Searching for the best place to visit or maybe even relocate to? Consider Tampa. It was named in Time as one of The World’s Greatest Places of 2023 among other destinations including Barcelona, Budapest, Giza, Yosemite, Medellin and Vienna.
Tampa was noted for waterfront fun which is exactly what the city is taking full advantage of in a downtown renaissance. With waterfront property and views between the Hillsborough River and Tampa Bay, the city is seeing a surge in visitors and those moving to the area along with brand new projects and businesses.
Water Street Tampa is a multi-billion-dollar landmark development project that is redefining the downtown area. Late last year, phase one was completed with the unveiling of the city’s very first true five-star hotel, The Tampa EDITION, a super lux venue backed by Bill Gates and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and housing Michelin-starred chef John Fraser.
The Tampa Edition is one of only five in the United States, including one in Miami! This hotel adds to the ever-growing buzz of the Tampa area. Joining wildly popular venues and attractions including restaurants, hotels and residences, The Tampa Edition is offering even more to the already bustling downtown area.
In addition to being named in Time, this neighborhood was also recently named the world’s first WELL-certified City District, due to its focus on sustainability and livability. While there may be a lot going on in the area, it’s never been easier to explore and experience downtown by snagging a rentable electric scooter. As more and more businesses continue to set up shop, it’s no surprise that the area continues to attract countless visitors year after year and even permanent residents.
There’s no slowing down either! Last year, Tampa’s first nonstop flight from Heathrow via Virgin Atlantic was introduced making it even easier to access the city.
It’s become quite the magnet for both entrepreneurs and millennials for good reason! Relaxed leisure is a way of life at spots like Sparkman Wharf, where top chefs offer light bites and cocktails from within shipping containers across a busy shipping canal, and Armature Works, a chic food hall inside a restored trolley warehouse along the 2.6-mile Tampa Riverwalk.