Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg
By Laura Reiley and Bob Jenkins
Second Edition, July 2013
Tampa resident Laura Reiley and St. Petersburg resident Bob Jenkins offer their unique perspectives on Tampa and St. Petersburg, from exploring the Salvador Dali Museum to enjoying the quirky Gasparilla Pirate Fest. They include trip strategies for a variety of travelers, such as a “Nature Lovers Tour” and “Tampa Sports,” covering the Yankees spring training. Including expert advice on the Museum of Science and Industry, Busch Gardens, and nightlife in historic Ybor City, Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg
Enjoy the very best of Tampa & St. Petersburg with these itineraries:
- The Best of Tampa & St. Petersburg
- Where The Heart Is: Tampa Bay’s Most Romantic Spots
- Foul-Weather Fun
Discover the ins and outs of Tampa & St. Petersburg’s neighborhoods.
Recommendations for the top restaurants, nightlife, shops, sights, and hotels in:
- Downtown Tampa and Channelside
- South Tampa, Hyde Park, and Davis Islands
- Ybor City
- Busch Gardens and North Tampa
- Greater Tampa
- Downtown St. Petersburg
- Clearwater and Clearwater Beach
- Greater Pinellas County
Take a trip outside the city with these excursions:
- The Nature Coast
After college, Laura Reiley entered the world of work on the heels of a two-year culinary school program. A professionally trained chef, she was then qualified to draw discriminating and effete conclusions about meals eaten and wines consumed. She did so with gusto, reviewing restaurants and writing about food for magazines and newspapers in Baltimore; San Francisco; and most recently St. Petersburg, Florida.
Though a food writer must keep one eye on food, it is somewhat inevitable that the other eye will drift to its anthropology: the folkways of the eaters and drinkers. After moving to Florida’s Gulf Coast in 2003, Reiley began to admire how Harriet Beecher Stowe once described her home state as ”a tumble-down, wild...general happy-go-luckiness which [is] Florida.” What better way to explore her wild new home than with a first edition of Moon Florida Gulf Coast, for which she won first prize in the 2005 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards? From there, she set her sights on the allures of Central Florida for Moon Walt Disney World & Orlando.
After completing a second edition of her Gulf Coast book, she chose to linger for a spell in her own backyard, her adopted home in the Tampa Bay area, where she lives with her husband, a psychologist; her daughter, a thirteen-year-old; and her dog, a balding schnoodle. It didn’t take long to conclude that, with their sports teams, outdoor activities and cultural draws, Tampa and St. Petersburg have enough charisma to merit their own guidebook.
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