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Thread: How sociable will locals be to a lone Brit tourist?

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    Paul, just find me and send me a note letting me know it's you from 411.

    Where do you plan on camping? There is no camping on Miami Beach or really anywhere in Miami unless it's a designated area in a park that allows camping.

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    I was considering Miami Everglades Resort. I wasn't able to find you on facebook Maria de los Angeles. Can I have your email address as it may help me find you?
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    Oh dear, that's not Miami ... that's Homestead! That's a rural area with nothing to do ... you will be so far away from everything. Even if you rent a car, the cost alone in gas getting back and forth to the beach will not be worth it.

    Since you are here for almost 2 weeks, it might not be a bad idea to camp for a couple of days if you want to explore around there, but I do not recommend it. It's summer weather now, it might rain, it's buggy, etc ;

    Also, the agriculture season is over and save for the winery, Robert is Here (the fruit stand), and a visit to Everglades National Park and a couple of minor things, there's really no reason to stay down there the whole time. Also, it is very spread out down there. You need a car. You could do the Homestead area in 1 day. No need to stay there the whole time.

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    The Everglades Resort campground is way over by the Redlands. You will definitely need a car there. I would only consider it if (a) You have a car and (b) You plan to do a lot of sighseeing outside the beach area (e.g. the Keys, SW Florida). If you plan to spend most of your time on the beach then you will save both time and money by staying on the beach.

    Edit: Sorry did not see Maria's similar post before I replied.

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    I might stay at the Santa Barbara hostel (230 20th Street) instead. A dorm only costs 100.10 for 14 nights and its in South Beach!!!

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    Yeah. Nobody comes here to camp. That's a good area to be in as it's a little quieter than the heart of South Beach, and still near everything you'd want to be close to.

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    That place (Santa Barbara hostel) does have very poor reviews at TripAdvisor, so know what you're getting into:

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...h_Florida.html

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    $100 for ten nights in SoBe?? My God.

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    Perhaps it is the old adage "You get what you pay for."

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    I don't care if its not great because its so cheap. I have slept in smelly, dirty hostels before in Ireland. Hope Santa Barbara is not too bad.

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    I slept in one in Dublin behind the black church off O'Connell Street. The best part was taking the taxi there and having the driver say, "If ya go rind da black chorch tree taimes backwards, you'll see the divil!"

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    I stayed in a Dublin hostel near the bus station and I could hear trains pass at night but that didn't bother me.

    Dubliners have some silly sayings but you got to laugh.

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    When I was traveling around Europe, I would never describe myself as a tourist, by the way. I always said I was a backpacker. It sounded a little less like the "ugly American" stereotype. I never called the trip a vacation or a holiday, either. It wasn't really an escape from life, but a return to it.

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    You''l be fine down here we have so many tourists coming through Miami that people all over have just grown accustomed to it. You'd say "Hi I'm a tourist." and about six other people in the room would answer "so are we". So no sweat just try to enjoy your trip.

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    Northern Ireland can get really boring. I was born in Derry, a city most famous for Bloody Sunday when unarmed people were shot dead on the streets by the army. America is so exciting! I want to have a nice time in Miami.


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    Not sure if anyone mentioned this nice article by Doug about inexpensive places to stay in south beach, but you will find it very useful:

    http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/south-beach-hostels

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    Thanks I'll read it.

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