Amanda Abella

Apr 222014
 

SoloStoryMAGNUMWe’re giving away two tickets to a marquee event  – a dance concert by a world renowned French artist. It’s choreographed by France’s premiere choreographer Jerome Bel, performed by Cedric Andrieux with an intro by Benjamin Millepied of Black Swan fame on Saturday, April 26th at the Colony Theatre.

In this illuminating work, leading French choreographer Jérôme Bel asks veteran dancer Cédric Andrieux to reflect on his life as a dancer and confront the question of what drives him as an artist. Integrating excerpts, Bel provides an intimate look at Andrieux’s career by using snapshots of the renowned contemporary dancer’s life in dance, his training in France, and his years with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, all narrated and danced by Andrieux.

Colony Theatre is located at 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets are priced at $20 to $50. The event is being presented by Tigertail Procuctions.

Here’s how to enter to win a pair of tickets to see Cedric Andrieux:

To win, you must be a subscribers to our daily email newsletter. E-mail subscribers receive one e-mail, around 10:30 a.m every day, with a list of posts from the previous 24 hours. Addresses are never spammed, shared or sold. If you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up now. It’s quick, easy and FREE. Make sure to check your inbox (or spam folder) after signing up because you’ll have to confirm your subscription.

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2. Winners must be residents of South Florida.

3. Entrants must be at last 18 years old.

The contest ends at noon Wednesday, April 23. We’ll randomly draw a winner, and confirming you have followed all the rules, will contact you by email. If you don’t respond within 24 hours, we’ll choose an alternate winner.

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Apr 222014
 

ocean driveHostels and budget hotels are a great way to visit a new place without breaking the bank. Here’s our roundup of cheap Miami hostels and budget hotels, all in Miami Beach.

Please note that often hostels charge per bed instead of per room. We have noted the ones that have private rooms available. Also, because many of these are shared rooms, guests usually have to be at least 18. Call and check if you’re traveling with a family.

Freehand Miami

Freehand Miami is an eclectic hostel in the middle of Miami Beach. It has affordable rates plus periodic deals  that allow you to save even more. The bar, The Broken Shaker, is making waves in the Miami bar scene for its handcrafted cocktails.

Address: 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, Florida  33140
Phone:  305-531-2727
Average Rate: $35 (Private rooms are available.)
Website: http://thefreehand.com

The Clay Hotel

Located in historic Espanola Way, this quaint hotel boasts some of the most affordable private room rates on Miami Beach. It also has free Wi-Fi on site and occasional package deals that offer free nights. This hotel is also home to some major moments in Miami history; it was the place where Desi Arnaz reportedly created the rumba craze and the site of Elton John music videos.

Address: 1438 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305-534-2988
Average Rate: Rooms start at $82
Website: http://www.clayhotel.com/

DecoWalk Hostel

DecoWalk is the only beachfront hostel on Miami Beach. Located right on Ocean Drive, it’s where you’ll find all the action. South Beach staples such as Mango’s and The Clevelander are within walking distance, and the Atlantic Ocean is your front yard.

Address: 928 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-531-5511
Average Rate: Dorm rates vary depending on the time of year. On average, a bed is $25 in mid-summer and $30 on summer weekends. The rates rise during the high season (winter and holidays) and vary greatly depending on events.
Website: http://decowalkhostel.com/

Jazz on South Beach Hostel

Jazz on South Beach is in the heart of the Art Deco district and boasts daily trips, nightly outings, karaoke and movie nights. It also offers offer free continental breakfast.

Address: 321 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-672-2137
Average rate: $17 to $30 (Private rooms are available.)
Website: http://www.jazzhostels.com/jazzlocations/jazz-on-south-beach/

SoBe Hostel

SoBe Hostel is just two blocks from the beach and within walking distance of some of the top Miami clubs and bars. This boutique hostel offers a myriad of amenities that make your bed seem a whole lot bigger (including free transportation to the airport). It also has a full liquor bar.

Address: 235 Washington Avenue. Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-534-6669
Average Rate: $19 to $25 (Private rooms are available.)
Website: http://www.sobe-hostel.com/

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Mar 312014
 

Merrick-House1The historic Merrick House in Coral Gables is holding a series of monthly free events called Sundays on the Porch with George.

The events include a Troop 7 flag raising, food trucks and free self-guided tours of the Merrick House. Docent-guided tours are available for a fee.

Sundays on the Porch with George free events are 1 to  4 p.m Sundays at the historic home at 907 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For more information, call the Historical Resources Department at 305-460-509.

Here’s the upcoming schedule:

  • Feb. 9: Eunice Peacock and George Merrick’s wedding celebration.
  • March 9: Merrick House Art Festival.
  • April 6: Patchwork of Poetry.

 

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Mar 272014
 

00000002Miami has the luxury of having an airport right smack in the middle of the city. We also have a ton of buses and trains going straight to the airport. Below you’ll find out how to get to Miami International Airport on the cheap.

Public Transit

Miami-Dade Public Transit has really made an effort in recent years to make the airport more accessible with buses and trains readily available at almost all hours.

Keep in mind that all Metrobus and Metrorail airport connections are located in Miami Central Station and no longer drop you off in front of terminals. Miami Central Station is a five-minute MetroMover ride from the airport terminals.

Metrobus

Bus fare is $2.25 one way and can be accessed with cash or with a reloadable EasyCard. If you need to make a transfer it is suggested that you use the EasyCard to save some money. You can purchase your easy card at several locations throughout Miami-Dade or online.

Bus routes that go to MIA as well as areas where you can catch them are listed below:

  • Route 7: City of Sweetwater, Doral, Flagler, Downtown, Historic Overtown
  • Route 37:City of South Miami to Hialeah via Sunset Drive and 37th Ave
  • Route 42: Miami Springs, Opa Locka, City of Hialeah, Tri-Rail Station, Amtrak Station, Coral Gables and Douglas Metrorail Station. (No service on Saturdays or Sundays)
  • Route 57: South Miami Metro Rail Station, Bird Road, Jackson South Hospital, Busway at SW 152nd St (Weekday service only)
  • Route J (110): Northwest 36th St., Allapattah, City of Miami Beach
  • Route 113 (Airport/Tri-Rail Shuttle): Runs between the Hialeah Market Tri-Rail station and Miami International Airport, with selected weekday trips also serving the Tri-Rail Metrorail station.
  • 150 (Airport Flyer to Miami Beach): 41st Street, Alton Rd., Collins Ave., Lincoln Rd., Washington Ave.
  • Route 238 (East West Connection): Doral, Blue Lagoon Dr., Airport Corporate Center, Airport Cargo City

If your area is not covered or you’re not sure about connections visit the Miami-Dade Transit Trip Planner for detailed directions.

Metrorail Orange Line

Last year Miami-Dade county unveiled the Orange Line for Metrorail. This route takes you straight to MIA and can be taken from any Metrorail station between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights. Click here to see a map of all Orange Line stops.

If you’re using this option your best bet is to either take a bus to a Metrorail station or have someone drop you off. Otherwise parking fees will be expensive. MetroRail fare is $2.25 and it only accepts EasyCard.

MIA MetroMover

After you’ve been dropped off at Miami Central Station by either the Metrobus or Metrorail hop on the free MIA MetroMover train to access the airport. You’ll get dropped off at the third level between the Dolphin and Flamingo Garages. From there you can make your way to your terminal.

Airport Shuttles 

There are a few shuttles in Miami that provide service to the airport. While most of them are pretty pricey there are a couple of affordable options.

SuperShuttle Shared Van Service

SuperShuttle is a nationwide company that offers a van service to the airport. The cost of the shared van depends on where you are coming from or going. For instance if you’re heading to the airport from Coral Gables it will cost $16 for the first rider. If you’re coming from Miami Beach you’re looking at $19. Each additional person is $10. You can visit the website to calculate your exact fare.

Hotel Shuttles

Several hotels in the area offer shuttles to and from the airport at no additional cost. Check with your hotel to see if this option is available to you.

Taxis

Taxis charge a flat rate of $32 to South Beach and $22 to Downtown from MIA. There is no fee for sharing a taxi so you can always split the cost with another person. For the record, most Miami taxis do not accept credit cards.

Know of any other ways to get to MIA on the cheap? Let us know in the comments!

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Mar 272014
 

outdooryoga_2The Miami Foundation and Bayfront park are adding new locations where you can find free yoga classes. Starting April 3, you’ll be able to enjoy free yoga every Thursday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Classes start at 6 p.m. and will continue through July.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and will have to sign a waiver. Bring your own yoga mat, water and towel.

Beginners, intermediate, and advanced welcome. Classes are taught by a certified yoga teacher.

Little Haiti Cultural Center is at 212 NE 59th Terrace Miami, FL 33137. For more info, call 305-373-3400.

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Mar 262014
 

outdoor_yogaThe Miami Foundation and Bayfront park are adding new locations for free yoga classes. Starting April 1, you’ll be able to enjoy yoga every Tuesday at Jose Marti Park. Classes start at 6 p.m. and will continue through July.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and will have to sign a waiver. Bring your own yoga mat, water and towel.

Beginners, intermediate and advanced are welcome. Classes are taught by a certified yoga teacher.

Jose Marti Park is located at 362 SW 4th Ave Miami, FL 33130. For more info, call 305-373-3400.

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Feb 272014
 

couple-on-beachPeople seem to think that dating needs to be expensive. We at Miami on the Cheap feel that this does not need to be so.

Miami has a few things to make sure your dates are not only romantic, but also friendly on your budget. Below you’ll find our roundup of always free and cheap date ideas.

Art

Music

  • New World Symphony Free Concert Series. The New World Symphony offers free community concerts featuring some of their best talent. These concerts take place about once a month. For a full schedule visit their events calendar.
  • Free jazz at MOCA. The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami has a free jazz concert every last Friday of the month. Admission to the museum during this event is by donation. MOCA is located at 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, Florida 33161
  • Winter and Spring concerts. Miami also has a wide array of outdoor concerts that take place during the winter and spring months. Some of these concerts include Noches Tropicales, Miami Beach Arts in the Park and free jazz at MDC.

Film

  • Free movies at SoundScape. The SoundScape cinema series screens films on a 7,000 square foot projection wall at the New World Center’s ExoStage. This is located on Miami Beach at the corner of Washington Avenue and 17th Street. Movies usually take place on Wednesdays. You can see a full schedule of upcoming screenings here.
  • Vintage films at Actor’s Playhouse. Enjoy vintage film screenings once a month at Actor’s Playhouse. This takes place at the Miracle Theater 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida 33134. Although the event is free you need tickets to attend. Click here to see a full schedule of upcoming events.

Parks

We have many beautiful parks all over the city, but one in particular is great for dates: South Pointe Park on Miami Beach. It’s open as late as 2 a.m., has great views (including an observation deck and views of the bay by Fisher Island) and is wonderful for both daytime and nighttime dates. South Pointe Park is located at 1 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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Have any other free or cheap date ideas? Share with us in the comments below!

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Feb 062014
 

LB-Fitness-7-6-2012-14-slideMiami Beach residents can now enjoy free fitness classes every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9 a.m. with South Beach FitCamp.

These classes are led by a team of experts who will help you reach your fitness goals and also teach you about proper nutrition.

The free classes take place on Miami Beach at 23rd and Collins, on the sand right next to the W Hotel. For more information call 305-587-8220. 

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Jan 312014
 

fort-lauderdale-happy-hourWe’re seeing a resurgence of swanky bars and lounges in the Coral Gables area. With more bars comes more happy hours. Check out our list of the best happy hours in Coral Gables.

Daily happy hours at The Bar 

The Bar in Coral Gables has daily happy hours with different themes and specials. Enjoy karaoke, shot specials and 2-for-1 well drinks on Tuesdays or head over to Ladies Night for free well drinks on Fridays. They also have some of the best bar food in the area, along with an incredibly large beer selection.

Where: The Bar, 172 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, Florida 33134
When: Daily. Times vary depending on day and theme.
More information: 305-442-2730 or http://www.gablesthebar.com/main.html

Cibo Wine Bar Thursday happy hour

Cibo Wine Bar has daily happy hours, with the Thursday event probably the best one all week. Get half off drinks and ladies drink a free signature cocktail, different each week. The venue also has have food specials and occasionally free bites at the bar.

Where: Cibo, 45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida 33134
When: Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More information: 305-442-4925 or http://www.cibowinebar.com/

Mojito Madness Thursday and 2-for-1 happy hour at Tarpon Bend

Once you’re done at Cibo’s Thursday happy hour, you can walk over to Tarpon Bend to enjoy $3.50 mojitos in a variety of flavors.Tarpon Bend also has 2-for-1 drinks during its daily happy hour.

Where: Tarpon Bend, 65 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134
When: Mojito Madness all day Thursday. Daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
More information: 305-444-3210 or http://www.tarponbend.com/

Red Koi happy hour

Red Koi Sushi and Thai Lounge offers half-price drinks Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you start to get hungry, there is a wide selection of sushi rolls and Thai cuisine.

Where: Red Koi, 317 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
When: Daily, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More information: (305) 446-2690 or http://www.redkoilounge.com/happyhour.html

Swine happy hour and $3 Biscuits

Swine just recently debuted its happy hour and it’s a good one. Drinks are priced according to the hour (For example, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., drinks are$4) and Swine serves $3 Lil’ Yardbird Biscuits.

Where: Swine, 2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134
When: Daily, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
More information: 786-360-6433 or www.runpigrun.com/

Yardhouse drink specials and half-price appetizers

Yardhouse’s daily happy hour offers drink specials, including $4 beer on some of the greatest selections around. Yardhouse also offers half off select appetizers.

Where: Yardhouse, 320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (Inside Merrick Village)
When: Daily, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
More information: 305-447-9273 or https://www.yardhouse.com/FL/coral-gables-restaurant/

Do you know of any great happy hours in Coral Gables? Let us know in the comments.

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Jan 132014
 

books-clipartBooks & Books is already a great place for free events, with nightly author readings and weekend music in the courtyard at the independent bookstore in Coral Gables (and the store’s branches in Bal Harbour and South Beach also have free author events).

Now you can watch the author events from home through free livestreaming. Make sure to visit the Books & Books events page to see a schedule of upcoming events. You may also want to sign up for the newsletter so you’ll know which events are being livestreamed.

How to watch a livestream: 

In order to watch the livestream simply visit the event’s livestream page at the time the event is scheduled to start. You should see a video player streaming the live event. If the video is not streaming automatically you may need to press “play.” You can also watch archived livestream events.

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Jan 082014
 

drinks_musicMiami is a city with a whole lot of night life. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to cost you very much to experience parties at some of Miami’s best places. We’ve rounded up a list of free and cheap music and drink specials around the city.

All of these events occur on a weekly basis.

Free Reggae and Dance Hall Party at Grand Central

When: Every Tuesday starting at 10 p.m.
Where: The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33136
What: Reggae, Dance Hall, Soca and other styles of Caribbean music.

$5 Sangrias and free music at Wood Tavern

When: Every Sunday
Where: Wood Tavern, 2531 NW Second Ave., Miami
What: $5 sangria and spiked lemonade; old school hip-hop music

Free well drinks at The Bar’s Ladies Night

When: Every Friday 5 p.m. to 7  p.m.
Where: The Bar, 172 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
What: Free well drinks

$1 Grolsch and $5 Jameson at The Vagabond

When: Every Tuesday at 10 p.m.
Where: The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St, Miami, FL 33132
What: $5 entry for Stone Groove event, which features local musicians, poets and comedians. $1 Grolsch from 10 to 11 p.m. $5 Jameson whiskey all night.

Do you know of any free or cheap music events in Miami? Do you know of any great drink specials or happy hour deals? Let us know in the comments.

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Jan 022014
 

cuban-salsa-1Miami is a city that loves to dance. Lucky for us several places throughout the city offer free dance classes. Here are give places to find regular free dance classes.

Free Samba Class at Boteco

When: 9 p.m. every Monday
Where: Boteco, 916 NE 79th St., Miami, FL 33138
Price: Free
Style: Samba
More information: 305-757-7735

Free Tango Classes in Doral

When: 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month
Where: Punto Sur Gormet, 7902 NW 36th St. Doral, FL 33166
Price: Free
Style: Tango
More information: 786-355-0882

Free dance class at Best of Times Dance Studio Miami
When: 6:30 p.m. every Sunday
Where: Best of Times Dance Studio Miami, 6255 SW Eighth St., Miami, Florida 33144
Price: Free
Style: Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Hustle, Tango, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha-Cha and more.
More information: 786-487-1992

I Need My Salsa Miami Beach Meetup

This is a free Meetup group that offers free and reduced-price lessons in the Miami Beach area. Locations and times vary. You can join the group on their Meetup page.

Style: Salsa
More Information: http://www.meetup.com/INeedMySalsa-SouthBeach/

Free Salsa lesson at Cafe Mystique

When: Every Thursday evening before the club opens at 11 p.m.
Where: Cafe Mystique, 7250 NW 11th St., Miami.
Style: Salsa and Rueda de Casino
More information: 305-262-9500

Salsa at Mall of the Americas

When: Every third Sunday of the month from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Center court at Mall of the Americas, 7795 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33144
Style: Salsa
More information: (305) 261-8772

Do you know of any free dance classes in Miami? Let us know in the comments.

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Dec 172013
 

miami-beach-yoga-donation-freeThe constant sunshine in South Florida allows us to have free fitness classes all year round. In this post we round up some of the best places to find free yoga, running and barre method classes.

Also make sure to check local studios on holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Many places offer a free class on these days.

Free Classes and Events 

Daily Offering Yoga

  • Where: Legion Park under the Oak Tress or in the Community Center, 6447 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33138
  • When: Every Saturday at 10 a.m.

Bayfront Park Yoga

  • Where: Southeast Financial Center Plaza, 200 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami 33131
  • When: Every Monday (6 p.m.), Wednesday (6 p.m.), and Saturday (9 a.m.)

Jose Marti Park Yoga

  • Where: 362 SW 4th Ave Miami, FL 33130
  • When: Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. (April through July)

Little Haiti Cultural Center

  • Where: Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace Miami, FL 33137
  • When: Every Thursday at 6 p.m. (April through July)

Peackock Park Yoga

  • Where: Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, 2820 Mcfarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL. 33133
  • When: Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. 

Brickell/Downtown Run Club

  • Where: FORTUNE International – 1300 Brickell Ave. ,Miami, Florida, 33133
  • When: Every Tuesday 7 p.m.

Kendall Run Club

  • Where: SoleRunners, 11650 N. Kendall Drive Miami, Florida 33176
  • When: Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

South Beach Run Club

  • Where: Corner of Lincoln Rd. and Washington Ave. on South Beach
  • When: Every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Pure Barre Breaking Down the Barre Free Monthly Workshop

  • Where: Pure Barre is a ballet barre inspired fitness class with studio locations in Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton.
  • When: Once a month on weekends. Check local studio schedules by visiting PureBarre.com 

Free Sunrise Yoga in Sunny Isles

  • Where: Beach at 174th Street [on the beach]
  • When: Every Wednesday at 7:00-8:15 a.m

By Donation Classes 

Beach Yoga

  • Where: Classes are held near the lifeguard stand at Third Street, Miami Beach.
  • When: 365 days a year, twice daily at 7 a.m. and 5/6 p.m.
  • Price: By donation. 

Suniland Park Yoga

  • Where: 12855 Pinecrest Parkway Pinecrest, FL 33156
  • When: Monday: 7:00pm
  • Price: $5 donation

Miami Beach Botanical Garden Yoga

  • Where: 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • When: Wednesday, 12:30pm
  • Price: By donation.

Yin Yoga 

  • Where: Kennedy Park, 2600 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133
  • When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:45am / Wednesday 12pm / Saturday 10am / Sunday 8am
  • Price: By donation.

Do you know of other free or by donation yoga and fitness class? Leave a comment with time, place, link and cost.

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