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Tampa in January 2007

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Tampa in January 2007

We will be at the Doubletree North Reddington Beach in Jan. Will be there a couple nights from the 9-13th....

We would like to hit up a couple of 'dive bars'....you know....places only the locals would know about. Anyone have any cool ones that they'd care to share? We definitely want the local experience; not some "swanky-gotta-be-seen-at-this-bar" kind of thing...its all about the laid back atmosphere...

Also...I wanted to drive to the Keys....hubby said its waaayyy too far to go if we will only be there for a couple days. Any comments?

D.

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1. Re: Tampa in January 2007

Redington Beach is not in Tampa -- it's about a half-hour to the east -- traffic allowing.

The best advice for a cool place to hang would be to ask at your hotel -- or just get out and walk for a while. If we post the names of places only locals would know about, then it wouldn't be just the locals, would it? ;) Incidentally, the "local experience" might not be as exotic as you think -- we work, have houses and kids, use US money, and have hot and cold running water inside our houses. (VBG)

Hubby's right -- just to get to the northernmost of the Keys is about 6 hours from Redington -- and Key West can be 8-9 hours away. Enjoy the lovely Gulf beaches and go to the Keys anothr trip.

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2. Re: Tampa in January 2007

There are a few great "locals" places out there on the beaches. Definitley go to Mahauffers up the road in Indian Shores. Head down to Treasure Islands Sunset Beach for Caddy's.

There is a Ferry that goes to key West daily at 9am from Fort Meyers, about a 1.5 hour car ride from Reddington. Its called the Key West Shuttle. Its a 3 hour boat ride from Fort Meyers to Key West.

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