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You'll find Tampa near the west coast of the state of Florida, otherwise known as the Gulf Coast. Take a flight to Tampa and you are within an hour's reach of coastal retreats such as Clearwater, St Petersburg and Sarasota. At just over 90 minutes away, it's not a stretch to book Tampa flights for your family break in Orlando, where theme parks, water parks and endless days of fun in the sun are guaranteed. There can be no doubting the holiday credentials of Tampa, though, as this city is jam-packed with things to see and do for every kind of traveller.
This Latin-flavoured city dances to a different beat from its Floridian neighbours. It's got the energy of Miami, the fun elements of Orlando, and the laidback coastal vibe found in places such as Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach. You really can't go wrong with holidays in Tampa.
Places to visit in Tampa include the Florida Aquarium and the incredible Busch Gardens, where animal encounters and rollercoasters produce excited squeals. The many art galleries and museums here, too, are just enough to feed your appetite for culture and history. Ybor City is an old settlement within Tampa where Hispanic migrants produced cigars and built an essence of somewhere different. Take a tour and feel the unique ambiance here.
You are likely to find the cheapest flights to Tampa during the cooler winter months, though even then daytime temperatures average a very pleasant 21C. You will also find bargains outside of the British school summer holidays, as demand will rise during the breaks due to Tampa's proximity to Orlando. Use the TravelSupermarket search tool to find the best rates on Tampa flights.
Tampa offers a great alternative to Miami and Orlando as a gateway to the western coast of Florida...
British Airways has daily direct flights from London Gatwick to Tampa International Airport (TPA), with connections from UK regional airports.
Alternatively, you could fly to the US and connect with carriers such as American, United, Delta or BA through New York, Boston, Miami, Atlanta and Chicago. Air Canada also flies via Toronto.
Average time for a direct flight to Tampa is nine hours and upwards of 12 hours for indirect flights.
Find out how to travel between Tampa Airport and your destination...
Two official taxi companies operate from the airport, both charging the same rates. A minimum fare of $15 (around £9) is in force to any destination, though a flat-rate fare of $25 applies to destinations in downtown Tampa.
Local buses run from directly outside the terminal building to destinations in and around downtown Tampa. Scheduled bus services are also available to transport visitors to Miami, a journey time of between four and five hours.
Many visitors book car hire in Tampa. With collection at the airport you could be on the road within minutes of touching down. Driving in the United States is straightforward, and the many attractions both near and far make car rental a sound investment.
There are many accommodation options for visitors touching down in Tampa...
The city provides an excellent range of hotels. You can save money in good-value budget hotels and motels or live the jet-set lifestyle in luxury places. The very best establishments in Tampa usually offer plush extras, such as spas, swimming pools and golf courses.
If you don't want to drive or constantly make use of public transport, look for centrally located hotels in areas such as downtown Tampa, Ybor City and SoHo.
Further afield, there are many beach-side hotels in areas such as St Petersburg and Clearwater. Heading inland, the accommodation options are seemingly never-ending in Orlando and Kissimmee.
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