Subject: Re: Tampa or Orlando?
Ziners: The proper choice between these two alternatives is very much a function of the traveller's interests. Orlando is terrific if you're partial to Disney-fied artificial realities, and all the tourist-y stuff (chain restaurants, etc.) that builds up around same. Disney does a superb job of this sort of thing, and attracts astonishing crowds (and $$$) year-round by doing so. If this type of "entertainment" leaves you cold, however, so will Orlando. Tampa is much more "real", and a gateway city to a lot of lovely beaches and "typical Florida" landscapes and byways. And if you like adventure/theme parks, Busch Gardens is not to be missed, as someone has already suggested. Doug San Francisco