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Old 02-19-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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Hi locals, just posed this question on the Tampa Bay site. I'm hoping to select a city to move to and haven't visited Florida in many years. I know about things like jobs, housing prices etc but am trying to get the "essence" of what is different about Orlando living vs Tamps bay. Not interest "good or bad" kinds of things, just trying to a feel for each city. So, what is it like to live there? thanks for your insight!
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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I like the overall culture of Orlando better and the beach really isn't that far away at all. Plus more geographic diversity in Orlando area so you get the best of everything FL has to offer.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Depends on which beach.. If it's the gulf coast, I'd definitely love to live closer.. If you're talking about the Atlantic coast... no thanks. I don't know why, but it just feels trashy. I hope that doesn't offend anyone. But ultimately, my job is here in Orlando.. my friends are here.. my family is here.. so I'm fine being just a short drive away from the beach as opposed to being right on it.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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Generally speaking it's less prone to flooding and wind damage from hurricanes.

Better restaurants, a lot more nightlife, overall convenience, more job opportunities.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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Tourists, especially during spring break. People think Orlando is full of tourists but it's really only near the parks which are 20+ minutes from downtown Orlando.

There's nothing to do on the east coast, as annerk mentioned, and it would be hell to drive from the coast into a major city for a decent job.

I'm moving to Clearwater next week (not by choice--a job move) so I'll be 10 minutes from the beach. It's a world of difference being a Clearwater or St Pete Beach compared to the east coast beaches.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I live in Orlando because i was born here, but I've been to tampa a lot and I like Orlando better. It seems like Orlando has more going for it. I also think Orlando has better entertainment, dinning, nightlife, and culture. Tampa would be better if you like Major league sports since Tampa has an NFL and MLB team, and Tampa would be better if you like being by the ocean and beaches. Tampa looks more bland than Orlando in my opinion, Orlando looks more clean and new. Orlando has a better airport. Either way, Tampa and Orlando are trying to partner with each other to become one economic region, with the help of the U.S.'s first high speed rail system that will connect the two cities.
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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More economic opportunities then on the coast. Im gonna agree with gls on this one orlando is better then tampa imo
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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Thanks all who responded. What area has more natural areas to access like reserves, woodlands, forests, parks etc. I like the combo of city life and access to nature.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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Thanks all who responded. What area has more natural areas to access like reserves, woodlands, forests, parks etc. I like the combo of city life and access to nature.
Look at Lake County.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:11 PM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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Even as a FL native, I probably go to the beach twice a yr. And I like the beach, as does my wife. But I guess we dont go like we thought we would once we moved back to FL.
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