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$303.00 ($353 is average for large/midsize cities)
Average hotel room per night:
$101.66 ($102.14 is average for large/midsize cities)
Average cost of a meal out:
$37.22 ($35.76 is average for large/midsize cities)
7th Avenue, the colorful, historic main street of Tampa's Latin district (free)
Think of Tampa as a cheaper, Gulf Coast alternative to Miami. Beaches and cruise ships abound, and the area boasts an enviable art scene, anchored by the massive Straz performing arts center and The Dali Museum in neighboring St. Petersburg. Tampa is also teeming with ethnic diversity, which means, as in Miami, visitors can enjoy good cigars and Cuban sandwiches just about anywhere in the city.
Unlike Miami, however, visitors can tour Tampa on the cheap. A flight into Tampa International costs a mere $303 – the cheapest on our list, and a full $50 less than the national average.
A hotel room is 36% cheaper than a room in Miami. Even dining costs are low relative to other Florida cities, which works out for hungry travelers who can grab a great meal downtown or in Tampa's Ybor City nightlife district (7th Avenue runs through the heart of Ybor City).
10. Tampa, Fla.