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MIA - SoBe - South Beach

A January 1999 trip to Miami by panda2

Best Western South Beach Photo, Miami, Florida More Photos
Quote: Great place to see and be seen for people with lots of money and or looks, lots of eye candy.

MIA - SoBe - South Beach

Overview

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MIA - Miami Beach is a wonderful place to visit, and it has lots of eye candy. There's the Lincoln Road Mall, New World Symphony at Lincoln Theatre for music to your ears, and dining at El Viajanté Segundo to salivate your taste buds.Quick Tips: Miami is a resource link.Best Way To Get Around: Miami-Dade County Transit provides usuable and useful public trans...Read More

Best Western South Beach

Hotel | "Best Western South Beach (The Kenmore)"

Best Western South Beach Photo, Miami, Florida
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Best Western South Beach (The Kenmore) has a nice expansive Art Deco lobby, a swimming pool, and dining.

The rooms are still fairly basic, as you are just paying a premium to be in the area. Parking is very difficult in this part of town.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Best Western South Beach
1050 WASHINGTON AVE
Miami, Florida 33139
305-674-1930

San Juan Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

San Juan Hotel Photo, Miami Beach, Florida
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San Juan Hotel is a great location at a great price. There was an Art Deco lobby, swimming pool, and a coin laundry with a tight clearance to work around. Two double beds can accommodate up to four. My mattress sank in the middle, but the room was clean and had no bugs. Bath towels were small, rough-like dishcloths and not very comfortable to use. Our room was near some motor running, so there was a constant "gray" noise, but after awhile, I hardly noticed it was there. There was also a mini-fridge, TV, microwave, and hair dryer. The provided bath soap dissolves quickly due to the shower spray and position of the soap holder. All calls, in...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

San Juan Hotel
1680 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 538-7531

Fairfield Inn & Suites Miami Airport South

Hotel | "Fairfield Inn By Marriott Miami West"

Fairfield Inn & Suites Miami Airport South Photo, Miami, Florida
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Fairfield Inn By Marriott Miami West is located near the Miami International Airport, where there's a complementary shuttle service. They also provide one complimentary shuttle to the cruise ship port at 10:30am, which we booked a seat the night before and was a full load. A couple of people who showed up without reserving a seat were turned away. The place is located in an industrial area, so very few things are available within walking distance.There's a swimming pool available for use and a complimentary breakfast from 7am to 9am consisting of cereal, bagels, toast, fruit juice, coffee, tea, and fruit.Yo...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Fairfield Inn & Suites Miami Airport South
4101 NW 11th Street
Miami, Florida 33126
(786) 456-2100

Miami Beach Resort

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Miami Beach Resort and Spa Not Worth the Money"

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Miami Beach Resort and Spa. Here was another opportunity to travel and stay at a fancy hotel in Miami Beach, or so I thought. The entrance is impressive looking, the lobby is grand but overdone. Checking in was relatively quick and painless. Arriving on our floor and going to our room, looking at the overdone decor and starting to already form an opinion of this place before opening the door to our room. The room is relatively spacious, light, and again overdone with decorations.There is a huge swimming pool for guests to use, bar, private access to the adjacent beach. There's a fitness room, restaurants, bars on the premises....Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 12, 2008

Miami Beach Resort
4833 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
(305) 532-3600

El Viajante Segundo

Restaurant | "El Viajanté Segundo"

El Viajante Segundo Photo, Miami, Florida
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El Viajanté Segundo serves Cuban cuisine and is open 24/7. They have daily specials advertised at the door for breakfast and dinner, with low prices to lure you in. But once we're in, we decided to splurge, so I ordered the fillet grouper special, which was excellent (lightly breaded and fried), very tasty, and highly recommended. The marinated chicken was also ordered, which didn't appeal to my tastes because of the lemon or lime taste. The flan was too rich and sweet for my taste.Ordering the specials doesn't allow for any substitutions, but we swapped among ourselves.We returned for breakfast and ordered the breakfast set, which included Cuban coffee with mil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

El Viajante Segundo
1676 Collins Ave
MIami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 534 2101

Jerry's Famous Deli

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Jerry's Famous Deli Photo, Miami, Florida
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Jerry's Famous Deli is a large 24-hour deli that was established in 1978. There is outdoor seating and a huge area of indoor seating, which is beautifully done, and it offers catering, a deli, and a restaurant. The menu is also quite large in selection. There is a restroom on the second floor in the rear of the restaurant. There is an advertisement banner flying around South Beach. Our waiter, Michael, took our order after being seated in a booth. I ordered a sandwich consisting of half-lean pastrami and half-lean corned beef. Our waiter asked i...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Jerry's Famous Deli
1450 Collins Ave.
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 534-3244

David's Cafe Coffee Shop

Restaurant | "David's Café"

David's Cafe Coffee Shop Photo, Miami, Florida
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David's Café is another 24/7 restaurant with counter seating and a takeout window. It has another location just off the Lincoln Road Mall. I ordered the fillet grouper, but it wasn't nearly as good as the one at El Viajante.

Ask for a token to use the restroom. Credit cards are accepted.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

David's Cafe Coffee Shop
1058 Collins Ave.
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 534-9655

Taste Bakery Cafe

Restaurant | "Taste Bakery Café"

Taste Bakery Cafe Photo, Miami, Florida
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Taste Bakery Café is a decent, relaxing corner bakery with indoor and outdoor seating and includes high-speed, wireless Internet access for customers. We split a large sugarless muffin, and I ordered an iced cappuccino. I had trouble getting Internet access, so I asked another customer a couple of tables down, also using the wireless Internet, for help. Within a couple of minutes, he had me connected. There's a 24-hour coin laundry a few doors down the block. I highly recommend this place over the D'vine Cyber Lounge, but here you provide your own laptop.Email: ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Taste Bakery Cafe
900 Alton Rd.
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 695-9930

Boston Market Doral

Restaurant

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Boston Market was one of the few restaurants still open till 9pm when we went searching around for a restaurant of decent quality.

You queue up, see what looks good, and then tell the cashier your food and drink choices. I suggest you queue up again for dessert if you still have any room left. Their chocolate cake was way too sweet. Their chicken is very popular, and the portion is larger when compared with the turkey. There is plenty of table seating and a self-serve soda fountain.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Boston Market Doral
8070 Northwest 36th St.
Miami, Florida 33166
(305) 716-0056

Lincoln Road Cafe

Restaurant | "Lincoln Road Café"

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Lincoln Road Café just somehow called to us after looking around at several different places in the area. There was outside seating available, and the prices weren't cheap but weren't outrageous either. We wanted to have one nice meal sitting outside on Lincoln Road Mall during our visit. It was getting a bit chilly though.An older gentleman came by -- a guitar singer -- and offered his service of singing a song for five dollars, so we took advantage of it. I didn't understand a word of it, but it was beautiful.We tried a couple of their appetizer meat pies: Empanada de Carne, small but tasty; boiled yuca/Yuca Hervida, mild taste; oxtail, flavorful; grilled beef with...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2004

Lincoln Road Cafe
941 Lincoln Rd
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 538-8066

Score

Attraction

Score Photo, Miami, Florida
Quote:
Score is a gay bar located in the chic and trendy Lincoln Road Mall. There's outside seating, a huge two floors of space, and a friendly staff. There have different themes for entertainment depending on the night of the week. There's Cabaret Monday, Latin Tuesday, and Strip Tease Wednesday, plus karaoke and a video bar.

People come here as the business name implies, to score.

Phone: (305) 535-1111

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Score
727 Lincoln Road
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 535-1111

The Laundry Bar

Attraction | "Laundry Bar"

The Laundry Bar Photo, Miami, Florida
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Laundry Bar is a gay bar with a pool table, coin-operated laundry machine, and Internet access for $0.25/minute with a $2 minimum. It was fun and energetic. This place was easy to miss; it is next door to Idol's gym.

Phone: (305) 531-7700

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

The Laundry Bar
721 Lincoln Lane N at Meridian Ave.
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 531-7700

D'vine Cyber Lounge

Attraction

D'vine Cyber Lounge Photo, Miami, Florida
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Divine Cyber Lounge offers conditional Internet usage with drink purchase. A soft drink purchase for $2 allows 15 minutes of free Internet usage, a red wine for about $5 allows 45 minutes of Internet usage, and usage times are not allowed to be combined. It costs $1.25 for 15 minutes. You pay when you're ready to leave, and then she adds tax plus 15% gratuity to your total. Her business was pretty busy and popular. Dell laptops are provided for use.I felt very uncomfortable, and I was unable to relax/unwind with their usage policy, as I had had to watch the clock, so I disconnected myself. I could...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

D'vine Cyber Lounge
910 Collins Avenue
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 534-1414

Palace Foodbar LLC

Attraction

Palace Foodbar LLC Photo, Miami, Florida
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Palace Food Bar consists of a hotel, restaurant, and bar for gay clienteles. The staff and customers are friendly enough. Outdoor seating is available. I talked with someone visiting from New York City.

Phone: (305) 531-7234

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Palace Foodbar LLC
1200 Ocean Dr.
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 531-7234

Foot Locker

Attraction

Foot Locker Photo, Miami, Florida
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Foot Locker is an international shoe chain. We were greeted by a very pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable and overworked manager, Leonard. Leonard spent time with us talking about shoe size, comfort, the shoe’s life cycle, padding, why white is preferred over other colors, and socks. We were so impressed with him that we came back to do some business with him.

It closes at 9pm. Phone: (305) 672-5433

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Foot Locker
335 Lincoln Rd
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 672-5433

Royal Rent-A-Car

Attraction

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Royal Rent-A-Car isn't a big chain and has only two locations, one in Miami and one in Ft. Lauderdale. They mainly operate a limousine service, but they also have car rentals. They do a brisk business despite being a small operator. They have the best rates in town, with a booth next to Hertz at the Miami International Airport. For prices at about half those of the competition, you can't beat it. A Hyundai Elantra cost us $30/day. Just stay away from the underpowered Daewoo.Hours: 5am to 1am.Phone: (800) 871-3000, (305) 871-3000, fax: (305) 870-0706 Em...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Royal Rent-A-Car
3650 NW South River Drive
Miami, Florida 33142
(305) 871-3000

Lincoln Road Mall

Attraction

Lincoln Road Mall Photo, Miami, Florida
Quote:
Lincoln Road Mall is a very successful chic, trendy pedestrian outdoor mall. There are about 400 businesses in this area, including shops, a theater, and restaurants taking up the space in the middle of the "road," as they set up tables outside for people to enjoy the sunshine and people-watch. There's so much eye candy here.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Lincoln Road Mall
Lincoln Road at 16th Street
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 531-3442

Regal Cinemas South Beach 18

Attraction | "Regal South Beach Cinema 18"

Regal Cinemas South Beach 18 Photo, Miami, Florida
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Regal South Beach Cinema 18 is located in the busy, chic, and trendy Lincoln Road Mall. It is an eighteen-screen movie theatre complex, with nine screens each on the second and third floors, a small area with outdoor seating for enjoying refreshments on the third floor, and stadium seating.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Regal Cinemas South Beach 18
1100 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 674 6766

New World Symphony at the Lincoln Theatre Photo, Miami, Florida
Quote:
The New World Symphony at Lincoln Theatre, performed with students, did a flawless performance on Mozart concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K 622 with guest conductor Sir Neville Marriner and son Andrew Marriner on a clarinet. We came across this by chance, with performances the two nights we were in town. Standby seats were available about an hour before the day of the performance for $20. Standby seats become available for any unfilled seats when the first performance starts. We were allowed to take any vacant seats one minute before the 8pm start of the performance.The intermission convenience bar was staffed by a beautiful woman in sexy attire.T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

New World Symphony at the Lincoln Theatre
555 Lincoln Road
Miami, Florida
(305) 673-3331

Art Deco

Attraction | "Art Deco Welcome Center"

Art Deco Photo, Miami, Florida
Quote:

The Art Deco Welcome Center has a small gift shop selling official Art Deco Weekend posters, T-shirts, books, cards, vintage items, jewelry, and memorabilia.

Guided walking tours, $20:

Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30am
Thursdays at 6:30pm
Sundays at 10:30am by advanced reservations only

Self guided tours, $15 daily 10am to 4pm, are available.

Guided bicycle, rollerblade, and private tours are available by request. Ask for Sheldon Brown.

There's the Art Deco Museum next to this, but it was closed.
Hours: 10am to 7:30pm
Phone: (305) 531-3484

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2004

Art Deco
1001 Ocean Dr.
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 531-3484

Miami-Dade County Transit Photo, Miami, Florida
Quote:
Miami-Dade County Transit provides usable and useful public transportation at a low cost. After debarking the cruise ship, we asked where the bus stopped prior to boarding the ship. A guard informed us where to go. There's no bus stop sign, but there's a bench. Fare is $1.25 while transfers are an additional $0.25. The driver told us where to get off and to transfer to a C or S to get to South Beach. The waiting period wasn't real long, but we had just missed one.The bus service takes you to the airport also. There was a direct night owl service from where we were staying for n...Read More

Art Deco District

Story/Tip

Art Deco District Photo, Miami, Florida
Quote:
Art Deco is a style of architecture that was first introduced in the 1925 Paris Exposition. It was like neoclassical with floral, fauna, and fountains.

Most of the best examples of the style may be seen from three streets: Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue between 6th and 23rd Sts.

There are walking guide tours or self-guided tours available from the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr. at 10th St., (305) 531-3484.

Quote:
MIA - Miami International Airport, found nine miles west of Miami, has the concept of an octopus, with one head, or terminal, and eight legs, or concourses, labeled A to H and serving over 33 million customers yearly. The choices of budget food include Burger King on concourses D and E, while fine dining choices include Top of the Port at the Airport Hotel on the seventh floor. Ice cream is sold on concourses E and H. Duty-free shops can be found near every concourse....Read More

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