Guide to Living in Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL is a popular tourist destination, but it is also home to many families, young professionals, college students, retirees and more. In fact, one of the reasons our residents love living in Garden Communities is because of the proximity to this great city. Whether you’ve lived here since birth or are a transplant who recently relocated for a job opportunity, there are things you have to know to make the most of the bay area. Our guide is all you need to locate the most delicious restaurants and eateries, enjoy the most exciting nightspots and festivals, find the best apartments for rent, and survive the often extreme Florida weather. 

Garden Communities Guide to Living in Tampa, FL


Pool at Compton Place Tampa, FL

There are tons of great neighborhoods and apartment communities throughout Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas, so no matter what side of the city you are in, there are plenty of great options from which to choose. Whether you are looking for apartments for rent near Tampa colleges and universities or searching for an apartment near the best schools in Hillsborough County, FL to ensure your children receive the best education possible, you can find a luxury apartment home that meets and exceeds your needs. Apartment options and amenities can include balconies, walk-in-closets, vaulted ceilings, swimming pools, fitness centers, playgrounds, picnic areas, and much more. Favorite communities include Compton Place, which even includes washers and dryers in every apartment, ceramic tile baths and more, and Landing at Cypress Meadows, which also includes access to a basketball court and tennis court. Whichever community you choose, you are sure to find plenty of Tampa, FL apartments that can make you feel at home.


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Tampa has no shortage of amazing diners, eateries, and fine dining options. The bay area can keep your taste buds satisfied for years to come. In fact, Tampa, FL is truly a town for foodies. From mouth-watering seafood restaurants and steakhouses to specialty restaurants that present food as art, there is sure to be an eatery to suit any taste, preference or occasion.


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Tampa also offers its residents a wide variety of exciting daytime and nighttime activities and hotspots for socializing, fun and friends. Whether you want to take a jaunt over to Cigar City to learn about the history of Ybor City or would prefer to take a stroll around Tampa’s Riverwalk, there is always something to do in and around Tampa, FL. There are often plenty of free things to do in Tampa, FL, so you don’t have to break the bank to have a great time. Also close to Orlando’s theme parks and a short drive away from Florida’s top music festivals, living in Tampa gives residents quick and easy access to entertainment across the state.


Lightning Hitting Bay

While the Florida weather gives residents year-long access to the sandiest beaches and endless fun in the sun, the weather can be hard to handle – even if you are born here. The heat can be brutal if you aren’t accustomed to it, and it only gets hotter and more humid as summer approaches. Luckily, there are plenty of tips for how to survive a Florida summer, including tips for how to keep your car cool, prevent heat exhaustion and avoid tourists. And unfortunately, when summer finally begins to pass, it is only a sign that hurricane season has arrived. Are you ready for hurricane season? It is important to keep a good stock of food and water on hand, plan your evacuation route and strategy, and pick up medicine, flashlights and other supplies well in advance of any major storm.

As you can see, there’s so much to see and do within the Tampa Area. Want to learn more? Check out the Garden Communities FL Blog for more information or check out our listings in Tampa, FL.