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Your guide to getting around South Beach

March 6, 2014
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No car? No problem! The rest of the U.S. may have an aversion to walking and a slightly sketchy public transport system, but Miami is a paradise for those who don’t want to spend their vacation behind the wheel.

You’ve got a whole host of options available as soon as you slip into your flip flops and step out of the airport. A taxi will take you to South Beach for a flat rate of $32, or the Super Shuttle vans will get you to your awesome South Beach studio (you booked with us, right?!) for just $20. On a serious budget? The Airport Flyer is an express bus that runs every 30 minutes and will take you to Miami Beach for just $2.35 (6am-11pm).

Now that you’ve arrived and unpacked, it’s time to hit the beach – which you can stroll on over to, because our studios are just a few minutes from the sand and surf. Areas like Collins and Washington Avenues are great streets to check out on foot too, as is Lincoln Road, a street mall stretching ten blocks and specifically designed for pedestrians, with great shops, cafes, nightclubs and restaurants.

If you want to experience the wind in your hair as you cruise down Ocean Drive, you can grab a DecoBike – the self-service bike rental system with over 100 stations around the city for picking up and dropping off bikes!

 

If you’re going a little farther or need to get out of the sun, you can jump on the ‘Local’ bus service. Busses stop every few blocks with service every 10 minutes or so, and have heavenly air conditioning. Drivers are super helpful and a ride on the South Beach loop costs just a quarter (route map here). If you’re going to leave South Beach and explore the rest of the city, it’s a good idea to get the $26 pass for the Metrorail and MetroBus, which will last you for a week.

And for sightseeing, there’s always the Miami Hop-on Hop-off bus, which will give you a nice overview of Downtown, Miami Beach, the Design District, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and more for $39.

There you have it – more options than you can shake a beach towel at. Now get out there and start exploring!

 

Cool Miami Neighborhoods to Explore

February 12, 2014
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We’ve all heard of South Beach and Ocean Drive, but there are so many awesome pockets of Miami that are buzzing with culture, history, art, and ethnic cuisine. So when you’ve unpacked your bags at your perfect Miami studio apartment, spend a day wandering around these great neighborhoods:

Key Biscane: Just south of Miami Beach, this secluded island is where you’ll spot the million-dollar homes with sweeping water views. Key Biscayne also offers great public beaches and a selection of high-class restaurants. Hobie Beach is the city’s hot spot for windsurfing, sailboarding, and jet-skiing. On the island’s southern tip, Bill Baggs State Park has great beaches, bike paths, and forests for picnicking and partying.

Wynwood: One of Miami’s hippest, still burgeoning areas. Just north of downtown, Wynwood includes the Miami Design District, and has a thriving arts scene that acts as the hub of Art Basel Miami Beach. Best for checking out the galleries and studio spaces inhabited by up-and-coming artists – you’ll find art, furniture, home design stores, as well as great cafes and restaurants.

Coral Gables: This peaceful residential neighborhood is where you’ll find Mediterranean-style houses with Spanish-tiled roofs along lush, tree-lined streets that open onto beautifully carved plazas, many with centrepiece fountains. The area also has some great golfing, up-scale shopping, and some of the city’s best restaurants, headed by renowned chefs.

Surfside:Just after North Beach you’ll come to Surfside; a family-friendly, old-style beach town with a secluded beach, paths through the dunes and casual bistros that welcome kids. Stroll down Collins Avenue for a good selection of restaurants and stores.

Little Havana: It’s easy to believe you’ve landed in Cuba when you take in the tastes, and rhythms of this small Miami neighborhood – even street signs are in Spanish and English! Check out the Cuban coffee shops and inexpensive restaurants line Calle Ocho, and dance the night away to salsa and merengue beats in the bars and clubs that come alive after dark.