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Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg make up what is referred to as the greater Tampa area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Southeastern United States. With a sub-tropical climate, an outdoor lifestyle centred on beaches and the ocean, almost any activity you desire may be found here. The area is home to theme parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, botanical gardens, countless beaches with any manner of water activities and sports teams.

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Overview

The Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area is a sunny destination that offers most activities for differing skill levels. Relax or adventure to your heart’s content. Family fun on the beaches and water, superb food and drink for the foodies, animal encounters, golfing, shopping, top tier sports teams, it is all available in this tropical paradise.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: Passports are required for international travel. You will not be permitted to depart without necessary documentation. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as vaccinations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Passport and entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. For the most current information on passport and entry requirements, please visit the Government of Canada official Web site at http://travel.gc.ca. Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or licence for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.ca/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to Canada the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs for more information.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Government of Canada official Web site at http://travel.gc.ca.

Climate:
Average Temperature:
May through September: 31° to 33°
October through April: 22° to 29°

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Eastern

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phones.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules, please inquire at your hotel.

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, insect repellent, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery, comfortable walking shoes, and travel documents.

Top Experiences

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium : A non-profit organization and aquarium dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation and release of marine animals.

  • Moccasin Lake Nature Park : A 51-acre nature preserve that includes educational walking tours, natural exhibits and hiking trails.

  • The Dali Museum : Dedicated to the famous artist Salvador Dali, this museum is home to an unparalleled collection of his works.

  • Sunken Gardens : This 100-year-old botanical garden spans four acres and is one of the oldest attractions in the United States.

  • Tampa Riverwalk : A 2.6-mile path connecting the culture and entertainment of Tampa.

  • Ybor City : Also known as Cigar City, has a culturally rich scene for the day and nightlife.

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