Start Planning Your Trip Now to Get the APUG Early Bird Rate, and Make Time for Fun in the Sun!

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Susie Estevez
By Susie Estevez

This is a great time to register for our North American APUG event in Miami, because our special Early Bird rate ends Monday! It’s also a good time to start making some travel plans. You might want to consider adding a few days to the beginning or end of your trip to take advantage of the many things Miami has to offer.

In my last article, I mentioned that Miami is not just about night clubs and beaches, but today I am going to talk about beaches because we definitely have some great ones!

Sunny Miami BeachIf you’re coming from up north, I’m sure you will love the weather in Miami during October. Just think, the lowest temperature is in the 70’s and the highs in the 80’s.  Being a Miami native, we normally do not swim in the ocean in October (80 degrees is too cold for us!), but we still go to the beach to tan, drink some cocktails and enjoy the great food the beaches have to offer.

South Beach

The best beaches in the area are actually in Miami Beach, which is a barrier island that runs along the coast of downtown Miami. South Beach a neighborhood in Miami Beach, and the “party beach” area which goes from 1st street up to around 21st street. Fun fact: 1st Street is the southern tip of Miami Beach, and is the beach you will most likely see on TV and in magazines. My favorite parts of South Beach are Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road and Española Way.

Ocean Drive is the main drag and is full of boutique hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops. You can also find Versace’s mansion and a large portion of the famous Art Deco district on Ocean Drive, right across from Lummus Park, which is a public beach full of people having a very good time.

Lincoln Road is between 16th and 17th street and about a mile or so long. It’s full of shops, restaurants, galleries and street performers. You can easily spend a day here, starting with brunch, a little shopping after, and evening drinks.

Then you have Española Way.  This is one of my favorite places in South Beach. It’s a small and quaint area with Spanish Colonial architecture and European style streets. It’s about 2 blocks long and away from the crazy South Beach crowd. You also have shops, restaurants and cafés here.

The Rest of Miami Beach

If you are looking for a quieter experience, you might want to check out the area north of South Beach. This strip stretches from 21st street to 78th Street and tends to be less crowded than South Beach.  Here you will find the famous Fontainebleau Hotel, which is just breathtaking. This area is mostly hotels, with some restaurants, bars and boutiques. It’s a little far from South Beach, so if you do plan to visit that area as well I recommend taking a cab.

But let’s not forget the real reason for visiting Miami – it’s APUG, right? Find out more about APUG and register now to get that Early Bird rate!