Information & Facts
Tampa Bay experiences a subtropical to tropical climate with
warm, wet weather during the summer months and cooler, dry
conditions during winter (from October to February). Temperatures
remain pleasant during the winter months, hovering around 65°F
Like in most American cities, a hire car is the easiest way to
get around Tampa, because public transport is limited. The HARTline
provides local and express bus services for the Tampa area, serving
all the major malls and attractions and connecting to nearby
beaches. Gray Line motor coaches and minibuses also serve the
entire area, operating out of Orlando, St Petersburg and Sarasota.
The Tampa Tours transport company offers charter trips, tours and
hotel and airport shuttles in and around the city. Tampa is served
by several taxi and limousine hire companies. The TECO Line
streetcar system operates in Tampa's historic district, connecting
the downtown area, Channelside, and Ybor City.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.