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Old 12-16-2014, 11:20 PM
Location: NY
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Miami has NE, NW and SW Streets and Avenues. Does it ever get confusing to get about? You could end up in a different part of town. If you are new to Miami, is it difficult?

Is there a SE? I don't see any on the map.

Different topic. I need suggestions for cheap rail and/or bus transport from Fort Lauderdale Airport to South Beach?

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Old 12-16-2014, 11:33 PM
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No. It is not that difficult except maybe in some parts of Hialeah where the grid changes and in Coral Gables where names instead of numbers are used

Miami is laid out on a cartesian-style grid, divided into four quadrants (NW, NE, SW, SE), created by "x-axis" and "y-axis" roads.

Flagler Street is Miami's "x-axis", dividing north from south.
Streets are east-west roads, and all streets north of Flagler ST carry a "N" designation, while all streets south of Flagler ST carry a "S" designation.

Avenues travel north and south, and all avenues west of Miami Avenue will carry a "W" designation, and those east of Miami Avenue will carry an "E" designation.

There is a SE but it is very small in downtown Miami. There is also another South East in Hialeah since they have their own grid. You probably won't end up in a Hialeah but if you it's not that difficult since a lot of streets also use both Miami's grids and Hialeah grid. Don't go to Hialeah unless you have to, the traffic is horrendous during peak hours.

For your second question you could take the tri-rail then maybe Metrorail and then a bus or taxi.

There is also a bus in Broward Route 1 http://www.broward.org/BCT/Documents/COA/Route_1.pdf that takes you to Aventura and then from Aventura you take another bus to Miami Beach. Maybe Google can help you with the planning. The bus would be cheaper and probably more direct.

I used the tri-rail from Broward(Hollywood station) to the Miami metro rail station 4 months ago. It was a comfortable ride similar to the LIRR in NYC. The bus to the beach I have never used but I heard from someone that it was a good service. I am not familiar with the FT Lauderdale airport tri-rail station, It seems you need to take a bus at the airport, route FLA-1 to the tri-rail station. It sounds like taking route 1 is a better option than taking tri-rail.


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Old 12-17-2014, 07:47 AM
Location: Miami
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With the exception of a few areas like coral gables, miami is built on a grid map. Downtown miami being the center, at Flager and Miami Ave. Anything north east of that's intersection gets the NE address anything southwest of that intersection gets SW and anything Northwest of that ges NW, pretty straight forward. The street and avenue numbers get higher the further away from that intersection you get. Remember this CAP (Court, Avenue and Place) all run north and south.

As for rail transportation from FLL to South Beach, I wouldn't suggest this as Miamis public transit isn't that great. You'd have to take a bus from the Ft lauderdale airport to the Trai-Rail station, then transfer in Hialeah (not the greatest area fyi) from the Tri-Rail to the Metrorail to downtown Miami. At the Government station in downtown Miami you can do one of two things, you can get off here and try to hail a cab to South Beach. Or you can transfer to the Metromover (downtown Miami areonly train) to Bayside, where you can easily hail a cab to South Beach. I'd highly look into other ways like a direct bus to South Beach from FLL.

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Old 12-17-2014, 08:42 AM
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It's a bit confusing at first but it's much easier than trying to get around a town with only street names.

Streets run east and west and Avenues run north and south.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:08 AM
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gps! ive been here 5 yrs n i still dont understand how it changes lol
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