TAMPA

Bay breezes keep Tampa temperate most of the year, although summer's hurricane season and the daily tropical showers can make planning some activities a challenge from June to September. Low humidity and clear skies are a rule from December to March, though the sublime weather lures the snowbirds, making beaches a bit more crowded. White sandy beaches, sport fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, boating, and the best seafood under the sun.

The word "Tampa" may mean "sticks of fire " in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe that once lived south of today's Tampa Bay. This might be a reference to the many lightning strikes that the area receives during the summer months. Other historians claim the name means "the place to gather sticks".

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