Tampa is a city built around its commerce and whilst externally it seems to be centred around the corporate giants which operate within its limits, a closer look will reveal that when the working day is over there is plenty to do and wandering travellers will be able to seek out pieces of history with relative ease.
Cheap flights to Tampa from the UK will last around 10 hours, although return Tampa flights will take an hour less thanks to a following wind. A flight to Tampa International Airport will require an onward transfer service lasting twenty to thirty minutes, depending on which of the Tampa hotels you have chosen to accommodate you during your stay.
There are Tampa car hire operators working out of the airport itself and it is easiest to jump in a vehicle here to find your way around once you are on the ground. There are streetcars in the city to help visitors get around but as long as the traffic is light a vehicle will keep the sun from your face and make the city your oyster.
Away from the big-money gleam of the business section there is Ybor City, the older side of Tampa, which has been rejuvenated in recent years to make it more hospitable to visitors. There are plenty of luxury restaurants and trendy bars to visit whilst the Lowry Park Zoo is perfect for youngsters who have journeyed with you on Tampa flights.
Tampa is a year-round destination, but as with most places, the most expensive times to fly there are during the school holidays. You can save money by booking a direct flight to this Florida city in May or June. This is because, since it's hot all year, it's a very popular winter sun destination. Try to avoid booking a direct flight to Tampa around Christmas and Thanksgiving too, as these times see prices increase drastically.
Airlines offering direct flights to Tampa include British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair. It's worth being flexible with dates, because sometimes even checking a flight the day before or after your chosen date could see the price decrease substantially.
If you are based in the south of England, you can fly direct to Tampa from London Gatwick. However at present, this is the only UK airport offering direct flights to this popular USA family holiday destination.
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