Going to Florida for vacation has been an American tradition since the invention of air conditioning. But for business? Outside of Latin American finance and quote-unquote “exotic” imports, folks usually didn’t come down this way to do anything that resembled “serious.”
But that’s changed in the past couple of decades, and as business in Florida booms so does the number of people who come here for work. Since the sunshine state was a vacation destination to begin with, it’s also the perfect place to blend business and leisure travel — or “bleisure” as the cool kids say. Orlando and Miami are fairly obvious when looking for how to extend your business trip, but if you’re looking for the beaches, food, nightlife, and general laid-back excitement that make Florida so fun, Tampa might be the best place in the state to add an extra day onto your trip. Read on for how to make the most out of a business trip to Tampa, from where to take your work appointments to the spots you need to explore on your own.