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Charles Deering Estate

VIsit the Charles Deering Estate on bike!

VIsit the Charles Deering Estate on bike! (Photo from SouthFloridaFinds.com)

Located in Palmetto Bay, Fl (in the southern edges of Miami Dade County), one will find a surprising addition to the National Register of Historic Places. That’s right! In a city that is only about 121 years old, stands the Charles Deering Estate which was built by the Richmond family which opened it as an Inn. In 1901, it was known as the southern-most hostelry in the country. One of the earliest registers of the inn included names such as Henry Flagler and James Ingrahm, both of whom went on to pave the way for future settlers in South Florida – Henry Flager especially, known as he is for having built the Gold Coast Railroad down the length of the state at the end of the 19th century.

Charles Deering bought the cottage and moved into it in 1922. As per the attraction’s website, it is a 444-acre “environment, archaeological, and historic preserve” which makes up the largest virgin coastal hardwood hammock in the continental US.

The estate also includes what is perhaps the oldest burial mound in the country as well, with about 12-18 Native American burials; it’s been disturbed repeatedly in the last century or so but luckily the State of Florida acquired it and added it to the Charles Deering Estate Park.

All-in-all, a totally surprising – and refreshing – taste of history in southern Florida that most tourists would be delighted and encouraged to check out!

Self-Guided South Beach Bar Crawl!

Certainly there’s been more than a few articles written on South Beach bar crawls, but how many have actually been written by a former tour guide and local!

Tourists know Ocean Drive and the Versace Mansion, sure. They will definitely stumble onto the many restaurants that Lincoln Road has to offer, but for this article I’d like to focus on a part of town most visitors don’t venture into! And with good reason, it seems the posh community of South Beach decided to make it more isolated from the parties and the bus tours. I’m referring, of course, to the north west corner of Miami Beach near Maurice Gibb park, just north of the Venetian Causeway where you’ll find the following, hip bars for your own self-guided tour of Miami Beach’s locals-only bars:

Pubbelly
Self-proclaimed gastropub with a menu that is the epitome of Asian-fusion, the locale features an exposed brick wall as the backdrop of its tapas-like menu paired with craft, local beers. (Not veggie-friendly, by any means but if you like seafood that isn’t so kitschy, you may be in luck.)

Located: 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139. If you walk just one block south, you’ll find….

Beer and Burger Joint
B&B, as it is lovingly called in the state of Florida (and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico where it can also be found), is known for its expansive burger menu — even catering to the vegetable-friendly pals in our groups! They also offer a make-your-own-burger option (they also feature a $125 burger “the size of a manhole” — free if you can finish it!) as well as their notorious adult milkshakes (liquor and all). Of course they recommend specific craft beers to go along with each! This writer’s personal favorite beer-related item on the menu is their craft beer sampler which comes in a small wire-frame pyramid of small beer steins!

Located: 1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Right around the corner, you’ll also stumble onto…

The Purdy Lounge

With floral patterned couches that are reminiscent of granny’s house and an array of lava lamps behind the stage, the Purdy Lounge is probably’s South Beach’s best kept secret when it comes to chill venues, actually worthy of the title “lounge”. They have live music on certain nights (Reggae night is Mondays!) And though the prices reflect the city, it’s a low-key place to grab a beer, thus concluding a short though thorough beer tour of an area tourists do not regularly experience in South Beach!

Located: 1811 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

SoBe Wine and Food Festival

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There are a lot of events in February –The Miami International Boat Show, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, but in South Beach the biggest one is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, or as it is lovingly referred to around the Bike and Roll office: “SoBe WUFF”. Beginning on the 19th of February, it is a four day food fest showcasing different cuisines and chefs, taking place all throughout Miami Beach – sometimes literally on the beachside! It will be going on its 13th year and features all the biggest personalities on the Food network as well as local chefs – from wine tastings to “empanada happy hour” to a variety of diversely themed dinners. Read More »

Discovering Key Biscayne

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Most people visit us to tour Miami Beach, but what so many people don’t know is that there are
great rides outside of the city too!

Miami is the epicenter, but surrounding us are all these other sweet little hidden gems most Miami visitors seldom see; a key example of this is that of Key Biscayne. Bike and Roll has you covered! That’s why we are one of the few bike rental companies in Miami that actually offers guided and self guided bike tours of Key Biscayne.

Oh? You’ve never heard of Key Biscayne?/

Maybe you’ve never heard of the Sony Open either (it’s one of the largest high-profile sports event and sells out each March).

Maybe you’ve heard of Richard Nixon? Our former president used to vacation on Key
Biscayne on what used to be a coconut plantation which used to have over 76,000 palms on its
estate.

Maybe the best reason to decide to bike to Key Biscayne, whether it be with one of our fantastic
Miami know-it-all guides or with some of our rental bikes on a self-guided tour is for the
stunning views and the beautiful lighthouse (the Cape Florida Lighthouse).

Key Biscayne also boasts one of the top 10 beaches in the country! Pack up your towel, come by,
Bike and Roll Miami will take are of you. Call us now to book or inquire about our other bike and Segway tours: (305)-604-0001!