Tyler Francischine

About 1,100 miles south of the Big Apple lies the Big Guava, a city of gentle bay breezes and thrilling local culture where both death metal and the Cuban sandwich were born. Tampa, Florida, welcomes an annual influx of pirates for the Gasparilla Festival and thousands of visitors each winter and spring when temperatures drop below 80 degrees. Though urban development in areas like Tampa Heights offers a growing number of new restaurants and bars, the town's history is preserved in neighborhoods such as Ybor City, which once made Tampa the cigar-making capital of the world.