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Howard [ Just Imagine ] 19-Dec-2007

Turnberry Isle Resort & Marina (Marina)

19735 Turnberry Way 19755 NE 36th...
Aventura FL 33180
Phone +1 305-933-6934

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Williams Island Marina (Marina)

7100 Island Blvd
Aventura FL 33160
Phone +1 305-937-7813

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Monty's Marina (Marina)

2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove, Fl. 33133 (305) 854-7997

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Marine Stadium Marina (Marina)

3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL. 33149 (305) 361-3316
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Dinner Key Marina (Marina)

3400 Pan American Dr.
Miami FL 33133
Phone +1 305 579 6980

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Miami Marina (Marina)

401 Biscayne Blvd
Miami FL 33132
Phone +1 305 579 6955

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Miami Beach Marina (Marina)

300 Alton Road, Dock E
Miami FL 33139
Phone +1 305-673-6000

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www.miamibeachmarina.com (Link)

Monty's (Bar)

Monty's is a fun, poolside bar with a tiki hut. and live music.

Good raw bar seafood and casual dining.
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 02-Feb-2008

Miami International Airport MIA (Transport)

Jockey Club Marina (Marina)

11111 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33161 Tel: 305-899-9629
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 19-Dec-2007

US Customs and Immigration Miami (Formalities)

When we arrived in Miami Beach on a megayacht, we called the customs number, 1-800-432-1216 and were greeted by an automated message telling us that our call is important to them and would be answered in the order that it was received. We stayed on hold like this for more than 3 hours while incurring roaming costs on our foreign mobile phones.

We finally called CBP Headquarters in Washington, DC +1 (202) 344-1770 on another phone and spoke to a live person who said that they would try to contact the Miami office. Shortly after that, the Miami number was answered.

The Customs officer took the vessel particulars and crew details over the phone and said that we were cleared in, but that the entire crew needed to report to immigration at Miami Seaport, Terminal H, within 24 hours. We took taxis from Miami Beach Marina to the port, in relays, so that we could maintain a watch on the boat.

Since the yacht was over 300 tons, the captain also needed to purchase a COFR (Certificate of Financial responsibility) against oil spills. This he did online, and by fax, and it cost about $230.

Only certain insurance companies are accepted for COFR, so the yacht's regular insurance had to be guaranteed by another insurer in Bermuda at a cost of about $2500.

He had also submitted a vessel reporting crew list to the Coast Guard, as required for foreign flagged vessels over 300 tons, more than 48 hours in advance of our arrival.

Here is some other information that I got off the internet:

Advice from US Customs and Border Protection
When a private vessel arrives at a South Florida port of entry, the master of the vessel must telephonically report arrival immediately to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Additionally, the master and all passengers must physically present themselves for an in-person inspection.

If the vessel is U.S. flagged or is a foreign-flagged vessel that does not qualify for a cruising license, and is 30 feet or longer in length, the owner must obtain user fee decal, which is available for $25. Decals may also be purchased via the Internet at https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov/

If a foreign-flagged vessel will be sailing to a number of ports during a stay in the United States, it may be eligible for a cruising license. This license exempts pleasure boats of certain countries from having to undergo formal entry and clearance procedures at all but the first port of entry. If your vessel is eligible, please request the cruising license at your first port of entry.

There are certain entry requirements of which boats should be particularly aware. One is the requirement to obtain approval from ATF • in advance • for the entry of all firearms on board the vessel. If you do not have the approved ATF Form 6 for firearms, CBP will detain them.

Another requirement is to declare currency and negotiable monetary instruments, if you have more than $10,000 on board. Failure to do so could result in the seizure of the money.

Finally, CBP now strictly enforces the requirement to declare all foodstuffs on board, in particular fresh fruits and vegetables and meat products. While many items may be admissible, it is essential that they be declared so that a CBP officer can inspect them to make sure they are free of pests or disease. Failure to declare could result in a $1,000 fine.

CBP will make every attempt to accommodate large regatta groups arriving from foreign with multiple vessels. Please contact the nearest CBP Port of Entry in advance to request on-site clearance.

Masters, crew and passengers must report their arrival immediately upon entering the United States by calling one of the following 24-hour, 1-800 numbers: 1-800-432-1216 or 1-800-451-0393." [Those numbers are for South Florida entries only. • LCR]

Upon completion of phoning in their arrival, boaters will be directed to the nearest Port of Entry to present themselves and any passengers for a face-to-face interview within 24 hours. South Florida Ports of Entry are as follows: Key West, Port of Miami, Tamiami Executive Airport, Opa Locka Airport, Miami General Aviation Facility, Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport, Ft. Lauderdale General Aviation Facility, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach International Airport, Ft. Pierce/St. Lucie International Airport.

Failure to report can result in civil penalties as defined in Title 19, United States Code, Section 1436 to include a penalty of $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation with the conveyance subject to seizure and forfeiture. In addition to being liable for a civil penalty, any master who intentionally commits a violation under subsection (a) of the above-stated section, upon conviction, is liable for a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for one year, or both.

These revised private boating procedures enhance CBP’s ability to carry out the twin goals of preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, while at the same time facilitating legitimate travel and trade.

For general questions regarding any CBP issues, please contact 1-877-CBP-5511 or visit our website, CBP.GOV .

Howard [ Just Imagine ] 17-Jan-2008

South Beach (Excursion)

Miami Beach

A fun place to hang out and people watch.

Great restaurants. Trendy clubs and night life.
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 02-Feb-2008

Puerto Sagua (Restaurant)

One of the best kept secrets in Miami beach, this authentic Cuban restaurant on the corner of Collins and 7th is an absolute gem.

The Ropa Vieja (literally translated as 'old clothes') is a shredded beef dish to die for. This comes with black beans and rice and plantains, and I highly recommend getting a side dish of garlic yuca(cassava).

Others were very happy with the roasted pork chunks, and palomilla steak, but my wife thought the fish was a bit fishy.

Top the whole meal off with a carafe (1 litre) of their fine house wine for about $22. Six of us had a fine evening there recently and the total bill was about $50 per couple. This included the 15% tip which is automatically added to the bill for parties of more than 4 people.

The decor is delightfully funky with antique 3D wall murals and mirrors. Uniformed waiters, some of which have been serving the classic Cuban cuisine since the restaurant opened 46 years ago in 1962.

We have been returning here every time we visit Miami Beach over the last 20 years, and have never been disappointed.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 21-Jun-2008

Biscayne Point (Anchorage)

Miami Beach (Anchorage)

Dinner Key Mooring Facility (Mooring)

I have great news everyboday, the new Dinner Key Mooring Field is up and running!! Thank goodness!!

My wife and I were very impressed at the professionalism and caring the City of Miami marinas staff operates this new facility. The price for an overnight mooring ball is only 18 and for that we got shuttle service during the day, showers and laundry, free parking for a friend that visited us and a free pumpout!

We love the mooring field!!!

Mario & Maria
Maria & Mario [ Lucky Lady ] 14-Nov-2009
This is a great mooring facility! We will definately stay here again!  The value we received from the City of Miami's Dinner Key Mooring Facility was unbeatable: A safe mooring buay, shuttle service, a pump out (the City of Miam staff comes to your boat in their pump out vessel) and upland facilities including bathroom, showers and laundry.

We walked to CocoWalk in the Coconut Grove and had a great lunch and finished our Christmas shopping. We're so glad they built the mooring facility because it opens up Miami to boaters at a more than reasonable price. If they didn't have the mooring facility we would have stayed in Ft. Lauderdale before making way to the Bahamas.

Great job City of Miami!!!
Joe and Linda [ Blue Seas ] 14-Nov-2009

Watson Isalnd (Anchorage)

Watson Island

Howard [ Just Imagine ] 12-Mar-2011