Tampa combines beautiful beaches with thrills-and-spills theme parks and endless golf courses, little wonder that millions of visitors take cheap flights to Tampa each year.
A natural playground, the city has lots to offer by way of recreation. Apart from beach bathing, visitors will discover that the lakes and Hillsborough River offer opportunities for diving, sailing, snorkelling, fresh or saltwater fishing and kayaking.
One of Florida's largest estuaries surrounds Tampa. Some of the wild fowl that congregate here every day are threatened species. The area is also a wildlife haven and has nature parks and refuges including the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, set up for the protection of the West Indian Manatee. Busch Gardens is home to more than 35 endangered species and is renowned for its breeding programmes.
Ybor City in downtown Tampa is a buzzy shopping, dining and nightlife venue. The city was established in 1886 as a centre for cigar factories, today the area is preserved as Ybor City State Museum where visitors can savour the flavour of old Tampa.
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