Fly To Tampa, Florida
Tampa’s port and international airport make it a very accessible Florida destination, but its business-like appearance can put visitors off. Contrary to popular belief, there is in fact an abundance of entertainment to be had in this sunny city. With museums, theme parks, zoos, aquariums, restaurants, theatres and nightclubs, you could never say Tampa was boring, and that’s not even mentioning the sun-drenched beaches and adrenaline-spiked Grand Prix track.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Tampa, Florida, or anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Embassy to Tampa is in Washington DC. 3400 International Drive, NW, Washington DC, 20008. Phone: + 1 202 232 4400. Website: saembassy.org.
See and do
With nearly year-round sunshine, Tampa’s outdoor attractions are a great choice no matter the season. The beaches are perfect for relaxing, but don’t forget the waterfront’s Davis and Harbour Islands. They’re not just picturesque, but also a great spot to grab a bite to eat, or let your hair down for a night on the town.
Busch Gardens is another must for fun-in-the-sun adventures. It has a thrilling amusement park and a top-notch zoo, and there are some great shows and events hosted there throughout the year. If you’re not into amusement parks, there’s always the Lowry Park Zoo, or the Florida Aquarium. They both make for a fabulous afternoon’s entertainment, and they’ll keep the kids happy too.
For a taste of Tampa’s more eclectic nature, visit Ybor City, the multi-ethnic historic district to the northeast of downtown. By day you’ll love exploring the State Museum, the Cigar Museum and the Saturday market – a wonderful place to find Cuban, Spanish and Italian-influenced souvenirs. At night you’ll want to break out your dancing shoes, because Tampa’s best nightclubs and bars are in Ybor City too.
Tampa residents tend to advise visitors to hire a car when they’re in town, but public transport is certainly a viable option as well. Between the bus, streetcar and trolley routes, you can get most places you’ll want to go. Just make sure you have exact change, as it’s not always possible to get change from the drivers.
Tampa International Airport – TPA
Food and beverage: Starbucks.
Currency Exchange: There are ATMs located near the food halls, airside.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost & Found is run by the Police Department, and should be reported to security or the information desk.
Airport Hotels: The Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel is located on the airport grounds.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Tampa International Airport (code TPA) is a hub for Silver Airways.