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Miami - Gateway to the Florida Keys

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A November 2008 trip to Miami by RoBoNC

Everglades National Park Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida More Photos
Quote: Miami has more than just beautiful beaches. It is close to many national parks such as the Everglades and Biscayne Bay. It is southern Florida's sports mecca. It is also a starting point for many to the Florida Keys. It also has many different cuisines due to its diverse population.

Tap Tap

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Restaurant | "Miami's Only Haitian Restaurant"

Tap Tap Photo, Miami Beach, Florida
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Miami is a delicate blend of many different cultures and therefore some of the best Caribbean cuisine can be had here. You don’t have to go far if you are looking for Cuban food as a quick trip to Little Havana will take care of that. It seems that Cuban cuisine overwhelms and sometimes hides many other cuisines that are located in Miami. One of those cuisines is Haitian and the only Haitian restaurant is located in Miami Beach. Tap Tap is a restaurant serving the greater Miami area and offers authentic Haitian cuisine. Haitian cuisine is a combination of African and French influences. Haiti was a slave colony where hundreds of thousands of African slaves were subjected to harsh treat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2009

Tap Tap
819 Fifth St
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 672-2898

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

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Attraction | "Home of the only US Presidential Railcar"

Gold Coast Railroad Museum Photo, Miami, Florida
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For anyone who loves railroads and trains, then the Gold Coast Railroad Museum is a must-see. It is located in Miami adjacent to the MetroZoo. The idea for the museum was hatched in 1956. The Naval Air Station-Richmond maintained over 2100 acres of land in southern Dade County and it was heavily used during World War II. After the war was over, the Navy leased the land to the University of Miami for research purposes. Then a business student at the university, William Godfrey, came up with an idea to use the miles of unused railroad tracks to house an active operating steam engine. He convinced the university president to go along with the idea and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum became a reality...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2009

Gold Coast Railroad Museum
12450 Southwest 152nd St
Miami, Florida 33177
(305) 253-0063

Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa

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Hotel | "An Affordable Hotel Next to the Beach"

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Hotels in Miami can be very expensive and even more so in Miami Beach, especially if it is oceanfront. I found a hotel that is an exception to the rule. The Howard Johnson in Miami Beach sits on the ocean located on Collins Ave near the A1A and 87th St. The hotel contains 225 rooms on ten floors. The rooms are average in size with a modest bathroom. The rooms are air conditioned with cable television and free high speed internet. The rooms are equipped with an ironing board, in room safe, basic toiletries, and a complimentary USA Today newspaper. The hotel operates a full service spa on site, the Nirvana Spa. They offer massage therapy, face and body treatments, manicures and pedic...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 24, 2009

Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach & Spa
8701 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach 33154
(305) 865-6661

Miami Overview

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Everglades National Park Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Miami is the 2nd largest city in Florida after Jacksonville with over 400,000 residents. When it is combined with other cities such as Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, the metro population is 5.4 million people, making it the 7th largest metro area in the US. Miami is a growing city due to its increasing ethnic population, for being a gateway to the Florida Keys, and a major port destination for cruise ships going to and from the Caribbean. Miami International Airport is the largest airport in the area. It is a hub for American Airlines and it services most of its destinations to Central and South America. There are also two other international airports in Fort Lauderdale and in W...Read More

Everglades National Park

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Attraction | "Up Close Encounters with the American Crocodile"

Everglades National Park Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida
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The Everglades National Park, located in southwest Florida, is one of the largest national parks in the US. Each year, over a million people visit the Everglades to witness one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. The Everglades is under attack from human and environmental factors and although Congress has passed legislation to protect it, there is still plenty of work to be done. UNESCO has included the park on its list of endangered sites. There are over thirty endangered or threatened species that live in the park which include the Florida Panther, American Crocodile, and the West Indian Manatee. Due to the park’s enormous size, you should allow yourself two to three days to vie...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2009

Everglades National Park
Various Visitor Centers
Everglades National Park, Florida
(305) 242-7700