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GETTING THERE

American Airlines offers nonstop flights from Reagan National and Washington Dulles to Miami, with a late-August fare of $200 round trip. AirTran offers nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Fort Lauderdale for $200 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Loews South Beach

1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

800-235-6397

www.loewshotels.com

Luxury hotel on the ocean with rooms offering city and ocean views. Rooms start at $249.

Alexander All-Suite Oceanfront Resort

5225 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

305-865-6500

www.alexanderhotel.com

Hotel on the beach with suites including bedroom, full kitchen and living and dining rooms. Rates from $189.

Biltmore Hotel

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

855-311-6903

www.biltmorehotel.com

Luxury resort in historic building with fine and casual dining, golf course, spa and world-famous marble pool. Rooms from $189.

WHERE TO EAT

News Cafe

800 Ocean Drive

305-538-6397

www.newscafe.com

Casual dining, with extensive outdoor seating. Burgers and sandwiches from $9.75; entrees start at $11.75.

Big Pink

157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

305-531-0888

bigpinkmiamibeach.eat24hour.com

Casual dining with pizza, burgers and more starting from just under $10.

Balans

1022 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

305-534-9191

www.balans.co.uk

A hangout for locals. Dinner entrees start at $10.50.

Versailles

3555 SW Eighth St., Miami

305-444-0240

www.versaillesrestaurant.com

Probably the most famous restaurant for Cuban food in Miami. Open from around 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. during the week and till 3:30 a.m. on Fridays and 4:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Entrees start at $7.50.

WHAT TO DO

Miami Seaquarium

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway

305-361-5705

miamiseaquarium.com

Various options for interacting and swimming with dolphins. Open daily year-round from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission $39.95, children $29.95. Dolphin encounter 139; $99 for children.

Venetian Pool

2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

305-460-5306

www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=167

Open year-round, daily except for major holidays. Hours depend on day but generally from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Open Mondays only in summer. Children younger than 3 not permitted. Fees $3.95 to $11 depending on age and residency.

Shark Valley Tram Rides

36000 SW Eighth St.

305-221-8455

www.sharkvalleytramtours.com

Two-hour, open-air tour through Shark Valley in the Everglades. Trams leave at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $19; children $12.

Coopertown Airboat

22700 SW Eighth St.

305-226-6048

www.coopertownairboats.com

Airboats glide across about nine miles of Everglades, where you can see alligators and other wildlife. $20-$22; children $10-$11.

INFORMATION

www.miamiandbeaches.com

www.miamibeachfl.gov

Valerie Strauss