Miami Travel Guide - Page 2
Serena seems to prefer to spend her downtime soaking up the sun closer to home, though still in Florida. Serena and her sister, Venus, both live in Palm Beach Garden, FL, about an hour and half north of one of their favorite vacation spots: Miami.
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YES. Excellent news! It is actually happening, and by "it" we mean that TV show that's supposedly spent the last few months filming within Miami International Airport.
We first heard of it all the way back in December, then warned that you could appear as an extra, but it looks like the project has been completed and stuck to a premiere date: October 2, 9pm EST on Travel Channel.
The seriescalled "Airport 24/7: Miami"will only run for 6 episodes and the official press release describes it thus:
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If you’ve ever flown into Miami you probably noticed that there’s kind of a lack of decent public transportation to and from the city’s core. Sure there’s those Deco Bikes, but that’s probably not a realistic option—not to mention they’re not even offered at the airport. There are some bus possibilities, but let’s be honest, that’s kind of lacking when compared to other cities around the country and the world.
However, it’s all about to change as of next week, because on July 28 a new public transportation link is finally arriving at the airport. The construction cones and jersey barriers are coming down, because Orange Line Metrorail service to the Miami International Airport Metrorail Station is almost complete. Basically this means that passengers can now be whisked right into downtown Miami without the need for rental cars, shuttle busses, or taxis. Best of all, it should only take you 15 to 20 minutes, and it’s only $2 per person per way. That’s definitely a deal when compared to other cities.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
There’s a new coach, a couple new quarterbacks, and a brand new playbook heading into training camp for this year’s Miami Dolphins. During the offseason the team was initially in the running for the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, but apparently Peyton just wasn’t interested in bringing his talents to South Beach.
Instead the Dolphins now have rookie Ryan Tannehill—and his wife—who may or may not start in 2012. In the interim, the team will look to Matt Moore or David Garrard to lead them to the playoffs for the first time in a long time.
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Get ready to cheer—or jeer—LeBron James and his crew this afternoon in Miami, as the Miami Heat are set to take to the streets to celebrate their victory in this year’s NBA Finals. We’re thinking that plenty of people will be calling out sick to participate on today’s festivities, especially since the fun is scheduled to begin as early as 11am.
The hubbub will start right around Southeast Eighth Street and Second Avenue near Brickell Village in Miami, and then things will head over the Miami River. Eventually the parade will wind their way through the city, onto Biscayne Boulevard, and then finally end up at the American Airlines Arena. It’s season ticket holders only inside the arena, where the official celebration will continue behind closed doors.
We still don’t understand why people feel the need to disobey the flight attendants when onboard an airplane. We’ve seen it time and time again, and we’re pretty sure there’s never a case where a passenger is rewarded for his or her bad behavior. The latest instance of not following directions comes to us from Miami where a Canadian passenger just couldn’t stay in his seat.
It sounds like this 24-year-old gentleman though it was a great idea to rush to the front of the plane upon touching down in Florida after arriving from Jamaica. Apparently he was pretty darn disorientated, and he refused to sit back down after being asked to do so by the flight attendants. He was “subdued,” but we’re not exactly sure what that entailed. Although we have to imagine it wasn’t too pleasant.
As for punishment, the passenger faces federal changes, including messing with a flight crew. However, we just think he needs to go back to Kindergarten to learn about the importance of being nice and following directions.
[Photo: Lars Plougmann]
[Photo: Lars Plougmann]
When she's not at South Beach's style central, The Webster, the boutique's owner and co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil is busy soaking up the best her adopted hometown has to offer.
With her new The Webster at Target Collection hitting stores this Sunday, we can now look (almost) as chic as Laure, but how do we get a taste of her fabulous, sun-drenched life? We asked the design guru what she recommends to any visitors hitting up South Beach for a warm-weather weekend.
I love starting my day by riding my beach cruiser along the beach and getting a Cuban coffee at David's Cafe on my way to the South of 5th Street beachalso called 'Brazilian Beach'for a swim. Beach cruisers are just the ideal way to go from one place to the next in South Beach and you can easily rent them everywhere at street stations like in Paris.
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This one's called The Roaring Twenties and Thirties in Miami Beach (they had us at roaring) and it's a collection of vintage photographs by Claude Matlack, who worked in Miami and Miami Beach between 1918 and 1942. During the twenties, his lens was focused on the beauties of the beach, and the gents who hung around them in matching dorky bathing suits.
The series on display, which comes from the Historical Museum of South Florida, is located at MIA's Central Terminal E, level 2, just before and just past the security checkpoint.
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Outside of the times Miami is hosting the buzzy Art Basel fair each December, we don't usually think of the city as particularly artsy. And we certainly don't have art galleries on our mind when we're rushing through the hordes at Miami International Airport to reach our gate.
On a recent spin from Terminal E to Terminal D, however, we were stopped in our tracks--by art.
As you can see, it wasn't the predictable kind either--no vintage black-and-white aviation photos or homespun pieces done by local kids (not that there's anything wrong with either of those...).
No, this was a series of paintings that placed dogs in the context of familiar and famous artworks.
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If you're a hardcore baseball fan, you're no doubt ensconced in all the high drama of spring training (jokes!) but us? We're stadium stalking. On the Internets, anyway.
The brand spankin' new Marlins Park opened this week, and while we haven't had a chance to get over there for a demo game yet, we were mighty curious about what it looked like on the inside. (On the outside, it looks like a giant white spaceship. Not as cool as the old Orange Bowl, in our opinion.)
Thanks to some snap-happy fans and the beauty of Instagram, we were able to get a sneak peek from inside Marlin Park from the comfort of our own desk. Looks...big and kinda slick, right?
The retractable roof even got a workout on its debut, thanks to some shitty weather in Miami on Tuesday nightit was activated about 30 minutes into the MIAMI Marlins (yeah, get used to that) demo game against the University of Miami. According to USA Today, the strong winds during batting practice saw balls flying into the concourse. So, yeah, good job they have that roof!
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Aside from the opportunity to gawk at power boats, mega-yachts and all the tanned, leathery rich people who own them, the five-day event is a great excuse to drink alongside sailors and said tanned rich people. After all, you never know when you may get an invitation to party on someone's yacht.
Here are our top picks for where to drink during Boat Show weekend:
1. Monty's: This outdoor raw bar with a pool is located at the Miami Beach Marina, making it an awesome year-round choice for tiki-bar drinks and stone crabs. This weekend, it will be a zoo, but in the merriest of ways. Considering the cost of some of the boats docked alongside it, Monty's is refreshingly laidback and often rowdy.
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First it was Crocs, now it's crabs. Yep, if we were playing Jeopardy, the answer is: What are last-minute purchases you can make at Miami International Airport?
Crabs is no euphemism either, folks. We're talking stone crabs. Those delicious big claws that you can only get in South Florida between October and May. Only now you don't have to hit up the famous joints like Joe's Stone Crab in South Beach to get your claw on. The opening of The Shoppes at Ocean Drive in Terminal D means you can now grab a crab on the way to your gate.
This sprawling, all-purpose storeessentially a glorified NewsLink outletsells claws from George Stone Crab, which also takes online orders and ships its crabs all over the U.S. and Canada.