Miami Travel Guide
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."
Throwback Thursday / Airlines / Pan Am / Florida Travel / Miami Travel / Seaplanes / Historical Travel / Architecture Travel / → All Tags
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:
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We’re not quite ready to start handing out a Jaunty award just yet, but it does look like do-it-yourself bag tagging is becoming a travel trend. We’ve seen carriers like Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines test things out in the past, and now it looks like American Airlines is expanding their offerings as well.
The last we checked they were trying things out in Austin, and now it looks like they’re on the move to one of their hubs—this time it’s Miami. In theory this should save you some time, and you might even be able to skip a longer line in favor of a shorter one.
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This weekend the white tents will once again line Ocean Drive as the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE descends on Miami.
The festival will take place February 21 – 24, 2013 and it features dozen of special tasting and celebrity events including Garden to Glass with Emeril Lagasse, a Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament, the Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood, and the Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray, all in addition to the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village.
Street Art Travel / Photo Gallery / Miami Travel / Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 / Design Travel / Art Travel / Art Basel / → All Tags
Here at Jaunted, we're pretty partial to street art. In fact, the last couple years have seen us cut entire days from traveling just to scope out the rough creativity evident on the street of Santiago, Chile; Stavanger, Norway; Milan, Italy and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Exotic destinations all, but here's a little secret: the best street art we've ever seen is right here in the USA.
The recipient of this compliment is Miami's Wynwood district, home to galleries aplenty and, once a year, the Design Miami art fair during Art Basel. Considering the artistic appeal of the neighborhood, it's really no surprise to turn corners and be awed by a mural. What we are shocked to find is a community that's literally wall-to-wall stupendous street art, from graffiti to wheatpaste and beyond.
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OH MAH GAWD you guys. So we like food trucks, that much is plain, but we love dessert food trucks even more. Something about decadence on the go seems like the answer to all of life's problems. After spending last week in Miami, we can pinpoint that even further to the awesomeness that are deep-fried Oreos.
The yummy is made by taking regular ol' Oreos, dunking them in batter and popping in a deep fryer. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. Occasionally the food truck (called 80s Sensation) is parked in Wynwood at NW 2nd Ave and NW 23rd Street and they specialize in such junk food indulgences. To be fair, we didn't know they were '80s-themed or what was going on; we just saw the sign "deep-fried Oreos" from across the parking lot and made a bee-line for it.