The Cardozo (1300 Ocean Dr; 305-535-6500 or 800-782-6500, $250+)
Owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, this hip, beachfront property has undergone significant reconstruction. Rooms have been toned down and light terracotta colored walls with crown moldings. Plush and comfortable, the rooms are heavy on amenities: TV, VCR, CD/stereo, from loud Caribbean to more muted colors, with wood floors and doors, mini-bar, iron and ironing board, in-room safes and Gilchrist and Soames toiletries. Children allowed. Wheelchair accessible.
In South Beach, straight friendly SoBe You Bed and Breakfast (1018 Jefferson; 305-534-5247 or 877-599-5247; $125+) is one of the few gay properties in South Beach. Lesbian owner Susan Culligan, who previously ran a guesthouse in Cape Cod, took over the B&B in 2005 and totally renovated it. The nine rooms all have pool and garden views, and include CD and DVD players, down comforters, and aromatherapy toiletries. Two are located in the Art Deco style house and seven, done in all-white d?cor, are in the carriage house. Complimentary breakfast is included. It's a 10-15 minute walk from the heart of gay SoBe and the 12th Street beach.
Miami River Inn (118 SW. S River Drive; 305-325-0045, 800-468-3589; $79+)
In the Little Havana area, this 40 room B&B with pool and Jacuzzi welcomes both kids and pets. There is also a gift shop on premises. Women-owned and-operated and lesbian-friendly. Wheelchair accessible.
Tiramesu (721 Lincoln Rd; 305-532-4538; $18-36)
offers the freshest and most authentic Italian lunches and dinner available on Lincoln Road, with luscious salads, meat and fish dishes and pastas.
El Rancho Grande (1626 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lincoln Rd; 305-673-0480; $10-27)
A delicious and authentic Mexican restaurant with pescado relleno a particular highlight. Nice patio, huge portions, zesty salsas, and tempting margaritas.
Another locally loved restaurant is Puerto Sagua (700 Collins; 305-673-1115; $6-$12), the beach's best Cuban cuisine and a cute Mom and Pop joint some blocks from the heart of SoBe.
News Caf? (800 Ocean Dr; 305-538-6397; $13-24)
is a good see-and-be-seen place and it's open 24 hours. Healthy sandwiches adorn the menu.
Pink Fridays (Soho Lounge, 175 NE 36th St.) Hot bartenders, wild go-go girls and the foxiest of Miami's lesbian population get down to reggaeton, hip-hop and salsa every Friday at this Pandora night.
Siren (Cr?me Lounge, 727 Lincoln Road; 305-535-1111) is a sexy Saturday night with lounge, Latin, house and hip hop sounds in a slick lounge environment.
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Women's Travel: Introduction
Women's Travel: U.S. East
Women's Travel: U.S. West
Women's Travel: Canada/Mexico
Women's Travel: Europe
Women's Travel: Tours & Events
Women's Travel: Travel Safety