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LEAVE bags THEN visit South Beach before flight???

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LEAVE bags THEN visit South Beach before flight???

We will be coming BACK to US from Caribbean in Feb on a Tuesday, landing in Miami around 10:15 am. Flight home doesn't LEAVE until 8:20 pm :(.

Would like to go hang out at South Beach (if weather decent).

Questions: AFTER we go thru customs/check bags IN for flight home, are we able to leave the airport??? (wouldn't want to lug bags around..we will have a lot).

If we go, I see that there is an "Airport Flyer" public bus (?) we can take ... are there signs in the airport/where would we exit to look to get public transportation? How often do busses come/run? With all the stops, about how long would it take to arrive at the beach (and get back to the airport)? If we just want to relax on the beach/shop/have lunch, is there a recommended stop to get off? ASSUME we will not have trouble catching a bus BACK to the airport (are their any times to avoid overcrowded bus)?

ANY detailed tips deeply appreciated!

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1. Re: LEAVE bags THEN visit South Beach before flight???

Yes you can leave. Just make sure to take your boarding passes and ID with you. I think the bus runs every thirty mins from the Central Station. It's about an hour's ride. Check the profile of AdvisorGirl for some good on South Beach.

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2. Re: LEAVE bags THEN visit South Beach before flight???

The "airport flyer" (#150) is an express bus that takes about 35 mins of driving time after you get on the bus. To catch the bus use the free MIA Mover light rail from the airport to the RCC/Central Station. The bus runs every 30 mins as ob mentioned, and the fare is $2.65 pp. Allow about 60 to 75 mins to get from airport to south beach, including wait time.

In south beach I recommend getting off at the Lincoln Road stop. That will put you within an easy walk of the ocean/beach, Lincoln Road Mall (shops/cafes), and Ocean Drive (Art Deco buildings). There are pubic restrooms on Ocean Drive at 14 Street.

On the way back you can catch the same bus, but allow about 75+ minutes transit time. The bus does not stop at every stop, check the map linked below, and be sure to wave to the driver when you see the bus approaching.

…miami-dade.fl.us/transit/…150.pdf

An option on the way back is a taxi, flat rate $32+tip, about 30 mins to the airport, a bit more during rush hour.

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3. Re: LEAVE bags THEN visit South Beach before flight???

THANK YOU to Miami advisors ... 150 bus to beach was easy ... Took tram to rental car center, then attendants there showed me how to get a bus ticket with automated machines (recommend over using cash as you just scan the card when you get on so no loose change to drop or trying to insert crumpled dollars). We ended up just getting a "day pass" which allows you to get on and off the bus all day (instead of there and back ticket) which was only .30 more...we did not use it more, but was nice to have the option. Waited about 20 mins for the next bus. Took us about an hour from off the plane to the beach.

"5:09" bus back picked us up around 5:20 (guess it would be hard to predict exact times as traffic patterns and number of stops will vary each time...just guess it is safe to assume that you shouldn't have to wait longer than 30 mins at a bus stop for a bus).

We were blessed with a sunny 80 degree day ... Much better than sitting in the airport;)

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4. Re: LEAVE bags THEN visit South Beach before flight???

Great news! Thanks for the followup info

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