If you're flying into town, you have two main choices for major airports. The closest is Miami International Airport (MIA). This airport is located centrally in Miami with access to most Miami destinations in 30 minutes or less.
The second airport is Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FTL). This airport is located north in Broward county and is located closer to the east coast and by Port Everglades. Flights may be cheaper into this smaller airport, but keep in mind that driving time will increase by an additional 30 minutes (relative to Miami International).
Please make sure you check with your local airport and see which airlines flies into the airport of your choice here. Also make sure to comply with all TSA regulations, especially if you're travelling from abroad.
Have a safe flight!
FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
100 Terminal Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
When you get to the venue, you'll realize that part of the beauty is that it's surrounded by nature and vegetation. That said, there's not a lot of choice in lodging close to the venue. There's a couple of choices along US1 in the sub $80 range.
If you're looking for something a little more upscale, there's a Courtyard by Marriot and a Hampton Inn & Suites located just off the turnpike.
Unless you plan on visiting Homestead or the Keys, we suggest perhaps looking for lodging in either South Beach, Brickell, or Coconut Grove areas. You'll find the prices are a lot higher, but the hotels come with plenty of amenities as well as a view.
Another option would be to checkout AirBNB for lodging, although it may not necessarily be cheaper.
One thing you'll learn while visiting Miami is that you need transportation to get anywhere. It seems that there's nothing in walking distance. You could always bike it, but Miami has a reputation for having some of the worst drivers. You ride at your own risk!
Miami does have a bus line and a metro rail system. You can even take it to/from the airport, depending on where your destination is. For more information about bus and train schedule, visit the Miami-Dade Transit website.
Other options include car rentals, which you'll find an abundance of near each airport. You'll have your pick from the usual companies such as Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, and more.
Miami's cab service is not like most major metropolitan cities. It's rare when you can just flag a cab down unless you're in South Beach on a weekend evening. If you try to call for a cab, get ready to wait 45 minutes or more, if they even show up. You're better off using Uber or Lyft if you'd like a car service. Most of the drivers seem to be friendly and attentive.
There are so many things to do in Miami. Here's a list of some attractions, not in any specific order:
MIAMI DOLPHINS @ HARD ROCK STADIUM
347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
One thing that drives me crazy about Miami is that we don't have a Chinatown. Even Havana, Cuba has a Chinatown! So don't get crazy thinking you'll find some amazing Chinese food in Miami, but here's a small list of places we like to dine at. And luckily, they're all pretty budget places.
This place has got to be the best buffet. They offer a large variety of sushi rolls (not just the California roll). They also offer sashimi (don't want rice, no problem), tataki (seared raw fish in flavoris of salmon, tuna, and whitefish). If that wasn't enough seafood, they also have a raw bar with oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, and steamed snow crab legs. On top of that, they have a grill where you can get chorizo (sausage) and steak, a wide variety salad bar, dessert bar, soup bar, and your typical Asian buffet entrees.
2121 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134
This little hole-in-the-wall place is mainly for take-out as seating is limited to countertop space. Unlike the high prices you'd find at regular Indian restaurants, the most expensive menu item (Lamb Curry) is under $15. It's a pretty good bang for your buck when it comes to Indian food.
7400 SW 57th Ave Unit 4, Miami, FL 33143
Located in Midtown, this place offers a fusion Korean style menu. Try their Sirracha tater tots with beef or get crazy with some delicious ribs.
The Shops at Midtown Miami
3401 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
EL PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS
When you're visiting Miami, you can't come without trying some Cuban food. This is a low-key venue where several different owners cooks different dishes and you can pick and choose what you want. Everything from moros, to yuca, to vaca frita and lechon. They even have shrimp and fried fish. Lastly, don't forget to try their shakes.
15110 SW 56th St, Miami, FL 33185
If you're in the mood for some fresh dill bread, then you'll want to check out this place. It's actually located within minutes of the venue. You'll find their cinnamon rolls are to die for and their black forest cake is so rich. They also make a pretty damn good milkshake here.
15980 SW 248th St, Homestead, FL 33031
CORBETT'S SPORTS BAR
This dive bar is located in Pinecrest and is open until 5AM daily. You'll find your regular bar food and good prices on drinks. They offer a full bar and daily drinks specials and even a ladies' night. If you're into games, there are several dart boards and pool tables as well.
12721 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156