HISTORIC YBOR CITY, AKA
The historic Latin quarter and former center of cigar manufacturing wears two hats today: a creamy Panama for daytime lunching, shopping, cigar smoking and coffee sipping, and a black fedora for the high-spirited playground it becomes at night.
Centro Ybor encompasses restaurants, bars, retail and a cocktail-serving movie theater as well as video gaming at GameTime and performances by the top-notch comics at Tampa Improv. The Ybor City Museum Society offers an overview of the area's history via two institutions that should be part of every Ybor sightseeing tour. Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House celebrates Tampa's role in baseball history while Ybor City Museum State Park looks at the district's cultural heritage and how it earned its reputation as the “Cigar Capital of the World.”