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Travel to Miami 2004:  Our recommendations.

Both Miami International Airport (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) serve the greater Miami area.  While FLL has several well-known discount carriers and hence generally lower fares than MIA, if bookings are made well in advance the fare difference between FLL and MIA can be insignificant.  Indeed, it may even be less expensive to fly into MIA. 

For directions from the airports to the hotel, see the Sonesta Beach Resort, Key Biscayne travel page from which we have taken the following:
Airport Transfers
Taxis are approximately $35.00 from Miami International Airport to the resort and $92.00 from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to the resort.  Super Shuttle ranges from $15.00 - $19.00 per person from Miami International Airport to the resort.  Airport Express provides service from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport to the resort for $22.00 per person/shared ride and $65.00 per per person/non-shared ride.
Car Rentals

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is available at the hotel, seven days a week from 9:00am-5:00pm.  After hours drop-off is available at the hotel or at Miami International Airport free of charge.  Dial Direct: (305)361-9151.


So, may we suggest the following travel options -- ordered according to our preferences:

Option (1)  Fly into Miami International.  Take a Super Shuttle to the hotel.

Option (2)  Fly into Fort Lauderdale International.  Share an Airport Express ride to the hotel.

Note:  Shared express rides from FLL to the hotel are only ~$5 higher than shuttle rides from MIA to the hotel.  But, if you cannot share an express ride, rather than paying the non-shared fare, it may be cost effective to rent a car for drop-off at the hotel.  See the next option.

Option (3)  Fly into either MIA or FLL, rent a car from Enterprise, drive leisurely to the hotel by a scenic route (but try not to go too far), and drop-off the car at the hotel's Enterprise Rent-A-Car agency, avoiding resort parking fees. 

Note:  At the time of this writing, Enterprise does not charge a "drop-off fee" at the Sonesta for cars from either MIA or FLL.

Option (4)  Fly into FLL, take the Tri-Rail & Metrorail to the University of Miami, and enjoy the ~2 to 3 hour long trip by commuter rail.

Note:  If you choose this time consuming but cheap (< $5) route to go from FLL to the University, and if you arrange it with us in advance, we will transport you from the University to the hotel, as a compliment.  You will have earned it!

And finally, for those of you who really have time on your hands:

Option (5)  Take Amtrak to Miami.  Take a taxi from the station to the hotel. 

Option (6)  Drive from anywhere in North America to the hotel. 

Note:  It will cost you $75 to park for 5 days at the Sonesta.

Etc.
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