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Popular amenities for Tampa vacation rentals

Stay near Tampa's top sights

Amalie Arena442 locals recommend
Raymond James Stadium555 locals recommend
Florida State Fairgrounds44 locals recommend
The Florida Aquarium848 locals recommend
International Plaza and Bay Street615 locals recommend
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park237 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Tampa

  • Total rentals

    7.7K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    4.7K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    2.1K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2.6K properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.8K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    318K reviews

Your guide to Tampa

Introduction

Tampa blends the bustle of a commercial hub with the subtropical charms of a winter resort. The city is the Tampa Bay Area’s cultural center as well, with a buzzy restaurant scene, art museums, and theaters. As you’d expect, given the winter and spring tourism, activities for visitors with relaxation on the brain are plentiful. But Tampa is a locals’ town, too, as you’ll discover by meandering around the hip neighborhoods of Seminole and Hyde Park or joining the joggers on the 2.6-mile Riverwalk, which cuts through the heart of town. Many visitors spend at least one day beach-hopping on the Gulf Coast, migrating from Clearwater Beach to Indian Rocks Beach and Treasure Island.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Tampa

Although locals may sense more subtle shifts in the weather, there are two major seasons in Tampa: a hot, rainy summer and a perfectly pleasant fall, winter, and spring. From June to October, the temperatures peak in the 90s Fahrenheit during the day and cool to the 70s at night, which isn’t very cool at all. Thunderstorms are frequent, tropical storms regularly pass through the area, and the humidity skyrockets.

From November through May, the heat settles down into more comfortable ranges — 60s and 70s Fahrenheit — and the rains come infrequently. You’ll want to pack a light jacket for the evenings, and perhaps a few sweaters in case December and January see one of their occasional cold snaps, but there’s a reason many people book vacation rentals for the winter here.


Top things to do in Tampa

Ybor City

A historic Cuban American enclave that is now the center of LGBTQ+ life in Tampa, Ybor City blends the old and the new in colorful and charming ways. You can take a cigar tour to learn more about the neighborhood’s best-known industry, eat at least one of the Cuban sandwiches that may have originated here (Miami begs to differ, naturally), and explore the area’s abundant nightlife.

Clearwater Beach

Just 35 minutes west of Tampa, you’ll find a chain of slender barrier islands and some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most stunning beaches. Clearwater Beach offers the white sands and warm waters you’d hope for, along with restaurants, bars, and tourist services. Just north of Clearwater is the undeveloped Caladesi Island State Park, where you can steer a kayak through the mangroves or wander along nature trails.

Florida Museum of the Photographic Arts

One of the state’s cultural capitals, Tampa does not lack for great museums, including the Tampa Museum of Art and the Tampa Contemporary Art Museum. The Florida Museum of the Photographic Arts occupies two floors of the building known as the Cube, a work of art in and of itself. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibits shine a light on photographers of the last five decades, from the internationally known to up-and-coming local artists.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Tampa?

    Tampa has a tropical climate with hot, humid summers and warm, dry winters. The average summer high is around 90°F (32°C), while winter averages are about 70°F (21°C). Rainfall is most common from June to September.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Tampa?

    In Tampa, visitors often engage in exploring the Riverwalk, strolling through the historic Ybor City, or visiting Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Kayaking in Hillsborough River or enjoying a sunset cruise in Tampa Bay are also popular activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Tampa?

    Tampa's warm climate makes it a favored destination throughout the year, but the most popular time is from March to May. During this time, local events such as the Florida Strawberry Festival and Tampa Bay Blues Festival take place, attracting many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Tampa?

    Explore neighborhoods like Ybor City, known for its vibrant culture and historic architecture, Hyde Park with its trendy boutiques and upscale dining, or Seminole Heights, boasting an eclectic mix of vintage shops, galleries, and eateries. Downtown Tampa is also appealing for its high-rise hotels and closeness to the Riverwalk.

  • What are the best places to visit in Tampa?

    In Tampa, visitors often enjoy Busch Gardens, an African-themed amusement park, The Florida Aquarium, which houses thousands of aquatic creatures, or Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The Tampa Museum of Art and Ybor City State Museum are also worth exploring.

  • What are some hiking trails in Tampa?

    For hiking enthusiasts, Tampa has trails like the Lettuce Lake Park Trail, a 1.25-mile (2 km) boardwalk through lush wetlands, or Hillsborough River State Park that features seven miles (11 km) of nature trails. The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is also a favorite amongst locals and visitors.

  • What are some family activities to do in Tampa?

    Families in Tampa often enjoy visiting the Florida Aquarium, exploring the interactive exhibits at the Glazer Children's Museum, or having fun at Busch Gardens. A Pirate Taxi river cruise or a picnic at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park are also popular family activities.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Tampa?

    For day trips, consider exploring the pristine beaches of Clearwater or St. Petersburg, both about 30 miles (48 km) from Tampa. Other options include visiting the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg or exploring the fishing town of Tarpon Springs, known for its Greek culture.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Tampa's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Tampa's top attractions. We offer over 6,770 vacation rentals near Tampa Zoo, over 20,600 vacation rentals near Orlando - Tampa Busch Gardens Shuttle, over 6,840 vacation rentals near Busch Gardens Main Entrance, over 7,410 vacation rentals near Ybor City, and over 20,320 vacation rentals near Tampa''s ZooQuarium Ticket, and so much more! Experience the best of Tampa right on your doorstep.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Tampa?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Tampa. From over 270 condo rentals, over 1,580 apartment rentals to over 3,670 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

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