City Guide: Tampa

Tampa is a city for ''twenty-somethings''.

A luminary of students life – newspaper ''Washington Square News'' – found 20 things to occupy you with in Tampa – a city of thriving outdoors. The main draw of your holiday in Tampa can be the Busch Gardens or Ybor City once famed for its Cuban cigar factories, but today home to nightclubs, bars and shops.

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City Guide: Tampa

Tampa is a city for ''twenty-somethings''.

A luminary of students life – newspaper ''Washington Square News'' – found 20 things to occupy you with in Tampa – a city of thriving outdoors. The main draw of your holiday in Tampa can be the Busch Gardens or Ybor City once famed for its Cuban cigar factories, but today home to nightclubs, bars and shops.

You can find something for yourself in Tampa – a destination for all tastes from backpackers on. Booked.net will assist you with your trip, as in a click you can book any hotel in Tampa listed with maps, photos and secure forms on site.

''Washington Square News'' was the first, but not the last to put Tampa on the maps of must-see cities for every tourist. In 2008, Tampa was ranked as the fifth best outdoor city by ''Forbes'' magazine.

Since that time tourism has contributed hugely to Tampa’s economy along with phosphate mining, citrus processing, shrimping industries and shipping. You are in the commercial and industrial hub of Western Florida, remember?

Thus, volume of shipping and resulting wastes of fabrication make the air a bit tough to breathe and Tampa Bay unsuitable for swimming. However, industrially affected Tampa is, it is the basis of its prosperity, and locals have found better places to swim like St Petersburg to the north or Clearwater to the east.

Despite industrialization, Tampa is constantly attracting new residents, therefore its population is extremely multicultural. Just imagine the ethnic mosaic includes 67.2 percent White, 26.3 percent African American, 0.6 percent American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.6 percent Asian and on. With average annual growth of approximately 97,000 residents per year the city's population hit a mark of 4 million people in 2007.

The first inhabitants of Tampa were the members of the Seminole Indian tribe that relocated there from northern Florida and the soldiers that had to control the reservation. It remained a military town until the 1880s when Tampa was boosted by immigrants from Cuba, Spain and Sicily. Today the most of Tampa's past is reflected in its architecture even though post-modern touches dominate the city. Attractions include;

- Sulphur Springs Water Tower stands 214ft (65m) tall, with a foundation 45ft (14m) deep which makes it visible from the city limits

- The Busch Gardens, an amusement park and zoo

- Tampa Museum of Art preserves collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and contemporary exhibitions

You can find a hotel a stone's throw from any of these attractions easily with the interactive map of Tampa hotels at Booked.net.

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    4860 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL, United States, 33609 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.3Exceptional

    The Intercontinental Tampa Hotel enjoys a prime setting... More details

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    US$ 141
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    Tampa Airport Marriott

    3 star hotel
    Tampa International Airport,4200 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.1Excellent

    The well-equipped Tampa Airport Marriott bears 3 stars... More details

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    US$ 226
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    2807 E. Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL, United States, 33612 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.8Superb

    The comfortable 3-star Holiday Inn Express Hotel Busch... More details

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    US$ 111
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    2225 North Lois Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607-2355 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

    Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore is a 4-star eco-friendly... More details

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    US$ 177
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    1301 East 7Th Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33605 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

    Hampton Inn And Suites Ybor City is situated in the... More details

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    US$ 171
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    700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.8Excellent

    A striking silhouette along the Channel Riverwalk, the... More details

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    US$ 230
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    10240 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL, United States, 33619 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.6Exceptional

    Homewood Suites By Hilton Tampa-Brandon is a 3-star... More details

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    US$ 147
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    513 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.9Excellent

    The contemporary Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown... More details

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    US$ 298
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    8310 Galbraith Road, Tampa, FL, United States, 33647 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.8Superb

    The well-equipped 3-star Holiday Inn Express Hotel And... More details

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    US$ 122
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    9719 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33619 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.1Excellent

    Residence Inn Tampa Sabal Park/Brandon is a 3-star... More details

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    US$ 171
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    10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33610 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.2Exceptional

    Located rather far from the city centre, the three-star... More details

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    US$ 177
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    2506 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 0 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.6Very good

    Sailport Resort Waterfront Suites On Tampa Bay is... More details

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    US$ 132
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    5325 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.7Superb

    Homewood Suites By Hilton Tampa Airport - Westshore is... More details

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    8610 Elm Fair Boulevard, Tampa, FL, United States, 33610 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

    The excellent 3-star Holiday Inn Express Hotel And... More details

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    4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607-2355 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

    The comfortable Doubletree Tampa Airport Westshore is... More details

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    US$ 128
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    3624 North Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL, United States, 33619 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.4Exceptional

    The hotel Staybridge Suites Tampa Sabal Park provides... More details

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    US$ 149
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    9402 Corporate Lake Dr., Tampa, FL, United States, 33634 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.6Very good

    The pleasant 3-star Holiday Inn Express Hotel And... More details

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    US$ 114
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    10309 Highland Manor Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33610 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.5Exceptional

    Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East/Brandon is a 3-star quiet... More details

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    5312 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.5Exceptional

    Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore is a 3-star... More details

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    4750 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL, United States, 33614 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.5Very good

    The hotel Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa Stadium... More details

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    8210 Hidden River Pkwy & Fletcher, Tampa, FL, United States, 33637 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.1Excellent

    The quiet Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa-North is rated 3... More details

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    8109 Benjamin Rd, Tampa, FL, United States, 33634 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.6Exceptional

    The business 3-star Country Inn & Suites By Carlson... More details

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    5303 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL, United States, 33609 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.5Exceptional

    The 3-star Crowne Plaza Hotel Tampa Westshore is... More details

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    3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, FL, United States, 33612 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

    Embassy Suites Tampa - Usf/Near Busch Gardens is a 3... More details

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    915 South Falkenburg Rd Na, Tampa, FL, United States, 33619 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

    The comfortable 3-star Country Inn & Suites By Carlson... More details

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