When you're here, act like you...
When you're here, act like you live here and you'll get a better deal on alomst everything. If you're a girl you'll get into just about every where for free, but if you're a guy bring cash and time to wait in lines ....
Admiral's Club at Miami International Airport
At Miami International Airport American Airlines has a big pressence. There are many international flights from South and Central America as well as flights from European cities and the Caribbean in and out of Miami all day.
Miaimi is usually a destination for me and I try very not to make any connections in this airport due to their super long customs lines as well as the fact that the airport is underdoing renovations for the past few years which can make arriving/departing here a nightmare, let alone making a connection. But, recently on my trip to Belize my connection with AA on the return was in Miami and after clearing customs I made my way to the Admiral's Club.
There are two clubs at Miami International Airport one in Concourse D - across from Gate D30 and the other at Concourse E. We went to the club at Concourse D, which was quite nice with all the amenities you would want while traveling like showers, music room, free WIFI, children's room, conference room and pc's with internet access as well as free snacks like cookies, celerey and carrots, coffee, tea and food for sale as well as a very large to purchasing drinks. After a long flight its always good to know that you can stop at the Admiral's Club, catch up on some calls and emails, as well as grabbing something to eat and drink or just relaxing until your next flight.
Plt and Ex Plt members (like me) are allowed access to the Admiral's Club with no charge (Plt. members need to be traveling international), but if you don't hold status and would like to visit one of the many Admiral's Clubs, you can purchase a day pass for $50.
Check out their website for more information about the clubs.
Art Deco Festival
For an entire week in January, Miami's Art deco festival celebrates it's design inspiration.
Includes historic walks, jazz music, plenty of artwork and dining.
Auctions, memorabilia and unique items are on display!
The entire weekend which ends the festival culminates in dancing, international music and parties.
It is put on annually by the Miami Design Preservation Society.
Hotels, specially on the popular ART DECO DISTRICT of Miami Beach may be difficult to come by at this time so early reservations are strongly urged.
Fit For Dogs
Things exist in Miami which do not exist in many other places of the world.
I stumbled upon this vendor while exploring the outdoor displays of the Coconut Grove Art Festival.
As you can see, the vendor makes custom designed hats and leash ensembles for dogs.
Don't laugh. I observed this stall for a few minutes, and the vendor was doing excellent business. Apparently, hats for dogs are very popular in Miami.
I bought two.
Walk along the Bay
Bayside is a partly covered, mall kind of shopping lane. There are two levels of shops and restaurants here. At the center is an area where there are perfomances once in a while. Here are also the little market style shops where you can get your Miami Souvenirs.
You can see some more pictures in our Bayside travelogue
Picture taken december 9th, 2003 at 17:57
Well since all the major brand shops are available you can buy about anything you could think of from clothing to electronics. It's more expensive then you would pay at an outlet.