I will be visiting Orlando for 6 days, Miami for 4 days, and Ft. Lauderdale for two days, in January 2010, coming from San Francisco,
I booked a hotel at the Riviere Apart Hotel on 1400 block Collins Avenue for three nights. My wife and I are in our mid thirties, and mostly will do lots of eating while we are in Miami. We are not really into the beach or partying/clubbing at all, but I booked the hotel in South beach because it was a fairly good rate, around $120/night, and I did not know where else.
My question is, since we're mostly going to drive all around Miami (Little Havana, Coral Gables, etc.) for the food, would it be better for us to stay in Downtown, or in some of the other neighborhoods? I know parking is not great at all at the beaches, and i'm afraid the parking lots don't have in and out privileges. We'll be going out to eat/snack at least 3 times a day.
Some of the places I'm researching, in no particular order:
El Palacio De Los Jugos
Hy Vong Vietnamese
La Estancia Argentina
Cuban Sandwiches (Enriquetas, Los Olas Cuban, Sergio's, etc.)
Tom Jenkins or Georgia Pig in Ft. Lauderdale