Bahama's version of Calle Ocho and located in Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove.
Reported to be the largest black heritage festival in the US, it started in 1977 and it has grown from there.
It is geared towards the Bahamian roots in Miami and features dancing in the streets, music, calypso and ra-gae music.
Dancing to the steel drums, watching the colorful costumes parading down the beautiful streets of Coconut Grove and sampling all that delicious Caribbean food makes for an intoxicating weekend!
I find it more fun than Calle Ocho - Dont miss it if you have a chance.
Always in August, check for specific times.
Admission is Free
Runs Friday through Sunday 10:00am - 11:00pm
Take a drive throughout the city starting in Coral Gables, then visit Little Havana, Little Haiti, and the folks on the beach. I think this is the best way to get an understanding of the dynamics of out city.
Dave Barry once said in a column that the motto of Miami is "death before yielding". Drive on any interstate or road in this city and attempt to change lanes you'll wonder if its possible to do without the consequence of the former of the former sentence.
Miami drivers are consistently rated as the rudest in the country. Whether this is true or not, you will certainly find your share of aggressive drivers in this city. The rules of driving do not seem to apply here. Because of this, you should never use a turn signal when changing lanes. This is not the safest way to drive, especially since you are required to do so by law. But, if your goal is to successfully complete a change of lanes, your chances will increase greatly if you don't use a turn signal. Invariably, the slow driver in the lane to which you are attempting to switch will speed up just enough so that he/she is driving alongside you. The best advice I can give you for driving in our fair city is to look carefully, make sure you have room to change lanes, and indicate at the last possible moment.
Driving in Miami has its share of frustration. Running red lights, cutting off other drivers, refusing to yield the right of way and many other things either taught in drivers education or as common courtesy in other areas are virtually nonexistent. Despite the anger that may result, never get into an altercation with another driver, no matter what. The rude, aggressive driver who raises your blood pressure may be armed. Its just not worth it.
What downtown Miami lacks in warmth and welcome, it certainly makes up for in architecture. As a city, Miami captures well its reputation as a centre of design and fashion in its skyline, with a mixture of buildings that immortalize the various stages of the city’s cultural history. The downtown core has a large number of glass skyscrapers in various shapes and sizes, some of which incorporate murals reminiscent of Latin American art. Other buildings constructed according to Spanish Colonial, Art Deco and neo-Classical styles create a rich impression of artistic and creative vibrancy that emanates from the city. This is a perfect place to simply wander around with a camera and take pictures of random buildings.
hispanics are the most friendly pepole i've ever met in the united states..they remind me of the egyptian pepole ,some of them have bad reputation because they harrass women..but most of them respect women and never do such disgusting behaviour..
Almost everyone here is Hispanic, so don't be surprised if someone greets you in Spanish who hardly knows any English themsleves. The Latin culture is pervasive. You could practically consider Miami another part of South America!
For MIA-Plantation mapping and driving information go to http://www.miami-airport.com/driving_directions.asp - type your address and get map and driving directions. I'll get on the expressway right at the airport and get off in Plantation, so the drive will be safe.
For additional info about MIA, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/site_map.asp
Miami has a large Hispanic population which likes to kiss and/or hug you when they meet or say goodbye. Don't freak out if a stranger kisses you goodbye after they've talked with you for awhile. That's just part of the culture.