If you’ve recently come down on orders that say you’re being stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, you may want to look for homes in South Tampa.
What You Need to Know About a PCS to MacDill AFB
Many people choose to stay in MacDill’s temporary lodging. To contact the lodging office at MacDill, call 813-828-4259 and follow the Air Force’s instructions for checking in during a PCS to MacDill.
Because housing is so affordable near the base, you may choose to purchase a home rather than rent. You can use the Department of Defense’s BAH calculator and entering 33621 or 33616 as the ZIP code. Make sure you select the appropriate pay grade, as well.
You’ll also need to determine how far away from MacDill you’re willing to live. While commute times vary based on the time of day, from the front gate to:
- Downtown Tampa: 8.5 miles
- Pinellas Park: 15.8 miles
- Westchase: 19 miles
- Brandon: 20.9 miles
- Valrico: 24.1 miles
Things to Do Near MacDill AFB
If you’re moving to the area around MacDill, you’ll find plenty of things to do. The historic Tampa Theatre has great plays all year, and the Westshore Plaza always has things going on (particularly on the weekends). Channelside Bay Plaza also has great activities, and we’re right around the corner from the famous Lowry Park Zoo.
You’ll find dozens of great restaurants here, as well. Some of Florida’s best shopping is located here, and the BX on post is extremely well equipped. No matter where you’re PCSing from, you’ll feel right at home in South Tampa because there’s always something to do.
Buying a Home Near MacDill AFB