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Old June 7th, 2006, 08:54 PM
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Default Port of Miami area-Is it safe??

I have been told that the hotels in the area around the Port of Miami are not considered "safe". (Would this also be considered the "downtown" area when looking at hotels?)
What does everyone think? Where is it safer to stay? Nearer the port or nearer the airport?
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Old June 7th, 2006, 09:59 PM
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I stayed at the Intercontinental Miami last month, and will stay there again in Jan. o7. Very nice hotel and I never felt unsafe.
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We stayed at the Holiday Inn. It was great with a shopping area just across the street. Lots of great food, night life and a great place to walk around. In the morning we could see our cruise ship arrive.
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Old June 8th, 2006, 08:26 AM
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I thought it was perfectly safe. I felt less safe at a hotel closer to the airport.
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Old June 8th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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Stick close to the Bayside shopping area and you'll be fine.

The 'dodgy' areas are those around the roads leading to the entrance/exit ramps to the interstate
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Downtown Miami itself is fine, where the office buildings/sky rises are. Right on the water. Lots of high-rise residence buildings & such. That area is fine.

The outskirts of Miami especially towards the West is bad. Lots of drug dealers/hookers on the street corners & such.

But like anywhere else in the world, always watch your back & your surroundings. Glance into windows to pretend to window shop & use the reflection to see who is around you or behind you.

If you have a purse, put the strap cross-shouldered & keep it in front of you. Don't wear flashy jewerely to "advertise" yourself.
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Yes Bayside is lots of really nice. We walked over for starbucks and watched all the cruise ships and couldn't wait to board.
Had dinner at Bubba Gumps at Bayside lots of fun.
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Old June 8th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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We have a reservation at the Intercontinental pre-cruise in March 2007. What is there to do in the area around the hotel? Is Bubba Gumps a good place to eat, or just a tourist trap?

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Not sure about Bubba Gumps, but we ate at an Argentinan resturant in Bayside Market that was real good.
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We stayed at the Port of Miami Holiday Inn last week the night before our pre-inaugural Freedom cruise and it was surprisingly good. It is right across the street from Bayside and I felt very safe walking around alone.
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We just stayed at the Intercontinental for one night post-cruise in May. It is a gorgeous hotel, right on the Bay and walking distance to Bayside Market. Bayside was fun to check out all the shops, there are restaurants, a big food court, and music. You can take a boat ride around the bay, there are horse and carriage rides, too. We were 2 women and felt safe walking around and back and forth to the hotel...went back before dark, though, just a personal preference. The hotel itself was beautiful, had a rooftop pool and was a short ride from the port. What I appreciated most was that they allowed us into our room as soon as we arrived from the ship in the morning and this gave us time to put things away and get out and enjoy our day in Miami...what a difference from our pre-cruise hotel in South Beach where check-in was 4pm...and they stuck to it, no leeway. That kind of put a damper on the whole day there, so not sure if I would go back, even though it was a very nice hotel in a great location.
Holiday Inn Port of Miami is a great location downtown, also. Have never stayed there but it is less pricey than Intercontinental and right across from Bayside. Hope this helps................Happy sails
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