Gay Tampa metropolitan area includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, all of which our covered in GayTravel.com’s gay and lesbian travel guides. This hot spot on the gulf coast will excite you with beaches where the sand is like flour and the nightlife is bumping and pumping. What makes Tampa so inviting is the semi-tropical weather, and Southern hospitality that aims to please.
There are a bunch of fun things to do in Tampa. For thrill-seekers check out Busch Gardens, an African-themed amusement park brought to you by the people who make Budweiser. If the gut churning rollercoasters are not for you, perhaps the amazing animals are! Go on an African safari and spot hyenas, giraffes, zebras and more!
For those interested in the finer things in life, check out the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, which houses the largest collection of Dali paintings in the world. It’s an experience that will certainly be persistent in your memory (I couldn’t help the pun- Persistence of Memory is the name of his famous melting clocks painting). If you’re interested in Tampa culture, go down to the Ybor district and watch some of the finest cigars being made this side of Cuba. Tampa’s nicknamed Cigar City, so cigars are not just for smoking, but a social and cultural experience in the Big Guava.
Tampa Gay Scene
Though the gay scene is spread throughout the Tampa metropolitan area, our gay travel information suggests the historic Ybor district is your best bet on LGBT nightlife. Ybor is Tampa’s Latin quarter, so you’ll definitely feel el ritmo latino and experience some Cuban spice in this neighborhood. With large rainbow flags marking the GaYbor district, it’s hard not to miss. And with one of the largest pride festivals in Florida, any gay traveler will be welcomed with open arms.
Want to grab a quick bite to eat? There are many gay-friendly restaurants in Tampa, Florida.
Pane Rustica Bakery & Cafe
Screw the carb counting, countless varieties of bread and flat breads are made daily.
Fantastic steak burgers with a side of air fries (baked french fries…yum) and an organic chocolate mocha milk shake.
Bamboozle Cafe offers authentic traditional Vietnamese dishes so come hungry!
Wherever you pick up a plate in the property, expect incredible seafood accented with just a few defined flavors, simply seasoned meats, and vegetables.
Bradley’s on 7th
Videos, country line dancing, amateur strip contests...Bradley’s has something new planned for each time you visit!
City Side Lounge
City Side is THE go-to happy hour bar. Friday night’s after work, it’s standing room only.