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  1. There was an article today about Virgin/Brightline adding new stations including Port Miami. it's a fantastic way to travel! https://www.thenextmiami.com/virgin-trains-now-says-new-stations-will-begin-construction-by-year-end-2019-aventura-portmiami-boca-coming/
  2. Just a very gentle reminder that this thread is about NON-FORMAL night which the OP asked about, not about formal night wear and coats/ties etc.
  3. There are options in the Brickell/downtown area on certain sites for that price range. If you give a date it would be easier to suggest. For instance, The Intercontinental is available on Feb 7 for one night for $246 and I would grab that quickly. Great hotel, so close to the port and lots of nightlife and restaurants very close by. Aloft Brickell is available the following weekend for $282 and so on. Personally I would chose the Brickell/Downtown area or some where near Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale.
  4. The planetarium was great. There is a nice park right next door to walk around and if you want a fantastic lunch, Verde which is right on the water at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is amazing. It's the building right next to the Frost Museum and has killer views at the outside tables.
  5. Not sure if Larry's Limos is driving you around for the day or have hired them to take you to the airport. If you are having them drive you around then they can always take the scenic route down A-1-A and see what South Beach looks like. Wynwood is a very cool area to explore, whether by foot or by car and there are plenty of places to eat opening around 11 am. Again, have reservations and be there on time and leave by 12:30 and you will have no issues. Brickell City Centre is a great outside mall here in Brickell and again a short ride to MIA. Both Casa Too and La Centrale open early, one at 7:30 am and the other around 8. American Social in Miami is on the River and it's fun to watch the boating action on the weekends. Unfortunately their brunch doesn't start until 11 am but if you have a reservation for that time and are there are time, leaving by 12:30 will get you to MIA in penalty of time. Many cruisers love walking around Bayside and it is fun people watching. A great place for breakfast/early lunch that is walkable from Bayside is EggSpot and they are open from 7 am to 7 pm every day. It's a short drive to the airport from here. One poster had suggested Little Havana and I know restaurants like Versaille for cuban opens at 8 am most day and 9 am on Sundays.
  6. I've gone with my mid 20's son and we enjoyed it. There were some schools trips that day so we just went in opposite directions. Kids will really enjoy it and I think my son and I spent a couple of hours there. He got in free being military and I had the reduced Miami Date County resident ticket so to us it was worth it.
  7. I would place this question on your cruise line's page and ask and it's hard to say without anyone knowing which cruise line you are on.
  8. If you come into the entrance on 17th, the parking garage for Terminal 2 & 4 are prior to the security checkpoint so they do not check your cruise documents. They moved the checkpoint back a few years back.
  9. It's not restricted to cruise passengers however since it's quite a walk over a busy bridge, no one is really going to park there for any events so I wouldn't worry about it. Okay, have to edit that the busy bridge I was talking about was for Port Miami! Sorry about that. The parking garage for Terminal 2 & 4 is prior to security and the convention center uses this garage as well.
  10. First time I had been offered it as well. I had to look it up. https://www.uber.com/newsroom/introducing-uber-comfort/ OP, there are a ton of taxis but the taxis around here are usually terrible. One of the only issues I sometimes have around here is that some of the Uber drivers do not speak a word of English so if you don't know Spanish it can sometimes be a pain. Our driver that picked us up at MIA the other day was one of them so it was hard to communicate to tell him how to go when the traffic was horrible on Brickell.
  11. We also have a new Uber category which is Uber Comfort. It will be a newer car and guaranteed to be a bit larger. I came back from Chicago last week and it was offered and the price for an uberx to Brickell Ave was $17.76 and Uber Comfort was $21.50.
  12. Thanks for the fantastic review. Glad you had such a wonderful time. Our great friends were on this sailing and they really enjoyed themselves.
  13. And since a crocodile (not an alligator) has been spotting swimming around there lately, you wouldn't want to go into the water!!! OP, it's a great hotel and wonderful setting. It's also nice and quiet over there. As others have said, it's a short walk into Brickell plus the free trolley stops there and you can take it right to Mary Brickell village.
  14. Be very careful with airbnbs that are in high rises here in Miami as most building do not allow them and they are considered "illegal rentals". My building will turn off the fobs and not allow access. Fortune House is one place you may want to look at in Brickell. It's a hotel/condo building that has good reviews and I know someone who rents there and likes it. Not sure how big the units are though.
  15. I stayed at the Dalmar which is attached in May prior to our cruise. The hotels are in a fantastic location and it's very nice building. You are within walking distance to restaurants, Whole Foods Market and it's walkable to Las Olas. The Restaurant and bar inside the Dalmar which is attached is fantastic. Many of the locals eat here. The lobby bar was great and has a nice happy hour. We spoke to someone next to us who had moved over to The Element and he actually preferred it over the Dalmar. I wouldn't hesitate to stay in this area again at all. It was a short ride to the port the next day. Some of the hotels on 17th, especially the Embassy Suites badly need to have the rooms renovated and furniture replaced. Both of these hotels are brand new and much nicer. I'm going to move this over to the Florida boards and leave a link.
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