Palma Ceia is a beautiful, stately neighborhood located in the heart of South Tampa. Although the area is just minutes from Tampa’s upbeat downtown business and entertainment district, Palma Ceia still maintains a laid back, leisurely vibe and traditional community feel. Palma Ceia is a relatively smaller and distinct community that features a distinguished, historical golf course as well as several small businesses, fine restaurants and eclectic shops. Other nearby neighborhoods include Hyde Park, SOHO, and Bayshore Beautiful.
The origin of Palma Ceia’s name has baffled historians to date, leaving them to speculate just how the community got its name. What is known, however, is that the word “palma” in Spanish translates to palm and “ceia” or “silla” is said to be “seat” or “base” used by early Spanish speaking settlers. It is also speculated that “Palma Silla” evolved over time to the present day spelling of “Palma Ceia.”
Interestingly, it seems that the reason why historians have a hard time cracking the code on the origin of Palma Ceia’s name is because it seems to have been made up. Developer, Tom Palmer, wanted an exotic-sounding name for the quaint neighborhood, according to articles, and found a name he fell in love with. Palmer altered his last name to “Palma” and added “ceia”, which is derived from “cielo” and means heaven in Spanish. While visiting Palma Ceia, you’ll notice that many of the streets are named after those in Havana.
Even though the naming of Palma Ceia has been shrouded in mystery, it is considered one of Tampa’s highly-desired areas to live in. What makes Palma Ceia such a charming community are beautiful, well-preserved homes, antique red brick roads that are shaded large oak trees, top school zones, and convenience factor.