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Five Reasons To Visit Tampa For Spring Break

March 5, 2014 8:00 AM

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Clearwater Beach (credit: Getty Images)

Clearwater Beach (credit: Getty Images)

You passed all of your finals, turned in all of your research papers and have a well-deserved break coming up. If you can’t decide where to spend this spring break, here are five great reasons to make Tampa your getaway destination. Whether you plan to spend all week sun-bathing or you’re ready for some retail therapy, Tampa Bay has it all.

The Beaches
Fred Howard Park
1700 Sunset Drive
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 582-2100

Tampa Bay is home to numerous gorgeous, sun-drenched beaches with sugar-white sand, crystal-blue water and tall, waving palm trees. Fred Howard Park, for example, attracts more than two million visitors every year. In addition to 155 acres of beautiful coastline, the park also features amenities like a picnic area, two playgrounds, a kayak/canoe launch area, wind surfing area and more. Tampa beaches are the perfect place to relax, get a tan and have some fun.

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The Restaurants
Caretta on the Gulf
500 Mandalay Ave.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 441-2425

Tampa Bay is chock full of incredible restaurants, such as Caretta on the Gulf, Clearwater’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Diners can choose to eat either in the dining room or outdoor out on the open air patio, but the beautiful view of the Gulf can be enjoyed from any part of the restaurant. The Sunday brunch buffet is very popular and features some traditional favorites like waffles and omelet stations, in addition to lunch-time treats like fresh seafood and sushi. The menu changes every few months, so you never know what you’ll find at Caretta on the Gulf.

The Clubs
Blue Martini
2223 N. W. Shore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 873-2583

If you love to move and groove, you’re in luck—Tampa has dozens of night clubs. Blue Martini, located by International Mall, is one of Tampa’s hottest night spots. Latin Night is one of its more popular themed nights and features free salsa lessons, live bands and an energetic DJ to keep the music coming after the bands head out for the night. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to dance your troubles away.

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The Shopping
La France
1612 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-1381

Tampa Bay has literally hundreds of of places to find unique and fashionable clothing and accessories to fit your style, such as La France. This consignment shop is popular for its one-of-a-kind accessories and vintage clothing, especially its huge selection of 1930s items. Customers on a budget will be thrilled with the unique, affordable pieces in like-new condition.

The Wildlife
Lettuce Lake Park
6920 E. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33637
(813) 987-6204

It’s impossible for animal lovers to get bored in Tampa Bay. The incredibly diverse ecosystem is home to thousands upon thousands of amazing animals, including land and sea turtles, river otters, alligators, bottle nose dolphins, manatees and hundreds of species of birds. Lettuce Lake Park on the Hillsborough River is one of the best places to go to see some of Florida’s native species. Bring a pair of binoculars and enjoy some of the best bird-watching anywhere in the country.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at

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