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►   LATEST:   The United Kingdom has long been Florida’s most important international market outside of Canada—the numbers show why.   Every year,  1.7 million tourists from the UK visit Florida — more than visitors from Germany, Mexico, Australia, China and India combined.  But it’s more important than just the volume of visitors, Visit Florida Florida President Will Seccombe said. British tourists spend and spend and spend.  British tourists combined spent $1.5 billion on their visits, dwarfing what travelers from any other nation but Canada spend.   The data shows us a Brit is going to spend more than any other foreign visitor. ……Statement December 10, 2016 from Visit Florida, the State’s official tourism marketing agency based in Tallahassee.  

►  MIAMI IS SO POPULAR WITH BRITISH VISITORS!   Every year visitors to Miami just from London airports number over 250, 000.   Source:  VisitFlorida, Florida’s Tourism Office.  www.visitflorida.org

► TIMEOUT–the UK’s most comprehensive weekly reference publication on everything there is to do, has come to Miami.  Smart move.  With so much happening across Miami’s burgeoning new districts TIMEOUT MIAMI is the perfect fit and a deep market for advertising, methinks.   They only started publishing in December 2016 and just twice a year it seems, not weekly as in London.  They distribute the magazines mainly around hotels in Miami Beach and Miami. I live/work in a downtown hotel, so picked up reference copies for my office. Am impressed.   Obviously aimed at visitors, its jam-packed colour pages showcase everywhere to eat, drink, explore and play across the city. There are also brief recommendations for other parts of the state to visit, like Key west.  Pick up a copy of TIMEOUT MIAMI wherever you see one–well worth it!  Have a look at their website www.timeout.com and click on the Miami section. 

►  Numbers of annual Foreign Visitors  to Miami airport in order  1]  Brazil  2] Mexico ] Columbia and 4] UK with 921, 603.
[ Canadians are the largest group of foreign visitors to Florida but most of them drive down,  plus next-door Canadians are not really “foreign”].

►  FT. LAUDERDALE–a progressive city, with great beach life where I lived for 12 years. For all current information on what’s happening, attractions, restaurants and nightlife,  consult the city’s official website www.sunny.org or phone their office [954] 765-4466.

►  KISSIMMEE…is more than Mickey Mouse.  For all current information on what’s happening, attractions, restaurants and nightlife,  consult the city’s official website   www.visitkissimmee.com  or phone their office [407] 944-2400.


►  ORLANDO is ever-improving and adding trendy new places and nightlife spots. For all current information on what’s happening, attractions, restaurants and nightlife,  consult the city’s official website www.visitorlando.com  or phone the Visitor’s Bureau on [407] 370-5002.


►  PALM BEACH COUNTY…elegance, beaches and gems like the fabled Breakers Hotel.  For current information on all it has to offer, consult the official website www.palmbeachfl.com or phone their office [561 233-3000

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►  OTHER PARTS OF FLORIDA Florida is tourist-centric and has superb, helpful visitors bureaux for all areas to help YOU plan your visit.

Find them by going to:  www.visitflorida.org the SunshineState’s official tourism website.  Tourists should also see www.visitflorida.com  [their other website]

►  NOTE TO BRITISH TOURISTS from the publisher Patricia Kawaja, an ex-Londoner :   MIAMI THE MAGIC CITY  My home and office is in downtown Miami [since 2002], a burgeoning, ever-improving, exciting urban destination with upscale hotels, chic bars and restaurants galore.  I have tried everywhere, and want to share recommendations with British visitors unfamiliar with Miami.  Thousands of British tourists come to Miami and never get to know the non-touristy places that we locals know and love.   Feel free to pick my brains on anything Miami  via email britishflorida@aol.com  or phone my office [305] 371-9340 in downtown Miami.   Explore Miami’s burgeoning new districts:  

►  WYNWOOD ARTS DISTRICT of Miami:   Hopping with events/restaurants/ new craft beer breweries/ parties and tons more.
www.wynwoodartwalk.com

►  DESIGN DISTRICT of Miami —a few blocks north of Wynwood.    http://www.miamidesigndistrict.net

► FOR MIAMI and MIAMI BEACH ONLY:   The Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau  [305] 539-3000 is the official organisation to advise tourists.   WEBSITE   www.miamiandbeaches.com  for all events, attractions, restaurants and nightlife across Miami and Miami Beach. IN MIAMI BEACH there is the excellent resource The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Phone them when you arrive on [305] 672-1270.  Peruse their website: www.miamibeachchamber.com

►  WHILE IN MIAMI DO TAKE A CRUISE from the many beautiful liners which sail from PortMiami.  Many visitors over from the UK take side cruises–you’ll hear the British accents onboard.  TO BOOK:   Contact the British Bureau’s cruise partner JoEllen Shatz with CruiseOne.  Many of you know JoEllen as our agent from our Brilliant Brits cruises in 2000 on the QM2 and our 2008 Brits cruise to Bermuda, have previously booked cruises with her and report great satisfaction and savings.  We recommend JoEllen highly.    A fulltime cruises specialist since 1999, she has unparalleled experience with every cruiseline sailing out of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale to any destination/itinerary.  As an agent, there’s not a Florida-based ship she has not tried firsthand.  She is based near Port of Miami’s cruise ships.  Reach JoEllen on [305] 374-6477 or email query with your contact phone number to:  jshatz@cruiseone.com    NOTE: You can’t get a cruise cheaper by booking yourself and JoEllen will give you the exceptional personal service booking a cruise always involves. 

►  MIAMI Recommendations:   British visitors to Miami may ask us for a first hand recommendation on where to eat in Miami or other advice. 
Email your query to  publisher@britishflorida.com     Your query must include your name + home city.   The ex-pat publisher of this website has lived in the heart of Miami for 15 years and knows every square inch!  

 
►  Want more nookie, British tourists?   Come to Miami, Mate.   MIAMI IS OFFICIALLY THE USA’S “Most Sexual City”!!  Its residents——with tourists like you bold Brits augmenting the number—account for the highest numbers of sexual encounters per year.  People in the Magic City make magic 177 times year,  more than any other city in America, including Sin City Las Vegas or the City-that-Never-Sleeps New York.  How do we know?  Condom-maker Trojan surveyed thousands of adults in every state.    Why Miami? The year-round warm weather allows people to show more skin, feel freer and sexier about their bodies and ladies aren’t hiding their charms in overcoats. Plus Miami’s large hot-blooded Latin community offers stunning Brazilian/Venezuelan/Colombian beauties for lusty Brit blokes to enjoy a holiday romance.  American women are pretty too but not exotic.  Also the cosmopolitan blending in Miami of so many nationalities and the round the clock drinking hours leads to more partying.   

►  BIGGEST MIAMI TIP,  FELLOW BRITS!    DON‘T STAY ROOTED IN SOUTH BEACH.   We locals don’t.  The city has so much more to offer in various exciting, urban, trendy districts, like New York or London.  Jump in a taxi or one of 5 buses [A,C, T 120, S,M]  over to downtown Miami, the Design District, Midtown, Mary Brickell Village, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables.  EXPLORE!   These are all exiting, hip and eclectic parts of Miami. The bus fare of $2.25 one way is the best money you ever spent.   I ride buses often to South Beach and never take my car over there.  In downtown Miami itself ride the FREE above ground Metromover which loops through the city with a great view of the cruiseships in port and the FREE orange and green Trolley.  I always use the FREE downtown trolley service—[wait at the orange and green palm tree trolley stopsigns ]—which has several routes. For any Miami transit queries and routes phone their office direct [305] 779-3131 or  consult  http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/routes

►   FOR MIAMI INFO call the city’s info-line: Dial 311 from any phone in Miami.  CITY WEBSITE:  www.miamidade.gov

►  Also always consult website   www.miami.com for everything to do in the city.

►   Come to our events just for Brits—-network and mingle with resident expats Brits. Go to British Events pages on this website for current happenings or send email to britishflorida@aol.com with  ATTEND BRITISH EVENTS on the subject line.  Include your name + city you live. 

►  MIAMI NOW HAS A DAILY WATER TAXI.    The bright yellow boats marked WATER TAXI have several stops along Biscayne Bay and the Miami River in a hop-on, hop-off loop from downtown Miami— to South Beach—to Bayside Marina downtown—then along the Miami River.  I have taken it and recommend it to you as a way to see the city from a different perspective.  You can buy tickets on the boat or in advance from their website   www.watertaximiami.com   Consult the website for schedules, stops, cost and complete details. Or phone [305] 600-2511.  It’s owned by a Dutchman called Max. 

RECOMMEND YOU TRY THIS!   Miami now has red double-decker buses, run by Big Bus Tours of London,  offering Sightseeing tours around the city.    These are Hop-On, Hop-Off buses, offering 2 different loops:  1] CITY TOUR  around the city of Miami and down to the Biltmore Hotel area in Coral Gables . This is on a single decker  2] MIAMI BEACH   around Miami s world-renowned South Beach along the ocean and Deco drive area.  The Gray line Bus HQ where tours start is on Bayside in downtown Miami , but you can hop on at various points on the route and pay on the bus too.  TICKET COST and ALL INFO  www.bigbustours.com  or call tollfree 1-800-336-8233 in Florida to book.
Update 2015:  There are now several different companies offering tours—most start from Bayside downtown.  I have tried them.
——PK publisher.

►   NEW TOURS to explore Miami Beach and Miami have been established.  By bike, on foot, via bus with audio commentary.    Visit  www.discoverymiamibeach.com   for all your choices.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:   British people love gardening and flowers.  Take a tour down to the Redlands agricultural area about one hour’s drive south of Miami, in a suburb called Homestead.  I have done this tour and it’s wonderful.  Orchid farms, tropical blooms, tropical eatables, local wineries, a quaint English tearoom and numerous tropical nature experiences you will enjoy.  Look at the website  www.theredland.org   first.  FOR TOURS call [305] 247-5172 Redland Pioneer Tours.  Or ask your hotel concierge how to drive down to Homestead.

►  You will see a free newspaper in street corner boxes, called The New Times.   www.newtimesmiami.com  This is the alternative local weekly which lists all the nightclubs, strip clubs, just-opened restaurants in all districts of Miami, all bars, party places, live music venues and ongoing local events which appeal to younger British tourists.   Pick one up–very useful source.

MIAMI’S  MUST-VISIT DISTRICTS for restaurants and bars:  Go into the Design District, Mid-town, Mary Brickell Village and downtown Miami.

 

► TIP £$£$:      If you want to bring your money from the UK to Florida. Or vice versa.
Here’s the best way:   TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING OVER UK CURRENCY.  DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.

The pound is pitiful!  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings.  But Moneycorp’s rates are currently [2017] the best.  To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend the services of Moneycorp.  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save you the considerable exchange fees.  Moneycorp does that for you.   NOW is the most advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:  Moneycorp.   At lower rates than any bank.   Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licensed to deal in 50 states.   Expat Brits here –including many personal Brit friends of mine–have used this currency service for years and report savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  
kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so Kelly may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you.    Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB]  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.   [2017]