SUNSHINE TOURS - Lenny Batista
A personal friend and neighbor of mine, Lenny can arrange tours for you and specializes in working with hotels in the area.
Lenny can arrange everything from Everglades to South Beach, Keys, shopping in Sawgrass Mills or just giving you a "feel" of Miami by taking you around to all the major sites such as Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, etc.
Besides being a heck of a nice guy, Lenny is a very people oriented person with a great sense of humor. He is also bi-lingual and his tours always include some "Cafecito Cubano" (Cuban Coffee).
Call Lenny for prices and availability. You won't be disappointed.
You truly need to rent a car.
key west is about 140 miles away from Miami and depending upon the traffic can take up to 4 hours, but can be done in 3 as well. you can go there and come back the same day but you would miss out on all the fun of seeing things on the way and also to enjoy KW.
Everglades is easily visited from Miami but with a car it is easier..
Dont plan to use a lot of Public Transport while in Miami. it is just not public transport friendly.
Miami's public transportation system has one unique perk: free Metromover trains in the downtown. The trains are frequent, clean, and air conditioned train cars sure beat walking in the humid tropical weather.
There are three loops in the system: one for downtown only, and two for visiting southern and northern areas surrounding the downtown. The stations are only a couple hundred meters apart, so people do not need to walk that far in the blazing heat. On the other hand, the train its time to run through the loop as stops are very frequent.
As the train runs on elevated tracks, it provides good views to the downtown area and surroundings. Especially smaller children love the traintrip.
If you’re traveling alone,
and don’t want to spend the price for cab,
a cheaper way to get to/back the airport
is the Supper Shuttle.
If you have a long lay over for the day,
you can always venture out to
your own day tour in Miami Beach for
less than $40 R/T on the supper shuttle.
For pick ups at the hotel,
you need to reserve by phone
the day before.
The pick up for international flights
may be 3 hours before.
Prices are cheaper when the
pick up/drop off is from/to a hotel.
You will most probably share
the van with someone else,
up to 7 people on a very busy day.
There are several Supper Shuttle stands
at the exit of baggage claim on the 1st floor.
You will spend more time waiting
for other passengers than
you would in a cab.
If you are traveling with someone else,
it may be cheaper for
2 passengers to travel in a cab.
So ask first at one of the information booths
located outside of the lauggage area.
Prices on the Super Shuttle range from:
Around the airport area $10
Coconut Grove area $14 - $17
Key Biscayne area $16 - $20
South Beach area $14 - $17
North Miami Beach from 71st street
and up to Bal Harbor area $15 - $18
Sunny Isles/ 163rd – 185th St. $17 - $21
Coral Gables $13-$14
Ft. Lauderdale $23 - $36
Port Everglades $24
*Tip not included.
Another adventurous way
to get to or around Florida
and the Caribbean
is sailing as a crew member.
Florida is a sailing capital
of the world and there are plenty of boats
coming and going.
Bear in mind,
this is not a free ride.
You are on board
to help with the
sailing, cooking, and/or cleaning.
So only those who
feel comfortable in this
setting should apply.
You will most probably be asked
to contribute to costs,
which usually can be anywhere
between $10 - $50 US a day.
Having this experience
with a few boats already,
(I have sailed on 3)
I strongly recommend
that you take time
in finding the right vessel
before you board.
A prior encounter with the captain
is not always possible.
Since most probably you will
take a flight to meet up with the boat.
Or the boat will be sailing to pick you up.
Exchange as much information before hand,
including pictures of the exterior
and interior of the vessel,
equipment on board, and a description
with picture of the captain
and his experiences.
make sure the captain is not
looking for a personal mate.
And is serious in his request.
my experiences were learning ones.
And traveling by sea
can allow you to see places
you may not have by land.
Often it’s also cheaper.
Try making a commitment for
2 weeks at first,
and extend it if all goes well.
and Bon Voyage!
site with links to crewing oppurtunities; forums; crewing services;
is based Europe Dates, water, ports,
updated. Very Good!
a couple of flutes of champagne
followed y a nice lunch
duck liver pate
shrimps and noodles
ice creams and cheeses
and just before arriving in miami, media luna pasta with aubergines and italian cheese
a nice glass of white, with lunch
AF does it with style you have to give it to them
So far the upperclass services including food and champagne has been better on foreign airlines than on american based airlines. service is not held in high esteem by the airlines of the most egalitarian of the socieites i suppose
the food on AF was better than you coul get at any restaurant in Miami and champagne was superb..
Vive la France, even though they went on Strike soon after I took ths flight..
Had a comfortable enough seat in the forward cabin at 12B but the aircraft was an ageing 767 which had flown a lot and also the seat sagged and the handrest was broken. didnt really matter, compared to the HORRIBLE and condescending service of the spent blondes who are senior attendants.
AF was on strike so only way to get to Miami quickly was American Airlines which has a direct flight from Paris to Miami everyday. Considering the convenience of getting on at CDG and getting off at MIA.. can forgive the spent blondes and their horribl service
FlightLink By Greyhound: There are three departures daily connecting the Miami airport with a number of local Greyhound terminals, including its Bayside (downtown) terminal at 700 Biscayne Blvd. The Miami West Greyhound terminal is adjacent to the airport at 4111 N.W. 27th St. Call 1-888-BUS-N-FLY for details.
Super Shuttle provides shared ride service to and from the Greyhound terminal. Call (305) 871-2000 for information.
Airport Owl route 236 (bus) www.miamidade.gov/transit/routes1.asp Route 110 stops at MIA.
Cab rides from the Miami International Airport are flat rates based on distance from the airport, so dont be concerned when the cab driver drives off without turning on the meter. A cab ride costs $28 or more from the airport to Miami Beach, $19-$22 to the Central Business District and slightly more to Coral Gables. Pickup is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage. The guide to cab fares is published in the Miami tourism handbook which is available from a multitude of places in the tourist district, the fees are probably also displayed in the cab itself, the rates do not include a tip for the driver.
Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority http://www.tri-rail.com/
Metrobus, Metrorail and the Metromove Metrorail is a 21-mile elevated rail system that serves Downtown Miami and extends west to Hialeah and south to KendallMetrobus offers more than 60 routes in Miami-Dade County. http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/home.htm
Electrowave Miami Beach has its' own system of electric-powered buses. Cost: 25¢.
AMTRAK: Union Station is located at 8303 NW 37th Avenue in Hialeah. 800 872-7245 http://www.amtrak.com
Greyhound: 800 231-2222 http://www.greyhound.com
OK, OK...so you've struck on a chord with me and Miami.
After traveling throughout many cities in the US and even countries such as China, Thailand and Hong Kong where congestion is at an all time high, they still manage to organize moving people to - from places of their cities like Miami never will.
Miami's transportation system is half assed, doesn't go anywhere and is not tourist friendly.
Metro mover is designed for downtown employees (or immediate vicinity) - forget using it to get to the main hot spots like Beaches, Gables, Grove.
Traffic Jam is horrible and getting worse every day with an expected all time growth spurt coming in the next 10 years.
Buses are slow affairs which for the most part spend their days driving back and forth 3/4 empty and taxi's are expensive!
If you're a tourist...Rent a car, pay the incredibly high mandatory parking fee on the beach and WELCOME TO THE MAGIC CITY!
Ok. Lets say you are not
stopping in Miami,
but a you have to change planes there
and you just happen to
arrive into concourse A or B
and need to get to
concourse D in a short spand of time
and on top of that
you just got off a VERY long flight....
Take an elevator to the 3rd floor
and hop on the sky walk.
You can walk it,
or you can stand on it while it
transports you all the way across
concourse to concourse.
If you pick up a trolley,
you can take them along too!
Yellow Cab telephone # 305-444-4444
Metro Cab telephone # 305-888-8888
It's not cheap! 6 miles cost $20 or so depending on tip.
well it is 161 miles, drive will be 3 hours and 30 minutes approximately.
pls check googlemaps and florida shuttle transportation
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