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Haulover Beach

Haulover Beach is an absolutely stunning 2 mile stretch of beach and only about a ½ mile stretch is marked off as "clothing optional" and this area is well marked so as to prevent any accidental surprises. The dress code, however, on the rest of the beach may be somewhat relaxed as well so be forewarned. This beach offers a more park like setting and the absence of commercial structures becomes obvious. Ample parking is available. To get to this beach, simply head north through al of Miami Beach until you cross Haulover inlet and then look to your right and this is where the beach starts.

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Miami Beach - North

"Community center and old-fashioned bandshell in adjoining park at north end. Palm-shaded grassy area. Proximity to sidewalk cafes and fast-food restaurants. Lifeguard towers, food/drink concessions, beach chair/umbrella rentals, shower facilities. Parking fee. Collins Ave. - 46th St. to 78th St. Miami Beach 305/673-7714 "

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Miami Beach - Central

"Raised boardwalk over the dunes popular for strolling and jogging. Proximity to sidewalk cafes along Collins Ave. Lifeguard towers, food/drink concessions, beach chair/umbrella rentals. Parking fee. Collins Ave. - 21st St. to 46th St. Miami Beach305/673-7714 ."

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South Beach

South beach area includes Lummus Park and Public Beach from 5th Street to 15th Street and all the way up to Collins Park. These beaches mostly attract a mix of locals and those who are the guests of the many boutique hotels, B&B's, and hotels that may or may not be directly on Ocean Drive. It is an absolutely beautiful beach within walking distance of a multitude of shops, restaurants, shops, etc. With the exception of the 12th street area, it's fairly family friendly although this IS South Beach and you may encounter some topless bathers and minimal bathing attire. There are plenty of cabanas for rent, a really wide beach area, a 1.6 mile path for rollerblading, biking, walking, etc. Come early if you're driving, in that parking, especially in season, is somewhat challenging.

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If you are taking a cruise out of Miami then if you plan to spend a day or two after or before the cruise the port of Miami is not far form South Beach. You can pend a few nights in South Beach and experience the night life and Restaurants as well as all the good shopping available. The Beach is nice and is often packed with tourist and is somewhat of a fashion show.

Jul 11, 2014

Miami port is a little congested and has some parking and traffic issues but its not the bad. If you are flying in from the airport its about a 30 minute drive. if your driving in from out of town or state get a map or navigation system and you shouldn't have any problems. remember your going on a cruise. a little traffic wont kill you.

Jun 30, 2013
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Miami Cruise terminal directions & Parking information

Port of Miami / Dodge Island
•    Terminal D - 1435 North Cruise Boulevard, Port of Miami, Miami, FL 33132
•    Terminal E - 1265 North Cruise Boulevard, Port of Miami, Miami, FL 33132

Travel Time: 8 miles from the Miami International Airport; travel time is approximately 25 minutes. 25 miles from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport; travel time is approximately 45 minutes.

                                                      Directions to the Port

Traveling from I-95 North or South


•    Exit at I-395 east toward Miami Beach (Exit #2D).
•    Follow the directional signs to Biscayne Boulevard (Exit #2A/#2B).
•    Follow directions for Biscayne Boulevard South; turn right at the traffic light/stop sign.
•    Stay in the left lane.
•    The entrance to the Port of Miami is at Biscayne Boulevard and Port Boulevard (N.E 5th Street).
•    At the traffic light, turn left at Port Boulevard (N.E. 5th Street).
•    Proceed over the bridge.
•    Stay in the left lanes and follow the signs to Cruise Terminals D/E.

Traveling from the West Coast of Florida


•    I-75 east toward Fort Lauderdale.
•    I-595 east toward Fort Lauderdale.
•    I-95 south toward Miami.
•    Exit at I-395 east toward Miami Beach (Exit #2D).
•    Follow the directional signs to Biscayne Boulevard (Exit #2A/#2B).
•    Follow directions for Biscayne Boulevard South; turn right at the traffic light/stop sign.
•    Stay in the left lane.
•    The entrance to the Port of Miami is at Biscayne Boulevard and Port Boulevard (N.E 5th Street).
•    At the traffic light, turn left at Port Boulevard (N.E. 5th Street).
•    Proceed over the bridge.
•    Stay in the left lanes and follow the signs to Cruise Terminals D/E.

Parking Information


$20.00 per day (rates subject to change by the Port Authority)
•    Garage Parking / Parking Lot #2 (an open, outdoor parking lot)
•    Accepted forms of payment: Visa; MasterCard; American Express; U.S Dollars;
U.S. Traveler's Checks
•    No advance reservations required
•    Handicapped Parking available with proof of valid permit.
•    Oversized vehicles that are 20’ in length or more will be charged an additional $20.00 per day
and can only park in Lot #2.
•    Shuttle Service will pick you up at the Parking Garage/Lot and take you to the appropriate Cruise Terminal location.  
 
For more information: 305 347-5515
www.metro-dade.com/portofmiami

Miami Overview

Miami is no longer the brash, drug-ridden, crime-capital of America made famous in the 1980s television series Miami Vice. It is a place of refuge and dreams for those fleeing South America or the Caribbean looking for a new start in the land of the free. Over a third of the population does not speak English and in some areas only Spanish is spoken.
 

Take a taxi and the radio will likely be playing salsa. The driver will be Colombian, Chilean, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Honduran, Haitian - anything but American.
 

Miami had surprisingly humble beginnings. Located on the far south coast of Florida, perched between a mangrove swamp and a barrier reef, it was founded in 1895 whe tycoon Henry Flagler extended his railroad to carry citrus fruits from the frost-free south.
 

Development was slow until the Florida land boom in the 1920s. During Prohibition years, Al Capone came here when the heat was on in Chicago. After World War II, the Mafia moved in and later, once Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba in 1959, waves of Cuban refugees arrived. Before long, they had established Miami as the Latin capital of the USA.
 

Today, Miami is the second largest city in Florida after Jacksonville but its most exciting, exotic and cosmopolitan. It covers a number of islands and mainland communities collectively known as Greater Miami and the Beaches.
Much of Miami's appeal is due to its diverse neighbourhoods ranging from the big-city with the towering skyscrapers of downtown Miami, the commercial heart of the city, to the small-town neighbourhood of trendy South Beach.
It is a sparkler of a city set against the water. It was originally settled at the mouth of the Miami River by the Tequesta Indians and the downtown area still hugs the junction of the river and Biscayne Bay. To the south along the water Coconut Grove is 3miles/5km away.
 

The cities of Coral Gables and South Miami are about 6mi/les10km to the west and south. Beyond that to the west is Kendall - a vast stretch of condos, homes, shopping malls and restaurants that reaches the edge of the Everglades.
To the south is Homestead and, beyond that, the Florida Keys. Miami Beach is a finger of land separating Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic, connected by five causeways to the mainland. At its southern tip is South Beach, now known as the Art Deco District or SoBe.
 

South Beach is probably the most recognisable with its candy-coloured buildings set against a pure South Florida backdrop of cloudless skies, dazzling blue ocean, pale sandy beaches and swaying palm trees.
But near Port of Miami - largest cruise ship port in the world with over 3million passengers a year - there is another face of Miami, Little Havana where Cubans still hold sway.
Greater Miami is also an international crossroads of commerce, finance, culture, sports, entertainment, transportation and tourism. Its main source of income is from tourism, with Miami Beach renowned for its 'gold coast' hotel strip, palatial properties and recreational facilities. Its subtropical climate ensures warm weather year-round with plenty sun.
 

The city's real genius, however, is the fact that in recent years it has successfully absorbed the different cultures of its multi-ethnic population and been influenced by them all. The result? Miami is considered the model community for the 21st century and a compelling example of America's changing face.
It is undeniably one of the most exhilarating cities in the country - a peaceful, confident, multicultural megalopolis with vibrancy and savoir faire. A fascinating, albeit challenging, City of the Future for those who strive to understand its diverse personality.
 

Facts At A Glance

Size: City: 54sq miles/139sq km. Metropolitan area: 2,109sq miles/5,462 sq km.
County: Miami-Dade.
Population: 600,000 (city); 2.1million (metropolitan area).
Ethnic mix: 82.9% white, 49.2% Hispanic, 20.6% black.
Religion: Predominantly Christian.
Emergency Phone Number: 911.
Telephone Code: Area code: 305.
Time/Temperature: Phone 305-324-8811. Weather forecast, phone 305-576-9754.
Time Zone: Five hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time observed from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.
Electricity: 110-115 volts AC, 60Hz; flat two-or three-prong plugs are standard.
Weather. Warm subtropical summers; mild winters. Clear skies 21% of the time; partly cloudy 47%; cloudy skies 32%. Annual rainfall: 60in/150cm. Rainfall heaviest May-October. Annual snowfall: 0. Average temperatures: Jan 61-74F/16-23C; Feb 61-75F/16-24C; Mar 64-78F/18-26C; Apr 67-80F/19-27C; May 71-84F/22-29C; Jun 74-86F/23-30C; Jul 76-88F/24-31C; Aug 76-88F/24-31C; Sep 75-87F/24-31C; Oct 72-83F/22-28C; Nov 66-78F/19-26C; Dec 62-76F/17-24C.
 

Food & Drink

Miami/Miami Beach: There are more than 300 fine restaurants and most hotels maintain excellent dining rooms. Some gourmet eateries are expensive but many popular restaurants have economy prices. Cuban and Mexican food is very popular in Miami and seafood is a State speciality. Fresh stone crabs are not available anywhere else in the USA.
 

The shopping mall is king in Miami. The Falls is a water-oriented, lushly landscaped delight filled with upscale shops and restaurants. Dadeland Mall is the first and most successful mall, while Bal Harbour, at the other end of the county in Miami Beach, caters to the very, very rich. Aventura is a mall that's turned into an entire city, with condos and high-rises. Smaller and very funky is CocoWalk in the Grove, geared to the young and restless. Shops at Sunset Place are in South Miami.

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