Located along the central west coast of the state, the Tampa Bay area boasts an active population as 70% are 54 years old and under. With so much to do and see, it's no wonder this area has become not just a vacation destination, but a permanent lifestyle for so many.
Due to the location of the Tampa Bay area, it provides for a much more moderate annual temperature range. Given the pleasant year-round weather, citizens enjoy many outdoor activities including boating, water sports, golf and tennis no matter the date.
The Cuban-influenced Ybor City brings a unique nightlife to the area just as the trendy South Tampa and historic St. Petersburg does the same to their neighborhoods.
As diverse as the people are, so are companies and businesses headquartered here. Tampa Bay is the gateway to the Florida High Tech Corridor, which spans 23 counties and is a partnership among USF, UCF and UF.
The Tampa Bay Area is home to three major professional sports teams and a number of minor-league and college teams. Regardless of the specific city where they play their games, all of the major pro teams use "Tampa Bay" in their name to signify that they represent the entire area.
In addition to superior sporting venues, Tampa Bay has a long history of hosting college and professional games and races such as the Super Bowl, Outback Bowl, the Gasparilla Bowl, and the IndyCar Series' Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
We're lucky to have major theme parks in our right backyard including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Adventure Island, Weeki Wachee Springs and Legoland Florida.
The Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Winter the Dolphin!), the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, the Mote Marine Laboratory all aim to educate and protect our precious gulf waters the marine life that call it home.