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An Oakland Raider Fan's Travel Guide to Miami, Florida

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Marc Anthony performing at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Home of the Miami Dophins of the National Football League, the stadium also host concerts and other events. Photo Credit: VJ Pannozzo.

American Football

Miami, Florida, is is home of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). The Miami Dolphins  play at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Here's is a complete travel guide for visiting Oakland Raiders fans.

The Oakland Raiders will play  their old American Football League rivals, the Miami Dolphins, in week nine of the 2017 National Football League season. 

The Raiders, which started the season with two victories, go into the game with a 3 and 5 record. They tied for last place in the American Football Conference (AFC) West with the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Dolphins go into the game with a 4 and 3 record. They are currently in third place in the AFC East.

Can the Raiders salvage what's left of the season with a win in Miami?

Raider Nation Gets Set to Black Out South Florida

The state of Florida might have three football teams of its own, but the Sunshine State has no shortage of Raiders fans.

At least two Oakland Raiders fan clubs are active in Florida: Florida Raider Nation Inc and South Florida Raiders Booster Club.

Here's a quick list of some of the activities tasking place this week in South Florida:

South Florida Raiders will hold a Meet and Greet on Saturday at Duffy's Sports Bar.

A Worldwide Raider Nation Miami Take Over is planned from 12 noon to 6 pm on Saturday. There will be free entry to fans wearing Raider gear with live performance of Dem Raider Boyz and 4Dub.

There will be another bash from 8 pm to 5 am at Nikki Beach.

  • Nikki Beach – 1 Ocean Rive, Miami Beach, FL. Tel: (305) 538-1111.

Venue South Beach is planning a Raider Nation Weekend with a Welcome to Miami Party from 9 pm to 12 midnight Thursday night. There will be a Raider Hour with food special and half off drinks (must be dressed in Silver and Black) Friday and Saturday from 9 pm to 12 midnight. A Raider Brunch will be served from 11 am to 4 pm Sunday. There will be extended happy hours, soul food, hookahs, an oceanfront balcony, bar bites, and live entertainment.

The South Florida Raiders will host a Sunday Tailgate in Yellow Lot 13 (cash lot), which will open at 4.30 pm. It is the lot’s only Uber drop-off location.

  • Yellow Lot 13, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL.

Where to Eat in South Florida

I asked Oakland Raiders fans living in South Florida (or frequent visitors) to recommend their favourite restaurants. Here are some of their recommendations. Message me if you would like to add to the list.

For Cuban food, Shawn Hinskey recommends "almost any of the random Cuban shops between NMB and BM. "They're all good," Shawn says.

  • Prime 112 – 112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL. Tel: (305) 532-8112. Recommended by Alise Levine: “The number 1 restaurant is called prime 112.  It's steak and seafood, etc. The who's who in Miami eat there... It's amazing…They also have prime Italian and prime fish.”
  • Big Pink – 157 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. Tel: (305) 532-4700. Recommended by Alise Levine:  “A great diner…  Open late ..  Great fun food!”
  • Barton G The Restaurant – 1427 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. Tel: 9305) 672-8881. Recommended by Alise Levine: “A fun, expensive restaurant with a unique dining experience.”
  • El Padrinos – 1135 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tel:  (954) 210-8989. Recommended by Jerry Giggs for Cuban cuisine.
  • Catch of the Day – 1050 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami, Florida. Recommended by Marr Marr for seafood.
  • Steve's Pizza - 12101 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL. Tel: (305) 891-0202. Recommended by Shawn Hinskey: "If you want some awesome Pizza, hit up Steve’s Pizza on US1 in North Miami Beach."
  • News Café – 800 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL. Tel: (305) 538-6397.
  • Tea Room Restaurant – 22400 Old Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida. Tel: (305) 258-3543.
  • City Works Eatery and Pour House – 3450 NW 83rd Avenue, Doral, FL. Tel: (847) 668-7554.

Please recommend your facourites in  the MESSAGES box at the foot of the post.

Raiders Watch Bars in Central Florida

If you can't make it to Hard Rock Stadium, the following sports bars are popular with Raiders fans in Central Florida:

Miami Weekend Weather Forecast

  • Friday – partly cloudy with a high of 84 degrees and a low of 69 degree.
  • Saturday – cloudy with a high of 77 degrees and a low of 68 degrees
  • Sunday – partly cloudy with a high of 79 degrees and a low of 69 degrees.
  • Monday – showers with a high of 79 degrees and a low of 72 degress.

Top 10 Things to See and Do in South Florida

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Everglades National Park is a must-see spot for all ecologically minded visitors to South Florida. Photo Credit: Chauncey Davis.

If you’re heading to Miami for the game against the Miami Dolphins, why not arrive a day or two early and take in the sights?

Miami is famous for its beaches, its nightlife, and its Art Deco architecture. But there's are more to do in the city than soaking up the sun and downing Cuba Libras.

Here’[s a short list of things to see and do it South Florida. Click on the highlighted links for more information.

  1. Everglades National Park – Explore the Everglades, an expansive area of land consisting of 1.5 million acres of wetland.
  2. Miami Parasailing – Hang 10 over the skies of Miami as a speedboat races across Biscayne Bay. Not for the faint of heart!
  3. Miami Seaquarium – swim with dolphins  at South Florida premier theme park,where conservation and education go hand in hand.
  4. Monastery Cloister – wander through the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere, which newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst brought in pieces from Europe to Miami, where it was reassembled.
  5. Barnacle Historic State Park – explorethe home and grounds of Ralph Munroe, which exemplify the spirit of early Coconut Grove.
  6. Venetian Pool – take selfies at this Venetian-style lagoon with its caves, stone bridges, and waterfalls, which was carved out of coral rock.
  7. Cauley Square Historic Village – explore this nostalgic village with Its quaint cottages that have been restored into a labyrinth of antique shops and boutiques.
  8. Viscaya – wander through James Deering’s subtropical winter home, which is a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum. 
  9. Bayside Marketplace – hang out at this arge shopping, dining, and entertainment complex that overlooks the water.
  10. Burger Beast Museum – take a walk down Memory Lane at America’s only museum dedicated to hamburgers and other kinds of comfort food.

Where to Stay

There are many hotels at various price points to choose from. One consideration is whether you want to stay in Miami Beach or near Hard Rock Stadium.

The following 10 hotels are situated closest to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. They are all within 7.5 miles of the stadium.

Hotels are listed based on their distance from the stadium according to Hotels.com. Click on photos for direct links to hotel websites. 

Otherwise, click on your favourite hotel booking sites for more information, availability, room rates, and guest reviews.

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1. Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale SW/Miramar - 14500 Hotel Road, Miramar, FL. Tel: (866) 573-4235. 6.5 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

2. Best Western Plus Windsor Inn, North Miami - 12210 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL. Tel: (866) 925-8648. 6.8 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

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3. Ramada Hollywood Downtown - 925 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL. Tel: (866) 767-0278. 6.8 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

4. Sun and Surf Inn - 11102 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL. Tel: (866) 925-4159. 7.1 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com 

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5. Knights Inn Hallandale - 26 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale Beach, FL. Tel: (866-538-0251. 7.2 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

6. Ocean Reserve by 1st HomeRent - 19370 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Tel: (866) 538-1314. 7.3 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

7. OceanView Sunny Isles Luxury Condos - 19370-19390 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Tel: (866) 538-625. 7.4 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

8. Marenas Beach Resort - 18683 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Tel: (866) 538-9298. 7.4 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

9. Trump International Beach Resort - 18001 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Tel: (866) 539-506. 7.5 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

10. Beachwalk Resort - 2602 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, FL. Tel: (866) 539-9234. 7.5 miles to Hard Rock Stadium. Check room rates, availability, and guest reviews at your favourite hotel booking website: TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

 If You’re Flying …

Miami International Airport is 15.7 miles from Hard Rock Stadium by toll road. The trip takes 17 minutes. Otherwise it takes 26 minutes.

The airport is a hub for American Airlines. It is a focus city for Avianca and Frontier Airlines.  One of the world’s busiest airports, MIA is served by dozens of domestic and international air carriers, including the following Accidental Travel Writer affiliates:

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is 16.3 miles from Hard Rock Stadium. The trip takes 17 minutes by toll road. Otherwise it takes 22 minutes.

The airport is a hub for Silver Airways, Spirits Airlines, IBC Airways, and Tropic Ocean Airways. It is a focus city for Allegiant Air, JetBlue Airways, Norwegian Long Haul, and Southwest Airlines.

The airport is served by 26 airlines, including a handful of international airlines, including the following Accidental Travel Writer affiliates:

West Palm Beach International Airport is 58.3 miles from Hard Rock Stadium. The trip takes 55 minutes by toll road. Otherwise it takes 57 minutes.

The airport is served by 12 airlines flying to cities most in the Eastern United States and Canada as well as the Caribbean.

Your Input Wanted

Please comment on the tourist attractions recommended in this post in the COMMENT box below. Also, please recommend restaurants and bars you think visiting Raiders fans should try. 

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