B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10 Posted (1 year 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 1172 times:
In the coming week I will be in Miami for a couple of days. The weather forecast looks promising, so will spend some time at the beach. Besides that, what else should I do/see in Miami? How about food? I am sure it must be great in Miami. Any tips of good resturants in the area? I will be staying in South Beach which is, as far as I know the area to stay in.
Geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 1153 times:
South Beach............ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.!! Yeah, it's the "place" alright ! (If you happen to rent a car, DO NOT park it illegally!) Or you may end up on national TV ! There is a VERY popular TV show on (what else,TV ! ) It's called (I think) "South Beach Tow" (or something like that); this Latino fellow owns a towing company, and he has these HUGE fellows driving his tow trucks all around South Beach, looking for illegally parked vehicles; apparently, there are MANY illegally parked vehicles there, because this show has been on for quite some time now, and it's still as hilarious now as it was when it first started ! Some of these guys who illegally park their cars on South Beach get pretty "pissed off" when these HUGE guys hook up their cars, and tow them away; some even want to fight ! (But they NEVER win !) Cause these "South Park Tow" guys are really TOUGH ! (And they NEVER lose!)
BTW........be SURE to bring your camera; not an expensive one, but one with a decent lens; there are MANY, MANY absolutely FABULOUS "things" to take pictures of in South Beach; (and not all of them are on the beach, either); many are just "walking down the street" in South Beach ! ( You will for sure see what see what I mean when you get to South Beach!) You should have MANY great pictures to show back in Sweden, and I'm sure your Swedish friends will love them; my "recommendation" is, take most of them from the "rear".............(but a few from the "front" as well); and by all means, be SURE to let us all know how your friends back home like your pictures from South Beach !
Good luck, and have fun in South Beach !
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 1145 times:
Quite apart from gawping at strangers' buttocks, as previously suggested, you could also use your camera to capture views of the unique ensemble of Art Deco beachfront hotels. The beach, the palm trees and those buildings just look great together and happily, you get to walk past quite a few of them.
If you have time, you could go to Key West for one night. There are plenty of reasons why Truman and Hemingway escaped to the island. If you do that, find a place on the western side of the island, the eastern half is just resorts. Alternatively, you could drive up the coast and visit the hallowed grounds of the Kennedy Space Center.
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cmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
Quoting Geezer (Reply 1): (If you happen to rent a car, DO NOT park it illegally!) Or you may end up on national TV
Ha ha ha, this is like all those emails you get so worked up about, a selective version of reality presented as the writer see fit . You do not see a single actual event on that show, they are all re-enactments.
Plenty of things to do here in Miami but the only "must do" is seeing Miami Beach and you have it covered. What else you do is up to what you're interested in.
To a lot of people a Miami trip is the beach, restaurants and clubs. Many come here to go fishing or play golf. If you want museums my favorite is the Art Deco Walking Tour that gives you an interesting view of the South Beach art deco district.
As to food. You should get some Cuban food and you must try cafecito. It is an caffeine and suger injection making sure you stay awake for a couple of hours. Apart from that we have plenty of great restaurants but the nicest are very expensive and most of them are more about ambiance than food. Avoid the restaurants on Ocean drive and Lincoln Road but after that be open to try things. Many hotels have great restaurants The Restaurant at Setai is great but will set you back a fortune. Essencia at the Palms is better priced great experience. La Cote at Fontainebleau is fun on weekends. Big Pink is a fun experience for their big menu.
You should make a stop at Club Deuce, the best dive bar in Miami where happy hour starts at 8 in the morning and continues to 7 in the evening. Though 7 really is 6:48 as their clock is 12 minutes ahead. If Kenny is bar tending tell him that the answer is 42 and you will see him curse about me.
Only rent a car if you plan to do things outside the beach. Here you use deco bike, taxi or walk.
cybergus From Venezuela, joined Mar 2006, 509 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 1108 times:
First of all welcome to our city bud. As long as what Miami respect...yes South Beach is what you see in the TV but is not all what this city has to offer. In fact I would say that the touristic sight of SoBe can be tackled in one or two days at most.
Quoting B747forever (Thread starter): Besides that, what else should I do/see in Miami? How about food? I am sure it must be great in Miami. Any tips of good resturants in the area?
Now saying that is important to know if you will have a car rented or not....cuz if there is something here that sux and big time is the public transportation. If the car is your option then I would suggest you the Design District which is full of good restaurants and art galleries, The Vizcaya Museum is also something u might wanna take a look at, Little Havana and Calle 8 restaurants and cultural environmen (Be careful with this one tho), The Everglades is also a good afternoon option, Coral Gables and The Grove if u wanna take a nice walk and have also some good food and of course you have plenty of shopping malls if u plan to buy some stuff. There are more places but the list will be infinite lol.
Restaurants and where to eat I can give you a specific detailed list but it all depends on the budget...eating in this town can be amazing but it can also hurt ur pocket.
B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
Quoting Geezer (Reply 1): You should have MANY great pictures to show back in Sweden, and I'm sure your Swedish friends will love them; my "recommendation" is, take most of them from the "rear".............(but a few from the "front" as well); and by all means, be SURE to let us all know how your friends back home like your pictures from South Beach !
I actually live in Los Angeles, but I see what you mean.
Quoting Geezer (Reply 1): Good luck, and have fun in South Beach !
Quoting aloges (Reply 2): If you have time, you could go to Key West for one night. There are plenty of reasons why Truman and Hemingway escaped to the island. If you do that, find a place on the western side of the island, the eastern half is just resorts. Alternatively, you could drive up the coast and visit the hallowed grounds of the Kennedy Space Center.
It will be quite a short visit so will not have time to do some of those longer excursions.
Quoting cmf (Reply 3): To a lot of people a Miami trip is the beach, restaurants and clubs.
Haha, that is great. Love it!
Quoting cmf (Reply 3): If you want museums my favorite is the Art Deco Walking Tour that gives you an interesting view of the South Beach art deco district.
Will probably be things in those lines, the beach, clubs and food. I will probably do the Art Deco too.
Quoting cmf (Reply 3): void the restaurants on Ocean drive and Lincoln Road but after that be open to try things.
Any reason for avoiding restaurants on those streets?
Quoting cmf (Reply 3): If Kenny is bar tending tell him that the answer is 42 and you will see him curse about me.
Might be risky to say something without knowing the story behind it and what it means
Quoting cybergus (Reply 4): First of all welcome to our city bud. As long as what Miami respect...yes South Beach is what you see in the TV but is not all what this city has to offer. In fact I would say that the touristic sight of SoBe can be tackled in one or two days at most.
I will only have three full days in Miami, which is quite a short visit for such a city. But, nevertheless it is always a reason to make another visit
Quoting cybergus (Reply 4): Now saying that is important to know if you will have a car rented or not....cuz if there is something here that sux and big time is the public transportation.
Unfortunately I will not have a car so will have to do with whatever kind public transportation there is.
Quoting avek00 (Reply 5): When in Miami, the question is never WHAT you should do, but rather WHO you should do.
With few exemptions they are over priced mediocre food living on loads of people walking by. A scaring number of them balance on being closed by health inspectors. What you can and I think should do is have a few beers on Lincoln. As great people watching as you will ever find.
Quoting B747forever (Reply 6): Might be risky to say something without knowing the story behind it and what it means
Kenny is the nicest person you can find delivered in a rough package. So he likes to scuff people for not using the coasters. He will scream to people opening the blinds to look out, and so on. After one of those times, just as he was walking back and passing where I sat at the bar he was muttering to himself - what is the answer.
So knowing my Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and knowing Kenny does too, I said - the answer is 42.
Quoting B747forever (Reply 6): Unfortunately I will not have a car so will have to do with whatever kind public transportation there is.
Wynwood and and the Design district is well within a taxi ride. If you're here the second Saturday of the month the Wynwood art walk is a highly recommended event, even if you're not interested in art.
Quoting aloges (Reply 7): Could you give us a short review of it if you can indeed squeeze it into your schedule? I'm thinking I may have missed some things when I was there a while ago, so I'd appreciate the inspiration
I have taken it three times in the last two years. Basically it is a walking tour of the Art Deco district with stops at various buildings where they tell you about Art Deco elements but more interestingly about the builders, owners and events that happened there. They have as good guides as I have found anywhere. They really know how to make it interesting. The buildings included change each time depending on what is going on. You will walk in to many buildings and often get to see areas you would need to pay a fortune to access otherwise.
kaneporta1 From Greece, joined May 2005, 745 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 997 times:
Went to South Beach in June, also for three days. Here are some observations:
The town itself is beautiful, I really liked the whole art-deco vibe.
Public transportation is great! Don't know about Miami, but in South Beach there are frequent (and really cheap) buses that can get you everywhere.
The beach is amazing, nice sand and warm water. Just look out for the flags at the lifeguard towers, especially look out for the purple flag.
The restaurants were ok. Nothing to write home about. The clubs in my opinion should be avoided. Crappy music and way too pretentious people.
I don't know where people in this thread saw the beautiful women but in 3 days there, all I saw was short chubby women. And they all were able to score the ripped frat boys who flogged to SoBe hoping to find the supermodels they show in movies but don't really exist...
In all, unless you're there to score a hot girl and enjoy the bar and club scene, you'll have a great time. I'd go back there in a heartbeat.
I'd rather die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not terrified and screaming, like his passengers
ImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 938 times:
Well for good delicatessen there is Jerry's on South Beach in the 1400 block of Collins Ave. and the New York Bagel Deli up in the 6500 block of Collins Ave. Nothing like a good hot Pastrami sandwich on fresh Jewish Rye slathered with brown mustard. Served with potato salad and fresh pickle spears.
Lots of great cloths shopping. Love all the little boutiques. Great for beach clothing and the upcoming summer season. Lots of casual wear you can't find anywhere else. Sometimes the renovated hotels on South Beach have kool stuff and theres always Bal Harbour----drive north on Collins until you pass Surfside Park, once you cross 96th street the mall is on your left.
Absolutely MUST go to the old Pan Am Seaplane terminal over at Dinner Key in Coconut Grove!
It is now Miami's "City Hall" yet it has been kept in all it's glory. Go wander around inside and out the architecture is fab!
As you face the front of the terminal, the next property over to your left is where the maintenance base used to be and the hanger. Be sure you go during regular business hours or it will be closed up.Be sure to wander Coconut Grove while you are over there. Some fabulous places to dine and clothes shop and lots of little hole-in-the-wall art galleries.
Best hotel is the Hilton at Blue Lagoon. Request Rooms 920 or 820, 817,917 or even 1020 which is (or used to be a ) suite.
Not sure which of those is King or Double but any of them will have fantastic views from the balcony overlooking the airport and most of the departing traffic! Be sure to dine at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant right beside the south runway on NW 57th Ave. Be sure you get there while there is sill good daylight left and request a window seat! Also a good place for lunch used to be the Mistique (really kool artifacts from Eastern and Pan Am. You can spend an hour just looking over all the kool stuff!) at 7250 NW 11th St. not far from Eldorado Furniture (who has a great view of the runway activity from their parking lot.) Then ride over to 36th street and be sure to duck into the Pan Am "store" at the Flight Academy, 5000 NW 36th Street. There used to be a good place to park and spot over in the back of the airport----I'm sure there are people on this forum who can tell you exactly how to get to it. There were holes cut in the fence for photographers.
Hope you have a great time!
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7253 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 925 times:
Well if you want to check out the city easily and if you won't have a car there is a stop and get on tour tourist bus. Double decker buses which you can hop on and off at different spots of the city and you will see all the main sites.
In Miami Beach there is plenty. I would say the food on Lincon Road and Ocean Drive is not great but I would certainly at least get some drinks or desert there and just sit around and people watch. Most of the stores and all the restaurants are open past 12am on Lincoln road some are 24hrs. I don't think the ocean drive places even close. The only place I ever eat on Lincoln road is Nextt Cafe or brunch at Van Dyke Cafe is good. I don't think I have ever eaten at any place on Ocean Drive.
Of course the beach will be great. If you want to spend some money two of the best places in town to eat are Prime 112 or Joes Stone Crabs. Depending on when you are here joes may be closed as it is seasonal yet still one of the top 3 grossing resturants in the country.
Another spot to check out is Espanola way. The best Italian food in Miami is there at Hostria Romana. It is real Italian food made and served by Italians themselves. It's a very interesting little area too made in the 1920s to resemble old streets in Europe.
If the Miami Heat have a game I would reccomend seeing them you can sometimes find some decent priced tickets online.
Not having a car would make it hard but I would highly reccomend half a day or more in the Florida Everglades. It's really an awesome place. Also again not easy without a car but there might be buses/shuttles to both a Snorkling trip in Biscayne Natioanl Park in the coral reefs are pretty cool. I also second Vizcaya that is a must see.
If you like ultra tourist stuff Bayside in downtown Miami would be a stop for a hour and if you enjoy skylines and picture taking downtown Miami is a good place to hang out on a weekday and ride the free peoplemover transit system. You get awesome views of downtown and great pictures. Just ride the whole thing. Right by downtown is the Brickell neighborhood and it has its own nightlife district which is much more local and not as pretentious as south beach with more bars. Same goes for coconut grove more bars than clubs.
Also on the weekends there is a lot going on in the design district/wynnwood area. If you like art galleries you will like it there. Right now there is some $500 million dollar collection in town over there. But lots of local artist showcase there stuff Friday nights.
bcal dc10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 723 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 914 times:
Few observations from another local....
Restaurants - my current favourite is Katsuya in the SLS hotel on 17th & Collins - amazing food.
I also like Cecconi's in the Soho Beach House members club - I'm a member but you can eat in the restaurant downstairs without being a member.
If you like tapas style, Barceloneta is really good too. As mentioned, the best steak is at Prime 112. Prime Italian across the street has pretty much the same menu for slightly better prices. Joe's is open at the moment I believe (currently out of town in London for a few months).
If you like a table with a view, head to Juvia on Lincoln Road - its on the roof of the Suntrust building and has great views of the island.
If money no object, head to Milo's - my fav indulgence in South Beach. Be prepared for a big check though.
For lunch, I like the Icebox Cafe on 16th & Michigan, just north of Lincoln Rd. Great salads and cakes!! Also Balan's on Lincoln Rd is pretty good, but being from London, I'm kinda loyal to it.
Drinks - again, Juvia is good for a pre dinner cocktail if you aren't eating there.
I really like Smith & Wollensky in South Pointe Park - sunset cocktails by the Miami River - ace on sunday for watching the cruise ships leaving, and take a walk along the water through the park up to the beach.
Espanola Way is quite cute for having a glass of vino and watching the world go by.
And if you are of a certain persuasion, you can't beat the drag shows at the Palace on Ocean Drive (12th St) - most of my straight friends go too - especially a sunday afternoon it can be really busy.
If you want to get about the island, Deco Bikes is the hop on hop off bike rental service (Look up online) and they have bike stations all over the island. Quite good for getting about if you don't have your own wheels.
I've never done it but I guess the tour bus is quite good for seeing stuff and getting on n off.
Ok that'll do - any questions just ask. Have a good stay!
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7253 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 895 times:
I have to second south point park in Miami Beach around 4:30pm or so it's a nice park and if you go there on a sunday or Saturday late afternoon you can see the massive cruise ships leave the port of Miami.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 818 times:
I am currently in ATL waiting for my connecting flight to MIA, after a comfortable flight on the 77L from LAX.
Want to thank you all for the ideas of what to do in Miami. Was really helpful when I planned the final details of my trip last night.
Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 11): Be sure to dine at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant right beside the south runway on NW 57th Ave. Be sure you get there while there is sill good daylight left and request a window seat!
Just booked a reservation for Friday! Would have never known about that restaurant otherwise. Thanks!