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The Tampa Bay Area & Beach Communities

of Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties, Florida

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The Tampa Bay Area combines its trendy and urban side with the relaxed atmosphere of America’s best beaches. You’ll discover bright blue skies and sunshine, sparkling waterfront communities, world-class restaurants, endless family fun options, and a rich cultural and arts scene. AND – we are more than just beauty and fun. Investors love our area because of our diverse and strong economy. We have the second largest GDP in Florida and are a hub for innovation. Welcome to Florida’s most diverse destination.
Average high: 82°F / 27.8°C
Average low: 65°F / 18.3°C
Hillsborough County: 1,478,000
Pinellas County: 956,615
Pasco County: 584,067

The Tampa Bay Area truly has something for everyone!

International buyers flock to this area for our beautiful weather, sunny skies, and endless opportunities for both relaxation and fun. Investors choose to put their money here due to our incredibly strong, diverse, and growing economy. There is room for everyone, and all are welcome here. The housing options are varied, from luxurious mansions to modest condominiums, and you’ll find something to suit every lifestyle and price range. We are proud that the National Association of REALTORS® named us one of the ten American markets expected to outperform over the next three to five years due to our relative housing affordability combined with solid local economic expansion. We invite you to experience our warm hospitality and find out why so many choose to call Tampa Bay ‘home’.
Fun facts

St. Petersburg holds the Guinness record for most consecutive sunny days (768), earning its nickname “The Sunshine City”.

Pinellas is derived from the Spanish words Punta Pinal meaning “point of pines”.

Don’t just take our word for it. See how we rank!

Clearwater Beach – #1 Best Beach in the U.S. and #6 in the World (2019 TripAdvisor)

St. Pete Beach – #1 Beach in the U.S. and #5 in the World (2021 TripAdvisor)

Madeira Beach – #9 Beach in the U.S. (2021 TripAdvisor)

St. Pete Beach – #10 Beach in the U.S. (2021 USA Today)

St. Petersburg – #3 Top Places for LGBTQ Folks to Live (realtor.com)

Tampa – #10 Best Places to Start a Business (2022 WalletHub)

St. Petersburg – #17 Best Places to Start a Business (2022 WalletHub)

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater – #5 Best Places To Own Investment Property (2022 GoBankingRates)

Tampa Int’l Airport – #1 Large Airport in North America (2022 J.D. Power)

Let's talk business

Tampa Bay is home to 19 corporate headquarters with over $1 billion in annual revenue, seven of which are Fortune 1000 companies. Almost 500 foreign-owned companies representing more than 40 nations are established in our community. (Tampa Bay Economic Development Council)

Our area is located on the prime I-4 warehouse and distribution logistics corridor.

Tampa International Airport consistently wins awards for its environmental, diversity, design, and customer service efforts and offers hundreds of direct domestic and international flights each day.

Port Tampa Bay is the largest seaport in Florida and is the closest deep-water port to the Panama Canal and post-Panamax ready. Its economic impact is more than $17.2 billion and is responsible for 85,000 jobs.

34 million consumers are within an eight-hour drive.

Real estate is 16% of Florida’s economy, at $173 billion per year. (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)

Fun fact
From the 1880s through 1930s, cigar manufacturing and related activities, primarily box construction and lithography, dominated Tampa’s economy.

International real estate in Tampa Bay

According to the National Association of REALTORS®:
  • Foreign buyers purchased nearly $15.6 billion of Florida’s existing homes.
  • 53% of foreign buyers purchased a condominium or townhouse.
  • 11% of foreign buyers who purchased property in Florida purchased in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area.
2022 median purchase prices (Florida REALTORS®):
  Pinellas Co. Pasco Co. Hillsborough Co.
Single Family Homes $433,373 $380,000 $413,989
Townhouses/Condos $285,000 $279,990 $285,000
  Pinellas County
Single Family Homes $433,373
Townhouses/Condos $285,000
  Pasco County
Single Family Homes $380,000
Townhouses/Condos $279,990
  Hillsborough County
Single Family Homes $413,989
Townhouses/Condos $285,000
Foreign buyers who purchase property in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area originate from:
  • Amtrak Rail Train
  • Central Avenue Trolley (CAT)
  • Sunrunner
  • Cross Bay Ferry
  • Downtowner Electric Rideshare
  • eBoats Tampa
  • Kraken Cycleboards
  • Lyft and Uber
  • Pirate Water Taxi
  • Taxi Cabs
  • TECO Line Streetcar

Get here & get around

Getting to the Tampa Bay Area is easy! There are daily flights, many non-stop, in and out of Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). Once you’re in an automobile, interstates 4, 75, and 275 will take you to the heart of the area and beyond.

TPA hosts over 17 direct international flights including Cancun, Frankfort, Grand Cayman, Halifax, Havana, London, Marsh Harbor, Montego Bay, Montreal, Nassau, Ottawa, Panama City, San Juan, St. John’s, Toronto, and Zurich. TPA consistently wins praise for its efficiency and convenient design. It was ranked “#1 Large airport in North America” by J.D. Power in 2022!

Smaller than TPA and located near the beaches, PIE also offers direct flights to Halifax and Toronto, plus over 50 direct flights to destinations across the U.S.

When you’re here, there are many ways to get from Point A to Point B. Since we are the Bay area, many modes of transportation will take you on the water!

Cruise Ship
Care to cruise? In Tampa Bay, the Port of Tampa is where you’ll start your cruising experience to a variety of Caribbean destinations. Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean all offer cruises that depart from the port on three-, five-, seven-, and 14-night cruises.

Beach life

Beautiful white sand and clear, shallow water make our award- winning and world-renowned beaches an ideal playground for the young, old, and everyone in between.

Whether you enjoy people watching and walking along a boardwalk, or prefer the more untouched and pristine environments, there is a spot for everyone in our 12 beach cities and 11 barrier islands.

Our beaches have been the honored recipient of a number of awards and accolades in nearly every category – from natural beauty and seclusion, to best city beach, and from best family beach to recognition for environmental conservation.

The locals know many of the area’s best restaurants and bars are found at the beaches. You’ll find everything from fine dining to ultra casual.

There are hundreds of waterfront condo complexes in the Tampa Bay Area!

A great many species steal the spotlight around here, including dolphins, pelicans, egrets, herons, ospreys, manatees, ibises, wood storks, and sea turtles… and that’s not counting the fish!
There are more than 50 active adult retirement communities in Tampa Bay Area.

A sample of our beaches and beach communities:

Anclote Key Preserve State Park
Caladesi Island State Park
Clearwater Beach
Belleair Beach
Fred Howard Park Fort
De Soto Park
Honeymoon Island State Park
Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Shores
Isla Del Sol
Redington Beach
Redington Shores
Madeira Beach
North Redington Beach
Tierra Verde
Treasure Island
St. Pete Beach
Sunset Beach
Pass-a-Grille Beach
Sand Key Shell Key
Anclote Key Preserve State Park
Caladesi Island State Park
Clearwater Beach
Belleair Beach
Fred Howard Park Fort
De Soto Park
Honeymoon Island State Park
Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Shores
Isla Del Sol
Redington Beach
Redington Shores
Madeira Beach
North Redington Beach
Tierra Verde
Treasure Island
St. Pete Beach
Sunset Beach
Pass-a-Grille Beach
Sand Key Shell Key

Explore our outdoors

With our location on the Gulf of Mexico and our year-round warm and sunny climate, it is no surprise that we are a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Our world-class recreation and conservation systems maintain hundreds of parks, preserves, boat ramps, campgrounds, and nature trails.

You'll find every type of sporting activity, plus:

  • Bicycling
  • Boating
  • Bocce
  • Camping
  • Dog Parks
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Kiteboarding
  • Horseback riding
  • Paddleboarding
  • Parasailing
  • Shelling
  • Shuffleboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling and scubadiving
  • Wind surfing

Let’s play!

The Tampa Bay Area is home to many different national sports teams, automobile racing, golfing, and more. We also host major national championship sporting events, including the NFL’s Super Bowl.

Clearwater Offshore Nationals (boat racing)

Firestone Grand Prix (IndyCar Racing)

Spring training for:
the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Yankees, and the Toronto Blue Jays (MLB/baseball)

Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL/hockey)

Tampa Bay Rays (MLB/baseball)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL/football)

Tampa Bay Rowdies (soccer)

Tampa Bay Vipers (XFL football)

The Orlando Magic (NBA/basketball)
is just up the road in Orlando.

Golfing in Tampa Bay

Art & culture

We have it all – an endless amount of cultural activities and musical performances happening every day of the week. Our arts and culture scene extends through the area and has never been more vibrant and notable.

Take a walk through downtown St. Petersburg and see why it’s quickly becoming internationally known as an outdoor gallery for its abundant murals.

  • Museums
  • Art galleries and art walks
  • Building murals and outdoor sculptures
  • Live music venues
  • Major event centers
  • Outdoor festivals
  • Performing arts centers
  • Community theaters
  • Home of The Florida Orchestra
Dali Museum
Better plan for repeat visits! The Dali Museum is home to over 2,000 works of art!

Unique things to do!

Whether you like animals, rollercoasters and thrill rides, or interesting experiences, here is just a sample of the ways you could spend your time exploring our interesting side:
  • Adventure Island
  • Big Cat Rescue
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Dinosaur World
  • Florida State Fairgrounds and Amphitheater
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Manatee Viewing Center
  • Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
  • The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Topgolf
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple
  • Yacht StarShip Cruises
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park

A culinary experience

Our food scene is a cornucopia of culinary contributions known as a dining-destination. With easy access to seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and the melting pot of international cultures, you’ll find every type of food imaginable for the vegan, the carnivore, and everyone in-between. World-renowned celebrity chefs call us home. We also boast a major craft beer scene for those with a taste for hops.
The best sandwich on Earth
Did you know? The Cuban sandwich originates from Ybor City in Tampa!

Shop ‘till you drop

Discover the most unique shopping experiences around – from enclosed, multi-level complexes offering luxury
brands, to open- air flea, craft, and thrift markets – there is something
for all tastes and budgets.

Never stop learning

Students of all ages have access to top-ranking higher education, including public and private colleges and universities, technical and trade schools, medical schools, and more.
The historic Plant Hall at University of Tampa is a defining feature of Tampa’s skyline.
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa
  • St. Petersburg College
  • Eckerd College
  • Pinellas Technical College
  • National Aviation Academy
  • Florida International University
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • The Art Institute of Tampa

LGBTQ+ community

USA Today named St. Petersburg the #2 city to celebrate LGBT Pride Month in for a reason. Every year since 2014, St. Pete has scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipality Equality Index (MEI). All are welcome and celebrated in our community!
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