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Which side of the island?

Denver, Colorado
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Which side of the island?

Is there a difference between the water/waves on the western side of the island as opposed to the Tampa Bay side? Are the beaches the same on either side?

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Tampa, Florida
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1. Re: Which side of the island?

Not the same at all. You wouldn't want to bathe on the Tampa Bay side - water not clear, and no white sand ... good to launch a boat though and maybe do some fishing.

Bradenton, Florida
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2. Re: Which side of the island?

They are not the same. The west side is the beach, with white sand and the Gulf of Mexico. Breezes usually keep down the mosquitos and no see ums on the west side, but they can be fierce on the east side.

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3. Re: Which side of the island?

this must be in summer. We love swimming in the bay side, it is calm and clear and we swim five feet from our rental, As do many others ( late winter, early spring). I have never seen a mosquito or no see um there that time of year.

Edited: 26 October 2011, 04:40
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4. Re: Which side of the island?

Winter and Spring are the dry season in Florida. Mossies like it wet, so about May to November, roughly hurricane season, the mossies are out.

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