13 Apr The Local Guide to Tampa Bay
At Marina Pointe, we believe Tampa Bay is the best place to live, and it seems that many others agree with us. According to Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, the metro area of Tampa Bay is the third fastest-growing in Florida, and Zillow expects Tampa to be 2022’s number one hottest housing market in the country.
While there are a variety of housing options throughout the Tampa Bay area, Marina Pointe offers the perfect location just minutes from downtown Tampa and the beaches of St. Petersburg, with a scenic view of the open bay from our private balconies.
Hidden Gems of Tampa
Despite Tampa’s recent growth, it boasts a small-town charm quality and spots beloved by locals. The New York Times recently talked about Tampa as an overlooked city with numerous hidden gems.
The once famous cigar-producing neighborhood, Ybor City, is sprinkled with secret spots, including La Segunda Central Bakery, known for authentic Cuban bread, Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que, and BarrieHaus Beer Company with their meticulously crafted lagers.
In Seminole Heights, visit Bo’s Ice Cream and treat yourself to their classic hot fudge sundae or sample an eclectic array of farm-to-table bites at Rooster & The Till, named the number one restaurant in Tampa Bay for two years in a row by the Tampa Bay Times.
Looking for champagne, charcuterie, or cheesecake? The C House is the spot for all things food, beverage, and housewares that begin with the letter C. For an authentic, speakeasy experience and fantastic cocktails, head to Hyde Park and visit Ciro’s Tampa, but make sure to call ahead for the password.
On the Water Experiences
To gain the full Tampa experience, you must take to the water. As the only new community in Tampa Bay with a private marina, we truly offer a carefree waterfront lifestyle. With unrestricted access to the bay, Marina Pointe beckons residents to explore the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Check out our top list of destinations and dining opportunities, only a short cruise away from home.
If you’re a Tampa Bay resident, you’re no stranger to the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a legendary annual celebration along the water named after the famous pirate, Jose Gaspar. The day begins with a staged pirate invasion and ends with a thundering parade of Tampa natives.
The luxurious Yacht Starship, a cardinal Tampa Bay experience, is a stylish way to partake in Gasparilla or to simply enjoy a sunny weekend. Set sail near Sparkman Wharf and cruise the tides while you enjoy unbeatable service, delicious meals, picturesque views, and an open bar.
You’ll find a premiere water adventure unlike any other with Get Up and Go Kayaking Tampa Bay. Their completely clear kayaks allow you to see the turquoise waters and marine wildlife below you, often including dolphins and manatees.
Arts & Culture Galore
There’s no shortage of cultural experiences within our Tampa stomping grounds, just a boat ride away from Marina Pointe. Experience world-class entertainment at the Straz Center for Performing Arts, from Broadway to opera and so much more. Expand your imagination at the Tampa Museum of Art and view a fluctuating series of exhibitions including classical antiquities and abstract expressionists.
As mentioned in the New York Times, the Sunday Morning Thai Market at Wat Mongkolratanaram, or Wat Tampa for short, is located on the Palm River which you can access by boat. Stop by dozens of vendor booths for sweet-smelling orchids and authentic Thai foods, including mango sticky rice, pork noodle soup, and fried bananas.
While Tampa Bay is growing in popularity and population, we’re fortunate to have seen this spectacular location for all its glory since day one. It’s a joy to be part of such a vibrant community brimming with culture and local talents. At Marina Pointe, you can spend every day at your dream waterfront home in one of the best places on earth. Schedule a tour today. Limited availability.