Tampa’s topography and spots offer kite surfers a large area to practice the sport with a variety of levels for all kinds of riders. First, the large bay has more than 400 square miles of open water and there are a large number of sandbars along the shores that make launching simple. Many launch points also have relatively few sunbathers, which minimizes launch interference. And second, the harbor has a shape that effectively channels winds from the Atlantic needed to power the kites.
As for the spots, Tampa has many spots to visit that can be used by people with any level of expertise. There are many schools around the area that have classes and can help tourists get into the sport. Some of the best spots for kitesurfing in Tampa have easy launch parts for novices like the East Beach and Pass-a-Grille, Blue Flag Beach and Upham Beach. There are also a number of spots for more advanced riders like Big Beach and John's Pass with conditions that are more suitable for intermediate and advanced level riders due to the stronger currents. Some areas that are not really good to launch are Skyway Backside, Indian Rocks Beach, Cypress and Picnic Island, not because of the winds, but more due to the crowds and rocks. Tampa's famous spots include Fort Desoto Park with the North, Big and East beaches; skyway if you are and advanced rider and nearby traffic and trees are not a problem; Treasure Island with good wide open spaces for newer riders and small waves to enjoy and surf hard winds; Gulf Beaches which is a great place for a down winder; Honeymoon and Caladesi Island with winds from any direction but they get a bit crowded in the weekends; and Clearwater Beach.
The city life in Tampa City is really incredible with things to do for the family and party animals alike. Parents can take the kids to Game Works, and then the Marble Slab for some Ice Cream and ride on the trolley to the Aquarium, Channelside and downtown. For the clubbers, Howard Avenue south of Kennedy Blvd is full of local nightlife bars and restaurants. Some local favorites are Hyde Park Cafe, Mangroves and Whiskey Park for dancing.