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Year-round sunshine means the outdoors are rarely off limits. An annual pirate parade brings Tampa’s buccaneer past back to life every January. And with developers funneling billions of dollar into redevelopment projects, business here is booming. If you haven’t stopped by Tampa to eat a classic Cuban sandwich, jog down Bayshore Boulevard, or watch manatees laze around, well, you’re missing out—restaurants, attractions and things to do in Tampa are some of the best around.
To meet the need of its varied visitors, Tampa has a wide range of accommodations, from historic to luxurious and alternative, taking in rooms in old judges’ chambers, food-focused hotels, Dutch-inspired hostels and a glass-covered palace. Here’s our list of the 11 best.