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On this free air miles trip, we are going to have to overnight in Miami and spend most of the next day there.
Anyone have any good ideas where to stay, or what is there to see or do in Miami for a few hours.

Posted : January 23, 2009 1:49 am
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You should check out a Jai Lia match. Very interesting.

Posted : January 23, 2009 2:46 am
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When I lived in the islands and passed through Miami, I would always do a lot of shopping. Dadeland Mall is good, and not too far away. If you have already done that elsewhere, then it is really up to the kind of thing you like. Do you want to check out a certain kind of restaurant, museums, clubs etc? If you give me an idea of your interests, I would probably be able to help more. Don't know when you are planning on coming, but it is freezing here right now!

Posted : January 23, 2009 3:09 am
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If you want the convinience of staying right on the airport grounds, there is a hotel which is located by terminal E area called Miami Airport Hotel. You will have to claim your luggage and re-check them in next day.
Might be bit pricey, about $200.00 a night, but what do you expect if you want the convinience, right? they have roof top swimming pool/restaurant by the pool as well as another restaurant at the hotel. They even have a sushi bar at the lobby - by the terminal.
Off airport - there are several Marriott properties that offers free shuttle services and price will be lower than the above mentioned hotel.
I love window shopping/shopping at $10.00 stores. Several shops there, including getting your hair cut.
Several places to eat there at the airport s well.
Hope this helps!
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Posted : January 23, 2009 4:56 am
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if you have enough time dolphin mall is nice. its been awhile since i lived in the area so dont remember how far it is from the airport. heck i dont even remember the exit number. it has a two story book store and a dave and busters. lots of other stores too.

Posted : January 23, 2009 11:05 am
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We won't need to do any shopping as we will be heading back to AZ for 4 months. Lots of shopping there.
If we were overnighting in PR, I would go to Old Town to see the sights and quaint little shops.
Anything interesting like that in Miami?

Posted : January 23, 2009 12:25 pm
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Go to South Beach, a lot of fun people watching from one of the many cafes.

Posted : January 23, 2009 1:22 pm
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I also suggest you get down to SoBe (South Beach). Stay at The Marlin (owned by Chris Blackwell- Island Records) a little pricey but you are only there one night. Or check out hotels.com . Go to the Clevederer on Ocean Drive for a drink-- right next to the Marlin. The next street up is Collins- Great bars and restuarants (worlds best). Enjoy yourself. I don't know what you are into but SoBe is Miami. PM me for info/ if you would like. I have lived in Jamaica/ Cancun / Miami/ Toronto and now St. Croix.

Posted : January 23, 2009 1:35 pm
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If you go out on SoBe be sure to not wear jeans lol

Posted : January 23, 2009 2:00 pm
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Seems like South Beach, as always, gets many votes! I have lived in Miami for several years and almost never go to South Beach. Lots of traffic, lots of people, hard to find parking, especially Thursday - Sunday. Not to mention the "Saturday Night Millionaire" people, and ridiculous price of drinks. However, it is the most well-known spot in Miami, so maybe it is something you should do once in a lifetime.

Coconut Grove is the best old Miami area, and there are beautiful Gardens and a Museum called Vizcaya. Also a really nice Cuban Restaurant (I'll get the name if you are interested). Bayside is also an interesting area to visit. On the waterfront - shops, restaurants, boats etc, all in one area. It is a good place to be at night, plenty going on, and parking right there. Just don't go wandering around at night outside of that immediate area, as it is not very safe.

Posted : January 23, 2009 6:05 pm
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