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Getting There

Miami International Airport (MIA) is about 12 miles from the beach, and a fixed-price cab ride will cost you in the $20–30 range. The shuttle is $10 and up, but can be slow. Many airlines offer cheaper fares to Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL), about 30 minutes north of Miami.

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On South Beach (rent a bike!)
Great weather and flat terrain make Miami great for cycling enthusiasts, but as a general method of transportation, it shouldn't be your first choice given traffic and limited bike paths. In most cases, we would recommend you take a taxi from the airport and either walk on South Beach or get a taxi. Please note that the Delano charges $16 a day for parking.

By Car (from outside Miami)
The main highways into Greater Miami from the north are Florida's Turnpike (a toll road) and I-95. From the northwest, take I-75 or U.S. 27 into town. From the Everglades, to the west, use the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), and from the south use U.S. 1 and the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike.

In Miami
Unless you're never leaving the beach (and you may not - the hotel is on the beach, as is most of the activity), a car in Miami can be helpful. Greater Miami's public transportation system leaves much to be desired. Locals know that waits at bus stops can be lengthy and complain that trains don't get you where you need to go - at least conveniently. The network consists of more than 600 Metrobuses on 70 routes, the 21-mile Metrorail elevated rapid-transit system, and the Metromover, an elevated light-rail system serving downtown Miami and vicinity. Free maps, schedules, information on special transportation services for the disabled, and a "First-Time Rider's Kit" are available from the Miami-Dade Transit Agency; reduced-fare tokens, sold 10 for $10, are available at all Metrorail stations (regular fare is $1.25).

Contact Miami-Dade Transit Agency (PHONE: 305/770-3131, weekdays 6 AM-10 PM and weekends 9 AM-5 PM) or www.metro-dade.com.mdta) for info.

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