Tampa is the commercial center of Florida's West Coast. While it's the country's eleventh busiest seaport and a center of banking, it is also bustling with attractions that bring visitors from all over the world. Downtown, the waterfront convention center draws many people, as does the Florida Aquarium and the adjoining Channelside district.
A drive into downtown may take you along Bayshore Boulevard skirting the waters of Tampa Bay. On any given day you might see joggers, skaters and bikers out on their daily quest for exercise along the world's longest continuous sidewalk. Some come just to soak up the sunshine and the view.
Besides a modern skyline, Tampa's long history is evident. As you cross the Hillsborough River you might notice in the distance the minarets towering above the University of Tampa. Tampa's streetcars that link The Florida Aquarium with the Convention Center, St. Pete Times Forum and historic Ybor City bring a nostalgic flare to an otherwise modern Channelside district where cruise ships sail from Garrison Port.
Downtown Tampa is also beginning to evolve into an urban center. More and more people are chosing not only to work downtown, but to live there as well. Lofts are appearing in older buildings and new condominium projects are in the works.