Category Archives: Local Interest

Things to do when it Rains in Miami

A good rain in Miami is equivalent to a blizzard up north. Exciting for the locals, bummer for the tourists. Official rainy season lasts from June through September. Dark clouds swell to a breaking point and pound the city with short, intense bursts of cooling rain. Showers often hit hard in the late afternoon, lowering the temperature during the brutally hot summer months.

However, rainy days can occur at any time of year, so be prepared. Pack a colorful umbrella and a camera to capture the weather’s dramatic effect on the sky. Walk when you can. Miami traffic slows to a near-halt when the roads get glossy.

Here are five ways to make the most of your time when the rain falls in Miami:

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Things to do in Little Havana

Miami is a collection of neighborhoods representing many cultures, from Haitian to Argentine to Cuban, and beyond. Little Havana, a traditionally Cuban neighborhood, has developed into a melting pot of Latin American cultures. It still, however, keeps its Cuban vibe with cigar shops, Cuban restaurants and salsa-inspired dance clubs. Missing a tour of Little Havana would be the ice-cream sundae without the cherry on top — it’s an essential ingredient in Miami’s colorful platter of experiences.

Don’t Miss in Little Havana
Calle Ocho is the main drag in Little Havana, where you can find a Hollywood-esque Walk of Fame dedicated to Cuban stars like Celia Cruz. Be sure to check out Domino Park on SW 15th Ave., where locals gather to try their hand at dominos. Stroll to Memorial Boulevard on SW 13th Ave. to see the ceiba tree, a sacred symbol of life in the Santería religion. Take in a bit of history at the Bay of Pigs Museum, or enjoy a Cuban-style ice-cream at Azucar, with wild flavors like avocado, guava, or cafe con leche. Sip a mojito as you dance the night away at the historic Ball & Chain, a classic nightclub from the 1930s that has recently reinvented itself as a live music and salsa venue.

Must See/Do in Little Havana
Cultural Fridays, or Viérnes Culturales, take place the last Friday of every month from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Expect live music, open art galleries, and typical street food.

Parking and Transportation at Little Havana
There are several low-cost, even free, parking lots available around Calle Ocho. The bus is also an option as several lines run from Downtown to Little Havana.

Other Places to Visit Near Little Havana
No trip to Little Havana is complete without trying a cafecito, a typically strong Cuban coffee made for sharing. Jump on the Number 8 bus and head to Cafe Versailles for quite possibly the most famous cuban coffee in the city.

Insider Tip for Visitors to Little Havana
While significantly safer than in years past, it is important to be careful while wandering Little Havana, especially at night. Stay on the main drag and avoid East Little Havana, which begins east of SW 17th Ave.

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Miami Neighborhood Overview

Overview of Miami Neighborhoods

Miami is booming. High rises are showing up overnight. Art Deco buildings are undergoing makeovers. Public transportation is improving. It is a sprawling city with a surprisingly variety of neighborhoods, each with a specific culture. Hop in your car and explore the great places Miami has to offer, just be aware of the neglected gaps in between each neighborhood. Try to steer clear of Overtown and Liberty City for the time being.

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Yellow Green Farmer’s Market

Hundreds of vendors crowd under a 100,000 square foot tent every weekend of the year in Hollywood, FL, creatively displaying brightly colored fruits, veggies, clothing, and other products one might expect to find at a farmer’s market. The smell of empanadas baking in the oven fills the air as local musicians entertain shoppers that stroll along the booths at the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market. Located off I-95, it remains a draw for locals and visitors alike, some wanting to stock up on local produce for the week, and others simply wanting to peruse the items, snack on free samples, and enjoy the live tunes. Either way, the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market is a must-see hidden gem for anyone temporarily, or permanently, in the South Florida area.

Parking at Yellow Green Market
There is plenty of free parking at the market.

Best and worst time go to Yellow Green Market
Since it’s only open on the weekends, times to go are limited. Local produce dies down in the summer, literally, and growing anything is almost impossible in the heat. Try late November to April for best local pickings. Otherwise, the market is open all year. Early in the morning might help you beat the crowds, but it’s part of the charm, so any time of day is good.

Admission to Yellow Green Market
Free music, free samples, free browsing. Several restaurants and many food stalls can be found inside, with varying costs. Check out the fresh juice, Mediterranean fare, gluten-free baked goods, and the olive oil shop, to name a few. Most booths offer free samples of their goodies, don’t be afraid to try them all.

Other places to visit near Yellow Green Market
Downtown Hollywood is an afternoon in itself. Restaurants, shops, art galleries, and parks line the main strip and surrounding area. A local trolley can take you around the town for $1 per ride, giving you the chance to explore not just the historic downtown, but the oceanfront as well.

Insider tip for visitors to Yellow Green Market
Most vendors are cash only. Be prepared before arrival.

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Stay Healthy in Miami

Going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to abandon your active lifestyle. In Miami, it is easier than you probably think. Below are several ideas to ensure a healthy vacation here in Miami.

If you want to maintain your exercise routine:

Rent bikes from your hotel or from the city bike share program, DecoBike. Ride along the promenade from Miami Beach to South Pointe Park. Want to try something different? Rollerblades are still a completely acceptable form of transportation. Rent them from South Beach or Bayside with Bike n Roll Miami, and wallow in your 90s nostalgia.

Jogging on the beach is never a bad idea. Especially if you join the iconic Raven’s Run, a free running club led by the famous Raven. A Miami local, he has successfully run 8 miles on the beach every single day for the past 40 years. If you prefer to run solo, head to the boardwalk that starts on 23rd Street.

Kitesurfing is a popular pastime down here, especially in the Keys. Thankfully, you don’t have to go far. Key Biscayne is known for its plethora of kite surf instructors, so book your lesson and hit the water. If possible, stick around until the sun goes down. This island is known for its incredibly colorful sunsets.

Miami’s proximity to the Caribbean means ocean waves are few and far between. That’s why Miamian’s prefer paddle boards to surfboards. Paddle under the sun through the bay from Sunset Harbour Marina, or wait until dusk and join one of Miami Beach Paddle Board’s Neon Tours. Explore the Sunset Island channels on boards equipped with LED neon lights.

If yoga is your thing, you are in luck. Free and donation-based classes are offered all throughout the city, and most take advantage of our wonderful weather and gorgeous vistas. Practice in front of the ocean at sunrise or sunset at 3rd Street Beach, hosting classes every day at 7am and 5pm. Sleep in a little bit and meander over to the Mondrian Hotel on Sunday mornings at 10am to get your vinyasa on in front of the bay, overlooking Miami’s impressive downtown skyline. In contrast, practice with a view of Miami Beach at Bayfront Park, offering free yoga classes every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 9am.

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