Where to Park for This Weekend's South Beach Wine & Food Fest

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While you're undoubtedly stoked about today's kickoff of the annual bacchanalia known as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SoBeWFF), you're probably less excited about the logistics. Namely, parking.
 

Unless you live in South Beach, parking for the fest can be a nightmare. But no worries. We're SoBeWFF vets here at Short Order, so we've rounded up some suggestions for dealing with the automobile apocalypse.

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Municipal Garages
Your best bet by far is the municipal parking. Prices WILL NOT, we repeat, WILL NOT, be jacked up for the festival. The rates will remain the same. These garages operate on an hourly basis, and most switch over at 8 or 9 p.m. to a flat rate. The hourly rate is $1 per hour for most garages, and the flat rate switches to $15 or $20 depending on the location.

The Grand Tasting Village is set up at 13th Street and Ocean Drive, so that's the fest's home base. Many of the seminars are taking place at the Shelborne (1801 Collins Ave.), but the following garages are all within walking distance of the main venues (leave the four-inch stilettos at home).

Seventh Street and Collins Avenue Garage - 646 spaces
$1 per hour up to 15 hours, and a max daily rate of $20 for 15 to 24 hours.
Weekend evening rate: $15 per vehicle Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

12th Street and Drexel Avenue Garage - 134 spaces
$1 per hour up to 15 hours, and a max daily rate of $20 for 15 to 24 hours.
Weekend evening rate: $15 per vehicle Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

13th Street and Collins Avenue Garage - 286 spaces
$1 per hour or any portion thereof up to 15, and a maximum daily rate of $20 for 15 to 24 hours.
Weekend evening rate: $15 per vehicle Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Pennsylvania Avenue Garage (17th Street, 550 spaces), City Hall Garage (18th Street and Meridian Avenue, 650 spaces), and 17th Street Garage (1,460 spaces)
Regular rates run approximately $1 per hour (varies a little when you hit six hours). Special event flat rate runs $15.

Residential Parking
If you have a friend who lives in South Beach, now is the time to call in a favor. A residential parking pass will snag you a spot three or four blocks west of the beach, but isn't that worth avoiding garage congestion and price gouging?

Our advice: Get there early. Be prepared. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Anyone running late will likely be forced to park in a private lot for a price that'll get your blood boiling. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Julie Anne Isaacson
Julie Anne Isaacson

Baloney! SOBE has Metro Dade transit busses, the local SOBE bus for 25 cents, several options for free rides like Swooped. There is also Deco Bikes the bike sharing program, and there are plenty of taxis.

Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

This is why I stay far away from sobe. Its not worth it!

Richard Nolan
Richard Nolan

Go to one of the park and rides or Park at Adventura mall or 1 63rd St. mall and take The H Beach Lincoln Road bus

Richard Nolan
Richard Nolan

Take the H beach Lincoln Road great bus route!

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

park in the neighborhood, bring your bike on your car and ride your bike to the food and wine show.

Erin Barber
Erin Barber

'love the photo.. HATE the beach parking.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

True Courtney. I used to just bike over the Venetian and avoid the driving/causeways entirely! Now I live in DC and I really miss that ride!

Mi Cuba Cigar-Lounge
Mi Cuba Cigar-Lounge

TAXI!!!!!!! Que Vola Acere!? Sak Pa Se!? I give you a $20 in tip if can keep smoking my cigar and drinking my Merlot hommie! Make it Happen! jajajaja DALE! Dont Drink n Drive! Get Wasted and Call A Cab!

Courtney KickPush Mitchell
Courtney KickPush Mitchell

Sure Craig, there is no parking over there either! There is no parking on South Beach. Try parking in Downtown Miami and taking the S bus or the 120 from the Omni. Just don't get crucked up and walk back and eat someones face off!

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

yes it does. Park farther away on West ave or Midbeach where it's easier and cheaper, and ride decobike to SBWFF.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

You got that right. Best move is to park and ride Decobike closer.

Jonathan Berney
Jonathan Berney

you can say that again! instead the metro-rail runs through hialeah

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