The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Miami: Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Less!


Miami is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff-you just need to know where to look. Leave it to "The Cheap Bastard" to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor.

The Cheap Bastard's® Guide to Miami will show you:

How to gain free or low-cost entrance to plays, films, concerts, and museums

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Miami is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff-you just need to know where to look. Leave it to "The Cheap Bastard" to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor.

The Cheap Bastard's® Guide to Miami will show you:

How to gain free or low-cost entrance to plays, films, concerts, and museums

Where to find free or low-cost classes in anything from dance to cooking to yoga

Where to find low-cost meals and free food-from pizza and pasta to Cuban, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Asian, and other ethnic fare, not to mention complimentary nibbles

How to get a low-cost haircut, color treatment, manicure, or massage

With The Cheap Bastard's® Guide to Miami, anyone can enjoy the good life!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762760046
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Cheap Bastard Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,439,987
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dara Bramson, a Miami native, is a co-author of MTV Roadtrips U.S.A. (Frommer's). She has freelanced for various South Florida publications and contributed to books, television segments and radio shows worldwide as an Associate Producer for CBS News’ Travel Editor.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Major Neighborhoods xii

Section 1 Entertainment in Miami

Music: Of Free I Sing 2

Bars, Clubs, & Restaurants 3

Open Mic & Karaoke 12

Schools, Churches, & Cultural Centers 17

Dance: Free Expression 19

Dance Classes 20

For Free (For First-Timers) 24

Cheap Performances 25

Comedy: I Kid You Not 28

Comedy Clubs 29

Drag Shows 32

Film: Picture This 34

Film Festival Volunteering 35

Indie Theaters 38

Under the Stars 41

Spectator Sports: Let the Games Begin! 44

Baseball 45

Basketball 46

Football 48

Horse Racing 49

Ice Hockey 49

Jai Alai 50

Nascar 51

Get in the Game 51

Tournaments & Triathlons 52

Spoken Word: Free Speech 54

For Poets Who Don't Know It 55

Author Appearances & Book Discussions 56

Theater: Free Show 59

Ushering for Incentives 60

Free & Very Cheap Seats 61

Community & University Theater 63

Professional Theater 69

Events: Free Celebrations 71

Street Fairs, Festivals, & Carnivals 72

Section 2 Living in Miami

Food & Drink: Pay For It Tomorrow Morning 84

All-You-Can-Eat & Buffets 85

Back to Basics 89

International & Eclectic Flavor 94

Sweet Tooth 101

Farmers' Markets & Fruit Stands 104

Free Samples & Happy Hours 106

Wine Bars 122

Fitness, Fun, & the Great Outdoors: Cheap Thrills 125

Beaches 126

Bowling 129

Park it Here! 130

Pickup Games 132

Public Pools 133

Yoga 135

Children & Teens: Olli Olli Oxen Free 140

Family Affairs 141

Fine Arts, Fun Crafts 143

Playgrounds & Outdoors 144

Storytelling 149

Summer Camps 150

Youth Centers 155

After School Programs & Tutoring 157

Education: You've Got Class 163

Arts & Media 164

Body & Mind 165

Digital Domain 169

Research Centers 171

University Libraries 172

Hair, Beauty, & Massage: Free Style 175

Free Samples 176

School Specials 177

Massage Specials 179

Health & Medicine: Good for What Ails You 181

Clinical Studies 182

Free Testing & Clinics 183

Pets: Canine, Feline, Bottom Line 185

Get a Pet 186

Free Fix: Spay & Neuter 187

Other Cheap Services 188

Dog Friendly Parks 188

Shopping: If You Must 191

Consignment 192

Fleas Not Included 194

Knick-Knacks 196

Outlet & Wholesale Shopping 200

Thrift Shops 201

Section 3 Exploring Miami

Accommodations: Cheap Hospitality 204

Cheap Hostels & Hotels 205

Art Galleries: Show Me the Monet! 209

Art Galleries 210

Bicycling: Free Wheeling 225

Bike Rentals 226

Bike Resources 228

Gardens & Gardening: Dirt Cheap 229

Public Gardens 230

Pick Your Own 234

Gardening Resources 235

Museums & Memorials: Free to See 236

Always Free 237

Sometimes Free (or Just Cheap) 239

Tours: The (Free)dom Trail 245

Free, Cheap, & Self-Guided Tours 246

Getting Wild on the Cheap 249

People-Watching Paradise 250

Transportation: On the Road Again 253

Bus, Train, Public Transit … Oh My! 254

To & From Airports & Amtrak 256


A Festivals & Annual Events 259

B Neighborhood Resources 262

C Local Media 264

D Public Libraries 266

Index 269

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