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Love food? Miami’s best fusion restaurants

August 17, 2015
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Although Miami has an indisputable Latin flavour to it, but step inside some of our favourite South Beach restaurants and you’ll find dishes with mouth-watering aromas from all over the globe. Are you brave enough to try all five? Strap yourself in for a culinary world tour…!

 

Juvia

Located at the very top of the famous 1111 Lincoln Road building, the views at Juvia will take your breath away – especially if you can get a table at sunset. True fusion food, you’ll be tasting hints of Japanese, French and Peruvian flavours,  with beautiful raw fish dishes (try the tuna). Be warned, the prices make it a “special occasion” spot, and be sure to reserve in advance, this rooftop resto is always packed.Juvia Miami 

Sushi Samba

The name gives it away – Japanese and Brazilian dishes (with a little peruvian influence thrown in for good measure) shine at this colourful, You’ll see sushi, churrasco, ceviches, tiraditos and anticuchos on the menu, which you’ll want to wash down with a tangy caipirinha, followed by a glass fo sake for the true fusion experience!. For dessert, we recommend Sushi Samba‘s warm churros with a pair of spiced caramel and Peruvian chocolate dipping sauces.Sushi Samba Miami Fusion Restaurant

Balans

Grab a tableon the shaded outdoor patio of this British import for an easy, breezey Miami-style brunch.  The asian fusion menu features favourites like Thai salad and sweet potato soufflé with leeks and garlic, while the lobster spaghetti has been described as “unforgettable”. However, it’s the sweets that are the real stars of Balans – try the white chocolate cheesecake or the apple tart with sour cream ice cream.Balans Miami Restaurant

Tamara

If you’re looking for the mediterranean fare and sophistication of the French Riviera, you’ll find it at Tamara, inside the National Hotel. Elegant and innovative fish dishes (among others) are served up in this classy Art Deco-style dining room. Take a table outside for great people-watching and a view of the pool.

 

 

 

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The Restaurant at the Setai

If you’re looking for something really special (and have the budget to go with it) step into the stunning Setai hotel, whose restaurant is known amongst foodies in Miami for it’s unbelievable flavours and culinary artistry. It’s global-fusion at its best, with everything from delicate duck consomme, to light shrimp mousse. The free-flow champagne brunch is the most sophisticated buffet you’ll ever have the pleasure of lining up for.Setai-Restaurant-Miami

 

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Travel and Learn: Cool Classes to Take in Miami

July 16, 2015
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There are so many pluses to taking a class while on vacation: you can learn new skills, make new friends, and find something totally different to do (lying on the beach isn’t everyone’s South Beach dream). Because of the awesome cultural diversity of the area, you’ll find all kinds of cool classes you can drop  in on – we’ve dug up some of the best ones, so click on the links below, and find your new niche!

 

The Art of Dance

Dancing is a part of the local culture in Miami, and there is an impossibly long list of classes for many different types of dance. If you’re going to try out a Latin dance class, check out Salsa Fever, a local Salsa club that meets on the second floor of a Cuban Restaurant on Miami Beach. Their classes happen every Wednesday and Friday, so you can have fun learning and dancing Salsa in a fun social setting where you get deals on drinks and awesome Cuban fare. If you’re looking for something even more unique, why not try out SoBe Pole Dance? Also on Miami Beach, this studio offers Zumba, Pole Dancing, Strip Cardio, and a huge list of other interesting Dance Cardio classes that you can do without realizing you’re even working out.

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Make a Vase

If you’ve been dying to learn about using a pottery wheel since you saw Ghost or just want to learn a new practical type of art, pottery classes would be an excellent choice for you. Working with clay isn’t as easy as it sounds, but taking a class like the ones at the Ceramic League of Miami are the perfect place to start. You can take your skill level from 0 to 100 with their thorough 2 ½ hour classes, working with a huge spectrum of mediums and methods. You could even enroll your kids or join up with your partner.miami classes  

Get in the Water

You can’t live by one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world without taking a class in the water. Grove Scuba‘s lessons are very involved classes to attend, but they’re also the perfect thing for people who really want to learn something that they can cross off their bucket list. You’ll get to learn all of the safety rules, laws, how to work the equipment, how to dive, and everything in between while enjoying the sights beneath the surface.

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Catch a Cooking Class

Cooking is a phenomenally diverse skill, so even if you consider yourself to be quite the foodie, there are always going to be a few things the world can to teach you about cuisine. Pop-up cooking classes like the ones that Edge Bar near Biscayne Bay offers during the Summer are a great way to keep your mind active while learning a new dish or techniques you’ve never heard of before. If you’re looking for more ethnic flavors, the Indian Cooking classes from Ayesha’s Kitchen are in depth and extremely informative. You also get to eat what you cook, so don’t pass this up if you love Indian Cuisine.

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A Knack for Acting

Even if you’re just interested in doing it for a kick or to learn something new, Miami has a lot of different places that offer acting classes. One of the best is Miami Acting Studio. Their classes happen twice a week, and students have the opportunity to use actual on-screen sets, do extensive camera work, and will follow The Method, a highly effective philosophy that most working actors use today. These classes are for all levels of experience, and although they are supposed to help prepare participants for the working world of acting, they can also be taken for fun. It’s exciting to learn a form of art you’ve always been curious about, so give it a shot!miami-acting-class

 

There are just too many fun classes in Miami to list, but these are a good start. Those who are fairly active will enjoy moving their bodies to hot music while those who are looking for a quiet evening of learning a hands-on skill can appreciate the culinary and sculpture classes. The important thing is that you learn something of personal value and have a blast doing it, so get out there, and broaden your outlook!

 

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5 Ways MyStudioMiami is Better Than a Hotel in South Beach, Miami

June 6, 2015
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1. The price

If you’re on a budget, or planning on an extended stay in South Beach Miami, you won’t find a better price than our great little South Beach apartments. Well, we say little, but what you get is normally twice the size of a hotel room, with a kitchen, dining, and living area as well as a great big, comfortable bed. Our South Beach apartments start at just $100 a night, plus we’re always running specials and promotions so keep an eye on the twitter feed and facebook page!

2. The extras

You know how you almost always have to pay for internet access in your hotel room, and even then, it’s a shitty connection? Well, just forget all that when you stay with us – there’s WiFi in every apartment and it’s fast and reliable. Want to take a night off and veg out in front of the TV? We’ve got cable for that. Forgot your toiletries? Our bathrooms are stocked with mini versions of the products you’ll need plus there’s a hair dryer and iron there too in case you need them.

3. Accommodation to suit your style

Ever tried telling a hotel you’d prefer something ‘more urban’ or ‘the glamorous suite’? Yeah, not happening. With MyStudioMiami, we’ve got apartments with incredible graffiti on the walls, we’ve got chic boudoir-style studios, and we’ve got summery, classic accommodation just steps from the beach. Just mention at the time of booking if you’re looking for something in particular and we’ll do our best to hook you up!

4. Location

We know why you’re vacationing in South Beach, rather than say, New Hampshire, so we made sure that all our apartments are just one block from the beach and the shopping, bars, and restaurants of Lincoln Road. So pretty much everything you need is 5 minutes away (You’re welcome!)

5. Personalized service

We want you to enjoy everything about your experience with us, from booking to check-out and beyond. There’s a reason why more than a third of our Miami guests come back to stay with us again. Our guest service team are seriously committed to making you happy – so don’t be shy! Let them know how they can make your stay unforgettable.

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Travelling to Miami? Here’s what’s Happening in June

May 28, 2015
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Business can take you just about anywhere, and while you may not always look forward to your next destination with large amounts of anticipating, whenever Miami is on the docket you can’t help but get excited. Understandably so, as the city always has so much to offer visitors of every sort, and the month of June is no exception.

Aside from the regular attractions Miami has to offer, June will bring along tons of festivities for the business traveler. Lovers of food, film, and art will have no shortage of events to check out, making for an exciting business trip no matter what time of the month you visit. Be sure to be close to all of the major events in June by staying in one of Corporate Stays’ furnished apartment, which will conveniently place you in the centre of all the cultural action.

 

See what’s in store for you in June below.

 

Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte

  • Where: Everyday @ 4pm ’til August 30th
  • When: 600 Biscayne Blvd. (Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower)

Cuba and Miami, along with the entirety of Southern Florida, have a long history. Many Cuban immigrants began new lives in the Sunshine State, and the new exhibit at the MDC Museum of Art + Design focuses on their experiences and contributions to the world of arts and culture. A pseudo-history lesson through photography, Cuba Out of Cuba will be both informative and engaging.

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Summer Shorts Festival

  • Where: 44 Brickell Avenue, #229
  • When: Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 28

Get a year’s worth of theatre in a single night during the Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival, featuring the country’s most entertaining and innovative 10 minute plays all in one night. The official start of Miami’s summer theatre season, the Summer Shorts Festival has been going on for 20 years and has not lost any of its original energy. Expect a night of laughs you won’t soon forget.

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Redland Summer Fruits Festival

  • Where: 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue (Fruit & Spice Park)
  • When: Saturday, June 21st & Sunday, June 22nd

Food-lovers visiting Miami can’t pass up this chance to experience the city’s (and the state’s) unique agricultural scene. A two-day showcasing of the local produce and tropical fruits of the area, the Redland Summer Fruits Festival will have local wines, rare fruit tasting, and tons of food to eat. If you’re from anywhere in the north, this’ll be your chance to taste what the south side grows every year.

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Miami Film Month

  • Where: Various Locations
  • When: June 1st to 30th

June is the perfect time to visit Miami for any film-lovers, as the annual city-wide cinema event known as Miami Film Month will be taking over the city. A score of film events, parties, contests, and screenings will occur in a variety of venues, some being housed in genuine historic art cinemas. Even if you’re not particularly into film, the sheer amount of genre-specific film festivals to be featured during the month-long event all but guarantees you’ll find a movie that’ll fit your niche interests.

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FIU Media Arts Festival

  • Where: 400 NW 26th St   (LAB Miami)
  • When: June 27, 2015, 5:30pm-9pm

Want to see what the future minds of media production have in store for the world? Then take a night to check out the FIU Media Arts Festival, an extension of Miami Film Month that specifically showcases the work of the FIU community, from students to alumni. The theme for 2015 is “Fresh From Miami” which will certainly make for an interesting amount of various interpretations.

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Coral Gables Restaurant Week

  • Where: Various Restaurants
  • When: June 8th to June 28th

Over 40 restaurants will be participating in the annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week (which goes on much longer than 7 days) with each offering a special 3-course lunch and dinner menu every single night. Special cocktails and wines will be paired with every meal, making for a food event you won’t want to pass up.

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10th Annual Florida Supercon

  • Where: 1901 Convention Center Drive (Miami Beach Convention Center)
  • When: June 25th to June 28th

When travelling for business, you don’t usually get a chance to unleash your inner geek, but thankfully you’ll have the chance when visiting Miami in June, thanks to the 10th Annual Florida Supercon. The largest comic book convention in Miami, Florida Supercon is a celebration of all things nerdy, with tons of exhibitions, celebrity guests, film screenings, and so much more that will have you geek-ing out with glee.

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Summer Cabaret Concert

  • Where: 16701 SW 72nd Avenue ( Deering Estate at Cutler)
  • When: June 20th at 7pm (show at 8pm)

All summer long, the Deering Estate at Cutler’s hosts a series of Cabaret concerts within the majestic Stone House Ballroom. The season will begin on Saturday, June 20th, which will undoubetly start the summer off right with an amazing musical experience. Be sure to get there a bit early as seating is not reserved, and feel free to bring along snacks and beverages too.

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Our 5 Most Popular Vacation Rentals in South Beach

May 14, 2015
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A prime vacation destination for travellers all across North America (and beyond), Miami’s South Beach has never been made more accessible and affordable to visit. Why? Because quality lodging in the sunny city of Miami is available to any travel thanks to the fully furnished apartments provided by Corporate Stays.

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’re going to want to stay in an aesthetically pleasing abode that ideally won’t cost a fortune. Hotels are pretty much out of that equation, as any hotel in South Beach is more than a tad pricey. As such, furnished apartments as your best option, letting you travel in luxury while saving some money to spend on drinks at the beach.

 

To get a sense of the beautiful apartments offered to anyone heading to Miami’s South Beach, check out Corporate Stays’ 5 Most Popular Vacation Rentals in South Beach.

 

The Etruria Apartment

You won’t even miss your own home when you stay at the Etruria Apartment, because not only does the décor emit a truly homey atmosphere, you’ll have plenty of space and every luxury. For a lot of folks, this spot may even be nicer than you’re actual apartment. Perfect for anyone traveling with friends, you’ll definitely be able to host a group before the beach or after with the spacious living room and kitchen combo, an asset to any who are looking to save money on food and drinks while in Miami.Beautiful vacation rental in south beach

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The Chronos Apartment

Smack dab in the heart of South Beach, you’ll be given every convenience while in the Chronos Apartment. Large windows will let in all the shining sun, the bright colour scheme will ensure the atmosphere is always inviting, and the fully furnished setup (including HDTV cable, WiFi and an appliance-equipped kitchen) promises every moment you’re in the apartment will meet every necessity. Not that you’ll be indoors too much, what with sandy beaches only minutes away.Beautiful Vacation Rental in  South Beach

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The Mermaid Apartment

A hidden gem within the South Beach area, the name of this apartment showcases what you’ll be doing while you’re staying in Miami: swimming. You will live the mermaid life of swaying in the ocean and relaxing on the beach, but don’t think you won’t find the same sense of tranquility within your fully furnished apartment. Not only will you find everything you need in the Mermaid Apartment, you’ll also have access to Corporate Stays concierge service, giving you access to rental cars, tour group reservations, and more.Beautiful Vacation Rental in South Beach

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The RemX Suite

 A definite switch up from your apartment at home, the RemX Suite will have you traveling in style. An original mural graces an entire wall of the fully furnished apartment which will visually bring you to a sunset on the beach, even from the comfort of your bed. A supreme location for anyone staying in the South Beach neighborhood, the RemX Suite is only minutes to the beach by foot and nearby various restaurants, spas, and clubs. No matter your travel-style, whether it be to relax or to party a bit, you’ll find everything you need when staying in the RemX Suite.Beautiful apartment rental in South Beach

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The Evelyn Apartment

Chic and spacious, you may not even want to head out of the Evelyn apartment. Why? Well, the 42” flat-screen and high speed internet will definitely have something to do with it. Enjoy the beach during the day then head into the air conditioned apartment and watch a movie in the evening, it’s a perfect set up. Don’t spend too much time here though, as the Evelyn apartment is incredibly close to the shops, restaurants, cafes and everything else that’s to be found along the pedestrian paradise that is Lincoln Road.evelyn-miami-beach-rental-007-

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5 Perks Of Renting A Luxury Furnished Apartment with MyStudioMiami

April 14, 2015
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So you’ve decided to venture off to sunny Miami. Good choice. Not only does the city have fantastic weather nearly all year round, there’s also just so much to do in Miami, for any age group. Now that you’re on track for your Miami vacation, all that’s left is to find a place to stay while you’re there.

Your mind no doubt first jumps to a hotel, the traditional and inordinately expensive option. You would stay with a friend in Miami, letting you save some cash while enjoying all the comforts of home, but unfortunately you don’t know a soul in the city. But you do have another option, renting out a furnished apartment with MyStudioMiami, which has the perks of both aforementioned options with none of the negatives. See how below:

 

Luxury For Less

Finding a fairly priced hotel is a nigh impossible feat, and even if you do find one, chances are the room will be far from luxurious. At MyStudioMiami, you get a fully furnished apartment with so many services included (more on that in a bit) at a much lower cost. Partnering with local suppliers who want to give you a great price for staying at their lodgings via last minute bookings, MyStudioMiami guarantees the lowest cost available. And if you do happen to find a better price, let the MyStudioMiami team know and they’ll match the price and give you a 10% rebate.

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Location, Location, Location

What you’re mainly paying for anytime you stay at a hotel is the location, as most major hotels are quite close to Miami’s major attractions. At a MyStudioMiami studio you’ll get the advantage of location, being a short walk from the beach, Lincoln Road, Espanola Way, with many right in the centre of South Beach, at a much lower cost. Plus, you’ll see the city from a citizen’s perspective, not being trapped in the “tourist bubble” that many hotels tend to create.

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Services Catered To Your Needs

Before you even choose your furnished apartment, you can filter through lodgings to fit your needs on the MyStudioMiami website, allowing you to choose a studio based on your specific requirements. Once you’re in Miami, the studios are catered to your needs even further. In need of a cellphone? MyStudioMiami will hook you up with one for your stay. Need a babysitter, an ride from the airport, or someone to watch your pet while you’re out? The dedicated concierge service has all that and more covered for you to ensure you’re stress-free on your trip.

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Fully Equipped Lodgings

You won’t even miss the comfort of home when you’re staying at a MyStudioMiami studio. Each and every apartment is fully furnished, with bedding equipped for up to four guests, kitchens equipped with everything you need (which will also save you some money by not having to eat out all the time) and a high speed internet connection with a HD TV to boot. Actually, your studio may even be nicer than your place.

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A Guaranteed Good Time

With all the aforementioned perks, it’s hard to imagine you’ll have a bad stay at any MyStudioMiami studio. If the impossible does happen, however, MyStudioMiami still has your back. If you arrive and you find your studio to be nothing of what you expected, just get in touch with the MyStudioMiami team and they’ll be happy to offer you a full refund on your stay. Really, you have nothing to lose!

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5 Reasons Why Brazilians Should Go to Miami Beach

April 7, 2015
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Brazilians are quickly becoming well-traveled when it comes to vacationing in the US, and no city is more popular than Miami! It makes sense though doesn’t it? Crystal blue water, white sandy beaches, and that certain flavor of music and food that makes people want to dance the night away and eat to their heart’s content.

Yes, Miami Beach brings the party, but it also has other huge points that make it an attractive place for Brazilians to visit, and we’ve got it figured out. It’s the hospitality that allows tourists to communicate with their guides and hosts, the amazing shopping, and so much more! Read on to find out why Brazilians love coming to Miami Beach…

 

Portuguese-Speaking Hosts, Guides, etc.

Because so many Brazilians are coming to Miami each year, businesses and tourist operations have decided to start offering their services with guides and leaders who speak Portuguese. This is an important aspect of travel that most people can’t understand unless they’ve traveled to a place with an entirely different language.

Miami Beach 411 has Portuguese tours for the Everglades and Miami itself, so you can have a blast while listening to something other than one of those clinical headsets with pre-recorded info on it. Having the ability to understand all of the facts and information that’s being conveyed makes a huge difference. It’s also a thoughtful way to let a specific subset of tourists know that they’re valued, and Brazilians are definitely valued visitors in Miami Beach.

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Affordable Timeshares and Vacation Properties

Brazilians are looking North when it comes to purchasing real estate, and even if it’s just a timeshare or vacation rental, Miami Beach is full of properties in condo complexes, apartment buildings, and other beach front properties, and they’re quite affordable when compared to staying in a hotel. The other clincher here is that most of these are right where the action is on Miami Beach, so you’ll be able to go out for dinner in a flash, use the building’s fitness facilities like they’re your own, and hit the nightclubs without being too far away to walk back to home base. Just think about having a place you can come to for a portion of every year! 

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The Shopping is Awesome

We all know how much you love shopping! Well, everyone loves shopping, but we know that Brazilians happen to have a taste for fine things, and Miami Beach has a few hot spots to check out that are definitely worth a look. Lincoln Road Mall is a unique outdoor boulevard and mall with all kinds of vendors and shops that range from budget to high end, and there are also pubs and restaurants for when you hit a slump and want a few drinks and lunch. This mall is also close to a lot of hotels, so it makes perfect sense to make a day of it here. Aside from Lincoln Road, you can also find boutiques on Collins and Washington Avenues as well as Espanola Way. It’s a veritable feast for the eyes and your closet!

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Luxury Spa Experiences on the Beach

Miami Beach is a big tourist destination, but it’s not Sao Paulo, so Brazilians will love how quiet and peaceful the beach can be at times. Where does one find peace while on the beach? The luxury spas with and resorts with private beaches are a good place to start.

The Palms Hotel & Spa is one of these sanctuaries that you can visit over a single day or use it as a place of retreat and rejuvenating body treatments both for singles and couples. The Spa is a part of Aveda, so it’s top notch, and you can get a couples massage under a tropical gazebo outside overlooking the beach in addition to the other cutting edge treatments for your face, body, and sanity. There’s no better way to de-stress!

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Electric Nightlife

Much like the guided tours and other businesses that have chosen to make Brazilians feel welcome by learning more about them and their culture, nightclubs are following suit by holding fun Brazilian themed events and celebrations. Restaurants are also trying to join the club by offering up dishes that are native to Brazil, and there are even places that serve exclusively Brazilian fare.

Everyone knows that Brazilians live life with passion: passionate dance, passionate food, passionate music…these are all things that the nightlife out in Miami Beach are all about! Mansion is a good place to start. They’ve got events, a glorious sound system, light shows, and VIP service that you can bank on. One can easily do a club crawl to almost every club on the strip in a single evening or split it up into different stretches. It’ll be a blast no matter what!

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It’s prtty clear that Miami Beach is the place to be if you’re coming from Brazill. The nightlife, vacation rental opportunities, and spas are just a few of the pros for why you might want to take a flight north. There’s also the Art Deco District and a lot of opportunities to have fun out on the water too. Bring your family or come out with friends. SoBe is here and waiting with open arms!

 

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Great Places for People-Watching in Miami

March 16, 2015
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Sometimes you want to lie on the sand and soak up the sun. And sometimes, you just want to take a break from the beach while in Miami, because, let’s face it, sometimes you really want to sit with a cold drink ogle other people and make up convoluted stories about them based on their tiny dog or ridiculous outfit.

Here are some of the best places to go in Miami and South Beach for people-watching, because, let’s face it, Miami is a treasure-trove of weird and wonderful locals (and visiotrs!) If you’re in any way creative, you should definitely take notes – this could be the beginning of an amazing art project or novel!

 

Española Way

This history-rich community is full of Spanish culture. The street is narrow and lined with cafe-style outdoor seating at each restaurant as well as a number of great shops that offer culturally significant artwork, trinkets, and souvenirs. You can take in a macchiato while watching tourists and locals pass, and when it’s all over, you can meet with the rest of your entourage for dinner at one of the trendy Latina restaurants in the diverse neighbourhood known as Española Way.

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The Miami Beach Boardwalk

Of course! What better place to do some people-watching than from a bench on the Miami Beach Boardwalk?! There are literally miles of paths, boardwalk, and beaches to settle down with a good book or your camera, and there are always loads of tourists and locals walking around. If you go further south towards South Beach, you may see a few celebrities, and there’s a yoga class held on the beach several times a day that you can play spectator at if you get bored of sitting around looking at people simply walking by. Be prepared for some beautiful beach bodies that may make you want to get on the rollerblade bandwagon.

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Lincoln Road

They call it a mall, but Lincoln Road in SoBe is a Miami hotspot with a huge gathering of shops, cafes and bars. This is the perfect place to pull up a chair on a the patio of a restaurant and sip a Strawberry Daiquiri while watching the throngs of visitors go by. There are sometimes street performers in the area too, which are also fun to stare at for a while. The cool thing about Lincoln Road is that you can do a little souvenir search in between lunch and your afternoon sugar fix. If you end up indoors for a coffee later, try to grab a window seat or a booth with a clear visual of the street outside.

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

If you want to get away from the beachfront, get down to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. After you’ve spent some time looking at the exhibits, go out into the garden and find yourself a place to sit and look at the flowers, trees, the bay, and the people who are out there to do the same. It really is a peaceful time in the garden, and its far less noisy than other places you’re going to go.

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Zoo Miami

The Zoo Miami is another treat of a place to people-watch. You can sit down in front of an exhibit or enclosure and watch people feed the giraffes or look at the other wildlife there. It is a bit touristy, but it’s a different piece of scenery to enjoy with interesting animals to watch too. Just promise you won’t try to reach the depth of a primate’s soul through their eyes, that’s actually kind of dangerous.

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The Art Deco District

You can always find a great place to set up in the Design District or the Art Deco neighborhood of Miami Beach for looking at people. The Art Deco District is known for the interesting architecture of each building and is home to some of the hotels on the beach. You can always find a place to chill out and watch the museum and art gallery crowds come and go as well as designers and artsy folk who live and work in the area. The Art Deco Weekend in January is always a great time to go down to this area for a festival celebrating the area and its contribution to art in Miami.

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That’s a pretty substantial list of places to take a time out from the action and centre yourself  – or play people-watching bingo and try to find at least one crazy person, one body builder, one aspiring actress, one artist and one tired tourist. It’s a whole day’s amusement – and it’s completely free!

 

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What to Look For in a Miami Vacation Rental

March 3, 2015
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Hotels, B&Bs, and hostels aren’t the only places to find accommodation for your perfect vacation. Apartment rentals can be the best decision you’ve ever made – they offer more privacy and square footage, so they can be a much better fit for some travellers. Sure, it can be a little unnerving to commit to vacation rentals like a house or apartment when you’ve always booked a hotel, but take the plunge and you’ll be so glad you did.

Just let us give you the inside scoop on what to look for in an apartment for your next vacation in Miami, and you’ll know exactly what to ask when you start making those calls.

 

Do Some Comparison Shopping

Every knows that Miami aint cheap, but apartment prices can be surprisingly comparable with hotel rates. Check around first with the hotels you would stay in. See what the area of your room would be, and check out the location. Then, do the same with the apartments you’ve scoped out. You’ll likely find that the square footage of your hotel room is going to be less than that of most rentals you look at.

It’s also important, and especially when it’s mom, dad, and the kids, to see about a bedroom for you and your partner to share. Nothing kills the mood more than spending every waking (and sleeping) moment with your entire brood mere feet from you. Right there, you will eliminate a lot of the hotel rates due to the price for a suite being a bit higher. Even a one-bedroom apartment will often have a pull-out sofa bed and sleep four people.

 

 

Location Matters Too!

Miami is a big city, so if you plan on staying at the beach for the entire time you’re in town, look for hotels and apartments either directly on the beach or close by. If you have a rental car, you can look at options a little bit farther from your stomping grounds, but remember that rental car mileage and fuel costs will rack up a bill by the end of your trip, so if you want to be near lots of shopping, restaurants and attractions other than just sand and water sports, you might want to look for something in an area with more of what you want nearby.

 

 

What’s Included?

If you’re going to choose an apartment over a hotel, figure out what’s included in your stay. You might have heat, hot water, and a full kitchen, but do they have wi-fi, a locked lobby door, or dishes to eat off of? What about parking? Is there a pool on site? Laundry? These kinds of things are important clinchers for where you’re going to stay because the minute your 10 yr. old figures out that there isn’t any Nickelodeon, you may be sorry, and your partner will sleep a lot better if they know that your rental car isn’t being busted into on the street outside as you sleep. Air conditioning is a must in Miami too, so if any apartment still doesn’t have it, keep looking!

 

Complex Rules

There will be rules you’ll need to consider when vacationing in an apartment or condo. For instance, some complexes will allow pets, but only certain ones, certain sizes of pets, or on an approval-only basis. There will also probably be a policy for the building in regards to smoking, and you would be  surprised how many complexes are disallowing smoking on patios as well as indoors.

 

Yet another good thing to make sure of is the orientation of the building. Some apartment buildings are adult-oriented or for ‘mature tenants only’, which is important in terms of respect for the peace and privacy of permanent tenants. – and since Florida is a popular retirement destination for a lot people, you will need to verify that kids are allowed in the building you hope to stay in if you plan on bringing them with you.

 

What Are the Fees?

Nothing comes for free, and while some of the pricey hotels offer great complimentary amenities, you may find that a vacation rental is a great contender due to their price being initially higher with minimal fees. Some rental companies will charge renters parking, cleaning, and admin fees. There are others who will create a surcharge that takes care of a small portion of the annual condo fees, garbage collection, water bill, and maintenance charges. Don’t forget to ask about security deposits and pet deposits too. No one wants to be surprised when they show up for the keys.

 

Go With a Reputable Company

You can’t always know for sure what you’re getting into when you rent a vacation home from afar, but you can do a few things to ensure you don’t lose your money or end up getting a raw deal. Going with an agency that specializes in vacation rentals is the perfect safety screening.

Get online and check the user ratings on the owner or company, and see what people had to say about the apartment when they returned from their trip. Most owners are also able to provide references to back up their apartment photos or profile too.

 

 

See? It’s actually really simple to find out how to book a sweet apartment for your vacation. You just need to shop around, look in the right places, and ask the right questions. Do these things, and you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about where to stay. Hopefully it’s a place with a fantastic view by the best restaurants and cool decor! Happy Travels!

 

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5 Cool Things to do in Miami – Other than the Beach

February 19, 2015
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Maybe it’s a little chilly. Maybe you’ve spent the first half of your vacay lying on the sand. Or maybe you just really like to discover new foods, activities and sights when you’re on vacation?

Well, rest assured you can do all of these things, and more, when you stay in South Beach. It may be famous for parties and poolsides, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find weeks and weeks worth of awesome culture and history. Here are some of our favourites:

 

Museums and Galleries

Have you heard of Art Basel Miami? Well, even if you haven’t, you could guess from the abundance of art galleries and incredible street murals that this part of the world has become a mecca for artists, designers and collectors. Wander the small galleries and showrooms in Wynwood for a taste of local up-and-coming talent, or take in one of the big guys – The Miami Museum of Contemporary art or the Miami Art Museum – for some world-famous names. If you prefer a little history, check out the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a beautiful European-style estate surrounded by lush sub-tropical forests and walkways.

 

Tours

If you’d rather someone else did the research for you, just book a tour! Miami has something for everyone – bus tours, segway tours, bike tours, boat tours, food tours, seaplane tours, architecture tours and even ghost tours! Check out sites like Viator, Miami City Sightseeing, and Art Deco Tours for a selection that will keep even the pickiest visitors happy!

 

Food

Miami is a paradise for foodies, whether they’re the kind of foodies who like to grab an authentic cuban sandwich from a kiosk, or sit down to a molecular gastronomy tasting menu. You can take an organised culinary tour to get a little taste of everything, or check out our previous posts on fusion food, brunch spots, and Cuban restaurants for inspiration!

 

Out on the water

Just because you don’t want to hang around on the beach, doesn’t mean you don’t want to experience a cool ocean breeze, does it? Why not try your hand at a totally new activity – like deep sea fishing or scuba diving – or just sit back and relax on a catamaran ride or an airboat on the everglades. YOu can spot manatees, crocodiles, and a few interesting locals on your ride!

 

Perfect your people watching

If you’re not in the mood to make bookings or plans while on vacation, then you should put on some comfy shoes and take a stroll down Miami’s 4-mile boardwalk. You never know what you might come across, from street performers to minor celebrities. Feet feeling tired? Rent a bike or a scooter and glide along on two wheels. And if you prefer a bird’s eye view – then you shouldn’t go home without trying parasailing over South Beach – it’s an unforgettable experience.

 

Hungry for more ideas? Scroll back through this blog, we have so many great posts on the best Miami music venues, classes, parks, sports stadiums, and shopping spots. So restless spirits rejoice – you could spend a whole week here and never set foot on the beach once!

 

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