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    Tampa – a brief overview

    It might not have the cachet of Miami or the world-famous theme parks of Orlando, but lively Tampa still stands as a firm part of Florida’s overall appeal. They call it The Big Guava, a tongue-in-cheek equivalent of New York’s Big Apple and a reference to the failed search for guava trees that, ironically, led to the city’s founding on the state’s southwest shore.

    These days, Tampa is known for its major port, its fine museums and its historical attractions, as well as the hip, Latin-flavoured neighbourhood of Ybor City. In short, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

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    08:00 a.m.: The perfect start to the day …

    179 2nd Ave N
    Saint Petersburg
    FL 33701
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    … consists of a tasty breakfast at Locale Market in downtown Saint Petersburg. This gourmet market specializes in regional produce, but also sells Italian sausage and cheese varieties and other specialties. FarmTable Kitchen, the market’s own restaurant, serves a vast selection of meals prepared from fresh organic ingredients.

    10:00 a.m.: Salvador Dalí in Florida

    1 Dali Blvd
    Saint Petersburg
    FL 33701

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    The Dalí Museum is housed in a breathtaking, modern building designed by Yann Weymouth and located in the center of St. Petersburg. Salvador Dalí was one of the leading protagonists of Surrealism. Here, visitors can now view the largest collection of his paintings outside of Europe – eight of his 18 “masterpieces.” More than 2000 other artworks are also exhibited here – oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and sculptures.

    01:00 p.m.: Wild waters

    3500 Pinellas Bayway S
    Tierra Verde
    FL 33715
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    Off to Fort De Soto Park, for a kayak tour amid intact nature! The 460-hectare park extends across five islands at the entrance to Tampa Bay, in the Gulf of Mexico. For paddlers, there’s a three-kilometer water trail, where you can spend two hours gliding past mangroves and seagrass areas. If you’re in luck, you might even catch a glimpse of the manatees that live in the depths of the ocean. If that tour sounds too short for you, you can always take the 16-kilometer trip to the main island, Mullet Key, or explore the less-frequented waters and islands.

    02:30 p.m.: Tasty and fresh from the ocean

    1350 Pasadena Avenue South
    Saint Petersburg
    FL 33707
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    Enjoy the area’s best fish – at Ted Peters Smoked Fish in Saint Petersburg! People have been coming here to sample its wide selection of excellent smoked fish for the past 65 years. After lunch, you could stop by the beach on your way to your next port of call and enjoy a postprandial stroll or a dip in the waves.

    04:00 p.m.: More from the ocean

    249 Windward Passage
    Clearwater
    FL 33767
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    It’s time to visit Winter, the popular dolphin who starred in the movie Dolphin Tale, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It’s a marine animal rescue center in the middle of Clearwater, which takes in, cares for and rehabilitates animals. As well as Winter and other rescued dolphins, visitors can also observe sea turtles and otters here. Feeding times, informative events and the fascinating 90-minute Sea Life Safari Boat Trip make a day out at the aquarium an unforgettable experience. And there’s also the Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure exhibition, which gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.

    07:00 p.m.: Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico

    1 Causeway Blvd
    Clearwater
    FL 33767
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    An event for the whole family – absolutely free and out of doors: sunsets at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, which TripAdvisor named the “best beach in the USA” in 2016. The event takes place every day in good weather and attracts tourists and locals alike. As the sun sinks below the horizon, a whole horde of musicians and street artists entertain the onlookers.

    08:30 p.m.: Open-air dinner

    7 Rockaway St
    Clearwater
    FL 33767
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    A culinary highlight – and right on the beach, too – that’s Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. The huge selection of delicious food on the menu here spans fresh seafood, sandwiches and the restaurant’s popular She Crab Soup. Live music performed by local artists makes a fitting soundtrack to your meal.

    11:00 p.m.: Nightcap high

    The Birchwood
    340 Beach Dr NE
    Saint Petersburg
    FL 33701
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    Back in Saint Petersburg, our eventful day ends in a cozy atmosphere above the rooftops – at The Canopy Rooftop Lounge. Superb cocktails and a fantastic view over the nighttime city make for a fine end to a fine day.

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    Tampa Museum of Art

    120 West Gasparilla Plaza
    FL 33602 Tampa
    USA
    Tel: +1 813 274 8130
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 1100-1900
    Fri 1100-2000
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700

    A high-quality art museum with an increasingly strong permanent collection as well as some excellent temporary exhibitions. Both contemporary and classical artworks are well represented.

    Busch Gardens

    10165 North McKinley Drive
    FL 33612 Tampa
    USA
    Tel: +1 888 800 5447
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Part amusement park, part safari park, featuring more than 2,700 animals – among them cheetahs, meerkats, lemurs, lions and elephants – alongside a wealth of roller coasters and other adrenaline thrills.

    Tampa Bay History Center

    801 Old Water Street
    FL 33602 Tampa
    USA
    Tel: +1 813 228 0097
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    An enjoyable platform for exploring the region’s long past, this interactive centre features everything from a 1920s cigar store to a cattle drive. A great bet for anyone interested in early American history.

    Canoe Escape

    John B Sargeant Park, 12702 US 301
    FL 33592 Thonotosassa
    USA
    Tel: +1 813 986 2067
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Looking for outdoor adventure? This is the place. Offering self-guided canoe adventures, hourly rentals and guided paddling trips, Canoe Escape gives easy access to the wild beauty of the Hillsborough River, around 25km from Tampa.

    Florida Aquarium

    701 Channelside Drive
    FL 33602 Tampa
    USA
    Tel: +1 813 273 4000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1700

    One of the city’s prime downtown attractions, this large aquarium showcases more than 20,000 plants and marine creatures from the waters off Florida and much further afield. Expect to encounter everything from sharks to penguins.

    The Ringling

    5401 Bay Shore Road
    FL 34243 Sarasota
    USA
    Tel: +1 941 359 5700
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    Opening times:
    Fri-Wed 1000-1700
    Thu 1000-2000

    Comprising a 31-gallery Museum of Art, a Circus Museum, a 56-room “palace”, gardens and a historic theatre, The Ringling provides a strong option for an out-of-town day visit.

    BOING! Jump Center

    622-624 Ware Street
    FL 33619 Tampa
    USA
    Tel: +1 813 341 4897
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1500-2200
    Tue-Thu 1600-2200
    Fri 1500-2200
    Sat 1000-2200
    Sun 1000-1800

    This is Florida’s largest “jump center”, with around 1,115 square metres of trampolines – as well as the chance to play dodgeball. A good rainy day option for active families.

    Giraffe Ranch

    38650 Mickler Road
    FL 33523 Dade City
    USA
    Tel: +1 813 482 3400
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    Opening times:
    Tours at 1100 and 1400

    Offering two daily tours around a working ranch that specialises in exotic species, particularly giraffes, this attraction offers something different to the usual wildlife encounter. It’s 75km north of Tampa.

    Raymond James Stadium

    4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
    FL 33607 Tampa
    USA
    Tel: +1 813 350 6500
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    Opening times:
    Various

    The home stadium of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this 65,000-seater arena – often known as “The Ray Jay” – is a winner for sports fans. If you can’t get a ticket for an American Football match, it also hosts occasional monster truck races.

    Bok Tower Gardens

    1151 Tower Boulevard
    FL 33853 Lake Wales
    USA
    Tel: +1 863 676 1408
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1800

    Welcoming more than 23 million visitors since its opening in 1929, these landscaped botanic gardens are known for their Mediterranean-style mansion and a “Singing Tower” carillon. They’re located inland from Tampa.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Key facts

    Population: 321,2 millions

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 18. January 2016
    Presidents’ Day: 15. February 2016
    Memorial Day: 30. May 2016
    Independence Day: 04. July 2016
    Labour Day: 05. September 2016
    Columbus Day: 10. October 2016
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2016
    Thanksgiving Day: 24. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 16. January 2017
    Presidents’ Day: 15. February 2017
    Memorial Day: 29. May 2017
    Independence Day: 04. July 2017
    Labour Day: 04. September 2017
    Columbus Day: 09. October 2017
    Veterans’ Day: 10. November 2017
    Thanksgiving Day: 23. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Tampa

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    It’s in Florida, it’s on the coast – it follows that Tampa also has a great nightlife offering.

    From sleek cocktail bars to pulsing dancefloors, the city has something to suit all tastes.

    Blue Martini Lounge

    2900 Bayport Drive
    FL 33607 Tampa
    USA
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    Offering 42 different takes on Martini, this Latin-flavoured nightspot often features live music.

    Jackson’s

    601 South Harbour Boulevard
    FL 33602 Tampa
    USA
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    Notable for its waterfront terrace and outdoor cabanas, this is a stylish option for a drink. There’s also a bistro.

    Splitsville

    Channelside Bay Plaza
    FL 33602 Tampa
    USA
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    An enjoyable vintage-style bowling alley, with food and drink also on offer.

    Castle Ybor

    2004 North 16th Street
    FL 33605 Tampa
    USA
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    Drawing an alternative crowd, this will give you a good introduction to Ybor City’s offbeat charm.

    Four Green Fields

    205 West Platt Street
    FL 33606 Tampa
    USA
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    An Irish bar with a thatched roof and live entertainment.

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    Offering waterfront bars and bistros by the dozen, Tampa’s restaurant scene also serves up great seafood and Spanish dishes – as well as a good range of all-American classics.

    Bern’s Steakhouse

    1208 South Howard Avenue
    FL 33606 Tampa
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    A local institution serving up old-style steaks and boasting a separate dessert room.

    Vino e Pasta

    3603 West Gandy Boulevard
    FL 33611 Tampa
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    A good Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list and a long choice of pasta sauces.

    Roy’s

    4342 West Boy Scout Boulevard
    FL 33607 Tampa
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    There’s decent Hawaiian fusion cuisine on offer at this chain restaurant.

    Fly Bar & Restaurant

    1202 North Franklin Street
    FL 33602 Tampa
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    A funky urban eatery where art, music and food combine to winning effect.

    Kojak’s House of Ribs

    2808 West Gandy Boulevard
    FL 33611 Tampa
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    A family-owned rib joint drawing in locals and visitors for more than 35 years.

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    Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

    30 September – 8 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Tampa Theatre.

    This specialist film festival is a juried competition screening a terrific selection of movies for or about the LGBT community. Glitzy parties, lively panel discussions and retrospectives are all part of the nine-day event, which has been on the go for a quarter of a century.

    Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

    February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

    Sure to get you licking your lips, this foodie-boozie fest arrives in Tampa in mid-February. Visitors can chow on barbecued chicken and ribs or pulled pork from whole roasted hogs, then slurp as much bourbon and beer as they can handle. Live rock, blues and bluegrass bands entertain the crowds.

    Cuban Sandwich Festival

    31 March – 2 April 2017
    Website

    Venue: Centennial Park, Ybor City.

    Piled high with ham, pork, salami, Swiss cheese and pickles, Cuban sandwiches have been a hugely popular lunchtime treat since early Cuban immigrants first arrived in Tampa Bay over a century ago. Chefs now battle it out annually for the title of best Cuban sandwich in the USA.

    Festa Italiana

    April 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Showcasing the best of Italian culture, this three-day festival is packed with tasty treats and entertainment. From wine tasting and grape stomping to cooking competitions and a singing contest, there’s plenty to enjoy. The highlight is the Sunday procession and festival, where you can tuck into every Italian dish imaginable.

    Tropical Heatwave

    April 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Ybor City.

    An eclectic line-up of bands play to audiences across several stages and venues in Tampa’s historic Ybor City neighbourhood, once a hub for cigar manufacturing and now a trendy nightlife spot. The programme pretty much caters to every taste, from folk to soul to indie tunes.

    WaZoo Craft Beer Fest

    May 2017
    Website

    Venue: Lowry Park Zoo.

    A zoo might not seem the obvious location for a beer festival, but the residents are kept well away from the booze at this evening fundraiser. Beer aficionados can pick from a mind-boggling 275 ales from 70 breweries, munch food from local restaurants and chill out to live bands.

    Sunset Music Festival

    May 2017
    Website

    Venue: Raymond James Stadium.

    Two days of pumping beats bring hordes of electronic music fans to this Memorial Day weekend festival. The likes of Benny Benassi and David Guetta have spun the decks here, and the party atmosphere is usually as electric as the tunes.

    St Pete Pride Festival and Parade

    June 2017
    Website

    Venue: St Petersburg, around 35km southwest of Tampa.

    Florida’s LGBT community converges on St Petersburg (across the bay) for the state’s biggest pride event. The three-day festival kicks off with a rocking concert on the Friday, followed by a vibrant parade on the Saturday and a festival crammed with exhibits, music stages and food stalls on the Sunday.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Tampa

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    Tampa’s status as a business hub for the region means there’s no shortage of sizeable corporate hotels, some of which hold real holiday appeal.

    A lot of the main American chains have presence here.

    Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

    2900 Bayport Drive
    FL 33607 Tampa
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    This first-rate hotel is situated in Old Tampa Bay, close to the airport. It offers a choice of over 400 bright, spacious rooms, suites and casitas (small Spanish-style villas) as well as modern business facilities.

    Intercontinental Tampa

    4860 West Kennedy Boulevard
    FL 33609 Tampa
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    A reliably smart option for business and leisure guests.

    Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore

    700 North Westshore Boulevard
    FL 33609 Tampa
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    Close to the airport, with the usual mid-range amenities – and unlimited M&Ms.

    Quality Inn & Suites Ybor City

    4955 East 18th Avenue

    FL 33605 Tampa

    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    Open since 2009, this hotel is an ideal address for tourists and business travelers alike, located as it is within easy reach of both Tampa Convention Center and the many attractions of the lively Ybor City neighborhood. Its spacious rooms are practically and comfortably appointed. An outside swimming pool and conference facilities are also available to guests.

    Floridan Palace

    905 North Florida Avenue

    FL 33602 Tampa
    
USA
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    Category: Moderate

    This 213-room hotel in downtown Tampa first opened its doors in 1926, making it one of the oldest hostelries in town. The lobby and restaurant both boast an opulent decor, while ornamental touches and gold details adorn the rooms. For all its old-world charm, the hotel has an extensive range of modern technical facilities lined up for its guests.

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    Tampa is built on the water: One part of the city occupies a peninsula; another part extends along the mouth of the Hillsborough River. To really explore Tampa, visitors should be prepared for a lot of splishing and splashing – five places to enjoy the watery element.

    Weedon Island Preserve

    1800 Weedon Dr NE
    St. Petersburg
    FL 33702
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    Wherever you look, whichever corner you turn in and around Tampa, you will always find yourself back by the water. On it and beside it, people pursue sports, now demonstrating their prowess on boards, now explaining the art of casting a line. Best ask a local if you want to find the top kayak spots in the area because the Weedon Island Preserve in the northwest of Tampa Bay is not so easy to find. Once you’ve made it there, you will be rewarded with a meandering, seven-kilometer paddling trail that takes you through seagrass flats and mangrove labyrinth with cranes and ibises for company. Sweetwater Kayaks delivers your boat – or if you prefer, a stand-up paddleboard – straight to the launch site.

    Single kayaks cost 17 dollars for one hour, 34 for two hours, and 40 for four hours. Double kayaks cost 25 dollars for one hour, 50 dollars for two hours and 56 dollars for four hours.

    Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill

    7 Rockaway St. Clearwater
    FL 33767
    USA
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    Floridians love their seafood. If such a thing as an official Gulf Coast sandwich existed, the filling would doubtless be half a grouper. Universally venerated for its firm, white flesh, here the grouper can be pulled out of the water right on the doorstep. Ask anyone in Tampa and you will be told that Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach serves the best grouper sandwiches hereabouts. But there’s not consensus of whether the deep-fried or grilled version is best.

    Manatee Viewing Center

    6990 Dickman Rd
    Apollo Beach
    FL 33572
    USA
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    Openening times:
    November through April

    In wintertime, the water temperature falls below 20 degrees in Tampa Bay. That’s when the manatees, or sea cows, begin to look for somewhere to keep warm. One of the most reliable places to spot one is the electricity company’s Manatee Viewing Center just half an hour south of downtown Tampa. Where the power station discharges its cooling water back into the bay, a kind of warm bath for sea cows has been created here. There’s an observation tower and a short trail, and both are open to the public. Admission is free.

    Caladesi Island State Park

    1 Causeway Blvd
    Dunedin
    FL 34698
    USA
    Phone + 727-4 69 59 18
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    Caladesi Island, one of the few untouched islands on the Gulf Coast, lies north of Clearwater Beach. There are no hotels or shopping malls here, but your chances of being accompanied by dolphins on the 20-minute ferry crossing are good. The beach, six kilometers of pristine white sandy, is the perfect place to hunt for shells in calm, clear waters. A five-kilometer hiking trail will bring you to the center of the island, where lush vegetation grows rampantly in all directions. If you prefer traveling by water, you can also rent a kayak and paddle through the mangroves.

    At Romantic Honeymoon Island, you can rent a single kayak for 15 dollars an hour or 50 dollars for the whole day. Double kayaks cost double.

    Clearwater Beach

    Clearwater Beach
    Clearwater, Florida 33767
    USA
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    Sometimes, when the sun creeps below the horizon, it seems as though the last rays glow green in a final surge of light before disappearing altogether. On clear evenings, people sit watching for it on the sand in the small town of Clearwater Beach, just half an hour from the airport. The magazine USA Today named it the “best beach town in Florida.” During the evening sundown festivities, street artists strut their stuff on Pier 60. Some juggle, others play guitar, still others cause some alarm and lots of laughter as they stumble along the boardwalk dressed as pirates.

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    Climate & best time to visit USA

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.

    Offers

    Partner offers for Tampa

    Audible – Swamplandia! (Unabridged)

    Audible is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible content includes more than 200,000 audio programs from over 1000 leading audiobook publishers.

    From the celebrated 29-year-old author of the everywhere-heralded short-story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (“How I wish these were my own words, instead of the breakneck demon writer Karen Russell’s…. Run for your life. This girl is on fire,” said the Los Angeles Times Book Review) comes a blazingly original debut novel that takes us back to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, and introduces us to Ava Bigtree, an unforgettable young heroine.

    The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava’s father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage 98 gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief.

    Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, Karen Russell has written an utterly singular novel about a family’s struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking. An arrestingly beautiful and inventive work from a vibrant new voice in fiction.

    From the celebrated 29-year-old author of the everywhere-heralded short-story collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (
    From the celebrated 29-year-old author of the everywhere-heralded short-story collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (
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    Shopping in Tampa

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    Key Areas

    The historic district of Ybor City has a rainbow spread of different boutiques and retail outlets, making it a good choice for one-off art or fashion purchases. Elsewhere, Hyde Park Village covers seven blocks and plays home to a mix of local, national and international stores, as well as numerous restaurants.

    Markets

    There are some great fresh produce markets to be aware of. The North Tampa Market (4537 Lowell Road) takes place on the second Saturday of each month and combines crafts, food and music. The Ybor City Saturday Market has been running since 2000 and sells all sorts of local products.

    Shopping Centres

    Westshore Plaza Shopping Mall (250 Westshore Plaza) is a large enclosed complex with retailers including Old Navy, Sears and Macy’s, while International Plaza and Bay Street (2223 North Westshore Boulevard) is another major mall, offering around 200 stores such as Apple, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.
     

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.
     

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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