The Big Guava Is No Small Wonder

The Big Guava Is No Small Wonder

Here are 7 reasons why I am proud to call Tampa, FL my home.


Tampa, Florida. You may know this quaint town as a beachfront resort, an hour away from world-renowned theme parks, or the home of the Buccaneers, but Tampa has a lot more to offer. From its rich history, to the creation of the "Tampa-opoly" board game, a beach town finally puts its place on the map. Here are 7 reasons why I am forever proud to be a Tampanian.

Nationally Ranked Beaches

St. Petersburg Beach, Florida

Almost every individual associates Florida with beaches, and they would be correct to connect the clear, blue waters with the southernmost US state. I can always count on the Bay Area for crystal clear waters, white, soft sand and picture-worthy sunsets. In fact, as of 2017, Clearwater Beach is the Number 1 beach in the US according to US News!

Arts and Culture

Enjoy a production of "Hamilton" or a orchestra concert at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Perfoming Arts.

In the past 10 years, Tampa has begun to increase the number of art expositions and cultural events. If you love posting a picture of playbills, the Straz Center is the place! Home to multiple theatres, the Straz center auditoriums have a serene ambiance, elevated seating, and surround sound to make every "Lion King: The Musical" and Tampa Youth Orchestra performance something spectacular. If you enjoy thought-invoking, abstract paintings, head over to the Tampa Museum of Art for a delight at every corner! I love the arts scene and I know as more cultures enter the expanding metropolis, you are bound to have a good time.

Food Scene

Historic Ybor City is the Origin and Spanish Hotspot of Tampa

Florida traces its roots to Native American-Indian tribes, and in the 16th century, Ponce de Leon and other Spanish conquistadors claimed the Flower State for themselves. Tampa was established over 200 years ago, so there are plenty of Spanish, Italian, Cuban, American, Indian and Asian restaurants to explore. Top rated, high-class restaurants that I personally recommend during your visit (if you make one) are: Columbia Spanish Restaurant, Ulele, Oxford Exchange and Bern's Steak House and Dessert Room.

Theme Parks

Dive through the plains and encounter many animals on your ride on Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens

Located in North Tampa, Busch Gardens Theme Park is a place I have gone almost every weekend since I was 4 years old. Children and adults of all ages can be thrill seekers on Cheetah Hunt, Montu and Sheikra, African-themed coasters. Younger children can interact with animals on safari and hold parrots in the bird gardens. Go enjoy Dippin Dots on a gondola ride through the park, or enjoy a splash on the Congo River Rapids and Stanley Falls Flume Log Ride. I will never forget waking up at 9 am on Saturdays to go on the same rides and go on the train throughout the park at the end of the day. Tampa is also one hour away from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld in Orlando. So thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, come on by!

Annual Gasparilla Parades

Buccaneers Create a Mock-Invasion Every Year for the Annual Gasparilla Parade

Every February, dozens of children and adults rush to the Boardwalk to enjoy the annual Gasparilla Day Parade. Real-life pirates and buccaneers recreate the invasion of Tampa for everyone to enjoy. Floats run by different organizations, youth groups and local community members go through Downtown and throw bead necklaces for people to catch. I remember that when I was little, my mom caught beads from former mayor Pam Iorio!

Higher Education

Bleed Green and Gold at the University of South Florida, Ranked in the Top 60 Universities Nationwide

The University of South Florida and the University of Tampa are home to many students from across the city, country and the world ready for the next stage of their lives. The University of Florida continues to expand and the Morsani School of Medicine is partnered with Florida Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and the Veterans Administration, all nationally-ranking organizations. In fact, USF received a grant to build a brand new medical facility downtown.

Sports Ventures

Cheer on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Raymond James Stadium, Host of Super Bowls XXXV, XLIII and Future Host of Super Bowl LV in 2021.

What's a visit to Tampa without going to a Bucs, Rays or Lightning game? Get tickets to the Raymond James Stadium or Amalie Arena to watch nationally ranked teams live! Although I have not been to a sports game yet, I can't wait to go in 2021 to the Super Bowl, and I have been to conferences and performances in the Amalie Arena, including Disney on Ice!

Whether you know Tampa for being near Orlando, as a beachfront town, or just a city in Florida, I hope that these reasons entice you to visit my humble hometown. I hope you love your stay there!

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10 Ways To Be The Girl Every Guy Wants

A comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to being the girl every guy wants.

1. Smile all the time.

Guys want to be with girls who are always happy. Men get severely uncomfortable when all the women around them are not Cheshire cat level elated all the fucking time. Why are you mad? Why do you look so pissed? Are you defective? Autopilot your brain to borderline creepy giddiness before men get the idea that you might actually be capable of a full range of human emotion.

2. Be smart.

Men want women to be smart, but never smarter than them. Don’t know or say anything too much about anything specifically – except sports.

3. Eat like a man, look like a lady.

How many burgers can you fit in your mouth at once? Better, even, how many hotdogs? Have the appetite of a grizzly bear, but eat like a cute tiny rabbit, or Kate Upton faking an orgasm. Oh, and never, ever get above a size 4.

4. Play video games.

No guy can resist a girl who loves to play video games (in her underwear). Fifa, 2K, Smash, Kart – know them all. If you can’t at least beat his worst friend at his favorite game, you’re not a keeper.

5. Love beer.

If you can’t throw ‘em back like one of the guys, you’re not wifey. Yeah, that Norwegian IPA no one's ever fucking heard of? You got it. Bud Light? Sure. Fat Tire? You love that shit. Feel free to let out that beer burp while you’re at it, but the burp you’d imagine a Japanese dwarf squirrel would let out after eating rainbows. Oh, and don’t forget, size 4.

6. Be a freak, but also a nun.

We all know that lyric (thank you, Ludacris, so much). Hit those yoga poses hard because he wants you to bust that shit out like you’ve done it before. But you haven’t … right? Have you?!

7. Keep him on his toes.

No man wants a woman who is predictable and boring. Challenge him. Keep him intrigued. Drop an F bomb every now and then. Learn a foreign language in your spare time so that you might give the illusion of being exotic in bed (Slavic languages sound super sexy). Induce yourself into an epileptic seizure. Whatever it takes to keep it interesting.

8. Have quirks.

Ah, quirks. The things that make people unique. The things that make people, people. You must have at least three of these but no more than five. Think relatable Stepford Wife.

9. Be hot.

This is potentially the most important, and luckily I don’t need to tell you how this works. Look at anything. Anywhere. That ever existed.

10. Never, ever get mad.

The worst thing you can do as a woman is challenge a man’s authority. Don’t talk back. Don’t think. Don’t have expectations. Sit. Roll over. Hold the bark.


And finally, in the spirit of strong conclusions and remarkably appropriate GIFs:

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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