Destination Spotlight- Tampa, Florida


Southern Airways is proud to include Tampa, Florida as part of their Gulf Region destinations.

There are many reason to visit Tampa. We put together some highlights and helpful links to help you plan you next trip:

  • It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. With a population of 392,890 in 2018, Tampa is the third-largest city in Florida, after Miami and Jacksonville.
  • The bay’s port is the largest in the state, near downtown’s Channel District. Bayshore Boulevard runs along the bay and is east of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood.
  • People from Tampa are generally known as “Tampans” or “Tampanians”
  • During the immediate post-Civil War period, Tampa was a poor, isolated fishing village with about 1000 residents and little industry. It’s residents actually voted to abolish the city’s government.
  • Tampa was known as “The Cigar Capital of the World” in the 1900s thanks to Ybor City’s hand-rolled Cuban cigars. Cigars helped push Tampa out of its decline and towards prosperity.
  •  Tampa’s climate generally features hot and humid summers with frequent thunderstorms and dry and mild winters. Average highs range from 70 to 90 °F (21 to 32 °C) year round, and lows 52 to 76 °F (11 to 24 °C).
  • The city is divided into many neighborhoods, many of which were towns and unincorporated communities annexed by the growing city. Generally, the city is divided into the following areas: Downtown Tampa, New Tampa, West Tampa, East Tampa, North Tampa, and South Tampa. Well-known neighborhoods include Ybor City, Forest Hills, Ballast Point, Sulphur Springs, Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, Palma Ceia, Hyde Park, Davis Islands, Tampa Palms, College Hill, and non-residential areas of Gary and the Westshore Business District.
  • Finance, retail, healthcare, insurance, shipping by air and sea, national defense, professional sports, tourism, and real estate all play vital roles in the area’s economy.
  • The food of Tampa has a history of Cuban, Spanish, Floribbean and Italian cuisines. There are also many Colombian, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese and barbecue restaurants.
  • Tampa is the birthplace of the Florida version of the deviled crab and the Cuban sandwich, which has been officially designated as the “signature sandwich of the city of Tampa” by the city council
  • The city of Tampa operates over 165 parks and beaches covering 2,286 acres (9.25 km2) within city limits; 42 more in surrounding suburbs covering 70,000 acres (280 km2) are maintained by Hillsborough County. These areas include Hillsborough River State Park, just northeast of the city. Tampa is home to a number of attractions and theme parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island, the Lowry Park Zoo, and the Florida Aquarium.
  • Tampa is also home to one of the most haunted places in the world.
  • To see all of Tampa’s attractions, bars, restaurants and more at



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