Tampa is part of a larger metropolitan area referred to by locals as the “Tampa Bay Area.” Get to know Tampa Bay through their Destination Guide.
Among Florida’s oldest communities, Tampa Bay has always been home to a unique blend of people and cultures. The native Tocobaga people who settled on the shores of the bay 12,000 years ago were followed over the centuries by Spanish explorers, the Seminole people, freed African-American slaves, Spanish businessmen, and Cuban cigar rollers. In recent decades, Tampa Bay has welcomed generations of new residents from Asia and the Middle East. Learn more about Tampa Bay’s kaleidoscope of cultures through their Multicultural Guide.
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Wish you had a friend that lived in Tampa to give you insider information? Try on Tampa through their Take Over Tampa Bay “like a local” blog.
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Tampa Bay’s cuisine is just as unique and rich as their culture, including their designation as the birthplace of the Cuban sandwich and home to the oldest restaurant in Florida! From fine-dining (we’re talking Michelin recipients) to food trucks or our food hall, there’s something for every palate!
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