Best Western Bay Harbor
Intercontinental Tampa

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
The Westin Tampa Bay
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's popularity with British travellers is booming – and it's really not hard to see why! With its major theme parks and exciting nightlife, engaging museums and glorious golf, tranquil canoe excursions, wall-to-wall sunshine and some of the Gulf coast's best shopping and dining, Tampa Bay offers activities and attractions for every budget and style.

What's more, the vibrant city of Tampa is the perfect gateway to the Gulf Coast beaches – making Tampa Bay ideally suited for a city-and- surf twin-centre. Why not spend a few days discovering Tampa's urban attractions before heading to the coast for a relaxing beach break? Two or three nights should provide ample time to sample the major highlights; and with daily, non-stop British Airways flights from London, getting here couldn't be easier.

So come and discover Busch Gardens®, Tampa's leading attraction, or hurtle down water slides at adjacent Adventure Island. Go fishing on the bay, enjoy an art exhibition or feel the pulse of Ybor City, Tampa's vibrant Latin Quarter. Discover world-class food and wine, dip into eclectic nightlife or simply soak up some of that Florida sun. Love cruising? Tampa's port is your gateway to the Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise Line. And with show-stopping beaches just a stone's throw away, you'll find all the wonders of a Florida holiday right here in Tampa Bay.

Top 5 Experiences

  • Hold tight for Busch Gardens®' infamous white-knuckle rides. Experience epic speed on Cheetah Hunt®, then face a vertical plunge on all-new Falcon's Fury™ – if you dare.
  • Hang with the locals in SoHo, the city's coolest quarter. Start with cocktails at the Epicurean's rooftop bar, then discover the scene stretching along South Howard Avenue.
  • Hit the bay with The Florida Aquarium's Dolphin Quest. Around 500 bottlenose dolphins live wild in the waters of Tampa Bay, and this is your chance to see them up close.
  • At the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) kids can face hurricane-force winds, ride a high-wire bicycle and meet hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Perfect for a rainy day.
  • Shop till you drop at International Plaza, a high-end mall featuring the likes of Diesel, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. It’s also very close to Tampa International Airport – so it's not far to carry those extra bags.

Sightseeing & Tours

  • Busch Gardens® – A visit to Tampa isn’t complete without a trip to this action packed adventure park! From £89 per adult and £85 per child.
  • Florida Aquarium – Head to Downtown Tampa where you can see thousands of sea animals and plants that swim, float and prey in Florida’s waters. For the brave, a hands on experience with live sharks and rays in a 5,000 gallon touch pool. From £20pp.

Key Attractions

  • Busch Gardens®
  • Ybor City, the Latin quarter of Tampa
  • Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa
  • Florida Aquarium / Port of Tampa