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Rental Car Terminal
Renting a car in Miami is quite easy and affordable. All the major car rental companies are located in one rental terminal, so you don't have to worry about waiting for the shuttle for your specific car rental.
The terminal is large and haven't made a reservation at any of the rental companies, you're sure to find one here.
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Parking in Miami Beach
We had no idea that the BCS college football championship game was being held in Miami two days after we visited, because it was a weekend everyone cheering on Notre Dame and Alabama came down for the whole weekend and Miami Beach was packed! Parking spaces werehard to find, the 1st couple of city owned garages we tried were full and everyone else had their prices jacked up. We finally got off the main drag and found the 1,460 space city owned garage on 17th Street between Pennsylvania and Meridian, the city owned garages all seem to be $1 per hour for the 1st 4 hours or $15 flat for 24 hours. Pretty reasonable for a popular tourist area.
I was a little confused about the Sun Pass until I started driving in Miami and now it makes sense to me. Leaving the Miami International airport and going to Fort Lauderdale there was one toll that we were able to pay with cash ($1.25) and then on I95 you can either use the regular lanes and pay no tolls or use the Express lanes in which case you must have the Sun Pass. Rental cars come with a SunPass, each company handles it slightly different. The Sun Pass website has a nice summary of the way each of the different rental car companies charge for the Sun Pass. We ended up renting from Alamo, their policy is the most logical to me, you don't have to decide if you are going to use the Sun Pass when you rent, if you go through a toll plaza in a Sun Pass lane, that is when the charge occurs and is billed to you via the car rental agency. National and Enterprise use the same system.
I originally had rented with Dollar but they have the worst policy along with Thrifty, you have to decide at the time of rental whether you want to opt in or not, if you don't opt for it at $7.99 per day and accidentally go through one, you get hit with a $15 administration fee plus the toll each time you do it.
Renting a car
I originally booked with Dollar because their rates were about 1/2 of everyone besides Thrifty and Enterprise for a one way rental dropping in Fort Lauderdale. But I didn't like their SunPass policy, mainly because I didn't understand how the toll roads work, now that I do, I would have declined the service ($7.99 per day which includes all tolls) but there's always the off chance you might get on a toll road by accident.
A couple of days before, I booked on Hotwire, you find out who the provided is after you book and it's non refundable unlike most car rental agreements where you can cancel at any time. But I saved about $20 on a 2 day rental and I got Alamo, their SunPass policy is that they charge $2.95 per day if you use the tollways plus the cost of the toll which would have been cheaper than Dollar even if we had used the tollways.
book car rental in advance
Booked a car in advance from an online agent and the truth is that it went perfectly. www.rentalcargroup.com – took a car from the airport as soon as I landed. It took me 5 minutes to book the car in advance on their site –with all the insurance included which made things simple. Rate was excellent – much cheaper than the price they were offering for walk-ins.
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Luxury Affordable Limos in Miami
Being an HR Executive for a multinational in Europe makes it sometimes very important to have the proper transportation. A couple of weeks ago I had to visit Miami to recruit executive members for some of our departments in Europe. I told my secretary to book something cheap, reliable and classy. Although our base is in Paris, she is from Miami, therefore I told her to choose without updating me. She only gave me a mobile phone that I was supposed to call as soon as I arrived Miami airport. When I got out of the airport and saw what she booked I was astonished. A white classy Rolls Royce was standing there to take me to the firm's main building. I immediately called her and asked about the cost. She told me that it was in the budget and approved by the financials.
I enjoyed the whole ride till the building, I also requested a sightseeing and the driver kindly accepted my request. I kept the limo for the whole period I stayed in Miami (unfortunately, just two days).
The whole thing really made my job much easier. I had several meetings with people I had to convince to come to Europe and moving with the proper transportation really made my whole day.
Everything went fine, the driver was a real pro and when I learnt the prices I saw that it was really affordable. I highly recommend Millenium Limo for everyone looking for a quality classy transportation in Miami.
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My rental car experience in Miami
Miami is a great city and we rented a car from sixt rent a car and they made it easy to know where to go for fun things to see. They gave us a guide of whee to ark our car at each location becasue they know that the parking is bad we always got a parking spot where they told us. Sixt rent a car Miami was a great way to see Miami if you are willing to spend a little bit of money to go there.
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Because we planned on driving around Florida a car would be handy. After comparing prices directly from Alamo with the prices from a dutch travel agent Aireka a few years ago i learned renting directly from Alamo is more expensive. So every trip to the states i pre-rent the car at http://www.aireka.nl.
I had good experiences with Alamo, forgetten key, flat tire they resolved these problems quickly. Even when your far away from the rental station just be shure to take the 24 hour support number with you.
From the airport in Miami the offer free shuttle service to the station just walk out of the arrivals door and wait for the bus. Alamo is open 24 hours / 365 days.
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DRIVE WITH STYLE
Being in Miami ( or for that matter anywhere in the USA ) without a car is no fun. So I rented one at Avis on Collins Ave somewhere between 80th and 90th Street in Miami Beach. Since I was there already and had not much of a choice I got a car that was bigger and more plush than I needed or wanted but I ended up falling in love with it.... A Lincoln with even ( sensation for me ) A/C vents in the seat.... (!!). My life saver in the extreme heat and humidity that almost left me breathless..... Paid in total about 60 U$ per day, way too much....
Well, many car rental places today ( it seems ) rent non smoking cars only but I just like to smoke a cigarette or two while driving, have done so for the past 40 years...... When I returned the car the lady at the desk came back at me and asked me indignantly with a sour puss face if I had smoked in the car.... I answered "yes".
She started a sermon, a lecture about company policies and the more......
Well, I already feel like belonging to a discriminated and persecuted pariah minority because I still smoke, so what ? I shut her down by asking what she was going to do about it ? Have me arrested ? ( Remember Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct" ? )... She said that all their cars were non-smoking and I said I didn't ask for a non smoking car and they should have told me that when I rented the car, being a foreigner and not familiar with the US smoking paranoia. She said there was a little non-smoking sign in the door, I said little yes because I had not seen it.
That was it..... For 60 U$ a day I smoke in the car, period.
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The Brand New Car Rental Building at MIA
The new car rental building within a short ride of MIA is a fantastic improvement on the old system whereby you waited for the shuttle bus of your company. Invariably you would see many other companies' vans going by but not yours.. and also the drivers were a breed to content with even though i had good relationships with many of the AVIS drivers.
Now you come out of the flight or after picking up your luggage, walk outside and catch the common shuttle and it takes you to the brand new Terminal to rent cars.. all the cars are there.. By the way did you know that very soon there would be only three national companies left in the business.. Enterprise which is NO 1 company in america at the moment and Hertz has become no 2 and AViS no 3 which owns Budget.. soon alamo/thrifty would be bought by either AViS or Hertz.. National is already gobbled up... Like airline consolidation , now it is rental car consolidation
once you reach the terminal for cars, you go to the spacious area where your particular company is and if you are a preferred member go directly to the spot where the car is parked and you drive out. the exits are well marked and when you come back to return the car, the entrances from Le Jeune road are well marked so that you dont have to waste time looking for the car terminal
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No car, no fun....
If you're coming to Miami the best way to get around is to rent a car. Public transportation is bad. If you're planning to be on South Beach only, then you'll be fine taking a cab everywhere and the local bus.
Renting Cars at Miami Airport
I always rent AVIS rent a car which has excellent service. you may wish to compare prices. many companies tend to lower prices depending upon supply and demand. Just one warning: more than once when there is an event in Miami, cars are sold out. so better book early. the car rental locations are outside the airport and you have to take a shuttle eventhough all major agencies such as AVIS maintain desks at various terminals of arrival where you collect your luggage. Definitely, rates are going to be cheaper when booking through internet rather than walk up prices. ALAMO and THRIFTY are very popular as well. there are less well known ones such as Interamerican and Enterprise etc. check directly with the websites of the car rental agencies www.avis.com rather than www.travelocity.com or expedia. I have never found Travelocity to offer any cheaper rates in Miami or elsewhere than the ones advertised by the ar rental companies themselves.
If you are concerened about safety, please make sure where you are driving to, especially at night, there are some neighbourhoods which are not safe to drive through at night.
Boa Sorte, Buena Suerte..
For the folks from otside the US, this is how the street numbering system works. Streets run East/West, Avenues run North/South. The location prefix before the number (NW, NE etc.) is designated by the location relative to the Centeral Business District. A line north/south and another line east/west is drawn intersecting at the centre of town (right near Central Station where the Buses, Trains and Metro Mover all stop), the streets and avenues are all numbered from that point. The first street north of town centre is 1st st, if the location is west of centre it will be NW 1st st. If east then NE 1st st. The first street south of town centre is 1st st and if it's west of town centre the SW 1st st, if east the SE 1st st. The same principal applies for avenues, the first avenue either side if the center line is 1st Av, the direction designation is relative to the intersection at the centre of town. It's a good system and makes navigating far easier than in other countries where there is only a name for each street.
Another point of interest is that in off peak times traffic lights at some intersections flash amber while the lights for the intersecting street flash red. This means the vehicles on the amber flashing road can drive straight through the intersection as if the light were green and the vehicles with the red flashig traffic light must treat the light as a give way sign. A great system.
If you can resist not renting, Walking is the best
Yes Yes, I did say you gotta rent a car, even better if it is a convertible. But the parking can be such a pain that walking makes it easier.
1. Hotel valet costs around US$20 and it takes around 15-20mins for the guy to return your car to you.
2. Day parking is available in the public carpark and costs around US$15 for 24hours parking.
3. Meter parking is US$1/hr. 12am-9am is free parking.
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