One of South Tampa’s most desirable neighborhoods is Palma Ceia. Its boundaries are Southwest of downtown Tampa, bounded by Miguel Street West of MacDill Avenue and Neptune Street East of MacDill Avenue to the North; Bay to Bay Boulevard from Dale Mabry to Himes and El Prado between Himes and the Crosstown Expressway to the South; MacDill Avenue between Neptune and San Miguel, Dale Mabry Highway between San Miguel and Bay to Bay and Himes between Bay to Bay and El Prado to the West; and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway to the East.
The original Plat for Palma Ceia dates back to 1903, when it was named “Madrid.” This solves the mystery of why there are so many Spanish named streets in this community. Although the land developers to Angel Cuesta and Havana influences can definitely be seen in the large number of old Havana street names.
Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club appeared out of the pine scrub in 1916. The golf and country club was added to Palma Ceia as a way to sell homes in this prestigious subdivision. Historical accounts feature stories of bird hunting after a round of golf in what was then a very sparsely populated Palma Ceia. Tampa Bay’s oldest golf and country club remains a favorite with professional and amateur golfers today.
There are many local eateries within walking distance. Residents enjoy Tampa favorites Datz, Wright’s Gourmet House, Restaurant BT, Byblos and more. A short drive connects Palma Ceia to other popular neighborhoods such as Hyde Park. Residents will certainly want to visit the Palma Ceia Business & Design District where they can find boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and shops. The South Howard or “SoHo” district provides something for everyone with some of South Tampa’s favorite shopping, restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. A short-drive connects you to other South Tampa restaurants and shops.
Residents of Palma Ceia will enjoy access to neighborhood boutiques and antique shops. Hyde Park Village, and International Mall are a short drive away. Offering shoppers an ideal mix of eclectic and traditional retail therapy opportunities.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Palma Ceia Park. Families will enjoy spending warm days at the picnic area, which are complete with grills and restrooms. Play areas, playgrounds and a dog park are all easily accessible in Palma Ceia.
Bayshore Boulevard is a favorite spot for walkers and runners. This greenway proudly holds the title of the world’s longest sidewalk while offering spectacular views of Tampa Bay and the downtown Tampa skyline.
Schools for the Palma Ceia area include: Mitchell Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, Coleman Middle School, Wilson Middle School, and Plant High School.