Tampa, Florida

This hip city on Florida's west coast gives you clear blue skies and perfect beach weather from late autumn well into spring. You'll discover a theme park, water and wildlife explorations, an eclectic art gallery scene, comfy cafes, and fine cigars.

Busch Gardens offers exciting roller coasters and train rides. Children can feed tropical birds at the Lowry Park Zoo. Good kayaking awaits you at Fort De Soto county beach park. Enjoy more canoeing and hiking in the Hillsborough River State Park - you may see turtles and alligators out there.

Take an air-conditioned ride in a vintage streetcar from downtown Tampa to historic Ybor City -where cigars have been made for 5 generations. Stop in at King Corona Café. People gather there to enjoy a fine cigar and a cafe con leche. The legendary Columbia restaurant gives you a real taste of Cuba, along with Flamenco dance performances almost every night.

MacDinton's Irish pub in the SOHO nightlife district serves up shepherd's pie, bangers & mash, and cold beer on tap. For fresh seasonal ingredients from local growers, head to Boca's cozy farm-to-table restaurant in Hyde Park--try their herb goat cheese, wild arugula, and Boca bacon