WELCOME TO MIAMI
Miami is well known across the globe for its beaches and sunny weather. Miami is a melting pot of all cultures, while most places have English speakers, you may come across areas that has only Spanish speakers.
All cities in Florida including Miami fall in the Eastern Time Zone
When planning travel to Miami Airport, we highly recommend packing your valuables & electronics in your carryon luggage. Miami Beach, Brickell, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove are safe neighborhoods. When you are on vacation stay alert and use caution with whom you give your trust. Walk with a purpose and be aware of what is happening around you. You should avoid walking on the beach after dark. And if you need to walk late at night, choose to walk a busy street. Your hotel is located in the Doral area which is considered one of the safest areas in Miami. FIU Main Campus located in the University Park area & Engineering Center located within the Sweetwater & West Flagler neighborhoods which are generally safe as well. Please note, the closer to FIU you are, you will find a minority of Spanish only speakers, and some that speak broken English at various eateries & shopping businesses.
September weather in Miami is warm weather, expect rain showers throughout the day on some days. At times you may experience wonderful sunny weather but within minutes rain and thunderstorms can quickly develop, carry an umbrella with you as a precaution when exploring the city. September is the last true summer month in Florida, “The Sunshine State”. In September the average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. Please note that Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov 30.
While it may seem that most locations can be drive able and/or walkable, please take into account that Miami Traffic can be congested, due to rush-hour/heavy congestion in the mornings 8am/9am and early evenings 4pm/6pm (due to people going and returning from work as well as many school zones). This applies to whether you decide to rent a car (there are tolls throughout most major Miami highways, which require the purchase of a Sunpass to open a personal toll account so you are not charged by the rental agency exorbitant tolls rates). An example: if you decide to stay at a hotel close to Miami Beach/South Beach, your driving directions may show a 30-40 minute drive, but realistically due to heavy traffic congestion, you should expect to be on the road at least an hour to 1.5 hours.
TAXIS & PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
Taxis/Shuttle information at Miami International Airport:
DoubleTree hotel is located less than 9 miles from the airport, your taxi fare should be between $17-$20 USD. There are options for yellow taxis & super shuttle accessible in the Arrivals (ground) level at the airport, where you pick up your luggage. Lyft & Uber also pick up passengers from the ground level of the airport that requires booking via their phone app. Wi-Fi (MIA-WiFi Network) is available at the airport, it is complimentary with advertising. Your hotel will also provide you with complimentary Wi-Fi service.
Currency Exchange options available at MIA Airport and Dolphin Mall (the hotel provides round-trip complimentary shuttle services to this Mall at your convenience).
One aspect of shopping in the United States that often confuses visitors from other countries is the sales tax. In Europe, a Value-Added Tax (VAT) is included in the price of everything sold. In the United States, it’s different in most cases. For example, Miami adds a 7% “sales tax” on purchased items that is not marked on the label or menu. The tax will be added to the price at the cash register or added on the bill. Alcohol, cigarettes, medicines, restaurant meals, clothing, electronics, jewelry, and many other items, except gasoline, can have a tax tacked on to it at the end.
Below are the most popular places to splurge, save a few dollars, or just window shop:
Food: Publix is the largest grocery store chain in Florida. Drug stores also sell food and alcohol. You can also find small Cuban markets in Miami with food and vegetables for sale. If you are staying in a hotel, we suggest doing some food shopping to avoid the high cost of food and drinks at the hotel.
Sawgrass Mills: Famous for it’s factory outlet stores, this mall offers great bargains and dining opportunities. It’s located in Broward County, 45 minutes+ north of Miami.
Dolphin Mall: The Dolphin Mall, located just west of Miami Airport, offers shoppers over 200 restaurants and stores. This mall is located very close to your hotel, while the distance may be walkable, we highly recommend using the complimentary round trip mall transportation Doubletree Hotel provides for all guests. Additionally near your hotel there is a smaller shopping mall named “International Mall” which your hotel also provides complimentary transportation to and from.
Aventura Mall: This is the largest shopping mall in Miami. The main department stores include: Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Macys. The mall also has over 300 specialty stores, including Louis Vuitton, Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, and Diesel.
Bal Harbour Shops: For high-class shopping, few places compare to Bal Harbour Shops. Stores include Tiffany, Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Lincoln Road: Full of stores, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, this open-air pedestrian mall in Miami Beach is a fun place to shop and people watch. The mall also offers a farmers market on Sundays.
Electronics: Visit a Best Buy store for low priced electronics, computers, mobile phones, video games, and more. There is a best buy located within 0.7 miles/1.13 km from the Doubletree Hotel Doral.
Pharmacies: CVS & Walgreens are two of the largest pharmacy store chains in the United States. Please note that both pharmacies are located within walking distance of the FIU Main Campus and the FIU Engineering Center.
Most malls and stores open at open at 10:00 AM and close at 9:00 PM. Drug stores and food stores may close later, or even be open 24 hours a day. Just about all shops are open on Sunday. When you buy something, remember to keep the receipt, you will need it if you want to return your purchase. Large stores usually offer a 30-day return policy.
WHERE TO EAT NEAR YOUR HOTEL
Near your hotel within walking distance you will find Starbucks, Fuddruckers, Jimmy John’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill (all of these locations are within the same shopping center) Wendy’s, Natural Chicken Grill, & Dunkin Donuts (these require you to cross an intersection). All of these locations are quick-service locations where you can choose to sit & eat or just pick-up some food.
WHERE TO EAT NEAR FIU MAIN CAMPUS
Within the FIU main campus and located within the Graham Center Building, you will find a variety of smaller eateries such as Burger King, Chili’s, Jamba Juice, Panera Bread, Pollo Tropical, Sergio’s, Starbucks, Subway, Sushi Maki .
WHERE TO EAT NEAR FIU ENGINEERING CAMPUS
Near the FIU Engineering Campus you will find the following places to eat within walking distance: Pollo Tropical, McDonalds , Don Pan Bakery, Vegan and Juice (vegetarian options only), Los Ranchos.
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
FIU is a metropolitan public research university in Greater Miami, FL. Its main campus is located in University Park. FIU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and is one of Florida’s primary graduate research universities, awarding over 3,400 graduate and professional degrees annually. The main campus, University Park, renamed Modesto Maidique Campus in 2009, it encompasses 344 acres in the Miami neighborhood of University Park. Florida International University is Miami’s first and only public research university, with a focus on the academic and local community. Designated as a top-tier research institution, FIU has positioned itself as one of South Florida’s anchor institutions by solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and global community. With a student body of over 55,000, we are among the top 10 largest universities in the nation and have collectively graduated more than 200,000 alumni. FIU offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, including over 80 attainable fully online.
FIU Main Campus entrance
Distance from Doubletree Hotel Doral to FIU Main Campus (10 miles/16.01 km)
FIU MAIN CAMPUS INTERACTIVE MAP (MMC)
Distance from DoubleTree Hotel Doral to FIU Engineering Center Campus (2 miles/3.22 km)
FIU ENGINEERING CAMPUS INTERACTIVE MAP
HOST’S SUGGESTED HOTEL (TRANSPORTATION FROM/TO FIU IS BEING COORDINATED FROM HERE)
Doubletree Hotel Doral
Here is the link for booking your hotel room (please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly).
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Doral
Hotel Address: 10250 NW 19th St, Doral, FL 33172
Hotel Phone: 305-639-9555
Nightly Rate: $116.00 plus taxes (includes daily buffet style breakfast from 6am-11am served in hotel’s restaurant)
Group Name: FIU IAEA GROUP
Room Cut Off Date : 01-Sep-2019
Arrival Date: 05-Sep-2019 (earliest at this rate)
Departure Date: 15-Sep-2019 (latest at this rate)