If you’ve been on the fence about a particular area in Florida you should travel to for your next vacation destination, I highly recommend that you consider Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay offers an abundance of subtropical attractions. However, if you do decide to geo to Tampa Bay, there are a few things you should know beforehand. Here are some tips to consider.
Even though Florida does not have fall or winter, they do have three seasons that you should be aware of. Hurricane season is between the months of June and November while the holiday season is between November and December. Tourist season or in other words, the best time for you to visit Tampa, is between January and May. However, you should be aware of the fact that hotel rates are at its highest during tourist season, meanwhile you will find the best rates during the hurricane season. Holdiday season on the other hand is also a great time to visit, as the city features lit up palm trees, cooler temperatures and various boat parades.
2) Fresh Water
The state of Florida is home to 1 million crocodiles and alligators. Their main place to reside is in fresh water throughout various areas of the state including tampa. As such, be sure to only swim in areas which is specifically marked as being safe for swimming.
3) Get Passes
When it comes to visiting the various tourist attracts Tampa has to offer, consider the possibility of getting the Tampa City Pass or any other pass for that matter. For instance, the Tampa City Pass will give you discounts to places such as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Zoo Tampa, Florida Aquarium and the Museum of Science & Industry. If purchased separately, these attendant tickets would have cost you over $200 dollars. You also have the options of getting passes that give discounts to highway tolls, any tampa bay fl snook fishing charter activities, carnival attractions and more.
4) Diverse Culture
Another thing you should consider before your trip is the fact that the city attracts millions of people from all over the world on a yearly basis. A such, be prepared to be in the presence of different people from across the globe who are all there for a vacation as well.
5) Rip Currents
Rip currents can be best defined as being strong or fast moving current which moves out to the sea from the shore. The problem with rip currents is that they cannot be seen from the surface most of the times. In fact, every year several Floridians drown as a result of rip currents. As such, if you feel yourself being pulled, you need to swim in a parallel pattern to the shore .
6) Trash Awareness
Tampa is also home to an abundance of pests such as cockroaches and fire ants. However, if you do not want to come into contact with these kinds of pests be sure to store all food and clean up any trash you may have left behind such as bread crumbs. In addition to that, ensure that you dump your garbage on a regular basis.