Vibrant tropical foliage and alluring architecture can be found on Davis Islands, the archipelago recognized for its premier location, convenient access to downtown Tampa and its remote, exclusive appeal. Surrounded by crystalline Gulf waters, the prestigious enclave is home to some of Tampa’s most famous residents including Derek Jeter who built a nearly 40,000-square-foot compound solidifying it as the largest home in all of Tampa.
Davis Islands is a scenic, landscaped retreat, blending vintage Florida ambiance with Mediterranean revival structures dating back to the 1920s. Adding character to the area, Davis Island Beach is Tampa Bay’s only off-leash dog park and beach.
Luxury waterfront homes are graciously poised along Davis Islands’ canals with sailboats adrift and waterway cabanas that display distinctive charms. Maintaining the island’s Old World splendor, early landmarks including the Palace of Florence, once a seasonal hotel for the Davis Islands elite, now a nationally protected historic apartment building. With its own airport and seaplane basin, Davis Islands offers unrestricted, yet select access and provides gorgeous views of the port. The Davis Island Yacht Club, a private, members only establishment, adds to the area’s opulence with an active sailing race schedule and regional boating events. While Davis Islands’ developer, David P. Davis is said to have had eclectic intentions for the inlet (he wanted to create a Florida version of the Great Gatsby), its current day offering is reflective of a once dynamic moment in time.
WHERE TO EAT
Cafe Dufrain, a waterfront, New American restaurant, uses organic, locally grown ingredients and offers a preferred selection of beer and wines for the tasteful consumer.
WHAT TO DO
Famous People of Tampa Tour. Take a water taxi tour for an up close look at the home’s of Tampa’s rich and famous. Other tours include the Dolphin, Harbor and Sunset Tour. Guests may bring and consume adult beverages on the tour, as long as they are legal age.
PLACES TO STAY
An extension of the Starwood Hotel Group, Aloft is an eclectic downtown Tampa
hotel just steps from Davis Islands, Riverwalk, the Tampa Convention Center, nightlife and shopping.