MIAMI BY MARTIN June 2008
A monthly column from Martin Crossland
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Records of the month:
Miami-Dade County ranks No. 1 in the
nation for hotel room occupancy during the first four months of 2008
at 80.5%, up +1.6%
over the same time frame in 2007. Also, the Average Daily Room Rate
(ADR) of US$196.61 ranked Greater Miami and the Beaches #2 among the
Top 25 Hotel Markets in the U.S. as reported by Smith Travel Research.
Top of the heap pricewise is New York at an average of US$ 250.19 a
Biscayne's Cape Florida (Bill Baggs) State Park is listed among North
America's top ten beaches.
expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman, known as “Dr. Beach,” has
just released his Top 10 U.S. Beaches list for 2008. The list includes
Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, known for its historic
1825 lighthouse, ranked ninth on Leatherman’s highly anticipated
list. Leatherman, who is the director of Florida International University’s
Laboratory for Coastal Research, has made a Memorial Day Weekend tradition
of unveiling his list of America’s finest strands of sand and
surf. In addition to Bill Baggs State Park, Miami Beach boasts many
parks and green spaces along its 84 miles of coastline.
South Beach, Miami, makes Trip Advisor's top ten attractions list.
Miami” has been listed among the nation’s Top 10 Most Popular
Attractions that TripAdvisor® members are planning to visit this
month. South Beach comes in at #7. That darn mouse Mickey came in before
us as usual! TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel community,
attracts nearly 25 million monthly visitors.
such a good record: It's
a distinction of sorts for Miami International Airport. In the latest
monthly tally, MIA has the flight with the worst on-time performance
in the nation. An American Airlines flight from Miami recorded the worst
on-time performance of any flight in the nation in April, according
to government data released Wednesday. The 8:05 p.m. flight to San Juan
was more than 15 minutes late 96.7 percent of the time, according to
Cruises from Miami
If you have the time,
a great option during your stay is a weekend cruise from Miami. Three-night
cruises leave Friday afternoon, returning early Monday, and usually
sail to the Bahamas or a private island. Four-night cruises leave Monday
afternoon, returning early Friday, and usually sail to Mexico and Key
West. Most weekend cruises can be purchased for about $100 per person
per day; sometimes even cheaper deals are available.
Cruise Lines, three- and four-night weekend cruises from Miami. Some
five-night sailings leave Saturday and return Wednesday. www.carnival.com.
Royal Caribbean, four-night
weekend cruises from Fort Lauderdale and three- and- four-night cruises
from Miami. Some five-night sailings leave Saturday and return Wednesday.
Line's three- and four-night cruises from Miami begin July 14. www.ncl.com.
Line offers daily roundtrip cruises from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport,
Bahamas, that can be combined with hotel stays on the island. www.discoverycruiseline.com.
Cruise Line, two-night cruises from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, with
alternating Friday and Saturday departures. www.imperialmajesty.com.
to Jane Wooldridge at the Miami Herald Travel Section.
Beach July 4th. Celebration to take place at 8th. Street and Ocean Drive.
with music, fireworks and fun for all.
America’s birthday in the heart of sizzling South Beach. The City
of Miami Beach proudly presents its annual Fourth of July patriotic
celebration of music and fireworks, with music by DJ Irie. The event
is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early,
bring beach chairs and towels. No coolers or bottles will be permitted
on the beach. The celebration takes place July 4, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
at 8th Street and Ocean Drive on Miami Beach.
Through 6/22/08 Summer Shorts Festival 2008 www.CityTheatre.com
Mainly Mozart Festival 2008 www.MainlyMozart.com
6/1/08 – 9/1/08
Shakespeare & Friends Festival www.New-Theatre.org
6/2/08 – 6/9/08
Coral Gables Restaurant Week www.CoralGablesRestaurantWeek.com
Goombay Festival 2008 www.GoombayFestivalCoconutGrove.com
6/10/08 – 6/12/08
Florida Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies www.Marlins.mlb.com
6/11/08 – 6/21/08
Florida Dance Festival www.FloridaDanceFestival.com
6/12/08 – 6/22/08
Shorts 4 Kids: A Festival of Fun for Kids of all Ages www.CityTheatre.com
6/13/08 – 6/16/08
South Florida Boat Show www.SouthFloridaBoatShow.com
6/21/08 – 6/22/08
Redland Summer Fruit Festival www.FruitandSpicePark.org
6/28/08 – 11/2/08
Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian
FOR MORE GREATER
MIAMI & THE BEACHES EVENTS, visit: www.MiamiandBeaches.com/Visitors/Calendar_of_Events.asp
Watch out for the new layout with the July edition at the end of June.