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Florida Warnings and Dangers

  • Party Hearty

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    fellow seniors, be careful in jimmy buffet Margaretville, because if you are too noisy they will ask you to leave. that what happen to me. let me tell you the whole story. you can agree or not, this is what happen to me. I am on here because I do not want this to happen to anyone else. I went on another travel site which say the are advising...

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  • Crime Related

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    A robbery happens in Florida every 3 minutes. To protect your future, invest in a Del-Air security system. Previous Del-Air customers are eligible for 3 months free and insured homeowners will get a discount on premium. Medical pendants are also available for senior citizens or people with medical issues (included in monthly premium). Standard rate...

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  • Driving!

    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    Miami has a very easy to understand road system. Once you get the hang of it, it should be easy to find your way around. Streets go east west. Avenues go north south. There are four sectors - northeast, northwest, southwest and southeast. The dividing line between north and south is Flagler Street. The east-west dividing line is Miami...

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  • The Beach

    Fort Lauderdale Warnings and Dangers

    dont swim out too deep, otherwise sharky might get you. I did not have any experience of that kind, however I always heard warnings. So I only swam out to where I could stand. It's a temptation to swim out at that beautiful warm water, but just don't do it.

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  • Rough Neighborhoods

    Tampa Warnings and Dangers

    I've lived in the Tampa Bay area (Temple Terrace, St. Pete, Westchase) for about 4 years. I'm a young professional who moved from Michigan. Temple Terrace was, bar none, the sketchiest area in which I lived. Someone attempted to pop a window of my then boyfriend's car to steal a crappy GPS while parked at our apartment complex. St. Pete was...

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  • Boating Hazards

    Saint Augustine Warnings and Dangers

    St. Augustine does not have a class A inlet. If one wants to avoid Matanzas with frequent shoaling, it is adviseable to go out the St. John's River and not try to go out St. Augustine. This picture shows the inlet entrance from the ICW when there was an onshore wind. There is surf all across the inlet, which is not a nice situation to be in with a...

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  • Bad neighborhoods

    Miami Beach Warnings and Dangers

    MIami is like any other city. I'm from Boston but I've been living 10 blocks over from Liberty CIty (supposedly one of the most "dangerous parts of FL"). I'm a lil 22yr old white girl working here and its fine. Just don't be flashy, don't walk around the streets holding a map or any other stupid *** like that and you're fine. I hate when people...

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  • Word to the wise

    Sanibel Island Warnings and Dangers

    For 6 out of our 7 day stay, we experienced afternoon thunderstorms. These storms usually ended within an hour, the longest lasted about 2 hours. You could see the clouds building each afternoon, and if you're on the water, you can see exactly where the rain is, and which direction it is heading!

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  • The beach

    Fort Myers Beach Warnings and Dangers

    Lived in Tampa/Clearwater area and absolutely loved it....Thought all of Florida Gulf coast would be as nice. Then I moved to Ft. Misery, what a disappointment. The beach waters are murkey due to the close proximity of the Coloosahachee River. And for some god forsaken reason the town leaders think they should not clean the beach of all the seaweed...

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  • Animal Watch

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    There are enormous iguanas all over Key West - and the first few times you see one, they are a little freaky... The strange part is that they blend into the environment so well, unless you hear one rustle some leaves, or dart across your path, you won't see them - until you do. About 4 days into my trip, I stopped freaking out when I saw one. But...

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  • Weather

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    Florida can have some pretty bad rain at times so it's best to be prepared. Having an umbrella handy can help but the heavy Florida downpours can still soak you pretty good. We have rain ponchos that fold up neatly and fit in Liz's bag. The ponchos also came in handy for riding the Kali Rapids in Animal Kingdom....you definitely get soaked on that...

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  • Miami

    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    I lived here all my life, it seems miami is by the everglades, and considered an swampland, tho youll never realize its a village at first. From being born here i got a wild 20 year fever that never lets up, and locals are anti socialist, florida fifth in us states. They wont tell me anything, and i lived here 20 years...

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  • Tourists

    Fort Lauderdale Warnings and Dangers

    The ships are big-yet they do have lines to wait for buffet, get in line for shows, and get ready to get in line for shore excursions. You need to be prepared to take the wait. What would really happen in case of need to jump ship? I do not think it would go smoothly, with panic set in.

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  • Lightning

    Tampa Warnings and Dangers

    Tampa is the lightning capital of the world, but there's not much to be afraid of. You are twice as likely to be struck by lightning as you are to be shot while attending school, so you're not bloody likely to be struck. However, there's some stuff you should know: * If a rain storm with lightning comes, don't hide under a tree. The tree could be a...

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  • Driving Hazards

    Saint Augustine Warnings and Dangers

    UPDATE 02-Jan-2007 The 2 story parking garage has greatly improved parking! It is located directly behind the Visitor Center. Parking is an absolute nightmare in the city. It is best to get there real early or late in the afternoon to find a spot by the Visitor Center. When I was just there in December 2005, they are building a two story parking...

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  • Beach!

    Miami Beach Warnings and Dangers

    I pulled all the stupid tourist mistakes and paid for it. Don't wear your Rolex, carry cash, or use a flashy credit card. If someone offers to share a cab or someone else calls one for you, do not take it. I am still hurting from the cab called for me instead of getting my own. I was jumped outside of my hotel off Lake by the cabbie and a friend he...

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  • Sea Critters

    Fort Myers Beach Warnings and Dangers

    The ocean at Fort Myers Beach is very safe and very clean but you do need to be aware of possible dangers under foot. Stingrays are not always easy to see as they can bury themselves in the sand on the seabed. They don't take kindly to being stepped on and will sting if they are. The stings are not dangerous but are very painful. Also, there can...

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  • Parking

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    I would recommend arriving in Key West during the week if you can, I did and was luck to find street parking, but it is extremely difficult to find, even on a wednesday, if you can't you will have to pay $14 a day for parking. Make sure that you do not park in the resident spaces, it will be marked on the pavement.

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  • Animals

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    Now, the chances you will actually see an alligator in a natural setting on your first trip to Orlando may not occur, but if you happen across one in the wild it is best to steer clear. The pictures I have listed here were actually taken at the Marriott resort we stayed at. I have seen a couple of alligator's floating in some lakes on a number of...

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  • Tipping

    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    In most places in the United States, you would usually add a tip to your dinner or drink bill. Here in Miami, they do it for you. Usually, between 18% and 20%. It's up to you if you want to add any additional tip. You, also, have an opportunity to even lower the tip they have already added to the bill but who does that? I even ordered just a drink...

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  • The Weather

    Fort Lauderdale Warnings and Dangers

    A few days before we left for Fort Lauderdale I was looking something up and 38 degrees flashed on my screen. I'm thinking "that's the forecast for Chicago, right?" Uh-uh, that's the current temperature in Fort Lauderdale! Fortunately that was just a temporary dip and when we got up to go to the swim race it was warm enough for shorts and a...

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  • Bugs bugs bugs

    Tampa Warnings and Dangers

    The area has millions of mosquitoes and invisible biting sand flies (known as “no-see-ums”), especially in the coastal and marshy areas, but neither insect carries malaria or other diseases. You should keep these pests at bay with a good insect repellent.

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  • Driving/Car

    Miami Beach Warnings and Dangers

    The traffic is the worse I have ever seen.The drivers even worse.They all seem to be on a suiside mission.I recomend taking a cab.It is a huge metropolis filled with the most violent neighborhoods in the united states.Getting lost will likely cost you your life.If you dont want a cab or a bus. There is three different train systems you can take.The...

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  • Gay Lifestyle

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    If you haven't been to Key West before then you might find yourself surprised when you step into some of the bars on the east end of Duval, where it is the unofficial but obvious "Gay side". While on Duval, look for Crabby Dicks restaurant, You can't miss it, it's big and has a giant rainbow flag - It seems like the Gay bars start about there....

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  • Driving and other Transport

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    It is a rerity that we take a car to the parks since we use Disney Transport when we stay on property. The one time we did use a car to get to the parks; I was obverwhelmed at how big the parking area was. Liz decided to snap a picture of te section marker in which we were parked. It clearly stated the location, the row and then we took a pic of...

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  • HURRICANES

    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    Southeast Florida tends to be hit by a hurricane every four years or so. We've had 41 hurricanes during the period 1851-2004. Major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) occur less frequently. We've had 15 during that same time period. On average, we receive about 60 inches of rain annually. Like any city, we have some precipitation most every...

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  • Booze

    Fort Lauderdale Warnings and Dangers

    Beware of local VT members who will ply you with alcohol or drag you to the beach for hours ;) Though they are quite happy when you bring some of their favourite beer from Canada for them. Right Richie? ;)

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  • Transportation

    Tampa Warnings and Dangers

    Tampa is known for it's drivers . . . and their "creative" driving. Pedestrians are just as likely to be roadkill her as raccoons. If you are visiting Tampa, make sure that you're extra careful crossing the streets.

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  • Weather

    Miami Beach Warnings and Dangers

    While it’s slightly cheaper to visit during the spring and summer months, the weather is the most humid and torrential thunderstorms are frequent. Towards, late summer, there is always a chance of coming face to face with a hurricane. When the winds of a tropical storm reach 74 mph, then the storm is classified as a hurricane. The Atlantic...

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  • Price Scams

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    I'm responding to the people who had concerns. I live in the Keys year round. Be sure to ask the pedicab their rate before getting in (the prices Fluctuate and Varies from cabbie to cabbie) sorry to say but it's based on your appearance (and if they think you are a tourist) (so if you are wearing a camera around your neck instant skyrocket) and...

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  • Theme Park Tickets

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    Disney is a major attaraction and therefore you are a captive audience once on property. Prices for food and beverages are definitely inflated from what you find outside of the resorts and parks. Stocking up on some basics in your room can help offset some costs such as bottled waters, drinks, snacks, etc.

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  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    It is said the Ocean Drive District could be dangerous, though police patrols frequently. The more you better watch the signs all around ... the more you could think too easy about the "danger" of South Miami and surroundings. Don't !!! The police patrols frequently ... to impose a fine. It's funny to see the notice-boards when standing all...

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  • Busch Gardens

    Tampa Warnings and Dangers

    Take a ride at Montu, the longest and tallest inverted roller coaster in the world 1997. It is named after an Egyptian god, Montu who will take you through an inverse diving loop, two 45-degree angled vertical loops and the world's largest inverted loop at 104 feet. The coaster have nerly 4000 feet of track, and at speeds 60 miles per hour you will...

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  • Traffic

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    Key West is a 2 mile by 4 mile island. The Old Town section (the interesting part) is less than half that size. Perfect size for walking and bike riding. Park the car and get some exercize! You'll see more as well.

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  • Crowds

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    Because it has now become so big, I was pleased to see that Walt Disney World wasn't nearly as crowded as I remembered it to be when I went there as a kid (Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios didn't exist back then so the crowds were bigger at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT). However, there is one thing that hasn't changed: night shows make for massive...

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  • taxis

    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    I want to preface this by saying there are many honest taxi drivers in the area, but there are also those that really try and con you and it seems like more than in other places. In one instance the taxi driver pretended he did not know exactly where this well known place is - the Venitian Pool - and when we told him we wanted to get out as we...

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  • Land Critters

    Tampa Warnings and Dangers

    Dusk in Florida can be quite BUGGY! The locals try to avoid being outside this time of the day. If you must be outside cover up and wear light colors and of course WEAR INSECT REPELLENT! Light colors have been proven to attract less bugs but wearing them won?t help much. I choose to wear insect repellent with DEET. An important note. Deet is a...

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  • Panhandlers

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    Been there once, which was enough. Panhandlers, drunks, druggies all over the place. Beaches are full of them. Why does Key West allow this??? If approached, CALL THE POLICE. Don't let kids near them--some have criminal backgrounds.

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  • ThemeParks and Characters

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    It is a must at any theme park to refurbish and perform maintenence on their rides and attaractions. Closures are posted on the Disney Website, app and in the park guides that are available at the parks/resorts.

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  • interstate 95

    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    I-95 is the most dangerous highway in america. the stretch between west palm beach and miami requires constant attention. speeding, abrupt lane changes are the norm. in bumper to bumper traffic you will see motorcyclists weave through traffic at 100 miles per hour, when renting a car in south florida besure to be fully insured. many people in south...

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  • Water Hazards

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    Due to all the hurricanes in 2005 most of the beaches have bacteria warning signs up. You'll notice the smell and brown look in the water. This is only for right along the coast though, once you get about 20 feet out you are good, so all boat/snorkling/sailing/diving/etc trips are all still very safe and beautiful.

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  • Queues/Lines

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    As expected, long waiting line awaits you in Disneyworld, Universal Studios or any themeparks which offer any rides. During summer months, hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world come to Orlando to spend their summer vacations here which make the themeparks so jam packed! So, get those legs ready for standing and waiting in the...

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  • Bayside Market Place

    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    When driving to Bayside and parking, I would advise parking on the opposite side of the street from the Bayside complex. We parked for $3.00 in a lot across the street. The rate at Bayside was $15.00. The picture is a view from our lot.

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  • Cruise ships

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    The passengers become a shopping guide on board and subsequently lots of them center at Duval Street. Jewellery stores have special offers for cruise ship passengers, and it can be very busy there. Some of the cruise ships are not special, but other are really beautiful, like this one for instance. Area of Mallory square.

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  • Sunburn

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    Don't be fooled into thinking that "too much sun is never enough." The sun at this latitude means it will always been sunny and warm, but in the summer the sun is extremely intense. People who are not acclimatized to such intense heat and humidity can experience dehydration and faintness in a short period of time. Always use sunblock, the higher...

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