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Miami... Not My Cup of Tea!

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A September 2001 trip to Miami by vampirefan

Sunny Miami  Photo, Miami, Florida More Photos
Quote: A few years ago when I was a travel agent we attended a seminar at sea. Prior to our cruise we drove down and enjoyed Miami and the South Beach area for 2 days. I enjoyed the beautiful art deco buildings found in South Beach.

Miami... Not My Cup of Tea!

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Overview

Sunny Miami  Photo, Miami, Florida
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To be quite honest, of all the places I have ever visited, Miami probably places at the bottom of my list. I really didn’t enjoy Miami. I would recommend a trip to South Beach to anyone. It is beautiful, and make sure to take the time to enjoy the area known as the art-deco district. Here you will find one of the largest concentrations of art-deco buildings and architecture in the country. The beach is a perfect place to relax and catch some rays. A visit to Bill Baggs State Park is a must-stop. Here you get a chance to see and maybe climb the Key Biscayne Lighthouse. Quick Tips: If you are planning a trip to Miami in the summer or over spring break, you need to do some ad...Read More

Best Western Windsor Inn

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn"

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We stayed at the Holiday Inn near the cruise port. This five-story hotel was undergoing renovations at the time, so I hope by now it has become a more presentable place than it was when we stayed here before. Billing itself as a superior tourist hotel is exaggerating, to say the least. The original rate on this would have been $159 per night, but as travel agents we got it at $35 per night. It was hardly worth the $35. They had secure parking, which you had to pay for. When you walk into the lobby, it looks horrible. The furniture looks as if it was purchased at a thrift shop. The carpet looks as if it hasn’t been cleaned in the last century. And the place has a musty smell to it. I suffer terr...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Best Western Windsor Inn
12210 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami, Florida 33181
(305) 891-7350

Johnny Rockets

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Restaurant

Johnny Rockets Photo, Miami, Florida
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While I enjoy trying new experiences food-wise, I also have some favorite chain restaurants that I try to go to whenever possible. One of my favorite specialty chain restaurants is Johnny Rockets. On our last day, we went back to South Beach, since our cruise ship didn’t leave until 3pm. We were hungry and didn’t feel up to the horrible breakfast at the hotel. My friend Scott suggested we stop in at Johnny Rockets. I have been to a number of Johnny Rockets, but never at breakfast. It was about 10am, and we missed the morning rush crowd. We took a seat outside, giving us a great view of the beach and a chance for people-watching. Once we were seated, our waiter promptly greeted us. Guy and I wen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Johnny Rockets
728 Ocean Dr
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 531-6258

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Hard Rock Cafe"

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, Miami, Florida
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Okay, I admit it, I am a huge Hard Rock fanatic. I have a very large collection of T-Shirts and an equally as huge collection of Hard Rock pins. So the visit to the Hard Rock was my idea. The Hard Rock is located at Bayside and is accessible to the cruise port. Just look for the 60-foot rotating guitar on top. The menu at the Hard Rock is standard American café fare and typically doesn’t stray from the ordinary, which is fine since I can try new things at other places. Like most other people, I come here to drink up the atmosphere and to take home a T-shirt. Here memorabilia from rock and roll’s best surrounds you. Here you will find records, drums, guitars, and costumes from the likes of such ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Hard Rock Cafe
401 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33132
(305) 377-3110

South Beach

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Attraction

South Beach Photo, Miami, Florida
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Located only about 15 minutes from Miami is the area known as South Beach. South Beach offers a wonderful beach and is known for the Art Deco buildings. Here you can find a wide variety of shops and restaurants, and it is one of the top places for clubbing. Like many areas of the country in the ‘70s, South Beach was suffering from neglect. In 1979, Barbara Baer Capitman, a champion for the Miami Design Preservation League, began work on this now aging beauty. Buildings were renovated and painted in the colors of the seas. Periwinkle blue, yellows, and pinks abound. About 800 buildings are now on the register of historic places, assuring that they have a place for many generations to come. Even ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

South Beach
Ocean Drive
Miami, Florida

Bayside Marketplace

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Attraction

Bayside Marketplace Photo, Miami, Florida
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Off of Biscayne Boulevard you will find the Bayside Marketplace. This waterside shopping center is located near the cruise port. If you happened to arrive at the port very early, then you can just head over to Bayside for some shopping. Here you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. You will also find that the majority of people here do not speak English. There is some parking here, but it is very hard to find. Your best bet is to park in the adjacent parking area and pay the $2 rather than driving around trying to find a spot. They have valet parking located at the back of the Hard Rock. Once you arrive at Bayside, if you go all the way to the back along the water ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

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

Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park and Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Bill Bags State Park/Key Biscayne Lighthouse"

Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park and Lighthouse Photo, Key Biscayne, Florida
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While in Miami, take the time to explore Bill Baggs State Park, located just off I-95. Here you will find a secluded beach, a variety of activities, and the Key Biscayne Lighthouse. Since I am a big lighthouse fan, my friends were kind enough to go to the park so I could enjoy the lighthouse. The beach here has been voted one of the top 10 beaches, and you can snorkel or dive here. Again, maybe it is just me, but when we were here, the water looked pretty nasty and certainly not a place I would want to have my very expensive diving equipment in. They have benches and shelter for picnics. The benches are free, but you do need advanced reservations for renting a shelter. You can stroll around the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park and Lighthouse
1200 South Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
(305) 361-5811

Miami Musings

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Story/Tip

The city of Miami Photo, Miami, Florida
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Miami is home to the Dolphins, the Heat, and Horiato Cane, and the top-notch CSI’s over at CSI Miami. Okay, I know, the show is actually filmed in Los Angeles along with the other two CSI franchises, but CSI Horatio, CSI Grissom, and CSI Lt. Dan don’t quite cut it. Here you will find some of the top beaches in the world. Gourmet cuisine is an art all on its own. The world of fashion is heavily influenced by this city. Many celebrities have homes in the many gated communities throughout the city. It is also rich in it ethnic diversity. Miami is home to a very large Latino population. It might surprise you to learn the history of Miami only dates to 1892. At the time, the area only had homesteader...Read More