Tampa Florida Tips!!!

Tampa, Florida is a cheap & fun vacation guaranteed! – the sounds really commercial but seriously it is inexpensive and a really good time, the drinking, partying. eating at restaurants, activities, etc… Here are a list of places to visit if you are there:

Nightlife: There is always people out in the bars, even on a Monday or Tuesday night.

Jackson’s – Is my old time favorite nightclub in Tampa, is beautiful, by the water, the DJs are always playing the right tunes, and just the 4 different room selection makes it impossible not to find the right space for you to dance all night long. If dancing is not your thing I think calling the right people or getting on a list can probably get you a decent price table!

HPC – or Hyde Park Cafe – This is probably my 2nd favorite nightclub as it feels like a relaxed nightclub and I really like that environment away from the posh clubbing style sometimes. Feels like it has 5 different areas and one of the areas is alfresco! Best room at HPC is the techno room! We went 3 nights in this trip- so yeah we like.

Hogan’s Beach – owned by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. I have mix feelings on this place, I like the service, the fact that is right by the water, and appreciate some of the eye candy. But I just find it a bit weird parading around in a tiny bikini sipping alcohol and never actually getting in the beach, I see it more as a Tampa life style therefore maybe is something I would have to get used to if I ever live there, still worth checking it out for the experience. (I went to a fake beach bar in Germany & that I LOVED-Will make a Germany Tips Post soon!)

MacDinton’s Irish Pub – an outside bar, what is not to love about an outdoors bar? Try a shot of Johnny Vegas if you happened to stop by!

Hard Rock Casino – definitely good music and fun for the lovers of the game!

Eating: Cooking may be cheaper but not in Tampa seriously you can eat out almost everyday, they have really good deals & now we all sorts of Groupons you get even better deals.

Cracker Barrel – I LOVE BREAKFAST! Seriously I hate skipping breakfast is really rarely that I skip it and CB offers breakfast all day long-Yessss!!!! It taste good too but they had me at breakfast! After eating spend some time in their store and feed the eye with some pretty cool and interesting stuff.

Fly – My dish was pretty tasty, my cousins didn’t love their dish but it still wasn’t horrible or anything. I think is worth going here at least for the art on the walls, I am a sucker for art and interior decor and Fly definitely offers really beautiful decor. Also try the Spicy Tuna Tartare!

Hogan’s – we also ate at Hogan’s and the food was really good!

Applebee’s – I had been to an Applebee’s in NYC that had left me feeling like I never wanted to go back but tried again in Tampa and it was pretty great! Their White Sangria is delish, try it try it!

Ocean Blue Sushi Bar – pretty good, cheap sushi, and our waiter was very nice and easy on the eyes too.. hehe

Grill Smith – the Caribbean Pumpkin Crab Bisque soup was really good, overall a nice place to eat.

Lodging:

Grand Plaza Hotel – the hotel is right on the beach, walk to the back of the hotel and voilà! Comfortable & clean rooms!

The rest of the trip just stay in someone house! Save money haha… Also if your budget is low you can try Couchsurfing – another post coming soon about my couching surfing experience!

If all you want is a place to sleep then maybe Gram’s Place may be perfect for you, I have not stayed there but it seems and sounds pretty decent.

View from Hogan's to the untouchable beach lol

View from Hogan’s to the untouchable beach lol

Sitting outside Cracker Barrel

Sitting outside Cracker Barrel

Fly Bar Dish

Fly Bar Dish

Fly Bar Dish

Fly Bar Dish

Spicy Tuna Tartare @Fly

Spicy Tuna Tartare @Fly

MacDinton's Irish Pub

MacDinton’s Irish Pub

The Mood of the magical beach day!

The Mood of the magical beach day!

Cri setting the umbrella St. Pete's beach

Cri setting the umbrella St. Pete’s beach

Last Weekend with NY girls at HPC

Last Weekend with NY girls at HPC

Straight from the Airport - to Ocean Blue Sushi.

Straight from the Airport – to Ocean Blue Sushi.

View from Jackson's

View from Jackson’s

Awesome Sky & the Grand Plaza Hotel in the back

Awesome Sky & the Grand Plaza Hotel in the back

View from the VIP cabanas

View from the VIP cabanas

How much did we go out?

How much did we go out?