I made a quick weekend trip to the Tampa Bay, Florida area for business. I didn’t have much time, but I got to explore around a little bit in between obligations.
I quickly learned that Tampa International Bay airport is like far away from Sarasota, where I needed to be – solid hour drive south. If you’re headed to Sarasota, try to get a flight into Sarasota not Tampa. Travel mistake. Having said that, Tampa International Airport is modern and well designed – it felt like being inside a brand new shopping mall.
I also learned Sarasota is like the southern capital of Midwestern snowbirds from Michigan and Ohio – there were so many fellow Ohioans that I met on my trip. I had no idea.
Highlights of the trip were the stone crab claws, St. Pete Bagel Co. (NYC quality) and Erbelli’s Pizza. Hyatt Clearwater was a nice four-star hotel with kitchenettes directly on the beach.