Destination guide

Enjoy the unique culture of Tampa Bay from vacation homes

As the trendy, urban heart of the Gulf Coast region, Tampa Bay is a cultured destination with excellent restaurants, blue skies, and a bustling waterfront with a fusion of Cuban culture. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-fueled water fun or a night on the town, vacation home rentals in Tampa Bay offer a little something for every inclination.

History

Rich heritage in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is filled with historic sites and museums that showcase its rich history, right outside the door of your summer rental. The Museum of Science & Industry, which has interactive exhibits on natural phenomena and the human body, as well as a butterfly garden, is a great place for families. The Glazer Children’s Museum, with over 150 interactive exhibits on weather, communication, and more, offers a unique experience for young children. The Tampa Bay History Center, a sprawling history museum that chronicles the history of Tampa, and Dinosaur World, an outdoor museum with life-size dinosaur models in native vegetation, are also must-visit locations.

Things to do

Family fun surrounds vacation home rentals in Tampa Bay

With multiple family-friendly destinations and an abundance of natural beauty, Tampa Bay is a great place for children and adults alike. Vacation rentals are available near such attractions as the African-themed Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, an amusement park and zoo with thrill rides and exotic African animals, and the Florida Aquarium, an aquarium with sharks, penguins, dolphins, and stingrays in interactive exhibits. Outdoor water theme park, Adventure Island, has a wave pool and lazy river and is also great for kids. For adults, Ybor City has vintage shops, high-end boutiques, exotic eateries, and the Ybor City Museum, which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the area with unique exhibits.

Beaches

Sun and fun in Tampa Bay

The picturesque scenery and nearly year-round sunshine of Tampa Bay make it the perfect destination for a nearby beach retreat. Vacation homes can be found throughout the area, giving you access to some of the best Gulf Coast beaches for relaxation, wildlife viewing, or watersports. Fort De Soto Park has a beautiful beach with soft sand and calm waters that provides refuge for the loggerhead sea turtle, which is ideal for animal lovers. The Caladesi Island State Park beach has gorgeous, unspoiled landscape and turquoise waters for a natural retreat. For a more conventional sunbathing and swimming experience, Archibald Beach Park is a favorite for beach fun and seaside restaurants and shops, and Clearwater Beach offers a clean shoreline, volleyball, swimming, and snorkeling in gentle waves.

Restaurants and bars

Fusion cuisine in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay cuisine is a rich fusion of cultural influences, ranging from classic seafood to authentic Spanish dishes. Waterfront bistros and bars, farm-to-table restaurants, fine-dining establishments, and food tours offer unique slices of Tampa Bay’s distinctive flavors. Whatever you’re craving, you’re sure to find a restaurant or eatery to discover new favorites.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly activities near Tampa Bay vacation homes

Tampa Bay is filled with kid-friendly and family-oriented attractions near vacation rentals. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, a celebrated zoo with educational programs, a water play area, and giraffe feedings, is great for animal lovers. Adventure Island, an outdoor water theme park with a wave pool, lazy river, and thrill rides offers fun and adventure for the whole family. The Weedon Island Preserve, a nature reserve with hiking paths, birdwatching, and canoeing and kayaking in the waterways, and the Big Cat Rescue, a wildcat sanctuary with rescued animals and educational tours, are also fun for the kids.

Can I find a vacation rental around Tampa Bay?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,892 vacation rentals near Tampa Bay. From 2,835 Houses to 4,713 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Tampa Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Tampa Bay?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tampa Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Clearwater Beach: 936 vacation rentals
  • Anna Maria Island: 3,854 vacation rentals
  • Sarasota: 7,144 vacation rentals
  • Saint Pete Beach: 4,430 vacation rentals
  • Saint Petersburg: 9,242 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Tampa Bay! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Tampa Bay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tampa Bay:

  • Sarasota: 7,144 rentals
  • Saint Pete Beach: 4,430 rentals
  • Saint Petersburg: 9,242 rentals
  • Tampa: 1,975 rentals
  • Indian Rocks Beach: 4,862 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Tampa Bay?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Tampa Bay are:

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA): 3,240 vacation rentals
  • St Petersburg Clearwater International Airport (PIE): 7,730 vacation rentals
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ): 8,119 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Tampa Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Tampa Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 7,954 rentals
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: 3,061 rentals
  • St. Armands Circle: 8,394 rentals
  • Anna Maria Island Museum and Historical Park: 7,499 rentals
  • Raymond James Stadium: 2,052 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tampa Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Tampa Bay

Sarasota
7,144 vacation rentals
Saint Pete Beach
4,430 vacation rentals
Saint Petersburg
9,242 vacation rentals
Tampa
1,975 vacation rentals
Indian Rocks Beach
4,862 vacation rentals
Clearwater
6,498 vacation rentals
Madeira Beach
5,391 vacation rentals
Treasure Island
5,221 vacation rentals
Longboat Key
7,612 vacation rentals
Bradenton Beach
3,834 vacation rentals
Indian Shores
5,474 vacation rentals
Bradenton
6,385 vacation rentals
Holmes Beach
3,664 vacation rentals
Anna Maria
3,508 vacation rentals
Dunedin
2,689 vacation rentals
Redington Shores
5,149 vacation rentals
Tarpon Springs
820 vacation rentals
Redington Beach
5,351 vacation rentals
Largo
6,746 vacation rentals
New Port Richey
835 vacation rentals