The city of Tampa was founded on a rumour. Spurred by information that the city’s land was a profitable source of wild guavas, the city’s designer, Gavino Gutierrez, made a company trip down only to find out that the rumours were false. However, he quickly called down his cigar producing buddy, Vincente Ybor, (who Ybor City is named after) to check out the area. The area’s economy boomed from the business and rest is history. Tampa is now known for a variety of attractions, niches, and world-famous festivals.
If you’re looking for a city that’s not a one-trick pony, Tampa, Florida, is the place for you. Pick your favourite HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rental and start planning the visit.
For history enthusiasts: Ybor City
Would you like to know how the cigar business made Tampa the city it is today? Do you wonder about Tampa’s pirate-filled history and its rashes of stagecoach robberies? How about its diverse community with Cuban, Spanish, Italian, and German influences? With loads of interesting things to learn and a nightlife to match its heyday, an accommodation in the historical Ybor City, ranked one of America’s top 10 cities, is just for you.
This East Tampa house is all sorts of adorable with its 1900s accents, sky blue exterior, and yellow frames. The property is spacious and tastefully decorated. Read up on your notes about the area before staying in this comfortable, vibrant space. Rest comfortably in either of the bedrooms after a long day of walking through old cigar factories and breweries. Or alternatively, after a long night of visiting various bars in the area! The place also has a washer / dryer and a shower / bath combo. Even if this is an old area, the appliances are all brand new and functioning.
Darling bungalow in a sweet setting amongst other similarly styled homes. Easy walking distance to clubs, food, and cigars for those who appreciate them. a short walk brings one to the trolley, which gives easy access to the aquarium, Amalie Arena and downtown Tampa. This was my second stay in that part of town in 4 years and I’d go back, again. Michael S.
Adorable 2/1 in Tampa, FL. Sleeps up to 6. Minutes to Ybor, Downtown Tampa
Area: N 19th St, East Tampa, Tampa, FL
Price: from 100 USD
Number of Guests: 6
For nature lovers: Hillsborough River
All about the riverside life? The Hillsborough River winds past many scenic locations through the city and is home to a varied ecosystem that will delight all water bug lovers! Here is a striking riverside home that is right up your alley.
When you arrive at this HomeAway, a private deck leads to a serene cottage on the river. Next to your door, a cheery little fish sign in orange says ‘Welcome’, and that’s exactly what you’ll feel! Enter and you’ll find a spacious home with plush couches, a nicely arranged dining area, and beautiful views of the river and the city all around. Watch the rise and fall of river tides from the comfort of the large bedroom with a king-sized bed. Enjoy a drink or two on the east side of this vaction rental, from where you can look out to the calm waters of Hillsborough or catch a fish (or many). You might be able to spot some manatees or dolphins in the distance.
The BoatHouse on the Hillsborough River- Enjoy river and downtown water views
Top guest reviewswe were lucky enough to see a momma manatee swimming with her baby one morningit got pretty cold one night and the heater stopped runningthe two bathrooms were also a very welcome feature hard to find in a one-bedroom houseeverything was clean and truebto the picturesthe actual house itself had a musty smell and wasn’t super the cleanthe cabin is rustic and was clean as it can be for being as old as it is
Host:courteous and helpful ownerslauren was very accommodating everything was perfectalso lauren was very attentive and helpful with any needsRead more reviewsthe location is perfect for food attractions etcoh and there's rick's on river a fantastic little bar a 5 minute walk awaythis place is perfect its cozy its romantic it's great for couples or a good fishing trip with the guyslocation wise it was perfect for us and our children (6 & 10)excellent stay very quiet and peaceful on the river
For theme park enthusiasts and families
As many of you know, Florida has a whole range of theme parks, and Tampa has a great one itself: the famous Busch Gardens. Coupled with the never-ending sunny weather, this area is a great destination for kids and the young at heart. These recommendations are perfect for large groups planning to visit the fun parks of Florida:
This spacious house full of fun and activity can sleep up to a whopping 10 adults. You could bring your kids and your friends for a vacation of a lifetime here. There are 4 bedrooms in this HomeAway. The master bedroom is equipped with a king-sized bed and a 32-inch (81-cm) LCD TV. The guest room has two twin beds, a sleeper love seat, and a 27-inch (69-cm) LCD TV. There are two other bedrooms, one equipped with a single bed, a single loft bed, and a single air mattress, and the other equipped with a queen-sized air bed. To replicate that home-away-from home feeling, make your large family meals here in this modern and well equipped kitchen. You can also use the space to entertain others. Additionally, there’s speedy Wi-Fi throughout the home, so the teenagers wont be rolling their eyes at you. But the best part about this home? It has a tree house, a mini playground, a sandbox, and a pool. There’s even a hot tub and pool, so, in the worst case scenario of your trip to Disneyland or Busch Gardens getting cancelled, everyone can still be entertained.
Sleeps 10+, 4 Bedroom home with Pool and Hot Tub under screened lanai
Area: Falconridge Rd, Lithia, FL
Price: from 247 USD
Number of Guests: 10
This chic and clean community house is in the wonderful position of being 15 minutes away from Tampa International Airport, the beach, and the famous Busch Gardens. Newly re-modelled in 2012, it has been fitted with filtered water systems and a new kitchen, as well as having been given a coat of fresh paint. The yard and lanai are completely fenced in, offering you and your fellow travellers privacy as you enjoy your summer months in the pool. The master bedroom and the living room both have flat-screen TVs with a shared signal. The master bedroom looks out to the pool, so you can dream of sweet summer days when you go to bed at night. Also pictured is the third bedroom, with a comfortable queen-sized bed. The kitchen is wonderfully stocked with all equipment that you need to bake and cook. It even has spices from all over the world.
Newly Remodeled Pool Home 15 min from Busch Gardens/Airport/Beach
Area: near Fawn Leg and Fawn Ridge, Citrus Park Community, FL
Price: from 183 USD
Number of Guests: 6
For foodies: homes in Seminole Heights
Seminole Heights is Tampa’s up-and-coming food district that ever gastronome will be excited by. It’s been featured in food guides around the nation, and is the place for an ever-changing craft beer scene. Spoil yourself by renting one of these properties in this famous district. Award-winning cuisine is only a scone’s (stone’s) throw away!
Luxury with old-world charm awaits you at this 1920s bungalow, which nestles in the greenery of a lively neighbourhood next to some of the best food in the state. The living rooms are spacious and have high, lofty ceilings and fans, perfect for beating the heat during Florida’s summers. The bedrooms are equipped with the highest-quality linens and towels made with Egyptian cotton. The master bedroom has a window overlooking the lush tropical scenery of the backyard. The beds are absolutely perfect for crashing on during your food comas. Walk to restaurants and to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, America’s number one zoo for kids. This beautiful house in the middle of all the great attractions might be the one for you.
1928 Craftsman Bungalow In Seminole Heights. Walk To Zoo, Dining, Shops & More!
Area: W Hiawatha St, Old Seminole Heights, Tampa, FL
Price: from 229 USD
Number of Guests: 8
There's something for everyone in Tampa, Florida
From this wide selection of HomeAway vacation rentals and the many things to do in Tampa, one can only wonder how many fun adventures you can have in this city. We hope this list has helped you to get a clearer idea of where to stay and which areas are relevant to different traveller’s interests. Don’t miss out on the chance to book your favourite HomeAway in Tampa now!
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