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Old 08-11-2009, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Florida
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West Palm Beach or Tampa, which has/is:

- More things to do
- Better social/dating scene
- More "18 year old" friendly
- Friendlier/more gregarious

I am not concerned about the real estate market/prices, no need for that.

Anything else you want to put in for comparisons between the two would be great.
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Old 08-11-2009, 03:17 AM
 
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I guess West Palm Beach.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:24 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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West Palm Beach is WAY more laid back (slower) than Tampa. But WPB has one of THE most impressive shopping destination that I have seen anywhere in the US in City Place. As great as Channelside and Baywalk are, they don't touch City Place. Anyway, overall I found more things to do, places to see, and fun to have in Tampa/St.Pete.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:37 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I like Tampa much better. WPB has been improving downtown in the last few years. But most of the city (excluding the waterfront and not including Palm Beach) is pretty unimpressive. The neighborhoods in Tampa south of Kennedy Blvd, on the other hand, are really cool.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
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I grew up in South Florida so I will put in my two cents. West Palm Beach city proper, outside of the pretty renovated downtown core, is really not nice at all. There are so many poor areas there it isn't even funny. If you want the South Florida lifestyle, do not choose the city of West Palm Beach unless you want to just stay in that very small downtown area. City Place is a ghost town during the week in the off season (Summer). Choose either Palm Beach Gardens to the north, or Delray Beach to the south. You will be way better off. At least in Delray you have a strip of bars and clubs on Atlantic Ave that has a Ft. Lauderdale/Miami vibe to it, with people socializing, drinking, dancing and whatnot in the evenings. WPB doesn't have that, unless you like to party at City Place, which is a developed shopping center with condos over it. Then again, you said 18-year-old friendly, so I am not sure what you are looking for...both places have movie theaters. I have not spent enough time in Tampa yet to comment on the nightlife there.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Tampa, for reasons already mentioned.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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West Palm Beach
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Boston Metro
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West Palm Beach!
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Shouldn't this be in the Florida forum? Because it seems like Texas and Florida seem to get their own threads on this forum

To answer the question, I guess Tampa since it has the amusement parks...plus that coastal town that's known for sponges, but the name slips my mind. It was fun going there.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Originally Posted by Rachael84 View Post
Shouldn't this be in the Florida forum? Because it seems like Texas and Florida seem to get their own threads on this forum

To answer the question, I guess Tampa since it has the amusement parks...plus that coastal town that's known for sponges, but the name slips my mind. It was fun going there.
The lovely little Greek village of Tarpon Springs.
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