CRJ705 From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 53 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2731 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.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5977 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2723 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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Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1690 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2651 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.
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.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2651 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.
LongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5714 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2595 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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AA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3523 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2569 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!!)
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CRJ705 From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2561 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?
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34122 posts, RR: 70
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2547 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?
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2547 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).