Although Miami is the second most populous city in Florida, the Miami metropolitan area is the largest in the state with an estimated population of over 5.4 million (2007), which makes it the 7th most populous metro area in the United States. Due to being sandwiched in by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades wetland area to the west, the Miami metropolitan area is a lengthy 110 miles (180km) north to south, but never more than 20 miles (32km) east to west.
Although tourists generally consider [wiki=a0bd59c4b1e155e3e7921e212eef67d6]Miami Beach[/wiki] to be part of Miami, it is in actuality its own municipality. Located on a barrier island east of Miami and Biscayne Bay, it is home to a large number of beach resorts and is one of the most popular spring break party destinations in the world.
Miami has the largest Latin American population outside of Latin America. English however remains the predominant language.
Spanish is a language often used for day-to-day discourse in many places, although English is the language of preference, especially when dealing with business and government. Some locals do not speak English, but this is usually centered among shops and restaurants in residential communities and rarely the case in large tourist areas or the downtown district. Even when encountering a local who does not speak English, you can easily find another local to help with translation if needed, since most of the population is fluently bilingual. In certain neighborhoods, such as Little Havana and [wiki=e2ae9a59a889168060cc9bbadf5b72d2]Hialeah[/wiki], most locals will address a person first in Spanish and then in English. "Spanglish", a mixture of English and Spanish, is a somewhat common occurrence (but less so than in the [wiki=98b9869ac5413aa6197a7b495f4972dd]American Southwest[/wiki]), with bilingual locals switching between English and Spanish mid-sentence and occasionally replacing a common English word for its Spanish equivalent.
[wiki=7aab0ea984b6d360ab16331b6a9f0576]Haitian Creole[/wiki] is another language heard primarily in northern Miami. It is common for a person to hear a conversation in Creole when riding public transportation or sitting at a restaurant. Many signs and public announcements are in English, Spanish and Creole because of Miami's diverse immigrant population. Unlike Spanish, Haitian Creole is generally centered among the Haitian neighborhoods in northern Miami. Most Haitians are more adapted to English than their Hispanic neighbors. [wiki=59fab84e6cf235aded6f1245e8deb708]Portuguese[/wiki] and [wiki=4ab1c324b79a182e72e067ba8e9a510d]French[/wiki] are other languages that may be encountered in Miami. These languages tend to be spoken mainly around tourist areas. Most speakers of these languages speak English as well.
The simplest way to get a response in English is to use the "approach rule," where most locals will respond only in the language spoken to unless they are not able to speak it. This rule can be used on anyone whether or not their first language is Spanish, English or any other language.
Miami City & Boat Tour The best way to discover Miami is by taking the Miami City & Boat Tour on your first or second day in Miami. The tour visit South Beach, The Art Deco District, Little Havana, Downtown Miami, Brickell Ave, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, The Venetian Pool. After the land portion of the tour you will enjoy a 90-minute narrated B Tour oat cruise across Biscayne Bay. The complete tour is approximately 5 1/2 Hours long and offers several stops for you to enjoy the sights. Tickets are available at Miami Info Tours * (Miami Beach Visitor Center) and online. Ticket Link > [url=http://www.miamiinfotours.com/miami-city--boat-tour.html]] Reservations are required.
* Everglades Air-boat Tour & Wild life Show This tour is great for nature lovers and adventure seekers who want to get a bit more out of their vacation in Miami. The tour includes a 30-40 Minute air-boat tour across the everglades narrated by professional park guides. The tour also includes a wild life show where you will get to see many of Florida`s exotic animals. The tour is offered 7 days a week and is available at 9:30AM & 1:30PM. Complimentary Hotel pick-up is available from select hotels on Miami Beach & Downtown Miami. Tickets are available at Miami Info Tours * (Miami Beach Visitor Center) and online. Ticket Link > [url=http://www.miamiinfotours.com/everglades.html[/url]] Reservations are required.
* Miami Celebrity Home Boat Tour - Boat Tour The Miami sightseeing boat tour is considered by far one of Miami's most popular tourist Attraction, it consists of a 90-minute narrated sightseeing boat cruise around world famous Biscayne Bay, Star Island, Fisher Island, The Miami Beach Marina and the Venetian Islands, all while you experiencing Miami's spectacular waterways and the million dollar mansions of the rich and famous. Some of the sights you will see during the tour since they have been feature on many of Hollywood's blockbuster movies like Scarface, Bad Boys I & II... Tickets are available at Miami Info Tours * (Miami Beach Visitor Center) and online. Ticket Link > [url=http://www.miamiinfotours.com/miami-boat-tour.html[/url]]Reservations are required.
*Key West Day Tour Traveling from Miami to Key West is now possible every day. Tours depart from Miami Beach every day at 6:30AM. Travel in comfort across the Overseas Highway and 7-Mile Bridge. On this tour, you'll get to do some sightseeing in Key West and spend approximately 6 hours in Key West. You will be able to explore the island on your own pace. Complimentary hotel pick-up is available from select hotels on Miami Beach & Downtown Miami. Tickets are available at Miami Info Tours * (Miami Beach Visitor Center) and online. Ticket Link > [url=http://www.miamiinfotours.com/key-west.html[/url]] Reservations are required.
*Miami by Land and Sea - sightseeing tour This Miami tour is the number one most popular Miami tour for the first time visitor.Join us on a tour through the Miami's most interesting landmarks for 90 minutes by land. There are plenty of scheduled Miami tour stops along the way.One of these stops is in Little Havanna where you will get to see first hand how cigars are made in Little Havana. Additionally, you will get a complimentary coffee while stopping in Little Havana. Learn about the city's history, rich culture, see the homes of the stars and the rich and famous. The Miami boat tour,consists of a 90-minute narrated sightseeing boat cruise around Biscayne Bay, Star Island, and the Venetian Islands, all while experiencing Miami's spectacular waterways, the Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, and much more. Along the way you will stop at the Biltmore hotel, see the Venetian Pool and Freedom Tower,make at stop in Little Havana where you will witness the art of cigar rolling, and get a complimentary coffee. Note: Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase onboard the tour boat. [http://www.miamidiscounttours.com/popular-miami-tours/miami-by-land-and-by-sea-half-day-tour[/url]
*Everglades Airboat Tour & Wild life Show Nicknamed Ten Thousand Islands for a reason, the tropical wetlands of the Everglades offers a glance into an unimaginable world. Home to a rich history,these grounds are a portal into an alternate world that are nothing short than mesmerizing. With an engaging presentation of the Spanish lore and knowledgeable accounts of the different animal and plant species around, our Everglades tour is crafted to keep you entertained and in awe. You will have the opportunity to witness species that National Geographic has only been able to show you before. With an introduction to the American alligator, turtles, snakes, American crocodiles, fish, and exotic birds such as the national Bald Eagle and the Red Shouldered Hawk, we are excited to get the opportunity to explore the park with you. A Glance into the Experience that Awaits You We will provide complimentary pick-up from your hotel, taking you right into the heart of the park. Upon arrival, we will let you familiarize yourself with the area before we begin with the tour.[http://www.miamidiscounttours.com/]
*Star Island, Biscayne Bay, Miami. Star Island is an artificial island within Miami Beach. The houses are colossal and the architecture is worth taking a look at. Most of the houses are gated. The island looks exclusive because there is a guard house, however, it is a public neighborhood and you are able to go on the island and check out the houses. The houses on Star Island are homes to and have been homes to celebrities such as Will Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, Lenny Kravitz, Gloria Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, P. Diddy and many more. If you are planning a trip to Miami this is a good bit of free sightseeing for you.
*Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th Street (FIU-Maidique Campus), (305) 348-2890[url=http://thefrost.fiu.edu/].]Open Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Located at Florida International University, the Frost Art Museum has a large variety of 1960's and 1970's American photography, pre-Columbian artifacts dating back from 200 to 500 AD, ancient African and Asian bronzes, and a growing number of Caribbean and Latin American paintings and artwork.
* With many antique art, ceramics, pottery and sculptures ranging from Greco-Roman times, Renaissance, Baroque, Art of Asia, Art of Latin America, and ancient potteries, the Lowe Art Museum offers a great range of art through the centuries.
*Venetian Pool, 2701 DeSoto Blvd (in Coral Gables), +1 305 460-5306, (email: info@VenetianPool.com, additional phone number +1 305 460-5357) [url=http://www.venetianpool.com/[/url].]Open 11AM-5PM every day, but call to verify hours. In the 1920s Denman Dink transformed this limestone quarry into a pool with a waterfall, an area for kids and an area for adults. The water in this pool comes from a spring and is drained daily. In addition to the swimming facilities there is a snack bar (you cannot bring outside food into the Venetian Pool) and lockers. Swimming lessons are also offered here. The Venetian Pool is best known for having Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller (the silver screen’s first Tarzan) swim here. $6 people 13 years and older, $3 children under 13 $ (between November and March); $9 people 13 years and older, $5 under 13 (between April and October).
* Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave, +1 305 250-9133, (fax: + 1 305 285-2004) [url=http://www.vizcayamuseum.org].]European-inspired estate. Includes a main house filled with art and furnishings and ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay. $12 adults, $9 Miami-Dade residents with ID, patrons using wheelchairs, seniors 62 years of age or older with ID and students with ID, $5 children 6-12. Admission is free for children 5 years of age or younger.
*Oleta River State Recreation Park, 3400 N.E. 163rd St, +1 305 919-1846[url=http://www.floridastateparks.org/oletariver[/url].]Daily 8AM-sunset. The largest urban park in Florida has trails for biking, a beach for swimming, picnic areas and a playground for kids. Get a canoe or kayak to row to a mangrove island within the park. Several animals such as eagles and fiddler crabs also make their home here. Fourteen cabins with air conditioning are also on the premises, but bathrooms, showers and grills are located outside the cabins and guests should bring their own linens. $5 for a vehicle carrying up to eight passengers, $1 bicyclists, pedestrians and extra passengers ($50.85 a night in a cabin).
*Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St Miami, tel (305) 251-0400. Open daily 9:30AM-5:30PM. Largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida. It houses over 1,200 wild animals and is a free range zoo. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa like no other zoo in the country.
*Jungle Island, 1111 Jungle Island Trail, Miami, tel 305) 258-6453. Lush tropical garden that features animal shows and exhibits. Great outing for the family to enjoy.
* Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, +1 305 361 5705 [url=http://www.miamiseaquarium.com[/url].]This 38 acre tropical island paradise features marine shows and marine life exhibits. Expect to stay around two to three hours touring the large aquarium. Just ten minutes from downtown Miami.
* Matheson Hammock Marina [url=http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/Parks/matheson_marina.asp[/url].]Grassy park with a man-made atoll pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of nearby Biscayne Bay. The park has a full-service marina, snack bar and restaurant built into an historic coral rock building, picnic pavilions and nature trails.
*Ancient Spanish Monastery 16711 West Dixie Highway (near Sunny Isles), +1 305 945-1461 [http://www.spanishmonastery.com/[/url]. M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM (unless there is a wedding scheduled; call ahead or check the website for wedding dates). Originally built in Segovia, Spain in 1141, this monastery was originally to be a part of William Randolph Hearst’s property in California. Partly because he ran out of money and partly because the United States would not allow the monastery to be built in California, the monastery remained in New York Harbor until 1954, when a couple of businessmen bought the property and assembled it in Miami. Parts of the monastery have not been assembled because the government removed the pieces from numbered boxes and then placed the wrong pieces in the wrong boxes. Today the monastery is a church as well as a popular marriage location. As seen on the History Channel show Weird U.S. Adult admission $5, senior and student admission (with valid ID) $2.50, child admission $2.
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Barry University, 11300 North East Second Ave. (in Miami Shores), +1 305 899-3100 (e-mail email@example.com, fax +1 305 899-2971) [url=http://www.barry.edu]]- This Catholic university, located 20 miles outside of Miami, has majors such as biomedical and forensic photography as well as the very popular nursing, education and liberal arts majors. The university is co-ed with close to 10,000 students enrolled.
*Florida International University, University Park, +1 305 348-2863 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax +1 305 348-3648) [url=http://www.fiu.edu[/url].]With over 40,000 students enrolled in this public co-ed university spread out over two campuses, Florida International University is one of the largest universities in Florida and the 11th-largest university in the U.S. With over 280 majors in 26 schools in colleges including its top-ranked College of Business, School of Architecture, College of Engineering, College of Law, and College of Medicine, it is one of Florida's top universities.
*Florida Memorial University, 15800 Northwest 42nd Ave., +1 800 822-1362 (fax +1 305 625-4141) [url=http://www.fmuniv.edu/[/url]]- A largely African-American student body can be found on this private Baptist co-ed college campus (formerly known as Florida Memorial College). The university has over 1,950 students and majors such as business administration, commerce management, elementary education and criminal justice studies.
*Island Dreamer Sailing School, 555 NE 15th St, +1 561281-2689 [url=http://island-dreamer.com[/url]]Live aboard sailing and cruising classes specializing in multi-day trips to the Florida Keys for couples and families that want to gain the skills to charter or live on a sailboat. Certified by the American Sailing Association.
*Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Campus, 1701 Northeast 127th St. (in North Miami), +1 305 892-7600 (e-mail email@example.com, fax +1 305 892-7020) [url=http://www.jwu.edu[/url]]- One of Johnson & Wales’ many campuses across the country, this co-ed, private university offers majors in the culinary and baking and pastry arts, business and hospitality. This campus is also one of Johnson & Wales’ largest after the original school in Providence, Rhode Island, with 2,500 students enrolled.
*New World School of the Arts, 300 Northeast 2nd Second Ave. (in Downtown Miami), +1 305 237-3135 [url=http://nwsa.mdc.edu/splash.html[/url].]This institution offers conservatory education to talented high school and college students. It's highly selective in its admissions, and highly intensive in its education. Alumni of New World have gone on to successful careers in Hollywood, on Broadway, and in other prestigious arts venues around the world. In addition, many of today's top talents in commercial arts, advertising, public relations and architecture got their creative foundations at this highly-ranked school. Offers programs in theater, visual arts, dance and music for high school students and college, with joint degrees offered between Miami-Dade Public Schools, Miami-Dade Community College and the University of Florida.
*St. Thomas University,16400 32nd Ave., +1 305 628-6546 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax +1 305 628-6591) [url=http://www.stu.edu[/url]]- This private university, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, has an enrollment of over 2,600 men and women. Business/management, education and communication majors are popular here.
*University of Miami, Coral Gables, +1 305 284-4323 (e-mail email@example.com, fax +1 305 284-2507) [url=http://www.miami.edu[/url]]- The top ranked university in Florida, over 16,000 men and women are enrolled in this elite private research focused university. Business, communication, medicine and biology majors are popular here.
*Miami-Dade College, [http://www.mdc.edu/home/[/url] - With more than 165,000 students, it is the U.S.' largest institution of higher learning, and one of the country's best community college systems. This community college conveniently has locations in Hialeah, Homestead, Kendall, Downtown Miami, and North Miami and also has locations all around Miami proper.
If you are not from the U.S., you will need a work visa. If you try to work while holding a tourist visa, you are still considered an illegal immigrant in the U.S. Immigration and Nationalization Services conduct frequent illegal immigrant checks in Miami businesses since Miami has several refugees from Cuba, Haiti and other nearby countries. If you don’t have the right visa, you may not get a job in Miami.
There is an exception to getting work without a visa in Miami, however. Since yachts and cruise ships sail on international waters, these companies can freely hire any person they like. Non-US citizens will still require a valid seaman's visa, however, to land in US ports.
Remember that sales tax is 7% in Miami.
Foodies and chefs alike herald Miami for its unique New World cuisine. Created in the 1990's, the cuisine alternatively known as New World, Nuevo Latino or Florribean cuisine blends local produce, Latin American and Caribbean culinary tradition and the technical skills required in European cooking. Nuevo Latino is said to be the brainchild of four chefs: Allen Susser, Norman Van Aken, Mark Militello and Douglas Rodriguez. All of them still work in Miami and most of them work at the restaurants they created in the 1990's. New World is not restricted to these chefs’ menus. This cuisine influences several restaurants around the city to this day.
Miami may be known for its Latin cuisine, especially its Cuban cuisine but also cuisines from South American countries such as Colombia, but there are other different kinds of restaurants to be found around the city. In addition to stand-alone restaurants offering up various cuisines from Chinese and Japanese and Middle Eastern and Italian (among other cuisines), there are cafés, steakhouses and restaurants operating from boutique hotels as well as chain restaurants such as TGI Fridays and Ben & Jerry’s.
Miami is known for having nightclubs double as restaurants throughout the city. Most of these restaurants, such as Tantra (which had one of their chefs recently appear on Top Chef: Miami), BED and the Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge (attached to Nikki Beach), are located throughout South Beach. However, some of these restaurants/nightclubs like Grass Lounge can be found in the Design District (north of downtown but south of North Miami).
If many of Miami’s premiere restaurants don’t fit into your daily budget, consider eating during Miami Restaurant Month (better known as Miami Spice [url=http://www.miamirestaurantmonth.com/])]in August and September. This year at 80 select restaurants, lunch costs $22 and dinner is $35.
Miami’s dining scene reflects burgeoning diversity, mixing exotic newcomer restaurants with long-standing institutions, often seasoned by Latin influence and hot winds of the Caribbean. New World cuisine, a culinary counterpart to accompany Miami’s New World Symphony, provides a loose fusion of Latin, Asian, and Caribbean flavors utilizing fresh, area-grown ingredients. Innovative restaurateurs and chefs similarly reel in patrons with Floribbean-flavored seafood fare, while keeping true to down-home Florida favorites.
Don't be fooled by the plethora of super lean model types you're likely to see posing throughout Miami. Contrary to popular belief, dining in this city is as much a sport as the in-line skating on Ocean Drive. With over 6,000 restaurants to choose from, dining out in Miami has become a passionate pastime for locals and visitors alike. Its star chefs have fused Californian-Asian with Caribbean and Latin elements to create a world-class flavor all its own: Floribbean. Think mango chutney splashed over fresh swordfish or a spicy sushi sauce served alongside Peruvian ceviche.
Whatever you're craving, Miami's got it -- with the exception of decent Chinese food and a New York-style slice of pizza. If you're craving a scene with your steak, then South Beach is the place to be. Like many cities in Europe and Latin America, it is fashionable to dine late in South Beach, preferably after 9PM, sometimes as late as midnight. Service on South Beach is notoriously slow and arrogant, but it comes with the turf (of course, it is possible to find restaurants that defy the notoriety and actually pride themselves on friendly service). On the mainland -- especially in Coral Gables, and, more recently, downtown and on Brickell Avenue -- you can also experience fine, creative dining without the pretense.
There are several Peruvian restaurants at SW 88th Street and SW 137th Avenue in Kendale Lakes. Take the 88 or 288 buses from Dadeland North train station. This is kind of out of the way, but it is worth it.
*La Carreta, SW 8th St, +1 305 444-7501 [url=http://lacarreta.com/[/url]]- Open 24hrs a day. Cuban. The flagship restaurant of a small chain of Cuban restaurants (including one location at Miami International Airport). It should be noted that the majority of staff only speak limited English but menus are available in both English and Spanish. $5-$22 per person, per meal.
*Baleen at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, Four Grove Isle Dr, +1 305 858-8300 [url=http://www.groveisle.com/index.html[/url]]- Far beyond typical Miami restaurants, Baleen consistently draws attendance from faire afficianados and consistent critical acclaim from Zagat's, Gourmet and AAA. The menu is eclectic and eccentric, with selections fresh from the sea, land and garden. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
*Chef Allen’s, 19088 NE 29th Ave, +1 305 935-2900 [url=http://www.chefallens.com/home.cfm[/url].]Sun-Thu 6PM-10PM, Fri-Sat 6PM-11PM. Allen Susser was named the best chef in the South in 1994 by the James Beard Foundation. A perfect place to try New World cuisine. Dinner jackets suggested. $9-$46 (the tasting menu is $75 per person).
*Casa Tua, 1700 James Ave, +1 305 673-1010 [url=http://www.casatualifestyle.com/[/url]]- Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30AM-3PM, dinner Mon-Sat 7PM-12AM. Italian. Casa Tua is proud of the fact that there is no outside signage outside its restaurant. If the restaurant decides to advertise out front, it’s not going to be soon. Reservations are required to get inside, but make sure you can find the restaurant first or you might get a headache attempting to get to dinner. $12-$100 per person, per meal.
*Ola, 5061 Biscayne Blvd (in the Sanctuary Hotel), +1 305 695-9125 [url=http://www.sanctuarysobe.com/[/url]]- Mon-Thu 6PM-12AM, Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM. Nuevo Latino. Chef Douglas Rodriguez’ restaurant, Of Latin America, is a mixture of Spanish and Latin American culinary traditions. Reservations recommended. $20-$35 per person, per meal.
*Ortanique on the Mile , 278 Miracle Mile (near Actor’s Playhouse), +1 305 446-7710 - Mon-Tue 6PM-10PM, Wed-Sat 6PM-11PM, Sun 5:30PM-9:30PM. New World. One of three Ortanique restaurants (the other two are located in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. The food has a mixture of Caribbean and French influences. Reservations are requested. $19-$36 per person, per meal.
*Azul, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Florida 33131, +1 305 913-8358 [http://www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/dining/azul/[/url] - Award winning blend of Mediterranean flavors with Asian influences.
Nightlife in Miami consists of upscale hotel clubs, independent bars frequented by locals (including sports bars) and nightclubs. Most hotel bars and independent bars turn the other cheek at your physical appearance, but you have to dress to impress (which does not mean dress like a stripper) to get into a nightclub. Also remember to never, under any circumstances, insult the doormen and/or nightclub employees that will grant you entry or touch the velvet ropes or you may as well be sitting on the opposite side of the clamoring masses trying to get in. Attempting to tip the doormen and claiming that you know employees that work in the nightclubs (unless you actually called and reserved a table or a spot on the VIP list) is also considered an affront. Getting to the club unfashionably early and pushing through the crowd (and not the doormen) also can help make you stand out in the crowd. Finally, most nightclubs won’t admit groups of men unless those men are waiting in front of a gay bar. Bring some women or leave the pack if you’re desperate to get in. And once you get in, remember that the charge to get in these clubs can cost up to $80-cash only (some clubs, however, mercifully have ATMs-that can charge up to $7 for a withdrawal). Joining and organized nightlife tour like the ever-popular South Beach VIP Pub Crawl can help save some cash, and has the added benefit of new friends to party with all night. Popular drinks in Miami include the Cuba Libre and the mojito.
Miami is known for its boutique hotels (especially those in South Beach). Designers such as Ian Schrager (the Delano, Shore Club), André Balazs (Raleigh, Standard on Belle Isle) and Todd Oldham (the Hotel) helped put South Beach on the map with their creative hotel designs. The downside of many of the boutique hotels is that rooms can be small, particularly if the building was built during the height of the Art Deco period in Miami. If you value space, a boutique hotel may not be the type of hotel for you. If you don't need to stay in a boutique hotel (and value space), Miami has several upscale high-rise hotels north and south of South Beach, as well as near the downtown area. Miami does have its share of less costly chain hotels for those who value space and/or money.
The high season for hotels is around Nov to Apr because of the lower temperatures. However, Miami's lower temperatures, in comparison to the majority of the United States around this time, are still warm. High season is also marked by the advent of many Miami events, such as the Winter Music Conference and Spring Break. If you wish to reserve a room during Miami’s high season, especially at a boutique hotel and/or a hotel on South Beach, you should book months in advance.
Be aware that hotels have a 12.5% room tax and some hotels may add a 15% service charge which may or may not be added if you reserve a room through the hotel, through a travel agent/agency (either in person or using an online site such as or similar to Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity) or through an opaque (prices are given, but the name and location of the hotel is unknown) travel site such as Priceline or Hotwire.
Some hotels offer garage and/or valet parking; check with your hotel about parking before booking a room if you wish to drive around Miami.
The major area codes for Miami-Dade County are 305 and 786. The 305 area code also applies to the Florida Keys (Monroe County).
Miami, frequently heralded in the news as a center of crime and drug smuggling, is only relatively dangerous for the passing tourist in certain areas. [wiki=bc95693fbacdcee2fef27315b2ec5b49]Overtown[/wiki] (next to Liberty City) has the highest violent crime rate in the city and is best if avoided all together. If you are in this neighborhood, or any other high crime neighborhood, take the same precautions as you would in other high crime neighborhoods around the country. Such as minding one's business, getting to your destination quickly, and avoid wearing flashy jewelry and electronics. Remember that most common sense rules such as being aware of your surroundings at night and traveling in high-traffic areas at night apply in Miami as it does in all other urban areas around the United States. Be sure to have fun, don't be a stranger, but don't speak to strangers either. Stay safe, but if anything bad happens, remember to call emergency numbers.
[wiki=a0bd59c4b1e155e3e7921e212eef67d6]Miami Beach[/wiki] - Popular vacation destination minutes away from the city proper.
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*[wiki=702e989bf025becf325e0bb91eb2586b]Boca Raton[/wiki] - Wealthy South Floridian neighborhood.
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