There’s a lot to love about living in Tampa—theme parks, the beach, casinos, I-4, and beautiful people. If there’s one thing we know, though, enjoying these things is a lot more fun with someone else. If you’re interested in getting started dating in Tampa, you’ve come to the right spot. With just under 400,000 people in the city (not counting the surrounding towns), there are plenty of fantastic single men and women waiting to meet you.
Where are all of these awesome folks hanging out? Online! In this article, I’m going to share our team’s final selections for the best Tampa dating apps. These dating apps are designed to help you find quality matches without having to spend an arm and a leg or having to troll local bars or God forbid the Hard Rock to try and find love.
Oh, and we were totally kidding about I-4 being a great part about living in Tampa. Ain’t nobody got time for dat. Go ahead and file that one right behind H for humidity.
Best Tampa Dating App for the Successful
2017 was a big year in Tampa and for the state of Florida. We had Hurricane Irma, they sold the Miami Marlins (which we don’t care about, go rays!), and The League dating app opened its doors to Tampa residents. Chances are the last one there maybe didn’t make your radar, but it should have! The League is a dating app that states very clearly there is no such thing as too high of standards.
No, not everyone can join. No, you can’t join right away (there is a waiting list). There are strict rules and processes you have to go through to get accepted. But! If you make it into the app, you’ll be greeted with the elite of Tampa society, socialites, beautiful people, successful folks—the whole nine yards.
Is this fair? We’ll leave that up to you. Is The League right for everyone? Most certainly not, but it will be perfect for some. But, because the app takes a very laser-focus on our city, it tops the list of the best Tampa dating apps for this year.
Best Tampa Dating App for Commitment
If chasing the socialite stream is not your cup of tea and you’re looking for a more “down to Earth” Tampa dating app, take a deep breath—you’re at home. eHarmony has been in the business for over two decades and focuses on connecting people based on their personality traits and what’s important to them.
What’s really neat about eHarmony is the app does basically all of the searching and matching work for you. If you have a history of “picking the wrong ones”, it might be time to trust the professionals and a battle-proven algorithm to help.
What’s also great about eHarmony is you can set your search parameters by distance and not just by city. In a place like Tampa where you have a gagillion different names for cities that are all technically Tampa and St. Pete, this is helpful.
As we said The League isn’t going to be right for everyone, the same is true for eHarmony. If you want casual or no commitment dating, terrible fit. If you’re not interested in investing significant time into finding that special someone, not for you.
But here’s the bottom line—if you’re tired of casual dating and looking for something meaningful with someone in the Tampa area, eHarmony is going to be absolutely amazing for you.
Best Dating Site for Younger Singles
Tampa is home to a ton of young professionals and college students. In fact, there are actually 14 colleges in the area (depending on how you define the area) including places like USF, Embry-Riddle, and St. Petersburg College. Again, we share this sort of stuff to tell you—there are single men and single women in your area.
And for young singles that fall into the 20s and 30s age bracket, we recommend finding these other singles we’re talking about at Zoosk! Zoosk is cool because it has some of the more trendy type features (like swipe dating) and really great iOS and Android apps, but they do it all in a classy way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re jumping on Tinder to find Mr. or Ms. Right Now.
Zoosk was actually purchased by Spark Networks SE in 2019 which means a lot of changes and upgrades coming down the pipeline for the last few years. While this is always exciting, we have seen some reports of a few software glitches here and there. If you’re not someone who can roll with the punches as the new owners continue to bring you a better experience, you might want to shy away from Zoosk.
Now that we’ve talked cons, let’s talk pros again. Numbers? 30 million+ downloads, 3 million+ messages sent daily, 4.3 stars on the App Store, 10 million+ downloads on Google Play. When you add up all of these numbers, you get an amazing Tampa dating app you have to try.
And just for the record, Zoosk is also great for people in their 40s, 50s, and even seniors—we just chose to focus on a specific group here.
Written By: Matthew J. Seymour, MSF
Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.