Sweet Tampa

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Spending time in Tampa prior to boarding a cruise ship bound for the Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico.  Enjoyed a leisurely day shopping and dining.  Found the city to be attractive and the residents to be friendly and engaging.  Had a delicious meal at Carmines Restaurant, located in the heart of Ybor City – Tampa’s Latin Quarter.  The restaurant specializes in dishes from Spain, Cuba and Italy.  We had a front row, window view of 7th Avenue, recognized as one of the ’10 Great Streets in America’ by the American Planning Association.  Ybor City today is one of only two national historic landmark districts in Florida.  The shopping and dining in Ybor City are quite enjoyable.  There is also a movie theatre on the property.  This multi-purpose complex is located just northeast of downtown Tampa.  Ybor City, founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and populated by thousands of immigrants, grew to be a popular spot for visitors and citizens alike – especially the night club and entertainment areas.  Definitely suggest a visit.

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