Miami recommendations

Old May 17, 18, 2:06 pm
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Miami recommendations

Hi all, Iím fancying some winter sunshine and will be partaking of BAís recent November sale offer to fly Club World to Miami for a week. Iíd be interested to hear any flyer talkers recommendation for places to stay in Miami for 2-3 days and a beach style resort within 1-2 hours drive for the remaining 4-5 days?

We tend to enjoy the usual mix of sightseeing, good food and drink, culture and relaxation, but any suggestions would be gratefully received (ps, also both veggies).

I have various guidebooks And of course the full power of google, but there is so much info on Florida out there, recommendations from some like minded travellers would be appreciated (I seem to work in an office of Disney fans, which isnít really for me).
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Old May 17, 18, 2:12 pm
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Couple? With/without kids in tow?
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Old May 17, 18, 2:14 pm
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Hi, yes couple both early 40ís, no kids.
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Old May 17, 18, 2:17 pm
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Just a list.
Vizcaya, South Beach Arcitecture, Intercoastal at Fort Lauderdale, Delano, Joeís stone crabs, Bagatelle, Rusty Pelican.

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Old May 17, 18, 2:38 pm
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We spent a night at South Beach, which was pretty full on. Great sights and sounds but quite an adult vibe and probably misjudged that with younger kids, but not an issue for you. Architecture is iconic and it's a great night out.

I'd also recommend Fort Lauderdale - the segway tour is fun and there are plenty of beachfront resort type hotels.

I'd also head a little further north and do Kennedy Space Centre, if that is remotely interesting to you, it's great.

Our most enjoyable time in South Florida however has been in the Keys. Love the island life feel down there and lots of small B&Bs and great restaurants. We';ve tended to stay around Grassy and Duck Key where the islands thin out.
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If you like less city and more urban-beach then head up to Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton or Del-ray. The W is next to the Conrad, the Weston or the Ritz-Carlton further away but all in Fort Lauderdale. Good for beach and vibrant bars, restaurants or even shopping.

I did 3 nights last year for exactly this. Itís pretty nice. If you donít mind an hour in a taxi from MIA. Weather can be brilliant or if you catching the storms not great.

BA CW on the A380 too. Lovely and quiet in terms of engine/velocity noise. I think thereís a new AA lounge now too.
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I was there last week....stayed at Delano and Setai....both v cool and nice adult vibe. DJ by pool during the day, nice crowd eating and drinking and enjoying the music. You need a suite or bungalow.

Delano has great BBQ restaurant where we had wonderful food.

Other nice restaurants were Zuma, Prime 112 and Seaspice .
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Just read the veggie thing....skip Prime !!!
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I'm sure you'll get lots of recommendations but for what it's worth I was at The Double Tree by Hilton in January and ideal for 3 nights. Great hotel, nice room with a big balcony, spotlessly clean but the breakfast (included in the price) was average but there is a big supermarket just round the corner if you fancy using that. The hotel as you may see is at one end of South Beach and so quiet and not noisy around the area.

Beach shuttle bus across the road, safe area, friendly staff, a few minutes walk to the beach/promenade and very walkable to the Art Deco area as well as the City Tour bus stop across the road from the hotel (turn left and cross the road 100 yards along)

I saw an awful lot on that bus tour, hop on/hop off bus and would highly recommend it.

The Gates Hotel South Beach - A DoubleTree by Hilton

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we stay at the lowes ..collins ave..... nice hotel
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Thanks folks, some good reading for me for the weekend there!
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Old May 17, 18, 11:10 pm
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If you are really looking to save money, you can consider staying a short drive away from Miami South beach, and then renting a car and driving in to enjoy South beach or other places. One place I recommend is Hyatt House Miami Airport. Affordable very nice largely spacious rooms.

Those hotels on South beach can be quite expen$ive.
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2 words... Islamorada, FL.

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Old May 18, 18, 9:03 am
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Eat at Joe's Stone Crab!!!!
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Old May 25, 18, 2:56 pm
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Eat at Joe's Stone Crab!!!!
If you don't want to wait, there is Joe's takeaway right around the corner. Cheaper than waiting at the bar for a couple hours.
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