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Getting to South Beach

The Miami area is a rarity in the U.S. South. It not only has a bus system, but it also has three types of rail travel. This includes Metrorail, a rapid transit system, Metromover, an elevated light rail system serving downtown Miami, and Tri-Rail, which links Miami to many northern neighbors. Still, the rails don't go all the way to South Beach, or SoBe, as it is nicknamed. You will need to catch a Metrobus, but the system makes it easy.

SoBe is served by many Metrobus lines, including some that connect to rail stations. In SoBe itself, you can use the SBL, South Beach Local, to connect to cross-city bus lines. The SBL charges a nominal fee unlike Metrobus, which charges a commuter rate. To reach SoBe from the airport, you want the Airport-Beach Express. It runs seven days at week at 30-minute intervals, and it makes it easy to get to many major sites in SoBe. The cost is a commuter fare, which is a bargain compared to a taxi or a limo service.

Driving in SoBe is a bit like driving in downtown New York City. It is faster just to walk. To reach SoBe from the downtown, drive over the Venetian Causeway, but remember that the area is crowded. That's why many people walk, take the bus, or grab a taxi, if needed. Lincoln Road is a popular pedestrian-only road with shopping. Other favorites for pedestrians include Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue. Bicycling has become more common with bike rental places and bike lanes. Between South Beach and Downtown, you can bike safely on a designated lane of the Venetian Causeway.

If you are headed to SoBe from the South Florida tri-county area, you can take Tri-Rail or Metrorail into Miami, where you can catch a SoBe bus or grab a taxi. Metrorail has 23 stations along a nearly 25-mile long elevated track system. This links suburbs to the inner city, the central business districts, and the Civic Center. Its routes cover such areas as Hialeah, Coral Gables, South Miami, Medley, Coconut Grove, and Kendall. The northern cities are covered by Tri-Rail. This commuter system links West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, and Miami with 18 stops. Amtrak also stops in downtown Miami, which makes it easy to reach SoBe.

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