I am planning to arrive in South Beach on Labor Day weekend and have the following questions:
1. How rainy is it going to be? Looking at the weather website, I see that every day is the same thing 'scattered thunderstorms' right now. Is that really the case or are they exaggerating? Should I even bother bringing a swimsuit with me if this is true (since if it'll rain, there'll be no point in bringing one since I won't be able to use it to go to the pool or the beach)?
2. I'm trying to decide whether to take a shuttle or a cab, as I know that a cab is $33. I don't know how much a shuttle is in comparison and would also like to know if the Angler's Resort would be one of the first stops or the last stops on the airport shuttle's route?
3. Oyster.com (the travel website I'd booked my stay through) suggested these restaurants (BLT Steak, The Dining Room, De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean, Prime 112 Restaurant) and I'd like to know if the food is actually delicious or if these were chosen for the 'prestige' (i.e. location, view, celebrity sightings). While all of those are good, my main objective is that we get to taste the best food that South Beach/Miami has to offer. (I also want to avoid being enticed into a less-than-stellar restaurant due to persistent people on the street claiming that it is great)
4. What are the best restaurants to dine at in South Beach or Miami for breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner/dessert/drinks? We'd actually prefer places that are specific to the city (as opposed to a chain restaurant like the Olive Garden or TGI Friday's), though we're open to restaurants that are outposts (i.e. Sushi Samba, etc.). Pricewise, I can go from cheap to moderate (though my companion, being a recent college graduate, would want to do cheap and good as well). Again, 'prestige' is fine, but my main objective is tasting the best food in South Beach/Miami.
5. How much would it cost for a cab to take me from South Beach to Aventura mall?
6. Do cabs run along the avenue in South Beach/Miami or would I have to call for one?
7. Are there any bars and nightclubs in South Beach/Miami that are great for one late 20-something and one early-30 something? Our only objective is that they are safe and offer us a good time, as our musical tastes run from top 40 to salsa to reggae to old school dance.
8. Are there any sights to see/points of interest/things to do aside from hanging out on the beach/shopping/dining/nightclubbing? I am asking just in case the weekend that we arrive happens to be a rainy weekend, so that we aren't stuck at the hotel and watching TV for our entire stay.
9. I've read mixed reviews about the Duck Tour South Beach on here and wanted to know your take on that. As eager as I am to tour the city from both road and ocean, I want to make sure that this is a tour that goes smoothly. If not, then would you mind recommending a similar tour with a higher customer satisfaction level?
10. I have also been told about pool/rooftop parties at various hotels in South Beach and wanted to know if they are open to everyone or just guests at the hotel where they're having them at? If they are open to everyone, how much (on average) is their cover charge/do they charge for drinks? I'd also like to know how much (on average) is the average nightclub's cover charge/do they charge for drinks.
11. What's the nearest brick and mortar Chase Bank near the Angler's resort?
12. Is there anything that we should be aware of/on guard about in South Beach/Miami, as far as safety issues are concerned? In addition, are there certain areas that we should avoid?
Thank you all in advance...