Tampa living: Sun, sand, fun, and culture all at your fingertips!

The secret is out. Tampa, Florida has officially become one of the most popular cities to live within the U.S. And really, who can argue? Craving culture? Tampa has well curated museums 

and theatres for enriching experiences. Sports fan? Tampa has you covered. Nature lover? 

Tampa and the west coast of Florida have some of the best beaches in the country. Foodie? How does a Michelin star restaurant sound? From its diverse dining scene to the great neighborhoods and entertainment options, Garden Communities Florida has your ultimate guide to living in Tampa.  

Great Neighborhoods 

Front entrance of New Tampa Palms
New Tampa Palms

Finding the perfect neighborhood in Tampa does not have to be a daunting task, especially when you have communities like New Tampa Palms beckoning with open arms. New Tampa Palms presents an idyllic living experience for those new to the area or looking to relocate within Tampa. The area is characterized by its serene landscapes, modern amenities, and a tight-knit community feel, making it an appealing choice for families, professionals, and retirees alike. 

Resort style community amenities include:  

  • Saltwater pool 
  • Clubhouse with fitness center 
  • EV charging stations 
  • Pet-friendly with a dog park! 
  • Outdoor lounge area with firepit 

Spacious apartments boasting contemporary design features, this property ensures residents find their perfect match. Each apartment comes equipped with state-of-the-art amenities like: 

  • Gourmet kitchens with white wooden cabinetry and granite countertops 
  • Laundry rooms with full size washers and dryers 
  • Either a patio or balcony in all apartments 
  • High 9–16-foot ceilings 
  • Walk-in closets 
  • Individual attached storage unit 

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Entertainment Galore: Embracing Tampa’s Rich Cultural and Athletics 

Ybor City on a beautiful sunny day.
Ybor City

In Tampa, the entertainment scene is as sun-soaked and vibrant as the city itself, offering a variety of activities that cater to all ages and interests. 

Art and music venues 

Dive into the rich tapestry of cultural experiences at renowned institutions like the Tampa Museum of Art and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, where the visual and performing arts come alive. 

Ybor City 

For those with an interest in history, Ybor City awaits with its fascinating past, distinctive architecture, and the famous Columbia Restaurant (Florida’s oldest restaurant) where you can savor flavors that have delighted diners for over a century. 

Theme parks 

Thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline pumping at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, an African-themed amusement park known for its exhilarating roller coasters and family-friendly shows. 

Sports  

Sports fans are right at home in Tampa, a city that celebrates its sports culture with passion. Cheer on the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium or catch a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game for an electrifying time!  

The great outdoors 

Zip lining over palm trees.
Source: Yelp

Outdoor enthusiasts will find their paradise in Tampa’s abundant green spaces and waterways. Tampa ensures that there is always a reason to explore, engage, and be entertained in the great outdoors. From hiking and kayaking to zip lining and some of the nation’s best beaches  you are “shore” to have a fun time in the Florida sun! 

Farmer’s markets 

Man and woman setting up fresh produce at farmers market.

Tampa’s farmer’s markets are a vibrant celebration of Florida’s bounty, offering an array of fresh, locally sourced produce and handcrafted goods that highlight the skill and passion of local farmers and artisans. These markets are not just places to shop; they are community hubs where you can experience the rich agricultural heritage of Florida firsthand.  

Beyond the fresh produce, Tampa’s farmer’s markets are treasure troves of handmade crafts, artisanal foods, and unique local products, providing a platform for local artisans to showcase their work. Whether you are looking for homemade jams, freshly baked bread, or handcrafted jewelry, you will find it all here, each item telling a story of Florida’s rich cultural and agricultural landscape.  

A sampling of Tampa market options:  

A foodie’s paradise 

Bern's Steakhouse lobby.
Bern’s Steakhouse Lobby. Source, Yelp

Tampa’s dining scene is an eclectic mix of flavors and experiences, making it a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts. The city even has a few Michelin star restaurants!  

Tampa prides itself on a rich palette of cuisines ranging from traditional Southern comfort foods to exotic international dishes. The explosion of flavors found in the various eateries, food trucks, and markets around Tampa is truly remarkable. As you explore Tampa’s dining scene, you’ll quickly discover that it’s not just about the food—it’s about the experience. Engaging with local chefs, savoring meals crafted with passion, and soaking in the atmosphere of each unique eatery make dining in Tampa a truly immersive experience. 

Notable Tampa restaurants to put into your rotation: 

Storm preparedness: Staying safe in Tampa’s weather 

Storm preparedness supplies showing flashlight, radio, batteries, first aid kit, water, and canned foods.

Part of Florida living and our ultimate guide to living in Tampa is being prepared when faced with a tropical storm or hurricane. Storm readiness is key, and residents should cultivate a robust preparedness plan as well as building a 

well-stocked emergency kit that includes: 

  • Water 
  • Non-perishable foods 
  • Medications 
  • Batteries and flashlights 
  • Essential documents 
  • Cash 

Fortifying your home to withstand the powerful winds and potential flooding is also crucial. This means checking and reinforcing windows and securing any outdoor furniture and plants. Familiarize yourself with the nearest evacuation zones and routes as well as local shelters. Garden Communities Florida residents can contact property management offices for any questions regarding evacuations and evacuation routes.  

Regularly monitoring weather forecasts and signing up for alerts from reliable sources will keep you ahead of any impending storms. Embracing these preparatory steps empowers you to navigate Tampa’s storm season with confidence, safeguarding both property and peace of mind. 

Embrace the Tampa life today 

New Tampa Palms modern pool with palm trees and rattan lounge.
New Tampa Palms Pool

Embracing life in Tampa, FL, offers an exceptional blend of cultural richness, recreational options, and community spirit that is hard to find elsewhere. Whether you are drawn to its vibrant dining scene, the serenity of neighborhoods like New Tampa Palms, or the sheer variety of entertainment and outdoor activities, Tampa presents a dynamic setting that caters to all lifestyles and ages. With so much to offer, it’s clear why so many find Tampa not just a place to reside, but a place to thrive. 

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