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Miami is located in the southeast part ofFloridaand sits onBiscayne Bayat the mouth of theMiami River. It is about 28 miles (45km) south ofFort Lauderdaleand roughly 231 miles (375km) south ofOrlando. The port is conveniently connected to downtownMiamiby a bridge.
MiamiInternationalAirportis 7.1 miles (11.4km) from thePortofMiami. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is 25.7 miles (41Km) from thePortofMiami. A taxi between theMiamiInternationalAirportand the cruise terminal is a flat rate fare of $24 USD.
MiamiInternationalAirportis the hub of a fast-growing area with new hotels and offices marking the corporate and commercial focus aroundBlue Lagoon Driveto the west. Further afield in theMiamiairport area, you will still find horses grazing in fields adjacent to new homes in suburban Doral. To the north of theMiamiairport area, pueblo-style mansions in Miami Springs recall pioneer aviator Glenn Curtiss’ vision of a Southwestern-inspired town.
Hotels near the airport have come together under the umbrella of “MIA Hotel Collection” to offer a distinct group of quality hotels, including a Convention Center.
With the port so close to downtownMiami, visitors have the luxury to choose from a wide range of nearby accommodations. The Hotel Inter-Continental Miami and The Biscayne Bay Marriott are both good choices within a few minutes walk. Consider booking a hotel in the popularSouthBeacharea if you’re planning a few days inMiami. There are great beaches, plenty of hotels to choose from, and renowned nightlife in a visitor-friendly, compact area.
Miamiconsiders itself the “Cruise Capital of the World.” Its famous beaches and energetic nightlife entice plenty of visitors to spend a few extra nights before their cruise. But there is so much more to the city than beaches and nightlife.
Wander through a classic Art Deco neighbourhood, soak up the atmosphere of Plaza De España, a recreated Spanish street, or feel the rhythmic pulse of Little Havana. Sharpen up your shopping skills, hit the links on one of the area’s more than 50 golf courses or take off and go deep sea fishing for the day.Miamihas a wealth of activities anyone can enjoy.
DowntownMiamiskyscrapers compete for your attention, while historic shopping arcades and storefronts packed with merchandise evokeMiami’s origins as a trading town. Department stores and emporiums offer big city shopping with a cosmopolitan flair, while the city’s cultural diversity inspires a variety of dining delights.
Essentially, however,Miamiis a city of neighborhoods and you’ll best experience them if you rent a car.Hialeahhas a distinct Hispanic flavor and Spanish is the main language heard on the streets and in the supermarkets, stores and cafeterias. It is also distinguished by picturesqueHialeahPark, a historic landmark dating back to 1925. The park’s future for thoroughbred racing is undetermined but the 220-acre wildlife sanctuary is open all year and plays host to festivals and events.
Westland Mall, with three department stores and 100 specialty stores, isHialeah’s own shopping destination.
A vibrant Hispanic culture permeates everything in Little Havana – colorful murals, monuments to heroes past and present, elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics and cigar rollers deeply at work while the ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee hangs over all activity. These scenes of daily life play out against a backdrop of music, vibrant storefronts, unique art galleries and quaint restaurants.
Miami Beach has blossomed into a sophisticated community that welcomes visitors at any time of year, but there’s more to it Art Deco buildings; it is blessed with diverse cultural institutions, public beaches and boutiques that put a designer spin on Miami Beach shopping.Miami Beach’s trendy charms revolve around its cuisine, sizzling nightspots and cultural scene.
Planned as a “perfect city” in 1917,North Miami Beachstill has the same street layout. Now it is a large residential, business and shopping area that includes The Mall at163rd Street. NearbyNorth Miami Beachis historicGreynoldsPark, which boasts a 9-hole par-36 golf course while the Oleta River State Recreation Area offers kayaking, picnic grounds and more.
The oldest building in theWestern Hemisphere, the Ancient Spanish Monastery, dating back to 1141, was brought fromSpainto theUnited Statesin pieces by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and in 1954 rebuilt on its current site.
Whatever your tastesMiamihas a wide variety of flavors, exotic ingredients and selections – alfresco or indoors, casual or extravagant, International or Caribbean,New Worldor Floribbean.
With so many different cultures migrating toMiami, local flavors tend to be much more exotic. The influence of culture here is almost overwhelming and has many positive effects on menu and recipe design.
Floribbean cuisine reflects the region’s history – a land that has seen French, Spanish, English and Native Americans lay claim, at one time or another, to ownership. Native Americans cooked withFlorida’s abundant local ingredients of yucca, plantains, and hearts of palm. When the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, they brought pigs and cattle as well as slaves, who contributed foods like okra, callaloo (a kale-like vegetable), yams and eggplant. So local cuisine is a combination of all of these elements.
Miamiis a shopper’s paradise. With giant malls such as Aventura Mall and Village of Merrick Park in addition to trendy shopping districts like Biscayne Corridor, shoppers will delight in the wide variety of areas to explore. A good bet is to head toSouthBeach, where you can browse through shops ranging from Ralph Lauren, Versace and Benetton to Gap and the Banana Republic while admiring beautiful Art Deco architecture.Lincoln Roadis a pedestrian mall filled with shops and restaurants.
Things to do:
Soak up some sun.Miamihas a beach for every taste. If you’re into people watching, head toLummusParkBeachalongOcean Drive, where super models rub shoulders with pro athletes.
Professional athletes from every major sport call Miamihome. Pick up a copy of the Miami Herald for baseball, basketball, football, hockey and even soccer listings. No matter what time of year you arrive inMiami, you can count on a major sporting event happening.
Hit the town.Miami’s nightlife has been glamorized in a number of movies and music videos over the years and here’s your chance to see it for yourself. TheSouthBeacharea is the undisputed capital of the scene and its clubs sit on the cutting edge of fashion. If loud music and overpriced drinks aren’t your thing, then make for one ofMiami’s theatres for a live show, opera, ballet or symphony performance.
BillBaggsCapeFloridaState Parkmay be only 20 minutes from downtown, but it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle ofMiami(1200 Crandon Boulevard, 305-361-5811). Explore isolated beaches on rented bicycle or take to the water on a kayak for the afternoon. The park also has the oldest lighthouse inFloridaand tours of it operate over the weekends.
For something completely different, go fruit picking at Burr’s Berry Farms (12741 SW 216th St., 305/251-0145). Located about an hour from downtownMiami, the farm is in a lush fruit growing area where you can pick up a few local delicacies for your trip and indulge in fresh fruit to your heart’s content.
And if you’re there for a few days, rent a car and drive into the Florida Keys, with each of the tiny islands offering its own character. Drive all the way toKey Westand visit the Ernest Hemingway home and museum.
— Ray Chatelin