South Beach Villas

1411 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States
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Anyone got married at Fountainebleau Miami Beach?

by Heavens-Mirror

Hi there
Me and my fiance are looking at getting married in Miami Beach. We have looked at a few hotels and really like the look of this hotel.
Has anyone got married there who could share some experiences with us?
Some photos would be great too.
Did you get married on the beach or in the hotel grounds?
Also how far is south beach from Miami beach?
We have never been before so any help would be appreciated.
Thank you
Stacey xx

Re: Anyone got married at Fountainebleau Miami Beach?

by nomad7890

Hi Stacey,

Since you're asking for photos I'm assuming you have not looked at their website:

There is a 14 page brochure you can download.

As far as South Beach, on the website look along the bottom and click on the "Find" label - you'll see South Beach to the south of the hotel. The street have number names ... so South Beach is sort of near 1st street.

Amazing how South Beach has become so "trendy". When I lived in Miami in the early 60's, all the high school kids used to go down to "El Baile de los Viejos" (the old people's dance). This was a big gazebo where music would play and retired people came to dance - but it really was fun. Not sure if that's thre any more.

You may alwo want to Google for Bayside mall on the other side of the Bay. Thursday night they have dynamite bands. When I was there for work about six years ago they had this Brazilian band that had everyone on their feet. The mall has a bar on the second floor right at the end before the area where the bands play, and they make "slurpy" type frozen drinks to which you can add a shot of something else (they already come with some alcohol but my best friend liked to do the extra shot).


Travel Tips for Miami Beach

Hit the beach!

by drmorf

The beach and the babes! Not to sound sexist or anything, but it seemed that there were more gorgeous women here than ANYWHERE else I've ever been. Of course the beautiful weather, and subsequent smaller amounts of clothing could have been a factor...

Jewish Law for the Sabbath - Shomer Shabbat

by tampa_shawn

Culture Tip #2 (you will get more from these tips if you read them in order)

Miami Beach is one of the few places to see the some of Jewish population following the rules of the Shomer Shabbat. The Shomer Shabbat is a strict interpretation of one the Ten Commandments….to observe and not work on the Sabbath. The Jewish Sabbath or Shabbat extends from between Friday evening to Saturday night.

The Shomer Shabbat has 613 commandments that rule what is done during the Shabbat. Adherents to the Shomer Shabbat are very rare in the United States (and the rest of the world) so being able to see these practices in Miami Beach is a real gift.

Those who strictly observe the laws of Shomer Shabbat do not cook, spend money, write, or turn on or off electrical devises from Friday evening to Saturday night. One of the rules that stands out is the one that forbids creating a spark or using a fire. In modern times this means one cannot operate an electrical appliance, cook a meal, press an elevator button or drive a car during Shabbat.

Since those that follow the Shomer Shabbat cannot drive….on Saturday you are very likely to see Jewish people in traditional dress walking the streets of Miami Beach. It’s a wonderful sight and one that I haven’t seen anywhere else in the US or the world.

Another thing you may come across is what I call the “Shabbat elevator”. Since adherents to the Shabbat cannot cause a spark, they cannot press the button to call the elevator or pick which floor they wish to visit. Therefore some buildings in the area set their elevators to go up and down all day and to automatically stop on every other floor during the Shabbat. I had a girl friend that lived on the 17th floor of such a building. It took FOREVER to get to her apartment during Shabbat.

There are other ways around the rule against creating a spark that some use (depending on how strict they are in these beliefs). Some use “Shabbat clocks” which are timers that are set before Shabbat starts and automatically perform an action that people are prohibited from doing during Shabbat. Uses of the Shabbat clocks include turning on or off the lights and turning on the crock pot so dinner can be cooked. There are also “Shabbat or Kosher lamps. These lamps are left on during Shabbat and use a compact fluorescent tube. Fluorescent tubes are used since unlike incandescent bulbs do not have a “flame”. These lights look a bit like lanterns and have a light blocking shade that turns allows the light to be blocked when desired.

Nicer & "hipper" beach

by vanessadb

Going to the beach during your stay is obvioulsy a must. It does get very crowded during the weekend and some holidays, but you need to see it at least once: it is a fun spectacle and a worthwhile experience, not to say unforgettable....

However, it is not really a relaxing, quiet experience. So, if you want less crowded, join the locals and come to south point: south of 5th street -and the more south you go the better- you will find much less people and a hipper crowd, such as surfers and South Beach locals....

PS: Parents beware: if you don't want your kids to see topless women, go to another beach, such as Key Biscayne for example!

Passing the Velvet Ropes

by balisunshine about Most clubs

Any outsider of the
trendy scene of Miami Beach,
may soon be frustrated by the arrogant attitude received at the door.

So on behalf an ex-events coordinator of one of the snobbiest clubs there is,
here are some tips
that may help a bit
to get you passed the velvet ropes:

1) Call during the day
and request to be put on the guest list.
This is usually available for entrance
before mid-night.
But there still is no guarantee.

2) If you are single some girls.
Even if it's just at the entrance...
invite them to a drink so that
you appear to be arriving as couples.
Clubs are reluctant to allow
single guys to get in.
It's a balance of gendre/ratio thing.
And as a female speaking,
what a turn off
to be surrounded by tons of drooling men!

3) Once at the door, WAIT.
Be patient.
If the door man finds you annoying,
you will surely be ignored even further.
They don't care who you are.

4) Don't say you are
a friend of who knows who.
Way too many times,
I have heard someone saying
they were a friend of the owner,
with the owner standing right there!
A sure way of not getting in.

5) Dress appropriately.
Hip hop clubs may be more lenient,
but all others will not.
No flip flops, no sneakers...
put on the threads!
Look the part.
Look nice.

6) If there is an over crowd of capacity,
there is not much to do.
Clubs often get inspected
by the fire department and
fined if they are over capacity.
All you can do in this case is wait..
or hop to the next club.
You can always come back another day.

7) Don't arrive wasted.
You ARE trouble,
and clubs don't want that.

Hmmmm......I guess that is it.
Say hi to everyone for me.
Good luck!

There's nothing like the WMC

by balisunshine about Winter Music Conference

If you're a real fanatic
of electronic music,
then towards the end
of March is the
best time to go.

During a few days,
music is everywhere

Exposing the best DJs
from around the world.

The attitude is left behind,
and it's all about the music.

Definately my favorite time
to be in Miami.
And oh yeah!
The weather is absolutely amazing! Casual


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 South Beach Villas

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Address: 1411 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States