Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay Area

The Tampa Bay is a bay on the Gulf of Mexico , located on the west coast of the peninsula Florida .

Geography and ecology

The bay has a water surface of 1031 square kilometers and an average depth of three meters. It forms part of the coastline of Pinellas , Hillsborough and Manatee Counties . The cities of Tampa , Saint Petersburg and Clearwater on the bay, each with over 100,000 inhabitants, are part of the Tampa Bay Area metropolitan area , which comprises around 2.8 million inhabitants.

About 100 small and medium-sized rivers flow into the bay. Extensive mangrove and wetlands are home to numerous animal and plant species. The bay is one of the wintering areas for manatees and a breeding area for various species of fish, birds and invertebrates. In 1990 the bay was declared an "estuary of national importance". Two zones are protected as National Wildlife Refuge : Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge and Egmont Key State Park .


There are three deep-water ports on Tampa Bay: Port of Tampa (tenth largest in the USA), Port of Manatee and Port of St. Petersburg. Bridges over Tampa Bay are:

  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge between St. Petersburg and Terra Ceia, Manatee County
  • Gandy Bridge between St. Petersburg and Tampa
  • Howard Frankland Bridge between St. Petersburg and Tampa
  • Courtney Campbell Causeway between Clearwater and Tampa
  • Bayside Bridge between Clearwater and Largo, Pinellas County


The bay is named after numerous sports clubs, including:

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Coordinates: 27 ° 46 ′  N , 82 ° 33 ′  W