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Miami airport hotel / layover advice

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Miami airport hotel / layover advice

Towards the end of September we are flying from the UK to Bolivia, via Miami. Our flights have changed so that on the way out we arrive in Miami about 6pm and fly out the next day at 11.30am and then on the return arrive in Miami at 6am and leave around 6pm.

I'd like to find a hotel where we can relax overnight on the way out, lots of hotels have outside pools, but I'm not sure whether it will be warm / light enough for us to swim the evening we arrive? Are there any hotels close to the airport with indoor / spa pools? I'm looking to spend up to a max of 150 usd for a room.

We don't want yo spend the whole day at the airport on the way back. Assuming we can leave luggage at the airport, Is there anywhere we can go and chill out, maybe take a walk before getting back to the airport around 3.30pm?

Many thanks for any advice,

Becky

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1. Re: Miami airport hotel / layover advice

Warm enough to swim on arrival, still light enough, maybe. Sunset will be at about 7pm while you're here. Im not sure if you'll clear US Immigration/Customs in time enough to be in the pool before dark though. Plenty of hotels to choose from within your budget.

As for your return, you could plan on spending the day on South Beach, or head to one of the local Malls, Downtown Miami etc. Which is more interesting to you ?

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2. Re: Miami airport hotel / layover advice

Thanks for responding. Going to a mall sounds pretty close to my idea of hell, but South Beach sounds a neat idea. How easy is it to arrange transport to / from the airport?

Thanks!

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3. Re: Miami airport hotel / layover advice

See info upper right on this page for the Airport Flyer, an express bus to/from MIA to South Beach, or there is always the option of a taxi.

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Between MIA airport and south beach:

Bus: $2.65 pp, takes 60+ minutes incl wait time etc.

Taxi: $32+tip fixed rate for up to 5 people, takes 20 mins.

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5. Re: Miami airport hotel / layover advice

It will certainly be warm enough to use an outdoor pool but by the time you have cleared immigration etc it will probably be getting dark.

We always stay at the Homewood Suites Blue Lagoon Drive which I can recommend, however there is no indoor pool. We stayed there this May when we flew over from the UK. Our flight landed around 6.00 pm but by the time we had negotiated immigration and customs and collected our luggage, the last thing on our minds was a swim! We had a burger at the airport as there is no restaurant at the hotel (they do have a Manager's Reception with food and drink Mondays to Thursdays), got a taxi to the hotel and more or less fell into bed!

Be prepared for long queues at immigration, although landing around 6.00 pm you might well find (as we did) them not too bad. We had read horror stories about people having to queue for up to two hours or more, so getting through in about 45 mins was a bonus. The walk from the plane to the immigration area took around 15 mins. It really is a very long way and you think you are never going to get there. However, there are travelators which help speed your walk up (if they are working).

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