Miami gets ready to receive tourists: what activities are open

With the news of the resumption of flights, Infobae proposes a complete guide with the best ideas to know Florida beyond its beaches

With the arrival of September many are wondering what the near future of international tourism travel is going to be. At first, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports together with the Ministry of Health established September 1st as the date for the reopening of international and domestic flights.

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One of the destinations that is close to being reactivated for Argentineans is the Miami-Buenos Aires route. So far it has been operating under exceptional conditions basically with the services provided by the Eastern company. The operation of this company began for residents and citizens of the USA who wanted to return from Argentina, but now it is operating for B1B2 (tourist) visa holders. Tickets however are expensive: U$S 1200 per leg.

Argentinean passengers are not restricted from entering the US as is the case with China, some European countries and Brazil, for example.

Aerolineas Argentinas has entered a phase of modular or special flights at a rate of four per month between Buenos Aires and Miami, but always with the aspiration of taking the entire flight, so if the plane is not full the flight is subject to cancellation so that the ticket joins the next flight. Tickets are sold online at around $115000 final with taxes included for both legs. The one-way stretch only costs about U$S 600.

American Airlines announced the resumption of operations to Miami with flights loaded into the system starting Saturday, August 22. In principle, the flights already confirmed are the 908, departing on September 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26, and the 1/10, at 22:30 from Ezeiza, and the 907, departing from Miami on September 7, 9, 11,16,18, 23, 25, and 30, arriving at Ezeiza at 6:50 in the morning. On the 12th, 19th, and 26th, it will arrive one hour later. These are not yet exactly the same flights as before the pandemic (three per day) but at least a regular schedule was drawn up.

The flights are in principle normal, i.e. there will be no special passenger arrangement inside the plane. Nor will any negative Covid-19 certificate be required for boarding, although the temperature will be taken digitally at the airport. The check-in operations will be mostly electronic, except, of course, for the delivery of the suitcases.

More time will be required prior to arrival at the airport to comply with migration formalities in time, taking into account social distancing requirements.

Inside the aircraft, American guarantees a safe and completely virus-free flight thanks to the aircraft’s modern ventilation systems, the hygiene protocols to which the cabins are subjected, and the use of mouthpieces.

At the Miami airport, social distance and the use of mouthpieces are required. It is very important to have a return ticket in case the immigration officer requires it. The Global Entry system is working normally.

In Miami in general the public use of the mask is mandatory and one can be fined if he is caught on the street.

In terms of restaurants, they are open for eating out and for delivery or take away. Bars are closed unless they are licensed to sell food. If they have such a license they can offer drinks with attention on the sidewalk or outside.

Miami has a curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., so that provision must be complied with. Night clubs, strip clubs and bowling alleys are closed.

In terms of beaches, of course, it is suggested to follow the rules of distance, but they are completely open.

The theaters in Miami-Dade are still closed, but there are two AMC complexes in Broward (from Hallandale Beach north to Boca Raton) that are open. One is in Ft Lauderdale and the other is in Pembroke Pines.

Public parks in Miami-Dade are open, as are marinas and golf courses. Biscayne National Park is open and is developing a new reef snorkeling experience while respecting social distance. This tour requires advance reservations. The other national park (Everglades -Miami is the only city in the US surrounded by two national parks-) is also open.

The casinos Hialeah Park, Casino Miami, Magic City and Calder in Miami Gardens, are closed. Except, the Miccosukee Resort and the Gaming Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are open.

As for the museums, they are basically closed with the following exceptions Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Rubell Museum in Miami, Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood, Coral Gables Museum in Coral Gables, World Erotic Art Museum Miami Beach, Art Deco Museum Miami Beach, Museum of Illusions Miami Beach.

The shopping malls are open with options for online pick-up at the cordon. As for the attractions, many varied their rules and schedules. Here is a guide to what is open and closed:

  • -Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: the open gardens and some selected areas of the interior as well.
  • -Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: open with half-price tickets during August
  • -Artechouse: open.
  • -Deering Estate: the outdoor areas are open.
  • -Tidal Cove Waterpark: Open.
  • -Kendall Ice Arena: Open.
  • -Sky Zone trampoline park in Doral: open.
  • -Miami Zoo: Closed.
  • -Miami Seaquarium: Closed.
  • -Jungle Island is closed.
  • -Coral Castle is closed.
  • -Super Wheels Skating Center is closed.
  • -Monkey Jungle is closed.
  • -Dezerland Park is closed.
  • -Venetian Pool is closed.

The hotels are open with strict rules of hygiene and health in the rooms and in the common areas with distance. The property pools are also open.

The car rental agencies operate normally and all have established strict hygiene measures for the cars once they are returned.

Author: Carlos Mira, InfoBae