Living in Tampa / St. Petersburg 🌴 Things To Do, Job Opportunities, Where to Live

Living in Tampa / St. Petersburg 🌴 Things To Do, Job Opportunities, Where to Live

Everyone knows Miami and everyone knows
Orlando but the first city that I want you to think of when you think of
Florida is Tampa and today I’m gonna tell you why hey everybody this is Melanie Atkinson
realtor with Smith and Associates in beautiful Tampa Bay Florida you know
about our beaches and you know about our pro sports teams but do you really know
why the Tampa Bay area is such an amazing place to live if you’ve decided
that you can’t take one more cold winter up north and you’re definitely moving to
Florida but you don’t really know which city to move to or maybe you’re being
relocated here for your job and you just don’t know much about the area if that’s
the case this video is for you there’s lots to cover so let’s get started
downtown’s and villages so just to start off a little bit of clarification when I
talk about the Tampa Bay area in this episode I am actually referring to two
counties Hillsborough County where Tampa is located in Pinellas County where st.
Petersburg and the beaches are located these counties are located right next to
each other so when we talk about the Tampa Bay area that’s what we’re talking
about so if you’re moving to the Tampa Bay area and you like urban areas you
actually have to to choose from downtown Tampa and downtown st. Petersburg
downtown st. Petersburg has a vibrant daytime and nighttime scene there are
tons of restaurants bars nightclubs live music venues scenic parks shops the Dali
Museum is there the list goes on and on downtown st. Pete is a lot of fun as far
as housing in downtown st. Pete goes there’s everything from luxury condos to
charming quaint historical bungalows now downtown Tampa right now is experiencing
major growth the biggest part of that growth is a three billion dollar
redevelopment of 54 acres in downtown Tampa called Water Street this
redevelopment of this huge amount of downtown space is the vision of Jeff
Vinik who’s the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team when completed
Water Street will add thousands of residences to downtown Tampa tons of
commercial space parks shops and restaurants today residents of downtown
Tampa already get to enjoy a growing date
a nighttime scene Sparkman Wharf opened up last year providing an Instagram
worthy place for you to eat or drink the Riverwalk is one of the highlights of
downtown Tampa taking people from the Tampa Convention Center all the way up
to our mature works which has lots of places to eat and drink as well there
are lots of residential projects happening right now in downtown Tampa
the most exciting in my opinion is Riverwalk Place which when completed
will be the highest tower on the west coast of Florida job opportunities
people tend to think of Florida as a place to vacation but us that live here
have to work thankfully for us finding a job is not too difficult this state of
Florida and the Tampa Bay area specifically has worked really hard to
attract employers to the area especially ones that bring along high-paying jobs
the Tampa Bay area is home to the headquarters of some fortune 500
companies including Tech Data Publix supermarkets, Jabil circuit well care
and Raymond James financial, bloomin brands you know Outback Carrabas
Fleming’s other well-known companies have a large presence here as well
including USAA Citigroup JPMorgan Chase PricewaterhouseCoopers and Progressive
Insurance just the name a few the mosaic company is also in the process of moving
their headquarters to the area very soon there are endless opportunities here for
anyone in the healthcare or education fields did you know that Hillsborough
County is the eighth largest school district in the nation if you are in the
service industry there are tons of opportunities here as well especially
during our busy tourist season if you have an innovative spirit and you have a
great idea for a startup company we want you in Tampa one of the coolest things
happening in Waterstreet is an innovation hub called Embarc
Collective its opening this year and will help anybody with great startup
ideas get their business up and running year-round activities when you have a
day off of work you want to have fun in the Tampa Bay area there are more
opportunities for fun than I could ever list here but I’m gonna give you some
highlights we obviously have beaches a lot of them
and really nice ones Clearwater Beach is regularly voted one of the top beaches
in the nation and with all that water we have water activities fishing boating
kayaking kite surfing paddleboarding and scuba
I mean we have museums the Dali Museum in st. Pete the Tampa Art Museum the
Glazer Children’s Museum the Museum of Science and Industry just to name a few
we have aquariums in zoos the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is where winter the
dolphin lives the Florida Aquarium is in downtown Tampa and we also have zoo
Tampa at Lowry Park which is one of my favorite places in the whole area
we have amusement parks if you don’t feel like driving over to Orlando for
some thrill rides check out Busch Gardens they have some of the best
roller coasters in the state and right across the street from there is
Adventure Island which is a super cool waterpark we have festivals seriously we
have a festival for just about everything our number one festival is
the Gasparilla Pirate Fest which takes place at the end of January check out my
video about Gasparilla for more information on that festival besides
Gasparilla we have festivals for strawberries blueberries ribs margaritas
Cuban sandwiches french fries mac and cheese and seafood we have countless
Music Fest we have a River O Green Festival for st. Patrick’s Day where we
turn the river green in downtown Tampa art festivals film festivals and pride
festivals it is hard to find a weekend in the area that doesn’t have a festival
or 10 we have breweries did you know that the Tampa Bay area is quickly
becoming a hot spot for those that enjoy a good craft beer cigar city brewery is
our most famous right now but there are a whole bunch more to visit in Tampa you
can go to copper tale angry chair seventh son Florida Avenue Brewing
Company Tampa Bay Brewing Company zydeco Brewers Rock Brothers and more in
Pinellas County you have three daughters brewery big storm Green Bench brewery
st. Pete Brewing Company and pinellas ale works just to name a few we have
shopping indoor and outdoor shopping is very prevalent in the area from little
shops at the beach to high-end shopping at International Plaza and everything in
between there outlet malls nearby and several
quaint outdoor shopping areas my favorite being Hyde Park in South Tampa
we have restaurants of course we have great seafood here our grouper is the
best and beyond that we have every food at every price range and more
opening all the time check out my video on Tampa restaurants for more of my
favorites and finally we have music Amalie Arena and Raymond James Stadium
have a good portion of the really popular tours we also have the
amphitheater out by the Hard Rock Casino and the Yuengling Center at the
University of South Florida which also have concerts there are some smaller
venues like janus live in Saint Pete than a halfie theater the Capitol
Theatre and Ruth Eckerd Hall that have some of the smaller acts not to mention
the many many bars and restaurants that have live music the Tampa Bay Area is
home to three major sports teams including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
football the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey and the Tampa Bay Rays for baseball we
also have the Tampa Bay Rowdies which are an American professional soccer team
if you are spring break training fan then we have three teams that train here
the Philadelphia Phillies the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays and
for all of you golf fans out there the Valspar Invitational is a PGA tournament
that takes place at Innisbrook every year also the Tampa Bay area has proven
itself over and over again to be a great place to host big sporting events the
Super Bowl has been here four times already and is coming back in 2021 we
are hosting the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2019 in 2018 we hosted the NHL
all-star game and in 2017 we hosted the college football national championships
so if you like to watch sports there is a lot to choose from here the airport
the Tampa International Airport is consistently rated one of the top in the
nation our airport is so easy to navigate and has tons of local Flair a
lot of our most popular eateries in the Tampa Bay area have opened up little
restaurants in the airport for people to enjoy everything in this airport just
makes sense the long-term parking is easy pick up and drop off as easy the
security lines are easy to navigate assuming you aren’t dealing with a
flight delay our airport is actually a really enjoyable place to spend some
time plus we have lots of national and international flights and more being
added all the time cost of living so if you like what you’re hearing so far I
have even better news for you the cost of living in the Tampa area is actually
really affordable when you compare it to the other cities in Florida
our average housing costs are lower and our transportation
costs are reasonable Florida in general is an expensive state for all types of
insurance but at least you don’t have to pay state income tax and the final
reason you should consider moving to the Tampa Bay area it’s a really simple one
we are actually really nice people here we are so used to people moving here
from other areas and visiting from other areas that if you need questions
answered we’re happy to help if you need directions we’ll do that if you need a
picture taken we’re really good at that too we don’t harass you if you wear your
team’s Jersey to one of our sporting events as long as you don’t harass us we
love it when you visit because tourism is our biggest industry in Florida we
want you to visit and fall in love with our cities the Tampa Bay area has been
in the shadows of other Florida cities for too long it is way past time for us
to shine if you are moving to Florida and haven’t considered Tampa please do
so you’ll probably be surprised at how much we have to offer here as always if
you’re moving here and you need to find a home give me a call I’m happy to help
if you’re looking for something to watch next I recommend my video called living
in Florida it gives you lots of information about what it’s like to live
in Florida in general if you have any further questions about living in the
Tampa Bay area drop me a comment below I’m happy to answer as many questions as
I can thank you so much for watching I’ll see you next time with love Melanie


  1. Still have questions about the Tampa Bay area? Leave them here and I'll try to answer as many as I can!

  2. Great video! You’re rocking out these videos like it’s no big deal! I know how much time it takes behind the scenes, I am very impressed 👍

  3. Love your videos! I hope to sell my home and be moved there by this time next year. When do you think I should start job searching? First time moving . Thanks

  4. I am new to your channel and have found you to be very informative. Thank you. I fell in love with Tampa a few years ago and will be moving to a 55+ community of Sun City Ctr in two years. I love what all Tampa has to offer.

  5. Great video. However, I need some advice. I’m hoping to see if you can help me bc my husband and I want to move out of our state. We are looking to see if St. Petersberg or Tampa is the right choice for us and the reviews online, especially on Niche is very confusing and scary (considering I’m not from around there and don’t know what’s actually factual) 😂. Which areas are known to have a great school system and is safe for families?

  6. YOU.ARE.AMAZING…..AND SO IS THIS VIDEO! I've been here for a month now and I haven't even scratched the surface in terms of things to do! Everything mentioned in this video is the very reason why I chose to move here from DC. I am currently debating on whether to buy a house in Tampa or St. Pete but after experiencing First Friday in St. Pete last weekend, I think I have my answer!!! Keep up the excellent work. I will be contacting you as soon as I get my mortgage pre-approval letter!

  7. Love your video. Purchased a teardown property in lovely Palma Ceia with soon home to be built. Moving from the DMV area up north. Looking forward to spending more times engaged in outdoor activities. Tampa is a fun city with an excellent vibe.

  8. Do you have any apartments or condo’s you suggest that I could look at?? Trying to relocate to the Tampa/st Petersburg area

  9. Hi, first of all, thank you for your videos. I do have questions do you know anything about it field related job?

  10. You,re pretty,not too much just enough.And your tatas are winking at me.Would like to see the bottom half.Good video!

  11. Leave your northern ideas back in the place you want to leave, before coming here. There is a reason why Florida is so attractive; because Floridians have taken care of it.

  12. I live near downtown Tampa. Lol I need to explore my city more cuz I haven't seen the new areas downtown.

  13. I moved to Tampa in 2014, and I love this area! I'm from Ohio, and I've convinced several of my fellow Ohioans including my brother to move down here. Great video!

  14. OK, what can we do together in business? A Berlin-Tampa partnership for new German customers….

  15. I just got back from Tampa on vacation and I want to move there now. Great info on Tampa 👍🏽What about the hurricanes? 😩

  16. I'm doing my research on Tampa because about 3 weeks ago I tattooed WWE on my face and even put the video up for the whole world to see and now next year I get to go to WrestleMania and it's going to be in Tampa

  17. Hi Melanie. Love watching your videos. My only question is this: I've heard a lot of things about sinkholes. What can you tell me about them. Do they happen quite frequently in the Tampa/ St.Petersburg area. Or in Clearwater area? My husband and I would like to move there but we"re concerned about them. What can you tell me about them. Thank you. Michelle Farrell from Mena Arkansas

  18. Great presentation! Opened my taste for a trade, I would like to exchange some cold, ice and snow in Quebec for some sunshine in Tampa!

  19. Thanks for making this Video… Much Appreciated.!!! Moving to Tampa in approx 14 months. Tampa area has the best paying jobs in the State. Panhandle area is pathetic for pay scales. I can compare the pay rates in Tampa, Fl to NOVA, Northern Virginia.

  20. Great video Melanie. Your voice sounds really sexy and sunny. I'm actually thinking of visiting Tampa this summer.

  21. Question, if planning a move from indiana to florida, what is a good budget to bring with when moving. (2 adults and 1 small dog) looking for a 1 bed apartment in a decent area.

  22. It's awesome to watch your video here. It's my first time seeing this. Lol I have 2 family members in Sarasota and relatives living in other cities in Florida. It's time for me to get out of Georgia due to less opportunity for the Deaf. I've longed for moving to somewhere in Florida. Tampa sounds good as you described! Lol

  23. Don't send them all to the Tampa Bay Region. The traffic is really bad now. And making developers pricing out the natives and people who have lived here for already 20+ years.

  24. This is the most informative and best review of the Tampa Bay area on the net! Thanks!!

  25. I agree with you 100%, wonderful video, but why NO mention of Clearwater? Tampa Bay is ALL THREE CITIES….

  26. This was such an amazing video and has me so excited about the possibility of moving to the area! I've been saying for years that I belong in Florida because I love warm weather and the sun and where I live we barely get summer anymore. It's taken a toll on me mentally and physically so I'm more committed than ever to move just so I can have a better quality of life. I did some research and the Tampa Bay Area seems ideal for me. I'm working on planning a trip there some time this year (I'm trying to determine the best time to go). I think my biggest concern is finding a job because I fear that when employers see that you currently live out of state, they're unlikely to even read your resume 😞 But, nonetheless, your video was very encouraging!

  27. First of all you are fantastic👍
    Me and my wife always watching videos to get ideas
    We love Florida and I have family in Florida but your video really sells it
    We'll be sharing your Channel with friends and family
    Great video's thanks a lot much much success God bless

  28. Don't come over here to Saint Petersburg cheating and hurting good single women that's been patient and waiting for a long time for a hubby don't even show your face PUTTIN THE BIBLE ON MY PORCH..

  29. Great videos, Melanie! I was born and raised in St. Petersburg. I’ve lived in cold climates since 1993 when I moved to Champaign, Illinois for grad school. I toy with the fantasy of moving back to Tampa Bay but haven’t made a decision. Maybe the next winter will help me decide. lol. Appreciate your videos. Thank you.

  30. You also have a historic district I'm into wanting to own a beautiful historic home so I can decorate with my antiques.Thanks

  31. We really do live in a golden age of beer. Any city worth anything has lots of craft beer these days. One of few things going right in the world I guess, lol. The Tampa Bay area really is quite nice though, maybe I should just move there.

  32. really serious about possibly relocating to Florida especially the West Coast side with someone who currently works for an aerospace company in Supply Chain and has a fair amount of Customer Service experience any suggestions on where to start looking for employment? Great Video!!

  33. Hi Melanie,
    Thank you for the best city description that I ever seen.
    So I have a dream moving to florida for many years now. Ive been searching for an attractive place, so you definitelly convinced me about tampa… I live in London.
    thanks again

  34. I live in north palmetto…and my advice for living in tampa..nahhh..not for me..wayyyy over priced housing market..but I'd rather live in tampa bay over miami area..if you have a really good job transfer you'll be good..if you move here and are looking for a job..good luck..manatee county has t the nicest beaches in fla..hands down..not just because i live's just a fact because i drive a truck for a living and travel from one end of fla to the other..and easy access makes it enjoyable..the traffic in tampa and pinellas County is horrible..but settles down come may thru sept..

  35. Great video! You have helped me sum up my decision..literally! I’ve researched between San Antonio and Tampa. Tampa is a win for me; currently in Phoenix but plan to move in September for a work promotion in finance.

  36. Plant City is better if you hate people but still want to be close enough to a city to root for the pro sports teams

  37. So That was very informative, I've watched many other videos of Tampa, and this is the most accurate, informational of them all.

  38. Great video, I have Tampa high on my list of options based on my job perspectives. You forgot to mention about higher education choices.

  39. Love the Tampa Bay Area! Our channel features running related activities in the area like local races and running the beaches and Pinellas trail. Btw Dali museum is the best! Do the tour! River walk is amazing/water street is changing all the time. Gasparilla distance classic starts and ends there.

  40. How is airport access to Orlando? I am talking about access to direct flights to London, Paris, Frankfurt, San Francisco. The Tampa airport does not provide that. How do you get to/from the Orlando airport? Cheaply, fast and reliably?

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