Miami Beach Marina!
Favorite thing: By land, Miami Beach Marina is only minutes from downtown Miami, Interstate I-95 and 20 minutes to Miami International Airport. By water you are only five minutes from the dock to the Atlantic and/or easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys.
South Beach - the Under Belly
Favorite thing: Well, this isn't where you are likely to stumble onto Celebrity A List Stars: No J-Lo, P-Diddy, fiddy Cent, etc. hanging on THIS corner. Maybe Bobby Brown, however. i can See Bobby Brown mac-ing lowdown ho's on this corner. Yikes... Beware. The S Beach UNDERBELLY!
The Hotel Shelly!
Favorite thing: When I saw this hotel, I thought of my friend, Shelly! I figure one day I will show her this! She will get a kick out of it. I love the Deco style hotels and the colors as well. You can't walk but one or two buildings before you will see a Classic, Stand Out Building... Certaily, the Hotel Shelley is one!
My Friend Leila
Favorite thing: We took a leisurely stroll up the Beach Road, and down Collins and just enjoyed the people, smells and sights that make up South Beach. At one point we were both hungry and we popped into this restaurant for breakfast.
More Sandcastle FActS!
Favorite thing: Apparently the sand castle took 7 weeks to make and can stay up a LONG time w/ constant upkeep. Victor has a guard there -- or himself -- 24 hours a day. When it rains, they cover it. Constant upkeep is going on daily. At night, there are lights in the sand castle to make it GLOW. Must have been quite a sight, alone on a halloween night, to see this!
Sand Castle's in the Sky
Favorite thing: The guy who makes these sand castles is Victor Leong. Here, from his website at miamibeachsandcastle.com My name is Victor Leong, I have been building sandcastles professionally since 1992. At first the castles were small, but now they are over 12 feet high by 60 feet wide. My main castle is protected by guards when I'm not there. I can usually be seen sculpting on weekend nights in the heart of Miami Beach on 9th Street & Ocean Drive. Stop by if you have a chance. Please check out the photo galleries on this site; more pictures will be added soon.
I also make castles for corporate events, birthday parties, weddings, & other special occasions. For more info, please call or write.
The land of beaches and blue skies and FIT PEOPLE!
Favorite thing: How peaceful it was this weekend! It wasn't too crowded, since this was offpeak time of year. And the folks were nice that we met. Beaches looked nice and clean and the streets and stores kept with the Art Deco theme. I was pretty impressed with South Beach, in short.
Fondest memory: This Sand Castle was 6 weeks old and still going! There was a guard there to protect it. Apparently they light it up at night!
The Beach Itself!
Favorite thing: Venturing out onto the beach at the southern end of South Beach and strolling along the water northward is something I never get tired of doing. The natural beauty, combined with the majestic hotels is a definitely a sight to be seen!
Favorite thing: While in Miami Beach you will notice a fair amount of people on scooters. We deducted that 95% of those people were local teens to 20 year olds who couldn't get into the clubs but want to feel a part of the action. That are strictly cruisers.
Almost all the people on the scooters were late teen males, looking at girls. Nothing wrong with that, as we all did it too. But humerous all the same.
Just beware, they are terrible drivers and have little regard for you unless you have a skimpy bikini top on, and that is when they will crash. And you will see them crash.
We saw 2 head ons, 3 clips to the back of another scooter and I can't tell you how many collisions with cars or ped. Nothing major and not one really hurt, but dangerous all the same.
Don't think of using as a mode of transportation unless you just want to cruise the strip.
Fondest memory: Watching cheesey 20 year old guys with baggy pants on 90 degree heat try to pick up on any woman in yelling range. Hilarious, they have no game!
Look at me...
Favorite thing: One of the favorite past times of tourists and locals alike is people watching. You can't help but do it.
Anywhere on Ocean Blvd, when you pull up a seat to have a meal or drink a mojito - people are everywhere. Some beautiful, some not so beautiful and some downright freaks.
What we noticed were a lot of "LOOK AT ME" people.
Definition- I need attention so I'm going to have crazy hair, low cut top, see through top, butt cheeks neasking out, carry a albino boa constrictor, have any other animal on my person, scream when I talk or just look like an all around hoochie mamma. That fine line of being individual and being downright lame.
Lots of people desperate for attention, kind of nice to blend in like my wife and I. That way we can watch everyone else. Fun.
Fondest memory: The more unattractive, the less clothing. Almost every time.
Favorite thing: Right on Ocean Blvd is the old Versaci mansion.
Nothing too exciting since it is privately owned and you can't see much of anything. But you can take a shot out front, or be really crass and lay down to re-enact the shooting. We did not do this, but saw some other tourists do so.
Fondest memory: Mojitos!
Walk the beach
Favorite thing: With so much to do in Miami and Miami Beach, and so much not to do, don't forget to stroll along the fantastic beaches.
While walking along you'll see just as many beautiful, strange and sweet jesus cover up people to entertain you.
But you'll also get a great view of the city and the lifeguard units.
And be prepared, some people do go topless so don't gawk at them.
Fondest memory: Walking with my wife, drinking a lemonade and taking in the sun and sights.
More lifeguard huts in my tavelouge.
Important tip on tipping
Favorite thing: One thing I was not prepared for was the automatic inclusion of tips on your food and beverage bill.
In fact Miami Beach also has extra taxes on everything so it even gets a bit more inflated.
So beware of what the particular restaraunt or bar has already included on your bill. Most include 20%, some 15%, a few less and one or two none at all. So read your receipt and make sure everything is to your satifaction, they may include it but that doesn't mean they deserve it.
Fondest memory: Getting used to the sticker shock that 2 mixed drinks will cost you $17-$25, and not caring.
Ocean Blvd eateries
Favorite thing: When walking up and down Miami Beache's Ocean Blvd you find a place to eat in front of almost every hotel.
So many to choose from with their workers all inviting you to come inside. Some are even pretty pushy!
Best tip is to look walk up the strip a bit, see what food and price appeals to you and judge by how many people are in the establishement.
We never set foot in any of them that were less than 1/3 full and were always happy with what we got. Just remember, one block away and it drops prices 10-20%. Ocean Beach can be unreasonable expensive.
Fondest memory: Prepare for some great people watching, just make sur eyou are not stuck at a table on the side walk, gets crowded and people will bump into you.
Miami Beach Hotels
Favorite thing: There are differences in accomodations depending on where you stay. Hotels close to South Beach and the Art Deco dist feature some cool architecture and are a great location if you like the night life. It is noisy at night and there are plenty of party-goers all over. Hotels near Lincoln Ave. I'm told are a bit riskier as far as safey. There are a number of homeless people who tend to hang around that area. The hotels up the beach on Collins Ave. tend to get more upscale the farther you get away from Lincoln Ave. and tend to be more family-friendly.
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