Tampa is located on the western Florida coast, on the Tampa Bay and is home to 303,447 people. Besides being a costal city, the Tampa Bay Area is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, which covers four-counties and includes several small islands, with a total population of over 3 million residents. Tampa is known for its Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the beautiful beaches of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Tampa has a semi-tropical climate that allows people to vacation all year. The summer months are hot and humid and the winter months are dry and warm. However, snow has fallen a few times in the area and a winter frost comes every 2-3 years. In summer, the average temperature is 80 degree Fahrenheit while the average winter temperature is mid-60 degree Fahrenheit. Rain mainly falls in the summer and thunderstorms are common. It is for this reason that the Tampa Bay Area is also known as the “Lightening Capital.”