Tavares is a city in central Florida in the United States. It is the county seat of Lake County. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is a popular Portuguese surname and toponym. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19square kilometers). 7.1 square miles (18square kilometers) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0square kilometers) of it (4.84percent) is water.