Although there is a shuttle from the hotel to the conference locale itself, getting around the Miami Beach area at other times during your stay may require the use of some form of transportation. Taxis are easy to find and will suit most transportation needs within South Beach or if you are heading further afield into Miami proper, but there are some other options that might appeal and provide additional ways to investigate the popular South Beach area.
1. Cars — The usual rental car agencies are present, but for something a bit different, the Millionaire Concierge company rents out a number of high-end vehicles and offers yacht/sport fishing charters. Why not go all out and rent a Lamborghini while you’re in Miami Beach? Or choose from among a selection of yachts for a two-hour cruise or an overnight excursion if you are staying in Miami Beach after HostingCon. Zipcar also has a Miami Beach location, letting you rent a car from its actual owner for anywhere from an hour to a day. You’ll need to become a member of ZipCar before leaving for HostingCon or drop by the Miami office at 21 SE 2nd Avenue (786-475-8320) for hourly or daily rentals.
2. Bikes — Bikes are a common way to get around in the South Beach area. The bike sharing program DecoBike has more than 1,000 bikes scattered over its dozens of depots. Rentals range from $ 4 for 30 minutes to $ 24 per day. Just pick up a bike at one station and turn it in at any depot closer to your destination.
Another bike rental option is Bike and Roll Miami Beach, located at 210 10th Street, Miami Beach FL 33139. A second location is a little farther from the hotel at Lincoln Road. Both are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 305-604-0001. Comfort bikes — a cross between a rugged mountain bike with narrower road bike tires — are $ 30 per day, but a variety of other types of bikes are also available. Bike tours of the Art Deco area start at $ 40 and rentals include a map, helmet, and lock.
3. Segway or Roller Skates — If you are looking for something a bit different, the Bike and Roll company offers a tour of the Art Deco area of Miami Beach by Segway for $ 59. Tours start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Segways can also be rented by the hour, as can a tandem bike or roller skates. Another option is a combination boat and boat ride, where you bike to the Venetian islands and return via a boat ride through Biscayne Bay, with rates starting at $ 29. Some special deals can be found on the website. Reservations should be made ahead of time if possible.
4. Trolley — The Alton Road/West Avenue trolley operates in a loop, taking passengers north along Alton Road, from Fifth Street to Lincoln Road then south on West Avenue back to Fifth Street. The trolleys run from 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. About 25 passengers can ride at a time and the trip takes 20 minutes roundtrip, with wait times no longer than 10 minutes at any stop along the way.
Overall, the Miami Beach area has become quite pedestrian-friendly due to the limited parking availability in this densely populated area plagued by heavy traffic. The variety of options that rely on alternative transportation methods such as bikes and trolleys, combined with more traditional taxi use, makes it fairly easy to get around for your post-HostingCon activities.
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