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Old 10-11-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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The Florida Keys strike me as being overrated. Once you get over the novelty of being a bunch of Carribbean islands you can drive to from the Mainland USA--outside of the excellent snorkeling and diving--they're not that much more exceptional then other nice beaches in Florida. Key Largo is a generic looking place and until you get to the lower Keys, there's sort of a "is-this-it?" feel to most of the area.

Key West is a nice place, but it's got way too many drunk tourists intent on drinking their way into some sort of Jimmy Buffet-themed circle of hell. I don't ever need to hear a band play Cheeseburger in Paradise or Maragaritaville after two days in Key West. That being said it's a nice town with historic architecture--though it actually lacks any good beaches--and it's way too expensive. It must have been an interesting place though before they had a highway leading there.

I actually like the Keys if I'm in South Florida for any reason, however given a chance, I'd just fly to a Carribbean island or Central America for a cheaper and more exciting beach location. Going to the Keys makes me want to get to the Miami airport and fly south for a real adventure. But living on the West Coast, I wouldn't ever feel the need to fly all the way to South Florida just to go the Keys. I can understand the attraction for the East Coast and Southeastern folks, but all the same it's not much more of a bargain to pick the Keys over just flying to the Bahamas or something.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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The Florida Keys strike me as being overrated. Once you get over the novelty of being a bunch of Carribbean islands you can drive to from the Mainland USA--outside of the excellent snorkeling and diving--they're not that much more exceptional then other nice beaches in Florida.

I actually like the Keys if I'm in South Florida for any reason, however given a chance
That IS the allure. The feeling of driving over all these islands surrounded by turquoise water is very cool. Their beaches are lackluster, and there is no sandy beach at Key West. Furthermore, finding parking in Key West is work. The thing that is amazing, particularly in summer, is the laziness that all the smaller intermediate Keys exude. It's like time stands still. I didn't find Key Largo that bad. They have Pennekamp State Park with its own beach. Actually, I think Islamorada is the best of the Keys.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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That IS the allure. The feeling of driving over all these islands surrounded by turquoise water is very cool. Their beaches are lackluster, and there is no sandy beach at Key West. Furthermore, finding parking in Key West is work. The thing that is amazing, particularly in summer, is the laziness that all the smaller intermediate Keys exude. It's like time stands still. I didn't find Key Largo that bad. They have Pennekamp State Park with its own beach. Actually, I think Islamorada is the best of the Keys.
Very true. We rented a car in Miami twice because we liked the drive. Once there we either walked or rode bikes.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:44 AM
 
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Italy can be overrated. One of the worst "baptisms" a person can encounter is to take the airport train from Rome Fiumicino Airport into the main station, passing up the decrepit housing projects and the graffiti. One will wonder "and this is the Eternal City?" Many of Italy's more charming spots are in pictorial places in the mountains or near the sea. As far as cities go, Venice stands "heads and tails" above the rest as a tourist destination, though it is very congested, with tourists, and is expensive.
Been to Roma twice. I LIKED that part of seeing that Rome was a real city. Actually the ghettos or "real life" of cities are part of the attraction. I like both. I like the touristy stuff, and the "real" stuff I like to see both sides.

Was the same in Cairo. The pyramids were great, but just as interesting was the tour drive from different ends of Cairo through that madness.

Thing is with all major cities, some travelers assume that it's all whatever is on the travel brochure.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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Italy can be overrated. One of the worst "baptisms" a person can encounter is to take the airport train from Rome Fiumicino Airport into the main station, passing up the decrepit housing projects and the graffiti. One will wonder "and this is the Eternal City?" Many of Italy's more charming spots are in pictorial places in the mountains or near the sea. As far as cities go, Venice stands "heads and tails" above the rest as a tourist destination, though it is very congested, with tourists, and is expensive.
For me it's the opposite. I love Italy except for Venice. Stayed once in Venice for four nights. Wanted out after the 2nd day. Venice has the least italian flavor of anywhere I have been in Italy. It reminded me of disneyland, crowded overpriced and kitsch. Rome, on the other hand, has a wealth of art and history.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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I think San Francisco is somewhat overrated. One must throw in Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur and the Sierras to kick it up some.

The city is really small, accommodations are very expensive, a lot of the tourist sites are kitsch, and the ocean is not suited for swimming, unless you've packed a wet suit. I think a lot of tourists are wowed by the vistas but, after seeing them a few times, they're not as powerful. The views which include bridges are obviously the best - from Marin Co viewpoint toward the city and from Treasure Island toward the city.

It's not a city that merits paying through the nose to live there. I actually think Seattle has better vistas because of the snow-capped mountains captured from almost everywhere when the weather cools.

San Francisco reminds me of a cake with baked on gingerbread houses that shouldn't be eaten.
I think San Francisco is an excellent place to visit as there are many attractions for visitors. But it never gets really hot there in the summertime and this I didn't like when I lived there.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'd have to say New York!! Once you've seen the touristy things everything else seems dirty, costly, rude, and boring. So what if it's the city that never sleeps. It doesn't matter when it eats up all your money.

I live in NJ, right across the river and 20 minute bus ride into Times Square. I try to do the least possible in NY. I visit around Christmas time and maybe once or twice in the summer. Forget about driving in now when the tunnel is $13 and parking will run at least $30 if you want to be safe.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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I add Miami, FL.
Same here. It's just a city with palm trees... Nothing interesting. Was disappointed by Miami Beach because the art deco places are "destroyed" by the hotels or restaurants that use the buildings.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Havana, Cuba is overrated in my book. There is some stunning architecture for sure, but a lot of the city is literally falling apart, and the begging there is ridiculous. I was really looking forward to seeing it and left feeling quite disappointed. Veradero was a much better experience, IMO. The same wares could be had in the markets there for a lot less.
They don't have any money to fix the old buildings! Everything went into those horrible hotels along the coast. As for the begging... Those people are very poor. Most earn less than 10 bucks a month. A month! Most of the time they just ask for shampoo or a pen, stuff that is very expensive there and that many can't afford.
I personally loved Havana. Smiles and music everywhere.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Paris, France.

I think it's the most overrated major, global city that I've ever been in. I have previously lived there and have made trips both before and after my time living there as well, so I like to think that I can make a somewhat informed personal opinion on the place. Don't get me wrong, I, by no means, hate Paris or anything to that nature. I just think that it's extremely overrated.

So here goes:

I think it's an extremely dirty city (dirtier than Tokyo for sure, NYC, or London imo). The Parisians aren't, on a whole, the friendliest bunch around and I think residents in many other cities tend to be a lot nicer and more helpful. The Parisians really do seem to have a chip on their shoulders about something (many people in the rest of France, who are generally completely lovely btw, will tell you the same thing). As dumb as this sounds, I don't think that the city is nearly as glamorous, stylish, or chic as one might think from the way that it is always talked about and portrayed to be. I don't really believe in stereotypes, but one that I kinda found to be true is that there is dog cr*p all over the place. It's the capital of one of the most important and technologically advanced nations on earth, but still.....everywhere. They can invent a nuclear bomb, but not a pooper scooper lol ). Also, I think the city kind of smells in general in certain areas. Another rather dumb and obvious point is that the food, although always delicious, is mainly just French food. I know that sounds so stupid, but the amount/ variety of different ethnic foods available is seriously lacking in comparison to other major world cities on Paris's level imo (i.e. NYC, Tokyo, London). The gypsies are the worst of any place that I've ever been to (one time, for example, I was actually physically grabbed and pulled by a gypsy trying to get me to buy one of their bracelets; something that I've never experienced anywhere else). The architecture (again so stunning but...), apart from some of the main attractions like the Opera House, Louvre, Hotel de Ville, etc., all looks kind of the same (especially true of most of the apartment buildings). Again, don't get me wrong, the city is stunning, but, like I said, some of the architecture can seem really repetitive at times (although, I suppose this is also true of a lot of other cities as well).

Paris just doesn't seem as international and global as the other cities that it is compared to (NYC, London, Tokyo). To me, Paris feels very French, while the others, while they definitely maintain a myriad of attributes from the countries that they're situated in, feel much more international imho. Obviously though, Paris is a major, global city, and I think everyone knows that, but I don't think as much so as the aforementioned three.

I think everyone should go visit Paris at least once, if they get the chance because it really is an amazing city, just a bit overrated imo lol. I love France but I think the best parts of the country are outside of its capital city.
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