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Tips To Feel Like a Local in No Time
Hablan Espaņol in Florida Oceanfront vacation rental properties?
Miami's population is predominantly Hispanic, so knowing a little Spanish goes a long way, especially when
talking to bilingual locals who may speak in "Spanglish" - part Spanish and part English in the same
sentence. Don't be surprised if a store clerk speaks to you in Spanish. This is especially true in Little
Havana. Politely say, "No hablo Espaņol" and she'll switch to English. Better yet, bone up on your Espaņol
before arriving for a little more fun.
Secrets to getting around Florida Oceanfront vacation rental areas- Greater Miami is laid out on a
numerical grid. Its addresses are preceded by four directional prefixes, NE for northeast, SW for
southwest, etc., and the county is divided into corresponding geographical quadrants. The north-south
dividing line is Flagler Street, which runs just south of Miami International Airport, and the east-west
dividing line is Miami Avenue, downtown. The numbering starts at the intersection of Flagler Street and
Miami Avenue and gets higher as you get farther away. With few exceptions, streets run east-west, avenues
run north-south, as well as the courts and terraces. For example, Metrozoo is at 12400 SW 152nd St. That
means it's in the southwest quadrant, at the intersection of 124th Avenue and 152nd Street, approximately
124 blocks west of downtown and 152 blocks south of the airport.
Miamians like to show their appreciation and respect for its favorite sons, daughters and causes. One of
the ways it does this is by naming streets after them. Of course, this is on top of the streets' numerical
names. While this is an admirable gesture, it also creates a lot of confusion. A few examples of major
thoroughfares with split personalities: Jose Canseco Boulevard is SW 16th Street; Bird Road is also 40th
Street; Kendall Drive is also 88th Street; Ludlam Road is also 67th Avenue; the Dolphin Expressway is also
Highway 836; and the Palmetto Expressway is also Highway 826. This is especially handy to know while
driving when the traffic reporter says that there is a monumental roadblock on a Miami Florida oceanfront
vacation rental area or road.
Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, and Miami Beach are separate municipalities and have their own
addressing systems. In South Beach, the north-south thoroughfares to any Florida oceanfront vacation rental
are named; those that run east-west are numbered, starting at the southernmost point and getting higher as
you go north
Drink it up in Florida Oceanfront vacation rental places- Cuban coffee is a shot-size high-voltage caffeine
hit that you can order colado (espresso with sugar) or, for those lacking fuerte (strength), cafe con leche
(with milk and sugar) in restaurants, and cafes and at take-out windows throughout the Florida oceanfront
vacation rental community.
Florida Oceanfront vacation rental condos and Forget the fees - Publix Grocery store ATMs are fee-free.
There's even a Publix-owned ATM at the airport in the island Service Center between Terminals B and C,
Level 2. The bank-owned ATMs at the airport-and elsewhere-charge $1 or more to non-customers.
Artistic movements in Florida Oceanfront vacation rental communities- The Miami Art Museum (MAM) is open
late on third Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During those hours, you can let your hair down and JAM
at MAM ($5) with guest DJs, a martini lounge and museum activities. Visitors are admitted free on Sundays
and second Saturdays. 101 W. Flagler St.; 305-375-3000; www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts Jazz at MOCA from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month. The
evening always includes some of South Florida's most talented jazz musicians performing Latin and
Afro-Cuban jazz, be-bop or swing. The museum stays open to 10 p.m. that night; admission is by donation.
About 500 people usually attend the event. 770 N.E. 125th St.; 305-893-6211; www.mocanomi.com.
Florida Oceanfront vacation rental homes and Getting to the MetroZoo - If you're sans automobile and the
kids just have to go to the zoo, you can catch the Coral Reef Max bus, from Metrorail's Dadeland South
Station at U.S. 1 and S.W. 91st Street. It takes about 25 minutes and costs $1.25 each way. 305-770-3131.