The brainchild of DP Davis in the 1920’s boom, Davis Islands today is one of Tampa’s most coveted neighborhoods. With its combination of history; amenities including public swimming, boat launch, tennis, parks and dog parks; a charming village with restaurants galore, and some of Tampa’s best waterfront real estate, it’s easy to understand why Davis Islands is considered by many the place to be!
Islands residents and visitors alike adore the charm of our little urban village that consists of about 2 blocks of East Davis Blvd. This commercial district is home to a United Nations-worthy assortment of restaurants- Thai, Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern, Irish, Italian, to name a few, and a variety of wonderful cafes that cater to the breakfast and coffee crowd. Of course, it’s not just about the food. Our little village offers banks, a drug store, dry cleaning, gas stations, post office, and 2 well-stocked convenience stores.
Davis Islands has top-notch amenities, many of which are free, or nearly so. Now open year-round, Roy Jenkins Pool, originally built in 1928 and still sporting that era’s charm, is part of the City of Tampa Aquatics department and offers lap swim, open swim, and lessons. The Sandra W Freedman Tennis Complex offers 8 soft courts as well as a club house and locker facility. Just a hop down the street you’ll find Marjorie Park Yacht Basin, also operated by the City of Tampa, offering 32 monthly and 19 transient slips, as well as fuel service, showers, etc. If you’re trailering a boat, there is also a public boat ramp at the south end of the Island, and a soft launch for paddle boards or kayaks. Tampa “Barks and Recreation” has Fido covered with 2 dog parks- one of which is beachfront! Seaplane Basin Park is the spot for Ultimate Frisbee, and the Linear Park is perfect for strolling, running or skating. If you’ve a little slugger in the family, take your lawn chair to Bayshore Little League’s fields and catch the action (forgive the bad pun, please). And don’t forget my favorite- the cycling! Davis Islands has been embraced by the 2-wheeled crowd for its wide streets and beautiful vistas. Early in the morning you can frequently find the MCC Tampa Bay crowd doing training rides. Who wouldn’t want to ride by the water, the parks, and beautiful homes that DI has to offer?
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