My best friend and I are headed down for the 13.1 Miami marathon on March 1, 2009. We booked a great deal on a flight into FLL, and the run will be starting from Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
We'll have a rental vehicle, so getting to the airport and the run won't be a problem. I'm just trying to decide where to stay.
What's the vibe of Ft. Lauderdale vs. Miami? We're both fun-loving professionals who live in Chicago, so we're looking for an area that has a hip, young vibe. I'm looking to avoid areas that are too full of retirees and the "sipping Chardonnay on a balcony" crowd. Never been to south Florida, but the comparable places that come to mind for a vibe I like would be in SoCal like Venice Beach, Silver Lake, Huntington Beach, and Pacific Beach in San Diego. I'd love to be in a place that we could walk to a lot of nightlife, be it pubs, clubs or cool restaurants, do some shopping, chill at the beach, etc. I'm assuming that Miami is more hip and young and might be what we're looking for, but I just wanted to talk to some locals and confirm.
I found a potential place on vrbo.com at the Havana Lofts on 605 W. Flagler St. in Miami. A 2-bedroom for only $150 a night in a brand-new condo building. It's close to the race start, too. But, I'm still looking for more options. If Miami is the place to be, is this too far from everything? Can we get a cab to South Beach and back easily? Is parking a pain over there? Or would Ft. Lauderdale be just as fun but less of a hassle?
And, one more. If we do decide to stay in Miami, how long of a drive is it between Miami and FLL? Is traffic a nightmare?
Any detailed suggestions I could get would be appreciated!
-A runner in Chicago, tired of the cold and looking forward to running in Florida!