Miami motorists will drop their horseless car off at the Royal Palm Resort, where Beachsports Valet's team of expert car-corrallers will Tetris the automobiles into tessellations aesthetically pleasing to both valet and vehicle. After the valets tuck the cars in and kiss them each goodnight, the autos will dream sweet dreams of orange-scented oil changes and toffee-flavored tune-ups.
Sometimes called "speed-dating 2.0," SpeedMiami Dating is part of a multicity enterprise created by Anoush Stevenson, who brought the events to the U.S. from England in 2007. The idea was to eliminate some of the common shortcomings of conventional speed dating, such as cheesy hosts, boring events, and awkward atmospherics. The SpeedMiami approach to dating events has attracted major media attention for sidestepping the pitfalls with elegant venues and novel style. When Anoush brought her matchmaking brainchild across the pond, she didn't alter much. The two-hour events still have hosts who are all from the UK and infuse the festivities with their high-spirited English cheekiness. Miami events are held at trendy spots such as Cafeina and Kyma Lounge.
The Biscayne Xpress Water Taxi glides across Biscayne Bay, circling through its three stops—Bayside Marketplace, the Miami Beach Marina, and the downtown Riverwalk station—in a constant two-hour loop. Up to 42 passengers drink in views of coastal Miami and its gamboling manatees and pelicans as crew members impart juicy factoids about the city to visitors. At the Bayside Marketplace stop, patrons can browse a 120-store shopping complex or charter a fishing boat at Pier 5, whereas the Miami Beach Arena stop drops seafarers near a glut of restaurants, and the downtown Riverwalk station delivers visitors straight into the city’s rhythmically beating heart.
The SoBe Shuttle provides an easy way to get around in South Florida with hourly shuttles that run four days a week between Fort Lauderdale and Miami or South Beach. Evening shuttles are available Thursday–Sunday, with return trips leaving South Beach as late as 5 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, daytime shuttles carry passengers to and from Miami’s famous white-sand beaches. Each WiFi-equipped shuttle is chauffeured by an experienced driver and contains a television set and refrigerator, perfect for storing leftovers or teaching a goldfish about winter.
At each of Miami Car Care's more than 20 locations, technicians stand by with tools and mechanical know-how, ready to restore cars back to peak performance. The techs offer full-service oil changes, tire rotations, flat-tire repairs, and diagnostics. They also conduct comprehensive vehicle inspections, wherein they check brakes, lights, wipers, and tires to make sure everything's in working order and nothing's turned Luddite.
Martino Tire's ASE-certified technicians can install new tires, rotate existing tires and balance wheels, and perform a variety of other automotive services, such as brake repairs, oil changes, and realignments. Martino Tire carries tires from brands such as Michelin, BFGoodrich, and Goodyear.