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Old 10-20-2008, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Let me start with the Rays beating us in Game 7 has nothing to do with this move, lol. I am and always will be a Sox Girl. But I will root for the Rays in the World Series!

For the past 7 years I have been coming down to the Tampa Bay area staying with my Grandma in Gulfport or on St. Petes Beach. Everytime I am there I do not want to leave and have been saying I am moving. Well the time has come...My goal is to be there in January. I am done with snow and this city (although I love it) just need to switch it up a bit.

I know that I do not want to live in Gulfport. Although I love the Art District and the local bars and restaraunts, I think I am too young for that scene.

So my next thought was St. Pete Beach or downtown St. Pete. I am really looking to live near where I work. With all the hotels and stuff down there I figured that'd be a good option. I am a city girl so I prefer not to drive unless I have to.

Now as I lean closer to downtown....I wonder what the scene is like. Is it more people my age than the beach seemed to be? Would I be able to get by without a car? I have been looking at apartments on Craigslist and TBO.com for $6-700 a month. And hope to get a waitress/bartending job.

Can anyone tell me more about this scene or any other places a 25 year old can fit in comfortably? Fun bars and hangouts with good people. Looking for suggestions....I will be down in December to check out some places and jobs before I U-Haul it down there in January.

Someone, Anyone...Please and Thank you!
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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Hi, I moved here from Boston six years ago and live in Tampa. Prepare to be frustrated by the average age and lack of hustle and bustle. I don't drive, but it's frustrating here as the Bay area is car-centric I wish I could move back to Boston -- I'll trade with you if you want

Actually, I've enjoyed my break from winter and I think you'll have fun here. Down Town St. Pete can be a lot of fun. I LOVE Cafe Alma (one of my faves) and on the beach you should check out UnderTow or Sirata.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:28 PM
 
Location: I do not live in Miami anymore thank god.
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Not sure if you are checking your post anymore, but I have been visiting relatives in Seminole for many years (my family and I are from Worcester). I moved here this August and frankly (although I am older) have been pulling my hair out trying to find cool places/clubs. beaches, etc. to hang out at.

Interestingly, in St. Pete just West of downtown on Central are some cool little grungy joints like the Emerald or the Garage if you like locals and music, but for the most part St. Pete downtown is like all of 2 blocks of stuff (pretty small). Undertow on Sundays & Caddy's on Sundays are fun. I have heard Shepards in Clearwater is good, but haven't been there yet.

I did get introduced to some of the Dentons/S. Tampa stuff, but to far to drive when drinking.

I went to a Bucs game last weekend. That is a freaking party.
Gasparilla is after the Superbowl in Feb. this year - WOW that is another freaking blast!

All in all I will probably move closer to St. Pete should I not move back WEST!

Good Luck.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:13 PM
 
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You don't want downtown St Pete, Gulfport or St Pete Beach. Nice places to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. You want Hyde Park in Tampa. Try to check it out online. It's young, active, vibrant, wonderful shops and restaurants that you can walk to. I don't know Boston, but Hyde Park would equate to the nicer aspects of DuPont Circle or Georgetown. The only problem would be is they pay you in sunshine. Come on down for a visit, line up a job, then move down. What are you waiting for? Call the airlines and book a flight.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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Get ready for a pay cut.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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Hyde Park...I'm 25/f work in a bar, live behind MacDintons off Howard Avenue. It's close to everything. If you move to St. Pete you will find yourself looking to move to Hyde Park...guarantee it! St. Pete is awesome to visit, but not the heart of the area for our age-group...
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Clearwater, FL
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Hyde Park...I'm 25/f work in a bar, live behind MacDintons off Howard Avenue. It's close to everything. If you move to St. Pete you will find yourself looking to move to Hyde Park...guarantee it! St. Pete is awesome to visit, but not the heart of the area for our age-group...
Actually, there is a good deal of young people in downtown St Pete these days. It really depends on what you're into. Hyde Park is more for young professionals, while St Pete downtown has a little of everything.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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I to Age 27 am from the Boston Area (Wilmington Currently) and have family in Seminole which I have visited now over 50 times and have considered moving myself due to the weather and sometimes mean attitude of fellow Bostonians. I can give you a run down of fun bars and clubs Some of my favorite are the following.


Chanelside - This district area of Tampa is a large plaza with a bunch of different bars and clubs and a outdoor courtyard. Some of my favorites include Splitsville ( equivalent to a Jillian's in Boston but much more fun) Margarita Mammas and Banana Joes which has a huge dance floor and party on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ybor City- On 7th ave in Tampa is Ybor City a large area of bars and clubs on a single street. The area can get pretty rough but in my 50 or so times of visiting I have never been involved in anything. Some of my favorites on this street are Green Iguana , Prana (a 5 floor club) and some of the small dives.

St. Petersburg- Downtown St Pete has a bunch of great small dive bars and other things such as a wine bar. I think you will find that no mater where you go it is much cheaper to go out in Florida and drink specials are a plenty in addition to less or no cover charges and friendlier bouncers than Boston.

Good luck with your move and I wish I could go soon myself but I have a girlfriend who is in school around her and doesn't want to leave just yet
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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If you are from Boston (the actual city) then you will regret moving down here once the newness wears off. Besides weather, there isn't much. Travel two miles outside "downtown" Tampa and you will feel like you are in rural South Carolina. If you are from the suburbs of Boston, then Tampa/St. Pete might be your speed. Nice place to retire I would imagine, but if you have any sense of urgency in life (professionally or socially), you will be extremely disappointed.

Thought about anywhere else?
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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If you don't like snow, than this area will be the answer you are looking for.

IN EVERY OTHER WAY.......Boston is far superior. Trust me, the "newness" will wear off. It is hard to realize what Florida is like untill you live here for a few years.

Many people after living here realize that they would put up with and even enjoy cold, snowy, grey WINTERS (it's only 4 or maybe 5 months) to gain the positives of living in an area such as Boston.

Positives such as: FAR BETTER schools
FAR BETTER pay
FAR MORE opportunities for advancement
An ACTUAL small piece of land in the suburbs/towns
rather than a lot just big enough to fit the house
An ACTUAL change of seasons
Proximity to other states/area for different scenery and
activities. It takes FOREVER to get out of FL
REAL, GENUINE people-a little loud and fast...... but
GENUINE.
ECT......ECT.......ECT......
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