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  1. One of the regular posters here lives out there. Hopefully they will chime in and help you out.
  2. Due to the pound exchange rate, they should all be a pretty decent value. Except for the Setai.
  3. Yes, Puerto Sagua is excellent. You'll see a lot of locals eating there. Keep in mind tho it is more a diner. If you want good Cuban and want to dine alfresco, we like the Havana 1957 on Espanola Way. Gorgeous at night.
  4. Honestly, I think The Mondrian is MUCH nicer than The Betsy. For one it is one the water. Secondly, the pool at the Mondrian is one of the best and the largest in South Beach. I would choose the Mondrian over The Betsy. You also get beach and pool use at The Delano and Shore Club by staying at Mondrian.
  5. We haven't had anyone ask this question in several years! Uber or Lyft to Miami.
  6. In South Beach I like: The National The Richmond The Hotel of South Beach South Seas Kimpton Surfcomber (haven't stayed here since it was a Doubletree) 1 Hotel W Hotel Loews Royal Palm Delano Shore Club Setai Ritz Carlton The Raleigh Catalina Resort SLS (haven't stayed at the one downtown) The Sagmore The Shelbourne Mondrian Ritz Carlton I've stayed in almost every oceanfront hotel on Collins in South Beach so that is a pretty comprehensive list. I've never had a stay in any of those hotels that wasn't exceptional.
  7. Let's try this again. Both Alaska Airlines and American Airlines fly direct, non-stop from Seattle to South Florida. Alaska to Fort Lauderdale and American to Miami. Miami is a hub for American.
  8. Cheeseclan, last time we stayed at the Diplomat the beach was horrible. Only about ten feet wide. Have you been recently? One of my favorite pools in South Florida.
  9. Yes, Brightline/Virgin is always running specials. Sign up on their website. Taking Brightline tonight for dinner to WPB.
  10. You can sit anywhere for the elevators to the Metrorail but I will tell you it is a very sketchy station where you transfer. Honestly, I would just take Brightline from WPB because it goes straight downtown Miami with just one stop in Fort Lauderdale instead of having to transfer. You can use the code BLFRIEND to get one ticket free. I've done both of these routes on both trains multiple times. With the ticket code, Brightline/Virgin will not be much more money for a much more pleasant experience.
  11. God no, not the Everglades in July! The mosquitoes will eat you alive!
  12. Call Boatyard and Southport Raw Bar. They have both had them in the past on special I believe. Otherwise, you can Uber to Trulucks.
  13. Use Google's Airfare Matrix and I've had it pop up $400 in December on the month view.
  14. Aww! Miami is gorgeous! Sorry you had a bad experience. Yes, they will criminally charge you if you don't pay your bill. The mandatory service charge was put into place for our foreign visitors who don't understand our tipping system. Hotels and restaurants were unable to keep employees. And yes, I am a southerner, I do dream about fried chicken!
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