Courtney Campbell Trail
If you love walks with a view then may I suggest putting Courtney Campbell trail on your list of places to take a hike. The 10 1/2 mile trail runs along, up and over beautiful Tampa Bay, where during your walk you can view birds, boats, jet skiers, and if you are lucky you might spot a dolphin or perhaps even a bull shark. The trail, which is also popular for bike riders, starts at Tampa’s Rocky Point area at Ben T. Davis Beach and runs along the Courtney Campbell Causeway, a stretch of Highway and Bridge that connects Tampa To Clearwater. The trail is set apart from the highway and has it’s own separate bridge, keeping trail users a good safe distance from the heavy traffic of the causeway. Restrooms, showers and parking are conveniently located at Ben T. Davis Beach. Parking is metered at about 75 cents per hour. Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are on a leash.
Ben T. Davis Beach
On Tampa Bay, this beach is popular for jet skiing, sunbathing, bird watching and swimming. The water of the bay is not like the pristine blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, nor does the beach have the white powdery sand like the Gulf beaches, nonetheless, Ben T. Davis Beach is still popular with the locals as it is a great location for outdoor water sports. The Beach is equipped with restrooms, showers, concession area, picnic tables and areas to just sit back and enjoy the view. No dogs are allowed on the beach.
Ben T. Davis Beach is 3.8 driving miles from Tampa International Airport and closer as the crow flies, so the view of incoming and outgoing airplanes from the beach and the Courtney Campbell trail can be pretty remarkable especially for those who are aviation enthusiasts.
The Rocky Point Area
Rocky Point is a scenic stretch of land along the waters of Tampa Bay and it is in this area where you will find the Courtney Campbell Causeway, a causeway that runs over the waters of Tampa Bay, connecting Tampa to Clearwater. The area of Rocky Point is convenient to Tampa International Airport, Raymond James Stadium, 2 shopping malls and is approximately 9 miles from Downtown Tampa and the beautiful Downtown Tampa Riverwalk.
Rocky Point is also home to Rocky Point Golf Course which is rich in history as it is one of Florida’s first golf courses. Located at 4151 Dana Shores Drive, Rocky Point Golf Course is a great course for the Tampa visitor to take advantage of the great Florida weather and get in a round of golf during their stay. No clubs, no problem as Callaway Club rentals are available.
There are a good number of hotel choices in the Rocky Point area that have gorgeous views of the Bay and pricing in this area is pretty reasonable. The area is within 30 minutes or less of all of Tampa’s most popular attractions and is about a 35 minute drive to the beautiful Gulf beaches of Clearwater.
Whether you are in Tampa for a vacation, business trip or to attend a sporting event, Rocky Point is convenient to it all. Nearby Tampa International Airport, a straight shot to Clearwater beach on highway 60, easy access to interstate 275 and Downtown Tampa and just minutes from Raymond James Stadium and George M. Steinbrenner Field, makes this area of Tampa a perfect choice for the busy traveler.
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