Davis Islands is a picturesque Tampa neighborhood located on two islands in Hillsborough County, Florida. Its proximity to Downtown Tampa and its views of the Port of Tampa have made it a popular area to live. The community’s population was 5,436 as of the 2000 census.
In addition, Davis Island is home to Davis Island Yacht Club and Peter O. Knight Airport. The Islands also includes the Marjorie Park Municipal Yacht Basin, Marjorie Park, and the Seaplane Basin just south of the airport. Marjorie Park was donated to the City of Tampa by developer and Tampa resident D.P. Davis and named after his wife Marjorie Merritt Davis.
With a canal fully separating a section of the island from the rest of it, Davis Islands is technically considered an archipelago, hence the plural form “Islands” in its name. Originally, Davis Islands was comprised of three islands. However, with the construction of the airport, the end of one canal was filled in to make enough land area for a runway, connecting the two biggest islands at their southern ends and reducing the archipelago’s island count to two.
Almost of the streets on the island are named after bodies of islands or water. They are loosely arranged in alphabetical order beginning with Adalia Avenue and ending with Severn Avenue. Severn is the street farthest away from the bridge that leads to the main island’s southernmost point where Davis Island Yacht Club is located. A pedestrian trail that spans most of the island was completed in 2010 and has numerous sitting areas to relax and unwind and beautiful water fountains.
East Davis Boulevard is the commercial part of the community and spans several blocks that includes numerous restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in a tranquil sidewalk setting. Due to the pedestrian nature of the island, the area is also very pet-friendly.
Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin
The Davis Islands Sea Plane Basin, adjacent to the Yacht Basin, is home to planes and boats and also features a shoreline park. It also includes canoe areas and boat ramps, and it’s also okay to get in the water!
Picnic areas are also not far from the fields. You can even bring your dog to enjoy the day and run around without a leash at the dog beach. Afterwards, if you don’t want your car seat soaked on the way home, bring your pet across the lot to the dry dog park.