Last Post This thread is marked as being about USA
1. Posted by shinjae (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi, going to Miami for hol and I really really need help on;
1. cheap accomodation
2. sightseeing
3. good restaurants / places to hang out!

thank you so much for your help!!!

2. Posted by rebmamber (Respected Member 40 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

There is a lot to do in and around Miami. Most of the year it is warm enough to enjoy the water and beaches. I have never stayed in Miami hostels, living only 1 1/2 hours away, but I have had several friends that have made visits to them. Th most active spot that you will find in Miami is South Beach. It is on the surfacre everything it appears to be in the movies...a lot of money, skin, pretty people, etc. But, there is so much more to it than that, it is really quite a diverse mix. Anyway, the Clay Hostel, which was very nice and in a great location on Washinton Ave. (to look up a few others)

Things to do depends on the time of the year and what you're into. The beach, boating, fishing, parasailing, surfing, snorkeling are all good options. Miami is a very cultural city, look for different art shows and events. There are many sporting events in Miami (depending on the year). The aquarium is also good. If you get some time, you may want to check into some surrounding areas...Little Havana - cuban district, good, cheap cuban food. Little Haiti - the haitian district. Coconut Grove - a little more expensive, but tons of shops, restaurants, & people.

If you really want to go out of town, the Florida Keys are spectacular, and if you can make it to Key West, this place is very unique...well worth the 2 hours. Inland, it would be great to check out the Everglades, just on the outskirts of Miami...guaratneed chance of seeing great wildlife. You could take an airboat ride, but also have some places that you can walk.

As with any big city, prices can range from ludicrously expensive to dirt cheap, so use your hostel and others for good advice! Good luck!

3. Posted by Cessna150 (Budding Member 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I would generally agree with everything previously posted with the exception of "2 hours" to Key West from Miami. It is more like 5 hours (and that on a good day). While it is not all that far, much of it is two lane and often heavily congested.

The Everglades, as noted, are beautiful but if you are coming in the Summer, the heat can be brutal. At Flamingo, in Everglades National Park, the mosquitoes can be life threatening in the Summer as well.

If you are going to rent a car (and you should consider it -- due to the fierce competition, rentals are relatively inexpensive) I'd suggest you find a local supermarket (Publix for example), load up on picnic supplies, then drive down to the south end of the City proper and take the Rickenbacher Causeway towards Key Biscayne. On your right as you drive east is a linear park, several miles in length adjacent to the causeway. Pick a spot, set up camp ... you can also rent a sailboard or boat. Beautiful views, gentle surf, shade trees.

Another beautiful spot that very very few tourists ever see is the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. Well worth the drive...

Any specific questions, fire away!

Mike in Miami

4. Posted by diver79 (Full Member 29 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I can't offer much advice in the way of attractions or restaurants but I am planning to be in Miami from 13-16 June and have booked into HI Clay Hotel / Internation Hostel in miami beach. Its in the Art Deco area and only about 50 yards from the beach. Its been recommended by Lonely Planet and Footprints travel books. It is also cheap - $18 Check out their website

diver :)

5. Posted by shinjae (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys, thank you so much for your advice!
one more thing -

1. im going at the end of this month (22nd) - what is the weather like in April? - is it mild hot (24-27 'C) or really really hot (30-35 'C)??
2. is it relatively safe for a girl to travel on her own?? - i heard some bad rumours about people getting mugged near the airport..
3. is it true that you cannot rent a car unless you are over 25yrs? - do you know if automatic cars are widely available for hire? (very rare in England!)

Again, any advice will be very much appreciated!

6. Posted by Cessna150 (Budding Member 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Try to search for -- last I heard they rented to those 21 and over. They have a site in Miami. They rent older cars (3 years +/-) than the majors but are relatively cheap.