Spanning the southern portion of Florida's "Nature Coast," as well as the popular vacation destinations of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota, the Central West region of Florida offers a vast array of cultural, historical, natural and recreational riches along gem-colored waters and sun-drenched beaches. Tampa, a contemporary city, is home to museums, the Florida Aquarium and the Busch Gardens theme park. Within Tampa's limits is colorful Ybor City which is known for its cigar industry heritage and still retains its Cuban and Spanish flair.
This area offers vacation options, from thrill rides at Busch Gardens and stargazing at MOSI to turtle quests along barrier islands and canoeing along the Hillsborough River. You must see Sarasota on "Florida's Cultural Coast," offering world-class art and entertainment for the entire family starting with the Ringling Brothers legacy, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Asolo Theater and Ringling mansion. Information From Florida Suncoast Tourism Promotions, Photo by Anderson DLA