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12 hours in the airport...how do I pass the time?

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1. Posted by kir19 (Inactive 55 posts) 9y

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Hi all...

I'll be flying from NY to Costa Rica in July and I have a 12 hour overnight layover in Miami. I land at 10 pm on Friday night and my flight to Costa Rica doesn't leave until 10 am the next morning. I used frequent flyer miles and this is the only flight I could get!
I'm on a tight budget, so a hotel room is out of the question.

Any suggestions as to how to pass the time?????

2. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 70 posts) 9y

The unpleasant answer is: sleep in the Airport. Bring an simple blanket/sleeping bag liner.

However if you are adventurous you can check out the all night clubs in Miami. Stand around look pretty and get drinks purchased for you... ;)

How much of a budget are you on? Tried looking for a cheap hostel? Hostels further from downtown (closer to the airport) are generally pretty cheap (in my experience..). Try a budget motel near the airport? $20 a night?

Anyone in the Miami area have better info?

jz

3. Posted by kir19 (Inactive 55 posts) 9y

yea i thought about venturing out to the clubs. the only problem is i will have my giant backpack with me! you can't store bags at the airport, so this presents somewhat of a problem. perhaps i'll just find a nice spot of carpet to cuddle up on. haha

4. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

Quoting Lugor79

The unpleasant answer is: sleep in the Airport. Bring an simple blanket/sleeping bag liner.

I second this, unfortunately. Personally I'd get up REALLY early on Friday before the flight (maybe even stay up all night) so I'd be dead tired upon arrival in Miami and not care that I had to sleep on the airport floor.

5. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 9y

Through check your bags in! That way you wont have the back-pack with you! Less for folk to steal from you too if you fall into a deep sleep on the floor! I would head off to downtown Miami for a few beers etc, or alternatively, look lost and helpless, I have been in MIA a few times at night and always seen gangs of folk waiting for flights, if you have a bottle of booze with you its always easy to make friends! Try to stay in the transit area if you are doing this though, that way you meet other travellers!

Good luck!

I have 10 hours to kill overnight in SEA airport June 18th if anyone wants to party!!!!!!!!

6. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Can't you check your backpack in early? I never had the experience of a long layover so I don't know but I don't see why they wouldn't let you do it :0