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We have to be in Miami Beach in March. All I know for sure is the South Beach area. Can anyone suggest a good place to stay, things to see etc. This is business for my sweetheart and pleasure for me. What is the area like? We can't take the Wing on this trip so we'll most likely rent a car. What is traffic like? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Dave
 

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How long is your stay/days? what kind of things do you like? would you consider a nice ride into the keys? west coast?

lots to do, lots of areas to stay away from, can be fun on the wing, but not in the city.
 

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We get there Sat. night of the 3rd of March and leave the 10th. A ride would be great. Is there a place to rent a bike? Museums, Beach, Kayaking, occasional good cigar, Walking is fine. Blues music, seafood and long walks on a moonlit beach. Are you asking me for a date....LOL :shock:
 

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Here's the official site:
http://www.miamibeachfl.gov/

There are plenty of hotels right on the beach and more to do than you will ever find time! LOL! Like Winginit said, let us know what you like to do, how much time you have and exactly where you need to stay. The area has lots of different locales...

The Everglades is my number one recommendation. Go to Homestead and turn right, follow the signs to the park. Be sure to go all the way down to Flamingo to see the Roseate Spoonbills. You will see planty of alligators! Stop at "Robert is Here" for the best milkshake.

We'll give you more stuff to see and do when we know more...
 

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We get there Sat. night of the 3rd of March and leave the 10th. A ride would be great. Is there a place to rent a bike? Museums, Beach, Kayaking, occasional good cigar, Walking is fine. Blues music, seafood and long walks on a moonlit beach. Are you asking me for a date....LOL :shock:
Good one.. :lol:
You can rent Harleys here without a problem (Eagle riders) Wings are a bit harder to find.
Museums abound...just like Art Galleries.
Kayaking you can do all along the coast, east and west coast. I personally like the Keys and Thousand Islands for Kayaking.
walking on Ocean Drive is very nice, loud but nice. Don't think you'll find Blues as everything down here has a Latin flavor, you may find Blues in the form of Latin Blues/ or Jazz.
Would recommend studying the local maps some area you definately need to stay away from. If you are unfamiliar in the area you can get lost in a BAD neighborhood. take it from me...I'm in law enforcement..i know

A Florida Keys ride is a definite must do, got to take Card Sound road as US1 is under construction until Key Largo.
 

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Take Alligator Alley across the Glades over to Naples for the art galleries and good food.

You will find real cigars in Miami.

Check out Coconut Grove, Key West (of course), the Zoo, forget Parrot Jungle, they ruined it...it was once the best place on earth, but now it is concrete jungle...too bad...

There are some really cool places around Coral Gables and south Miami: Vizcaya, Fairchild Gardens, and a few museums there.

If you go a little north, you can got to Morikami in Boca/Delray area, it is really a great place...Japanese gardens.

And on the way to Naples, stop at Billy Swamp safari for an airboat ride and some fry bread.

If I think of anything else, I'll blab some more..have a great trip! Stop by if you're up in West Palm Beach area.
 

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S&W Triker,

Thanks for posting the rental company for him.

I have been trying to find a local (within 50 miles) company willing to offer Goldwing Rentals.

Seems Kississimee was only place I could find online.

Now I have the Orlando one that I need...

THANKS!!! :D :D :lol: :) :biker:
 

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I agree with SW, take a short trip to Naples...Tamiami Trail is also a favorite road with bikers...quiet ride about 1-1.5 hours ride. If you haven't been there go to Old Naples for charm...City of Naples for everything else.

Coconut Grove is very nice (tourist side)...be careful not to leave the tourist area though :shock: .

Need more info? lets us know...a few others will chime in now and again. Good luck...
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I heard Hal has an extra room. Give him a call.

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Come 4 hrs north to Daytona and you will be right in the middle of Bike Week (Mar 2-11) You might even be able to rent a bike in Miami and ride up if you want. Either way, you ought to try and make it. Quite a spectacle.
There will probably be a gathering of the board members for lunch on Sat. the 10th at the Country Harvest Buffet. It is located in the Sunshine Mall in So. Daytona. The Sunshine Mall is where most of the Goldwing vendors set up. Hope to see you there.

Heres the offical web site...> http://www.bike-weekdaytona.com/links/schedule.htm


If you come by car, driving will be slow. But seeing Main Street at least once is worth the trip if you've never been to Bike Week.

Bring your camera.
 

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Well my last trip and I do mean LAST trip to Miami. Staying in South Beach wake up at 2:00 a, look out the window and my Yukon and 6 day old waverunner were not there. Was parked within 25 feet of the front door, in fact they had to drive by the front door to get out. Was headed to the Keys to dive. Insurance company had to write me a check for almost 50 grand, but hey that is what we pay it for. Rented a car and went on and had a great vacation. I still go to the Keys at least once a year, but now i go down the west coast. Learn Spanish.

That said Keys are a must,
 

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Downtown Miami is really nice, there is always something going on there. There are couple of places like Bayside that has unique shops and usually some type of live music. I think they also have a Hardrock Cafe. Coconut Grove is really nice and usually has live music on Sundays. Your wife will like all three of those places. The Port of Miami is worth seeing. The cruise ships dock there and it's a real pretty area. South beach is always a lot of fun but expensive and your still in tourist season so you will pay. If you can take the time to drive down to the keys go down to at least Islanorada, it's a beautiful ride. There is a big marina called Holliday Isle that rents boats has a lot of restaurants and bars. The best place in the Keys is in the water. either fishing or diving. If time permits go out on a party boat and go fishing probably around $50.00 a head. Or charter a boat somewhere around $600.00. But try to get in or on the water. Gas your car up before you enter the keys as gas is always more expensive down there. If you have never been all the way down to Key West, it's worth seeing. Miami Beach is a fun place to be a tourist. But like any big city you can get into trouble if you do stupid things. Keep security in the back of your mind. OH! There are also alot of beautiful Latin women there.
 

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Wow, thanks for all the info. I'll post more as the date gets closer.
 

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Lincoln Road!!
 

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Lincoln Road!!
:eek:4: are you serious?

If you go keep your wife VERY close...not for her sake , but yours. :roll:
 

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If you're the gambling type, you can to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood..just go north on 95, then west on 595 to 441...it is just south on 441 on the right. There are slots, tables, etc., food, and shops, even a Harley store (of course!).

There's a dog track in Hollywood also, along with Gulfstream horse track in Hallandale (which now has slots too).

Well, if you must go to Lincoln Road, there is a good Mexican place...El Rancho Grande...on the corner of Lincoln and Pennsylvania.

But I'd even rather eat at Joe's Stone Crabs on the Beach.

You can take one of the day cruises around also. The one around Miami Beach, Star Island, will point out the homes of Gloria, Cher, Sly, et al.
 

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(hehehe) I'm blessed with the most wonderful woman in the world, I think I'll pass on Lincoln Road. As far as gambling, I spend my days working on the freeways in Calif. Thats all the gambling I need. It is fun to watch the people though. :D It looks like we'll have Sunday and Monday and Friday for sight seeing. We're thinking the Everglades, and the keys. We'll probably rent a bike for one day maybe two.
 

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(hehehe) I'm blessed with the most wonderful woman in the world, I think I'll pass on Lincoln Road. As far as gambling, I spend my days working on the freeways in Calif. Thats all the gambling I need. It is fun to watch the people though. :D It looks like we'll have Sunday and Monday and Friday for sight seeing. We're thinking the Everglades, and the keys. We'll probably rent a bike for one day maybe two.
Good man...as far as SW says...Joes stone crabs is great...bring patience and money as you'll need both. The dinner rush hour is brutal.

Make sure to bring a camera lots to photograph...The Keys is a very pleasant ride...if you have the time don't cheat youself out of a trip to Key West lots to do and see....Lots of old world charm perhaps a stay at one of many bed and breakfast down there. My wife and I can never get enough of the Keys...it's our backyard... :wink:
 
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I lived in Miami my whole life until we moved 3 years ago. But here is a safety rule that won't make sense until you are in Miami:

If the local street has Northwest (NW) in it get back on the expressway immediately. Don't stop if anyone is standing on a corner.

Some people may be offended by that but it holds true about 90% of the time.
 
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