Destination: Tampa Bay

Thanks to its powdery sands, warm waters and fiery sunsets, the Tampa Bay area is one of Florida's top vacation destinations. Explore beaches and tourist attractions, waterfront resorts and dockside restaurants.

Updated: April 04, 2002

Where to Stay

Book a room near the beach at one of these resorts.

Renaissance Vinoy St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

501 5th Avenue Ne, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Stay by the bay at this luxurious (and very romantic) hideaway.

Don Cesar Beach Resort

3400 Gulf Boulevard, Saint Petersburg, FL 33706

Bilmar Beach Resort Treasure Island Hotels

10650 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706

The beach--and some great bargains--are the draw at this local favorite.

Mangrove Grill

5300 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Looking for a huge resort with plenty of activities? Try this vacation spot.

Sheraton Sand Key Resort

1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Steal away to one of the area's most secluded hotels.

Where to Eat

Had your fill of sun and sand? Enjoy the waterfront view at these restaurants.


807 Gulf Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706


2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Saltrock Grill

19325 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785

Billy's Stone Crab Seafood

1 Collany Rd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

What to Do

Beautiful beaches aren't the only tourist attractions in the Bay Area.

Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Take a close look at creatures from the wetlands, coral reefs, beaches and offshore sites.

Busch Gardens

3000 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612

It's not on the water, but its notorious roller coasters make this a mandatory stop.

Ybor City Chamber Of Commerce

1800 E 9TH Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

After a full day of sightseeing--or relaxing on the beach--it's time to party.

St Petersburg Pier

800 2nd Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Clearwater Beach Chamber

100 Coronado Dr, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

If you have time for only one beach, reserve your towel for this one.