|Port of Tampa|
||Port Tampa Bay is the largest port in the state of Florida. It sits on the western coast of Florida.|
|To get in to the port use the Tampa International Airport. The port offers everything from ship repair to cruise ship docking. Four cruise lines currently dock here at Port Tampa Bay. The Port is 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It sits three blocks away from Interstate 75 for easy access. The Port covers over 5,000 acres with business, industry and commerce growing daily. The Port was originally called The Port of Tampa. The name was formally changed to Port Tampa Bay in January 2014.
The area around Port Tampa Bay is lively with tourist and area attractions. The Florida Aquarium, Ybor City and Channelside are three major areas of interest. Tampa International Airport is a short drive away also. The airport serves over 30,000 passengers daily. Busch Gardens and The Henry B. Plant Museum are popular tourist sites within a close drive.
The Florida Aquarium has over 20,000 plant and animal exhibits open. It is well known as an education center for the area. It has wetlands, an atrium and a coral reef. It is a popular destination for both locals and families that are visiting the area.
Ybor City is known as the “Cigar Capitol of the World.” It was first settled by Spanish, Italian and Cuban immigrants. With the port nearby, it became a place of safe harbor for new residents. They brought both their culture and industry to the area. Making cigars was very easy in this area with the tobacco states nearby. Many of the buildings here are on the National Historic Registry. It is one of the oldest sections of Florida. There is an active cultural society that brings a flair to this region. A streetcar system provides excellent transportation.
Channelside is a residential and a entertainment district. It has an open arena for music popular with local acts. Bay Plaza is located here also. The streetcar system makes it easy to go from attraction to dinner day or night.