Palma Ceia is a South Tampa neighborhood located 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 earliest maps of the area show an unnamed spring with a creek feeding into Hillsborough Bay. Many Tampa historians have speculated upon the origin of the name “Palma Ceia.” Perhaps it was originally said to be the “seat” or “base” of the Palm, or “Palma Silla” by early Spanish speaking settlers. It exists today as one of Tampa’s highly sought after communities. The streets are named after streets in the old section of Havana, Cuba.
Palma Ceia is home to the appropriately named Palma Ceia Country Club and also located adjacent to the exclusive Golfview community. The neighborhood is within the district of Henry B. Plant High School. Aesthetically it is most known for its red bricked streets, like the historical streets of Ybor City.
The neighborhood is features a Design District, centered around the intersection of MacDill Ave. and Bay to Bay Blvd. This district contains many specialty boutiques and cafes. It is a half-mile walk from Bayshore Boulevard. A sculpture by local artist Marc DeWaele was erected at the Macdill and Bay to Bay intersection to officially designate the district.
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