Here’s What You Need to Know About Tampa’s Real Estate Market

As the heat of the summer slowly begins to simmer, “snowbirds” will start flying south to the Tampa area to enjoy the fall and winter in paradise. During the upcoming months, they may begin to think about buying a “forever home” in Tampa as they fall in love with the area during their stay.

Whether you’re visiting for the winter, looking to make Tampa your new home, or simply want to find a new place in your community, here’s what you need to know about Tampa’s real estate market.

Estimated Continued Growth

The Tampa real estate market has seen unprecedented non-stop growth for the past two years. It is no secret that people are moving to the area for the tropical weather, amazing downtown nightlife, and world-class beaches. In fact, Tampa ranked among the Best Places to Live in Florida, according to U.S. News & World Report.

However, as the country’s real estate market begins to slow down, experts are predicting that Florida may be the exception.

As “season” quickly approaches, real estate professionals are seeing an increase in buying interest from those visiting the Sunshine State. Historically, the months of October to February see the most real estate transactions due to the increased population throughout Florida.

Tampa Ranked Top Region for Relocation

Tampa continues to welcome new retirees and residents alike. In fact, according to Wallet Hub, Tampa has been ranked among the Top Best Places to Retire in the Country. As 2022 comes to an end, the area may see an increase in retirees looking to start a chapter of their life in 2023.

Another major relocation factor is that many people move to Tampa, Florida for the booming job market. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Tampa is leading the State for metro area job gains in industries such as financial, construction and manufacturing.

People are also moving to Tampa due to the “work from home” surge throughout the country. As many people leave cities like New York and Chicago, they are moving to Tampa to keep the same job but work from their Florida home office. This allows them to continue doing what they love, in a place that they love.

Whether you’re looking to retire in paradise, start a new job at one of the many successful Tampa companies, or are working remotely, Tampa is the perfect place to do so.

Buyers Prefer New Construction  

According to the National Home Builders Association, 60% of home buyers would prefer a newly built home over an existing structure. Following this trend, those moving to the Sunshine State often are looking at new construction, high-rise condominiums, and new resort-style communities.

One of the most popular new construction projects in Tampa, Florida is Altura Bayshore.

Altura Bayshore is South Tampa’s newest residential development located just steps away from Bayshore Boulevard.

Now under construction, this 23-story high-rise offers waterfront views of Hillsborough Bay and picture-perfect scenes of the South Tampa skyline.

Designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses ranging from 2,443 to 3,575 square feet, owners will love the generously designed, open-concept living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.

Altura Bayshore is designed to mimic a resort as upon walking into the high-rise, owners and guests will be greeted with a grand lobby, front desk with concierge and a plethora of amenities to enjoy your South Tampa residence.

These resort-style amenities start on the private rooftop amenity deck on the 24th floor. This rooftop deck is equipped with a large pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, private clubroom, and more.

The amenities continue to the 4th floor as residents will be able to enjoy pickleball courts, a putting green, a half-court for basketball, a dog park, and much more.

For those looking to relocate for work, Altura Bayshore is located just minutes away from downtown Tampa thereby affording an easy and scenic commute as you revel in all Tampa has to offer. Additionally, Altura is just minutes away from the University of Tampa for those looking to study or teach at this award-winning institution.

If you’re working remotely, Altura Bayshore is truly made for you. Due to its new construction, Altura will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological advancements so you can stay connected to your office wherever it may be.

And if you’d like to host a meeting with a view – you’ve come to the right place. Located on the 24th floor, Altura’s clubroom will have scenic waterfront views and is designed with a lounge and meeting area for all your gatherings.

If you’re looking to move to South Tampa, explore the high-rise residences at Altura Bayshore. For more information, contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

Living in Tampa, Florida is Amazing. Here are Four Perks of Living There

Just about everyone visiting or living in Tampa, Florida agrees that this is a special place. In fact, critics rank this city as one of the Best Places to Live in Florida, one of the Safest Places to Live in the U.S., and among the Best Places to Retire in the U.S., according to U.S News & World Report.

From the various activities around to the tropical lifestyle you’ll find, here are the top four perks of living in Tampa, Florida.

Plenty of Family Activities

One of the biggest perks of living in Tampa, Florida is the various family activities around the area. Whether you’re a year-round resident or visiting for a summer vacation, Tampa is home to plenty of places to bring the entire family.

One of the most popular family oriented destinations in Tampa, Florida is Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens is a world-renowned amusement park with dozens of thrill-seeking rides, an exciting waterpark, and a wildlife zoo with more than 200 species of animals.

For those who can’t get enough of Florida’s amazing wildlife you’ll love the Florida Aquarium. This world-renowned aquarium is home to over 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from all over the planet and is a must-see for people of all ages.

Another family friendly activity is ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Known as the “wildest place in town,” this zoo is home to over 1,000 animals and has even been voted Best Kids Attraction by Tampa Magazine’s Best of South Tampa.

Great Jobs and Schools

Another major perk of living in Tampa, Florida is the many job opportunities, as well as the schools throughout the city. Tampa is an ever-growing market with industries such as aerospace, financial services, health care, education, manufacturing, and more.

According to Make Florida Your Home, a mortgage and job study website, the city of Tampa is expected to see a ten-year job growth of 21.5%. This means that Tampa will continue to be a great place to live and work for years to come.

Tampa is also home to award-winning schools and universities such as the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, Eckard College, and numerous grade schools. Whether you’re looking to work, study or teach, Tampa is a great place to do so.

Tropical Weather and Beaches

Perhaps one of the biggest perks of living in Tampa, Florida is the tropical year-round weather. With spring-like temperatures and an average of 246 sunny days a year, Tampa is the perfect paradise for a tropical retreat.

If you’re looking to enjoy Tampa’s sunshine, head to the many famous beaches throughout the area. From Ben T. Davis to Picnic Island, everyone loves to enjoy these white-sanded beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

Downtown Lifestyle

Although Tampa is known for its beaches and waterways, the area boasts of an exciting downtown lifestyle in South Tampa. From award-winning restaurants, designer shopping, and picture-perfect views of Hillsborough Bay, South Tampa is truly amazing.

Many people head downtown to enjoy a home game for one of the many professional sports teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Others will enjoy running or biking on the famous Tampa Riverwalk, as they enjoy scenic views, music and good eats. However you spend your “nights on the town,” do so in South Tampa.

South Tampa’s Newest Luxury High-rise

For those looking to live in this amazing city, check out South Tampa’s newest resort-style residential high-rise, Altura Bayshore.

Altura Bayshore is a 23-story sky-rise that offers breathtaking views of Hillsborough Bay and the Tampa skyline.

The exciting South Tampa location is a perk in and of itself as Altura Bayshore is located near award-winning restaurants, designer shopping venues, and exciting nightlife opportunities for all to enjoy.

Not to mention, Altura is just a short drive away from the previously mentioned family activities, jobs, schools, beaches and the downtown scene.

Altura Bayshore is designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses for a South Tampa lifestyle that is second to none. Ranging from 2,403 to 3,848 square feet, owners will enjoy generously spaced, open-concept, living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.

Altura is also designed with amenities that will make living in Tampa, Florida that much better. These amenities include a rooftop deck designed with a large pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, private clubroom and more.

On the 4th floor, residents will be able to enjoy pickleball courts, a putting green, a half-court for basketball, a dog park, and a plethora of other opportunities to make the most of their day in Tampa, Florida.

For more information on Altura Bayshore contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

Altura Bayshore Opens Newly Expanded Sales Gallery Amid Brisk Tower Construction

Vertical construction well underway for one-of-a-kind luxury condominium tower overlooking Bayshore Boulevard

Example bathroom space with sample plunge tub, quartz vanity counters and expansive shower. SOURCE: The Ronto Group

With vertical construction well underway, the Altura Bayshore luxury condominium tower is opening a spectacular sales gallery at 3106 W. Bay to Bay that features a full-scale model of the tower, a model bath, model kitchen and fixture selections, all staffed with agents from the exclusive real estate broker Smith & Associates Real Estate.

The gallery previously operated at the site of the Altura tower and was relocated recently to Bay to Bay Boulevard to make way for construction. The 2,300-square-foot gallery features immersive virtual reality software that lets buyers choose and experience their particular residence, plus a full-size model kitchen with a compliment of the standard Thermador appliances and luxurious cabinet packages offered. In addition, a full-size bathroom with marble vanities and soaking tub is available to walk through.

Newly opened sales gallery on Bay to Bay Boulevard showcases the one-of-a-kind Altura Bayshore tower. SOURCE: The Ronto Group

“The Altura gallery is a wonderful place for our buyers to come and experience a preview of all the amazing features, amenities and views they will enjoy here,” said The Ronto Group Owner Anthony Solomon. “The Altura location provides our residents with so much to offer in South Tampa; just steps from Bayshore Boulevard, with wonderful restaurants, shops, cafes and more – all close enough for easy access to downtown, while also enjoying privacy and wonderful water views.”

With strong interest in the tower, several floors have only a few residences left. Construction crews are now significantly underway on the main condo tower, assembling structural walls, concrete pillars and a private parking garage for owners.

Vertical construction underway at Altura Bayshore, a tower that features “thru-unit” design, so residents have stunning views on both east and west side of the tower for sunrises and sunsets. SOURCE: The Ronto Group

Altura Bayshore will be a dramatic, new 23-story tower overlooking Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard, with residences ranging from $1,749,000 to $3,895,000 for the various homes spanning 2,176 to 3,575 square feet – each one reached via a private elevator foyer.

Altura Bayshore, in particular, offers “thru” floorplans that include window and balcony views on both sides of the building – if not three sides – so residents can see sunrises to the east and sunsets to the west. The first three levels of the tower boast a private lobby, reception area, and welcome concierge desk. An access-controlled, resident-only parking garage provides privacy and security, as well as electric vehicle charging options. The condominium owners will have a 4th level owner-only amenity deck that includes a dog park, pickleball courts, bocce courts, outdoor pavilion, bar and other popular features such as guest suites and fitness room for the exclusive use of condominium owners.

Altura Bayshore’s one-of-a-kind rooftop terrace overlooking Bayshore and the city skyline. SOURCE: The Ronto Group

Altura Bayshore is the sole tower in the Bayshore area with a one-of-a-kind rooftop tower experience, complete with a pool with lap lane, rows of cabanas and lounges, outdoor bar, and a Clubroom with fireplace, bar, large seating areas and a sunset terrace on the west side of the roof.

Altura Bayshore’s sales progress reflects the especially strong real estate market, with particular demand among buyers for high-quality, luxury properties along Florida’s Gulf Coast. For example, The Ronto Group’s Infinity tower in Bonita Springs has logged $122 million in sales. Additionally, The Ronto Group recently announced two ultra-luxury hotel-branded condominium towers in partnership with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Rosewood Residences Lido Key will rise just steps from St. Armands circle on the beach in Lido Key, Sarasota. Rosewood Residences Naples will be built in the heart of downtown Naples on the Gulf of Mexico with five acres and almost 500 feet of beachfront.

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About The Ronto Group
Based in Naples, The Ronto Group has more than 50 years of experience developing award-winning communities in Florida, including numerous luxury condominium towers, master-planned single-family home developments, and townhouse projects. New Ronto projects include Rosewood Residences Lido Key in Sarasota that is accepting contracts, South Seas Island Resort, in conjunction with Timbers Resorts, on Captiva Island, and two high-rises at The Colony in Pelican Landing, Bonita Springs, including the Infinity tower 1 that is accepting contracts. Other current Ronto projects include Rosewood Residences NaplesOmega Bonita BayEleven Eleven CentralNaples SquareRecent projects include Seaglass at Bonita BayLindsford Ft. MyersOrange Blossom Naples, 624 Palm in Sarasota, Paramount at Gulf Harbour, the Shores of Gulf Harbour, TwinEaglesForest Glen Naples, Key Marco, and Hideaway Beach on Marco Island. For more information, see www.ronto.comwww.AlturaBayshore.com.

All artist’s renderings are proposed concepts shown only for marketing purposes. They are based upon current development plans, which are subject to change by the developer, MAR Bayshore, LLC, which reserves the right to make changes at its sole discretion, without prior notice or approval of the purchaser. Therefore, these renderings do not constitute an offer where prior registration or other qualification is required. Prices, availability, plans, features, dimensions, specifications, and amenities are subject to change at any time without notice. All Rights Reserved. Equal Housing Opportunity.

Top Five Best Gyms in Tampa, Florida

For those looking to live an active lifestyle in one of the Best Places to Live in Florida, Tampa is the place for you. Whether you’re looking to spend the day on one of the numerous golf courses, running along the award-winning beaches, or simply walking on Bayshore Boulevard’s famous sidewalk – Tampa, Florida is the perfect place to do so.

For those looking to take their fitness to the next level, here are the Top Five Best Gyms in Tampa, Florida.

Bayshore Fit

Bayshore Fit is “more than just a gym” and members agree. Located on 4219 West Gandy Blvd. in South Tampa, this gym focuses on combining community and fitness. With over 35 group fitness classes a week, Bayshore Fit is the perfect place to work out with friends and neighbors.

The gym is also home to dedicated areas for strength training, cardio equipment, free weights, and more. Bayshore Fit recently introduced a new recovery room for those looking to refresh their muscles while increasing their range of motion and flexibility.

South Tampa CrossFit

For those looking for a non-traditional gym experience, South Tampa CrossFit is one of the best gyms in Tampa. CrossFit is a fitness regimen involving high-intensity functional movements for strength, stamina, and sports training.

At South Tampa CrossFit, fitness coaches lead you through planned trainings that are proven to keep you in shape. The gym features group and personal training, nutritional coaching, kids’ programs, and more.

Tampa Strength

Another amazing gym in Tampa is Tampa Strength. Tampa Strength is a performance-based gym dedicated to helping its members achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle. Located in the Bayshore area, just minutes from Downtown Tampa, countless people make Tampa Strength part of their weekly routine.

This gym is a Certified Titleist Performance Institute, where golfers can receive professional training for their swing techniques to improve their game.

Tampa Strength is also known for its strength-training classes where people of all abilities can increase their power and athletic performances.

Palma Ceia Fit Body

Palma Ceia Fit Body is a popular “fitness boot camp” destination in Tampa, Florida. Fitness boot camps are high-intensity interval training group workouts, where individuals can participate in short routines with proven results.

Palma Ceia Fit Body is known for its “30-minute fat loss fitness boot camp” where men and women of all fitness levels take part in a coached session with the goal of burning fat. The class is followed up by the gym’s signature, “Afterburn Workouts,” and is proven to keep members in shape.

CAMP – Tampa

Another great gym in Tampa, Florida is CAMP – Tampa. CAMP – Tampa is an up-beat-style gym based around fun workouts with your neighbors. From yoga classes to music-driven workouts, every day spent “at CAMP” is sure to be as exciting as it is challenging.

The gym also features “CAMP Stations” where members will go through a fitness obstacle course to build strength in all the muscles of their body. Located on 3012 West Palmira Ave., members can start their day at CAMP before heading into the city for work or for play.

Fitness in Your Own Home – Altura Bayshore

For those looking to work out from the comfort of their own home, look no further than South Tampa’s newest high-rise – Altura Bayshore.

Now under construction, this 23-story high-rise offers waterfront views of Hillsborough Bay and is just a short drive from all the previously mentioned gyms.

Fitness enthusiasts will love these luxury condominiums as the tower is designed with active lifestyle amenities that are sure to amaze.

For starters, Altura Bayshore is designed with a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with a mix of cardio, strength and functional movement equipment all overlooking Hillsborough Bay. Altura is also home to a half-court basketball court, pickleball courts, bocce courts, and synthetic turf putting green.

After a day of working out, relax with the resort-style amenities throughout Altura. Amenities such as a large pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private clubroom, dog park, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, guest suites, and more.

For more information on Altura Bayshore contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

Live in Tampa

Introducing South Florida Culture – What is Tampa Known For?

Tampa, Florida is one of the most exciting places to live in the South. Not only is it a popular vacation destination, but it has also been ranked as one of the Best Places to Retire in the U.S., one of the Best Places to Live in Florida, and one of the Safest Places to Live in the U.S according to U.S News & World Report.

Not only is this area highly awarded, but its culture is a summation of its tropical lifestyle, championship sports teams, exciting destinations, and much more. Let us introduce you to South Florida culture as you learn what Tampa, Florida is known for.

Beaches and Waterways

One of the major highlights of Tampa is its beaches. From Ben T. Davis to Picnic Island, everyone loves to enjoy Tampa’s white-sanded beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether you’re looking to spend a day relaxing on a sailboat or doing a deep-sea fishing trip in the Gulf, there is something for everyone when exploring the blue waters of Tampa. For those looking to stay on land, enjoy the various shelling spots, bike riding paths and sugar-sand shores for a day of tropical adventures.

Sports Teams

When sports fans think of Tampa, “Champa-Bay” immediately comes to mind. This fitting nickname was given to the city after their various sports teams won their perspective championships all in consecutive order.

Tampa is known for its NFL team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NHL team: Tampa Bay Lightning, MLB Team: Tampa Bay Rays, and MLS team: Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Each of these teams’ stadiums is are in the city and fans pile into every game. Whether it’s hearing the roar of the crowd at a Bucc’s game, seeing Lightning flags flying outside a restaurant, or devotees wearing Rays’ jerseys on the town, Tampa is known for having amazing sports teams and even better fans.

Fun for All

Tampa is also known for its exciting family-friendly destinations throughout the city. Many families make places such as the Busch Gardens and Florida Aquarium their go-to spots for a weekend excursion.

The popular amusement park, Busch Gardens, is a world-renowned theme park with thrill-seeking rides and a wildlife zoo. Whether you are looking for a topsy-turvy roller coaster, African safari, or any number of waterpark rides, Busch Gardens is sure to amaze.

The Florida Aquarium is known as the wildest place in town as it is home to over 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from all over the world. Visitors can get up close with some of nature’s most interesting wildlife such as sharks, jellyfish, goliath grouper and hundreds of other species.

Arts & More

Another reason people love to visit Tampa is for the immense amount of culture found throughout the city. Starting with Ybor City, this Cuban-centric area is full of local cigar factories, authentic Hispanic restaurants, and historic architecture dating back to the 16th century.

For those pursuing higher education, The University of Tampa is in gorgeous Hyde Park located in South Tampa. This private university has been highly regarded as one of the best colleges in the U.S.

Tampa Bay is also known for its growing downtown scene. From Hyde Park to the Tampa Riverwalk, residents will enjoy designer shopping, award-winning restaurants, and exciting nightlife.

Altura Bayshore

Altura Bayshore Entry

For those looking to live in Tampa, consider the area’s newest luxury high-rise – Altura Bayshore.

Altura Bayshore is in South Tampa just steps away from Bayshore Boulevard and offers breathtaking views of Hillsborough Bay and the Downtown Tampa skyline.

While Tampa is known for its pristine beaches and vibrant culture, Altura Bayshore is known for its resort-style amenities and spacious floorplans.

For starters, this 23-story luxury high-rise is designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses for a South Tampa lifestyle that is second-to-none. Ranging from 2,403 to 3,848 square feet, owners will enjoy generously spaced, open-concept, living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.

Altura’s outstanding resort-style amenities can be found on the private rooftop amenity deck on the 24th floor. This amenity deck is designed with a large pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, a private clubroom and more.

On the 4th floor, residents will have fun on the pickleball courts, putting green, half-court for basketball, dog park, and more in their South Tampa home.

For more information on Altura Bayshore contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

Top Five Items to Bring to The Beach in South Tampa

One of the best ways to beat the summer heat in South Tampa is to head to the various beaches nearby. From Picnic Island to Ben T. Davis Beach, there are miles of white sand shores to enjoy the Florida sun. If you’re headed to the beaches in South Tampa, here are the Top Five Items You Should Bring.

Lounge Chairs and Umbrellas

There’s nothing better than soaking up the summer sun and digging your feet into the sugar sand at the beach. When headed to the beach, be sure to bring a lounge chair so that you can sit comfortably and an umbrella for a little extra shade.

Sunscreen

If you’ve been up north all winter, and are not used to the sun, be sure to pack enough sunscreen to get you through the day. If you’re planning on swimming, bring water-proof sunscreen to ensure skin safety.

The average temperature in South Tampa is 71°F in the winter months and 86°F in the summer, meaning you get to enjoy the tropical weather all year long. Not to mention, Tampa sees about 246 sunny days a year, so you’ll rarely miss a beach day because of the weather.

Cooler

A day at the beach would be incomplete without packing a cooler. When headed to the shores of your favorite South Tampa beaches, make sure you pack your favorite tropical drinks, plenty of water, and all your favorite snacks. Whether it’s fresh watermelon or a homemade sandwich, don’t forget a full cooler so you spend the entire day in the sand.

As you pack your cooler, we’d encourage you to consider reusable water bottles thereby doing your part to protect the pristine South Tampa shores and wildlife.

Beach Attire

Whether you’re on vacation or a regular beachgoer. everyone needs a go-to beach outfit. When preparing for a day on the beach, don’t forget to bring your sunglasses to enjoy the views, a sunhat to stay cool, a swimsuit to enjoy the refreshing water and a towel to dry off with.

If you’re looking for a few new beach duds, South Tampa is home to plenty of shopping areas such as Hyde Park Village, Henderson Boulevard Mall, and International Plaza where you can find all your favorite new beachwear.

Beach Bag

With all the above, you’re going to need a beach bag to bring your goodies to the shore. Our favorite beach bags are the ones that are designed specifically for the beach.

If you’re planning to pack your phone or camera, it will be helpful to bring an additional sealed dry bag that will protect anything you don’t want to get wet or sandy.

Live at Altura Bayshore

For those who love the Florida sunshine and the soothing sounds of gently lapping waves, discover the new luxury high-rise – Altura Bayshore.

Altura Bayshore is the new residential development that is just steps away from Bayshore Boulevard and is just a short drive away from South Tampa’s most famous beaches.

Now under construction, this 23-story high-rise offers waterfront views of Hillsborough Bay. Designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses ranging from 2,403 to 3,848 square feet, owners will love the generously designed, open-concept living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.

Not to mention Altura is designed with resort-style amenities that are sure to amaze. These amenities start on the private rooftop amenity deck on the 24th floor. The deck is equipped with a large pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, private clubroom, and more.

On the 4th floor, residents will be able to enjoy pickleball courts, a putting green, a half-court for basketball, a dog park, and a plethora of other opportunities to make the most of their day, even if it’s not at the beach.

For more information on Altura Bayshore contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

Summer Break Without Breaking the Bank – Top Five Free Things to Do in Tampa

Summer is always an exciting time, no matter who you are. Whether you’re celebrating that school is out or the fact that the sun is out, Tampa, Florida is the perfect place to spend this sunshine-filled season.

If you’re looking to spend the summer months with your children or grandchildren who are visiting on vacation, or just looking for an activity that won’t break the bank, here are the Top 5 Free Things to Do in Tampa.

Tampa River Walk

The Tampa Riverwalk is one of the most exciting places to visit in South Tampa. Located directly on the inner channels of Hillsborough Bay, visitors will enjoy waterfront entertainment within a downtown setting.

At just about any time of the day, you will find lots of walkers, bikers or those people with strollers along the Riverwalk underneath the shade awnings and colorful lights. The Riverwalk also hosts many free events such as boat parades, children’s activities, live music, and other programs throughout the year.

Beaches

A trip to the Sunshine State wouldn’t be complete without heading to one of the beaches around Tampa, Florida. Spending the day at the beach is the perfect way to spend summer break without breaking the bank, and in South Tampa, there are plenty of sandy shores to enjoy.

Locals and visitors alike enjoy beaches such as Ben T. Davis Beach, Cypress Point Park, Picnic Island, and many more to soak up the summer sun. Pack a lunch, bring some beach games, and enjoy a day with friends, family, and even pets at the scenic beaches around the Tampa area.

Ballast Point Park and Pier

Located on the east coast of South Tampa, Ballast Point Park and Pier is a Tampa favorite as many make this a weekly summer destination. Ballast Point Park features a 600-foot pier with seating areas, shade pavilions, and marked fishing locations for everyone to enjoy. The park also is designed with a splash pad and playground for children, shaded picnic areas, a boat ramp and more.

If you’re looking to spend a day at the park, visit Ballast Point and enjoy skyline views of Downtown Tampa and waterfront breezes from the Hillsborough Bay.

Bayshore Boulevard

For those looking for a place to get a free outdoor workout, Bayshore Boulevard is one of the best places to do so. Bayshore Boulevard is known as the longest continuous sidewalk in the U.S. and is designed as a safe, scenic, and smooth biking and running trail along the Hillsborough Bay.

Whether you want to take a 4.5-mile bike ride along Bayshore Boulevard or enjoy a couple of miles of waterfront running, this area is the perfect place to enjoy a summer afternoon. Many people love walking their dogs or pushing a stroller along the sidewalk and eventually end their adventure at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops nearby.

Live at Altura Bayshore

For those looking to enjoy the summer, and every other season in South Tampa, do so at the area’s newest luxury high-rise – Altura Bayshore.

Altura Bayshore is the new residential high-rise located steps away from Bayshore Boulevard and is just a short drive away from all the previously mentioned activities.

The fun doesn’t stop there, Altura Bayshore is located near award-winning restaurants, designer shopping venues, and exciting night-life spots so all residents, no matter their age, will love their new home.

The luxury high-rise is designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses for a South Tampa lifestyle that is second-to-none. Ranging from 2,403 to 3,848 square feet, owners will enjoy generously spaced, open concept living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.

For those who are wanting to spend their summer vacation at home, Altura is designed with amenities that bring resort-style living to an entirely new level.

That new level starts on the private rooftop amenity deck on the 24th floor. The amenity deck is equipped with a large pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, private clubroom and more.

On the 4th floor, residents will be able to enjoy pickleball courts, a putting green, a half-court for basketball, a dog park and a plethora of other opportunities to make the most of their day, week, or summer vacation.

For more information on Altura Bayshore contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

Top Five Best Golf Courses Near South Tampa

One of the most popular hobbies in the Sunshine State is playing golf. This outdoor sport is an excellent pastime for people of all ages. Whether you are retired and playing with neighbors, planning a weekend trip, or just working on your short game – here are the Top 5 Best Golf Courses Near South Tampa.

Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club

One of the most iconic and stunning golf courses in South Tampa is Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club. Located minutes outside of Downtown Tampa, this private golf and country club has been a historic course for over 100 years. Opened in 1916, this tropical golf course has withstood the test of time and golfers love to play this challenging track. Designed by Donald J. Ross, the par 70, 6,211-yard course features small greens and narrow fairways – an exciting challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Bay Palms Golf Complex

Bay Palms Golf Complex is home to two 18-hole golf courses at the southern tip of Tampa. These golf courses are the perfect courses to “play the bay” with waterfront views and the ability to watch planes land and depart from MacDill Air Force Base just a couple of blocks away. Whether you’re learning the game or lowering your handicap, the North and South courses at Bay Palms are a great place to do so.

The complex is also home to a massive driving range, full-service clubhouse and summer youth camps for children looking to get their start in the sport.

Rocky Point Golf Course

Another amazing course near South Tampa is Rocky Point Golf Course. Located near the Tampa International Airport, this course was one of the first built in the state. Since 1911, Rocky Point has been a staple in the Tampa community and locals continue to love playing here.

For those visiting Tampa, this is a great public golf course to play after touching down in the Sunshine State. As a par 71, 6328-yard course, golfers of all skill levels will enjoy the tropical fairways, challenging bunkers, and crafty greens. Surrounded by luxury hotels and the blue waters of Old Tampa Bay, players will always enjoy a great day at Rocky Point.

Babe Zaharias Golf Course

Babe Zaharias Golf Course, or “The Babe” as locals like to call it, is an enjoyable course minutes outside of Downtown Tampa. This par 70, 6,163-yard, public course is an exciting track surrounded by a tree-lined residential neighborhood, ponds, and creeks.

For those looking to book a tee time with friends, “The Babe” is a great place to do so. With twilight fees and a “Fairway Café” with happy hour specials, this course is a place to not only make putts, but also to make memories.

Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club 

Another amazing golf course near South Tampa is Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. For members, this course is truly a “home away from home” as it is a short drive outside of South Tampa. This par 72 course is a perfect retreat outside of the hustle and bustle of the city for an afternoon round or early morning tee time.

Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club has the distinct honor to be officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S Government, meaning that every round you play, you’ll be making history.

Golfers will make history while challenging themselves on Temple Terraces’ small greens, lengthy par 5s, and stunning tee boxes overlooking Florida scenery.

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Live at Altura Bayshore

For those looking to live an active lifestyle in South Tampa, discover the new high-rise condominiums at Altura Bayshore.

This 23-story sky-rise offers breathtaking views of Hillsborough Bay and the Tampa skyline and is just a short drive away from all the previously mentioned golf courses.

The luxury high-rise is designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses for a South Tampa lifestyle that is second-to-none. Ranging from 2,403 to 3,848 square feet, owners will love their generously spaced, open concept living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.

For the residents looking to work on their game, Altura Bayshore has an outdoor putting green on the 4th floor amenity deck that will be sure to amaze. Now you’ll be able to work on your short game as you revel in all that Altura has to offer.

The 4th floor amenity deck will also have a pickleball court, half-court basketball, and dog park for you to enjoy all year long.

The amenities continue to the 24th floor with a rooftop pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, a private clubroom, and more.

Altura Bayshore is now under construction and is accepting contracts. For more information, contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

Top Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida is known as one of the best places to live, work and play in the Sunshine State. Not only because of its award-winning beaches, exciting downtown lifestyle and perfect year-round weather, but because it’s a place for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

From those relishing retirement in paradise to the students at the University of Tampa, everyone loves the area – including our furry-friends. That’s right, even dogs love the tropical location that is Tampa, Florida.

If you’re enjoying the area with your four-legged best friend, and like to have them around when you’re sharing a meal, here are the Top Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Tampa, Florida.

Mad Dogs & Englishmen

One of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Tampa, Florida is Mad Dogs & Englishmen in the Bayshore area. Mad Dogs has been an iconic pub-style restaurant for more than 30 years where locals and their dogs, often find themselves enjoying live music and a good drink. With an array of draft beer, London-inspired dishes, and plenty of outdoor seating, Mad Dogs is the perfect place to enjoy a meal with your dog by your side.

Cru Cellars Palma Ceia

For wine connoisseurs and dog lovers, Cru Cellars Palma Ceia is an exciting winery and restaurant to enjoy a glass of wine with your pooch at your feet. Cru Cellars was voted Tampa’s “Best Wine Bar,” three years in a row, making it a “must visit” for you and your dog.

When enjoying the breezes on the patio, you can choose between more than 25 wines by-the-glass, seven different wine flights, and over 30 craft beers. Pair stunning appetizers, “farmer’s platters,” and chef-inspired entrees with your favorite drink at Cru Cellars, one of the most enjoyable dog-friendly restaurants in the area.

Bella’s Italian Cafe

Bella’s Italian Cafe brings Italian flavors and classic dishes to South Tampa and is the perfect dinner spot for you and your canine. With homemade pasta, artistic pizzas and signature cocktails, locals love adding Bella’s Italian Cafe to their weekend plans.

Bella’s Italian Cafe is just steps away from Bayshore Boulevard, meaning if you want to take your dog for a water-front walk along Hillsborough Bay, you can end your stroll with drinks and a delicious Italian meal on their dog-friendly outdoor patio.

Soho Backyard

Soho Backyard is a local favorite in Tampa, Florida and has a beautiful outdoor seating area for your four-legged date. With an appetizing brunch menu, inspired dinner menu and even a Taco Thursday themed-night, Soho Backyard is a treat for everyone.

Located in the Soho District of South Tampa, an evening of entertainment, boutique shopping and dog walking can always end at Soho Backyard. Plus, this dog-friendly restaurant is open past midnight every night so you can fulfill your late-night cravings after a day spent in the Tampa sun.

Live in Altura Bayshore

For those looking to live in the Sunshine State, Altura Bayshore is the newest pet-friendly residential high-rise in South Tampa. Located in the Bayshore area, these luxury condominiums are just minutes away from all the previously mentioned dining destinations.

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Not only will residents of Altura enjoy close proximity to all the pet-friendly restaurants, but they also have access to the onsite dog park, allowing owners to enjoy all the benefits of high-rise living with their furry friend.

In addition to the dog park, Altura is designed with resort-style amenities including a rooftop pool, rooftop clubroom, fitness center, pickleball courts, bocce courts, fire pit, BBQ grill areas – and much more.

And for walking your dog, Altura is just steps away from Bayshore Boulevard, the longest waterfront sidewalk in the country.

When it’s time to come home, Altura Bayshore offers 67 pet-friendly condominiums and 6 penthouses ranging from 2,176 to 3,794 A/C square feet, perfect for enjoying spacious living.

For more information on Altura Bayshore, call the sales office today at (813) 492-2420 or visit AlturaBayshore.com

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Planning Your Trip to South Tampa – Best Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer is perhaps the most anticipated season of the year. Summers in Florida are a combination of mornings in the sand, afternoons in the pool, and evenings under glistening stars.

Because the kids and grandkids are out of school, you may be looking for the best summer adventures. Luckily for you, South Tampa is a great place to spend this sunshine-filled season.

Whether you’re a local, or visiting for a week, here are a few summer vacation ideas for your trip to South Tampa.

Florida Aquarium

One of the wildest places in South Tampa is the Florida Aquarium. This destination is home to over 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from all over the world and is a must-see whether you’re here on vacation or looking for an exciting weekend excursion. The Florida Aquarium also hosts multiple events and summer camps for children to attend all season long.

Water Activities

South Tampa is the perfect place to spend your summer because of its waterfront location. The area is surrounded by the blue waters of Hillsborough Bay and the gorgeous Tampa Bay and is just a short drive from white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

This waterfront paradise is perfect for activities such as scenic kayaking, saltwater fishing, family-friendly water biking, or simply relaxing on the beach. Whatever your interest, there are plenty of water sports rentals around the area.

Sporting Events

Some of the most exciting summer activities in South Tampa are the various sporting events that you can attend. The area is home to stadiums and arenas belonging to some of America’s recently championed teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

From professional soccer matches and playoff hockey to NFL summer training and baseball games, there are plenty of ways to cheer on your favorite team during the summer months.

Busch Gardens

Another popular summer vacation destination is Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens is a world-renowned amusement park and is the perfect place to spend a thrilling summer day, just a short drive from Downtown Tampa.

Not only does the park have many thrill-seeking rides, but it’s also a wildlife zoo with more than 200 species of animals. Whether you are looking for a topsy-turvy roller coaster, African safari, or even summer camps, Busch Gardens is sure to amaze.

Live at Altura Bayshore

For a life that makes every day feel like a vacation, live in South Tampa’s newest resort-style residential high-rise, Altura Bayshore.

This 23-story sky-rise offers breathtaking views of Hillsborough Bay and the Tampa skyline and is just a short drive away from all the previously mentioned summer activities

In addition to these exciting destinations, Altura Bayshore is located near award-winning restaurants, designer shopping venues and exciting night-life opportunities so all residents, no matter their age will love their new home.

The luxury high-rise is designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses for a South Tampa lifestyle that is second-to-none. Ranging from 2,403 to 3,848 square feet, owners will enjoy generously spaced, open concept, living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.

For those wanting to enjoy summer vacation at home, Altura is designed with amenities that bring resort-style living to a whole new level.

That new level starts on the private rooftop amenity deck on the 24th floor. The amenity deck is equipped with a large pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, private clubroom and more.

On the 4th floor, residents will be able to enjoy pickleball courts, a putting green, a half-court for basketball, a dog park and a plethora of other opportunities to make the most of their day, week or summer vacation.

For more information on Altura Bayshore contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

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