Driving/Car, Miami Beach
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 people mover, the metro rail, and the tri rail.The train system in Miami is one of the largest systems in the world, but keep in mind the Miami metropolis is just so huge it does'nt even cover a small percentage of the city. Although security is tight with plenty of train system police there is alot of desperate people living in poverty.beggers and worse trigger happy people that want to robb you. Also ignor the weirdos who talk to themselves.I have to add the neighborhoods they pass through are down right scary to say the least. My parents where shot and killed and i will never walk again.That was the result of driving a rental car through the Miami area.please do be carful if you must visit !!!!!
I don't suggest driving on Ocean Drive at all, especially at night when the action heats up. You will be sitting in traffic forever. We walked up and down the strip and got just as much action as those in their convertibles did!
Parking on South Beach can be a bit of a pain.
Most areas after a certain hour,
are zoned for residential parking,
and if you don’t have a pass,
it is almost sure to get towed.
If that is the case,
there are basically 2
tow companies on the beach.
1) Beach Towing Services
1349 Dade Blvd.
2) Tremont Towing
1916 Bay Road
The guidelines to retrieve your car are:
1) You need to present a license, passport,
or some other sort of picture ID.
2) A valid proof of ownership
3) Title or registration of vehicle
Payments must be done in cash,
money order, cashiers check, or travelers checks.
Personal checks must follow their guidelines.
There is an ATM at the window.
This will probably total over $100.
For those of you with a temper
and plan to kick the towing companies ass
all City of Miami Beach Police Officers
are authorized to advise any person to leave
Failure to vacate the premises
after being instructed
may result in arrest for:
TRESSPASS AFTER WARNING
Florida State Statue 81009
So park it where you should,
or you are almost for sure to come
and visit the towing company.
In France many were the times,
that one could get away with
pretending not to speak the language
so to avoid a ticket.
Or in Bali,
well just hand over some cash
with a big smile,
and your problems for the day should be over.
Don’t mess with the police here.
avoid making up ridiculous stories,
and you should avoid any further problems.
don’t drink and drive here.
If you happen to have an accident,
it could wind up becoming a serious crime.
they are here to help us!
Have you ever visited somewhere and received a parking ticket that you didn't deserve? This is what happened to me at Miami Beach! I took this photo to prove my innocence!! But alas, who's going to fly back somewhere to fight a $25 ticket?! They've got you screwed - Ughhh!
In Miami Beach there are some rather complex parking signs. After this ticket I got the sense that some spaces are reserved for residents with special decals, even if there was a parking meter.
My advice is to strictly stick to the public lots. In many cases you'll pay exactly the same per hour rate and you have the added benefit of not having to run back to feed the meter!
If you're going to South Beach by car, study the parking signs closely, they can be difficult to figure out. Miami beach gives preferential treatment to local residents, donot be confused. Parking tickets are almost an industry in South Beach. Meter maids are very active. The municipal parking at $8.00 is a bargain compared to an $18 parking ticket.
If you have a car, parking is an absolute nightmare. Everywhere is metered, and you’ll be lucky to find a spot at all in the popular areas of South Beach. My advice would be only get a car if you are heading out of Miami, or if like me, you have one for the entire stay in Miami, go to one of the paying garage multi story car parks. In South Beach there is one situated on the corner of Collins Ave and 13th Street, $6 a day weekdays, $8 weekends. Our poor car lived there for two weeks!
This used to be the land of 'get a rental car, get killed'. But after a major effort by local, state and federal law enforcement, Miami is (relatively) safe again. Now, I wouldn't go and hitchike or walk Tamiami trail at night, but it is A LOT better than the early 90's were.
Dont park on any street west of Washington ave all day on the weekends and after 6pm on the week days. The corupt city of Miami Beach makes there money from towing anyone that doesnt have a parking permit on there wind shield...
Be careful! While we went to the beach, someone tried to break into our car. The good thing was that they didn't succeed. We went to the beach for 3 hours, and parked on a public parking near some big hotels, and this was on a sunday.