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Old 02-19-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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I'm trying to get a feel for the difference between living in Tampa bay area and Orlando. Haven't had a chance to visit in years but hope to move to Fla sooner than later. I know about nuts-n bolts things like housing prices, job market etc. I'm looking for what you feel is the essential difference in these two areas, not necessarily "what's better or worse", just different. Thanks for any insight you can offer.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:45 AM
 
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Tampa has water/beaches..........Orlando doesn't and it is miserable in the summer months.......
What's the point in living in Florida if you're 2+ hours away from A beach???
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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What's the point in living in Florida if you're 2+ hours away from A beach???
Touché
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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Besides beaches, the cities are different in that Tampa has more a more historical feel, being older and settled as an industrial working class town. The inner core has an older feel, with some "gritty" areas, and of course areas like Ybor City. Orlando feels much newer because it is - much of the city was built after Disney World was built in 1970 or so. Orlando's downtown feels "cleaner", but not necessarily more interesting, just different. Lastly, Orlando has less of a community feel because it is a vacation destination, unlike Tampa which is a business town.

On a personal note, I am a native and I don't care for Orlando. First, it is too far from the coast, weather is hotter, and there is too much traffic and congestion among other things. But as I said, it's just my personal opinion, others may prefer it for their own reasons.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:43 AM
 
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Thanks, to all 3 of you, those are just the kinds of things I was hoping to hear. Is the temperature difference really significant during the summer? Without the beach, would you still choose to live in Tampa?
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Having lived in Orlando for many years and then moving over to the West coast, I have to agree with previous posters. The temperature isnt significantly warmer, maybe two or three degrees higher, but the HUMIDITY is much higher and the thunderstorms in the summer are quite intense because the two ocean "sea breezes" meet right around Orlando. It's a nice little city, but we found that it got too crowded and too yuppiefied. The traffic can be horrendous on I-4 and
Colonial Drive. I prefer the coast.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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NO! I'd move back to Miami/Fort Lauderdale and if those didn't have a beach might as well "erase" FL off the map!

PS: I have to give you props for asking that question....I wish more people did...I could expand on that but then it would fall into the "personal preference" thing again so I'll refrain!

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Without the beach, would you still choose to live in Tampa?
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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Orlando is very congested, more traffic and touristy and yes, need to live close to the beach.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Polk County
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This discussion is so ON point. Thank you for bringing it up and for the responses.

Signed,

She who lives inbetwixt, inbetween Tampa Bay and Orlando, is standing in the middle of I-4 looking East, looking West trying to make a decision. LOL
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Go west young man (or lady)



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This discussion is so ON point. Thank you for bringing it up and for the responses.

Signed,

She who lives inbetwixt, inbetween Tampa Bay and Orlando, is standing in the middle of I-4 looking East, looking West trying to make a decision. LOL
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