|Tampa City Facts|
|Country||USA (United State of America)|
|Total Area||170.6 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||27.9472° N, 82.4586° W|
|Time Zone||EST (UTC−05:00)|
|Major Religion||Roman Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||Henry B. Plant Museum,Museum of Science and Industry,SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship|
|Universities||University of Tampa,University of South Florida|
- Serengeti Night Safari at Busch Gardens
- Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa was originally a Calusa Indian settlement. In 1528, the Spanish Narvaez Expedition made a brief stop in the area with hopes of setting up a camp. Attracted by the prospect of more riches, the explorers moved north and met an unfortunate end at the hands of the local tribesmen. The sole survivor was rescued by members of the Spanish Expedition led by Hernando De Soto in 1539. The Spanish then made a peace treaty with the Calusas which would permit them to build an outpost in the area. However the camp was soon abandoned when it was realized that there was little or no gold in the area. The English finally conquered Florida in 1763 and renamed the area Hillborough Bay. The state of Florida was finally acceded by Spain to the US in 1821 as part of the Adams-Onis treaty. Tampa was officially recognized in January 1849 with 185 local residents. It was given the status of a town in 1855. Civil war eroded the town's fortunes badly till in 1885, Tampa flourished as a center of the Cigar production industry under the guidance of Vicente Martinez Ybor.
Some of the luxury hotels in Tampa are :
Quorom Hotel Tampa
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Hyatt Regency Tampa
Days Inn Tampa North of Busch Gardens
Hotels near airport include:
Days Inn, Tampa International Airport
La Quinta Inn, Tampa International airport
Days Inn Tampa Airport Stadium
Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Tampa Airport area
Amerisuites Tampa Airport Westshore
One of the major attractions in Tampa is the cruises that are organized on the Gulf of Mexico. Because of the extraordinary number of cruise ventures that are organized in Tampa, the Port of Tampa has become very popular resulting in an unprecedented growth of the cruise industry.
Some of the important cruise liners are available from the Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Lines which is all about luxury and comfort, Holland America Line and the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Some of the cruise ventures are also available with dining facilities like Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, Starlight Cruises.
It is not just an insignificant meal but a delicious discovery at Ybor's ethnic eateries. The reputed Bern's is all there to serve the juicy streaks, and the Boliche Boulevard will allow you to sample some of the southern American dishes.Those with sweet tooth will have the ultimate delight while sinking in the tastes of tangy Key lime pie, sweet guava pastries and flavorful flan. After a sumptuous meal, spice up the night salsa dancing, and all the trendy sops at Tampa Bay are aflame with activities. Some of the most happening places include Channelside and International Plaza's Bay Street and Ybor's 7 th Avenue. One can also take a look at Blue Martini, Centro Ybor, Bar Louie and Big City Tavern.
Tampa FL has a typical subtropical type of climate. The weather is mostly mild with average annual temperatures varying between 18 o C to 35 o C. Summer months are from May to October with heavy precipitation from July to September. Winters are mild with bright sunshine. November is the driest month while August has maximum rainfall. There are occasional instances of thunderstorms and tornadoes in summer.
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