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Old 10-18-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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We're renting a house in Holiday for the month of March. I have now read terrible things about this town. The place we are renting is on Star Island Blvd. It looks like it is just south of Gulf Trace Blvd and west of 19. It is on the water and looks really nice. Is this really a terrible neighborhood? I guess we're stuck now even if it is. Also, how far is it to a public beach and where would they be? Are there any state beaches that are closer or better? Thank you for your help.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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It is not a terrible neighborhood. There are some parts of Holiday that aren't great but they are not terrible.
You are about 10-15 minutes from Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs which is a nice beach.
http://www.laketarponvillas.com/images/DSC00652.JPG (broken link)
I would also suggest a trip out to Anclote Key. Head down to the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and there used to be ferries out to the Key. You could head out to the island early and have a late luch/early dinner at the sponge docks when you get back.
More info here. Main Page - Anclote Key Preserve State Park » Florida State Parks

Another day trip that may interest you is Weeki Wachee Springs. It will be about 35 minutes north. You can check out the mermaid show and the animal show and then take the boat ride down the Weeki Wachee River or you can skip that and just rent a canoe and go down the river on your own. The canoe trip would be about 5 hrs so it would really be the park or the canoe trip, no time for both. More info here. Main Page - Weeki Wachee Springs State Park » Florida State Parks

If you take a trip down to Clearwater Beach you may want to give the Hilton a call first, 727.461.3222, to see what day they have their prime rib and seafood buffet and schedule your trip for that day. It is worth the trip down (35-40 minutes south) for prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, etc.

This should be enough to get you started.
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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Mike,

Thank you for answering. I feel better now. I'll check into your suggestions for things to do.
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