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Tampa

Tucked inside Tampa Bay on Florida's west coast, the city of Tampa has evolved into a popular beach destination and a bustling cruise port. Its red-hot waterfront is jam-packed with sights, sounds and surf, and is just a quick hop away from century-old St. Petersburg and from Clearwater, home to some of Florida's best beaches.

Historic sights can be found along the brick-lined walkways of the Cuban-influenced Ybor City, which is dotted with wrought-iron balconied buildings. You'll also spot flamenco dancers galore and old factories selling Florida's best hand-rolled cigars, not to mention plenty of Major League teams batting up for spring training. Finally, Tampa offers up award-winning beaches to perfect your glamour tan and more than 2,000 restaurants to soothe your hunger.

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