American Homestay Network – Tampa and Orlando

Tampa is a city on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A major business center, it is also known for its museums and other cultural offerings. Busch Gardens is an African-themed amusement park with thrill rides and animal-viewing areas. The historic Ybor City neighborhood, developed by Cuban and Spanish cigar-factory workers at the turn of the 20th century, is a dining and nightlife destination.

Orlando, a city in central Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Another major destination, Universal Orlando, offers Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter straddling both.

Fun Facts About Tampa and Orlando  

  • Tampa is home to the world’s longest continuous sidewalk.
  • Tampa is home to Florida’s largest port.
  • In Tampa, there is much more to the region than simply beaches and theme parks.
  • A massive pirate festival has been taking place for over 100 years!
  • Lots of popular movies are filmed in Tampa.
  • The official nickname of the city of Orlando is “The City Beautiful”, although it is also known as “O-Town”.
  • There are more than 500,000 higher education students within a 100 miles radius, providing a rock-solid talent pipeline for companies in Orlando.  
  • Orlando is home to more than 100 lakes.  
  • Orlando has over 100 parks and 21 community centers.

Schools in Tampa and Orlando  

Colleges and Universities

University of Tampa

University of South Florida

University of Central Florida

High Schools

ESL Schools

Explore the City

Try a Meetup!  

Meetup.com is a collection of groups that put on events called meetups.  You can join groups based on your interests.  It is a great way to meet new people in Tampa and Orlando.  

Weather

Tampa’s year-round semitropical climate is free from many of the extremes found elsewhere.

Orlando lies about 50 miles from the Atlantic to the east, 75 miles from the Gulf Coast to the west, and about 375 miles from the tip of the Florida Keys. Abundant sunshine and warm temperatures are the norm.

History and Demographics

Tampa History

Tampa Demographics

Orlando History

Orlando Demographics