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Tips and experiences for Tampa airport

Our customers rated Tampa airport with an average of 9.2 based on 102 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

19-02-2018
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Come prepared with all your paperwork and know what you are renting.
18-01-2018
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Signage at Tampa airport is very unclear so you'll want to follow signs to "Ground Transportation." Do not go to the rental car office across the walkway. This office is for on-site rental companies. Fox is located off-site for which you need to take a shuttle to their office. When exiting the airport, go to the right and follow the sign all the way to the end and around the corner of the building. We sat at the sign for at least fifteen minutes before realizing we had to go around the corner for the shuttle. When you are returning your car, give yourself an extra ten minutes of time. We were lucky enough to arrive right before the shuttle departed for the airport. However, if we had been a few minutes late we would have had to wait since only two shuttles were running at the time.
10-01-2018
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Get your car keys before you get your luggage to save time in queues. Park on the roof of the airport car park (level 9) for 20 minutes to see the lovely views (in daytime) - under 30 minutes is free parking. On your way back to the airport, stop at the Tampa Riverside walk for a nice refreshing walk; Museum of Science and Industry, the Children's Museum, and the Tampa Aquarium are all near to the airport as well if you need to kill time (but you'll need a car). Public transport is difficult to get in Florida, so a car is essential; driving is easy, but cars pass in any lane, which can be unnerving for British drivers. On the Gulf beaches between St Pete Beach and Dunedin, you can keep your car at your hotel/condo and hop on the trolley bus if you want to have a few drinks with your meal (drink/driving laws are very strict). Definitely visit Caladesi Island and Fort Desoto Park for an old Florida nature experience - both are National Parks. You can also rent kayaks at both parks. Main Street Dunedin has many micro-brews and good restaurants with an old time US Main Street feel; lots of parking lots available on side streets. Downtown St Pete has a lot of night life, good restaurants, and art shops - more 'upmarket' than Dunedin, but worth a visit, especially the Dali Museum. Finally, just enjoy the white sandy beaches from Honeymoon Island through St Pete Beach, with the quietest being Indian Rocks Beach and the most active being Clearwater Beach.
09-01-2018
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Get excess cover on top of standard car insurance it's invaluable.I would check has your car got Onstar before hiring a satnav.Get bike racks if possible as we did and hired bikes it was a great idea.If doing long drives see can uou get your partner to share driving and book this at same time as booking car.I used Holidaycars.com for the first time and found them fantastic value compared to others.Hire a car big enough for comfort as some drives can be tiring so extra space is good.Bring your own parasol and deck chairs as rental prices in Florida can be expensive
09-01-2018
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The Tampa Airport is one of the best in the USA. It is efficient, attractive and very easy to use.
03-01-2018
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Thrifty is easy to find, just outside the arrivals doors. The office is open & welcoming. Staff were friendly and available to see quickly. No extra paperwork to fill out or extra insurances hidden to pay. Car was parked within a very short walking distance from the office and was clean and tidy. On return to drop return rental car, process was quick and smoothly done by friendly staff again. I would definitely use and recommend thrift again, many thanks
13-07-2017
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Location is just too convenient.
12-07-2017
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The airport was great for us since we had a baby and we could go easily through it. Nothing extraordinary happened to us so we had a pretty nice experience.
11-05-2017
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Our arrival to Tampa was ok, we were delayed almost 2 hours because southwest was short 1 attendant. Tampa airport was very well signed and easy to find where we had to go to pick up our shuttle to Fox Rental. The Shuttle showed up fairly quickly and the gentleman was very nice and welcoming. On our return flight we dropped off our vehicle at Fox Rental with ease, the staff member was really nice and took care of us quickly, and we were on the shuttle on our way back to the airport in a mater of minutes! we were dropped off right at our airline and the baggage guy's were great, helping us check in our bags. When we went inside the 2 TSA workers directing passengers to enter the scanning process were VERY rude, they spoke broken English and very hard to understand. When asked what they said, because I was having a hard time understanding them they yelled at everyone to "Read your Boarding pass don't just look at it" and continued to complain and yell at passengers. Made many of the passengers feel uncomfortable. The TSA workers at the scanning Stations were very nice and did their job well. We boarded our flight on time and all in all it was a good experience flying from Tampa Airport.
05-05-2017
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Loved Don Cesear Beach House Suites. Bought freash seafood and fish from the fish market and ready made salads. St Pete Beach is breath taking.
27-04-2017
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Nice beaches nearby
25-04-2017
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We had a great visit to Clearwater. The beaches and sun made it all worthwhile. A great deal to do in the Clearwater as we participated in banana boating, Jet skiing, Parasailing and took an afternoon cruise on a catamaran. Check out the Edge Hotel with Infinity pool and upstairs bar with expansive projection tv for outdoor night seating. Sweet!
11-04-2017
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Ask for directions for the car rental shuttle if you do not see the small numbers designating where to go.
20-03-2017
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get planty of advance info on locations
18-03-2017
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Go to Busch Gardens it is the best!!
17-03-2017
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Bring a GPS! Use Budget!
17-03-2017
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Tampa was not my final destination, St. Petersberg Beach was, therefore I cannot make any recommendations regarding the beautiful city of Tampa!
15-03-2017
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My only suggestion would be be wary of cheap motels near the airport. I had a bad experience. Buyer beware
11-03-2017
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Go to beaches like St. Pete, Venice and Manisota
10-03-2017
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Phillies spring training
09-03-2017
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Take in a spring season Major League baseball game.
08-03-2017
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Do the Tampa River Walk
03-03-2017
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If going to downtown Tampa there are a lot of one way streets and many parking areas which is nice.
03-03-2017
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Don't miss visiting IKEA
27-02-2017
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I travel to siesta key and just flew into Tampa bay
25-02-2017
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I really enjoyed the St Pete coastline. Great beaches. The restaurant at the Doubletree in Reddington beach had an amazing patio view and great food at a reasonable price. Highly recommend it.
22-02-2017
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Allow plenty of time to see & enjoy all Tampa has to offer.
21-02-2017
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There are many great local eateries and if you ask around, people are very willing to make recommendations. Try to plan your day for travel between the rush hour times, especially if you stay out on the barrier islands. Buy the toll pass so that you don't have to worry about your route and can avoid the accidents and back ups.
20-02-2017
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nearby Tampa there is a lovely and beautiful city called St Petersburg, the Dali's Museum is very nice place to visit, the beaches are like paradise.
16-02-2017
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Take early flights. Use hotwire,com for great hotels and car rentals.
13-02-2017
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Do not rent a car from Fox rental cars.
02-02-2017
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1. Rent from Payless 2. Rent from Payless
30-01-2017
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Enjoy the beach
27-01-2017
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My entire car renting experience with Holiday Cars and Alamo was outstanding. I've rented cars from Alamo in the past and their customer service is extraordinary!!! Alamo is definitely a leader in the car renting industry when customer service seems to be a lost art. I will definitely refer others to both of these companies in the future.
25-01-2017
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We had many enjoyable experiences. We went to a concert at Ruth Eckert Hall, (sp??), went to the Keys and to local beaches. We enjoyed Tarpon Springs and Fort Meyers Shell Factory, the Corkscrew, so many wonderful memories!! I would suggest going to a tourist information center and check out what things are of interest. There is no lack of things to do!! Perhaps Fox could have brochures in their office. Maybe they already do, I was busy renting a cat, it was late and I wasn't looking around at that time.
17-01-2017
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When you rent cars in Tampa, some firms are in the terminal area (higher prices) and some firms are a shuttle ride away (lower prices). Make sure you check this out so that you meet your requirements. All shuttle pick ups are at the end of the baggage area of the terminal bldg. where you arrive.
16-01-2017
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Large, clean airport; friendly atmosphere compared to Orlando
31-12-2016
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Tampa is a vibrant city with so much to do and see. Only spent a day in Tampa and enjoyed it all. Stayed in Indian Rocks Beach on the gulf. Weather was fantastic. Sunsets were amazing. Water was perfect. Johns Landing is a must see and do.
29-12-2016
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Tampa has some nice historical sites downtown. They have just started a small Riverwalk that is still to be discovered. Allow lots of time if you need to use I-4. If it is too busy try Kennedy through downtown. Dale Mabry will make you want to be sure you have CDW!
15-12-2016
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I actually just spent 5 days at the Clearwater beach/ Indian Shores and enjoy the sunshine and the terrific Seafood
02-12-2016
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We actually stayed in Port Charlotte, about 1 hour 20 minutes south. We like it because it is less touristy/croweded, more residential/relaxing.
03-09-2016
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Great restaurants and nearby beaches.
22-08-2016
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Beware of hidden charges
16-08-2016
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Clearwater beach, Dunedin and St Petersburg areas worth exploring.
03-08-2016
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Aquarium, the city center, Anna Maria Island
24-07-2016
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Busch Gardens is a must do...Ybor City for the true Hispanic feeling.
17-07-2016
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Dunedin is a great place to relax and enjoy the natural resources
16-07-2016
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Dress for hot weather.
07-07-2016
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Allow extra time for every leg of your journey
01-07-2016
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Go to South Beach & Key West.
26-06-2016
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Fast pick-up - return & easy check-in & out
21-06-2016
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Went to Indian shores
06-06-2016
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Visit the unadvertised the hidden gems...Disney is great but there is so much more to see and do. And they wont charge you for the parking experience.
31-05-2016
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Dunedin is the sophisticated traveler's best secret in Tampa Bay.
29-05-2016
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The food was excellent everywhere we ate.The excursions were inexpensive, the people were very friendly. There was the snorkling excursion that was disappointing.
09-05-2016
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Try and stay in Anna Maria Island! Soto Rentals!
06-05-2016
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Great city especially downtown St Pete.
04-05-2016
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Dunedin is a hidden treasure
25-04-2016
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much to see and do; avoid peak hour traffic
19-04-2016
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Stayed on the beach.
09-04-2016
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Wyndham Clearwater is a wonderful stay
06-04-2016
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Loved Tampa and surrounding area
06-04-2016
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Get your car at the airport terminal.
01-04-2016
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the price was right.
31-03-2016
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visit anna maria island, it is paradise!
30-03-2016
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Gulf Beaches are awesome.
29-03-2016
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Leaving the airport, drive directly west across the C. C. Causeway until you reach the gulf waters, then turn right to visit wonderful Dunedin, a gem.
29-03-2016
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Do not go to Tampa during spring break or baseball spring training. Traffic and each attraction were very crowded, with long lines. Also, Dollar was the only car rental company willing to even try to get a car for me.
28-03-2016
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Florida has, for the most, tropical weather, the airport has the best customer service in the nation, in my opinion
23-03-2016
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Get to the Gulf. Tama traffic is awful.
23-03-2016
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Take the toll pass with rental
21-03-2016
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A lot of nice beaches in the area
17-03-2016
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pre-season baseball! It's amazing! Steinbrener field is great.
16-03-2016
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Avoid the Tampa Bay bridges.
15-03-2016
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Good weather and carry lot of summer clothing
14-03-2016
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Just be patient with all the lights you seem to stop at !! But it beats the wind chill factor back in New England !!
14-03-2016
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I went to Sarasota.
13-03-2016
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- If driving in the Orlando area, consider the option of purchasing the flat rate daily pass for 8.99/ day. - If you have one, bring your portable GPS with you.
13-03-2016
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Sarasota beaches are the best!
10-03-2016
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Visit Siesta Key
07-03-2016
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Take the time to tour the whole state or at least as much as you can. No need to stay in only one place. Sarasota beaches are the best, Miami South Beach area for fun, most everywhere for golf, and plenty of great restaurants. Sassy's in Fort Meyers is a fair priced place.
03-03-2016
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If you travel south of Tampa coming back can be a driving standstill due to construction in Sarasota.
28-02-2016
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avoid rush hour traffic and construction.
28-02-2016
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St Pete Beach....Fort Desoto Park
22-02-2016
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Look over cars but great company and fast!
19-02-2016
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I was visiting family.
18-02-2016
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have a navigation app, like waze, will help with traffic
02-01-2016
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Actually visited Venice
18-12-2015
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Very fun area with lot's to do. Charlies steak house is great.
17-12-2015
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Go to Clearwater beaches and Sarasota ones. Really nice places.
07-12-2015
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need GPS if not on your phone then get it Tampa very confusing to drive around in. Visit Tarpon Springs, lots of shopping and great food. The Colombian Cafe in Tampa great food also
19-11-2015
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Tampa is beautiful and there is a lot to do within a short driving distance.
19-11-2015
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Visit Clearwater. Amazing and fun.
19-11-2015
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Visit Busch Gardens and Raymond James Stadium
18-11-2015
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Can't think of anything right now
12-11-2015
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Clearwater Beach is a beautiful place to play in the sun, eat and shop! Also, Ybor City has a fantastic night life with great food, plenty of cigars, and hysterical people-watching!
08-11-2015
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We went deep sea fishing on our son's boat
06-11-2015
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We have timeshare in Longboat Key and October is a great month for that.
13-09-2015
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Use a rental car company at the AP - saves time and money.
10-07-2015
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Go to Sand Key - you will love it there. You can park for $5/day and enjoy a great deal of marine life and even go shelling. While there, we got to swim with a group of CowNose Rays swimming in formation, saw some Manatees, and Dolphins. Truly enjoyed it.
24-06-2015
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Go see some baseball
01-05-2015
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Tampa area...If you have children and enjoy theme parks, Busch Gardens is top notch in family fun away from the beach!