Originally Posted by Waterwayguy
OK, It is not right at South Beach but it is in Coconut Grove, which is a very nice area for shops, restaurants, etc.
Actually, IMHO,Coconut Grove is a much more "happening" place with jazz clubs and some fabulous restaurants. The whole area has many marinas
, both in the City of Miami
system and private marinas
. You will see some totally outrageous women's clothing
in shops that you would only think could be worn inside to avoid violating public decency laws - only to see local Latin young ladies walking down the street in such outfits.
- - It is an easy bus ride or great walk to downtown Miami
which is also a very "happening" place especially around Miami Bayside Marina.
- - Problem with the Miami area is there are too many good places to put a boat. You can go to the Miami City Marinas website and each of the many "city" marinas will be listed with their prices. However, back before the world financial collapse (recently) getting space in any of them was near impossible due to long waiting lists.
- - Crandon Park Marina and Marine
Stadium Marina are across the bay from the mainland and getting to the downtown areas is more difficult. Of course having a car there would solve that problem.
- - As an "out of State" person you will need to register the boat in Florida and also any cars you have. But that is really easy and not onerous. Florida makes most of its money
off "snow birds" or transients so is quite adept at facilitating your needs - for a price
. Even if the boat is USCG documented you will need to register it with Florida.
- - Oh! the Miami River is a very commercial/industrial area and narrow to boot. Not to mention the bridges. Like the New River in Ft Lauderdale it can be a challenge to navigate with a wide boat such as a catamaran