This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.
Tampa is the laid-back cousin of party city Miami. Located on Florida's west coast, Tampa has plenty of culture and beautiful outdoor spaces. There's a streetcar that runs downtown, beautiful white sand beaches, and plenty of culture. If you're ready to propose, consider one of these settings.
Where to Propose in Tampa
1. On a romantic stroll
Bayshore Boulevard is famous for being the world's longest continuous sidewalk, running six miles along the waterfront. Walk hand-in-hand and take in the views of the city at sunset, then get down on one knee and present her with a diamond cluster ring.
2. During a classy dinner
Take your sweetie out for a candlelit Italian dinner at Bella's Italian Cafe. It's a cozy restaurant located in the popular entertainment district of Tampa called SoHo (short for "South Howard Avenue"). The waitstaff will bring you fresh bruschetta upon seating you, and warm bread and butter throughout the meal. Saangria, wood-fired pizzas, and tiramisu are among the delicious menu options. Enjoy the friendly service and the warm ambience.
Nothing says romance like a dinner cruise. Reserve a window seat on the Yacht StarShip in advance for a gorgeous view, and an enjoy a three-course meal (a fourth appetizer course is optional) from the seasonal menu. After dinner, enjoy a 360-degree view of Tampa Bay from the Promenade deck as you toast with champagne.
3. On a lighthearted adventure
If your lady is a kid at heart, she will love the Airheads Trampoline Arena. Laugh yourselves silly as you literally bounce off the walls, because they're made of giant trampolines. On certain days, you can even play dodgeball. Surprise her by popping the question as you step out of the arena with your adrenaline pumping and your faces flushed.
Another destination to delight your inner child is Gaspar's Grotto. Located in Tampa's historic Latin quarter and entertainment district, the pirate-themed bar was founded by a retired sea captain and his wife. If your lady loves animals, she'll appreciate that the casual outdoor patio encourages dogs (there's even a plate for dogs on the menu!). When you're ready to propose, contact the management and see if they can help you plan a special surprise.
If you're looking for delicious food and drink in a one-of-a-kind environment, consider Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club. Find the unmarked wooden door in the seemingly random location and say the password that you received when you made your reservation. Inside, you'll be transported back to the 1920's. Nestle into a candlelit private booth secluded by curtain,s and order a Prohibition-era cocktail and small plates, like black truffle popcorn or chicken and waffle sliders. As the evening comes to a close, giving your lady a diamond cluster ring will make the experience truly unforgettable.
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