8 Great Neighborhoods in Tampa Bay

From the Latin Quarter to the beaches, this waterfront city has it all.

Photo by: SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock Downtown St. Petersburg is pedestrian friendly with waterfront parks, shopping and restaurants.

Downtown St. Petersburg

This is one of the most urban neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area: restaurants, retail, office, commercial, two college campuses, several museums, many churches, hotels, plus waterfront parks and great views. More than 5,000 people live here, from young professionals to seniors moving out of big family homes in other neighborhoods: in single-family homes and townhomes, apartments, midrise buildings and luxury highrises.

What others have to drive to (and fight for parking), residents of the Downtown Neighborhood Association walk to: fireworks on July 4, First Night celebrations on Dec. 31, a regular calendar of food, music and arts festivals, a branch library, City Hall, the courthouse, the city's famous 1917 Open Air Post Office, the wedding-cake Mediterranean Revival architecture of the 1926 Snell Arcade and a thriving Saturday morning greenmarket.

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