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Making the Most of Miami
Making the Most of Miami
The Disney cruise ships dock at PortMiami, the world’s busiest cruise port. Located on Dodge Island in Biscayne Bay, the port has seven passenger terminals, and there are days when ships are berthed at every one. The port is within blocks of downtown Miami, MacArthur Causeway (which links Miami and Miami Beach), and I-95. There is no lodging, dining, or attractions at the port, but Downtown is nearby. Embarking passengers are dropped off in front of the terminals. Disembarking passengers will find taxis and shuttles waiting as they leave the terminal.
Greater Miami has extensive mass transit, including the free MetroMover that circulates through Downtown and nearby Brickell, Metrorail “subway,” and Metrobus, all operated by Miami-Dade Transit http://www.miamidade.gov/transit. Metrorail and most Metrobus fares are $2.25, $5.65 buys a one-day pass. Trains only accept fare cards, which can be purchased online and at Metrorail stations. Buses take fare cards or exact cash, but bus-to-bus transfers are only free with a fare card. The Route 119/Route S bus connects Downtown and Miami Beach. Taxis are metered ($2.95 first 1/6 mi., $0.85 ea. addl. 1/6 mile 'til 1 mile, $0.40 per 1/6 mi. beyond that) and charge flat-rate fares between major destinations. Each cab should have a fare map. Find taxi stands at the airport, cruise port, downtown, and in Miami Beach. Elsewhere, call (they shouldn't respond to hails). Miami-Dade Taxi (305-551-1111), Yellow Cab (305-777-7777.) Still, many visitors drive, especially since car rental rates are often low. Most streets are laid out on a predictable grid. Biscayne Blvd. connects Downtown’s waterfront hotels and attractions. The Miami Parking Authority parking locater is a big help downtown: https://www.miamiparking.com. I-95 is the north-south backbone of the region. Florida’s Turnpike also runs north-south, its tolls help assure lower traffic. Dolphin Expressway (toll) heads west to the airport from Downtown. A half-dozen major causeways connect Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, and other islands to the mainland.
When it comes to crime, Miami ranks poorly among U.S. cities. New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago all come out ahead. That said, crime rates in tourist areas are more moderate, and overall crime rates have dropped by around 33% compared to 10 years ago. Typical urban precautions are advised: remain alert to those around you, keep flashy objects out of sight and don’t bring valuables to the beach, stick to high-traffic areas at night, keep men’s wallets in front pockets, and purse straps diagonally across the chest.
Top Photo Slice: South Beach, Miami (℗ 18583) Photo contributed by © chezp
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