Ybor City: Things to Do for 5 Kinds of Visitors

By Dalia Colon I’m a journalist, a wife, a mom, a runner and a chocolate fiend. And just as people have different sides, so do neighborhoods. Case in point: Ybor City, a historic district northeast of downtown Tampa. Ybor (pronounced “EE-bore”) is one of Tampa’s most celebrated neighborhoods, and…

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Florida Stories: A Walking Tour of Ybor City

Tom Scherberger Want to explore the cultural, historical, and architectural treasures of Tampa’s Ybor City? There’s an app for that. Just go to Florida Stories Walking Tours, and download the app created by the Florida Humanities Council. With this app you can learn, at your own pace and on your…

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Give it a whirl: SALSA DANCING in Tampa's Ybor City

By Saundra Amrhein It’s about an hour before the real salsa dancing in Tampa begins, but already about 40 people are lined up in rows across the wide, hardwood dance floor. The house lights are up, revealing the high ceilings and tall arched windows with elaborate wood craftwork. A nervous hush…

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Ybor City: Where Tampa's History Comes to Life

Step off a 1920s streetcar, designed for 21st century travel, into Ybor City, where brick-paved streets and wrought iron balconies frame historic buildings that reflect another place in time. In the early 1900s Ybor City (pronounced EE-bore) was the “Cigar Capital of the World” and Tampa’s ethnic…

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Florida's Ybor City: Fine Cigar Capital of the World

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. and CHRIS ZUPPA A neighborhood steeped in history, Tampa's Ybor City was once the "Cigar Capital of the World." From tobacco shops along Ybor's famous Seventh Street to the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., the last surviving cigar factory in the city, the legacy of the cigar industry's…

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St. Petersburg, Dunedin and Ybor City

By VISIT FLORIDA staff A touch of Russia, a bit of Scotland, and a dose of Latin America in this tour of St. Petersburg, Dunedin and Ybor City. St. Petersburg, also known as the "Sunshine City," is a city that boomed while the big bands played. Hollywood stars, baseball greats and real estate…

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The Architecture of Ybor City

By Patricia Pena Ybor City in Tampa plays an important role in Florida’s history. Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his cigar-making company to Tampa, where he employed people from Spain, Cuba and Italy. He built houses for his workers in the hopes of giving them a piece of the American dream. The…

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