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1811GNR
April 15, 2008, 13:31
Gonna be in Miami thursday to sunday. Might have some free time. Suggestions? Must sees?

K.O.A.M.
April 15, 2008, 14:57
The scenery on South Beach is spectacular during the day. The Everglades are a must see.

Have you thought about driving the Keys?

bykerhd
April 15, 2008, 15:03
The Keys are a nice drive, but much farther than you might think.
Quite a long day's round trip.
The beach and the surrounding area should be a good way to kill a couple days.
Get some real Cuban food.
You might want to bone up on your Spanish. English is the SECOND language in much of the area. Most locals can speak English. If they choose to.
Th traffic is usually insane.

rq375
April 15, 2008, 16:55
Keys are nice, 3hr drive one way so it's at least an all day thing (pay the money and take the turnpike, way faster as US1 has stoplights all the way to Homestead). I like the Atocha museum. Duval street is good if you like the bar scene but get a room, too many wrecks on the way back to the main land, park at the post office. If you have young children keep in mind that KW has sex shops, open gayness, and little public intox enforcment. Also, examine the door of any bar you enter for the rainbow sticker...

there is plenty of fishing in the upper keys, charter etc. it is a bit early but I imagine you can still find something biting.

Take Tamiami Trail west and see a gator show and air boat ride. Right after you get past the developments (about 152 ave) you will see a BBQ joint on the south side of the trail, its great. Before you get to the Miccosukee casino on the north side of the trail is Trail Glades Shooting range, this place sucks very rude rangmasters, crappy facility etc. If you want to shoot, try Markham Park in Broward.

South Beach day or night depending on the level of "party" you desire. Keep in mind that traffic is insane at night and parking is $10 and up. If you go early you can park in one of the city garages but they are full by about 1800. The cover charge at clubs can be spendy also, as well as waiting in line. Get a slice at Pizza Rustica on Washington, unique and good. Keep in mind that you can only buy alcohol in a club at night in Miami Beach so prepare ahead. On the way back from the beach a block north of US1 on 17th is a place called Casollas, pizza, wings good place.

For a similar but IMHO better beach experience check out Ft. Lauderdale Beach "The Beach Place" more down to earth crowd and easy cheap parking.

For Cuban food try La Caretta on 8th street and about 37th, or Versells across the street. Keep in mind that they will look down on your for not speaking Spanish in little Havana (8th street).

13th Warrior
April 15, 2008, 17:30
As soon as you get there make plans to leave. Seriously, make sure you know where you are going and make dang sure you arent going in the bad part of town. I worked there as a welder way back in the 80's when they had the liberty city riot. We had to chain up our truck to the light pole (advice from the hotel owner) I will always have memories of that. I heard it was nice way back in the day but I will never go there again. Hope your trip is better and keep safe.

WJ-Polish Guy
April 15, 2008, 21:25
Originally posted by 1811GNR
Gonna be in Miami thursday to sunday. Might have some free time. Suggestions? Must sees?

What demografics you bellong to?

1811GNR
April 15, 2008, 23:25
Gonna be staying in South Beach. Recognition thing for the wife from her work. Most of our time is accounted for but it sounds like SB will offer some fun locations. We won't be making any road trips, planning on renting a car thursday just for the day. Do we even need to go to the mainland? Any gun shops that area? Might have a couple hours to kill one day.

WJ we're a honky couple, early 40's, native born (me), naturalized (from Canada) wife.

She became a citizen in February and a gun owner last week :D

WJ-Polish Guy
April 16, 2008, 06:41
Originally posted by 1811GNR
Gonna be staying in South Beach. Recognition thing for the wife from her work. Most of our time is accounted for but it sounds like SB will offer some fun locations. We won't be making any road trips, planning on renting a car thursday just for the day. Do we even need to go to the mainland? Any gun shops that area? Might have a couple hours to kill one day.

WJ we're a honky couple, early 40's, native born (me), naturalized (from Canada) wife.

She became a citizen in February and a gun owner last week :D

You are right where action is, just stay on the island, enjoy sun and beach, some night action if you choose to (may be hairy when clubs close) .

I would go down town for one eavning, to "Bayside", take boat ride, eat, shop enjoy live Cuban music.

Local "citizens" are quite trigger happy, so try to avoid gun action for your stay.

bykerhd
April 16, 2008, 08:10
If you have a C & R you might get in to Samco.
Not much of a showroom I hear. But, they have some nice rifles.
Think PERSIAN Mauser ! Or, maybe a Swedish Mauser Sniper rifle ?
If you can afford to push the envelope a bit. Or, if the wife will let you.:biggrin:

rq375
April 16, 2008, 15:53
The Delano is nice in the evening, Collins and about 17th. Outside bars, pool, lounge chairs etc. Kind of a beach party for a more mature crowd. At the end of Ocean is Nikki Beach, cool place too, watch yourself with the mojito pitchers... BTW, it's been cool... 70's. If you are able, just walk Ocean, Collins and Washington lots of intersting shops and people.

1811GNR
April 16, 2008, 23:28
Thanks for all the replies. Sitting in the airport waiting to fly out there.

BattlePack
April 17, 2008, 08:51
I love visiting Miami. Relax and check out the sights on South Beach. Drink mojitos and smoke local cigars. Get a recommendation for the best Cuban food nearby. Check out South Beach at night.