Travel information about the central west region of Florida

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From the cultural attractions of Tampa to the unique charm of the 26 communities of St Petersburg and Clearwater, it is the diversity of attractions that makes the central west region of Florida so intriguing.

Not forgetting the largest herd of wintering manatees in the United States on Florida's Nature Coast, this exciting region includes the areas of Crystal River, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa.

Central west region of Florida

Crystal River Area

Known as Florida’s Nature Coast and located on the Gulf of Mexico north of Tampa Bay, Crystal River Area is tailor-made for fishing, boating and kayaking among wildlife. It is home to the largest herd of wintering manatees found in the United States and it is the only place where you can snorkel with them.

Crystal River

St Petersburg/Clearwater Area

The St Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida's Gulf Coast is comprised of 26 communities that have a unique charm, feel and heritage and 35 miles of white-sand beaches on some eight major barrier islands. More than 300 species of fish populate the waters, making the area one of Florida's premier fishing locales.

Saint Petersburg

Tampa Area

Tampa Bay is located on Florida's West Coast, and features miles of glistening waterways and sandy shorelines. The Bay area offers visitors an explosion of educational, entertaining and cultural attractions. Tampa's central location provides easy access to the nearby Gulf beaches and surrounding areas.


Photo: St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau