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Old 03-16-2015, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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We're trying to decide in what areas of the Tampa/St. Pete or Sarasota area we might buy a home. We'd like to balance driving distances to beaches with driving distances to downtown areas. Can some of you fine Sarasotans and/or Tampians (Tampinians? Tamponians? Peterburgers?) give us typical weekend driving time estimates for the following:

Downtown St. Petersburg to Dunedin, to Reddington Beach?
Downtown Tampa to St. Pete Beach?
Downtown Sarasota to Osprey? to intersection of I75 at Fruitville?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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I wouldn't suggest Downtown Tampa if you're looking for somewhere to live. If you aren't familiar with the city, then the one way streets and rush hour traffic will scare you away. I'd suggest South Tampa instead. It's all of about five minutes away from downtown, in the same price bracket, but a lot easier to commute and less confusing. From South Tampa to St. Pete Beach would be 20 mins on a bad day.

I'm not familiar with Sarasota at all.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I wouldn't suggest Downtown Tampa if you're looking for somewhere to live. If you aren't familiar with the city, then the one way streets and rush hour traffic will scare you away. I'd suggest South Tampa instead. It's all of about five minutes away from downtown, in the same price bracket, but a lot easier to commute and less confusing. From South Tampa to St. Pete Beach would be 20 mins on a bad day.

I'm not familiar with Sarasota at all.
Thanks for your response. We'd most likely prefer South Tampa. We weren't looking to live in downtown Tampa per se, just trying to get an idea of driving distances from standard locations.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Terra
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I wouldn't suggest Downtown Tampa if you're looking for somewhere to live. If you aren't familiar with the city, then the one way streets and rush hour traffic will scare you away. I'd suggest South Tampa instead. It's all of about five minutes away from downtown, in the same price bracket, but a lot easier to commute and less confusing. From South Tampa to St. Pete Beach would be 20 mins on a bad day.

I'm not familiar with Sarasota at all.
Bolded is BS.

I did this exact thing yesterday a little before noon and it took about 45 mins from leaving to parking.

20 minutes would be no traffic and no lights, going 70mph the whole way.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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I wouldn't suggest Downtown Tampa if you're looking for somewhere to live. If you aren't familiar with the city, then the one way streets and rush hour traffic will scare you away. I'd suggest South Tampa instead. It's all of about five minutes away from downtown, in the same price bracket, but a lot easier to commute and less confusing. From South Tampa to St. Pete Beach would be 20 mins on a bad day.

I'm not familiar with Sarasota at all.
From Tampa to St Pete beach 20 minutes???? Never! It's more like 40 to 45+. St Pete beach is way south of down town St Pete!

There is no "balance" because weather + heavy traffic will always have you within 30+ minutes away. St Pete to Dunedin is just 19 or mc Mullen booth both with a million lights & full of cars. That's like 45 minutes on a good day!

You need to visit and drive yourself to see.

From Fruitville to Lido beach in Sarasota is also 30 minutes when you factor in all the lights and finding parking!
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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Are you guys getting on I4 to go to St. Pete Beach?

And leaving close to Gandy?

There's NO way in hell it comes close to 45 mins.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: CFL
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I can't answer the question directly but if you use google maps for directions you can go into the settings and specify the day and time you are driving and include traffic adjustments.

I was able to see that my drive from Dunedin to NW Tampa that is 25 minutes can get up to 50 minutes at prime time
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:53 PM
 
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From Tampa to St Pete beach 20 minutes???? Never! It's more like 40 to 45+. St Pete beach is way south of down town St Pete!

There is no "balance" because weather + heavy traffic will always have you within 30+ minutes away. St Pete to Dunedin is just 19 or mc Mullen booth both with a million lights & full of cars. That's like 45 minutes on a good day!

You need to visit and drive yourself to see.

From Fruitville to Lido beach in Sarasota is also 30 minutes when you factor in all the lights and finding parking!
Its 25 min from South tampa to the entrance of Ft desoto using the Gandy to i275, getting through the entrance can be 10 min if there are a lot of cars.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:41 PM
 
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The beaches are some distance from Tampa and while making for a good outing on the weekends are a bit too far and too much traffic to think of as an afterwork activity during the week.
http://www.whileyoureawayfl.com/wp-c...pa-bay-map.jpg.
When it comes to beaches you'll notice Tampa aint even on the map.
If i were in Tampa and was thinking a trip to the beach i'd take I-275 to southern part of St Pete and focus on Pass a Grille or Ft Desoto, going on those east to west thoroughfares to places like Clearwater/Indian Rocks etc will subject you to a staggering number of traffic lights.
From Tampa i'd budget at least 40 minutes to any beach on the Gulf.
Be aware Tampa and St Pete are two separate cities and can range from 20-30 miles apart .

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Old 03-16-2015, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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OP...are you retiring here, or will you be employed?

Either way, there are lots more factors in determining where to live than weekend drive times, no?
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