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Doral

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Doral

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Doral is in Florida.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

According to the City of Doral website, in the late 1950’s real estate pioneers Doris and Alfred Kaskel dreamed of building a hotel and golf course. They purchased 2,400 acres of swampland for around $49,000. In 1962 they made their dream a reality when they opened a hotel and country club. Doral came from the combination of their names.The Doral Golf Resort & Spa is currently located at NW 87 Avenue and NW 36 Street and includes the Blue, Red, and 3 Par courses. The Blue Monster is one of their most famous courses and still holds PGA tour tournaments each year. Also, the Saturnia International Spa, is the largest in Florida and was ranked as one of the top spas in the US. In the early 1980’s Doral experienced a residential growth spurt, this occurred when their grandson built Doral Estates. From 1983 to 1985 Miami-Dade county banned building to protect the area’s water wells. In 1989 when the ban was lifted Doral had an enormous amount of growth. In 1996 when the citizens of Doral were unhappy with the tax prices, the community elected its first community council. Jose "Pepe" Cancio, Sr., Mario Pita and Barbara B. Thomas were elected and three more were appointed to the community council that initially met once a month.

Climate[edit]

There are two seasons in Doral, a warm and dry season from November through mid April and a hot and wet season from May through October. This is because of Doral’s subtropical climate. A subtropical climate means the whole year there is a temperature of 65F or higher.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 76 78 80 83 86 90 90 90 90 85 81 77
Nightly lows (°F) 60 62 64 68 72 75 80 80 76 72 68 62

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Miami International Airport (MIA) is approximately 11 miles away from Doral and lies between multiple cities in the Miami area. The airport gets a lot of international travel and is known as the “Gateway” to America. MIA offers flights from fifty-one different airline, however they are the home to American Airlines. Plan for long lines during security and checking your bags. MIA also converts foreign money to US currency.

By train[edit]

Tri-Rail to Miami then get a shuttle to Doral on route 132. The Shuttle goes to the Doral Country Club, mall shopping center, MIA, and the Tri-rail station. However they only run this shuttle during weekdays. Amtrak 8303 NW 37th Avenue Miami, FL 33147. Amtrak goes to Miami only 9 miles away from Doral.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound 8052 NW 14th St, Doral, FL 33126 is the address of the Doral Station there you can buy tickets, bus lines, and transit lines.

By car[edit]

Interstate 95 (I-95) is the major North-South artery lies north of the city. It connects Miami all the way to Jacksonville and beyond.

Florida's Turnpike runs North-South runs along the east side of the city. it connects North Florida, Orlando, and Miami.

Get around[edit]

By trolley[edit]

The Doral Trolley was originally launched on February 9th, 2008. It runs from 7:00am to 7:00pm and is free for visitors and residents. The trolley intersects also with the metrorail. If you want to know when your trolley will arrive at your station, dial (305)-593-6710, enter your station number and you will be immediately informed of your trolley’s arrival.

By car[edit]

The easiest way to get around Doral or South Florida in general would be with a car. Rush hour traffic is from 7:30am to 10:00 am, and from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Plan your day accordingly. The city is surrounded by two highways 836- Dolphin Expressway and 826-palmetto expressway. Heavily traveled expressway, the palmetto highways intersect with three unnumbered exits toward Miami International Airport, Memorial Blvd, NW 58th St which is one of doral’s main road. The dolphin expressway is a long six lanes electronic tollway that varies from $0.70 to $1.60. The 836 intersects with the palmetto expressway.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are the most expensive transportation. The flate rates may vary from $2.50 to $5.00 per miles with a 15% tip. Almost all cab companies have a pre-determined rate when traveling to specific communities or nightclub area, popular with tourists such as South beach, Key west. Then, taxi companies may charge from $30 to $60. Normally, You will have to call a taxi company to request a pick up unless you are at the airport or train stations.The most popular taxis includes the Yellow Cab (305) 640-0000.

By public transit[edit]

If travel time is not a priority, it is possible to travel around Doral by public transportation to all commercial places and attractions within the city. The bus system does not cover the entire city of Doral and is less reliable because buses tend to have a hard time remaining on schedule. However, all the buses in the system passes through every routes. Route 36 will help you reach destinations likes Miami, Dolphin mall, Doral Center, Miami International Airport. All major Metro Bus routes operate 24 hours a day.

The easiest way to pay for public transportation will be to purchase an “Easy Card” since most stations do not accept cash. Those cards can be purchased or re-loaded online or through a sale outlet located near you.The fare rate is only $2.25 per ride. Deductions can be applied to senior citizens, social security beneficiaries, permanent residents,veterans, people with disabilities, children.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Museum of the Americas 2500 NW 79th Avenue, Suite #109 Doral, FL 33122.(305)599-8088 & (305)599-8089. Free. 11am-5pm tu-fr, 11am-4pm Sa. This is one of the few art institutions in Florida to promote both traditional and new emerging contemporary artists of the region. It is opened and use as a resource for artists, educators and the public. Artists from foreign countries also exhibit in the museum. For instance, Xavier Carbonell, an artist from Spain, displayed his art collection.
  • Doral Central Park 3000 NW 87th Ave Doral Fl 33172. (305) 593 6600. M-Su, 7 am to Sunset.This is the largest park in the City and is the spotlight of celebrations like EGGstravaganza and the Independence Day Celebration.This 82-acre land include lake views and open green places that may be used for gathering,community events, or a morning jog, picnics with the family on a bright sunny day.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Sky Zone (Indoor Trampoline Park): 5450 NW 82nd Ave, Miami, FL 33166+(305) 640-5424. M-Th 3-9pm and F-Su 10am-10pm. An indoor trampoline park, where the entire family can have fun. You can get a fun workout from bouncing around in a trampoline dome where you can fly or flip into a pit filled with 15,000 foam cubes. Birthday parties, group events, or activities such as ultimate dodgeball are held in the dome. The price ranges per half hour intervals start at $10.
  • La Covacha: 10730 NW 25th St, Doral, FL 33172

+(305) 594-3717. Th-Su 9:30pm-4am A restaurant and nightclub. The restaurant offers a wide range of Hispanic foods and a variety of drinks at the bar. On a weekly basis La Covacha hosts live concerts. Food and drinks start at $5.
  • Tranquility at Doral Salon and Spa: 9566 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 +(786) 331-7061 10am-8pm M-Sa. Offers services such as manicure, pedicures, facials, massages, haircuts, hair coloring and styling. The price ranges for manicures and pedicures are $15-30, facials and massages ranges from $50-100. Hair services start at $19.99.

Events[edit]

  • Holiday Lights and Ice: J.C. Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87 Ave., Doral, FL. +786-859-2163 The city of Doral hosts an annual Christmas eventin the first two weeks of December. Admission to this event is $3. Attendees will enjoy carnival rides, tree lighting, and a chance to play in 65 tons of snow!
  • Camping Under the Stars: J.C. Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87 Ave., Doral, FL. This is a wonderful event where families gather together to camp on the grounds of J.C. Bermudez Park. Admission is free. Activities that are offered are face painting, petting zoo, tree rock climbing, and a movie. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. To register email [email protected]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Sales tax is 7% in Doral.

Groceries and other basics[edit]

  • Wal-Mart, 8651 NW 13th Terrace, Doral, FL 33126 +(305) 470-4510. They are open 24/7.
  • Publix. There is two Publix locations:1) Doral Plaza, 9755 NW 41st St Doral, FL +(305) 591-21452) 10755 NW 58th St Doral, FL +(305) 597-8295 Hours of operation for both locations are M-Sa 7am-11pm, Su 7am-10pm
  • Winn-Dixie, 10505 NW 41st Street, Doral, FL 33178 +(305) 591-0780. M-Su 7am-12am.

Shopping Centers[edit]

  • Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172 M-Sa 10am-9pm, Su 11am-7pm. A shopping center that has over 140 retailers such as Sears, Macy’s, Hollister Express, Victoria Secret etc., a food court and play areas for children.
  • Dolphin Mall, 1401 NW 12th St, Miami, FL 33172-Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9: 30pm, Sundays 11:00am-8:00pm. Dolphin mall is one of the largest outlet malls in Florida; there are over 240 name-brand discounters and retail outlets. This mall also includes a movie theater and various restaurants to dine.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Doral City has one of the most diverse populations of the region; consequently, its cuisine pleases even the most discerning palate. Restaurants in Doral represent the culture of South American countries such as Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. European and Asian cultures also influence Doral’s cuisine. Most of the restaurants are located down 87th Avenue, 107th Avenue, 25th Avenue, 58th Street and 41st Street. The price range of the restaurants depends on where and what you want to eat.

  • El Arepazo10191 NW 58th Street, Doral 33178 +1 786 594 0726 (Fax:+1 786 594 0724 “El Arepazo Store” +1 786 594 0723) Su-W: 7:30 AM - 11 PM, Th-Sa: 7:30 AM - 1 AM. A Venezuelan restaurant that offers traditional meals from that country. Its specialty, as its name indicates, are Arepas, and customers can choose from a wide variety of stuffings such as Gouda cheese, chicken salad, black beans, white cheese, eggs, etc. Additionally, you can create your own by mixing more than two ingredients. For example, the most famous one is called ‘‘Reina Pepiada’’ which means ‘‘The Beauty Queen’’ and has avocado and chicken salad. Furthermore, el Arepazo has the amazing Cachapas with cheese (thick, tasty pancakes made with corn), Tequeños (cheese sticks), soup, and lasagna. $2-20 per person.
  • Olivos Restaurante 10455 NW 41st Street, Doral, FL 33178. +1 305 718 9968. M-Th 11:30 AM - 11 PM, F and Sa 11:30 AM - 12 AM, and Su 11 AM - 11 PM. An Argentinian restaurant that offers hot appetizers such as Goat Cheese Croquettes, and Shrimp Three Stages; cold appetizers Caprese salad and Spicy Tuna Tartare. As main courses they offer: 14 oz. Grilled Rib Eye Steak, Handmade Ricotta-Spinach Ravioli, and Seared Seabass. $31-$50 per person.
  • Patacon Pisao 7902 NW 36th Street, Doral, FL 33166. +1 305 591 1968. M-Su 11AM-10PM. A Colombian restaurant that offers a wide selection Patacones. It is a slice of fried plantain finely crushed, and on top of it you can have a steak and grilled onions, chicken and seafood salad. Prices per person are under $30.
  • Divieto 10650 NW 41st Street, Doral, FL 33178. +1 305 470 8038 (Fax: +1 305 470 8019). Su-W 11 AM - 10 PM, Th 11 AM - 11 PM F-Sa 11 AM - 12 AM. Italian and American fusion. They offer a variety of salads such as: Caesar Salad, Caprese, Cobb, and Mediterranean. As main dishes they offer: Chicken Avocado Sandwich, Divieto Burger, Pizzas, Soup, Lobster Ravioli and Fettuccine Alfredo. Price range is $11-$30 per person.
  • Sokai Sushi Bar 10726 NW 74th Street, Medley, FL 33178. +1 305 499 9701. M-W 11:30 AM - 11 PM, Th-Sa: 11:30 AM to 12 AM and Su 11:30 to 10:00. A Japanese and Peruvian restaurant.Their menu has appetizers, soups, salads, sushi salad rolls, ceviche, Peruvian causa, desserts and beverages. Great atmosphere and high quality customer service. Their prices are under $31 per person.
  • La Esquina del Lechon Pork & Steakhouse 8601 NW 58th Street, Miami, FL 33166. +1 305 640 3041. M-Th 7 AM - 8 PM, F and Sa 7 AM to 9 PM and Su 11 AM to 7 PM. A Cuban restaurant that offers for breakfast eggs, pancakes, arepas, as well as pork sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Price range is $11 to $25.
  • Doral Thai Restaurant 2613 NW 79th Avenue, Miami, FL 33122. Phone number +1 305 418 8311 and +1 305 418 8309. Mon - Thu from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Fri 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM, Sat 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Sun 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and lunch special hours Mon - Fri 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. They offer fried rice, Thai curry, fresh seafood such as shrimp, and salmon, chicken and beef. Additionally, the restaurant has a section for vegetarians. The price is $11 to $30 per person.
  • Nahuen Patagonia Flavors 10375 NW 41st Street, Doral, FL 33178. Phone number +1 305 513 2624. Mon - Sun 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. It is an Argentinian restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer a daily special menu, on Monday New York Strip, Tuesday Neapolitan Breaded Cutlet, Wednesday Oven Roasted Flap Meat, Thursday Cannelloni (Beef and Spinach) and Friday Grilled Platter ‘‘Patagonia’’. It is accessible for wheelchairs The prices are between $12 and $20 per person and they accept Visa and MasterCard.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The bars in Doral usually offer American Food as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage. To have an alcoholic drink, the staff asks for a photo ID since the legal age to drink in the State of Florida is 21 years old.

  • Miller’s Doral Ale House 3271 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, FL 33172. +1 305 629 9442. M-Su 11AM-2AM. Additionally, they have happy hours from Su-Th 10 PM to 2 AM with appetizers on $5 and special drinks. Offers beers such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Bud Light. They also have an import section that offers Heineken, Guinness Stout, and Corona Light. Their seasonal beers are Leinenkugel, Shock Top and Samuel Adams. Additionally, they offer bottled beer such as Budweiser and Bud Black Crown, and a wine section which includes Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. The price range is about $11-$30 per person.
  • Doral Billiards & Sports Bar 7800 NW 25th Street, Doral, FL 33122. +1 305 592 8484. M 5 PM - 2 AM, Tu 3 PM - 2 AM, W 3 PM - 3 AM, Th 3 PM - 2 AM, F and Sa 1 PM - 3:30 AM, and Su 1 PM to 2 AM. The bar has five Chevillotte Billiards Tables and 19 Brunswick 9’ Pool Metro Tables. They offer a variety of signature drinks such as Mango Mojito, Chocolate Martini, and Sweet Delayla for just $9.75 each. Additionally, they offer Mule Drink which contains Ginger Beer such as Russian, Caribbean and Irish, as well as Draft Beer, Local Beer and bottle service. Price range is $11-$30 per person.
  • Barú Urbano 11402 NW 41st Street, Doral, FL 33178. +1 305 477 6022. Mon - Wed 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Thu 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Fri 12:00 PM to 3 AM, Sat 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM and Sun: 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM. It is a Latin bar that hosts different events each week. They offer draft, imported and local beer, as well as Mojitos of different flavors.The price range is $11 to $30.
  • Dave & Buster’s 11481 NW 12th Street, E622, Dolphin Mall, Miami, FL 33172. +1 305 468 1555. Mon - Thur 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM, Fri 11:30 AM to 2:00 AM, Sat 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM, and Sun 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM. It is an American sports-bar-style that offers delicious meals and arcade games. Dave & Buster’s offers Tie Dye Snow Cone, Strawberry Moscow Mule, Island Coconut Coronarita, Angry Balls, Bloody Mary Coronarita, Black Raspberry Coronarita, Ranging Berry Bull, Key Lime Coconut Margarita and Strawberry Limeade Beer Tale. This is a non-smoking facility. Minors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult age 25 or older. The price range is $11 to $30.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Aloft Miami Doral 3265 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172. +1 786 272 7200 (Central Reservation +1 866 716 8143). Pool, free parking, fitness center, bar and lounge, free WiFi, pets allowed, wheelchair access, non-smoking, dry cleaning, laundry service. Aloft room, non-smoking and king bed is approximately $125 per night.
  • Baymont Inn & Suites Miami Airport West 3805 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178. 1-800-337-0300. Free breakfast, free parking, shuttle bus service, airport transportation, dry cleaning, laundry service and self-serve laundry. Two double beds, non-smoking room with free continental breakfast and free WiFi is approximately $130 per night.
  • Candlewood Suites Miami Airport West 8855 NW 27th Street, Doral, FL 33172. +1 877 859 5095 (1 800 972 2604). Free parking, gym, pool, tennis court, WiFi. The hotel allows pets and has wheelchair access. A room for two people is $150 per night.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Miami-Doral/Dolphin Mall 11600 NW 41st Street, Doral, FL 33178. +1 855 271 3622. (+1 305 500 9300 FAX: +1 305 500 9400). Coin laundry, bar, baggage storage, ATM ($3), gift shop, multilingual staff, and fitness room. One king bed, non-smoking and free WiFi is $150 per night.
  • Holiday Inn Miami - Doral Area 3255 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172. +1 877 859 5095. Free parking, restaurants, free internet, fitness center, room service, bar/lounge, wheelchair access, tennis court, dry cleaning, laundry service, banquet room, and self-serve laundry. A single room is approximately $180 in a nightly rate.
  • Hyatt Place Miami Airport-West/Doral 3655 NW 82nd Avenue, Miami, Florida, USA, 33166. (305) 718-8292. Close to Miami International Airport, Miami Cruise Port, and Sun Life Stadium offering free, hot breakfast.
  • InterContinental at Doral Miami 2505 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172. +1 877 859 5095. Wheelchair access, pool, restaurant, gym, tennis court, bar, non-smoking rooms, free internet, room service, free parking, shuttle bus service, and airport transportation. One night is about $180.
  • Provident Doral At The Blue Miami 5300 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178. +1 305 597 8600. Swimming pool and sundeck with a pool bar, spa, free parking, free WIFI, non-smoking rooms, tennis court, wheelchair access, pet access, laundry service, multilingual staff, babysitting and 24-hour fitness center. One night is approximately $189.
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