Authentic Cuban Sandwich Restaurants in Tampa and Miami

History says the first authentic Cuban sandwich was served in Tampa’s Columbia Restaurant in 1905. But which Florida city makes the better sandwich? Let the food fight begin. By Tom Scherberger As the cheesesteak is for Philadelphia, the Cuban sandwich is for both Miami and Tampa, an icon for…

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Driving to Florida: Boston to Tampa-St. Petersburg

By Kevin McGeever The I-95 odyssey from Boston to Tampa-St. Petersburg is a 1,400-mile commitment on concrete. But this Florida vacation on the central Gulf coast is worth the drive. Beaches and ballgames. Culture and craft beer. Nature and neighborhoods. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. And if that…

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Tampa Bay Ecotourism Attractions and Activities

By Janet K. Keeler Tampa and environs offer many opportunities for eco-travelers. In the third-most populous city in Florida, a visitor looking to make a low impact while having a high-impact experience can do so on both land and water. There are 1.4 million people living in Hillsborough County…

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15 Casual & Fine Dining Restaurants in Tampa

By Tom Scherberger The Tampa Bay area is a hotbed of great food experiences, from casual food trucks and late night eats to elegant fine dining. So many choices, so little time – which is why we’ve gathered 15 can’t-miss fine dining Tampa experiences – breakfast, lunch and dinner – designed to fit…

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Day Trips from Tampa: Quick Getaways in One Day

By Kevin Mims Say you're on vacation in Tampa. That's great. There's much to do there, and you'll love it. But if you'd like to stretch your wings a bit, and add to your Florida experiences, take a day trip from Tampa. Tampa, as your base, gives you lots of day trip options. You can take in some…

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Take the Ride of your Life on La Chiva Bus in Tampa

By Saundra Amrhein Shortly after 9:30 p.m., the school bus rolls down Armenia Avenue and into the parking lot of La Pequeña Colombia restaurant in Tampa, located in Central Florida. People start heading toward the bus – women in high heels, men pulling coolers. The school bus that comes to a stop…

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Ideas for Your Family Vacation in Tampa Bay

By Jodi Mailander Farrell The Tampa Bay area – connecting Tampa , St. Petersburg and Clearwater – is Florida’s tri-city region for family fun on the Gulf Coast. Award-winning beaches, theme parks, a bustling downtown, professional sports teams and educational museums make the region an ideal vacation…

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Farm to Table Dining in Central West Florida

By Julie Landry Laviolette Known for its award-winning beaches and big-city lure of the Tampa area, Central West Florida also has a robust farm-to-table scene. Quaint Plant City is home to countless strawberry fields and an annual strawberry festival. Family-owned farms throughout the area supply…

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Shopping at Tampa Premium Outlets

By Janet K. Keeler In the life cycle of a shopping mall, Tampa Premium Outlets is a mere toddler. It still has that new mall shine and design, and looks more like a pastel-colored village than the traditional complex of shops. The 110-store mall made up of courtyards, breezeways and fountains…

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5 Great Shopping Spots in Tampa

By Jeanette Scott Known for its miles of beautiful Gulf Coast beaches, as well as a plethora of sports teams and amusement parks, Tampa is also a Florida hot spot when it comes to shopping! Check out my list of five great Tampa shopping spots while you're in the area: International Plaza and Bay…

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