About Jessica Vander Velde

Jessica Vander Velde is a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newspaper. She also blogs about craft beer at Pint-Press.com

The top things to do on the Tampa waterfront

In sunny Tampa, it’s all about the water. Along the beautiful bay and the Hillsborough River, the city has some great waterside hangouts. These parks and restaurants offer the perfect locations to spot wildlife, have a picnic, launch a boat or grab some sundowners. Take … Continue reading

The Best Beaches in St Petersburg Florida

When it comes to beaches, Florida‘s gulf coast has some of the best. Visitors who fly into Tampa International Airport will find an abundance of options – just a quick 30-minute drive away is a cluster of top beaches in St Petersburg.   A lifeguard station … Continue reading
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Bread Line: A Guide to the Best Bakeries in Tampa

Tampa’s rich immigrant history becomes tangible and delicious inside the many bakeries around town. Cuban, Italian and other Latin American treats are often tucked away in unassuming shops, their breads, pastries and cookies displayed behind glass cases. Here’s the inside scoop on some of the … Continue reading

Travelling with Teenagers: Five Cool Things to do in Tampa Bay

  With great beaches, a booming arts and music scene and year-round good weather, Tampa Bay is the perfect holiday destination for families. Those travelling with teenagers will find plenty of options that are sure to interest this hard-to-please subset – including adrenaline junkies, creative … Continue reading

The Big Guava: A Beginner’s Guide to Tampa

Our new codeshare agreement with Delta brings exciting new destinations like Tampa Bay within easy reach. Tampa, aka the Big Guava, is a warm-weathered, waterfront city with a vibrant immigrant history. And though it’s only 45 minutes from some of the nation’s best beaches, Tampa … Continue reading