Situated along Florida’s Gulf Coast and averaging sunny skies 361 days a year, Tampa makes a great host city for your bachelor party antics. In fact, a Tampa bachelor party not only delivers endless beach days but is also home to legendary nightlife within the Ybor City neighborhood. While in the Tampa Bay area, you’ll be able to check out nearby destinations like Clearwater and St. Petersburg, known for beautiful beaches and top-notch golfing at only a short drive away.
Read on for a complete Tampa bachelor party itinerary tailor-made to spoil the lucky groom-to-be.
What to Do
You didn’t plan a Tampa bachelor party to stay indoors, so make beach time a top priority on your weekend agenda. Arguably the best beach in the area, Clearwater Beach includes three miles of white sand and ocean shore, plus a lively atmosphere to entertain your bachelor crew. It’s set just 25 miles from central Tampa and was recently named the #1 U.S. Beach in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards.
When you’re ready to take the party on the open waters, charter a fishing boat with companies like Charter Boat Two C'S II or try your hand at some local water sports like jet skiing, water skiing, or kitesurfing. Offshore, the golf enthusiasts on your trip will love Tampa Bay spots like Clearwater Country Club, Belleair Country Club, and Cove Cay Golf Club to squeeze in some time on the course.
Once the sun goes down, make your way over to Tampa’s historic Ybor City neighborhood for all the dining and nightlife action you could ever want. Endless bars and clubs line the streets of Ybor, making it the ultimate location for your bachelor party bar crawl. In between watering holes, be sure to check out The RITZ for live music and Tampa Improv for the area’s best comedy.
For those in search of the city’s local brews during your Tampa bachelor party, Cigar City Brewery and Tampa Bay Brewing Co. won’t leave you disappointed. Another solid option, the Florida Cane Distillery operates as a micro-distillery offering free tours and tastings throughout the weekend.
Where to Eat
Food doesn’t have to be an afterthought on your guys’ weekend. Plan ahead with a little research so you don’t miss on the city’s best restaurants like Bern’s Steak House. This Tampa institution is a go-to for dry-aged steaks, not to mention their impressive wine cellar housing more than half a million bottles.
Along the Tampa Riverwalk, you’ll find Ulele. This restaurant slash brewery serves up a variety of delicious dishes with Native American influences, plus their own craft brews made at the brewery on site.
Over in Clearwater, check out the famous Crabby’s Dockside for your seafood fix. The perfect spot to grab lunch or dinner after a day at the beach, you’ll enjoy good food with a waterside view.
Fly Bar & Restaurant in downtown Tampa is known for their rooftop deck and is a great place to grab a drink before a night on the town.
Where to Stay
Finding the right accommodations for your Tampa bachelor party depends on whether you prefer to stay near the city, the beach, or somewhere in between. For the bachelor crew who wants to be in the heart of it all, the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District is just the ticket. You’ll be walking distance to all the bars and clubs of Ybor City so you can skip the expensive cab rides at the end of the night.
Just a five-minute drive from Ybor, Aloft Tampa Downtown is another great option at an affordable price point. This property includes an outdoor pool and a terrace overlooking the Hillsborough River.
If you’d rather set up camp away from the clubbing scene, the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is your best bet. You’ll have access to 10 acres of private beach along with two outdoor pools and on-site bars and restaurants.