Tampa Bay Area Information

 Clearwater Beach
The Tampa Bay area consists of 8 counties (pop. 4m) located on the central west coast of Florida.  The Tampa Bay area's communities offer diverse environments, from rural to casual to cosmopolitan.

Tampa is known for its professional sports teams, a bustling commercial and recreational port, and several theme and animal parks.  Clearwater has been named the Best Beach Town in Florida and is also appreciated for its nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries.  Artsy Sarasota is home to distinguished architects, fine artists, famous writers, performing arts centers, and the annual Sarasota Film Festival, one of the top ten independent film festivals in North America.

The "hometown quality" of Polk County belies their reputation as a mecca for aviation enthusiasts who enjoy aerospace academies, museums, associations, and Sun N' Fun, the second largest annual aviation event in North America.  The annual Strawberry Festival in Plant City attests to the area's rich, fertile soil which also nourishes the oranges for which Florida has become famous.  Rated one of the Best Places to Live by MSN and Money Magazine, suburban Lutz, on Tampa's north border, offers a perfect blend of leisurely, country living with all the conveniences of a metropolitan area.

From land to sea, to air, and home, Florida offers something for every lifestyle.

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