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Here's how a San Diego magazine described a perfect Tampa vacation

A San Diego publication recently highlighted Tampa as a potential vacation destination for its readers.

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A San Diego publication recently highlighted Tampa as a potential vacation destination for its readers.

This may come as a shock but San Diegans apparently sometimes need a break from the relentlessly perfect California weather. 

And a San Diego magazine had a vacation spot in mind: Tampa.

The San Diego Reader published over the weekend a guide to visiting Tampa.

Yes, that's Tampa. Not the regional Tampa Bay moniker that includes (and often leans heavily on) the tourism beacons of St. Petersburg and Clearwater. In fact, the word "beach" is not even mentioned once. That says a lot about how far Tampa has come as a destination in its own right, and the numbers back it up.

Instead, the travel article focuses on Tampa's historic and cultural attractions and food as a major draw. It touches on the cigar factories, the Cuban influences and scenic walks.

"Tampa’s melting pot of cultures – as well as access to the freshest seafood and sun-kissed produce – has contributed to terrific restaurants. It’s a sophisticated city that has authentic global flair, unlike other nearby cities with a strong tourist focus," it said.

Newer additions to Tampa's scene like the downtown riverwalk and Ulele restaurant get a shoutout as well.

Here's the full article. Did they miss anything?

Just a word of advice to San Diegans before heading our way: Check the weather first. You're not used to rain like this.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:18am]

    

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