Getting around South Beach
If you plan to just stay in South Beach, you really don't need any transportation at all, you can walk everywhere. The main area is only about a mile long.
However,if you have a lazy moment or it is raining , there is a bus( I believe if it called the Electricwave.but I am not 100% sure of the name) that will get you around South Beach for only a 25 cents. I was thinking of trying it out once just to see what it was like, but never got around to it. Besides just walking around South Beach is kind of fun!
I took the bus into the city of Miami a few times. Bus C and Bus K will take you to Bayside Marketplace and also to downtown. They run about every 15 minutes. The cost is $1.25 . If you would like to visit Villa Vizcaya and /or Coconut Grove ,take Bus C or Bus K and buy a 25 cent transfer., Get off at the Downtown bus station and transfer to bus 48. The only bad thing is that Bus 48 only runs about every hour, so you may have a wait.
Getting to South Beach from Miami Airport
There are several options to get to South Beach from the airport. The least expensive is the bus, but it also takes the longest and if you have alot of luggage, it can be cumbersome.,but it should probably only cost you a $1.50. The Clay Hotel website. www.clayhotel.com has the directions to do this.
There is the Supershuttle . It will cost $13 per person. www.supershuttle.com
I took a cab. The set fare to South Beach from the airport is $24 but this works out cheaper than the Supershuttle if there is more than one person traveling.
Hail a Cab
Miami Beach is a relatively compact and flat area, which is best explored and enjoyed walking. Despite that, taxis are a very convenient transportation way, mainly because of the scarcity of parking areas and the unreliable (may I say inexistent?) public transport….
Taxis fares are not prohibitive and there are plenty of them. Enjoy your ride! ;-)
Taxis are the way to go on the beach
since there's so much traffic and its spread out around apprixmately 15 street blocks north to south and several avenues, many locals and tourists will take cabs around S. Beach. Its a great idea if you're staying on S. Beach to just hop a cab to wherever you're going. Two or three cab rides will about equal the cost of valet parking at one place.
Baby, you can drive my car!
Rent a car! That's what we did.. arrived at the airport and hoped in this new mustang waiting for us!
The distances between Miami beach, Coconut Grove etc, make it unpractical to use the public system, so..
You absolutely need a car
You absolutely need a car to get around in Miami. Public transportation is terrible, not to say inexistant.
Only exception is if you are in South Beach, where you can pretty much walk everywhere. You could also rent a moped since it does get unbearably hot to walk sometimes, but as a 'local' I will hate you if you go driving around beeping your horn in the residential areas.
Get to Miami by Plane or car. ...
Get to Miami by Plane or car. Either way is easy. Many people drive down I-95 and many more fly in (like me). Flights are relatively inexpensive.
Getting around is best done with a car. Be sure to rent one!
Miami, like LA, is built for...
Miami, like LA, is built for auto-only transportation. Forget anything else. Taxis are expensive and used mostly for airport-related travels. Downtown Miami has an elevated skytrain that forms a loop (like Chicago) but is limited to mostly people who work in the downtown-metro area.
Car (convertible) only town.
I think that the best way to...
I think that the best way to get around Miami is to take a taxi or to rent a car, because the transport is not good.
SoBe is far from Dowtown Miami and of course there are buses but I think that the best it's to rent a car ( I think that is not expensive to do it!)
Miami has an International...
Miami has an International Airport which is a true hub for South American travel, but I go by car as it's only around 45 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale.
You need a car to get to places like Vizcaya, the Rascal House, and Coconut Grove, but it is a hindrance at South Beach with parking behind tight. It's best to just walk around the beach area to get a real feel and soak in the scenery.
Plane, car (from Canada, Us or...
Plane, car (from Canada, Us or Mexico)
If you want to get around Miami beach, you can rent a beautiful scooters. It's only 10$ per hour and you can go anywhere you want with this scooter. It's very funny. If you go there, try that. Very cool !
Miami International Airport (MIA)
We arrived at Miami International Airport on American Airlines from NYC. The airport is under huge renovations and connecting to most gates can be a challenge.
Be back with more information
This airport is under major construction. They have the new D concourse open and running. The others are in major need and they are going to get to them.
There was that kind of tram and in Miami city I saw also kind of sky train, I did not use them myself, but they look nice.
Driving around Miami in Style
If you like seeing beautiful cars then Miami Beach is definitely a top spot to be. This shot of a Lamborghini and [likely] 2 Ferraris is NOT uncommon.