Your Guide to Tampa Bay Getaways

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Let’s be real – we all need a getaway or staycation more often than we would like to admit. We hear you! Florida (and especially Tampa Bay) is home to beautiful beaches and endless resorts and activities – which means there are so many options for a quick escape from reality. Here’s our roundup of our favorite staycations, day trips, and best weekend getaways to help you plan the perfect weekend escape.

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Staycations in Tampa Bay:

Sometimes, traveling just isn’t doable. But that doesn’t mean you can’t feel like you’re on vacation on your own city. Tampa is full of some of the best beaches, quaint neighborhoods, and urban areas. With some many nearby locations right on the ocean it’s easy to escape. Check out this list of places for a fun getaway without having to go far.

Hollander Hotel Tap Room: St. Petersburg

While you’re sticking around local, explore a local brewery or enjoy some great outdoor activities.

Day Trips from Tampa:

Have the itch to get away but don’t have much time? Day trips are a great way to get away for a bit and do something unique without having to commit to a whole weekend.

These day trips near Tampa run the spectrum from relaxing beach towns, quaint downtowns, and even a trip on I-4 to Orlando. You can make the most of a romantic day together.

Here are our favorite spots to explore for on a day trip near Tampa.

Pass-A-Grille Beach
Photo credit: @PassaGrilleBeach

Florida Getaways:

If you’re ready to get away for a few days on a weekend trip, there are plenty of great spots to escape by car. It’s easy to fall in love with these getaways in Florida. Whether you only want to go an hour away or are up for a road trip, here are our picks for the perfect weekend getaway.

Kokonut Hut: Anna Maria Island

If you want to dive deeper into these Florida getaways and other destinations nearby we’ve got more guides for you. These getaway guides below will help you plan an amazing weekend getaway together, any time of the year.

Anna Maria Island is one of our favorite romantic getaway destinations near Tampa. It’s close by and yet feels like a faraway destination. Of course, it’s hard to resist the excitement and fun of Orlando just a drive east on I-4. And when you’re ready for something truly iconic, Miami and Key West await within a few hours’ drive from Tampa. Find out why visitors flock to these places and go explore!

Anna Maria Island:

Travel time: 1.5 hours


Orlando is a great getaway from Tampa with, or without kids.

Travel time: 1-1.5 hours

Miami and Miami Beach:

Travel time: 4.5-5 hours

Out of State Getaways (Georgia & South Carolina):

Travel time: 6-8 hours


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