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Miami And NYC In December  
User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1453 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Hi everyone,

I have finally made my holiday plans for December. Let me first share the itinerary with you..

Flights:

CDG-EWR-MIA on CO 777 and 738
FLL-EWR on CO 757
EWR-CDG on CO 777

Hotels: Miami: Hotel Viktor on South Beach (19-26 December)
New York (actually NJ): Hyatt Regency on the Hudson (26-29 December)

Car Rental: from BUDGET in Miami, Ford Escape AWD

I have never been to NY and I was in Miami about 7 years ago. I would love to hear your suggestions on what to do, where to go and where to eat etc... Attractions, shows, sights I shouldn't miss ?

I guess it will be pretty cold in NYC but will it be nice and sunny in MIA? My research suggests it will be between 24 and 28 C but I would also like to hear first hand experiences particularly from residents of Florida.

Thanks a lot for all the help

P.S: Although this is Non-Aviation, you are also welcome to put your thoughts on the airports and flights as well  Wink

Cheers


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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7271 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Miami is a fantastic place in the winter. Great weather. The State of Florida needs some rain but we dont expect to get any soon as the winter is the dry season. Temperatures should be great. It could get a little bit cold but cold to some one from Miami is fall weather to most people. The water should be a nice temp too since Miami is on the Gulfstream.

Hotel Victor is a very nice hotel. Great choice and great locating! You wont need a car to do anything on Miami Beach with that location. At night Miami Beach is where you want to be. Nice place to have dinner is Lincoln road which starts at 17th and Washington Ave. Decent restaurants, stores and great people watching. Also Ocean Drive will have some nice restaurants too. Miami Beach is a nice place to relax in the afternoon and party at night. You can tell just by the traffic patterns, in the day its steady amount of traffic. But from 00:00-03:30 its bumper to bumper traffic on the main roads. Lots of clubs and bars to go too in the area.
As for other sites to see. Downtown Miami is interesting place to stop in for 2 hours or so. You where in Miami 7 years ago you wont recognize the city any more. Its going through the 2nd largest building boom in the world after Dubai and visting Downtown you will be able to see that. Coral Gables is a nice area, and are some nice stores to go to there if you want to go shopping.
Coconut Grove area at night is nice. Its a college type atmosphere with alot more bars than clubs, very laided back unlike South Beach. Downtown Miami also has a nice warehouse night club area, not many tourist visit this area and most tourist that stop by think its to dangerous of an area which is really is not.
Viscaya mansion is a nice place to see for a hour or two in the day time. Also there is Everglades National Park the most diverse eco-system in the world. There is Biscayne National Park a large Coral Reef if you like snorkeling. Metro Zoo one of the larger zoo's in the country. Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island, also Jungle Island is on Watson Island a great spot to see the largest passenger ships in the world leave the Port of Miami. Biscayne Market Place in Downtown. You could always try to catch a Miami Heat game if they are playing while you are in town.
Miami is a great place, weather should be nice, it will be crowded, expect alot of traffic and very rude drivers and drivers who dont know how to drive at all along with ALOT of street construction. But people really dont know how to drive in this city there will be people going 50mph in the left lane and 85mph in the right lane, its a mixed of many different driving types so just drive carefully. Try to avoid US1 (Biscayne Blvd) between NE65st-96st. Only one lane each way and one of the lanes is an old sidewalk. I am saying this because this road is one of the main roads in the city. In the none tourist areas just use common sense and you should be fine, Miami does has its bad areas with high crime rates but there is no reason for tourist to be going in those areas. If you find yourself lost go east. East will always land you into a nicer area of town no matter what part of the city you are in.
New York is also a great place, but you are going in December which is nice time but it might be a bit cold.
So have fun and be prepared to have fun at night and relax during the day in Miami.
Any other questions feel free to post or e-mail me.  Smile



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

The Hyatt Regency is a nice hotel and you can take the PATH train just outside and be at the World Trade Center station in 5 minutes. The rooms have beautiful views of NY Harbor so make sure you get a south facing room.

There's tons of stuff to do in NYC, but just being in the City and enjoying the street buzz is what it's all about. .. NYC is a state of mind! Tell us what you like to do and we can plan you a killer itenerary.

Cheers!


User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1453 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Great suggestions about Miami... Thanks a lot...

In New York, I would of course like to see the famous attractions first but I think I would also like to see a Broadway show... Any very good shows nowadays?

Apart from the general clubbing zone, I would also appreciate to know the men-only clubbing too  Smile What are some of the hot spots in MIA and NYC?

And which city is better for shopping? Not only in terms of variety but also price  Wink



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

My Wife and I had our Wedding rehearsal dinner at the Hyatt in Jersey City, it was at the Vu restaurant. We had a huge long table right on top of the river with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, if you can splurge try the view from Vu one night. The food is great and the view is unbeatable, as mentioned the transportation options are right outside your door with the PATH, Ferries, Light Rail etc..

Vu restaurant at Hyatt;

http://jerseycity.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/index.jsp

With regards to Miami the weather will most likely be great, however keep in mind it's possible it could get really cold. I spent a Christmas Vacation in Miami where the whole week the temperatures never got out of the 40s (Fahrenheit) during the day.



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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7271 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1575 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 4):
I spent a Christmas Vacation in Miami where the whole week the temperatures never got out of the 40s (Fahrenheit) during the day.

As it can get cold in Miami, mourning and at night into the 40s and sometimes in the high 30s I live in Miami all my life and have never experienced a day where the temperature did not go above 49F in the day time. That would be a very rare thing, at least in the coastal areas. Average high in Dec is 77/25 and low 61/16. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city of Miami was 30F around -1c. So it could get cold but for Miami Beach to be in the 40s during the day is something I have never seen or heard on except for the few occasions of horrible cold spells the state as experienced in the past.



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

From Weather.com:

Average highs for Miami:

19: 74
20: 74
21: 74
22: 74
23: 74
24: 74
25: 74
26: 74



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 5):
So it could get cold but for Miami Beach to be in the 40s during the day is something I have never seen or heard on except for the few occasions of horrible cold spells the state as experienced in the past.

I was staying at the Harbor Beach Marriott Christmas Week 1989, never got out of the 40's. I was 14 years old and after leaving freezing NJ for what I hoped would be warm Sunny Weather in South Florida, was terribly disappointed I could not even go swimming. We left LGA during a blizzard on a Eastern L-1011, we flew home MIA-EWR on a Eastern 757-200 a couple days early because it was so cold.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mfl/newpage/dade_events.html

Quote:
10. Christmas Day Freeze; December 25, 1989
Electrical brown-outs and severe agricultural damage; 3 hypothermia deaths



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7271 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
I was staying at the Harbor Beach Marriott Christmas Week 1989, never got out of the 40's

This is the type of thing that happens once every 25-30 years. But of course yes there is always the possibility of something dramatic like this happening. I would have been 4 months old when this happened so obviously I dont remember it. Nice link though interesting stuff.



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

I guess that 1989 Christmas freeze was the one I remember from being in Clearwater and having the power out for a few hours every few hours for a couple of days...they took turns shutting off parts of the area so nobody would be totally without for too long...it was one COLD holiday!

But I also remember the time it SNOWED there also, back in 1977, I believe...ok, so it was only about 1/2-3/4 inch, but it was SO unusual!



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