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Locos in Miami

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A June 2004 trip to Miami by Ishtar

Roney Palace Resort South Beach Photo, Miami, Florida More Photos
Quote: Miami Beach is not only caliente, but also a fashion and design capital. I had been there many years ago. I was anxious to revisit, relax, and finally drove to Key West, which was everything I had envisioned and then some. The sun is hot, and the skirts barely cover.

Locos in Miami

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Overview

Anything goes as far as attire Photo, Miami, Florida
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Miami Beach can be fun if you are into culture, anything Latino, splashing in the water, and visited during the wintertime. Naturally, there is the bar scene, which I don't do, and from what I hear, it's quite a scene especially around South Beach's Delano Hotel and other high decorator symbols. Try as many different restaurants as you can, and there are many, but I usually come here for the Cuban food. There were some memorable moments, one of which had nothing to do with us, but rather with a woman on a bus with her son, who was talking non-stop about her life (in Spanish) to another couple across the way, who listened politely, and nodded their heads occasionally. There was a bit of a row be...Read More

Roney Palace Resort South Beach

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Hotel | "Roney Palace"

Roney Palace Resort South Beach Photo, Miami, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Everything because you are in the heart of South Beach. The Art Deco districts is blocks away, as is Lincoln Road which is where "it's happening". Ocean Drive has some of the best restaurants in the area and ritzy boutique hotels. A convenient bus stop is within a block and a half and can take you to the Bayside Mall which should not be missed. The Bass Museum of Art is across the street and was featuring a Picasso exhibit. Walgreen's is on the corner for any emergency item you may need, including groceries. Best Things About the Resort:The accommodations are huge. We could have set up a ping pong table in our studio and played comfortably. Since it was under...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2004

Roney Palace Resort South Beach
2301 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 538-9395

A Fish Called Avalon

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Restaurant

A Fish Called Avalon Photo, Miami, Florida
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Ocean Drive is where you want to be at night in Miami Beach if you are looking for: a) great food b) ambiance c) music d) latest in what to wear and what not to wear e) people watching We had been recommended a restaurant by the resort concierge around 7th Street, but could not find it. To say that the street is jammed with cars would be an underestimation. And trying to find parking is no easy feat, and that goes for just about anywhere along Ocean Drive. After one spin around the block, we were blessed with a spot on one of the side streets. So we decided to get out and walk, and pick whatever would appeal to our taste. We didn’t have far to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2004

A Fish Called Avalon
700 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 532 1727

Breeze Ocean Cafe

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Restaurant | "Breezes"

Breeze Ocean Cafe Photo, Miami, Florida
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Breezes is one of three restaurants at the Roney Palace Resort. It wears its name well in that it's very airy, sunny, and evokes the tropics with its bamboo furniture and colorful buffet tablecloth. It's a bit of a trek to get there, but I suspect things will get better when construction and remodeling are finished. We had breakfast there twice, and found the service to be excellent, albeit sometimes slow. You will have the choice of an a la carte menu, a continental buffet, and a full buffet. The first time, I had a granola parfait that was shamelessly delicious. The second time, I did the Continental buffet, and found it more than adequate. The fruit is good, but not great, as some of th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Breeze Ocean Cafe
5055 Collins Ave
Miami, Florida 33140
(305) 864-2200

Bayside Marketplace

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Attraction

Bayside Marketplace Photo, Miami, Florida
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Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Chuck wished to try the local buses and go downtown for dinner. This "spontaneous" method has smiled upon us many times. As we crossed the street, we asked a group of people about bus schedules and destinations. It turned out they were tourists themselves, from Istanbul. After our amazing trip to Turkey a couple of years ago, we had many things to discuss. They recommended the Bayside Market Place as the "most beautiful thing they had ever seen", so why not? The bus was painfully slow on the way there, and painfully rare on the way back. The fare is $1.25, which is reasonable by any standard. What we always find is advantageous on public transportation is that you ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

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

The Haitian Art Factory

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Attraction

The Haitian Art Factory Photo, Miami, Florida
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I had spotted this listing in the cultural part of our guide book. As usual, Chuck is very suspicious of me when I select things he is not familiar with. Several times in the past I would recommend something, or remember someplace I had been only to find that it was no longer there. When you are in South Beach, which is where we were, you have to cross any number of causeways which connect you to the city of Miami. There is also a street numbering system that is a little irritating, but why fight it? You have the same street numbers, but make sure that it is either NW or SW; that can mean the difference between being there, and being somewhere you'd rather not be. This one happened to be 79th Stre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

The Haitian Art Factory
835 North East 79 Street
Miami, Florida
(305) 758-6939

Little Havana

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Attraction | "Calle Ocho (Little Havana)"

Little Havana Photo, Miami, Florida
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Calle Ocho has been partially renamed Celia Cruz Street, and with good reason. This was not my first visit, but it was for Chuck. We actually came here twice during our stay: the first time, we could not find anything that I remembered, so Chuck consoled me by saying they had probably shut the place down! (Imagine Calle Ocho disappearing???). I also didn't remember the fact that it ran one way from about SW 25th down, and then it becomes two way as you go further up. But by then, you've lost Little Havana. I had visions of crusty Cubanos with jamon for four days before we were able to find the right coordinates. We had a late flight back to California on our last day, and decided to spend late mor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2004

Little Havana
Miami River, Sw 11th Street, Sw 22nd Ave. And I-95
Miami, Florida

Art Deco District

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Attraction

Art Deco District Photo, Miami, Florida
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Art Deco is as much of an identifier to South Beach as is the Cuban character of South Miami. The area between 23rd and 1st Street (some say it stops at 5th, but I don’t agree) is where the greatest concentration of these structures lies. There is also quite a bit of restoration, and new buildings going up in the style of the 1920s-1930s era. Even if one is not terribly moved by architecture, the Art Deco District of South Beach is eye candy. And there is a method to the madness, as you will see from some of the pictures below. The name "Art Deco" is an abbreviated form of a much longer French phrase that was the name of an architectural exposition that took place in the early 20th century. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Art Deco District
1st- 25th Street
Miami, Florida

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach

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Attraction | "The Holocaust Memorial"

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach Photo, Miami, Florida
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It matters little how many memorials I have seen, or I should say experienced. Each one is expressed in the terms of the individual or individuals whose concept we see. Though small by comparison to the Museum in Washington DC, Kenneth Treister's creation is nonetheless one of the most powerful. If you’ve been here, you know that one of the images you take away with you is the outstretched 42-foot bronze hand. It took about five years to build this memorial whose idea was conceived by Miami survivors of families that perished in the Holocaust. The contrast of horrific facts and recreations of anguish stands firmly next to a reflecting pool of unimagined tranquility. Let’s start at the begin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 20, 2004

Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
1933-1945 Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 538 1663