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Old 04-13-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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I plan on a tour of Florida soon and would appreciate advice on areas that are crime ridden, Detroitish type areas. I assume Miami is one town to stay away from. What about Tampa and other areas?
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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I would not disregard Miami. I had a friend come visit me in Tampa and drove down for a few days to Miami. She went there specifically to see the art deco style buildings. She really enjoyed sitting outside in one of the many cafe's, people watch and look at the art deco. Not all of Miami is bad, not all areas are nice in Tampa.

For beaches, the gulf side the water is warmer, sand is nicer (soft and not hot) than the Atlantic side. The Atlantic side has much bigger waves than the gulf, which is pretty calm unless a storm is close by. If you like kayaking, nature stuff, Fort DeSoto Beach (near St. Petersburg) is nice place to go.

Tell us more of what you are looking for in your vacation. Beach, quiet, nature, Disney, nightlife, etc. It is kind of hard to recommend an area without knowing what you are looking for. The more inland areas tend to be boring, more farm and country. Do you have an area in mind?
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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In almost all situations, the bad parts of cities aren't areas you'd normally find yourself in anyway.
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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I plan on a tour of Florida soon and would appreciate advice on areas that are crime ridden, Detroitish type areas. I assume Miami is one town to stay away from. What about Tampa and other areas?
When you say tour what exactly do you mean? You want to see tourist stuff, experience local culture, see the Everglades etc? Florida is almost 500 miles long with 1200 miles of coast line. Unless you are going to spend months you will be hard pressed to see much more then a few select spots. It is just too big to go running around. I know people who say they have seen the Grand Canyon. They were there for a day and took a few pictures. When I first visited the Grand Canyon we stayed 4 weeks. Hiked the Canyon saw it from all sides, camped and so on. It takes time to see and appreciate something.

In Florida there are good parts and not so good parts but even the bad parts are worth seeing if you are to experience the state. Even Overtown that is just a name to most in a news article may even be worth seeing to have a real perspective. It depends what kind of traveler you are and what your want to experience. My wife and I once stayed in a room upstairs over a gambling place outside Venice run by mafia. We were there a few days and it was interesting to say the least. Guys were gambling with briefcases full of money.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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I once stopped and ask directions in Miami and was warned never to do that again.Nuf said
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I plan on a tour of Florida soon and would appreciate advice on areas that are crime ridden, Detroitish type areas. I assume Miami is one town to stay away from. What about Tampa and other areas?
There are not many "Detroitish" parts of Florida.

That said, there are some parts of Miami that are absolutely no mans land. Mainly the Liberty City, Overtown, Opa-Locka, Florida City, Kendall.

Not much else in Florida qualifies as "Detroitish". You wont find many gutted old buildings, streets with nothing but burned out homes and cars.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Stay out of the west side of Tampa. Do not sleep in your car at any rest area on the interstate, even if it has night security. We love all the money in your fat little wallet, so travel safe. Y'all come see us again, real soon!
For the most part, West Tampa is not bad. It's the North side of Tampa and just East of downtown. Inside the city limits. Outside of the city limits, NW Hillsborough, Carrolwood is one of the nicer areas of the metro area.

At any rate, the Tampa metro area has NOWHERE that can compare to Liberty City or Overtown... even the worst areas of College Hill and South St. Pete do not compare to some of the war zones in Metro Miami
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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east tampa
st. pete west of 4th and south of central
pretty much all of pinellas park
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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US 19 between Tallahassee and about Crystal Springs is actually kind of interesting during the day- it's like the case study of what Florida looks like when there isn't much post-WW2 development in all its Brigadoon-like 1952 glory. But it's kind of a scary road after dark because there are long stretches of nothing but road through swamp, the towns and gas stops are few, and the small city of Perry is best avoided under all circumstances.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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the small city of Perry is best avoided under all circumstances.
Perry is kind of a unique town in Florida. It was once a MAJOR place of industry up through the 70's. It had major lumber mills, Paper Mills, chemicals. It was served by 3 railroads, including the Seaboard Coast Line which paralleled US 19 from Tallahassee to Crystal River before heading inland toward Dunellon. It's all gone now. It was one of the few non-farming industries in that part of the state. When the industry pulled out, they left behind poverty, strife, and environmental disasters.
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