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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    Intercontinental Tampa

    4 star hotel
    4860 West Kennedy Boulevard, 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$ 140
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    Tampa Airport Marriott

    3 star hotel
    Tampa International Airport,4200 Ge, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.1Excellent

    Tampa Airport Marriott is a 3-star well-equipped hotel... More details

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    US$ 202
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    2807 E. Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL, United States, 33612 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.8Superb

    Holiday Inn Express Hotel Busch Gardens/Usf is located... More details

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    US$ 100
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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$ 152
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    8310 Galbraith Road, Tampa, FL, United States, 33647 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.8Superb

    The peaceful 3-star Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites... More details

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    US$ 109
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    513 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.9Excellent

    Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center is a... More details

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    US$ 231
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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$ 139
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    10240 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL, United States, 33619 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.6Exceptional

    Opposite to Skatepark of Tampa, Seminole Hard Rock... More details

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    US$ 138
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    5303 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL, United States, 33609 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.5Exceptional

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

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    US$ 107
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    1700 East 9Th Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33605 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.3Exceptional

    The 3-star Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic... 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$ 117
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    Hilton Tampa Downtown

    4 star hotel
    211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.4Very good

    The contemporary Hilton Tampa Downtown is a great place... More details

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    US$ 212
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    2225 North Lois Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607-2355 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

    The eco-friendly Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore is... More details

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    3025 North Rocky Point Drive East, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.1Excellent

    Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites Tampa/Rocky Point... More details

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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 contemporary 3-star Holiday Inn Express Tampa... More details

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    US$ 105
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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$ 121
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    4750 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL, United States, 33614 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.5Very good

    The hotel Holiday Inn Express Stadium Airport Area... More details

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    US$ 86
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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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    US$ 111
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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 located in a... More details

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    4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.4Very good

    Double Tree Westshore Hotel is a 3-star intimate hotel... More details

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    US$ 114
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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$ 120
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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$ 191
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    5312 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    Average rating: 4.5Exceptional

    The business Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore... More details

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    US$ 132
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    2506 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    Average rating: 3.6Very good

    The family-friendly Sailport Waterfront Suites Hotel is... More details

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