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Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

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Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

Hi

We will be flying in to Miami airport at 11.45am on Saturday 16th Feb, en route from Costa Rica to the UK. Our onward flight to London does not depart until 7.45pm. Assuming we don't spend eight hours in the queue for immigration, does anyone have any ideas for somewhere to go for the afternoon?

Thanks a lot for your help

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1. Re: Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

Take the #150 airport flyer bus to south beach and stroll Ocean Drive, Lummus Park, beach and Lincoln Road Mall (if time permits). Be sure to get back at least 2.5 hours before your departure flight. The bus takes about 35 mins in transit but comes only every 30 mins, so allow for that. If running late a taxi is a flat rate $32+tip.

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2. Re: Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

It could take u ages depending on the time u arrive but the advice is good. get to ocean drive - take a towel and shampoo in hand luggage. have a walk beach swim eat drink and freshen up before heading back to mia.

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3. Re: Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

Thanks very much for the advice - looks like a trip to Ocean Drive and the beach then!

Cheers

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4. Re: Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

Let us know how it goes . Your bags will be checked through and you will have boarding cards so you will only have to navigate security when you return to airport . We have done this in several cities in usa . Some better than others but Miami should be great . Ocean drive definitely .

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5. Re: Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

You may want to make use of the checked baggage room at MIA so you aren't dragging all your carryon to the beach.

www.miami-airport.com/baggage_storage.asp

Be prepared to pay for a cab back (and maybe there) if time is a crunch.

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6. Re: Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

Ditto - Great advice given! Check out Ocean Drive & Lincoln Road. Just don't blame us if you want to stay more time :-)

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7. Re: Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

My wife arrived back at MIA tonight from overseas and spent 2hr 30min in the immigration hall because only half the booths were open and the line was massively long. After two hours they switched the still waiting non-citizens into the citizens line after that cleared, then delayed them again as more newly arrived citizens entered the hall and were ushered straight to the front of the line. Everything about Miami immigration stinks, it has got worse since the airport was refurbished and the new facilities opened, not better. 2hr 30min is a new record for us, but waits of 90mins or more are common. My advice, make sure you use a toilet before entering the immigration hall, and run like hell to get there the second they let you off the plane. Hope your experience is better and time allows you to see some of the beautiful city.

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8. Re: Eight hours to kill at Miami Airport

I hope you tell us how this idea worked for you after you try it. We also have long lay-overs in Miami a week later than you return.

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