When you live near the ocean, you don’t’ have to set a time for vacation, as your holiday is right there at your doorstep. This and many more things are being said in consumer reviews in Tampa for KB Home. Yet it’s more than just living near the beach; it’s the warm inviting weather, more affordable living, local entertainment and attractions along with a large selection of dining that bring people to the Florida coast.
Top 7 reasons I love living in Tampa
by Chris Erickson
I saw a great article on Huffington Post, but the article got me thinking about the things I love most about the Tampa Bay area. Having spent three years living in Philadelphia, I narrowed it down to the seven things I missed the most about Tampa while I was away (besides my family, of course).
- Beaches/waterfront – Ever sat on St. Pete Beach and watched the sunset? Or played in the waves at Coquina Beach down on Anna Maria Island? Or just sat on the deck at Hula Bay? Other parts of the country may have lakes and rivers, but nothing beats the sight and smell of the ocean. Not to mention that the Tampa Bay area is home to the world’s cutest marine animal, the manatee. If you head down to Bradenton you can meet my favorite manatee, Snooty, at the South Florida Museum.
- Cuisine – When you talk about Tampa cuisine, most people automatically think Bern’s. For me, however, I love that most locally-owned restaurants include the two best items on the planet – a cuban sandwich and a Greek salad. Not to mention Publix’s mojo chicken is fantastic!
- Local attractions – I love roller coasters. I love beer. I love animals. Hence, Busch Gardens is my paradise. Additionally, it’s easy to see why Lowry Park Zoo was named best zoo in America by Parents magazine. I have been taking my nieces there for years, and there is no better place for them to see animals up close, get quizzed by Auntie Chris and actually feed a giraffe.
- Weather – From about May to October, Tampa is definitely hot. However, our proximity to the water keeps the temperatures maxed out in the low 90s, you have air conditioning almost everywhere and can spend six months in the water. And anyone who has had to bundle up and walk outside into single-digit temperatures can attest to the fact that our mild winters and perfect springs more than make up for the hot summers.
- Sports – I grew up watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and immediately fell in love with the Tampa Bay Rays (despite growing up a Red Sox fan) and the Tampa Bay Lightning. While I could catch games on TV or in a sports bar in Philly, nothing beats going to the games and watching them with thousands of other Tampa Bay fans.
- Financial – The cost of living here is relatively low, and there is no state income tax. I repeat. No. State. Income. Tax.
- Pirates – Let’s face it, Tampa is a little weird. The fact that Tampa embraces Gasparilla and all kinds of “pirate-y” fun is an example of how this area is a little strange, but in a really great way.
Originally found on Biz Journals