Things to do in Miami / Ft. Lauderdale over Christmas

  • Athlete61

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    Aug 17, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    I'm heading to Miami / Ft. Lauderdale the week before Christmas before heading out of the country on the 26th. Other than the dance clubs and the beach, what fun stuff is there to do in these cities? Will have rental car.

    I'm looking for things like museums/arts; music venues (open to about any type of music, but a good jazz, latin or modern rock place would be nice); good coffee houses with WiFi; must-go restaurants (love to experiment with food); unique things to see and do that don't necessarily have to involve alcohol or the gay scene. Thanks in advance for any advice.
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    Aug 17, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    The real question is: What is there NOT to do? icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    Athlete61 saidI'm looking for things like museums/arts; music venues (open to about any type of music, but a good jazz, latin or modern rock place would be nice); good coffee houses with WiFi; must-go restaurants (love to experiment with food); unique things to see and do that don't necessarily have to involve alcohol or the gay scene. Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Vizcaya Museum & Gardens south of Miami on Biscayne Bay. A private estate built by an allegedly gay bachelor, it is truly amazing.

    http://www.miamidade.gov/vizcaya/

    Bonnett House is another early residence in Fort Lauderdale with its own gardens & grounds. Not opulently palatial like Vizcaya, and a bit more eccentric in its own right, but an interesting look at early South Florida seasonal living by the well-to-do from up North.

    http://www.bonnethouse.org/home.html

    If you get up to Wilton Manors (aka Gay Central, on the north side of Fort Lauderdale), a good coffee shop with WiFi is Java Boys in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. Almost entirely a gay clientele, they have a nice sofa lounge inside, and tables outside. 2230 Wilton Drive.

    Then take a walk around the Shoppes and visit the gay clothing stores. And if you happen to need a pair of sunglasses, drop next door to Chic Optique and see owners Karen & Julie, friends of ours, tell them Bob recommended them.

    You haven't mentioned where you're staying, or if you wanna visit the beaches. You know Sebastian in Fort Lauderdale is heavily gay, nearest to roughly 2 dozen gay guest houses & resorts. Further south, at Sunny Isles almost into Miami Beach, is Haulover Beach, one of the few legal nude beaches in the US, with official lifeguards and basic services. Do a Google map, tricky to find when driving along A1A/Collins Ave.

    While in South Beach you stroll Lincoln Road Mall, lots of trendy stores and restaurants, most having pretty good food, but not really world class, more touristy for the atmosphere.

    Along the beach and Ocean Drive my favorite place for martinis is the Hotel Victor's second floor bar (not the first, which is nice, too), that last I checked the general public could still use. After ordering your drink, take it outside to the veranda that overlooks the beach.

    For a gayer crowd find the Palace a little further north along Ocean. Not as elegant, but lots of gays there. Not too many gay places left on SB. You will NOT find the "Birdcage" but lots of wonderful old art deco hotels.

    And here's the all-purpose gay guide for all of South Florida:

    http://www.jumponmarkslist.com/

    Hope that give you some ideas and gets you started.
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    Aug 17, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe real question is: What is there NOT to do? icon_wink.gif

    Well, there's US to see! You, me & C, either separately or all together (though the overall impact might be too much for any one man). icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 17, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    You can also try a Rum and Sunset Sail boat trip. There are plenty going from Keywest and I had a blast there on Christmas Day.
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    Aug 17, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidBring long sleeve shirts, long pants and a jacket.

    It can be pretty chilly down here Dec-Feb.


    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I've been hearing mixed stories on the weather, so will come prepared for chillier weather. Though when compared to the midwest, I doubt MIA/FLL are as cold.
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    Aug 17, 2010 11:55 PM GMT
    FL gay party SUCK! CA is by far better!

    BW
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    Aug 18, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    BADWILD saidFL gay party SUCK! CA is by far better!

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    How would you know? You used to come in the forums complaining that you can't even go to the parties because you don't have transportation. Of course, you complained about everything. Of course the parties suck when you're a party pooper.
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    Aug 21, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    Yes it was very cold when I was in Ft Lauderdale in Dec, Jan & Feb. Believe it! I was surprised. I live in Atlanta and didn't expect it to be as cold as it was. The iguanas were all dying and falling out of trees left and right. People were walking around with coats. lol
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    Aug 21, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    BADWILD saidFL gay party SUCK! CA is by far better!

    BW
    How would you know? You used to come in the forums complaining that you can't even go to the parties because you don't have transportation. Of course, you complained about everything. Of course the parties suck when you're a party pooper.


    Ah Paul be nice. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 21, 2010 10:28 PM GMT
    soust7 saidAh Paul be nice. icon_smile.gif
    But moooooooomm... icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 22, 2010 11:11 AM GMT
    No, be nasty.

    Uncle Lost