Getting Around in Miami Beach

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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.Yacht 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.   DecoBike

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.

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Segway 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.

Trolley 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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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Miami Beach

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HostingCon doesn’t just involve educational sessions, networking opportunities, and a great exhibit hall. As the old saying goes, “location, location, location” — and Miami Beach is a fantastic choice for this 10th anniversary event insofar as dining in concerned.

Although there are a ton to choose from, we’ve picked five seafood restaurants in Miami Beach for you to consider trying, all of which are relatively close to the event’s hotel. Although all focus on fish and/or sushi, most offer menu choices other than seafood.

Best of all, you can book a reservation for anywhere from 2-20 persons via the links provided in each of the below descriptions.

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Quinn’s South Beach
640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone:  305-673-6400
Hours:  Open 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Prices: $ 31-$ 50
Website: www.quinnsmiami.com
Reserve via OpenTable at http://www.opentable.com/quinns-steaks-seafood-raw-bar

Quinn’s uses only the freshest available ingredients – from pristine seafood to just-picked native farm produce. It’s a fusion of old-Florida style seafood concepts with progressive global trends. The signature dish is Bam! Bam! Shrimp (photo at left), an intensely flavorful palm sugar and 14-spice marinated delicacy, but there’s a full selection of fish dishes, as well as grilled meat choices. It’s located in the Park Central, a beautiful Art-Deco era hotel, and offers dining on a covered terrace as well as indoor seating.

 

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1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone:  305-695-4550
Hours:  5:oo p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Prices:  $ 31-$ 50
Website:  lurefishbar.com
Reserve via OpenTable at http://www.opentable.com/lure-south-beach

Located right in the HostingCon venue hotel (just downstairs from your room), Lure features a raw bar and various fresh seafood platters. An example? The Royale, with East and West Coast oysters, little neck clams, shrimp cocktail, Maryland lump crab meat, mussels and ½ Maine lobster for $ 96. The menu includes an extremely wide selection of sushi and sashimi and, of course, a number of different ceviche dishes.

The terrace can be privately reserved or requested for a larger party.

 

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A Fish Called Avalon
700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone:  305-532-1727
Hours:  6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Prices:  $ 31 – $ 50
Website:  www.afishcalledavalon.com
Valet Parking is available
Winner of the OpenTable 2013 Diners Choice award
Reserve via OpenTable at http://www.opentable.com/a-fish-called-avalon-reservations-miami-beach

With a contemporary tropical menu, this Art-Deco restaurant has been a fixture on South Beach for more than 20 years. Seafood specialites here include Sake and Tarragon-glazed Lobster Tails, Misoglazed Sea Bass, and locally-caught Mahi Mahi. There’s also Canadian Wild Salmon and sesame-seared Ahi tuna, of course a raw bar, and non-seafood menu choices.

Located in the north tower of the Avalon Hotel, the restaurant is directly across from the beach and boardwalk. Live music is provided by a Latin American duet on the front porch.

 

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Katsuya
1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone:  305-455-2995
Hours:  Opens at 6:00 p.m.
Prices:  $ 31-$ 50
Website:  katsuyarestaurant.com/southbeach/
Valet Parking is available
2014 winner of OpenTables Diner’s Choice award
Reserve via OpenTable at http://www.opentable.com/katsuya-at-sls-hotel-south-beach

Located at the SLS Hotel, Katsuya features an inventive combination of Japanese and Californian cuisine at their South Beach location.

Choices include a special tasting menu with all the chef’s favorite dishes for $ 75, and a dozen types of robata. An incredible array of specialty and traditional sushi rolls, plus sushi/sashimi combinations, including sushi sampler or sashimi sampler plates are also available.

 

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Joe’s Stone Crabs
11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone:  305-673-0365
Hours:  6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Prices:  $ 25-$ 35
Website:  http://www.joesstonecrab.com/

No reservations, although they may make an exception for a party of more than 20 people with 48 hours notice.

A visit to Joe’s is a long-time Miami Beach tradition. A good selection of fish dishes that can be prepared grilled, broiled, flackened, fried or sautéed. The house specialty is their world-famous stone crabs, which are now flown all over the world from the restaurant. The stone crab is market priced for plates of 5, 6, or 7 claws served chilled with their signature mustard sauce.

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So there you have it — five delicious seafood choices for a night out after some serious event attending! Look for upcoming posts on other restaurants and outdoor/indoor activities to take part in while you are in Miami Beach for HostingCon.

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