Traveling to Miami at the end of Feb from Scotland for about a week, attending a conference at the Carnival Centre. I'm wondering if there is anyone out there that can recommend things to see and do about that time and also, good budget accommodation in that area??
SHOP, SHOP, SHOP
ENJOY THE BEACH!!
what is what you want to do???
South Beach for the clubs and art-deco spots or Fort Lauderdale for a different beach/pool experience. Go visit an Alligator Farm in the area (there are a few to choose from) and take an air boat tour of the Everglades. Head south to "the Keys" for a laid-back experience a la Jimmy Buffet. (Key West is best, but it's a long drive to go all the way there, so I'd suggest Key Largo).
Enjoy--and order a margarita or rum drink for me and I'll be right there.
Just left that area, although I avoided Miami itself this trip since I'm in an RV. Have visited it previously since my son lives there.
Key west is about 125 miles south of Homestead, which is ??? miles south of Miami. I'd recommend it if you can afford the time (Drive down one day, stay two nights, drive back). There are places to stop and things to do along the way.
We really loved the Everglades. There is a nature walk just a little inside the Visitors Center west of Homestead where there are LOTS of gaters, blue heron, small blue heron, great egrets, great white heron, and wood storks (which are an endangered species). We enjoyed this so much we drove on down to Flamingo and stayed an extra day there. Of course, I kind of like it off the beaten path.
Last April my son took me to Miami Beach, which is probably better if you're into the beach/shopping/eating out and night life thing. We also visited SeaAquarium, which was really cool. Nearby is a ParrottJungle (or some such thing, I've forgotten the name already) which we liked. None of these activites are free of course.
If you don't have time to go to the south end of the Everglades, Hwy 41 goes across them also - we drove this but I didn't have time to check out the visitors center there.
I wasn't doing travel blogs when I visited my son last April, but have lots of pic's from the Everglades and Key's here:
ps - don't let the jackets fool you, we had a very unusual cold front come through for one day only. We've been in FL for about two weeks now, one or two days with jackets - the rest shorts.
ahhh miami...I went there for 5 days in may. wow! do I miss it. I really might move there at some point while I'm still in my twenties. the women there....wow...just wow! literally 7 out of 10 women there are just drop dead gorgeous and those other 3 are pretty damn good looking too. It's really just a beautiful city to drive around in too. to see the way a major city just sits right at the water, the views when driving over the bridges that connect the islands...wow. I went to the everglades there too, that was pretty awesome. flying through the water on an air boat with alligators all around you with nothing but trees and empty air as far as the eye can see...it's really amazing.
I stayed at a hotel on the beach around 60th street. the beaches are pretty much empty around there but still beautiful and being on 60th street you are still just a 5 minute $2 bus ride from all of the action on south beach around 5th to 18th streets. I think the hostels there are around south beach, not too sure.
I really really miss miami.
Miami is great and you're coming at a good time of the year. Some of my favorite things to do there are:
South Beach - News Cafe is on the main strip. It's where Gianni Versace had his last breakfast. A friend, who is from Italy, and I went there for espresso and she said it was excellent. There's also a funky restaurant called Pink a couple of blocks away.
Also in South Beach is a great shopping district called Lincoln Rd. It's only open to pedestrian traffic and there are places to eat at outside and great shopping.
Coconut Grove - best Mexican food - Senor Frog's. There's also a neat park there - I think the name is Barnacle State Park. It's an old home on the bay. It's very peaceful and charming.
Coral Gables - the Biltmore Hotel is beautiful and a must see spot. Also the Venetian Pool. It's a natural spring that was turned into a public swimming pool. Very vintage.
If you're wanting to go farther afield, Palm Beach is worth a visit. It's about 1 1/2 hours north. My favorite places are:
Hope this helps
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