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An April 2002 trip to Miami by Jeffrey

Fontainebleau Miami Beach Photo, Miami, Florida More Photos
Quote: I have been to Miami and South Florida several dozen times, and I love to come here and visit the beach, but there is much more.

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Overview

Ocean Drive South Beach Photo, Miami, Florida
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The beach and the nightlife adjacent to the beach are not to be missed. This includes Miami Beach, South Beach and the Art Deco Historical District, Lincoln Road Mall, and the Bayside Marketplace downtown on the Biscayne Bay waterfront. There are diverse shopping opportunities at multiple malls and indoor and open air shopping areas such as Bal Harbour Shops, Aventura Mall, and Bayside Marketplace. Miami has a great art scene, with many studios and galleries on Lincoln Road, Coral Gables, Bal Harbour, and downtown in Miami's Design District. Don’t miss the funky shops, galleries, and cafes of Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach. The Miami Seaquarium is an awesome diversion for children...Read More

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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Hotel | "Fontainebleau Hilton Resort"

Fontainebleau Miami Beach Photo, Miami, Florida
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The Fountainebleau Hilton is a large resort with over 1,200 rooms and suites in 3 buildings over 20 acres. I got a group rate of $169 per night for a business function, which they honored after my business concluded. This Hilton is famous for the celebrities and dignitaries that have stayed or performed here, and the movies that have been filmed here over the past 50 years. The common areas are kind of dated...they are preserving the historical glory of the resort. The Fountainebleau Hilton Resort has very nice grounds. They have 2 large pools, one for kids that has water park-like waterfalls and slides, and a river you can ride around in a tube. Outside the kids pool, there are po...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
(877) 854-2033

El Rancho Grande

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Restaurant | "El Rancho Grande (Mexican Restaurant)"

El Rancho Grande Photo, Miami, Florida
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El Rancho Grande is an authentic and very nice Mexican Restaurant and Cantina near the shops and galleries of Lincoln Avenue (see my journal entry). The decor and furnishings are all done in colorful traditional Mexican colors in the bar and the spacious dining rooms. Out the front of the restaurant, El Rancho Grande has a patio that is great for people watching (and watching the time remaining on you parking meter). El Rancho Grande is open for lunch and dinner, and they have a large menu. They have a large selection of Appetizers ($3-$7), and a huge selection of beef, chicken, pork, fish, and shrimp dinner plates/entree ($10-$19). They also have a large lunch menu ($3-$11). They ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 29, 2002

El Rancho Grande
1626 Pennsylvania Ave.
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 673-0480

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

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Restaurant

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Photo, Miami, Florida
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The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is a casual rustic Gulf Coast seafood chain restaurant based on the theme and characters of the popular movie "Forrest Gump." The location we visited is in the Bayside Marketplace (see my journal entry) in downtown Miami. This Bubba Gump Shrimp Company has several indoor dining rooms, a bar, and a large outdoor patio with lots of seating. Every dining room has outfits and props that are from sets that were scenes in the movie "Forrest Gump." In one dining room, there is the bench and the outfit Tom Hanks wore in the movie, with the box of chocolates and the magazine that Gump and his sidekick, "Lieutenant Dan" were on the cover of. Other dining rooms have out...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 29, 2002

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
401 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, Florida 33132
(305) 379-8866

11th Street Diner

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Restaurant

11th Street Diner Photo, Miami, Florida
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The 11th Street Diner is an authentic Art Deco style dining car restaurant from the 1940's in Miami's South Beach. The dining car was moved from Pennsylvania and restored, and placed into service in Miami's Art Deco district. It is very novel, very popular, and open 24 hours a day 7 days a week (what diner isn't?). The 11th Street Diner must be quite an attraction, because there are celebrity pictures and notes on the walls, with many articles and reviews from magazines and travel guides. They sell the Art Deco diner coffee mugs and T-Shirts. The 11th Street Diner is packed on weekends when the late night crowd leaves the South Beach clubs. Inside the diner, there are classic sta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

11th Street Diner
1065 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 534 6373

San Loco Tacos

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Restaurant | "San Loco Mexico Cantina"

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San Loco Mexico Cantina is a casual funky Mexican restaurant and cantina in Miami’s South Beach (they have a second location in Ft Lauderdale). Although the format is fast food (you order and pay at the bar and find a table), their food is great, and the staff is very friendly. I stumbled onto San Loco by accident... one evening I parked on 14th Street (at Collins) to go to a very nice restaurant nearby, but I didn’t have enough change for the parking meter for the time needed to enjoy a nice meal and drinks without rushing. Imagine my surprise when the snob hostess refused my request to make change for the parking meter! So, I walked half a block (west on 14th) and found San Loco, and had a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

San Loco Tacos
235 14th St
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 538 3009

Blue Door

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Restaurant | "Blue Door at Delano Hotel"

Blue Door Photo, Miami, Florida
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Delano is a very trendy and very cool boutique hotel, restaurant, and bar in the South Beach Art Deco district. Our visit was to the Blue Door restaurant--the elegant, renowned, trendy, chic (and expensive) full service restaurant in the Delano Hotel. The hotel has a grand entrance. After you leave your car with the valet or exit your taxi, the walk back to the bar and restaurant, is like walking through a dream. There are long white sheer curtains everywhere blowing from the high ceilings around huge white columns, and over wood floors and trendy furnishings. There are beautiful people everywhere, and this is the kind of place celebrities probably frequent. Along the hallway, t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

Blue Door
1685 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 672 2000

Bal Harbour Shops

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Attraction

Bal Harbour Shops Photo, Miami, Florida
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Phone number is 305-866-0311. The Bal Harbour Shops are a European (Mediterranean) style 2 level outdoor mall in Bal Harbour just north of Miami Beach on Collins Avenue. It has beautiful outdoor gardens, fountains, and art, surrounded by very high-end shopping, cafes, and restaurants. The Bal Harbour Shops are anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. In between these anchors, there are world-class designer boutiques including Hermes, Cartier, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Gucci, Versace, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and more. Designer boutiques are not where I do my shopping, but my family likes having a look around here when we visit. This is where very rich p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, Florida 33154
+1 305 866 0311

Aventura Mall

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Attraction

Aventura Mall Photo, Miami, Florida
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Phone number is 305-935-1110 Aventura Mall is a huge mall north of Miami Beach. It has huge indoor courtyards and a European emporium style outdoor courtyard where you can window shop or relax at the cafes or restaurants. There is also a 24 screen movie theater. Aventura Mall has large popular high-end anchor stores including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Burdines, JCPenney, Lord&Taylor, Sears, but has over 250 additional specialty shops that I tend to enjoy more. You can even get your car washed. They have a food court, plus several full-service restaurants (some are popular chain restaurants) in a very nice courtyard that have extended hours of operation. Actually, my fa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

Aventura Mall
Biscayne Blvd and 196th St
Aventura, Florida 33180
+1 305 935 1110

Bayside Marketplace

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Attraction

Bayside Marketplace Photo, Miami, Florida
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Phone number is 305-577-3344 The Bayside Marketplace is an open air entertainment complex in downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay. Aside from the beaches, the Bayside Marketplace is one of Miami's most popular attractions. The Bayside Marketplace is situated on Biscayne Bay, next to the American Airlines Arena, and across from the Port of Miami, and all its cruise ships and freighters with stacks of large containers to/from just about everywhere. The Bayside Marketplace has a large concentration of shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and boat tours of Biscayne Bay. They have free live entertainment including dancers and live bands on a stage. In addition to all the things to do, Bayside i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2002

Bayside Marketplace
Fourth and Biscayne Blvd
Miami, Florida 33133
(305) 577-3344

Island Queen Cruises

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Attraction

Island Queen Cruises Photo, Miami, Florida
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Inside the Bayside Marketplace (see my journal) on the Biscayne Bay waterfront, there are many cruise operators that take sight-seeing cruises and tours, among the restaurants, cafes, and shops. There are large boats, fast boats, and even tall boats with sails. Island Queen Cruises is one of these operators. They specialize in tours in Biscayne Bay. They have a tour that is about 90 minutes that provides views of the skyline of downtown Miami, the Port of Miami and all its cruise ships and huge freighters, and "millionaires row" so-named because of the value of the fantastic waterfront homes you will see. The tour guide will point out several homes that are owned (or previously owned?) by ce...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2002

Island Queen Cruises
401 Biscayne Boulevard (in Bayside Marketplace)
Miami, Florida
(305) 379-5119

Annual Taste of the Beach

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Attraction | "Taste of the Beach on Lincoln Road"

Annual Taste of the Beach Photo, Miami, Florida
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Phone number is 305-674-1300 Taste of the Beach on Lincoln Road is an annual festival where over 30 top restaurants (not chains) around Miami set up shop along the pedestrian outdoor mall of upscale shops, galleries, restaurants, and cafes on Lincoln Road (worth a visit on their own). The event is held over a mid-April weekend each year. People can buy tickets ($1 each) to "taste" samples of each of the restaurants food ($1-$7 per taste), while enjoying live music from multiple stages, endless people watching, and window shopping at the shops and galleries...all in perfect weather. Taste of the Beach at Lincoln Road is an excellent way to taste food from many different resta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

Annual Taste of the Beach
Along Lincoln Road Mall
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 672 1270

CocoWalk

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Attraction

CocoWalk Photo, Miami, Florida
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Phone number is 305-444-0777 CocoWalk is an open-air entertainment complex situated in an attractive Mediterranean style village in Coconut Grove, south of downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay. CocoWalk has funky cafes, restaurants, nightlife, specialty shops, and festivals, live music, and other activities. CocoWalk has a cool inviting casual architecture and atmosphere that attracts visitors and locals. It has a brick sidewalks and a brick courtyard to invite and welcome you. The architecture is accented by reproduction gas street lamps, perfectly placed palm trees, and nice colors everywhere. The grounds are nice to look at, and there are many terraces and other vantage points to enj...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

CocoWalk
3015 Grand Ave
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
+1 305 444 0777

Miami Seaquarium

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Attraction

Miami Seaquarium Photo, Miami, Florida
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Phone number is 305-361-5705 Click here for there Web site. Open daily from 9:30am to 6:00pm I was expecting to visit an aquarium, but the Miami Seaquarium is much more than an aquarium. They have many aquariums, large and small, but more notably, they have awesome large outdoor shows with dolphins, sea lions, manatees, Lolita the killer whale, and a lot more. The Miami Seaquarium is also home to Flipper Lagoon, which is where the 1960’s television show "Flipper" was filmed. They have dolphin shows in the lagoon, where the dolphins do tricks while music is playing. If you plan ahead, you can participate in a program w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
(305) 361-5705

Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium

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Attraction | "Miami Museum of Science"

Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium Photo, Miami, Florida
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Phone number is 305-646-4200 Open daily from 10am to 6pm The Miami Museum of Science is an interactive museum of hands-on exhibits that are powerful learning tools for young people. They constantly have rotating temporary exhibits, and have permanent exhibits and a planetarium. They have an observatory and have viewings on certain evenings, but our visit was in midday. The first thing we saw was a planetarium show, since there was one about to start when we arrived, and they were highly recommended by the museum staff. It was on the history of the solar system, and I found it to be very dated, like watching old history films in school. One of the temporary exhibits ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
+1 305 646 4200