South Tampa, FL: Where to Live, Play & Eat

South Tampa community guide

Location of South Tampa

South Tampa is located, you guessed it, south of downtown Tampa. It is basically the area south of I-275 to the Bay. It includes smaller neighborhoods like Hyde Park, Westshore, Palm Ceia, Bayshore and Sunset Gardens. Some even consider the two islands just south of downtown (Davis Islands and Harbour Island) part of the South Tampa community.

Real estate options in South Tampa

Real estate in South Tampa is some of the most expensive in all of Tampa Bay. And for good reason. It’s close to downtown and the airport, close to interstates to take you to the beaches or Orlando and it’s just a beautiful area close to the Bay. Many of the streets are tree-lined with historic homes. There are single family homes, condos (some on the water) and townhouses. There are million dollar mansions along Bayshore Boulevard, historic homes, waterfront estates, new construction and more.

Homes for sale in South Tampa

Best Things to Do in South Tampa

Enjoying the outdoors and shopping are two of our favorite things to do in South Tampa. A walk along Bayshore Boulevard, the longest continuous sidewalk in the world at 4.5 miles, gives beautiful views of the Bay and downtown Tampa. And even a peak at a dolphin once and a while. There are also cute shops and amazing restaurants in Hyde Park and downtown area.

Video: HydePark Village in South Tampa

Parks in South Tampa

Although close to downtown Tampa, South Tampa is loved for its quiet neighborhoods and close community. The parks offer playgrounds, shaded benches and even boat ramps.

A few parks in South Tampa:

  • Ballast Point (fishing pier, splash pad, playground, boat ramp, picnic tables)
  • Corona Park (playground, basketball courts, picnic tables)
  • Foster Park (sports fields, courts, playground)
  • Gadsden Park (walking trails, playground, dog park)
  • Palm Ceia (playground, basketball courts)

Biking & walking trails in South Tampa

The most popular biking and walking trail in South Tampa is Bayshore Boulevard. There are also beautiful walking trails in Gadsden Park.

Steak dinner

Places to eat in South Tampa

South Tampa is the hub of the Tampa Bay food scene with some of the best up-and-coming restaurants in the area. Some of our top choices in South Tampa include:

  • 717 South
  • Bern’s Steakhouse
  • Donatello
  • Eddie V’s
  • Malio’s Prime Steakhouse
  • Oxford Exchange
  • Timpanos
  • Datz
  • Meat Market
  • On Swann

Places to have fun in South Tampa

There is no shortage of things to do in South Tampa with unique experiences like making your own candles to painting. Here are some of our favorite things to do in South Tampa

  • Color Me Mine (ceramics studio)
  • The Candle Pour
  • Painting with a Twist

Places to shop in South Tampa

There are many local options for shopping in South Tampa. Some of our favorites are Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Bluemercury, Downtown Dogs, Fig & Julep and West Elm.

There are a variety of big box options in South Tampa (or just outside the neighborhood border) including Publix, Target, Walmart, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Homegoods and Home Depot.

Schools in South Tampa

Tampa schools are run by the Hillsborough County School District


  • Anderson Elementary
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • Mabry Elementary
  • Mitchell Elementary
  • Gorrie Elementary
  • Grady Elementary
  • Chiaramonte Elementary
  • Ballast Point Elementary
  • Lanier Elementary


  • Coleman Middle
  • Madison Middle
  • Wilson Middle


  • Plant High


  • Academy of the Holy Name
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran
  • Bayshore Christian
  • St. John’s Day School
  • Hyde Park Day School
  • Christ the King

Colleges and universities

  • University of Tampa

Hospitals in South Tampa

There are two hospitals in South Tampa along with urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers and doctor’s offices. The two hospitals are HCA South Tampa and Tampa General.

Ready to move to South Tampa?

South Tampa, with easy access to downtown Tampa, MacDill Air Force Base and the airport, is an excellent place to live and enjoy all that Tampa Bay has to offer. Our real estate team, with more than 30 years working and living in Tampa Bay, is here to help you find the perfect home. Call or text us today: 813-541-5320

(813) 629-7083