So you’re trying to figure out what to do and where to go for Memorial Weekend. Look no further than South Florida. With various events, and endless beaches, there is sure to be something for you.
Memorial Weekend in Miami is the unofficial Hip Hop Mecca. Miami Beach’s 7th Annual Urban Beach week showcases some of the most extravagant parties and festivals geared toward the urban lifestyle. Over 350,000 people descend on Miami for a weekend of relaxation and fun. Originating from a an urban fashion show held on Miami Beach six years ago (Urban Fashion week originally) Urban Beach week became the largest Urban Festival in the world. Catering toward the Hip Hop Generation from 23 and over, around 300,000-350,000 participants make the annual trek to South Beach for 4 days full of fun, food, festivities, entertainment, music and more. One such event is The Memorial Day Festival, Benefiting the SoFlo Children’s Educational Fund. Featuring Shabba Ranks, Damian Marley, Paul Wall, Beenie Man. Gates open 12 p.m. May 28 at Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free 12 & younger. $40-$100. (call 305-259-0206 for info). Various other events consist of concerts ,parties ,pool parties, contest, fashion shows, step show competitions and more (for more info visit: http://www.store.yahoo.net/blackbeachweek/urbanbeachweek1.html).
Furthermore, if your looking for something a bit different, take a 3 day Memorial Weekend cruise to the Caribbean from Miami. The Port of Miami is one of the busiest ports in the world, and one of the biggest homes to cruise ships in the world. Many lines such as Carnival, Norwegian, and Celebrity Cruise Lines offer spectacular last minute deals to the Bahamas, Jamaica, Mexico, and Dominican Republic. In addition, the offer exciting theme cruises for singles, and young adults (visit for more info: http://www.destinationoceans.com/cruise_deals.asp?DealID=1478). Check with your local travel agent for details, or respective cruise line website.
If your looking for something to do that will contribute back to the community, and keep you fit at the same time, there is a Family Run/Walk sponsored by Footworks that will definitely entertain and raise awareness for a social causes. The a 29th Annual Memorial Day Family Affair 5K Run/Walk will be in Boca Raton and begins at 7:30 AM. Call 561-361-1950 for more information. (visit http://www.footworksmiami.com/calendar/calendar.asp for more info).
If Hip Hop isn’t your thing, don’t worry, a short 1-2 hour car ride from Miami are the Florida Keys another hot party destination. When all the snow birds descend on South Florida for Memorial weekend, and prices sky rocket on Miami Beach at every hotel; the locals pack up and move south. Where is everybody headed off to in their cars and boats? Everyone is heading to Islamorada, home of the famous Tikki Bar! Tikki Bar has become a tradition for South Florida locals. Hundreds arrive to mile marker 27.5 my any means transportation possible. It is recommended to take a motor powered water vehicle to enjoy the decadent sand bar right off Tikki Bar (since it is conveniently located on the water). This isn’t Key West, but it’s one of the first keys on the drive. Furthermore, it is a must stop for any tourist because Tikki Bar is home to the “World Famous” Rumrunners. These things are lethal, and Tikki Bar’s claim to fame, besides the beautiful views of the ocean. Tikki Bar has flourished into a tropical city oasis , with motel, bar, numerous restaurants, beaches, boat and waver runner rentals. There any many things to do on this small jewel island besides drinking rum runners. For example, Islamorada is home to some of the best fishing in Florida. Sailfish, tuna and dolphin are found in our Atlantic, and a grand slam shot at permit, tarpon, and bonefish in the backcountry waters of Florida Bay. Along with very knowledgeable and experienced local captains, make it the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. So if you are looking for something a little less conventional than your regular Miami Beach Memorial weekend vacation, make your way down to Tikki Bar, where the real party is.