If you’re lucky enough to live in Tampa, FL, you might just be lucky enough! From beaches and boating to banking and Airforce Bases, Tampa combines the best of barefoot afternoons and bustling business to create a magnificent maritime metropolis. So apply your sunscreen, pack your golf clubs, and start studying for your boating license because here in Tampa, life’s a beach.

According to legend, the name Tampa means “sticks of fire” in the language of the Calusa Native American tribe. This may stem from Tampa’s well-deserved title of “Lightning Capital of North America.” But don’t let the lightning strike Tampa from your list. Tampa boasts an average of 351 days of sunshine per year. No Vitamin D deficiencies in this city!

Tampa Overview - ZoomdojoTampa’s consistently sunny weather and proximity to water make outdoor activities a central part of the Tampa lifestyle. But even the outdoorsy types need to eat, shop, socialize, study, and yes, go to work. The Tampa Bay area is home to nearly 25 institutions of higher education, including, most notably, the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, and Eckerd College in nearby St. Petersburg. Together these universities create a young and dynamic feel to the Tampa Bay area beach culture and nightlife. For those looking at the next step in their careers, Tampa offers a vibrant buffet of industries and employment opportunities in healthcare and medicine; business and finance; high-tech and engineering; marine and environmental science and technology; and tourism.

As a hotspot for tourism, Tampa is home to an array of entertaining activities that its residents can enjoy all year round. From riding the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens amusement park and seeing a musical at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center to shopping at Tampa’s International Plaza and taking in the paintings at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. The real beauty of living in Tampa is having so much at your fingertips, but you just need to know where to look.