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A May 2003 trip to Miami by NoPlaceLikeHome

Quote: Miami from a former native's perspective.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Hotel | "Fontainebleau Resort"

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The Fontainebleu Resort on Miami Beach is one of the area's oldest, fanciest, and biggest hotels. It opened in 1954 on 22 acres of oceanfront property. My parents came here on their honeymoon in 1958 and were so impressed they named their first pet after it! It used to be the hangout for famous movie stars like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Back in it's heyday, it was THE place to stay. It was known as the crown jewel of Miami Beach. Then it got out of fashion and began to go downhill until Hilton bought it back to life in the '80s.It is a huge hotel with classic South Beach style. The lobby is expansive and exquisitely decorated with crystal chandeliers and beautiful sta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

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

Monty's Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant | "Monty's"

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Monty's on the Bay is a relaxing outdoor dining restaurant located right on the Miami Bayfront. Gentle bay breezes make this an extremely relaxing environment. The smell of the ocean really enhances the rustic atmosphere. Monty's is a good place for lunch or dinner.The eating area is large. Each table is covered by either the thatched roof, pergolas, or individual umbrellas over the table. Some tables are close to the pier, some are in the middle of the eating area, some are closer to the stage, and some are close to the bar. There are bar stools at the bar, too. Most of the tables are large picnic table-style with an attached bench and no back. They are dark wood with a varnished, shiny fin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Monty's Seafood Restaurant
2550 South Bayshore Drive
Coconut Grove, Florida 33131
(305) 285-5176

Crandon Park Beach

Attraction | "Crandon Park"

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This is one of the nicest beaches in the Miami area. The drive out to the Crandon Park beach is really very pretty! You pay a toll to cross the bridge to get out to the key. The bridge rises high so the boats can go under it and then you get a lovely view of the Miami shoreline in the distance. I like looking at the tall buildings of the condominiums and offices on the shoreline. When you get to Crandon park, there are three separate parking areas to choose from. There is a parking fee, but you can leave and return the same day with your ticket. Be sure to bring beach shoes. The parking lot to get to the beach is made of a sharp coral-like pavement, it can be rough on tender bare...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Crandon Park Beach
4000 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
+1 305 361 7385; +1

Old Cutler Road

Story/Tip

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Historic Old Cutler Road is one of Miami's secret treasures. It is an old, quaint, two-laned road winding through huge old hammock trees. It's a very relaxing and scenic drive.To get on the road from the Biscayne Bay area, take Biscayne Boulevard to Coconut Grove. Biscayne Boulevard will take you past Mercy Hospital, then the marina on the left before curving right up into Coconut Grove. In Coconut Grove, take a left on Old Cutler Road. Enjoy the sights of Coconut Grove while you are there, you might even want to park and do a walking tour! Coconut Grove is a unique, hip, small town with lots of character. There are plenty of shops and sidewalk cafes, a mall for the rich ...Read More

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