A SLICE OF J1 ADVICE – MIAMI & ORLANDO
Miami is America’s southernmost resort city and provides for fabulous beaches and all year round great weather making it one of the most sought after international recreation destinations. Known as the Gateway to the Americas, it has a strong Hispanic influence given by the fact, that half the population is Hispanic, the majority Cuban. The 15 miles of glorious beaches and great weather make it a destination of choice for the water sports enthusiast. For the architecture aficionados Miami‘s art deco district is the number one attraction in south Florida with the largest collection of art deco buildings. Miami is a vibrant and exciting city and also boasts a large selection of fine restaurants, museums, lively nightspots and great shopping.
Orlando, located in central Florida is America’s fun capital and is home to a plethora of well-known mega-theme parks to entertain and delight the young and the young at heart. Some of which include Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and the Epcot centre. Disney World is the number one tourist attraction in Orlando. The huge entertainment Mecca covers over 28,000 acres of what used to be swampland. For the adults when you get tired of the theme parks there are several well cared for golf courses to choose from. The Orlando area offers visitors over 90 attractions, approximately 3,800 restaurants, 44 million square ft. of shopping plazas, and 125 golf courses. With so much to see and do you are sure to leave Central Florida with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
THINGS TO DO
Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa Bay, Florida http://www.buschgardens.com
SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida www.seaworld.com
Kennedy Space Centre http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida http://www.disneyworld.com/
Everglades National Park, Miami http://www.everglades.national-park.com/
Miami City Tour and Biscayne Bay Cruise http://www.buymiamitours.com/
Snorkelling in Key West, Florida http://www.keywestdivecenter.com/
The Grand Miami Air Tour, www.miamitours.us
Billie Swamp Safari Park - http://www.southwestfloridatraveler.com/
Vizcaya Palace Museum and Gardens, Miami http://www.miamifuntours.com/
From Miami International Airport take bus route 7, 37, 42, 57, J, Airport Owl or take a train route 133
From Orlando Airport take:
-International Drive: Lynx bus 42 departs at 6:00 to 22:30 (6:30 to 21:30 on Sundays and holidays)
Apopka: Lynx bus 41 departs via SR 436 at 5:15 to 22:45 (5:40 to 21:40 on Sundays and holidays). Travel time to downtown is approximately 40 minutes, and to International Drive approximately 60 minutes.
Take the Lynx bus service (11 or 51) to the LYNX Central Station in downtown Orlando, then connect to Lynx bus service 25 to 3000 Old Winter Garden Rd., the closest stop to the Greyhound bus station (approx. 1/4 mile)
Public Transport consists of Tri-Rail, Metromover, Metrobus, and Metrorail and Electrowave. There is also Paratransit for those with medical and mobility difficulties; however, the Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover are fully accessible offering mobility for those with disabilities too. The very affordable Metrorail, Tri-Rail and Metrobus cost $1.25 with Metrorail running from downtown Miami to Kendall (near Dadeland Mall), making stops along South Dixie Highway. Electrowave is in South Beach and costs 25 cents a trip. From Omni to Brickell goes Metromover, a fully automated service, which is free to ride.
For information on these forms of transportation and to obtain maps of the area, contact the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 701 Brickell Ave. (800-283-2707) or Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, located at 1920 Meridian Ave. (305-672-1270)
Orlando regional public transportation system is called LYNX, a public bus system that services all of Central Florida. A round sign with either a pink paw or pink bus symbol often marks Lynx bus stops. Standard bus fare is about $1.50 per person. You can get passes also for the LYNX which will cost €38 for a 30 day pass. In addition, Lynx also offers a free bus system within Downtown Orlando called LYMMO. If you plan on using Lynx it is strongly recommended that you visit the official website for route information: www.golynx.com or call 407-841-Lynx.
Top Miami Shopping Malls: Lincoln Road, The Falls, Dolphin Mall, Coco Walk, Bal Harbour Shops, Bayside Marketplace, etc http://miami.about.com/od/shoppingservice2/tp/topshopping.htm
Many locals would spend their time in the coconut grove area. South Beach and Miami Beach are other hotspots too.
Tantra - 1445 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 · 305-672-4765
Globe Café & Bar - 377 Alhambra Cir, Coral Gables, FL 33134 · 305-445-3555
Fox's Sherron Inn - 6030 S Dixie Hwy, South Miami, FL 33143 · 305-666-2230
Monty's Raw Bar - 2550 S Bayshore Dr, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 · 305-856-3992
Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant - 1265 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4613 · 305-534- 0667
Antigua-41 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. 407-649-4270
Tabu Night Club-46 N Orange Avenue, Orlando, Fl 32801-2419. 407-648-8363
Independent Bar-70 N Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801.407-8390457
Samba Room- 7468 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, Fl 32819. 407-226-0550
BET Soundstage™ Club-E Buena Vista Dr, Pleasure Island, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 · 407-934-7666
Just an easy walk from many of the hotels, restaurants and activities is golden sands of Greater Fort Lauderdale, which is 23 miles long of sun-kissed beaches.
Stroll, jog, or roller blade along Fort Lauderdale's palm tree fringed, brick-lined beachfront promenade.
Hollywood Beach is known for its casual atmosphere and free entertainment. Cycle, run walk or rollerblade along Hollywood's 2 1/2 mile oceanfront Broad walk, which parallels the beach.
Enjoy Pompano Beach's three-and-a-half mile beach, a favourite spot for families featuring playgrounds on the beach, fine seafood, and family style festivities. Named after the saltwater fish which is abundantly found in the warm Atlantic waters, Pompano is home to the annual Pompano Seafood festival and Fishing Rodeo.
INFO & TIPS
Tips are between 15%-20% on your restaurant/bar bill. $1/per drink.
Get (main local newspaper) www.MiamiHerald.com info about: apartments, jobs, garage sales & entertainment guide - AKA the bible.
Minimum wage is $7.25 p/h, except in tipping positions where it’s $3.77
If you are under 21 don't look for bar/waiter/waitress work. It's not legal to serve drink as a minor.
Negotiate when you're taking an apartment, it can't hurt & may save you a fortune.
GET AIR CONDITIONING!