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Miami Beach: Fun in the Sun in January

A January 2007 trip to Miami by US Traveler

Hemingway House Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: Needing a break from a Colorado winter, we headed south to Miami, FL. Included in our travel was an overnight trip to Key West, FL, driving the 170 miles each way on the overseas highway.
Hilton Grand Vacation Club (Suites) South Beach/Miami Photo, Miami, Florida
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This property is located in the heart of the art deco district. (http://www.hiltongrandvacations.com/miami-south-beach-villas.php)
The one bedroom unit was great, but it is a little short on square feet as it is in one of the original art deco buildings. Laundry service is down in the basement, which worked out fine but prefer to have those in the room. Valet parking was expensive so we used the nearby city owned parking garage. We were over charged for the 1 night of valet parking and took some time to get corrected. Great location, across from the park/beach. Hot tub was very nice as was the fitness center. Eating along Ocean drive is expensive, walk a few blocks and save a bunch.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Hilton Grand Vacation Club (Suites) South Beach/Miami
1430 Ocean Avenue
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 604-8225

Art Deco

Attraction | "Art Deco Walk"

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You meet with one of the folks with the Art Deco preservation, who guides you on a 1- to 2-hour walking tour. I highly recommend doing this early in your trip, as you find many places off the beaten path to explore. The history of the Art Deco area is very interesting and was presented very well. Seeing some of the old pictures of the hotels from the WWII era and how they've changed was fascinating. Learning of the people who built these hotels and why the Art Deco design brings the 1930s to life. I was not aware that China also has an Art Deco area. Bring water and good walking shoes.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

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

Drive to Key West

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Hemingway House Photo, Key West, Florida
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We did an overnight trip to Key West, FL, and driving took us about 3.5 hours each way. We were surprised to find that services, such as fuel and food, were plentiful all along the route. I would suggest fueling up at or before Key Largo, or you'll pay more.We stayed in the Comfort Inn, which was a great place to stay for the price, but a short drive from the famed Duval Street. (A Doubletree Resort was our first choice, but it was closed due to some problem.) We ate at a Cuban eatery for lunch and had pork sandwiches, which were great. The sunset booze cruise aboard a schooner was worth the money, and we even saw the "green flash" at sunset. Shopping along Duval Street was fun. I wish we would hav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

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