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User currently offlineCRJ705 From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 53 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 2292 times:

Hi. I am in a dilemma with regards to what I can do for five hours in Miami in May. I want to go to the beach for a swim, but I do not have a car and I am not sure if I can make it back for my outbound flight to New York in five hours and squeeze in a decent swim. Is five hours enough to get from MIA to a beach and back, or am I better off doing something that is close to the airport like photography. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Regards
CRJ705

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User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5401 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

If you just want to hire a taxi, say "Take me to the nearest beach", change in the taxi, swim for a while, and then reverse the process, five hours is enough time. The public beach nearest the airport is probably one on Collins Avenue from something like 21st to 23rd Streets.

It doesn't sound like a lot of fun, though.



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User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2220 times:
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I spent 5 hours in MIA on Monday for a layover.

The airport is a terrible place to hang out -- one of of the worst.
But I had work to do, so I didn't venture out.

It's not THAT far to the beach, but be careful of traffic depending on time of day.


User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1645 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

If you were going to FLL it would be easy as hell, but from MIA it would be one tight trip. Figuring you have no baggage just a carry on.

15-20mins to get from your gate to the taxi stand.
0-15mins waiting in the Cab line.
25-50mins to get to the Collins Ave Beach.
5-10 mins to change and get to the water.

Then
10mins to Shower and change.
10-30mins to wait for the Cab you called. (You'll never hail one)
30-60mins to get to MIA as it's now likely rush hour.
Plus checking in 1 hour before the flight. (Might be a bit short for a Intl)

So that gives you in the region of 2:25 minutes on the long side and 45 minutes on the short side.

With FLL you'd likely have in the region of 3 hours at the water.



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User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2088 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

There's a historical public pool in Coral Gables about 10mins away that is very nice. Take a look at their website venetianpool.com. It's close, picturesque, and will satisfy your need for a swim/sun. If you must have a beach though, I think the closest one is in Sobe; you'll have to hire a cab but it's certainly doable.

[Edited 2006-02-22 15:48:40]

User currently offline777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

I would head to the Bacardi place in the second floor, might be better than stuck in traffic in the 836.  crazy 

Good luck any way.



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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4923 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

Or ... go to the hotel that is a part of the MIA complex. For a fee, they will give you access to their gym, gym facilities, and their outdoor pool. I have done it a few times. When laying in the sun, drinking beer, the smell of jet fuel is only icing on the cake!


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User currently offlineAA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2130 times:

I've spent 6 hours in MIA and it's not a nice thing to do. The last time, I went through MIA on my way to LHR I headed to the Mall. I can't remember which one the cab driver took me to, could it have been Aventura? spent over three hours and came back- no bags to check no nothing, and walked straight up to the lounge and boarded within minutes in the first group (AA Gold- at the time!!)

AA1818



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User currently offlineCRJ705 From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

Thank you for your responses. I think I will go ahead with my plans to go swim because I have not been to a beach for years, and I am looking forward to this. By the way, is the weather in Miami in May typically nice?

Regards
CRJ705


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Quoting Dartland (Reply 2):
I spent 5 hours in MIA on Monday for a layover.

The airport is a terrible place to hang out -- one of of the worst.
But I had work to do, so I didn't venture out.

It's not THAT far to the beach, but be careful of traffic depending on time of day.

Agree 110%, though I would do anything to get out of the MIA airport at any cost.



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32691 posts, RR: 72
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Quoting Dartland (Reply 2):
The airport is a terrible place to hang out -- one of of the worst.
But I had work to do, so I didn't venture out.

ON the contrary...MIA is one of the best airports to hang out at, IMO, especially if you enjoy people watching. The airport also opened/is opening up a variety of new retail stores, including a Border's, this year.

Quoting CRJ705 (Reply 8):
By the way, is the weather in Miami in May typically nice?

Yes, it is.



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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

For what it's worth, there is also a good Cuban restaurant in the airport, by the American Airlines check-in area just before security. It's counter service only, like a cafeteria, but much tastier and more interesting than your typical airport food. I recommend the ropa vieja (shredded beef) with a side of maduros (sweet plantains).


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