South Beach Events in March 2016: What’s Happening?

March is approaching, fast, and with it our favorite time of the year: Spring Break. And what better place to enjoy the best Spring Break has to offer than in Miami, Florida. There are so many things happening in South Beach this year that it is becoming hard to keep track of them all! March is the time of the month when Miami is at its best, from concerts to festivals, and everything in between, like tennis and golf tournaments, dances, and expos! Here we made a list of the hottest South Beach events in March 2016 so you won’t miss any of them.

 

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Dade Heritage Days

March 01 – March 15

events south beach march 2016Dade Heritage Days was conceived as a celebration of historic places all throughout Miami-Dade County, as a thematic exploration of our collective history. It includes events such as special film screening, tours, talks, among many other activities. On March 01, the inauguration, you can attend the Starlight Movie Classics, the 1951 classic movie. On March 02 you can enjoy “Ancient Spanish Monastery Guilded Tours”. You can check the rest of the activities planned for this event, you can go here. Tickets prices vary according to the activities.

Carnaval Miami
February 20 – March 26

events south beach march 2016The Carnaval Miami celebrates the Latin culture that occurs annually and offers family-friendly events, as well as being a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to help provide aducational scholarships and community service programs. It is during the Carnaval Miami that the famous Calle Ocho Festival occurs on March 13, and it is the largest street festival in Miami. There’s an annual Miss Carnaval Miami festival that is this year will be hosted on February 20, and a cooking contest presented by Winn Dixie that is celebrated on March 08. You can find the rest of the events here

 

Winter Party Festival

March 02 – March 07

winter party festival south beach events march 2016The Winter Party Festival  is a six-day long party extravaganza that celebrates the LGBT community in Miami. This festival has been going on for more than 20 years, with all kinds of people from all over the globe coming together to live, love, laugh, and make life-lasting friendships. The Winter Party Festival is host to a great mix of people and the top international DJs. The prices vary depending on the type of pass you want, you can find all the places here.

Ultra Music Festival

March 18 – March 20

The famous Ultra Music Festival is happening again this year from March 18 to March 20. An outdoor electronic music festival with the world’s best DJs performing in Downtown Miami. This year, among the artists performing, you will be able to find Avicii, David Guettta, and Kygo, as well as many other options you will simply love. Tickets are out now, do not miss the chance because they are selling fast. General Admission tickets are, unfortunately, no longer available, but there are still a few VIP tickets left. You can get a 3-day VIP ticket for $1,294.95, but you must be at least 21 years old. Why are VIP tickets so special? Well, they not only grant you access to the festival, but it also includes premium bars, separate restroom trailers, easy access to food services provided by premier vendors, VIP views of the concerts, and more! You can get your thickets here.

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As you can see, Miami has a lot of different events happening in March 2016. From concerts to cultural tours March and Spring Break are the perfect opportunities to enjoy the best of South Beach in perfect weather. We hope you find these events to your liking and enjoy them as much as we do. By the way, don’t have a place to stay yet? Our boutique hotel in South Beach is conveniently located one block from the beach, has all the amenities you need including a swimming pool and restaurant, and we can  tell you where the best parties are!

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Restaurants in South Beach

Finding a good vegan or gluten free restaurant in Miami can be a difficult task, with most of them offering  granola and tofu. But who said vegetarian/vegan food can’t be delicious? Miami has some great restaurants that offer not only meatless food, but also delicious and great-looking dishes that will satisfy not only the veggies, but anyone who tries them.  Everyday there are more vegetarians and vegans, be it for health or ethical reasons, and the market is growing to fulfill everybody’s needs. Here are our favorite vegeterian, vegan and gluten free restaurants in South Beach:

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Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in South Beach

Juice and Java is a wonderful café aimed for those who treat their bodies well and, even though they seek health, they do not want to sacrifice taste. Juice and Java offers a vegetarian and organic menu with a lot of different  healthy and delicious options. If you’d like to take a peek at what they have to offer, you can

vegeterian vegan gluten free restaurants in south beach check their menu here. You can find Juice and Java on 1346 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, or you can call for delivery at (305) 531-6675.

Another option for both vegans and vegetarians is Bobby’s Meals. Here you can find a few of the options they have to offer, all the items on the menu freshly made. Bobby’s Meals is located on 2109 Opa-Locka Blvd. Not only do they have delicious different options for everyone, but it is also not expensive, making it affordable to everyone. Bobby’s Meals offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Choices Organic Café is a vegan restaurant that uses the finest high quality organic ingredients- you can see their menu here. They also offer the option of ordering online. Choices Organic Café is a 100% plant based sustainable restaurant. Not only they offer delicious food, but they are also committed to the environment. They have 4 locations: Upper Eastside, Choices Kitchen (Near MIA Airport), Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove.

Vegetarian Vegan and Gluten Free Restaurants south beach And last but not least is Eden in Eden, a French vegetarian food restaurant with many options suitable for vegans. Eden in Eden offers free wi-fi and accepts credit cards. You can find this restaurant on 1248 Coral Wy, open every day except on Saturday. It is not only a vegetarian place but most of the products at Eden in Eden are organic and natural. Eden in Eden offers delivery and take out.

 

Gluten-free Restaurants in South Beach

You see many different dining options in South Beach, from international cuisine to vegan or low-  fat options. However, there seems to be one particular option that you don’t hear very often: gluten-free.  Be it because you are celiac or merely by personal preference, South Beach has some fantastic gluten-free restaurants  so you don’t miss out on a delicious meal! But be cautious; there are a number of restaurants and diners that are growing their menus with “gluten-free” options, and even though they are gluten-free, they are prepared in the same environment as those that do contain the grain. This can prove dangerous for someone with a celiac disease through “cross-contamination”, the process by which you unwittingly ingest gluten.

One lovely place that is gluten-free is Start from Scratch Bakery, located in 9543vegeterian vegan gluten free restaurants in south beach S Dixie Hwy. Start from Scratch is a 100% gluten-free vegan bakery, where you can find different options, from coffee and muffins, to delicious lunches such as Arugula spinach salad and hummus veggies baked falafel & pita. You can find the entire menu with its prices here. On their website you can also find different recipes for you to try at home and a list of events that are occurring at the bakery.

Another delicious gluten-free restaurant that you definitely have to try is Rosa Mexicano. You can check their options for a gluten-free lunch and gluten-free dinner. Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious guacamole and chips? Rosa Mexicano is located on 900 South Miami Avenue, and it is a beautiful Mexican restaurant decorated with bold, vibrant colors, with an outdoor bar and lounge. For any reservations you can either visit their website or call 786.425.1001.

 

Finally…

Sometimes finding a good place to enjoy meat-less, gluten-free food can be hard, but Miami has such a diversity of places and people that you most definitely will be able to find just what you are looking for. Vegetarian and vegan food is so much more than just  vegetables and tofu; it’s a very wide variety of foods, and there are only a few restaurants that offer all these options- it’s only a matter of knowing where to find them! Vegetarian/vegan food is not only healthy, it is also delicious, so we hope you really enjoy this restaurants, and that they are what you were looking for. Do not keep from visiting Miami from the fear of not finding the right food for you and make sure you ask our concierge to help you make the best pick while staying at our boutique hotel in South Beach!

Public Transportation in South Beach

Miami is a big city, and trying to navigate it can prove to be a real task, however you have the option to let someone else do it for you at a cheap price! Public transportation in South Beach is a great way to get where you want to go without having to drive yourself (or, in case you are a tourist, it’s much cheaper than taxis or getting lost!) Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus are all low-cost alternatives and an excellent way to see all that Miami has to offer, it’s also great for the environment and helps with the traffic congestion! Plus, doesn’t having someone else driving for you sound like a great idea? No matter how much traffic there is, all you have to do is sit down and relax.

Traveling rail-line: Metrorail System & Metromover

public transportation south beachFor those who hate traffic and would rather travel using a rail-line, the metrorail and the metromover are just the option for you!. The metrorail system is a 25-mile dual track that provides service to Miami International Airport (MIA) and runs through a lot of different parts of Miami, including South Miami and downtown Miami. The system currently uses 136 cars, and there are 23 accessible Metrorail stations which are about one mile apart. However, if you are going to ride the Metrorail you need an EASY card or EASY ticket, as the faregates do not accept cash. If you do not use the Metrorail often you can get the EASY ticket, which expires after 60 days, but for those who do the EASY card is the best option, as it is a durable, plastic reloadable fare card, and they have a 20 year life-span. You can get either or both. For more information on how to acquire either you can go here.

 

Pro tip: If you don’t know how to get where you are going using the metrorail system you can visit this website. There you can get transit directions according to the date and time you will be needing them. You can also find a map of the stations and the schedules, so your trip is as easy and comfortable as possible!

public transportation south beach The metromover system is a free system that runs electrically-powered around town from 5 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, and it connects with Metrorail at Government Center and Brickell stations and with Metrobus at various locations throughout downtown. The metromover system is a commuter as it runs south and west into Miami’s suburbs. It has two major “loops”, as they’re called, the inner loop (Omni), and the outer loop (Brickell). Here you can find a map of the stations and more information on the metromover system.

Metrobus

public transportation south beachThe metrobus system goes through Miami-Dade County 365 days a year and it operates more than 90 routes. It is designed to intersect with Metrorail and Metromover for your convenience. The MDT’s bus system serves all major shopping, entertainment and cultural centers, as well as major hospitals and schools, making it a practical and cheap option. One of the benefits of the Metrobus over the rail system is that it covers areas of the city that the rail system doesn’t, such as Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Keys. Just like the Metrorail, you can pay for the Metrobus using an EASY card or EASY ticket, and the bus rides start at $2.25. Even though some routes work 24 hours a day, you can check individual route schedules here.

 

Pro tip: MDT Tracker is an mobile app for Android phones that allows you to access information such as ‘where is the train? The bus?’, metrorail station information, fare information, among many other options that will help you have the most up-to-date and accurate route and schedule information free of charge.

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South Beach only has Metrobus stops, but you can plan your trips by using a combination of the metrobus and the other options. It will definitely be cheaper than renting a car or using a taxi, but it will be time consuming. If you have plenty of time though and don´t mind waiting then there isn´t a more cost effective way of getting around with public transportation in South Beach and Miami! Make sure you contact our concierge if you need and help- our aim is to make your stay at our boutique hotel in South Beach one to not be forgotten!