Miami Travel Guide

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Miami Things to Do

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  • Bayside Market Place

    Bayside is wonderful!! My mother and I had a lovely time shopping there. There was live music (every night), a magician, and a man that let you take pictures posing with his pet macaw parrots. There are a bunch of good little places to eat, including chains like Hard Rock and Bubba Gump Shrimp! It's right along the bay, as the name implies, so...

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  • Vizcaya Mansion

    What a beautiful place! The outdoor landscape is just unbelievable! You must see this place. Easy to get to on the metro system. There is a walking bridge over the highway which makes it quite safe to walk to. The home was the project of James Deering who lived at the mansion from 1916 to 1925. Yes, that is a short time but he died. He only lived...

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  • Down Town

    Freedom Tower is an interesting park of Miami’s skyline, as it is one of the few towers erected in the Spanish revival style, and because it is an allegory for Cuban immigration to the United States. The building was first erected in the 1920s and housed the Miami News until 1957, when the newspaper moved out to new premises. In the 1960s, the...

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Miami Hotels

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Miami Restaurants

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  • Cuban- Little Habana

    4 out of 5 stars

    The upholstered green chairs and glittering chandeliers beckon hungry tourists from all over the world. The street-side counter serves Cuban sandwiches, coffee, desserts with a side of the day's news and political gossip. For almost 50 years, these have been hallmarks of Versailles Restaurant in Miami, one of South Florida's most iconic culinary...

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  • Seafood

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Everything is excellent here. Out front is a bench. Be sure to have a picture there. Cemented to the ground are a pair of fake tennis shoes. Off to the side is a fake suitcase & a fake box of chocolates Bourbon Street Mahi Mahi

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  • American

    4 out of 5 stars

    I was doing a bit of shopping at the Bayside Marketplace with my daughter, girlfriend and her children, so we decided to stop in here to grab a bit to eat. Just like any other Hard Rock Cafe, this one has plenty of Rock music memoriabilia to keep anyone busy checking out while you wait for your table. The cafe is quite large and has a downstairs...

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Miami Nightlife

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  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    Si quieres pasar una noche con buena música latina, anglo, actual... lo que quieras!!! Visita este club que abre sus puertas para refrescar tus noches en South beach. Aquí encontrarás shows en vivo a cada media hora. Disfrútalo! y recuerda, la bebida en este distrito no es tan económica. Si bebes, que otro conduzca por ti.

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  • Down Town

    Whenever we go to Miamarina, we see this 200' x 40' mega yacht gambling ship. She goes outside the 3 mile limit so that gambling is legal. The website says it offers "the ultimate entertainment experience, from nickel slots to black-chip play" I've never been on this ship. "Over 10,000 square feet of gaming area is available with approximately...

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  • Miami

    You can very easily have a bad experience in Miami if you never been to Miami before. Best practices would be to get on the guest list and get there early, and you can almost guarantee entry into a miami nightclub. A collar shirt,straight leg jeans, and casual shoes is a safe outfit that won't cause you any problem getting in a Miami nightclub.

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Miami Transportation

  • Car/Car rental

    I took three cars for three days at Miami in which two of them indicated maintenance required and other one brakes are really bad. I pre purchased fuel before rental where they did not tranfer to second car Hence I was charged 135$ for not filling gas tank. On the other hand I was charged 38$ for refulling charge and no one explained what it is ....

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  • Miami International Airport/Airplane

    From one section of the terminal to another, there is a Skytrain. It runs all along the D concourse from D1 to D60 and you can also access some of the E gates from the Skytrain. It is quicker than walking and quicker than the Skyride. The wheelchair pushers always take me on the Skytrain rather than the moving walkways. It is on level 3 so you may...

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  • Shuttle

    My trip was in July, I had a chance to scout out the best price, reasonable time expectations and convenience for a round trip shuttle from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. This worked out well for me. Cost is $24.15 one way for shared ride, 2 pieces of luggage. My return flight was at 9:10am and...

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Miami Shopping

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  • Bayside Market Place

    I like that is was a nice shopping area. I didn't like that it seemed to cater to the tourists. It was nice to see the marina right there. Some expensive looking yachts. The restaurants looked very affordable. Not sure how good. There was an interesting looking burger place. I think you customize your burger the way you want it. Some nice dress...

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  • Aventura Mall

    Gigantic, ultramodern, plush, elegant and expensive.... A great place to spend your money for just about anything ( not the right place for electronics though, that would be in the nearby BestBuy outlet ). Really worth the visit....... Well, in this case about 5 females of different age in different types of relationship with me asked, begged,...

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  • Sawgrass Mills

    Reputed to be the largest Outlet shop mall in the world, it has over 300 name brand stores. You will shop til you drop! Only 15 mins from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, it even boasts entertainment venues. Jeans, shoes, clothing, jewelry and even arts and crafts

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Miami Local Customs

  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    For an entire week in January, Miami's Art deco festival celebrates it's design inspiration. Includes historic walks, jazz music, plenty of artwork and dining. Auctions, memorabilia and unique items are on display! The entire weekend which ends the festival culminates in dancing, international music and parties. It is put on annually by the Miami...

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  • Tipping and taxes

    Check your bill at restaurants and bars to make sure you do not double tip. Everywhere we went, even bars, included gratuity in the bill. The amount added changed from place to place ranging anywhere from 12 to 18% - so you do not really get a chance to tip based upon how good the service actually was. Even when we got drinks in a bar, we found...

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  • Miscelaneous

    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...

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Miami Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving!

    Miami has a very easy to understand road system. Once you get the hang of it, it should be easy to find your way around. Streets go east west. Avenues go north south. There are four sectors - northeast, northwest, southwest and southeast. The dividing line between north and south is Flagler Street. The east-west dividing line is Miami...

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  • Miami

    I lived here all my life, it seems miami is by the everglades, and considered an swampland, tho youll never realize its a village at first. From being born here i got a wild 20 year fever that never lets up, and locals are anti socialist, florida fifth in us states. They wont tell me anything, and i lived here 20 years...

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  • Tipping

    In most places in the United States, you would usually add a tip to your dinner or drink bill. Here in Miami, they do it for you. Usually, between 18% and 20%. It's up to you if you want to add additional tip. You, also, have an opportunity to even lower the tip they have already added to the bill but who does that? I even ordered just a drink at a...

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Miami Tourist Traps

  • Bayside Market Place

    I have read the comments on Bayside and I have to say that each year my husband and I book a boatcruise and leave one day prior just so we can spend some time at the Bayside Market place. I wouldn't necessarily call it a tourist trap. It's a great location right across the Holiday Inn which leaves a little to be desired but we stay there anyway...

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  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    but very crowded.....till we had to fight for a spot on the beach. The water look tranquil. Everyone is just interested in lying on the sand with the sunnies, topless, tanning and bay watching. Get a spot nearest to the waters....so that you can only see the sea and no one tanning in front of you. No alternative, just go with the crowd.

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  • The Versace House

    The Versace House - where Gianni Versace lived (& died), in South Beach, attracts loads of gawkers to take pictures outside the front gates. Just like any other private home one sees from the street, there's nothing more to it, but somehow, it attracts a crowd. It's a nice enough building, but there's nothing more to see. Avoid it.

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Miami What to Pack

  • Camera

    Since we have been traveling by boat, we don't have any luggage. However when we fly, we take two carryon sized bags each. I check one of mine - I just don't carry any more than two small bags. A wide brimmed hat. SUNSCREEN I have always traveled with at least one camera. Now I have at least two. I have one digital and one film camera. (I still do...

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  • Miscelaneous

    Casual is the key. Miami is incredibly laid back and most places allow shorts, tanks, bare shoulders/arms and even flip-flops. People wishing to "Be Seen" on Lincoln Road may wish to dress up some. Seems to be the standard for clubbing. Follow general rules you would at any large city as NYC or LA but keep in mind that Miami's Hot tropical nights...

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  • Weather Gear

    No matter the time of year, always prepare for rain, especially in the summer. Always prepare for heat, even in the winter. It can be in the 80s and humid in December. If you want to visit south beach at night, bring something dressy, but for most places, jeans are ok.

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Miami Off The Beaten Path

  • Miscelaneous

    This cafe/bar is truly unconventional. Having lived in cities like Seattle and Chicago, where eccentric non-corporate cafes abound, I was dismayed to find nothing of the sort in Miami. Until I stumbled by chance into Luna Star Cafe in North Miami one day after I had visited the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a quiet neighborhood, you would think...

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  • The Everglades

    If you get a chance, do a tour of the Everglades. I was surprised how close they are to Miami. It's merely an hour or so by road. You get to go on a very noisy boat which looks like a hovercraft and you will skim along the water to explore the wildlife. Alligators, birds, etc, are in abundance! The tour also includes a talk about their "friendly"...

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  • Versace's Mansion

    In 1997, Versace was shot to death in front of his mansion in Miami, Florida. Versace's killer is allegedly a serial killer. The incident happened as the 50-year-old designer returned from the fashionable News Café where he bought breakfast and Italian newspapers.

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Miami Sports & Outdoors

  • The 'Canes

    I would be remiss if I did not pay homage to my childhood heroes of the 80's, the University of Miami Hurricanes Football program. During my time in Miami, I can remember a few games at the Orange Bowl. It is a unique experience in that when the crowd gets riled up, you can feel the stadium literally move. It is safe and sturdy, however it is a...

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  • Miamarina

    I had a hard time getting the name of Miamarina correct. It usually has plenty of space for transients (except during the boat show), and is the same price as Dinner Key. (as of 2003-2004 it is $1.85/ft/day or $25/ft/month). Plus Florida tax of course. In 2001 it was cheaper than Miami Beach, and much nicer. The price includes electricity, water...

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  • Grand-Prix America

    Well the Miami Grand Prix came and went. Plan to be here next year. The race promoters signed a fifteen year deal, so we will have Miami Grand Prix racing for a while. The race is usually held in September but events have already started. CHeck thei web page for all the fun. Grandprix Web Page For tickets go to: miamirace.com or call...

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Miami Favorites

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  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    South Beach is generally referred as "America's Riviera" because of its long and wide white sandy beaches, its historic art deco buildings, its multicultural atmosphere and restaurants. You don’t feel like you are visiting, there… you really feel like you’re on holiday. South Beach is just over the bridge from downtown Miami, but it is a world...

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  • Down Town

    Miami is called the "City of Change" and you can see why in its downtown area… it’s full of contrasts… little houses and shops and tall modernistic glass skyscrapers... the very same sight you have seen hundreds of times in Miami-based TV series. Downtown Miami is the central business district of South Florida, as the many banks and international...

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  • Miscelaneous

    Try to spend some time in this area, full of shops, restaurant, malls and very chic...... Here just a few views of the area from above and the beach...... Enjoy..... The seagulls on the beach.......

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    Oct 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    see the wonderful Miami Book Fair International from November 17-24 2013. One of the nation' s finest and largest literary gatherings in downtown miami; www.miamibookfair.com

 
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