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Tampa Bay Blog

  • Captain Chris "Castaway" Pawlak
    As sea dogs go, Captain Chris "Castaway" Pawlak, is a little less salty than most. This former land-lubber grew up in the Rocky Mountains before moving to Tampa Bay. He earned his sea legs on the crew of the Yacht Starship dining cruise, eventually
  • Gasparilla Pirate Ship
    TAMPA – Avast, me hearties! Talk Like A Pirate Day is still nine months away, but this month you can heave to and prepare yourself for Gasparilla, Tampa Bay’s annual pirate party! As they have every year since 1905, legendary pirate José Gaspar and his band of rapscallions will sail the nation’s only fully functional pirate ship, the José Gasparilla, once more into the heart of our city on Jan. 26. Then, beads a-flyin’, they’ll lead the Gasparilla...
  • DTN - ROS - Tampa ZooQuarium Tickets - Aquarium
    In case you missed it, Tampa Bay made a name for itself in 2019 as one of the country's top places to live, work, and vacation! From the South's best breakfast spots to the most dog-friendly communities, the hip, urban heart of Florida's west coast is bursting the possibilities! We're excited that everyone else is getting to know what we locals realized a long time ago -- that treasure awaits in Tampa Bay! JANUARY Livability: The Best Places to Live in Florida Southern...
  • Maria Esparza Columbia Memory Maker Square
    Since 1905, Florida's oldest restaurant, the Columbia, has been a pillar of historic Ybor City, Tampa Bay's Latin Quarter. Now in its fifth-generation under the Gonzmart family, the Columbia embodies Tampa Bay's Cuban and Spanish heritage from the menu to the decor. Six nights a weeks, visitors experience an authentic piece of Spain when the restaurant's Flamenco dancers take the stage to perform. Maria Esparza, whose mother was born in Seville, Spain, has led the troupe for...
  • Ro Patel Memory Maker
    If you've sipped a hand-crafted cocktail at Tampa Bay's hippest watering holes, chances are good that Ro Patel developed the drink you enjoyed. The master mixologist has made a name for himself as a king of local bar culture as the founding drink
  • Affari Trasnportation: Alex Fernandez portrait
    Alex Fernandez started Affari Transportation as a true mom-and-pop shop, with him and his wife taking reservations and sitting behind the wheel of their vehicles. "When we first started I had to do everything, from washing the buses, to driving
  • Gasparilla Pirate Credit: Keir Magoulas
    International Talk Like a Pirate Day officially arrives on September 19. But by Jose Gaspar's mustache, every day is Talk Like A Pirate Day in Tampa Bay! Nowhere knows pirates like the home of legendary buccaneer José Gaspar and Gasparilla, the annual festival held in his honor. If you’re having trouble telling your “avast” from a whole round of other scurvy words, there’s no risk of walking the plank. The Tampa Bay History Centers’ “Treasure...
  • Two mermaid-themed runners crossing the finish line at the Gasparilla Distance Classic
    Lace up and loosen up: running season is afoot in Tampa Bay. From here until next spring runners of all abilities will find plenty of ways to challenge themselves while helping a variety of good causes, including charities sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lightning. One 5K at a time, build your way to the big daddy of Tampa Bay races -- the immensely popular Gasparilla Distance Classic -- and strut your stuff between the bay and the mansions along Bayshore Boulevard. Allstate
  • Memory Maker - Anthea Onufrak
    Among the last of its kind, the American Victory spent most of its life as a merchant ship ferrying goods and personnel to far-flung war zones across the globe. It was christened near the end of World War II and served honorably during military
  • Couples Weekend
    The kids are back in school, the summer crowds are gone: Now’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a grown-up's get-away in Tampa Bay. Whether you're in the mood for a romantic weekend with your significant other, a girls' getaway or a guys' trip, the hip, urban heart of Florida’s west coast is here for you with just the right combination of fantastic food, exciting experiences, and grown-up fun for Fall. Couple's Weekend Sleep In a Little No one needs...