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One Week as a Retiree?!

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A February 2002 trip to Crystal Beach by Ally

Sutherland Crossing Condominium Association: Management Ofc Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: During my relaxing and casual vacation in Crystal Beach (near Tampa and St. Petersburg), Florida, I could see why so many people retire there! Warm weather, nice people, casual atmosphere, low cost-of-living, what more could one ask for? From beaches to museums, I experienced the highlights and the local life.

One Week as a Retiree?!

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Small town Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida
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My most memorable activity was touring up and down the coast and viewing the many beautiful new homes was fascinating. New storm codes require houses near the water be at least 14 feet high off the ground - yes, that makes for lots of stairs to climb when visiting someone. The houses look humongous and must cost a few million. If you're a boat person, here's the place to be. Quick note - The people are so friendly and down-to-earth; always a bonus!Quick Tips: I love the low cost of eating out! There are also lots of early bird specials at restaurants to take advantage of too. Try the key lime pie here - yes, it's good! Best Way To Get Around: You really need a car sinc...Read More

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Hotel | "Sutherland Crossing Resort"

Sutherland Crossing Condominium Association: Management Ofc Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:1. There is a nice biking/walking/skating path that meanders through the town, following the coast. You don''t necessarily see the water along it all the way, but it''s available and the locals definitely take advantage of it. 2. There are a few different streets where large, mansion looking houses are built and still being built; if you''re interested in looking at their architecture. 3. The town of Crystal Springs is quite small, so don''t expect too much! There are a few restaurants here and there; some excellent unique, family-owned restaurants, However, you are not so far from finding more restaurant chains, fastfood, large grocery stores, Wa...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 26, 2002

Sutherland Crossing Condominium Association: Management Ofc
962 Sea View Circle
Crystal Beach, Florida 34681
(727) 786-2287

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "Epcot"

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Epcot is about a 2 hour drive from Tampa. Although I've been to Epcot Center twice before, I felt compelled to visit it again, as it had been a good 8-10 years since I last went. Although it is a great park to visit if you haven't been there before, to me, it seemed a little too dated and not as exciting as I remembered. The park contains Future World and the World Showcase. The former includes areas such as future communications (sponsored by AT&T and featuring interactive story-telling) and agriculture areas (where you can see veggies growing from hanging pots and automated watering). There are "rides" to explore how one tests cars for safety, the body, energy, exhibits of "the living sea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2002

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Ybor City

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Ybor City Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida
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We wanted to explore the supposedly more ethnic neighborhood of Ybor City, but found that the area has been so gentrified, most of the Cuban residents moved away in the past several years. Regardless, the streets are lined with many bars (reminiscent of New Orlean's Bourbon Street, but with a lot less flair), a few restaurants and small shops - antiques, cigars, and second-hand stuff. Besides these, there is a new outdoor mall and theater, patronized by the students of the local community college. With the recommendation from a guidebook, we dined at a wonderful restaurant that served Cuban sandwiches, delicious steak, and my favorite - fried sweet plaintains. Service was friendly, "n...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Ybor City
16th Street
Crystal Beach, Florida

Sunken Gardens

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Attraction

Sunken Gardens Photo, Crystal Beach, Florida
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The Tampa Sunken Gardens certainly is one of the oldest family owned attractions in the area. It was founded in 1903 by a many who loved horticulture, George Turner. He owned a large chunk of property with a home on it and a sinkhole! The latter exposed different kinds of soil, so he used it to plant various types of plants, from desert cacti to tropical palm trees. Perhaps due to it's age, there has not been much expansion of this small park; one can see everything well within an hour. We stretched our visit to an hour. Local elementary classes are taken on outings and attend the plant/animal lectures that are offered here. We also saw a small tour group of older folks. A path winds...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Sunken Gardens
1825 Fourth Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704
(727) 551-3100

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