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Old 08-02-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Nowhere'sville
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We really love the Orlando area. Our plan was to move there after tax time in February. But we have the chance to rent a house in Tampa. Anyone familiar with both areas that could give some input?
Thanks!
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:32 AM
 
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I'd move to the place you have jobs lined up.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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I agree - do not move to Florida without a job lined up. Also you can use the search function as there are multiple threads about this topic with a wealth of information.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Oviedo, FL
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i'll jump in because, well, once again...
obviously a job lined up is great, but i'd say either that or having enough savings, or just at least have a REAL plan...thats all
its not as cut and dry as "don't move here without a job"... you gotta do what YOU feel is right, but I certainly hope you have done plenty of research
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Lets say you have a job in either city. I would recommend tampa, If you like more traditional cities with more history. But i would recommend orlando if you like newer looking cities with more entertainment, I also think orlando looks more cleaner than tampa, just my opinion though.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Tampa is a older city, with Beaches right there which makes the weather a lot better, cooler summer warmer winter. Yes Orlando does have winter. It can get into the high 30s mid 40s very often in Central Florida. You will have to drive about an hour to see a beach from Orlando and have to deal with some really bad traffic and a lot more tourist than you would in Tampa. Both cities are okay IMO. Orlando is a bit more international and modern, it has somewhat of a diverse population and its airport is one of the top 20 international gateways into the US. Of course Orlando will have more entertainment options except in the sports department. Orlando has UCF and the Magic while Tampa has the Lighting, Bucs, Rays, and USF. But I would imagine Orlando's night life to be a little better and younger than Tampa. I really could not see myself living in Tamap and as much as I am not a huge fan of Orlando being from Miami and all if I had to put down 20 cities in the US I could mind living in Orlando would be on that list.
Take a long stay in Orlando first it is obviously not the same as visiting dont do tourist stuff and just do day to day things there. Also GET A JOB FIRST in the area. That is the most important thing.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Tampa is a older city, with Beaches right there which makes the weather a lot better, cooler summer warmer winter. Yes Orlando does have winter. It can get into the high 30s mid 40s very often in Central Florida. You will have to drive about an hour to see a beach from Orlando and have to deal with some really bad traffic and a lot more tourist than you would in Tampa. Both cities are okay IMO. Orlando is a bit more international and modern, it has somewhat of a diverse population and its airport is one of the top 20 international gateways into the US. Of course Orlando will have more entertainment options except in the sports department. Orlando has UCF and the Magic while Tampa has the Lighting, Bucs, Rays, and USF. But I would imagine Orlando's night life to be a little better and younger than Tampa. I really could not see myself living in Tamap and as much as I am not a huge fan of Orlando being from Miami and all if I had to put down 20 cities in the US I could mind living in Orlando would be on that list.
Take a long stay in Orlando first it is obviously not the same as visiting dont do tourist stuff and just do day to day things there. Also GET A JOB FIRST in the area. That is the most important thing.
Forgot about the beaches. It all depends on what you like when it comes to beaches of either city. Tampas beaches are more calm, clear and warm, the closest beaches to orlando (30 mins to an hour depending on what part of orlando u live in) they have waves, cooler water (which can be nice and refreshing in the summer) and the sea breeze feels stronger (which cools you off while your laying on the beach) and Orlando has the space coast which is cool when you get to see the shuttle lift off every couple of months.. Both cities beaches are pretty popular though, Clearwater is a big tourist destination for tampa, daytona and cocoa are aswell for orlando.
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