You heard about the 1st Annual International Permanent Cosmetics Show, bought your tickets to the event, and arrived at Miami’s International Airport. Now what? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably mapped out the best route to reach the hotel where the show is being held at and checked out the local transit situation. In case that’s not how you operate at all, you’re in luck, because I’m about to show you the best way to get to the hotel, and around the 305.


The fastest and most convenient way to get around is to use one of the two major peer-to-peer ridesharing systems. The price for this service will vary depending on the time of day you request it, but it is sure to be less expensive than traveling by taxi. You can always keep an eye on the current rates by checking on each carrier’s app. Be sure to ask what the going rate is for a taxi, in the event that they’re cheaper than Lyft or Uber.


If you’re flying into Miami International Airport and would like to see the city as you make your way to the hotel, you can always use Miami-Dade's Metrorail system. This public transportation system is a 25-mile dual track that provides service to Miami International Airport (MIA) and runs from Kendall through South Miami, Coral Gables, and downtown Miami. You can buy a 1-Day or 7-Day Pass on your smartphone using the free EASY Pay mobile app. The Metrorail operates 5:00 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. You will need an EASY Card or EASY Ticket as the fare gates do not accept cash.


To get around the downtown area, you can also use the Metromover service. Metromover is a free service that operates seven days a week in the downtown and Brickell area. Major destinations include the American Airlines Arena, Bayside Marketplace, Miami-Dade College and the Miami-Dade County School Board.


You can also travel the city via Metrobus which serves all major shopping, entertainment and cultural centers, as well as major hospitals and schools. Service is available from Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, West Miami-Dade, Broward County, Homestead, Florida City and the Middle Keys. Buses are equipped with bicycle racks that are attached to the front of the bus.


Whichever method you choose to get around, be sure to check out the local shops and restaurants to get a real 305 experience. You’ll find a variety of restaurants serving local and international dishes you’ll love. So, welcome to Miami! We hope you find it as fun and beautiful as we locals do.