Located along the central west coast of the state, the Tampa Bay area boasts an active population as 70% are 54 years old and under. With so much to do and see, it's no wonder this area has become not just a vacation destination, but a permanent lifestyle for so many.
Due to the location of the Tampa Bay area, it provides for a much more moderate annual temperature range. Given the pleasant year-round weather, citizens enjoy many outdoor activities including boating, water sports, golf and tennis no matter the date.
The Cuban-influenced Ybor City brings a unique nightlife to the area just as the trendy South Tampa and historic St. Petersburg does the same to their neighborhoods.
As diverse as the people are, so are companies and businesses headquartered here. Tampa Bay is the gateway to the Florida High Tech Corridor which spans 23 counties and is a partnership between USF, UCF and UF.
The Tampa Bay Area is home to three major professional sports teams and a number of minor-league and college teams. Regardless of the specific city where they play their games, all of the major pro teams use "Tampa Bay" in their name to signify that they represent the entire area.
- National Football League: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium
- National Hockey League: Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Times Forum
- Major League Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field
- Arena Football League: Tampa Bay Storm
- NCAA Football, Div. I, Big East : University of South Florida Bulls
- NCAA Basketball, Div. I, Big East: University of South Florida Bulls, Sun Dome
- NASL Soccer: Tampa Bay Rowdies, Progress Energy Park
In addition to superior sporting venues, Tampa Bay has a long history of hosting college and professional games and races such as the Super Bowl, Outback Bowl, the St. Petersburg Bowl, and the IZOD IndyCar Series' Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
The Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Winter the Dolphin!), the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, the Mote Marine Laboratory all aim to educate and protect our precious gulf waters the marine life that call it home.