You can take flights to Tampa to bask in almost 244 days of Florida sunshine, and relax in temperatures that rarely dip below 50 degrees in January. But don't forget to celebrate the festivals that break out almost every weekend, smell the flowers at Busch Gardens, or catch a major-league football, hockey, or baseball game. As with most destinations in Florida, you'll need to rent a car in Tampa if you want to get around.
Driving In and Around Tampa
Rental cars in Tampa can travel the seven miles from airport to downtown in about 10 minutes. After you've checked into one of the luxurious or cheap Tampa hotels, take FL-60 east until you reach Clearwater Beach. You'll have your choice of white sandy beaches where you can relax, surf, or speed on motorboats and jet skis. Spend sunset at Pier 60 to applaud the panoply of street performers and musicians, or bargain with local artisans for their handmade goods. On the weekends, the location hosts free outdoor movies that are suitable for the whole family. You can also snorkel or dive among ten artificial reefs. For fun without water, head to Tampa Bay where the Salvador Dali Museum mystifies with the largest collection of the surrealist's work outside of Spain. Stay until the evening to catch a live performance, such as opera, symphonies, or plays, at several venues.
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