The Florida Suncoast ("Southwest Florida") stretches from Tarpon Springs in the north all the way to Naples in the south. So named for its three-hundred-plus days of sunshine, the Suncoast is historically known as a retirement area for hundreds of thousands of retirees from the North America and Europe.
Recently the area has undergone a major demographic change, with large numbers of younger people making their way to the area to enjoy the sunshine, the arts, the vibrant downtown St. Pete and the easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.
The beaches are by far the most popular attraction for tourists and residents alike. With soft, white sand to loll about upon and warm, clear turquoise waters to splash around in, a day spent at the beach is always a good time. The beach communities are home to dozens of wonderful restaurants, and your best bet is fresh seafood.
Golf courses are abundant in this area, with Naples alone boasting over a hundred of them. The Suncoast doesn't have the same concentration of theme parks as its interior neighbor, Orlando, but the ones that are in this area, like Busch Gardens and Adventure Island in Tampa, are just as thrilling as any other amusement park. Just ask anyone stepping off Sheikra, Busch Garden's newest roller coaster that features a ninety-degree drop, straight towards ground.
Finally, the Tampa Bay area is home to three major league sports teams – the NFL's Buccaneers, MLB's Rays and the NHL's Lighting.
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