Having spent the boozy part of my 20s in Florida, I know from experience that Tampa knows how to have a good time, and doesn’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. It’s a town that parades its strip clubs on the same street as the local Walmart, and dive bars are as plentiful as Starbucks.
But don’t judge a city by its lucite heels and beer belly.
There’s an upscale side to the area, too, and several options for Tampa vacation homes. From Mcmansions to condo rentals, executives and families don’t have to settle for Motel 6. The condo pictured above is in the masterplanned community of Harbor Island, a tony collection of townhomes and apartments just a bridge away from downtown Tampa and within walking distance of The Convention Center, Channelside and the St. Pete Times Forum.
On a purely frivolous note, there’s one more factoid about Tampa that may even have Perez Hilton buzzing: Someday soon, it will house the future digs of Derek Jeter, who is reportedly building a 30,000-plus-square-foot palace on Davis Island. (The home at 58 Bahama Cirle is still under construction by Jeter’s company, Kered Connors LLC, according to the St. Petersburg Times, just in case you’re dying to spy.)
He may even be around. Look for the baby blue Ferrari.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.