collection in the world. Enjoy mouthwatering dessert in one of the 48 private rooms at the Harry Waugh Dessert Room. Make sure you book a reservation early!