Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tips on Getting Around Miami Beach

         
Going on vacation can be a lot of fun, but sometimes travelers overlook important considerations, such as getting around when one arrives in a strange city. Vacationers planning to stay at our  Miami beachfront hotel typically find the area fun and fascinating, but working out transportation in a new city can be a bit challenging. However, by following some simple tips, this part of the trip can be as seamless and hassle free as traveling around one's hometown.

Taxis to Bayside

For a fun day of sightseeing, shopping and dining out, visitors should consider using the local water taxi service to Bayside. Water taxis are a terrific alternative to their traditional counterparts and not only are they cost effective, water taxi rides across the bay are also fun and interesting, particularly for those who have never before experienced such an excursion. In fact, taking the water taxi is almost a tourist attraction in and of itself, but one that also serves a practical purpose.

Local Free Trolley Service

Fortunately, Miami Beach also has a wonderful free trolley service for those who want to travel quickly from one local area to the next. Most of the trolleys run continuously from 8 AM to 7 PM on a daily basis and include popular stops, such as the following:

It is always wise to check schedules in advance because certain stops may be made less frequently on specific days. In addition, the trolley service has very limited availability on the six major holidays.

Bus Tours to Sawgrass Mills

Sawgrass Mills shopping district is a major attraction in the Miami area, and many people choose to take a bus tour to this exciting mall. Not only is it a fun and interesting way to meet other people, joining a bus tour takes away all the stress of driving in this busy shopping district, making the excursion far more enjoyable than if one had to rent a car and navigate the road alone.

Traveling on Foot

There are also some very simple ways to avoid public transportation altogether if this is what one prefers. For example, booking a Miami beachfront hotel within walking distance to most attractions, such as the
Marseilles Hotel, is a wise course of action if one would rather sightsee and visit restaurants on foot. The Boardwalk and Lincoln Road are two great places to spend time and are in easy walking distance from most hotels. One can also get additional ideas from the hotel concierge about where the most interesting places are at the time of year he or she is visiting the area. Ultimately, those who choose Miami as their vacation destination are sure to have an unforgettable experience that will be remembered for many years to come.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Find a Slice of Heaven on Ocean Drive, South Beach
Ocean Drive, South Beach is in the center of the Miami Art Architectural District, more popularly known at the Miami Art Deco District. On May 14, 1979, the Miami Art Deco District was designated a U. S. historical district. Ocean Drive is teaming with music, food and fun in the sun.

Casa Casuarina, the former home of Gianni Versace is nestled along this breathtaking piece of Miami Beach Florida. Buildings along this street have been featured in hundreds of movies and TV shows including Dexter and Scarface.

Try your luck on a gaming cruise aboard the Casino Princesa. This state-of-the-art yacht is a gamblers paradise. If nightlife is more your style, enjoy a Rum Runner at the Clevelander where you can see spectacular fireworks every holiday of the year.
The waters around Ocean Drive South Beach are teaming with some of the best fishing in the Caribbean. Book a fishing charter with Kelley Fishing Fleet for all day fishing fun. Once a year enjoy the annual SwimShow. This grand event hosts over 2,500 buyers from 60 different countries to set the tone for swimming suit designs for the coming year.

At the end of a long day of beach activities, shopping and world class food from the many restaurants, you can escape to the beautiful Marseilles Hotel. Stepping into the hotel will fill your need for historic art deco. Located just a few blocks away from the Convention Center. Other Ocean Drive attractions are right out the front door. A half mile away forget about your troubles at the Botanical Gardens. Less than a mile away visit the Holocaust Memorial. Walk a few blocks and see the Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater. Or just walk out back enjoy a restricted beach and an oasis paradise. Begin your visit by booking your room from Miami Beach Oceanfront Hotel.

Many hotels and other buildings on Ocean Drive were built in the 1920’2 and 1930’s. Walking toward 15th street, enjoy a stunning piece of history as you are transported back in time. Miami Design Preservation League offers an official walking tour that will show you the most notable buildings along the drive. You will even be able to see the interior of some buildings.

In January, Ocean Drive is closed for a 3-day block party with classic cars, live music, food and fun. It is the perfect way to celebrate a new year with friends and family.

Ocean Drive, South Beach has everything you need for the get-a-way of a lifetime. Art and culture are found around every turn. Music, dancing and nightlife activities will fill your evening hours. Sun, sand, shopping and the beach will fill your daytime hours. The sunrise along the Atlantic sets the buildings on fire with spectacular color and views seen nowhere else in the world. Activities can be found for every budget and need.

Offering a slice of heaven in this crazy world since the 1920’s, Ocean Drive, South Beach is a treasure to cross off your bucket list this year.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Lincoln Road 
         
Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach, Florida is a road restricted to just pedestrian traffic. It lies parallel from east to west between 16th Street and 17th Street. Where cars once traveled, shoppers can now enjoy a multitude of stores, galleries, restaurants, and businesses that stretch form the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay.
The History of Lincoln Road

The area where Lincoln Road is found was once a forest of mangroves. Carl Fisher cleared a strip of these in 1912 that eventually became the social center of the town. Over time it became a prime location for businesses including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bonwit Teller, and Packard and Cadillac dealerships.

Morris Lapidus was asked to redesign Lincoln Road in the 1950s. His design featured fountains, gardens, an amphitheater, and shelters with Miami Modern Architecture predominate. The road was then closed to all traffic except pedestrians making it the first pedestrian mall in the country.

Lincoln Road remained the same until a renovation in 1997 by Martha Schwartz. Fountains and landscaping that had deteriorated during the 1980s were restored. Today’s Lincoln Road is the home of a multiplex cinema, several local merchants, more than 200 boutiques, many national retailers, and a wide variety of restaurants and bars. It has become one of the top destinations for South Beach visitors.
Things to Do At Lincoln Road

The shopping is what draws visitors in. Lincoln Road takes on the atmosphere of an open air market with wares like hand crafted jewelry, homemade items, and origami displayed on card tables set along the road side or on textiles spread across the ground. On the weekends you can find a variety of food market stands selling everything from local produce to baked treats.

Lincoln Road isn’t just a flea market type of experience. This area is home to name brand stores too. Spend your afternoon browsing through trendy spots like Forever 21 and H & M. Top brands are found here such as J. Crew, Madewell, Lacoste, and John Varvatos. Unique shops like Books and Books, The Apple Store, and the Romero Britto Gallery are also scattered among the businesses.

There is no shortage of eateries on Lincoln Road. Whether you are looking for a quick lunch or a fancy dinner, they have it covered. It is also the place to be for a cup of coffee or a casual drink. Nespresso offers all the latest tastes in coffee. Grab a cup and enjoy the seating that comes with the perfect view for people watching. Later you can enjoy a cocktail at Haven. This place has an electric vibe and stunning views of the surrounding area.

Be sure to take the time to explore Lincoln Road on your next visit to Miami Beach. Along with plenty of shopping and dining, this pedestrian mall features street performers for your entertainment. There are several places to stay nearby like the
Marseilles Hotel with accommodations along the shore.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Miami Fashion Week

Miami Fashion Week is the largest fashion event for Caribbean and Latin American fashion designers. This week long show happens every year in the spring and features Latin and
general fashions from beachwear designs and intimate wear to evening and menswear. The designs often cater to the main culture and lifestyle in Miami.

The 2017 event will be the 19th anniversary of Miami Fashion Week. This year, it will feature Antonio Banderas who has been the MFW's honorary president since the fashion week last year. He is excited to play this role as he understands the important of fashion and also admires many of MFW's prominent designers. Also attending are top fashion designers who will also headline as speakers to the delight of the Miami Fashion Institute and Miami Dade College students who will be attending. Guests will be able to shop, view hundreds of pieces by many prominent designers, attend the many runway fashion shows and even rub elbows with celebrities both in the fashion world and from other areas.

The Fashions

It's always exciting to see what creations will be brought onto the runway. Last Year's lineup was pretty spectacular.

Ana Maria Guiulfo's designs have been featured in fashion shows since 2007. Her pieces offer a breath of fresh air while still being wearable.

Yirko Sivirich was another designer that caught everyone's attention last year. This Peruvian's designs for men include suit jackets, dress shirts and one-of-a-kind over wear. He also has some novelty pieces that are made up of bright colors, flowery designs and pinks for men and cool loose fitting clothing that are a welcome change from the norm.

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada creates designs that clearly show some of the differences between Caribbean and Latin American designs and designs from other parts of the world. She designs clothes for men, women and children. Her designs are fun, light, sweet, and one collection featuring lovable casual wear for women is even given the name "Crazy Forever".

Andres Sarda's designs from Barcelona are bold and breathtaking. He designs a lot of lingerie and swimwear, but there are some day wear fashion pieces for women. He had the runway all to himself last year, and when you see his designs you will know why.

Rene Ruiz is another designer who secured his own personal runway at the 2016 Miami Fashion Week. His designs are both luxurious in style and in the textiles used. He grew up in Miami, and a lot of his ideas and inspiration is from this city. He designs dresses and gowns for women with painstaking detail, and has been the go-to fashion designer for celebrities for years now.

Whether you are an aspiring designer or you love fashion, you will enjoy the surprises 2017 Miami Fashion Week has in store.

Those who love fashion and are excited to go to MFW can get into the swing of things by downloading the MIAFW app and booking a Miami Beach Hotel before it's too late.

Whether you would like to be a sponsor, get your foot in the door as press or you are interested as a buyer, now is the time to go to the official site: http://miamifashionweek.com/ and registe
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tours of Miami Beach Abound


If you haven’t visited Miami Beach before, it’s advisable to look for a guided tour that will show you the places you want to see. Even if you’ve been here before, a tour is the best way to experience as much of the wonderful Miami Beach scene as possible and not be confined to following a map. Whether you want to see it by air, water or ground, you will not lack choice. Many of the tours should be scheduled ahead of time due to limited space. Most will pick you up at your Miami Beach hotel. It’s best to check in advance and be sure of pricing, times and where to meet. The more information you have up front, the more you can relax and enjoy your time in Miami Beach.

Boat Tours
The locals will tell you that the best way to see the sights is by boat. Several different types of boat tours are available. Whether you prefer bayside speedboats, duck boats, sailboats, private yachts, fully-narrated sightseeing boats, Zodiac RIB boats for small adventures or individual jetski, parasailing or deep-sea fishing excursions, an amazing list of experiences await. Depending on the time you have and the amount you want to spend, the choice is yours. Most of the points covered include the Miami Skyline, Miami Beach Marina, Biscayne Bay, Flagler Monument, Fisher Island, Port of Miami as well as sightings of celebrity homes along the shore. Airboats are also available for a tour of the Everglades only one hour south of Miami Beach. Hangliding, paddleboarding, waterskiing, jetboarding, kayaking, hot air ballooning and kiteboarding also lure the adventurer.

Land Tours
Tour the area by bus, car, bike or your own two feet. Double-decker buses where you can hop on and off, golf cart tours, pedicab tours, antique car tours and Segway and bike rentals take you through the heart of the city and along the beaches. You can even combine a bus and a boat for a full day's enjoyment. Specialty tours include pub crawls, club tours, rainbow club tours, culinary tours, shopping tours, local guide tours, art deco cocktail tours, and combinations of the above. It only takes a bit of research, maybe asking at your hotel, or a travel professional to get the most of your visit to Miami Beach.

Coastal plane rides and helicopters
From 15 minutes over Hollywood to one hour and 20 minutes gliding over the entire Florida coast, many air tours are available. Miami Beach Tour, for example, is a 30-minute ride over the spectacular shoreline including Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, Ball Harbor, Port of Miami, Fisher and Star Islands and the world renowned South Beach. Even a romantic skyride at sunset can be booked.

The companies range from private tours run by two people to large, group accommodating ventures. Be knowledgeable and get a recommendation before you book. Miami Beach caters to all and the adventures are waiting for you
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Top Ten Things to See When Visiting Miami Beach

As the world's busiest cruise port, Miami is Florida's perfect host for visitors from around the world. Miami is packed with things to see and do from endless shopping opportunities to trendy nightlife. We have narrowed the list down drastically to highlight the top ten things to see in Miami.

1.Little Havana

To experience little Havana is to experience the sights, smells, and sounds of the Cuban district of Miami. Though most don't live there, this neighborhood is Miami Cuban's pride and joy. Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) is the main drag and reflects the life so many Cubans left behind after 1959 when Castro came to power.

2.Lincoln Road

Think of Lincoln Road as the Fifth Avenue of Miami. Browse art galleries, bookstores, and high-end boutiques at this street mall. Our Miami Beach Hotel is two blocks from all the action on Lincoln Road.

3.Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive, nicknamed The American Riviera is only four blocks from the Dorchester. It's in the heart of the Art Deco District/ This area in South Beach is the place to be for the best Miami has to offer in clubs, restaurants, and nightlife. It has a lively boardwalk and a cool, pristine park.

4. Key Biscayne

A stop in Key Biscayne is a must. The drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway is stunning, and the beaches are Miami's best. This sliver of land is between two major parks-Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.


5. Seaquarium

At Miami's Seaquarium, visitors will learn about Florida's fascinating resources. The Seaquarium's rescue and release program for sea animals will amaze you. You can even get in the water and get up close with the friendly dolphins.


6. Coconut Grove

Historic Coconut Grove with its Bahamian influences is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or bike ride. The streets are shaded with giant oak trees, and plenty of bay front parks are available for relaxing.

7. Jungle Island

Formally Parrot Island, Jungle Island has grown to be much more than parrots. Now you can meet Hercules the liger (part lion, part tiger) and a "Crocosaurus" named Hank. Jungle Island is located on Watson Island in Biscayne Bay.

8. Coral Gables

Swanky hotels, boutique shopping, and lush parks abound at this old Florida neighborhood founded in 1925.Although it lacks in waterfront views, you will find an old aquifer pool here. Coral Gables is also popular for its nightlife.

9. Surfside

If culturally diverse cuisine is your thing, don't miss a side trip to Surfside, the uptown beach town. It also has miles of beautiful beaches and is also known for its agenda of family-oriented activities.

10. Wynwood Walls

Art lovers won't want to miss the ever-changing display of large scale murals at Wynwood Walls. The walls are in an old warehouse district. The outdoor art work is spread among six buildings between NW 25th and 26th Streets.
As the world's busiest cruise port, Miami is Florida's perfect host for visitors from around the world. Miami is packed with things to see and do from endless shopping opportunities to trendy nightlife. We have narrowed the list down drastically to highlight the top ten things to see in Miami.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Miami Beach Art Deco Distric

The Art Deco District located in Miami Beach, Florida is part of the Register of Historic Places due to the historical significance of 800 buildings. Most of these were constructed between 1923 and 1943. The buildings are gorgeous with sleek curves, porthole styled windows, terrazzo flooring, glass blocks and shiny chrome.

Many of the buildings fly flags from the ocean liners that used the dock in the 1930's. The hotels are luxurious and extravagant. The Marseilles Hotel is in Miami Beach's heart and soul.
The Marseilles Hotel combines comfort, sophistication, serenity and charm. There are photographs available at http://www.marseilleshotel.com/.

The entire area is reminiscent of a postcard and has always drawn the biggest of Hollywood stars such as Rita Hayworth, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. It is no wonder when just a couple steps takes you to beaches filled with sapphire waves and golden sand. The skyline is stunning and nothing short of magnificent. Musicians sing and play instruments in the park filling the air with rhythm.

The Miami Preservation League was founded in 1976 and makes its home here. They have stopped the bulldozers and restored numerous hotels to the days of their grandeur. Their tours are fascinating and brochures and colorful books are available.

The Spanish styled mansion that once housed the Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace is a must see. This 1930 residence is named Casa Casaurina. This is now a private mansion featuring amazing parties.

There is even a tower twelve stories tall which was designed by L. Murray Dixon in 1936. This is an art deco monolith with beautiful porthole windows. The curves on the building are the epitome of art deco.

The buildings are restored and you can see the original light sconces, furniture and woodwork. There are illustrious collections of art, deco pools and waterfalls. Esther Williams used the outline of the waterfall in movies from the forties and fifties. MTV filmed a dance show in the same location several decades later. How much more luxurious can it be than to have a poolside bar with full service right next to a wood burning pizza oven.

There is so much to see and do in the Deco Art District. Lincoln Road is an outdoor mall with the most charming shops and boutiques. This entire area is steeped in history, stories, beauty, elegance and class. This is a place everyone should see only one visit will never be enough.