Thinking about spending some time in the Tampa Bay area? It’s a fantastic place for a short vacation, with loads of stuff to do no matter what kind of holiday you’re hoping for. In fact, the main problem that most visitors have is trying to narrow down their plans and to create an itinerary that works for them.
Planning a vacation shouldn’t be stressful, and so we’ve done some of the hard work for you by identifying just a few of the best things to do that are a short drive away from Tampa. Let’s get started.
Vacationing in the Tampa Bay Area
1. Stay at an Airbnb
One of the best ways to keep costs down while you’re visiting the Tampa Bay area is to stay at an Airbnb instead of at a hotel. There’s an art to choosing the best Airbnb, and you’ll also want to vary your search depending upon what your budget is. You should be able to find a pretty wide range of different properties on the market to suit any price point.
2. Take a cruise
Taking a cruise from Tampa can allow you to see the area from the water and to experience the Tampa Bay area in a new and unique way. Better still, cruises are much more affordable than they once were, allowing you to experience a little slice of luxury without the (quite frankly alarming) accompanying price points that you might expect.
3. Visit Tarpon Springs
There’s so much to do in Tarpon Springs that you could spend your entire visit to Tampa Bay just in Tarpon Springs. Located on the banks of the Gulf of Mexico, it has a stunning downtown historic district as well as some of the best fresh seafood in the state. And if snooping around for a bargain is more your thing, be sure to check out their antique stores and flea markets.
4. Head to Clearwater
There’s plenty to do in Clearwater, too. In fact, Clearwater Beach is one of the best in the state and it’s also something of a hidden gem, at least compared to some others. It’s also home to a stunning pier that you can stroll along, and if you’d prefer to head away from Clearwater’s clear waters, why not catch a game at Spectrum Field or have a drink or two at Aspirations Winery?
5. Check out St. Petersburg
If Tarpon Springs and Clearwater don’t catch your imagination, there’s always St. Petersburg. Not to be confused with the Russian city of the same name, this stunning city is known for everything from its stunning beach to its free Saturday Morning Market and the Dali Museum. There’s definitely something there for everyone.
Today, while we’ve covered many of the best places to go and things to do during your visit to Tampa Bay, we’ve still barely scratched the surface. In fact, this is just a starting point, and if you want to take this itinerary and to expand upon it then you’re more than welcome.
Just remember that it’s usually best to book as far in advance as possible so that you can take advantage of early-bird pricing and group booking options to save yourself some money. The more you save by booking in advance, the more money you’ll have to spend while you’re there. Happy travels.