Your Ultimate Tampa Moving Guide

Your Ultimate Tampa Moving Guide

Are you considering moving or relocating to Tampa?

This city on Florida’s Gulf Coast has plenty to offer for singles, couples, and families seeking a relaxed and sunny atmosphere for work and play.

Here’s your ultimate guide to all things Tampa.

Closest Airport

Tampa International Airport (airport code TPA) is conveniently located just six miles west of downtown Tampa.

The airport is currently undergoing a long-term renovation and expansion project that will allow the airport to serve even more passengers every year. Over twenty major domestic and international air carriers fly in and out of Tampa.

TPA has car rental services, information kiosks, and more to ensure a smooth exit from baggage claim to your destination.

Things to Do

Tampa has not one but three major sports teams: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Tampa Bay Rays.
History buffs will find plenty to devour in Tampa’s colorful background, which includes everything from pirates to organized crime. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration that’s been held almost every year since 1904.

It recognizes the history of Spanish piracy in the Gulf Coast. The parade gets its name from the local legend of José Gaspar, a Spanish naval officer-turned-pirate. Tampa has also been a center for cigar manufacturing.

The Tampa Bay History Center has three floors of permanent and temporary exhibits on Florida history. The museum also hosts events throughout the year, including a popular summer youth camp where children can learn more about the museum behind the scenes and do fun outdoor activities.

In the mood for adventure? Spend the day at Busch Gardens Tampa, home of the tallest free-standing dive coaster in North America. Or, head to the aquarium, where you can hand-pet stingrays and even swim with sharks.

Neighborhood Guide

You can expect the average rent in Tampa to be about $1178 per month. No matter what neighborhood you choose, central air conditioning is an absolute must; summer temperatures in Tampa are normally in the 90s.

Tampa has many suburban areas that have convenient commute times but offer a more laidback vibe than living in the heart of the Lightning Capital. Keep in mind, though, that Tampa is one of the 15th-most congested cities in America, so be sure to factor in traffic delays for your commute.

Brandon (to the east) and North Tampa and Carrollwood (to the north) are farther away from the city center but are also your best bets if you're on a tighter budget.

If the "island life" is what you crave, consider Davis Islands, which are a group of small islands connected to Bayshore Boulevard.

Moving Tips

Consider scheduling your move to Tampa between November and May. These are the coolest months of the year in Tampa.

If you have to move during June, July, or August, try planning the heavy lifting for earlier in the morning or later in the evening. This can help you avoid potential highs of 90-100 degrees, intense sun, and humidity while you’re moving your boxes and furniture.

And, with heavy traffic congestion in mind, make sure to budget enough time for comfortably navigating the city.

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