We got a decent rate at the HOliday Inn on South Beach in December before our cruise. Has anyone stayed there? I am deliberating whether it makes sense to go out to South Beach or is better simply to stay at the Marriott Biscayne. We arrive around midnite for the first night and then have another night before we sail.
If you want to "do" South Beach, you're better off staying there. On the week-ends, the ride across the MacArthur Causeway can take forever, and, once you get there, parking can be a real problem. During the day, you can go to the beach and, if you want, take a taxi to Bayside. The taxi ride to the ship will be a lot of fun, because you'll drive right past it on the way to the Port.