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“Road Trip Miami to Key West” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami
Miami, FL (Downtown)
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“Road Trip Miami to Key West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

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Miami
Accommodations in Miami on the beach
Most vintage hotels slightly smaller rooms
Be prepared to vallee park car per day approx $30 per day no parking at most hotels
Free parking on streets after 6:00pm to 8:00 am
Metered parking approximately $1 per hr
Stated at four points sheraton and best western both in the north beach historic district
So Not many restaurant on beach strip where our hotels are unless you go to other hotels
Beach gorgeous
Tip- bring a small cooler bag fill with ice bring to beach with drinks you can buy At Walgreens from water to beer and mixed drinks
No place on beach to get drinks
vendors charge $10 per chair rental and same for umbrella or cabana

South beach
hotels much more expensive
Took our car and found public parking in a building although bus will take u there
Tons of restaurant and entertainment on Collins
next street over comparable to bay & bloor expensive stores

Lincoln street
took bus $2 per person one way cab about $20
Row upon row of stores on either side of closed street
No cars allowed
With row upon row of restaurants
Very much a European flair
Shops expensive

Key largo
Mostly dive shops seashells and tacky restaurant
Not any upscale restaurants
Lots of selection of fish restaurants
Ride from Miami to key largo and as far as Isamoralsa
Not very scenic
Ate at DiGiordinos Italian restaurant and Mexican place next door Frijoletes

Few resort type hotels stayed Marriott
Nice clean simple limited beach cove area for swimming lots of weeds

Key west was outstanding
We took the shuttle from hotel into the quaint city several times
Our son went diving on the Vandenburg
Tons of restaurants shops and entertainment
We loved the energy the most
At sundown went to the famous Mallory Square with the throngs of thousands to watch the sun set
This is a daily ritual


Next stop Marathon
again not many nice places to stay or eat although we happened to come across one if the most expensive places in town Plaza Grille that had great food but less then helpful waiter
Denis and kids snorkeled


Drove to sawgrass mills for day and overnight
Forgot it was Boxing Day
What a mess could hardly get through the crowds not too much fun
But we shopped a bit

Back in Miami
Took the scenic route from Sawgrass Sunrise area and
Drove through Bal Harbor
Hollywood, Sunny isles
Stopped to take photos of the yatcts in the marina
Best western hotel was fine
Spent most day on beach kids enjoying playing in the big surfs
For dinner went back to Lincoln park
Dinner at italian place called Soto under the stars
Very European feel

Visited December 2012
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“im in miami bih!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

i love downtown miami. its nice and exciting and has alot to do. just dont be out on the streets too too late.. at least not on public transportation

Visited March 2013
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“Come a long way...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

When on business trips like to stop downtown to check out some shops, beach and restaurant seen.. It has grown up a bunch over the years since i would hang there down in the 80's.

Visited January 2013
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“Great growing area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Beautiful downtown ocean / bay view. Safe, quite clean and pleasant walking areas. Nice shopping and very exclusive residential areas. It will be soon one of the best areas of Miami!

Visited January 2013
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“Getting more interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

10 years ago downtown miami was nothing. Now it's turning into something remarkable. I'm from New York every times i visit miami it keeps getting better and better now i decided to live here cant wait to move back here

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