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DD Trip Notes:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322 (2011)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26692 (2012)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/49206 (2014)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61082 (2015)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/72957 (2015)

Trip Reports:
@Yehuda's 1st trip to Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=63986.0
@Yehuda Miami Weekend Getaway at SRBH https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=100169.0
@Alexsei Surfside 2018 https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1896122#msg1896122
@Alexsei Surfside/Bay Harbor 2019 https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg2055841#msg2055841
@jj1000 ideal foodie oriented day in Miami based on what I've had/done so far https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1387809;topicseen#msg1387809
@BOOKY trip report for Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1062268;topicseen#msg1062268
@jack Short trip report https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg745120;topicseen#msg745120
@Chachem Balaileh South Florida mini trip report https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg726747;topicseen#msg726747
@dealfinder85 somewhat of a TR https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1059208#msg1059208
@JayR 3 Days In Florida https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=50450.msg1088383#msg1088383
@AJK Labor Day Hop https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=55342.0
@twentie4hrs Miami Beach for a Relaxing 4 days (Including Shabbos) https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59239.0
@srulky Mini TR for quick 3 day/2 night Jaunt down to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1354473#msg1354473
@Adam101 Chanukka '15 trip MIA & BNA https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59271.0
@mgoldhammer18 A different kind of trip to Miami beach https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=61518.0
@shnoz Quick TR from N Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg790875;topicseen#msg790875
@Amusch low-key low-cost trip https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1413855;topicseen#msg1413855
@joe999 4 Days in Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1201938#msg1201938

Hotels

41st and Collins Area
Four Points by Sheraton (category 5) (Shabbos friendly)
Lexington
Courtyard by Marriott
Holiday Inn
Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort
Fontainebleau
Eden Roc
Alexander
Confidante (Hyatt)

Bal Harbour/Surfside/Bay harbor - Walking Distance To Shul
hotels in walking distance to shul:

Surfside:
Residence Inn by Marriott $$ (confirmed shabbos friendly)
Four Seasons $$$ Ocean front hotel
Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel $$
Grand Beach Surfside $$ Ocean front hotel
Grand Beach Surfside West $$

Bal Harbour:
St Regis $$$ Ocean front hotel
Ritz Carlton $$$ Ocean front hotel
Bal Harbour Quarzo $$ inter-coastal front hotel
Sea View $$ Ocean front hotel

Bay Harbour:
Grand beach Bay Harbour $$ inter-coastal front hotel
TRYP by Wyhndam $
The Landon $

Aventura
Turnberry Isle Resort (Marriott)

Hollywood
Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa (Leaving SPG 10/30/14)


Fort Lauderdale
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Spa
W Fort Lauderdale
Hyatt Place
Hyatt House

Boca
Waldorf Astoria
Boca Hilton Suites


Rent a villa/apartment
horarentals.com
floridakoshervilla.com
northmiamirental.com
northmiamivilla.com
lxure.com
reservekosher.com
flamingokosher.com
motelchai.com


 
Miami Kosher Restaurants 

map with kosher restaurants under Kosher Miami
http://koshermiami.org/
41st and Collins Area
Name                               Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotes
Miami Beachís Chocolate Dairy  $$$                                                          
Lennyís Pizza                      Dairy      $      Yes                                             Multipule Locations   
Asiís Grill                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
Carlos & Gabby's                      Meat      $      Yes                                                     
Grill House                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
MONTEFIORE CAFE              Dairy      ???      Yes                                               
17 Restaurant & Sushi Bar        Dairy      $$$                                                  
Tasti Cafe              Dairy Not CY      ???      Yes                                               
Bagel Time              Dairy      $      Yes                                             off 41st street, on Alton Rd. 
Asiís Grill                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
Kikar Tel Aviv                      Meat      ???           ???                                          Shabbos Meals



Bal Harbor / Surfside / Bay Harbor
Name                               Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Cine Cite Cafe Dairy  $$YesClick HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelOKUberEats
Nona Pizza And Bakery (New 2019) Dairy  $$???Cholov Yisroel / Pas Yisroel??????
Cafe Vert              Dairy   $$Yes Click HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelOKEat24
Rustiko Dairy  $$Could Work Click Here   KMChowNow
26 Sushi& Tapas        Dairy   $$$YesClick Here   KMUberEats
Serendipity Yogurt Cafe    Dairy  $YesClick Here    KMUberEats
Yossi's Out Of Home Pizza Dairy  $YesClick HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelTheShulCall/WA (786) 352-1913
Rachel's Baked Goods & Dips Parve  $YesClick HereFree Delivery???Call/Text (786) 447-9809
Harbor Grill                      Meat   $$$No                                   KM???
Harbor Bistro                      Meat   $$$NoClick Here    KMEat24 pickup Only
Kosh                  Meat   $$$NoClick Here    KM???
Chai Wok                  Meat   $$YesClick Here    KMUberEats/GrubHub/ChowNow/Eat24
The Backyard BBQ & Brew                      Meat   $$$Yes Click Here   KM???
The Carrot                      Meat   $$???                                  KMUberEats/GrubHub/Eat24
Chez Rene Et Gabin Bal Harbour Meat $$Yes                                 KMUberEats
Meat Bar (New 2019) Meat ??????                                 ??????
Surf-n-sides Meat $$                                 MDKComing Soon
Mesa Bal Harbour        Meat/Sushi   $$$No                                  OKPickup only
Rolling Pin Bakery              Parve   $Yes                                  StarK???
Kosherland+Maven baker Grocery bakery and deli???Yes                               Shabbos Packages+Free Hot PlateKMDeli Has online ordering
Newtime Catering Meat   ??????                               Takeout/Shabbos MealsKM
BON Chocolatier Bay Harbor Parve $$???Click HereVegan Chocolate BoutiqueKMPickUp Only

Shabbos Meals in Bal Harbour/Surfside
  • Kosher Kingdom Takeout (15 drive)
  • KosherLand Takeout (free hotplate)
  • Esti Englander - Pickup in NMB (305) 502-4611
  • Backyard BBQ Friday Night Meal Service
  • Kosh Friday Night Meal Service
  • Mesa Friday Night Meal Service
  • Chez Rene Friday Night Meal Service
  • For Shabbat day people usually eat in the SHUL

Shabbos Friendly Hotels in Bal Harbour/Surfside
  • Residence Inn Surfside

Aventura/North Miami Beach/Sunny Isles
Name Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Fresko Dairy     $$$                                                          
China Bistro                      Meat      $$$              No                                             
Dixie BBQ    Meat     $      Yes                                               
Foozo    Dairy     $      Yes                                               
Fuego                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
Grill Time                        Meat      ???      Yes                                                     
Mozart Grill                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
Holy Bagel              Parve/Dairy      ???      Yes                                               
Soho Asian Grill        Meat      ???                                                  
Mozart Cafe              Dairy      $$      Yes                                               
The Frieze              Dairy Not CY      ???      Yes                                               
Vgan    Vegan     $$                                                     
Grand Cafe              Dairy Not CY      ???      Yes                                             Stirling Road- Hollywood, Israeli breakfast joint 


Boca Raton
Name StylePrice    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Mozart CafeDairy. 4/5$$???     Nice outdoor area tooORB???
Jon's Place (pizza)Dairy$Yes     ---???
Pita N GoDairy 4.5/5??????     They currently have a unreliable hechsher according to R Goldberg of BRS/ORB??????
BOCA BAGEL FACTORY CAFEDairy 4/5??????     ORB???
MenchiesDairy 5/5??????Incredible non C'Y frozen yogurt??????
AsiaMeat. 4/5$$???     ORB???
Boca GrillMeat??????     ORB???
Century GrillMeat 4/5??????     ORB???
Orchid's Garden ChineseMeat 4/5??????     ??????
Butcher Block GrillMeat 4/5$$$???     ORB???
Ditmas Kitchen BocaMeat&Sushi??????     ORB???

Butcher Block Grill, Asia, and Mozart are adjacent to each other at the Fountains Center at Camino Real.

Hollywood
Name                               Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Mozart Cafe (open till 2 AM), Kid Friendly, $$.
Levy's, Kid Friendly, $$.
L'chaim Asian Cuisine & Steakhouse, Kid Friendly, $.
Sara's Pizza
Grand Cafe (not CY)
Pita Plus


Lauderhill/Coral Springs
Milky Cafe - 4579 N Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill 33351 (At 44th St)
(954) 533-5325

Sunrise Pita - 2680 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322
(954) 748-0090


Fort Lauderdale
Cafe Emunah (next door to chabad)



Supermarkets

41st and Collins Area
Kastner's Market
Kosher Price Market. 460 West 41st St. (305) 763-8524

Bal Harbour/Surfside
Kosher land
Publix (regular big supermarket - Some Kosher items are available)


Aventura
Sara's Tent -Aventura
Kosher Kingdom - Aventura
Winn Dixie - 20417 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura


Hollywood


Fort Lauderdale


Boca
Kosher Marketplace , with full take out
22191 North Powerline Road, (561) 391-3318
Winn-Dixie (Kosher take-out, bakery,meat,fish,pizza, large kosher section)
7024 Beracasa Way, (561) 368-5442

Delray Beach
Glick's Kosher Market, with full take out - now under ORB
7351 W. Atlantic Avenue, (561) 637-5771


Things to do
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Miami Zoo
Seaquarium
Jungle Island
Lincoln Road Mall
Bal Harbour Shops
Aventura Mall
Sawgrass Mills outlets - Ft. Lauderdale
Lion Country Safari
rent bikes
watersports
Gulfstream
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Segway
Kayak or canoe
Hanglidng
Scuba diving by the keys

JJ1000's list of top restaurants and dishes in Miami:

1. Backyard BBQ (New chef in mid 2017 totally new menu): Burnt ends, 2nd cut brisket, Dinosaur Rib, BBQ Sundae, BBQ Burger, Lemon/Apple/Smores desserts.

2. Fuego: Flatbreads are a must, then the back ribs, pastrami egg rolls, smores dessert, perfect date drink are good. (Update March 2017, the app chef and bbq chef isn't there anymore and the quality has been spotty from recent reviews.)

3. 26: Sushi pizza is  a must I prefer it with baked salmon, then the Passion Mojito, Sushi Teriyaki tempuraed, Cilantro Aioli dip and truffle fires, all of their soups are good.

4. Zak The Baker. Menu changes too often to recommend stuff. Not Cholov Yisroel.

5. Kosh: Chocolate souffle and korean beef with extra sauce are good.

6. Foozo: Foozolis, the caprese foozoli with extra balsamic sauce, their pastas are good as well.


Also notable unique places are The Freeze which makes ices, serendipity makes ice cream (there is one next door to ZTB now), and Miami Beach Chocolates turtles and bark.

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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9150 on: February 07, 2019, 05:15:06 PM »
Howdy. I'm planning my first trip to S. FL with the wife and baby next week Sunday through Thursday. Looking for a hotel for around $250 a night. We're traveling in and out of Ft Lauderdale and as of now are planning on renting a car. There is a staggering amount of hotel choices, and so many of them look nice online and have wildly conflicting reviews, so I thought to turn to you more experienced travelers on the forums for guidance. Factors that are important to me are, in descending order:
1- clean and nice feeling
Much less important are
2- location. We like to walk and would like to walk to the beach,  and we like to walk to eat too. We're more into lunch than dinner. And, we keep kosher.
3-pool and other amenities in the hotel. We don't plan on spending g all that much time there other than in the evening, but if the grounds are pretty that's always nice.

Thanks very much for helping us out with this last minute trip!
Residence inn is not on the beach but clean and nice Suites across the street
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« Reply #9151 on: February 07, 2019, 05:30:09 PM »
Thank you for the recommendations!

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« Reply #9152 on: February 07, 2019, 06:43:08 PM »
2019 TR

Transportation:
Like last year we didn't rent a car lyfting was and is a breeze
Average Paid per mile: $1.03 (after $20 free with T-Mobile Tuesday...)

Lodging:
Grand Beach Bay Harbour
Average nightly rate after all taxes and fees $254.17
Location wise we liked it very much although it is not on the beach we really enjoyed walking to and from the hotel each and every time, obviously it depends on your preference, Hotel is fairly new, expect everything to be Ikea style (modern, just OK quality...) was also clean, we did not deal much with the staff but they never seemed too friendly, customer service by phone or email is non existent rooms are spacious, we had a nice Bay view and our room had two showers... if we return to the area and find something affordable and convenient elsewhere we would certainly try it.

Shul:
The Shul - Chabad of Bal harbour, very nice place, beautiful mikvah, coffee and snacks multiple minyunim shachris till like 11 lacks more options for mincha+marriv

Chai Wok (was delivered from the NMB location)
We ordered via UberEats on arrival since we would otherwise arrive too late they dropped it off at hotel reception since we were not there yet, we got
- Beef & Pastrami Eggrollls (little to no meat in there)
- Dragon Roll
- Godzilla Roll
- California Roll
- Chicken Dumplings
- Edamame Salad
Sushi rolls were like supermarket grade (bear in mind we ate 2am after it was delivered around 10 which may have a serious effect...)
Average check $29.50

Kosh
For our first night we had dinner at KOSH, we took @jj1000 recommendation for the
- Korean beef which was amazing
- NY mushroom steak
- Rib eye
- salad
- Chocolate souffle
- everything was exceptionally delicious
Average Check $107.95

Cafe Vert
Delicious breakfast, French and American style, we ate here twice, we had
- Cheese omelete
- Caprese sandwich
- Pizza crepe
- Croque monseiur
Delicious and tasty
Average Check pp: $30.56


BACKYARD BBQ
Was not as overcrowded as last year and we opted to dine outside, they also had stock of 99% of the menu, we had
- Burnt ends (was substantially better on night 2, night 1 was likely a damage)
- Brisket poutine OK
- Ceasar salad
- Dino ribs mouth watering
- Frozen strawberry lemonade
- Unfortunately (or fortunately??) we got no room for desert
Average check pp: $59.16

Cine Citta Cafe
Quiet place for lunch, we had
- Vegetariana Pizza, ironically the waitress tells us it's a pie but it's for 1 person... I'm afraid the owner is heavily invested in weight watchers...
-Eggplant al Parmigiana
-Tuna Panini
This place offers very generous portions
Average check pp: $36.10

The Carrot
We stocked up on take out for our flight home
-Chicken salad
-Tuna wrap
-Strawberry passion smoothie
Average check pp: $18

BON CHOCOLATIER
(Opposite The Grand Beach Bay Harbour)
We tasted some of their delicious chocolate (@jj1000 hazelnut bomb is addictive...)
And we got a few of the creative Truffles Boxes to gift to the babysitters back home


PICTURES TO FOLLOW

My Surfside TR/Ratings (not really gonna give scores, feel free to ask for details that interests you):

Transportation:
Glad i didn't rent a car ride sharing was cheap and a breeze lyft was always cheaper, when there was surge pricing I just kept on trying after 5 minutes it was back to normal (and then right away back to surge...)
Average Paid per mile: $1.60

Lodging:
Marriott Residence Inn Surfside
Average nightly rate after all taxes and fees $228.75
Great location, brand new hotel, extremely nice staff, beautiful suites with option to link several together, definitely good for large families obviously lacks ocean view and even just a plain balcony, or better a window we can open.... If I wouldn't of kept Kosher the free breakfast would definitely be a awesome benefit, still I would look for something with a porch/balcony next time.

Shul:
The Shul - Chabad of Bal harbour, very nice place, beautiful mikvah, coffee and snacks multiple minyunim shachris till like 11 lacks more options for mincha+marriv

26 SUSHI TAPAS
We ordered via Eat24 on arrival since we would otherwise arrive too late they dropped it off at hotel reception since we were not there yet, good sushi nothing compared to what i'm used to at yakimono, same with fries, Miso soup was delicious.
Average check $27.25

BACKYARD BBQ
Reservations means you'll still wait for a table, service wasn't the fastest it's overcrowded like crazy by 8pm they were out of most items on the smoker menu, I wanted to try the Dino ribs and Sous vide but they were out on both nights I tried, smoked brisket, lamb ribs were delicious, Pulled smoked beef was a little too sweet for me, chicken poppers are great nothing special, desserts we got Grandma Dot's lemon bar trifle & Smores de creme they were way too sweet too ;)
Average check: $52.33

Cafe Vert
Delicious breakfast, cannot compare to Delice LA but not disappointed at all, their smoothie machine was broken so limited drink options
Average Check: $24

The Carrot
Delicious healthy menu we had the BAKED CHICKEN BREAST & BARBECUE CHICKEN BREAST platters, huge salads, and mouth watering smoothies
Average check: $40

B&H Pizza Typical pizza store...
Average check: $21
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9153 on: February 07, 2019, 07:32:48 PM »


2019 TR


Lodging:
Grand Beach Bay Harbour
Average nightly rate after all taxes and fees $254.17
Location wise we liked it very much although it is not on the beach we really enjoyed walking to and from the hotel each and every time, obviously it depends on your preference, Hotel is fairly new, expect everything to be Ikea style (modern, just OK quality...) was also clean, we did not deal much with the staff but they never seemed too friendly, customer service by phone or email is non existent rooms are spacious, we had a nice Bay view and our room had two showers... if we return to the area and find something affordable and convenient elsewhere we would certainly try it.


Is it the one across grand beach surfside?
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9154 on: February 07, 2019, 07:40:59 PM »
Is it the one across grand beach surfside?

No.

Bal Harbour/Surfside/Bay harbor - Walking Distance To Shul
hotels in walking distance to shul:

Surfside:
Residence Inn by Marriott $$ (confirmed shabbos friendly)
Four Seasons $$$ Ocean front hotel
Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel $$
Grand Beach Surfside $$ Ocean front hotel
Grand Beach Surfside West $$

Bal Harbour:
St Regis $$$ Ocean front hotel
Ritz Carlton $$$ Ocean front hotel
Bal Harbour Quarzo $$ inter-coastal front hotel
Sea View $$ Ocean front hotel

Bay Harbour:
Grand beach Bay Harbour $$ inter-coastal front hotel
TRYP by Wyhndam $
The Landon $
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9155 on: February 07, 2019, 07:46:17 PM »
Is it the one across grand beach surfside?
Starting point is Grand Beach Surfside West
A=Grand Beach Surfside
B=The Shul
C=Grand Beach Bay Harbour
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I'll be in Miami next week. Any notable events going on there then? 

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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9157 on: February 07, 2019, 09:36:38 PM »
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9158 on: February 07, 2019, 10:58:24 PM »
I recently stayed at the Grand Beach Surfside ocean front hotel, they did not want to accept my UberEats order. They claim it was due the health department regulations, and the front desk would not accept it. This is important to note for people who are arriving late at night and want to preorder. Unless you can take the package personally, they will not accept any food.
On a side note about the hotel, stunning lobby, I loved the outside lounge area (separate from the outdoor pool area), location was perfect, very big rooms and I had a huge balcony, concierge was very accommodating. 
Their rooftop pool is magnificent and for adults only. That is great for adults who dont want kids around, but if you have kids they will not let you up.
Regarding shabbos, they do not have keys and as such need to leave your door open or have the security guy open it for you. When you open the balcony doors the air conditioning in the room shuts. However it takes 2-3 minutes for that to happen, so if you want to go onto the balcony, make sure to close the door before 3 minutes.

All in all I enjoyed my stay and would go back again.

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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9159 on: February 08, 2019, 07:12:08 AM »
I recently stayed at the Grand Beach Surfside ocean front hotel, they did not want to accept my UberEats order. They claim it was due the health department regulations, and the front desk would not accept it. This is important to note for people who are arriving late at night and want to preorder. Unless you can take the package personally, they will not accept any food.
On a side note about the hotel, stunning lobby, I loved the outside lounge area (separate from the outdoor pool area), location was perfect, very big rooms and I had a huge balcony, concierge was very accommodating. 
Their rooftop pool is magnificent and for adults only. That is great for adults who dont want kids around, but if you have kids they will not let you up.
Regarding shabbos, they do not have keys and as such need to leave your door open or have the security guy open it for you. When you open the balcony doors the air conditioning in the room shuts. However it takes 2-3 minutes for that to happen, so if you want to go onto the balcony, make sure to close the door before 3 minutes.

All in all I enjoyed my stay and would go back again.
how was the service? I heard itís not great

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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9160 on: February 08, 2019, 08:17:46 AM »
how was the service? I heard itís not great
It was "ok", nothing special.

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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9161 on: February 08, 2019, 10:58:21 AM »
Does the Eiruv cover a walk from Bay Harbor to the Shul?

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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9162 on: February 08, 2019, 11:03:33 AM »
Does the Eiruv cover a walk from Bay Harbor to the Shul?
Yes. Bay Harbour, Bal Harbour, Surfside are all in the same eiruv. It doesn't cover the beach, although it does cover the walkway next to the beach. Also you can't walk to Sunny Isles as it's outside techum shabbos.
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9163 on: February 08, 2019, 11:06:08 AM »
Yes. Bay Harbour, Bal Harbour, Surfside are all in the same eiruv. It doesn't cover the beach, although it does cover the walkway next to the beach. Also you can't walk to Sunny Isles as it's outside techum shabbos.
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
« Reply #9164 on: February 08, 2019, 11:23:01 AM »
I am in the St Regis Bal Harbour and have a paid night for tonight. Something came up and I cant stay in the hotel for SHabbos. Anyone interested? Any reasonable offer will be accepted