City Spotlight

Tampa City Spotlight

Tampa, Florida City Spotlight

Today, we take a peek at the culture and lifestyle that Tampa, Florida has to offer. Read our Q&A with Meritage’s Regional Marketing Director, Katie Suggs, as she shares the benefits of calling Tampa home.

Q: What’s a popular food choice found in Tampa?

A: The Cuban sandwich is a local favorite around here. Lots of restaurants claim to have the best, but West Tampa Sandwich Shop is the place to enjoy one.


Q: Which Meritage Homes community is best if homeowners want to live near Downtown Tampa?

A: The Hillendale Reserve community is conveniently located near Downtown Tampa. It’s also near Citrus Park Mall and several other attractions that are perfect for an urban lifestyle.

The Hillendale Reserve community

Q: For families who love to stay active, what are some great outdoor activities to enjoy in Tampa?

A: Tampa is a great place for an active lifestyle. With plenty of lakes and the ocean nearby, water sports are always a popular choice. Kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding all allow for a great workout while taking in the beauty of Tampa.


Q: Where’s the best local hot spot to grab a cup of joe?

A: Buddy Brew is a local favorite coffee shop that roasts its own coffee beans. They offer a taste of the Tampa lifestyle and will definitely have you coming back for more. Make sure to keep your eye out for the BBC Brew Truck traveling around town.


Q: Does Tampa have any unique celebrations?

A: The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a fun tradition that’s been going on since the 1900s. Each year, the city celebrates with activities for the entire family including parades, a film festival, an arts festival and more.


Q: For families who want to be near hiking trails, parks and baseball fields, which Meritage Home community is best for them?

A: The Country Walk community nestled in Wesley Chapel offers a blend of nature and the comforts of everyday living. Surrounded by 100+ acres of conservation and wetlands, this community brings nature into your backyard.

The Country Walk community

Q: What’s something unique to Tampa?

A: Bayshore Boulevard is said to be the longest continuous sidewalk in the world! It’s located right on Hillsborough Bay, making it the perfect place to take a stroll and enjoy Florida’s beautiful weather and unique sights.


Q: If homeowners who’ve never been to Tampa are thinking about moving to the area, where should they tour to get a taste of the lifestyle?

A: To truly experience Tampa, it’s best to visit downtown. With festivals almost every weekend, it’s a great place to dive into Tampa’s cultural heritage.

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