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Miami

  • How do I get there?

    From planes to trains to good old fashioned buses, you can get to Miami in multiple ways. While we have our preferences, here's an overview of all your options.

    TRAIN:
    Amtrak's Silver Service lines will take you from New York City to Miami. Our train service may not be the fastest in the world, but if you have the time a train journey is a great way to see the country.

    BUS:
    Greyhound is yet another way to take your time, relax, and enjoy the scenery, most Greyhound buses are clean, safe, and equipped with wi-fi and electrical outlets.

    PLANE:
    Miami International Airport (MIA) serves over 30 million passengers each year, with nearly 40 airlines operating, from points all over the world.

    Now, whether you're staying in Downtown Miami or on Miami Beach, you have many options to get to your hotels from the airport.

    From Miami Airport to Downtown Miami:

    Shuttle Service:
    Many hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Check with your accommodation to see if they provide.

    American Shuttle (305-871-1000) is another option available on the Arrivals level near baggage claim.

    Taxi:
    The fare between MIA and Downtown Miami is approximately $24. Be sure that you bring cash with you. Some Miami cabs have a credit card reader, but the city’s whole fleet is yet to go digital, so you’ll still need paper money to pay. Some taxi options, provided by the Miami Convention and Visitor's Bureau, include:

    Yellow Cab: (305) 444-4444

    Super Taxi: (305) 888-7777

    Airport Taxi: (305) 556-6666

    Central Cab: (305) 232-8687


    From Miami Airport to Downtown Miami:

    Another nearby option is a flight into the city of Fort Lauderdale, a city about 30 miles to the north.Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) serves 23 million passengers per year on nearly 30 airlines.

    From the airport, there are four options to get you to the Port of Miami (Downtown) and South Beach: shared ride, luxury sedan, taxi, and train. Vehicle options can be obtained at the Transportation Podium outside of baggage claim on the lower level.

    Shared Ride:Operated by GO Airport Shuttle, you'll pay $21 to the Port or South Beach. The shuttle seats 10 so you'll be with others, and they accept cash or credit card. Prepare for a wait time of anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes and you should allow up to 90 minutes for travel time, especially if it's rush hour. Call 800-244-8252/ 954-561-8888 to confirm prices.

    Taxi: Cabs for up to 5 people are available from the Transportation Podium, and fees are based on a meter. It costs approximately $67 to get to the Port, and $72 to South Beach. Be sure to indicate at the dispatch station if you would like to pay by credit card so that you get a car equipped to take one, or else you'll be scrambling for cash to pay your fare.

    Train: The Tri-Rail commuter train offers a direct link to Miami's Metrorail Orange Line at Miami Airport, from which you will have to take a taxi or any of Miami's other transportation options. The Tri-Rail provides free shuttles from the FLL terminals to the station: at the west end of Terminal 1, between Terminals 2 and 3, and between Terminals 3 and 4. Visit the Tri-Rail website or call 800-874-7245 for more information.

  • What is the lay of the land?

    Miami is divided into about five major neighborhoods, each with a different vibe, but the ones a visitor will be most interested in are Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove. Miami Beach is party central – great for people watching and raging nightlife. Downtown Miami is up-and-coming as a hot area in its own right with hotels, restaurants, and clubs popping up all over. Coral Gables has upscale shopping and dining – a fine alternative to the beach parties. Coconut Grove is the artist's capital of Miami, full of boutiques and galleries.

  • How do I get around?

    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: If you are on a budget, the best option is public transportation, which is accessible and simple to use.

    The Metrobus has over 90 routes to choose from, and is the only option to offer 24-hour service on select routes. It is also the only option to get from South Beach to Downtown Miami. Even if you are planning to take a taxi home, familiarize yourself with nearby bus stops- you don't want to finds yourself wandering around Miami desperate for a cab with no back-up plan for getting home!

    The Metromover is a 4.4 mile tram that loops around Downtown Miami, connecting with both the Metrorail and Metrobus. Cars run every few minutes and stop every few blocks, and service is free.

    Most Metrobus and Metrorail trips cost $2, and the preferred method of payment is a pre-paid, re-chargable Easy Card. The Airport Flyer and other express bus services are $2.35. Shuttles are 25 cents. While buses except change, the train accepts Easy Cards only, which can be purchased at each train station. A daily pass is $5, weekly passes are $26, and a monthly pass is $100.      

    On Miami Beach, you can get around on the South Beach Local, a bus which runs every 12 to 20 minutes, stopping at popular destination throughout South Beach. You can ride the air-conditioned South Beach Local for only 25 cents per trip, and each bus is wheelchair and bicycle accessible. You can also take the South Beach local down to South Pointe Park for a view of Fisher Island and cruise ships sailing out of the Port of Miami. Hop on again and ride in comfort to any of your favorite places on Washington Avenue. 

    TAXI: Be sure to bring cash with you- while some Miami cabs do have credit card readers, the city's whole fleet has yet to go digital. Some taxi options include:    

    Yellow Cab: (305) 444-4444

    Super Taxi: (305) 888-7777

    Airport Taxi: (305) 556-6666

    Central Cab: (305) 232-8687

    WALKING: Although Miami ranks as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S, clubs and attractions are spread out, meaning you will likely have to drive, take a taxi, or utilize public transportation to travel between hotspots. Always consult a map when planning your night. Miami Beach, however, is more conducive to walking.

  • What do I need to know about money?

    While Miami is one of the most expensive cities in the U.S, its amenities and attractions make it well worth the trip. Here are a few helpful money tips to be aware of up front.

    Banks and ATMs are abundant in Miami, but check with your bank about any interest rates or fees associated with using them. Many major credit or debit cards will be accepted at most retailers, but Visa or MasterCard are the most common.

    Sales Tax: Miami's sales tax is 7% for all general sales. Bars and restaurants charge a 2% surtax on food and beverages at hotels/motels with in-house restaurants, and 1% at all bars and restaurants.

    Hotel Costs: The average hotel room price is $171 per night, but premium rooms on the beach can run well over $200 per night.

    Tipping:In the US the base hourly wage for someone in the service industry (i.e. servers, bartenders, etc) can vary by state and be minimal. Therefore, it is customary to leave a tip based on the quality of service. Cash is always preferred to credit card, so have extra small bills on hand for these purposes.

    Restaurants:It is becoming quite common now to see anywhere from 15% to 18% gratuity added to your bill at bars and restaurants so be sure to double check before leaving extra cash. If the gratuity hasn't been added, that range is a good place to start for good-but-not-great service.

    Bars: $1-$2 per drink.

    Bag Service: $1-$2 per bag for skycaps, bellhops; more if bags are heavy.

    Valet Parking: $2-$5 when picking up car.

    Hotel Housekeeping: $2-5 per night.

    Concierge Services: $5-20 if they arranged tickets, reservations, or other activities.

    Taxi Drivers: 10%-15% of total fare.

  • Do I need a Visa?

    Citizens of countries enrolled in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may enter the US for 90 days or less with a valid passport without a visa. If your country does not participate in the VWP, you will need a to obtain a visa from a US consulate or embassy in your country in addition to your passport.

    The visa process can be complicated, but Discover America, the official travel and tourism website for the US, has a simple and user-friendly explanation.

  • What is the climate like?

    Miami's climate is marked by short, dry, warm winters and stifling summers. January temperatures have an average high of 76.1°F (24.5 °C), with an average low of 59.8 °F (15.4 °C). Once the "wet" season begins in May, temperatures can climb well above 90°F. Humidity is high, but afternoon thunderstorms and sea breezes provide some relief.

    Hurricane season runs from June 1-November 30, with peak risks from August through September.

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  • What are the regular business hours?

    Most banks and branches of the Post Office are open from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, and until early afternoon on Saturdays. Many shops are open until 9 or 10pm, with restaurants serving customers until 11pm or later.

    Alcohol can be purchased 7 days a week, and many bars and nightclubs are open until 5am.

  • What's the deal with food?

    Miami cuisine is a melting pot of Latin, Caribbean, Mexican, and Souther tastes. Whether you are in the mood for BBQ, seafood, or a Cuban sandwich, Miami has you covered.

  • What is the nightlife scene like?

    Miami is a party city- from dive bars that blast rock to trendy lounges, and red-roped nightclubs, a few nights in Miami can feel like a trip around the globe.

  • What are some laws I should be aware of?

    Alcohol:The legal drinking age is 21, but you can enter a bar or nightclub if you are 18. Miami does not allow open containers on the streets, and you cannot bring bottles onto the beaches.

    Smoking: Florida has a public smoking ban that affects restaurants and other "enclosed workplaces," but you can usually smoke in bars and clubs. Some hotels have smoking rooms available, so check when you make your reservations.

    Marijuana: While there had been some movement to de-criminalize marijuana, it hasn't happened yet. Keep the weed at home.

    Driving: In Florida you may drive as of 16, but they have a graduated system for those under 18, as well as strict curfews from 11pm until 5am for those under 18.

  • What's the culture shock factor?

    Like many major U.S cities, Miami is a cross-section of many different cultures- particularly Latin and Caribbean- nationalities, and ways of life. Don't be surprised if you see bikinis left and right, day and night. It's hot, and the people are beautiful. If you don't want to stand out, refrain from the traditional jeans-sneakers-tee outfit of so many tourists. Wear cute and fabulous sandals to make your feet look good.

  • Anything else I need to know?

    A pocket-size Spanish language dictionary will come in handy, and don't forget your sunscreen. Prepare for the air conditioning to be cranked up to the max in restaurants and shops, so keep an extra layer on you at all times. Guys, don't bother with a coat and tie for dinner – no one else does. Ladies, skip the pantyhose.

  • Directory

    BEAUTY:

    Cabellos Beauty Salon
    125 SE 1st Avenue
    Miami, FL 33131
    (305) 379-1001
    www.cabellosabeautysalon.com

    SoFi Salon and Spa
    300 Alton Road
    Suite 100
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (786) 497-1271
    www.sofispa.com


    CABS:
    Yellow Cab: (305) 444-4444
    Super Taxi: (305) 888-7777
    Airport Taxi: (305) 556-6666
    Central Cab: (305) 232-8687


    DRY CLEANERS:
    Sudsies Dry Cleaners
    Sudsies Dry Cleaners
    6786 Collins Ave
    Miami Beach, FL 33141
    (305) 864-3279
    www.sudsies.com

    Klinit Cleaners
    90 SW 3rd Street
    Miami, FL 33130
    (305) 514-0263
    www.klinitcleaners.com


    EMERGENCIES:
    South Miami Hospital
    South Miami Hospital
    6200 SW 73rd Street
    Miami, FL 33143-9990
    (786) 662–4000
    www.baptisthealth.net

    University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital
    1611 NW 12th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33136-1094
    (305) 585–1111
    www.um-jmh.org


    GYMS:
    Crunch Gym
    Crunch Gym
    1676 Alton Road
    Miami, FL 33139
    (305) 531-4743
    www.crunch.com

    David Barton Gym
    Gansevoort South
    2323 Collins Avenue
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (305) 534-1660
    www.davidbartongym.com


    ORGANIC:
    Whole Foods Market
    1020 Alton Road
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (302) 938-2800
    www.wholefoodsmarket.com

    Vita-Life Natural Food and Vitamin Store
    744 6th Street
    Miami Beach, FL 33109
    (305) 672-5785


    PHARMACIES:
    Mortar and Pestle The Boutique Pharmacy
    Mary Brickell Village
    900 S Miami Avenue, Suite 143
    Miami, FL 33101
    (305) 373-9100

    CVS
    150 Southeast 3rd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33131
    (305) 374-1140
    www.cvs.com

    CVS
    227 Southwest 8th Street
    Miami, FL 33130
    (305) 858-5115
    www.cvs.com


    POST OFFICES:
    500 Northwest 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33101
    www.usps.com

    200 South Biscayne Boulevard #600A
    Miami, FL 33131
    (305) 374-0319
    www.usps.com

    1300 Washington Avenue
    Miami Beach, FL 33119
    (305) 672-2447
    www.usps.com


    PRESS:
    The Miami Herald
    www.miamiherald.com

    Argentina Hoy
    www.argentina-hoy.com

    Cooljunkie
    www.cooljunkie.com

    South Beach Tribe
    www.southbeach.tribe.net


    POST OFFICES:
    500 Northwest 2nd Avenue

    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:


    TATTOOS:
    Ocho Placas Tattos
    6240 SW 8th Street
    Miami, FL 33144
    (305) 264-0888
    www.ochoplacastattoo.com


    Miami Ink- Love Hate Tattoos
    1360 Washington Avenue
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (305) 531-4556
    www.lovehatetattoos.com


    TOURIST INFORMATION:
    Greater Miami Visitors Bureau
    701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700
    Miami, FL 33131
    (305-539-3000) / (800-933-8448)
    www.miamiandbeaches.com