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The Tampa Bay area is unique in the quality of its sunshine, the softness of the bays and of the Gulf of Mexico, and in the warm, almost reddish brown tan of its sunbathers. The gentle, but insistent, oven-like heat, combined with the continual haunting call of the seagulls, transport you to a different plane of existence that makes whatever world you came from seem like distant history. There are days when you can smell the heat, as it permeates everything around you, punctuated by a gentle sea breeze that together serve to cradle and insulate you from all other reality but this one. In this environment you may enjoy a wide range of activities, from the downtown Tampa community of Ybor City where you can enjoy authentic hand-rolled cigars without having to travel to Cuba, to the elegant and intimate bistros along the beach where you can get anything from burgers to gourmet fare. The St. Petersburg and Boca Ciega Bay area provide a nice contrast to the pace of Tampa. The communities along the Gulf, from St. Petersburg north through Clearwater, attract a full spectrum of entertainment and the performing arts, but in a calmer, less formal ambiance than one finds in the older metropolitan areas. The town of Tarpon Springs adds a further unique dimension to the Tampa Bay area, as it is an old Greek Orthodox community where sponge divers perform an annual ceremony popular among visitors, the shops are brimming with natural sponges and other products from the sea, and the restaurants serve a caliber of Greek cuisine unmatched anywhere this side of Athens.

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· Downtown Tampa · Tampa Airport
Lodging in the downtown area, just east of the Airport, many with views of the Bay. Lodging options in the vicinity of the Tampa International Airport (TPA), west of downtown Tampa.
· Busch Gardens · Tampa South
Lodging located near the Busch Gardens Theme Park in north Tampa. Lodging options south of the city of Tampa, including the communities of Riverview, Ruskin, Gibsonton and others.
· Tampa · St. Petersburg & Beaches
Lodging within the city of Tampa and north Hillsborough County, outside of the downtown area. Lodging in St. Petersburg and southern Pinellas County, including the communities of Gulfport and South Pasadena, and the barrier islands on the Gulf Coast.
· Tampa East · Clearwater Beach
Lodging options east of the city of Tampa, including the communities of Brandon, Bartow, Lakeland and others. Located on a barrier island west of Clearwater in the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater Beach hotels are a popular tourist destination
· Clearwater · Sarasota - Bradenton Metro
Lodging options west of Tampa, in Clearwater and north Pinellas County, including the neighboring communities of Largo, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and others. Lodging south of Tampa Bay in the Sarasota - Bradenton area.
· Northern Communities
Lodging north of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, in the communities of Pasco, Hernando and western Citrus Counties, including New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Crystal River and others

Area Facts: Tampa Bay is the largest open body of water in Florida. The local area codes for Tampa - St. Petersburg are 813 and 727, respectively.

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