Sunday, 17 July 2005 - Coco-Walk, Coconut Grove - Miami, Florida --
How on earth do the shops and businesses at the infamous "CocoWalk" in historic Coconut Grove make any money? The parking garage beneath, unlike those found in Los Angeles with similar artsy and fashion-based shopping centers with a mish-mash of bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, restaurants, cafes, clothing stores, and trendy shops with free parking like you find in alot of metropolitan cities ... unlike Miami where parking is not cheap. But the splendor of the AMC @ Coco-walk provides you with a movie parking validation coupon good for 0-4 hours. However, they fail to mention, as parking manager "Steve" puts it ... if you go over the 4 hours, you "have to" pay the full day flat rate of $8.00. What a rip-off! They don't ethically give you the first 4 hours with the validation, and charge you the hour rate ... they want to rob you of every penny they can. So as much "fun" you can have at Coco-Walk I have to say "not recommended" if you are driving. Avoid it like the plague. Especially with non-compassionate managers like Steve running the operation. This is something they should rectify immediate because the businesses who rent from Coco-Walk are gonna start losing business. Review by darkleaves @ gmail . com.
Unique Suggestions: Walk or shuttle-in. Or go somewhere else.
Fun Alternatives: There are other theaters, bars, nightclubs, and places to go.
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The rickshaw rides are pretty popular around Coconut Grove. Usually, you'll find couples or single women in the back of the cart being spun around and raced through traffic. The "drivers" don't really tour the Grove and, instead just go up and down the street, trying to spin you around and make you dizzy. If its your idea of fun, then go for it. But they charge a good bit for those rides and, in my opinion, they're simply a waste of money.
Fun Alternatives: The best aspects of Coconut Grove are the people watching and window shopping. Personally, I think its a lot more fun to see the sidewalk displays of the local artists and to browse the boutique shops then being towed through traffic by a human powered vehicle.
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