Miami’s Best Day Trips are Only a Weekend Away

From rigorous courses to extracurriculars, sometimes students need a break, whether it be for a whole weekend or just a few hours. On days like that, Miami offers various opportunities to escape college life, even on a college student’s budget.

Here’s our list of the best places for a weekend getaway.

1. Crandon Park or Ocean Drive beaches

One of the easiest and most common ways to escape is to head to the beach. Crandon Park in Key Biscayne and Ocean Drive beach in South Beach are both public beaches that are usually less than a $25 Uber or Lyft away, making them great options for a trip that doesn’t break the bank.

Sophomore Shirley Gelman said that Crandon Park is her favorite beach because of its “relaxing atmosphere.” She added that it “makes you feel like you are on a mini island somewhere.” Having a barbeque, eating a meal under the palm trees, and watching the sunset are all ways to further enhance your visit to Crandon.

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Residents of these islands say they want to join Miami Beach. Will Miami let them go?

Residents of the six artificial islands stretching along the Venetian Causeway between downtown Miami and South Beach have a lot in common. Their kids go to the same schools, they shop at the same grocery stores and they share picturesque views of Biscayne Bay. They also have the same ZIP Code.

But the two westernmost islands — Biscayne and San Marco — belong to the city of Miami while San Marino, Di Lido, Rivo Alto and Belle Isle are part of Miami Beach. That division, according to some residents, causes headaches and confusion. It means that the islands are subject to different rules, different property tax rates, and even different parking costs. And when residents want to lobby for a new service or a change to the neighborhoods along the causeway, they have to go to two different city commissions.

Now, voters on the Miami islands are circulating petitions to become part of Miami Beach.

“It would definitely streamline the process for government operations, for advocacy for the neighborhood, for improvement, for city code enforcement,” said Mario Reyes, who has lived on Biscayne Island for more than 20 years.

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MUST-HAVES OF A HIGH-END SUMMER HOME

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One of the most asked questions this summer in luxury real estate has been, “What exactly are high net worth individuals seeking in their summer homes?” While each buyer is unique, there are several trends to keep in mind when working with these discerning clients. Our friends at Wealth-X took a look at a report by Christies, Luxury Defined, and shared with us their findings. We coupled these tips with our own research, as highlighted in our recent Luxury Market Report, to give you a greater insight into the luxury summer home market.

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Hurricane season peaks in September. Do you have the right insurance?

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Aug. 21, 2018 – Keeping up with property insurance coverage in hurricane-prone Florida can be tricky, to say the least.

To help sort things out as summer and the storm season heat up, we spoke with Locke Burt of Ormond Beach-based insurer Security First and Doug Iannarelli of travel club AAA’s insurance division.

Question: What do I need?

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New Listing: 107 Rivo Alto Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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1936 Art Deco estate on the Venetian Causeway’s most exclusive island Rivo Alto. High ceilings and deco architectural features preserved including archways, Ziggurats, original Spanish tile, original wood floors, 1936 doors, moldings and bathrooms. All bedrooms have on suite baths. 4 bedrooms (2 master suites) + a Florida room, formal dining, large kitchen and family room with fireplace. Possible separate guest quarters as 2 car garage has A/C, high ceilings and private front & rear entrances all next to a huge utility room. Fabulous eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and gas stove. Updated electric, plumbing, roof and A/C’S. Room for pool. Large corner lot. Underground utilities. Walk to Lincoln Rd and Sunset Shops cafes & nightlife. Call for a private tour!
Directions:Venetian Causeway to West Rivo Alto Drive and go South. House is on the left
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4 LUXURY HOME TRENDS DOMINATING 2018

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Trend 1: Wallpaper is Back

With digitally printed paper being produced by small boutique wallpaper companies, gone are the days of wallpaper being something only found in your grandmother’s guest bedroom. Wallpaper is back, and it is better and bolder than ever!

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255 W Rivo Alto Dr Miami Beach, FL 33139-1269

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Located on the coveted Venetian Islands, this beautifully renovated 3BD/3BA home on a corner lot features an open floor plan w/ top of the line finishes. The main living area offers flow-through layout w/ exposed beams, fireplace & abundant natural light. Open kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances is perfect for entertaining. Unwind in your relaxing family room complete w/ built-in entertainment center & wood detailed ceilings. French doors open up to heated saltwater pool & private backyard. Bedrooms feature bamboo flooring & tranquil, updated bathrooms. Other features include spacious den/office w/ plenty of storage, built-in surround sound system, hurricane impact windows, & plantation shutters throughout. Enjoy living in close proximity to the shops and restaurants of Sunset Harbour!

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