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Miami’s Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops all over Little Havana. But despite its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs, there are certainly a few things NOT to do in Miami.
1) Do NOT carry a cocktail in the street
Carrying any alcoholic beverage on Washington Avenue or Collins on South Beach will get you arrested.
This ain’t New Orleans people.
2) Drive at you own risk
Miamians will be the first to tell you that they are horrible, crazy drivers and that a lot of their roads don’t make much sense. If you’re not prepared for the stress, just stick to cabs.
3) Don’t pay upfront.
In Miami you pay when they bring it. Apply this to everything as they aren’t going to “Come right back” with whatever you were trying to buy here. You will never see your money again.
4) Don’t Underdress
Miami is not the capital of appropriate dressing and most places don’t care what you wear. But after dark unless you’re dining at McDonald’s, leave the bathing suits and flip-flops at your hotel. This isn’t Key West.
5) Respect Miami’s Unique Timezone
Just like the road signs, the clock is only a suggestion here. If a Miamian arrives 2-4 hours late, he’s still on time!
6) Do NOT assume honesty from anyone.
We hate to say this, but unless you’re being pampered by hotel staff you should know everyone here is up to something. Nobody does anything here without ‘motivation’. Be aware.
7) Don’t wear that “South Beach” shirt
That t-shirt will look cool when you are back home to Wisconsin, but in South Beach it just screams ‘tourist’!
8 ) Don’t get arrested over the weekend
If you get locked up on Friday night you won’t be seeing the judge until Tuesday! Also, if there’s a shooting and you’re filming it with your phone, you just might get locked up too!
Just remember, before you get wild and crazy that Miami is still part of the United States so know the rules before you go!