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Discover Authentic Tampa Bay FL
Discover Authentic Tampa Bay FL
It all started with Tocobaga tribe establishing villages near a bay called “Tanpa”, which meant “sticks of fire”, long before the Spanish came, from about 900 AD until the 1500’s…
Currently, the Tampa Bay metropolitan area has a population of over 3 million.
The median home value in the Tampa Bay, FL metro area remains affordable at $196,300, while national property values are around $206,300.
Large cities like Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater and smaller places like Gulfport, Seminole, and Safety Harbor are part of the modern Tampa Bay, FL area, known for affordable housing, beautiful beaches, parks and peaceful nature preserves.
If you’re more of a beachgoer, then coastal cities such as Clearwater Beach, Belleair Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, St Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, and Redington Beach might be more of what you’re looking for. Each coastal city in Tampa Bay, FL is famous for its white sandy beaches, fabulous beachfront condos & homes, and irreplaceable beachside character and amenities.
Whether you’re thinking of buying a home, renting a home, or just vacationing in the Tampa Bay, FL area, we have some great recommendations when it comes to enjoying some of the prettiest beaches in Florida, while also getting a dose of the area’s beautiful history.
2525 Philippe Pkwy, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (727) 669-1947
One can still find the remains of Temple Mound, built by Tocobaga Indians in Philippe Park, located in Safety Harbor, FL.
Named after Odet Phillipe, who was the first person to introduce grapefruit to Florida, the park is where his citrus plantation once stood and original citrus trees can still be found there. Philippe Park offers one mile of beautiful shoreline, picnic shelters with grills, a playground for kids, plus fishing and boating ramps.
Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715 (727) 582-2267
Named after Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who in May 1539 landed nine ships in south Tampa Bay area.
Fort De Soto Park boasts not only almost 3 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, but also 19th century forts to view and explore, plus boat launching facilities, camping, 7 miles of paved trails, playgrounds, nature trails, a dog park and ferry service to Egmont Key. Perfect place for a day trip or a weekend camping by the sea!
Honeymoon Island Park
#1 Causeway Blvd. Dunedin, FL 34698 (727) 469-5942
Formerly known as Hog Island, this area was introduced in the early 1940s when honeymoon type huts were built on the island for vacationing. This park features approximately 4 miles of beautiful shoreline that’s great for shelling, bicycling, and fishing. There’s even a pet beach and nature trails, complete with picnic areas and a playground for the kids. Don’t miss the ferry to Caladesi Island either for a great family day trip!
Andrea is the Managing Partner of Sandy Hartmann & Associates. She is a licensed Realtor with over 15 years of Marketing and Finance experience, holding a degree in both Finance and International Busi....
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