Miami Travel Guide
Starbucks, Coffee Bean, yawn... we're tired of the same old options around every corner, too, and so next time you've got a stopover at Miami International and need a good cup of joe, try a cup of the local specialty.
Called cafe con leche (coffee with milk), this Cuban creation is very similar to a latte by definition in that it is coffee mixed with scalded whole milk at a 1:1 ratio. The main difference is that while a latte typically has foam on top, cafe con leche does not.
The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami is the latest hotel to offer their guests discounts in exchange for doing good.
The "Our Beach Is Your Beach" Package includes an additional 10% off the best available rates, $50 spa daily credit, and free daily breakfast for all guests who participate in a 3-hour beach clean-up and a 2-hour environmental beach walk.
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Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is less than two weeks away and tickets to the EDM-focused event are almost gone.
The traditionally electronic dance music fest is continuing to broadened their lineup for 2014. Along with DJs like Afrojack, Avicii, David Guetta, and Tiesto, rapper M.I.A., MGMT, and the Australian band Cut/Copy are also on the roster.
This week the Kardashian sisters had the privileged of staying at the former Versace Mansion in Miami.
Located on Ocean Dr. in South Beach, Casa Casuarina attracts hundreds of tourists a day hoping to get a glimpse behind the gate of one of the country's most expensive and storied properties.
Planes, trains, and space ships are already a reality for Virgin, and if Richard Branson gets his wish, a cruise line will be next.
Currently, only three companies, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian, control 80% of the global market when it comes to cruising, prompting Branson to believe that he can come in and compete by doing things differently. Though specific details are slim, Branson told The National that his line would be based in Miami and "supply the Virgin touch" while offering "more entertainment and leisure opportunities on board the ships."
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Some call it the "Gateway to the Americas," but most just know it as Miami City Hall.
This small, art deco building in the south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove houses the offices of city officials and one stately meeting room, complete with wood dais and original Pan Am winged clock. Why a Pan Am winged clock? Well, this meeting room was once a departures area for flights, and the building the airline's very first terminal.
Acting mostly on rumor and the results of a few Google searches, we made the 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. Venturing inside, we were thrilled to discover that the general public is welcome to meander around after a brief security screening and during city business hours, but note that the second floor restaurant has closed.
Visitors expecting a full airport will quickly notice the lack of runways; Pan Am placed this terminal here to utilize the neighboring calm waters of Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay for the operation of their flying boat services, with routes stretching as near as Cuba and as far as Buenos Aires, covering most South American and Caribbean capitals in between.
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Every once in a while there’s a former airline that tries to make a go of it once again, and this year it looks like it's Eastern Air Lines. Technically they have nothing to do with the former carrier that folded in the early 1990s, but a new group has the rights to the name, intellectual property, and they’re even moving into part of the former headquarters down in Miami.
They have a website, they have some pictures, and they’re even eager to promote that they have an Airbus A319—we guess at least one of them—on order for delivery as soon of this year. So far the only real news out of the airline is their latest press release, as they revealed that they’ve gone ahead and filed some necessary paperwork with the Department of Transportation.
Next up is starting the needed certification and scoring the other credentials from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The 2nd annual Miami Beer Festival is less than two weeks away but it's not too late to get tickets.
The fest brings together dozens of craft, international, and local breweries on the Sun Life Stadium field. This year's featured breweries include Kona, Redhook, Widmer, Shock Top, Goose Island, Estrella, Vermont Hard Cider, Abita, Anchor, Sam Adams, Orange Blossom, Bells, Brooklyn, Miami Brewing, Harpoon, Florida Beer Company, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Sweetwater, Lagunitas, World of Beer, Ommegang, and Hollywood Organic.
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This week is arty-farty all right, as December 5 - 8 runs Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual collection of modern art fairs that attracts 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Basel is just as much about the societal buzz of the week as it is about the serious artwork and structured events. To enjoy it all and come out swinging, there's five things to have on you at all times during Art Basel:
· A good guide to the fairs.
Every year brings new satellite fairs to compliment the original Art Basel offering in Miami Beach's Convention Center. The only issue is that the area has grown, and now Wynwood's Context and downtown Miami's River Art Fair are draws of their own. To know what's on when, for how much, and how to direct your taxi there, we like the Miami New Times' .pdf guide, and the HuffPost has broken down some of the better talks and workshops throughout the week.
· Good shoes.
In short, this means no flip flops. Even poolside hang-outs are better served by wearing slip-on espadrilles, as Art Basel brings dressier requirements to Miami Beach. Now factor in that you'll be bouncing around all 80-degree day between art fairs, food, your hotel, and parties, and style-forward, dependable shoes become the best option.
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We told you yesterday Justin Timberlake and Jay Z are in Miami tonight to perform their last concert in their Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour. But we just learned about a special, super-secret Justin Timberlake concert being held at midnight at The Fillmore Miami Beach.
Apparently in a partnership between JT and MasterCard, the cool crooner is hosting an "Intimate Priceless Miami Performance" at the stroke of 12, right after his show at the Sun Life Stadium. Woo! Man must have a lot of energy to go back-to-back like that.
Justin Timberlake proved it pays to be a pop star as he carefully climbed out of his private jet in Miami yesterday.
Reportedly, JT has been flying the same Gulfstream IV for years, complete with a full bathroom and oversize, comfy leather seats.
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Our sister site HotelChatter has been hanging in Miami for the last two weeks, and now it's perfect timing to take advantage of Miami Spice, the food-fest that stretches until September 30. If you've never participated, this is the time to hit the hot South Beach and Downtown Miami restaurants you've always wanted to try, but couldn't otherwise afford.
Over 170 restaurants are participating this year, including a few new spots in the up-and-coming artist-friendly Wynwood nabe in additionto Downtown Miami.
The premise: Get three-course meals for a song. Lunches are $19 or $23 and dinners are $33 or $39. And all feature signature dishes found on the "regular" menu, so you're assured a quality meal created by these renowned chefs.
Here are 7 restaurants worth hitting up while you're in town: