Miami Beach Travel Guide

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Miami Beach Highlights

  • Pro
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    agarcia says…

     The tropical atmosphere, striking light and excellent night life 

  • Con
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     Can be very crowded; expensive; was a pain to find a hotel that wouldnt turn out to be a dump 

  • In a nutshell
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     I liked South Beach. 

Miami Beach Things to Do

  • Ocean Drive

    Ocean Drive is the epicenter of cool. But it's also the epicenter of thuginess. This area really attracts all types, and many who come here don't fit the wealthy, pretty South Beach stereotype. Ocean drive runs right along the Atlantic Ocean. With sandy beaches on one side of the street and high-end trendy bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels on...

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  • Beach

    This is obvious, no? Our favorite beach entrance was at 76th & Collins ave. There is parking next to the library. And a block north is Sazón (they serve the best empanadas and Cuban coffee) and a convience store. The hours are dawn until dawn. The current is quite strong so that is something to note.

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  • Art Tropical Deco

    Here is a great idea for a morning after breakfast, take the Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League. It leaves most mornings from the Art Deco Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Great, informative guides leave from an interesting tourist center and gift shop. You'll learn all about the cool Art Deco...

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Miami Beach Restaurants

  • Ocean's 10

    Located at the Edison Hotel on Ocean Drive and 10th Street. This restaurant/bar has indoor and outdoor poolside dinning as well as Ocean Drive street dinning. During our visit we had originally planned on having Italian for dinner, but walking around Ocean Drive we were somehow lured to this restaurant not quite sure why, maybe it was the band...

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  • Empanadas & Coladita!

    This little cafe is amazing for a quick snack and/or breakfast. Did I mention this is very cheap? A Cuban coffee and 2 empanadas will run you about $3! It's delicious and the place has excellent ambiance. Get the Cuban coffee called "Colada' & an empanada and a quesito. A quesito is very important, it's like a Latin version of a cheese Danish.

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  • Excellent Restaurant

    My girlfriend Sandy and her husband wanted to treat us to dinner at this restaurant. What a fantastic place. Located on Collins Avenue the restaurant is quite large with a wonderful Italian mural behind the bar and with cozy little nooks to sit at. The company, meal and service were very good and we would definitely return. The food is really good...

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Miami Beach Nightlife

  • Amazing views of Miami Beach

    The Gansevoort has a gorgeous rooftop pool with amazing views of Miami Beach to one side and the downtown Miami on the other end.We were visiting Miami Beach during July 4th weekend and one of the high lights of the hotel and being in Miami Beach were the fireworks. We were looking forward to enjoying them from the rooftop deck, but unfortunately...

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  • HOT Guys, Hot Girls, Hot Dancing....

    OMG this place is so much fun, and the line to get in is nuts. I've been here a few times and during my last visit decided to pop in for a few drinks. There usually isn't a cover chage, but during special events (like July 4th) they are known to charge at the door, so be prepared to pay if you are here during a holiday.They have a few bars where...

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  • Swanky, chic & a wee bit pricey...

    The Bar at 1220 offers a vast selection of (expensive, but gooood) cocktails and specialty drinks, including the famed Tropical Popsicle Martini which we saw people partaking of with delight... We had mojitos, you should have seen the size of the mint leaves inside, sooo crisp and refreshing! Eclectic ambient music wafts through the lobby bar...

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Miami Beach Transportation

  • Green Tortoise Bus to San Francisco

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  • Miami International Airport

    Miami International Airport is located a short eight miles northwest of downtown Miami. The airport is a hub for American Airlines, which is one of its worst features. Miami is the most popular airport for travelers between the U.S. and Latin America. In 2010, Miami had the most international flights of all American airports, though it is just the...

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  • Not real efficient

    The bus transportation in Miamihas little to boast compared to the ones in Europe.You may wind up transfering more than onceon very long routes.The only efficient routesare the ones that cross the Miami Downtown-South Beach-Adventura.There are several lines that run infront of Bayside ontoWashington Avenuegoing up Collins Avenueand stopping at the...

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Miami Beach Shopping

  • Aventura Mall - everything under one...

    Located north of the Miami Beach area, Aventura is a large 3 level enclosed shopping mall. With over 250 stores, there is a good range of everything, along with plenty of free parking (or valet parking if you prefer). It is also on bus routes from Miami Beach and surrounding areas.We visited Aventura one afternoon and ended up shopping for around 6...

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  • Got a late night itch??

    Saturday night partying on the Beach?Those hot women or hot men gave you the itch that needs scratching?If you need the kind of friend that is water proof, remote controlledand batery operated,head over to the Deja Vu Love Boutique,an upscale joint featuringtastefully sensual itemslike Karmasutra lotions,candles, edible Peter Butter,feathers and...

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  • Lincoln road mall

    The Lincoln road mall is an outdoor pedestrian only mall. Here you can find shops, restaurants and galerias. Most of them are very exclusive and you will need a big bank account to pay for their goods. You could buy the most beautiful glass artworks, paintings and sculpture. But also exclusive clothing like the now so popular Von Dutch because of...

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Miami Beach Local Customs

  • Jewish Law – the Eruv

    Culture Tip #3 (you will get more from these tips if you read them in order)One of the 613 commandments of the Shomer Shabbat (see previous tips) prohibits carrying anything or picking things up outside the boundaries of your property during the Sabbath. This is to ensure the Sabbath is a day or rest as prescribed in the Bible. To some this means...

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  • Judaism in Miami

    Culture Tip #1 (you will get more from these tips if you read them in order)Miami Beach has a large Jewish population and is THE place to go to a Jewish deli (I’ll talk about that later). Miami Beach is also one of the few places in the US where you will see Orthodox and the more conservative Jewish people in traditional dress and will also come...

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  • Jewish Law for the Sabbath - Shomer...

    Culture Tip #2 (you will get more from these tips if you read them in order)Miami Beach is one of the few places to see the some of Jewish population following the rules of the Shomer Shabbat. The Shomer Shabbat is a strict interpretation of one the Ten Commandments….to observe and not work on the Sabbath. The Jewish Sabbath or Shabbat extends from...

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Miami Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Bad neighborhoods

    MIami is like any other city. I'm from Boston but I've been living 10 blocks over from Liberty CIty (supposedly one of the most "dangerous parts of FL"). I'm a lil 22yr old white girl working here and its fine. Just don't be flashy, don't walk around the streets holding a map or any other stupid *** like that and you're fine. I hate when people...

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  • Beach!

    Do not go to the beach after dark! It is filled with drug dealers, crack heads and trouble makers. We found this out from the concierge when we decided to walk down to the beach at 5:30 am and film the sunrise on the camcorder. Luckily he caught us and warned us what lurked on the other side of the sand...and was nice enough to let us up on the...

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  • Driving/Car

    The traffic is the worse I have ever seen.The drivers even worse.They all seem to be on a suiside mission.I recomend taking a cab.It is a huge metropolis filled with the most violent neighborhoods in the united states.Getting lost will likely cost you your life.If you dont want a cab or a bus. There is three different train systems you can take.The...

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Miami Beach Tourist Traps

  • nikki beach: what a rip off, what a mess

    ok, so i was staying at the shore club on march 14. and on march 16 the concierge told me "nikki beach IS the place to be on sunday" i read a few reviews on websites like southbeach411 ect saying "must go, must see, great party" well let me give it to you straight:apparently,you should arrive on sunday around 2 pm, thats when the party starts...

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  • permission for stay in USA?

    Hi!I have a big question in reference about the perpission for stay in MIami..I'm Italian and I have lissen that In USA is impossible for the lie stay more than 3 month..for the visa..is it true?thank you soo much for the attention.Greetings Alberto

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  • Ocean Drive

    Definitely a must at night to see the art deco building lit up, but wow, what a tourist trap, most of the restaurants have dishes displayed, quite cheesy. And those annoying people haggling you to come into the restaurant, that just pushes me away from eating there, Why do they do that?

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Miami Beach What to Pack

  • Toiletries/Medical Supplies

    Really all you need to bring is a light travelbag or medium-sized backpack.,because the clothes you will pack to visit here will not take up alot of space. Tank tops,light summer dresses and bikinis do not take up that much room! This is all I would have taken , if it weren't for the fact I was going to Peru afterwards and I needed to bring some...

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  • Clothes

    Take whatever you need for the duration of your stay. Remember, if you're down here for shopping, you might buy the clothes you wear out while you're here. Nice sandals and some shorts are a must, if you're on a budget, bring your dress clothes with you, if not buy them here. toothpaste, toothbrush, condoms... all of the essentials Bring the good...

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  • What you need for a decadent Miami Beach...

    I took a HUGE suitcase to Miami...It was less than half full on the way over, but considerable fuller on the way back! Basically I shopped...though not as much as I wanted to. What I am trying to say is that with plenty of large shopping malls around, you may want to travel with a bigger bag than usual in case you shop a little. I tried not to be...

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Miami Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • The Wolfsonian

    If you want to include some culture in your SoBe experience, the Wolfsonian Foundation will not disappoint you. Apart from the attractive permanent collection (mainly industrial design from the early 20th century), it usually holds interesting temporal exhibitions. During my visit, for example, there was an exposition about propaganda posters...

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  • Lincoln Road

    It is located between the 17th and the 16th streets.Lincoln Road is a pedestrian street with shops and restaurant. A mall is in the West side of the street.With Ocean Drive it is the plaéce to go at night.

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  • Picking Coconuts

    There are many things in Miami Beach that you really don't see anywhere else...and watching these men picking these coconuts right here on Ocean Drive one morning was quite bizarre to say the least. There was a crowd around the group of men, one guy was up on the palm tree, the others were catching them in a net and another was putting them in...

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Miami Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Miami Ballpark - New Home of the Miami...

    In 2012 the Florida Marlins will move into their new $515 million ballpark, which was constructed on the site of Orange Bowl stadium. When the park opens, the team will change its name from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins... why would they claim to represent Florida anyway, when the Tampa Bay Rays also play here? Since the team was founded...

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  • Miccosukee!

    Miccosukee Indians, maybe better spelled Mikasuki, since the official name looks too much like Suckee Suckee, which I believe is an Asian tribe. The tribe originated in Georgia before migrating to the Carolinas, then Alabama, before ending up in Florida. They were long part of the Seminole Tribe until 1962 when they were recognized as a separate...

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  • American Airlines Arena - City of Miami

    The American Airlines Arena is home to the NBA's Miami Heat. It opened in 1999, at a cost of 213 million dollars. The arena holds over 19,000 spectators, and it has 80 luxury boxes. The arena has hosted an NBA finals series, a variety of top-tier concerts, professional wrestling, and two MTV Music Awards shows.

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Miami Beach Favorites

  • Casa Casuarina - Gianni Versace

    Miami Beach is unlike any other beach or city in the continental United States. At 11pm, an hour when many people are turning in for the night across the nation, this is the hour that restaurants, bars, and clubs are just getting started. South Beach is the most popular part of Miami Beach and the heart of all the action.In the square-mile Art Deco...

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  • Miami Beach's Old City Hall

    Miami Beach City Hall was constructed in the 1930s in the Mediterranean Revival architectural style. Located on Washington Avenue, this historic structure was renovated in 2006. The building stands nine stories tall and is part of the National Historic District. The building houses government offices and a County courtroom. The real estate...

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  • Freedom Tower - downtown Miami

    Freedom Tower was built in 1925 as memorial to Cubans that had immigrated to the US. The tower stands 255 feet above the city streets; was designed after the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain; and was originally the headquarters of The Miami News. After the newspaper sold the property in 1957, the US government used the site to process hundreds of...

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