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Sightseeing in Miami-Miami BeachGo Miami pass is an all-access pass to more than 25 Miami area attractions. There are different passes to suit, whether you want to choose the number of days or attractions to visit. Choose from your favorite area attractions including a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Key West day trip, Jungle Island, Duck Tours South Beach and other attractions and sightseeing tours. The Go Miami pass is available online or by phone (800) 887-9103.

Travel tours in Miami-Miami Beach

Gray Line offers multilingual narrated sightseeing tours of Miami's hot spots including South Beach, Coconut Grove, downtown Miami and the Art Deco district. Options include walking tours and tours via bus, boat and helicopter. A hop-on, hop-off bus tour stops at local attractions throughout the day; passengers may purchase 1- to 2-day passes. Rates and schedules vary; phone (877) 643-1258 for detailed information and reservations.

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Main and Ingraham highways and Old Cutler Road, south from Coconut Grove, offer scenic drives through Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, and are fun places to go. Old Cutler Highway passes Matheson Hammock Park and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

South Miami Avenue, between 15th Road and Dixie Highway, is lined with royal poinciana trees. During late May and June the trees are ablaze with red flowers, making it a fun thing to do in early summer.

An interesting drive in Miami Beach is along Collins Avenue, with its hotels and motels. Also of interest are the magnificent homes and estates, which run the architectural gamut from Spanish-Mediterranean to bold modern. Although not open to the public, these can be seen by driving around some of the private islands accessible from the MacArthur, Venetian, North Bay and Broad causeways.

Miami Culinary Tours

Walking ToursThere are several opportunities for exploration on foot. Coconut Grove, with its varied architecture and bohemian air, offers particularly appealing things to see.

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The Art Deco District in Miami Beach is a showcase for the movement's characteristic architectural touches: porthole windows, geometric patterns, rounded corners and glass-block construction as well as walls bathed in fuchsia, turquoise, chartreuse and lavender. The Miami Design Preservation League offers a 90-minute tour of the area daily at 10:30 a.m. (also Thursday at 6:30 p.m.). The tour begins and ends at the Art Deco Welcome Center at Ocean Front Auditorium, 1001 Ocean Dr. in Miami Beach; phone (305) 531-3484. The fee is $25, $20 (students, senior citizens and veterans with ID). The organization also arranges other Miami Beach area tours and provides self-guiding audio tours.

Little Havana, S.W. 12th Avenue to S.W. 27th Avenue, has open-air markets, shops, local restaurants and a plaza, all of which reflect Cuban culture.

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Travel Information

Miami Population

399,457

Miami Elevation

20 ft.

Miami Beach Population

87,779

Miami Beach Elevation

4 ft.

Sales Tax

Miami-Dade County sales tax is 7 percent. An additional hotel room tax is 6 percent in Miami-Dade County, with the exception of Surfside and Bal Harbour, where the resort tax is 4 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(305) 476-5423 (Miami-Dade County) or (305) 579-6111 (Miami)

Fire (non-emergency)

(786) 331-5000 (Miami-Dade County) or (305) 416-5400 (Miami)

Time and Temperature

(305) 324-8811

Hospitals

Baptist Hospital of Miami, (786) 596-1960; Jackson South Community Hospital, (305) 251-2500; North Shore Medical Center, (305) 835-6000; University of Miami Hospital, (305) 689-5511; Westchester General Hospital, (305) 264-5252.

Visitor Information

701 Brickell Ave. Suite 2700 Miami, FL 33131. Phone:(305)539-3000 or (800)933-8448

Air Travel

Miami International Airport

Rental Cars

Miami and Miami Beach are served by many major car rental agencies. Hertz, (800) 654-3080, or (305) 871-0300 at Miami International Airport, and (305) 534-4661 inside the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

The Amtrak Station is at 8303 N.W. 37th Ave. For arrival information phone (305) 835-1221; for reservations and other information phone (800) 872-7245.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. stations are at 3801 N.W. 21st St., (305) 871-1810, in Miami; at 16000 N.W. Seventh Ave., (305) 688-7277, in North Miami.

Taxis

Cabs are plentiful and operate on the meter system. Fares are $2.95 base fee plus $2.40 per mile and 40c for each minute of waiting. A $1 fuel surcharge and an airport surcharge may apply. The largest companies are Yellow Cab Co., (305) 444-4444, and Metro Taxi, (305) 888-8888.

Public Transportation

Transportation by elevated light rail, people mover and bus is available in Miami.

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