Marriott Miami Airport Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Do: Watch a Jai Alai Match Jai Alai, a game that came over to Miami from Cuba in the late 1800s, is a sport that combines elements of squash, baseball, and lacrosse -- basically, you've got to see it to understand it. Pros play daily at the Miami Jai Alai Frontons (or Courts) and general admission is just a buck per person. Stay: Marriott Miami Airport To be just minutes from jai alai action, catch a ride on the hotel's free shuttle from the airport and stay in one of the Marriott's 363 guest rooms that are clean and comfortable. Nice touches -- in-room air purifiers/humidifiers and hypoallergenic upgrades, a large pool and fitness center, a quality restaurant, sports bar, and a Starbucks -- make it a cut above, but breakfast and Wi-Fi both cost extra. If you prefer something that feels a little more "Miami," stay at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.

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Getting outdoors in Miami:What to do and where to stay (5 of 5)

 Do: Watch a Jai Alai Match Jai Alai, a game that came over to Miami from Cuba in the late 1800s, is a sport that combines elements of squash, baseball, and lacrosse -- basically, you've got to see it to understand it. Pros play daily at the Miami Jai Alai Frontons (or Courts) and general admission is just a buck per person. Stay: Marriott Miami Airport To be just minutes from jai alai action, catch a ride on the hotel's free shuttle from the airport and stay in one of the Marriott's 363 guest rooms that are clean and comfortable. Nice touches -- in-room air purifiers/humidifiers and hypoallergenic upgrades, a large pool and fitness center, a quality restaurant, sports bar, and a Starbucks -- make it a cut above, but breakfast and Wi-Fi both cost extra. If you prefer something that feels a little more "Miami," stay at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.
Do: Play Beach Volleyball Beach volleyball is a popular pastime in Miami and there are plenty of permanent and makeshift courts set up in the sand right along the ocean. Some of the best are on the beaches on Haulover Park and they're open for pick-up games daily from sunrise to sunset. Be forewarned, however, that you may not want to take the kids -- aside from beach volleyball, this park is also popular for its clothing-optional policy. Stay: Churchill Suites Crowne Miami Beach More condo than hotel -- most rooms host permanent residents -- the Crowne is a fifteen minute drive from Haulover Park and features huge suites with fully stocked kitchens, washers and dryers, and pull-out sofas. For families or small groups, it's a great option. But it's a strictly D.I.Y. experience -- don't expect any service or organized fun. Do: Hit the Links Miami offers numerous renowned public golf courses. If you're looking to play on a budget, head to the Palmetto Golf Course, where you can book a tee time for less than $17. If you're willing to spend significantly more for one of the best-known courses in Miami, tee off at the Marriott Doral Golf Resort and Spa. Winner of numerous honors, including being named one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest, the Doral features five world-class courses, including the Blue Monster (named for the huge lake in the middle of it), Greg Norman's Great White, and Raymond Floyd's gold course. It also plays host to a Jim McLean golf school. Stay: Marriott Doral Golf Resort and Spa There is something for everyone at the Marriott Doral: world-class golf; a full-service spa; a 125-foot waterslide. And it's all graced with warm, friendly service in a scenic resort setting. Just know that you're isolated on-site, you're nowhere near the beach, and everything costs extra -- often quite a bit extra. Do: Go Deep-Sea Fishing Fishing is permitted along the shore of many of Miami's beaches, but you'll find the best catches, like sawfish and marlin, out in the open sea. Take a half or full day deep-sea fishing trip with a company like Mark the Shark, located at Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay's marina. Stay: Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay Completely renovated in December 2008, this towering, 601-room Downtown Marriott caters mostly to business travelers. The pool, brand-new fitness center, business center, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel make it a great pick. Though more stylish, the Epic and Intercontinental hotels both have similar amenities, and often cost considerably more. Do: Scubadive For excellent scubadiving near Miami, head to Biscayne Underwater National Park, a lagoon with a vibrant reef life about 10 miles off shore. Divers and snorkelers must either bring their own boat or join one of the many diving and snorkeling tours. Keep your eyes peeled for the sea turtles that inhabit the waters, or check out one of the six shipwrecks. If you'd rather stick a little closer, tou can visit the artificial shipwrecks and reefs about two miles offshore from Sunny Isles and Miami Beach. Stay: Angler's Boutique Resort Separated from busy South Beach by lush gardens, this 46-room art deco hotel is a low-key oasis. There's a top-notch restaurant, free off-site gym passes, and a small, but serene pool. For the price, other hotels offer more features or direct beach access, but the massive, Wallace Tutt-designed rooms are hard to beat. The hotel is only two blocks away from the South Beach Dive and Surf Center, which offers daily drive trips. (You'll find numerous other dive centers across the city as well.) Do: Watch a Jai Alai Match Jai Alai, a game that came over to Miami from Cuba in the late 1800s, is a sport that combines elements of squash, baseball, and lacrosse -- basically, you've got to see it to understand it. Pros play daily at the Miami Jai Alai Frontons (or Courts) and general admission is just a buck per person. Stay: Marriott Miami Airport To be just minutes from jai alai action, catch a ride on the hotel's free shuttle from the airport and stay in one of the Marriott's 363 guest rooms that are clean and comfortable. Nice touches -- in-room air purifiers/humidifiers and hypoallergenic upgrades, a large pool and fitness center, a quality restaurant, sports bar, and a Starbucks -- make it a cut above, but breakfast and Wi-Fi both cost extra. If you prefer something that feels a little more "Miami," stay at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.
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