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Old 03-19-2009, 08:24 AM
 
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Hey all! I am going on vacation with my family (myself (22yo), sister, and parents). We are staying the Marriott Renaissance Hotel right by the airport and I'm definitely excited to see a new city, but I am little hesistant about the safety/traffic. I've heard some bad things about both and was wondering if someone could tell me if it's dangerous and what the tourist scene is like?


Thanks!!
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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No it's not dangerous. I assume from your screen name that you're from Maryland/UMCP? The VERY worst areas in the entire Tampa Bay area are no worse than College Park/Hyattsville and certainly NOTHING like Capital Heights or SE D.C. for that matter. Very safe for tourists. Traffic isn't even close to the traffic up north but there are a lot of drivers from different areas and a lot of tourists that don't know where they're going so do drive carefully. Drivers can be pretty aggressive here.

The Marriott Renaissance at International Mall is very nice as is the mall. As far as what to see, we have some of the best beaches in North America here so I'd definitely recommend visiting the beaches(Ft. DeSoto Park, Clearwater Beach, Sand Key Beach, St. Pete Beach/Pass-e-Grille, and Siesta Key Beach down in Sarasota). Downtown St. Pete has a nice walkable waterfront and the Baywalk complex. Old Hyde Park in Tampa is a nice little village to visit and there are some nice restaurants and pubs on or around South Howard Ave, also take a drive through the neighborhoods and definitely up/down Bayshore Blvd(big homes along the bay and the world's longest continuous sidewalk). Also visit Channelside and/or Ybor City in Tampa for dinner or drinks. Busch Gardens(African Safari theme as opposed to Williamsburg's European theme) has a lot of great rollercoasters and animal attractions. The Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks is a cool little Greek fishing village that might be worth checking out. John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach has a lot of shops and restaurants along a small boardwalk.

There are a lot of events and festivals this time of year. Check out both weekend papers, Creative Loafing and TBT(or their websites), that you can find at most newspaper stands.

But again the area is not dangerous, at least certainly not as dangerous as any of the major cities in the northeast or in even Florida for that matter. It is a fairly big city so of course, always be smart and just follow your instincts, just like in any city/area.

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Old 03-19-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Riverview, FL....for now.
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I agree with a lot of what was said here.
International area is nice. Tampa is not that bad-it's a metro area, no city has no crime-but this area isn't as bad as others. Tampa is actually pretty nice, and as one of our fellow members posted on here yesterday-it's ranked #5 in the country. Traffic is common in any metro area.

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No it's not dangerous. I assume from your screen name that you're from Maryland/UMCP? The VERY worst areas in the entire Tampa Bay area are no worse than College Park/Hyattsville and certainly NOTHING like Capital Heights or SE D.C. for that matter. Very safe for tourists. Traffic isn't even close to the traffic up north but there are a lot of drivers from different areas and a lot of tourists that don't know where they're going so do drive carefully. Drivers can be pretty aggressive here.

The Marriott Renaissance at International Mall is very nice as is the mall. As far as what to see, we have some of the best beaches in the North America here so I'd definitely recommend visiting the beaches(Ft. DeSoto Park, Clearwater Beach, Sand Key Beach, St. Pete Beach/Pass-e-Grille, and Siesta Key Beach down in Sarasota). Downtown St. Pete has a nice walkable waterfront and the Baywalk complex. Old Hyde Park in Tampa is a nice little village to visit and has a variety of restaurants and pubs on South Howard Ave. Also visit Channelside and/or Ybor City in Tampa for dinner or drinks. Busch Gardens has a lot of great rollercoasters and animal exhibits. The Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks is a cool little Greek fishing village that might be worth checking out. John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach has a lot of shops and restaurants along a small boardwalk.

There are a lot of events and festivals this time of year. Check out both weekend papers, Creative Loafing and TBT(or their websites), that you can find at most newspaper stands.

But again the area is not dangerous, at least certainly not as dangerous as any of the major cities in the northeast or in even Florida for that matter. It is a fairly big city so of course, always be smart and just follow your instincts, just like in any city/area.
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Taking a family vacation to Tampa - is it dangerous? ..................

don't get too close to the alligators





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Old 03-31-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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Most of Tampa is safe. However, if you visit Ybor City you should not walk alone at night and park in well lit areas. East Tampa is the less safe area. Ybor City is the only tourist attraction in East Tampa. Brandon and areas are East of Tampa but are safe areas. However, crime can happen anywhere even in the nicest of areas. But, generally Tampa is safe if you take the same precautions as you would anywhere. Tampa airport is in a nice part of town. Great shopping and dining nearby at the International Mall. You can easily get to the Courtney Campbell Causeway to get to Clearwater Beach.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:14 PM
 
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Please read this forum: Tampa is extremely dangerous. If you are not hit by teenage drivers, Valrico gangs, confederate flag holders, herds of unemployed, HOA rules enforcers, Scientology members, redneck conspirators..... then you might get addicted and never want to leave....
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:26 PM
 
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Taking a family vacation to Tampa - is it dangerous? ..................

don't get too close to the alligators



HAHA! I agree! The alligators are much worse than the people here!
I would agree not to walk around alone at night, but during the day I would not worry about Tampa!
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:48 AM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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Please read this forum: Tampa is extremely dangerous. If you are not hit by teenage drivers, Valrico gangs, confederate flag holders, herds of unemployed, HOA rules enforcers, Scientology members, redneck conspirators..... then you might get addicted and never want to leave....
And don't forget the sun, it can be dangerous.

With the heat and humidity and all those northern drivers who are too old to drive I wouldn't leave the hotel if I were you.

Why on earth would you even go on a vacation if you believe it is dangerous?

Millions come to the Tampa area for vacation ever year including me and never one time had any problems.

If you see a pickup truck with Georgia license plates with a confederate flag run for your life!!

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