TravelFeb/Mar 2015 Issue

Visit Tampa! Featuring Our Gluten-Free Dining Guide

Discover world-class beaches, old-fashioned pirates and delicious dining.

Photo by Shuterstock/ Jon bilous

Tampa is more than just a city. It’s a region. Located on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Mexico, the Tampa Bay area is a collection of diverse cities, towns and neighborhoods that span Florida’s beautiful Tampa Bay. Each place has characteristics that make it unique and attractive. In addition to having some of the world’s best beaches, the area contains interesting historic spots (like “Cigar City”) and is known as the Strawberry Capital of the World.

Tampa is a sports-lover’s dream, home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Many teams hold spring training in and around the Tampa Bay area, attracting baseball enthusiasts from around the country.

A town of notable events and wacky celebrations, Tampa draws huge crowds to its annual Gasparilla, a pirate invasion held in January where citizens of all ages fill the streets to collect beaded necklaces and golden doubloons from “krewes” of pirates who take over the city.

The diversity of the region allows gluten-free and food-allergic diners to enjoy a range of eateries. From fine-dining establishments to local neighborhood hideaways, friendly and accommodating restaurants ensure that visitors won’t go hungry while enjoying all that Tampa Bay has to offer.

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