Florida offers an incredible variety of subtropical destinations, one of which is the beautiful city of Tampa. Thanks to its typical warmth and theme parks, many local and foreign tourists decide to visit this city. Here are some tips that you should take into account before traveling to Tampa.
All cities in Florida are thought to provide fun and relaxation. Tampa is not the exception to that rule. There are a lot of attractions, golf courses, water sports and many kilometers of beautiful beaches. Life develops thanks to the good weather and the areas of the city center where you can see restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. The vegetation is tropical and seems to be more an island than a peninsula. It’s not in vain that Florida is a very popular holiday destination worldwide.
You probably need to rent a vehicle
If you plan to stay in the center of the city, this does not apply to you. But, if you want to know other areas, you should probably rent a car in Tampa. It is essential, for example, to go to the incredible beaches of St Pete and Clearwater. Rental rates are quite reasonable, but vary according to demand and whether it is high or low season.
Renting a car can also save you time that you can use visiting more places and doing more activities. All in all, we’d say it’s very recommendable.
Sometimes passes save time and money
Some passes, such as the Tampa City Pass, discount the entrance to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa in Lowry Park and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. If you want to travel to other cities by car, then the Sunpass is the ideal electronic pass that can make everything easier for you. Consider the idea of the passes according to your tastes and travel expectations.
Get to know the seasons in Florida
The seasons in Florida do not depend so much on the weather but on the tourists. It can be said that there are three seasons: the tourist season, hurricane season and the holiday season. The tourist season runs from January to May, the hurricane season is from June to November while the holiday season is from November to December.
Hotel rates will be the highest in the tourist season. That does not mean you cannot visit Florida during other months, but, you should keep in mind that there will be heavy short-term rains and possible hurricanes. The good news is that hotel prices are cheaper. The holidays between November and December may be a good time to visit the state but the temperature will be a little cooler.
You must be careful with the sun
Beware, taking too much sun can be dangerous in Florida. The good news is that you can quickly tan. The bad thing is that it is easy to suffer sunstroke if you do not use and renew your sunscreen constantly. If you are at the beach, swimming pool or taking a long walk, remember to apply a good layer of protector every so often. In this way, your beautiful tan will not turn into a horrible burn. You already know, cover yourself and always use a sunscreen appropriate for your skin type.
Avoid swimming in fresh water, unless it is a completely safe area
Florida is home to more than one million alligators. They live in fresh water around the entire state. Many times they appear in unexpected places such as in the ponds of golf courses or swimming pools. Brackish water is fresh water mixed with seawater, so in the estuaries you can find examples of sweet water and salt water of all sizes. However, crocodile-laden attacks are not so common.
You will find people from different parts of the US, and the world
Each year Florida attracts more than 100 million visitors. The majority of tourists are Americans. In the Tampa area, they are usually from Northeast USA. In South Florida, it is common to see travelers from Europe, Canada and South America. In Orlando, tourists will be children and families from everywhere. Some of the inhabitants of Florida are even seasonal, that is, they go from January to May living in a second house (owned or rented). Then they return to their first house when it is summer in their city.
We hope these tips help you out and make your trip so much better. Without a doubt, the most valuable in the list is the one about car hire. Having your own vehicle in this beautiful city will make your trip an irreplaceable experience.