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Miami, Florida, USA

Miami is a major city in the south-eastern United States and the second most populous city in Florida. The Miami metropolitan area is the largest in the state with an estimated population of over 5.4 million (2007), which makes it the 7th most populous metro area in the United States. Due to being sandwiched in by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades to the west, the Miami metropolitan area is a lengthy 110 mi(180 km) north to south, but never more than 20 mi (32 km) east to west. Miami is 20 miles from Fort Lauderdale, 106 miles from Naples (Florida) and 156 miles from Key West.​

Tourists generally consider Miami Beach to be part... Read more

Miami, Florida, USA

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Miami is a major city in the south-eastern United States and the second most populous city in Florida. The Miami metropolitan area is the largest in the state with an estimated population of over 5.4 million (2007), which makes it the 7th most populous metro area in the United States. Due to being sandwiched in by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades to the west, the Miami metropolitan area is a lengthy 110 mi(180 km) north to south, but never more than 20 mi (32 km) east to west. Miami is 20 miles from Fort Lauderdale, 106 miles from Naples (Florida) and 156 miles from Key West.​

Tourists generally consider Miami Beach to be part of Miami, it is in actuality its own municipality. Located on a barrier island east of Miami and Biscayne Bay, it is home to a large number of beach resorts and is one of the most popular spring break party destinations in the world.

Although Miami is the second most populous city in Florida, the Miami metropolitan area is the largest in the state with an estimated population of over 5.4 million (2007), which makes it the 7th most populous metro area in the United States. Due to being sandwiched in by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades wetland area to the west, the Miami metropolitan area is a lengthy 110 miles (180km) north to south, but never more than 20 miles (32km) east to west.

History


Flagler’s railroad sparked a wave of expansion in areas such as Miami Beach, Homestead and Cutler. Soon after the railroad was built, the Overseas Highway was created. This highway connected the Florida Keys to the mainland. Growth and progress in Miami continued through World War I as well as into the mid-1920s.

A devastating hurricane in 1926 halted Miami’s growth and temporarily put the city, as well as Miami Beach, in a recession. It was the city’s support of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal that helped the city rebuild. Roosevelt almost lost his life, however, when Giuseppe Zangara attempted to assassinate Roosevelt when he came to Miami to thank the city for its support of the New Deal.

When a German U-boat sank a US tanker off Florida’s coast, the majority of South Florida was converted into military headquarters for the remainder of World War II. The Army’s WWII legacy in Miami is a school designed for Anti U-boat warfare.

  • Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1920 Meridian Ave, Open M-F, 09:00-18:00, Sa-Su 10:00-16:00.
  • Greater Miami and the Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 27th floor of 701 Brickell Ave, ☎ + 1 305 539-3000 – Open M-F 08:30-17:00.
  • Miami Info Tours (Visitor Center & Travel Agency), 2401 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL ☎ + 1-305-894-6409 - Open M-F 9:30AM-6:00PM

 

Miami, Florida, USA: Port Information


The Port of Miami is a number one port in the world. It also called the Cruise Capital of the World.
At the terminal, you can find everything you need: lounge zones, duty-free shopping, information service, limo service, etc. 
There are seven comfortable cruise terminals. Taxis and car rentals are available at every terminal.

From the Miami International Airport to the harbor you can get by taxi or by shuttle bus (SuperShattle). Uber is also available, and it might be the cheapest way to get to the port. 

 

Get around Miami, Florida, USA


By public transit

Miami's public transit system is the most diverse and extensive of any locality in Florida. If travel time is not a priority, it is possible to travel to all commercial areas and major attractions within Miami without a car. A map of transit run by Miami-Dade is available at.

Miami's bus system covers the entire county and connects to bus lines serving Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Despite recent improvements, sometimes buses still have a hard time remaining on schedule. Most routes run about once every 20 minutes, while the most popular routes may run every 5-10 minutes, sometimes with service all night long. One useful route is the S, which connects downtown Miami to all of Miami Beach, terminating at Avenutra Mall in north Miami-Dade.

The Metrorail is an elevated rail system serving Miami and surrounding cities, running 22.4 mi with 23 stations on two lines (green and orange). It connects many areas of tourist interest, including downtown Miami, Miami International Airport (Orange line only), Dadeland Mall, Vizcaya Museum and GardensLowe Art Museum, Miami Museum of Science, Village at Merrick Park and many other nearby shopping areas.

Coconut Grove and downtown Coral Gables can be reached via short shuttle bus from various stations. The two Metrorail lines share common tracks through the core, before splitting near the airport. Metrorail operates between roughly 5AM and midnight, with a bus serving all Metrorail stations operating in the overnight hours, effectively providing 24-hour service.

Downtown Miami

is served by a free elevated people mover system known as Metromover, which connects to Metrorail at two stations: Government Center in the central business district, and Brickell Station in Brickell. Metromover is free of charge and is the most efficient way to move around Downtown Miami. It is a great way to take a rest when walking around downtown, and a great time to take pictures of the skyscrapers and growing Miami skyline from above.

Tri-Rail is a commuter rail system linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. There are a total of 18 stations in and between those cities. Tri-Rail offers frequent trains (at least one per an hour) on weekdays, and less frequent trains on weekends. Check the website or call +1-800-tri-rail for stop and schedule information. There are employer discount programs on the website as well as fares.

By taxi

Taxis are generally expensive. Almost all local cab companies have fixed rates for travel to Miami Beach and other beach and nightclub communities popular with tourists. For example, South Beach may be the most expensive, while a residential neighborhood in Miami Beach may be the cheapest. The charge is the same regardless of pick-up location on the mainland. All taxis are fitted with maps of the barrier islands which state the cost per location. The same applies for passengers leaving the islands onto the mainland, though normal rates apply for travel within the islands or within the mainland.

Service is available throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties regardless of pick-up location. The normal service charges apply for these four counties, but it is wise to ask for a pre-determined price beforehand if leaving the county, as this will usually be cheaper and most drivers are willing to negotiate when leaving the county. If you wish to be taken to a location outside of those four counties, you must negotiate a price and advise the cab company first. Drivers may refuse to drive outside of the metropolitan area if they are not advised to do so beforehand.

Usually you will have to call a cab company and request a pick-up. For safety and legal reasons, taxis operated by the major companies are not normally allowed to pick up passengers at random locations except at MIA, the Port of Miami, and train stations. Some individual taxi drivers will not follow this rule, however, so you can try hailing a taxi in the street. A significant and notable exception to this rule is the South Beach section of Miami Beach. For all intents and purposes, taxis can be flagged from the street on the island like one would in New York City. This trend has begun spreading into downtown Miami due to the increased redevelopment and foot traffic downtown, but should not be relied upon if you have a schedule to keep.

All taxi drivers must have a valid license to operate. It is uncommon to hear of crimes involving unlicensed taxis anywhere in the metropolitan area, since Dade County keeps track of all taxi activity in and around Miami and cooperates with other counties in getting this information. If you enter a cab and do not see a valid license placed in front of the passenger's seat, you should not enter the taxi and instead call another cab company regardless of what the driver says. If you willingly enter a taxi without a license or with an expired license and there is an incident or accident, it is possible that you may not be able to hold the driver accountable by law. When entering a cab you should make note of the driver's name, license number and cab number if any problems arise during the trip. This information should be easily found inside the taxi. It may be able to help you identify the cab driver to the police or the cab company.

By car

Unless you plan to stay downtown or in a single location elsewhere, you will find that a car is very convenient in Miami, and car rentals are cheap in comparison to other major US cities.

Surface roads in Miami are usually easy to navigate. The area's roads are designed around a grid system, where most roads are numbered based on their distance from the city center. The two main axis roads are Miami Avenue (running north to south) and Flagler Street (running east to west). These two roads intersect in downtown Miami, the county's symbolic center. All avenues run north to south, while all streets run east to west. For example, the address, "9500 NW 30th Street" would be at the intersection of NW 30th Street (to the west of Miami Avenue, and 30 blocks north of Flagler Street) and NW 95th Avenue (north of Flagler Street, and 95 blocks west of Miami Avenue). Most roads in Miami conform to this nomenclature, but due to the more than 30 municipalities within Miami-Dade County, there are a few exceptions to be aware of. Examples include Coral Gables, the Coconut Grove section of Miami (city proper), Miami Lakes, and Hialeah. Hialeah is particularly notorious since it uses its own grid system, in addition to the overall county system. For example, NW 103rd Street is also marked as E 49th Street, or W 49th Street in Hialeah.

Note that if you cross into Broward County, the roads will be numbered based on their distance from the Fort Lauderdale city center, which is generally the same going east-west but will be very different going north-south. Most of the municipalities in Broward County use their own limited grid systems as well. Some street names also change at the county line. The coastline highway, A1A, is known as "Collins Avenue" in Miami, but becomes "Ocean Drive" in Broward. Likewise, "Red Road" in Miami becomes "Flamingo Road" in Broward.

Miami has four primary expressways. In addition to I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike, there is state highway 836 (also known as the Dolphin Expressway) and state highway 826 (also known as the Palmetto Expressway). The Dolphin Expressway runs west from downtown Miami along the edge of Miami International Airport. The Palmetto Expressway and Florida's Turnpike form "F"-shaped loops around the city. The Turnpike continues north, roughly parallel to I-95, and will take you to Orlando if you keep driving. I-95, the Palmetto and the Turnpike intersect at a junction in North Miami called the Golden Glades. You may find driving in the Glades challenging, especially if you have little experience driving in it.

New visitors to Miami should be aware that the area's drivers are particularly aggressive. AutoVantage.com's Road Rage Survey has rated Miami drivers the rudest in the country for a third year in a row 6. This shouldn't discourage anyone from using the roadways, but a passive approach to Miami driving can save you from an unwanted exchange with another driver, or even worse an accident. Posted speed limits are ignored by most drivers, especially on larger roads with lower speed limits. Two examples are I-95 and state road 826 (The Palmetto Expressway). The eastern portion of state road 836 (The Dolphin Expressway) between Miami International Airport and downtown Miami handles traffic that exceeds its capacity, and contains several left-hand exits, including the eastbound off-ramp to Lejuene Road (NW 42nd Avenue), which is the posted route, and the quickest route to Miami International Airport.

By Shuttle

Miami Super Shuttle. +1 305 871-8210 or email sales@miamisupershuttle.com. There is a shuttle that will take you where ever you need to go from MIA airport. Approach any of the blue vans located on the outer island. They also have guest services representatives in the airport wearing a blue Super Shuttle shirt.

What to see in Miami, Florida, USA


  • Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, ☎ +1 305 251-0400. Open daily 9:30AM–5:30PM. Miami. Largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida. It houses over 1,200 wild animals and is a free range zoo. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa like no other zoo in the country.
  • Jungle Island, ☎ +1 305 258-6453. 1111 Jungle Island Trail, Miami. Lush tropical garden that features animal shows and exhibits. Great outing for the family to enjoy.
  • Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, ☎ +1 305 361-5705. This 38 acre tropical island paradise features marine shows and marine life exhibits. Expect to stay around two to three hours touring the large aquarium. Just ten minutes from downtown Miami and directly adjacent to Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida 33156, ☎ +1 305 667-1651, fax: +1 305-661-8953. Garden hours are 7:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Sunday. The Garden opens at 9:30AM on festival days and is closed on Christmas Day, December 25. Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is home to the only outdoor rainforest in North America, several famous outdoor art installations (including world famous Chihuly glasswork), the January Chocolate Festival, and world-famous Mango Festival (every June or July featuring information on and samples of hundreds of different mango varieties). 

Museums

  • Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St (FIU-Maidique Campus), ☎ +1 305 348-2890. Open Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Located at Florida International University, the Frost Art Museum has a large variety of 1960's and 1970's American photography, pre-Columbian artifacts dating back from 200 to 500 AD, ancient African and Asian bronzes, and a growing number of Caribbean and Latin American paintings and artwork.
  • Lowe Art Museum

    , 1301 Stanford Dr, ☎ +1 305 284-3535. With many antique art, ceramics, pottery and sculptures ranging from Greco-Roman times, Renaissance, Baroque, Art of Asia, Art of Latin America, and ancient potteries, the Lowe Art Museum offers a great range of art through the centuries.
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave, ☎ +1 305 250-9133, fax: +1 305 285-2004. European-inspired estate. Includes a main house filled with art and furnishings and ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay. 

Scenic and historic sites

  • Oleta River State Recreation Park, 3400 N.E. 163rd St, ☎ +1 305 919-1846. Daily 8AM-sunset. The largest urban park in Florida has trails for biking, a beach for swimming, picnic areas and a playground for kids. Get a canoe or kayak to row to a mangrove island within the park. Several animals such as eagles and fiddler crabs also make their home here. Fourteen cabins with air conditioning are also on the premises, but bathrooms, showers and grills are located outside the cabins and guests should bring their own linens. 
  • Venetian Pool, 2701 DeSoto Blvd (in Coral Gables), ☎ +1 305 460-5306, e-mail: info@VenetianPool.com. (additional phone number +1 305 460-5357). Open 11AM-5PM every day, but call to verify hours. In the 1920s Denman Dink transformed this limestone quarry into a pool with a waterfall, an area for kids and an area for adults. The water in this pool comes from a spring and is drained daily. In addition to the swimming facilities there is a snack bar (you cannot bring outside food into the Venetian Pool) and lockers. Swimming lessons are also offered here. The Venetian Pool is best known for having Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller (the silver screen’s first Tarzan) swim here. 
  • Matheson Hammock Marina. Grassy park with a man-made atoll pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of nearby Biscayne Bay. The park has a full-service marina, snack bar and restaurant built into an historic coral rock building, picnic pavilions and nature trails.
  • Ancient Spanish Monastery, 16711 West Dixie Highway (near Sunny Isles), ☎ +1 305 945-1461. M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM (unless there is a wedding scheduled; call ahead or check the website for wedding dates). Originally built in Segovia, Spain in 1141, this monastery was originally to be a part of William Randolph Hearst’s property in California. Partly because he ran out of money and partly because the United States would not allow the monastery to be built in California, the monastery remained in New York Harbor until 1954, when a couple of businessmen bought the property and assembled it in Miami. Parts of the monastery have not been assembled because the government removed the pieces from numbered boxes and then placed the wrong pieces in the wrong boxes. Today the monastery is a church as well as a popular marriage location. As seen on the History Channel show Weird U.S. 

What to do in Miami, Florida, USA


Beaches

Of course, if you're in Miami, you'll want to spend some time on the beach. The only beach inside Miami city limits is Virginia Beach. However, there are many other beaches nearby in South Florida, from Tequesta all the way to Key West. As Miami has pretty temperate weather, the beaches will be active all year round, but the water will usually be too cold for locals to swim in during winter. The city of Tequesta all the way to Key West. As Miami has pretty temperate weather, the beaches will be active all year round, but the water will usually be too cold for locals to swim in during winter. The city of Miami Beach is closest to Miami, located on a barrier island across Biscayne Bay, and is most famous for its South Beach party scene. Topless sunbathing is allowed in Miami Beach, and if you want to take it all off, go to Haulover Beach in North Beach.

Fruit picking

  • Robert is Here Fruit Stand and Farm, 19200 SW 344th St, Homestead, FL 33034, ☎ +1 305 246-1592, fax: +1 305-242-4122, e-mail: fresh@robertishere.com. 8AM – 7PM Daily including Holidays. Closed September and October. This fruit stand and farm is popular with both tourists and local residents. It offers many of the most sought after varieties of locally-grown tropical fruits and vegetables as well as widely-acclaimed smoothies, ice creams, and other prepared foods. It also features a petting zoo and is located only minutes from one of the main entrances to Everglades National Park as well as an alligator farm.344th St, Homestead, FL 33034, ☎ +1 305 246-1592, fax: +1 305-242-4122, e-mail: fresh@robertishere.com. 8AM – 7PM Daily including Holidays. Closed September and October. This fruit stand and farm is popular with both tourists and local residents. It offers many of the most sought after varieties of locally-grown tropical fruits and vegetables as well as widely-acclaimed smoothies, ice creams, and other prepared foods. It also features a petting zoo and is located only minutes from one of the main entrances to Everglades National Park as well as an alligator farm.
  • Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33031, ☎ +1 305 247-5727. Open 7 days a week, from 9AM to 5PM. Except Christmas. This park features a vast assortment of fruits, spices, and other foods of interest that can be grown in Florida's subtropical climate. The park is also famous for getting a few items to grow that normally can't be grown even in Florida (e.g. mangosteen, cacao, jaboticaba, etc.). After an orientation, visitors are allowed to pick and eat whatever is available at the time of their visit. This park is relatively close to "Robert is Here" Fruit Stand and Farm.  

Sports venues

  • New Miami Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd (in Miami Gardens) (Northwest 199th St199th St), ☎ +1 305 623-6100 (TTY +1 305 623-6266), fax: +1 305 625-6403, e-mail: DS@dolphinstadium.com. This football stadium hosts the Miami Dolphins (NFL), Miami Hurricanes (college), and Orange Bowl (college). The stadium has been renamed 7 times in the last 29 years (most recently in April 2016 from Sun Life Stadium), and the Dolphins are currently searching for a new corporate sponsor to name it after. For stadium tours, contact rheard@dolphinstadium.com or call +1 305 623-6286. Tour prices are $3 for children under 14, $5 for those 14 and older and $4 for senior citizens. Check website for individual phone numbers for tickets to Miami Dolphins games and the Orange Bowl.
  • American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd (near Bicentennial Park), ☎ +1 786 777-1000, +1 786 777-1250 (box office). In addition to Miami Heat (an NBA team) games being played here, this arena has hosted several awards shows in its past such as the MTV Video Music Awards (twice). Several concerts are also held here. Call box office for ticket information.
  • Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way (Little Havana), toll-free: +1-877-MARLINS (6275467), e-mail: ticketsales@marlins.com. The newest stadium in Major League Baseball, Marlins Park opened in April 2012 at the former site of the Orange Bowl as the new home of the renamed Miami Marlins. The futuristic, retractable-roof park broke new ground in ballpark architecture; at the insistence of team owner Jeffrey Loria, it is designed to reflect the culture of 21st-century Miami. Check website or call the toll-free number for tickets to Marlins games.

Other things to do

  • Space Miami, 34 NE 11th St. For Info +1 305 375-0001 For VIP +1 786 357-6456. Space Miami was voted best U.S. club at the IDMA 2011 Awards. Located in downtown Miami, Space Miami is known for their Saturday nights. There are multiple rooms with different genres of music in each room so you can choose from a wide variety. They hold events almost every weekend with themed parties and well known/famous DJs.
  • South Beach Food Tour. Explore the cultural diversity of the neighborhood, learn about the Art Deco architecture while you stop at restaurants and eateries to savor the local flavor.
  • Miami Yacht Charters & Rentals, 1250 S Miami Ave, ☎ +1 305 358-0745. Suite 1408 Miami. Yacht charters and boat rentals in Miami. Large selection of yachts to choose from between 35 and 150 feet. Half-day, full-day and multi-day charters. Great way to experience Miami. Call for yacht availability and charter quotes.
  • Miami Balloon Rides, ☎ +1 305 860-5830. Year round sunrise flights with views of the Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and Redlands of Miami, including a post-flight toast and picnic. Reservations are required.

What to eat and drink in Miami, Florida, USA


Eat

Foodies and chefs alike herald Miami for its unique New World cuisine. Created in the 1990s, the cuisine alternatively known as New World, Nuevo Latino or Florribean cuisine blends local produce, Latin American and Caribbean culinary tradition and the technical skills required in European cooking. Nuevo Latino is said to be the brainchild of four chefs: Allen Susser, Norman Van Aken, Mark Militello and Douglas Rodriguez. All of them still work in Miami and most of them work at the restaurants they created in the 1990s. New World is not restricted to these chefs’ menus. This cuisine influences several restaurants around the city to this day.

Miami may be known for its Latin cuisine (especially its Cuban cuisine but also cuisines from South American countries such as Colombia), but there are other different kinds of restaurants to be found around the city. In addition to stand-alone Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Italian (among others) restaurants, there are cafés, steakhouses and restaurants operating from boutique hotels, as well as chain restaurants such as TGI Fridays and Ben & Jerry’s.

Miami is known for having nightclubs double as restaurants throughout the city. Most of these restaurants, such as Tantra (which had one of their chefs recently appear on Top Chef: Miami), BED and the Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge (attached to Nikki Beach), are located throughout South Beach. However, some of these restaurants/nightclubs like Grass Lounge can be found in the Design District (north of downtown but south of North Miami).

If many of Miami’s premiere restaurants don’t fit into your daily budget, consider eating during Miami Restaurant Month (better known as Miami Spice) in August and September. 

Miami’s dining scene reflects burgeoning diversity, mixing exotic newcomer restaurants with long-standing institutions, often seasoned by Latin influence and hot winds of the Caribbean. New World cuisine, a culinary counterpart to accompany Miami’s New World Symphony, provides a loose fusion of Latin, Asian, and Caribbean flavors utilizing fresh, area-grown ingredients. Innovative restaurateurs and chefs similarly reel in patrons with Floribbean-flavored seafood fare, while keeping true to down-home Florida favorites.

Don't be fooled by the plethora of super lean model types you're likely to see posing throughout Miami. Contrary to popular belief, dining in this city is as much a sport as the in-line skating on Ocean Drive. With over 6,000 restaurants to choose from, dining out in Miami has become a passionate pastime for locals and visitors alike. Its star chefs have fused Californian-Asian with Caribbean and Latin elements to create a world-class flavor all its own: Floribbean. Think mango chutney splashed over fresh swordfish or a spicy sushi sauce served alongside Peruvian ceviche.

Whatever you're craving, Miami's got it—with the exception of decent Chinese food and a New York-style slice of pizza. If you're craving a scene with your steak, then South Beach is the place to be. Like many cities in Europe and Latin America, it is fashionable to dine late in South Beach, preferably after 9PM, sometimes as late as midnight. Service on South Beach is notoriously slow and arrogant, but it comes with the turf (of course, it is possible to find restaurants that defy the notoriety and actually pride themselves on friendly service). On the mainland - especially in Coral Gables, and, more recently, downtown and on Brickell Avenue - you can also experience fine, creative dining without the pretense.

There are several Peruvian restaurants at SW 88th Street and SW 137th Avenue in Kendale Lakes. Take the 88 or 288 buses from Dadeland North train station. This is kind of out of the way, but it is worth it.

  • La Carreta, SW 8th St, ☎ +1 305 444-7501. Open 24hrs a day. Cuban. The flagship restaurant of a small chain of Cuban restaurants (including one location at Miami International Airport). It should be noted that the majority of staff only speak limited English but menus are available in both English and Spanish. 
  • Baleen at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, Four Grove Isle Dr, ☎ +1 305 858-8300. Far beyond typical Miami restaurants, Baleen consistently draws attendance from faire aficionados and consistent critical acclaim from Zagat's, Gourmet and AAA. The menu is eclectic and eccentric, with selections fresh from the sea, land and garden. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Chef Allen’s, 19088 NE 29th Ave, ☎ +1 305 935-2900. Sun-Thu 6PM-10PM, Fri-Sat 6PM-11PM. Allen Susser was named the best chef in the South in 1994 by the James Beard Foundation. A perfect place to try New World cuisine. Dinner jackets suggested. 
  • Casa Tua, 1700 James Ave, ☎ +1 305 673-1010. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30AM-3PM, dinner Mon-Sat 7PM-12AM. Italian. Casa Tua is proud of the fact that there is no outside signage outside its restaurant. If the restaurant decides to advertise out front, it’s not going to be soon. Reservations are required to get inside, but make sure you can find the restaurant first or you might get a headache attempting to get to dinner. 
  • Ola, 5061 Biscayne Blvd (in the Sanctuary Hotel), ☎ +1 305 695-9125. Mon-Thu 6PM-12AM, Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM. Nuevo Latino. Chef Douglas Rodriguez’ restaurant, Of Latin America, is a mixture of Spanish and Latin American culinary traditions. Reservations recommended. 
  • Ortanique on the Mile, 278 Miracle Mile (near Actor’s Playhouse), ☎ +1 305 446-7710. Mon-Tue 6PM-10PM, Wed-Sat 6PM-11PM, Sun 5:30PM–9:30PM. New World. One of three Ortanique restaurants (the other two are located in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. The food has a mixture of Caribbean and French influences. Reservations are requested. 
  • Azul, 500 Brickell Key Dr, ☎ +1 305 913-8358. Award winning blend of Mediterranean flavors with Asian influences.
  • Bongos Cuban Cafe, ☎ +1 786 777-2100. The café is owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan and shines with Latin flavor. The music is Latin as well as the food and majority of the crowd and employees. It is a restaurant by day and club at night. Besides Miami, there are locations in South Beach, Hollywood FL, and Orlando FL.

Drink

Nightlife in Miami consists of upscale hotel clubs, independent bars frequented by locals (including sports bars) and nightclubs. Most hotel bars and independent bars turn the other cheek at your physical appearance, but you have to dress to impress (which does not mean dress like a stripper) to get into a nightclub. Also remember to never, under any circumstances, insult the doormen and/or nightclub employees that will grant you entry or touch the velvet ropes or you may as well be sitting on the opposite side of the clamoring masses trying to get in. Attempting to tip the doormen and claiming that you know employees that work in the nightclubs (unless you actually called and reserved a table or a spot on the VIP list) is also considered an affront. Getting to the club unfashionably early and pushing through the crowd (and not the doormen) also can help make you stand out in the crowd. Finally, most nightclubs won’t admit groups of men unless those men are waiting in front of a gay bar. Bring some women or leave the pack if you’re desperate to get in.
Popular drinks in Miami include the Cuba Libre and the mojito.

Shopping in Miami, Florida, USA


There are a number of shopping malls in Miami. Beyond that, there are prestigious shopping districts in South Beach; see that article for details.

Record stores

  • Uncle Sam’s Music, 1141 Washington Ave. Since 1984 this independent record store has electronic music as well as items like stickers and incense.

Shopping malls

  • Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd (near the Dade/Broward County line), ☎ +1 305 935-1110. Mon-Sat 10AM-9:30PM, Sun 12PM-8PM. This mall, spanning 2.3 million feet, not only has nation-wide chains such as JCPenney and Macy’s but also has chains such as Abercrombie and Fitch as well as Rainbow Valley Playground, a play spot for children. The other notable landmark of this mall is its 24-screen movie theater.
  • Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave (on 97th Street in Bal Harbour), ☎ +1 305 866-0311. Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12PM-6PM (Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue are open from 12PM-7PM). Several designer labels fill up the spaces of Bal Harbour Shops, including Chanel, Cartier, Fendi and Gucci among others. For those not wealthy enough to buy these designer labels, Bal Harbour Shops also has Banana Republic and the Gap in the mall as well.
  • Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd (near Bayfront Park), ☎ +1 305 577-3344. Mon-Fri 10AM-10PM, Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 11AM-9PM. Despite having several chain stores such as the Hard Rock Café, the Gap, Sketchers and Victoria’s Secret attached to it, this mall is noted for its gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay. The only downside is that traffic is bad at Bayside when Bayfront Park is having a concert nearby. Connected to public transit via Metrorail and Metromover. 
  • CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave (in Coconut Grove), ☎ +1 305 577-3344. Sun-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM (stores), restaurants and bars open until 2AM. This open-air mall not only has nice Mediterranean-styled architecture but chain stores such as Victoria’s Secret and FYE Music.
  • Dadeland Mall, 7535 North Kendall Dr (in Kendall), ☎ +1 305 665-6226. Mon-Sat 10AM-9:30PM, Sun 12PM-7PM. Dadeland is one of the United States’ first malls. Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue are some of the stores now represented at Dadeland.
  • Dolphin Mall, 11401 Northwest 12th St, ☎ +1 305 365-7446. Mon-Fri 10AM-9:30PM, Sat 10AM-9:30PM, Sun 11AM-7PM. In addition to Off 5th (a Saks Fifth Avenue outlet store), Marshall’s HomeGoods and Burlington Coat Factory, this mall has a movie theater and many busy restaurants.
  • The Falls, 8888 Howard Dr (in Kendall), ☎ +1 305 255-4570. Mon-Sat 10AM-9:30PM, Sun 12PM-7PM. Shops including Brooks Brothers and Pottery Barn adorn this mall and its tropical waterfalls.
  • Lincoln Road MallLincoln Rd between Alton Rd and Washington Ave. This open-air pedestrian mall was designed in 1957 by legendary Miami architect Morris Lapidus. It includes restaurants and cafes that run the gamut from Starbucks to Miami originals like Pizza Rustica and David’s Café. There is outside seating. It includes nationally known shops such as French Connection, Ann Taylor and Anthropologie, as well as international shops such as Italy’s Miss Sixty. There’s also a multiplex theater located on the corner of Lincoln Road and Alton Drive. incoln Road Mall also hosts a farmers market on Sun from 9AM to 6PM and an antiques market on the second and fourth Sundays from 9AM to 5PM. Call +1 305 673-4991 for information about the antiques market.
  • Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr, ☎ +1 305 663-0482. Open Mon-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-11PM, Sun 11AM-9PM. In addition to nationwide chains such as the Gap, Urban Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret, this mall has a Niketown store, as well as a large movie theater.
  • Village of Merrick Park, 4425 Ponce de Leon Blvd (in Coral Gables), ☎ +1 305 529-0200. Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12PM-6PM. The Village is Bal Harbour Shops’ major competition. It is very much like Bal Harbour. This mall features mostly designer stores such as Jimmy Choo, Neiman Marcus and is the home of Miami’s first Nordstrom.
  • Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave, ☎ +1 305 593-1775. Open Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 11AM-7PM. There 120 stores including Macy's, Dillard's and JCPenney.

Safety in Miami, Florida, USA


Miami, frequently heralded in the news as a center of crime and drug smuggling, is only relatively dangerous for the passing tourist in certain areas. Overtown (next to Liberty City) has the highest violent crime rate in the city and is best if avoided all together. If you are in this neighborhood, or any other high crime neighborhood, take the same precautions as you would in other high crime neighborhoods around the country. Such as minding one's business, getting to your destination quickly, and avoid wearing flashy jewelry and electronics. Remember that most common sense rules such as being aware of your surroundings at night and traveling in high-traffic areas at night apply in Miami as it does in all other urban areas around the United States. Be sure to have fun, don't be a stranger, but don't speak to strangers either. Stay safe, but if anything bad happens, remember to call emergency numbers.
  • The CDC has identified parts of Miami as an affected area of the Zika outbreak. Pregnant women are advised to be cautious as the virus can lead to birth defects. Adults affected by the virus experience fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes) typically lasting a week. You can learn more by visiting the official CDC website.

Emergency numbers

The emergency telephone number for fire, police and rescue emergencies is 911. If you require non-emergency assistance, do not call 911. To contact police in a non-emergency situation, call +1 305 4 POLICE.

Language spoken in Miami, Florida, USA


Miami has the largest Latin American population outside of Latin America. English however remains the predominant language.

Spanish is a language often used for day-to-day discourse in many places, although English is the language of preference, especially when dealing with business and government. Some locals do not speak English, but this is usually centered among shops and restaurants in residential communities and rarely the case in large tourist areas or the downtown district. Even when encountering a local who does not speak English, you can easily find another local to help with translation if needed, since most of the population is fluently bilingual. In certain neighborhoods, such as Little Havana and Hialeah, most locals will address a person first in Spanish and then in English. "Spanglish", a mixture of English and Spanish, is a somewhat common occurrence (but less so than in the American Southwest), with bilingual locals switching between English and Spanish mid-sentence and occasionally replacing a common English word for its Spanish equivalent.

Haitian Creole is another language heard primarily in northern Miami. It is common for a person to hear a conversation in Creole when riding public transportation or sitting at a restaurant. Many signs and public announcements are in English, Spanish and Creole because of Miami's diverse immigrant population. Unlike Spanish, Haitian Creole is generally centered among the Haitian neighborhoods in northern Miami. Most Haitians are more adapted to English than their Hispanic neighbors. Portuguese and French are other languages that may be encountered in Miami. These languages tend to be spoken mainly around tourist areas. Most speakers of these languages speak English as well.

The simplest way to get a response in English is to use the "approach rule," where most locals will respond only in the language spoken to unless they are not able to speak it. This rule can be used on anyone whether or not their first language is Spanish, English or any other language.

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