Getting There

ScienceOnline Oceans will be held in Miami, Florida, at the University of Miami.

Hotel: Our hotel is the Sonesta Bayfront Coconut Grove. More information, including the code to gain access to the conference rate at the hotel, can be found here. The address is 2889 McFarlane Road, Miami, Florida, 33133, and the phone number is 305.529.2828.

Driving: From basically anywhere in the United States other than Southwest Florida, take I-95 south, and keep going until you run out of I-95. At that point, you’re less than 20 minutes from the hotel. I-95 South ends at US-1.  Continue on US-1 South for 1.9 miles.  Turn LEFT onto SW 27th Avenue and drive for 0.8 miles.  Turn RIGHT onto S Bayshore Drive and drive 0.3 miles.  Continue to 2889 McFarlane Road.  The hotel will be on the RIGHT.

The hotel has an attached parking garage (extra fee), the Miami Science Museum has a free parking lot, the University has free visitor parking on weekends. Out-of-town guests who are driving to the meeting and staying at the hotel are strongly encouraged to take conference buses to official events, as Miami driving is extremely confusing and stressful. Local attendees are encouraged to drive themselves to the Miami Science Museum Friday night and the University Saturday.

Flying: If you are flying to ScienceOnline Oceans, we strongly recommend flying into Miami International Airport (MIA). Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is only 20 miles away and sometimes offers cheaper flights, but it will take more than an hour to get to Miami from there. The longest it has taken me is 2 hours. The extra cost of getting to Miami from Fort Lauderdale airport is often higher than the savings from flying into Fort Lauderdale airport, particularly if you are taking a taxi and paying by time.

By rail: The southernmost station is the Miami station.  The Hollywood station is farther away, but close to I-95 and may be a convenient choice if someone is picking you up at the train station.  If you are traveling down the eastern seaboard, Amtrak has several route/schedule options.

By Bus:The Greyhound Bus has a station at Miami International Airport.  From there, you can use public transit, taxi/shuttle service, or rideshare to arrive at the conference hotel.  Use the Greyhound site to view routes, schedules, and fares.

Ground Transportation to Hotel via Miami International Airport
Car Rental Information from MIA
Bus and MetroRail Information from MIA: This site has an option to type in your destination address to determine your public transit options (http://www.miami-airport.com/bus_and_rail_info.asp#options). Public transit to the conference hotel is estimated at 1 hour and 15 minutes. A One-Day Pass for Miami Metro system is $5 (This is a good deal if you plan to use public transit to get between events). Use this site to see the complete fee schedule.  The Miami Metro system includes city buses and the MetroRail.

Taxi Service from MIA Estimated fee per person is $15 – $20 to the conference airport.  This does not include gratuity. Taxi Service can be arranged curbside, just outside Baggage Claim on Level 1.  Wheelchair accessible cabs are available on request.

  • Super Shuttle Service (reservations are recommended).  Shared Vans are estimated at $22 for the 1st passenger and $11 per additional passenger to the same destination.  Private Vans for up to 10 passengers can be reserved for $67.  This does not include gratuity.  Super Shuttle service is available outside baggage claim on Level 1. Wheelchair accessible vans are available on request.

Keep in mind, when budgeting, that Shuttle fees are fixed to a destination while taxi fees vary with route, miles traveled, and time in traffic.

MIA has a helpful FAQ for additional questions about Ground Transportation you may have.

Ground Transportation to Hotel via Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Car Rental Information from FLL An airport Courtesy Shuttle is available to transport you to the car rental center 24 hours a day.
Bus and TriRail Information from FLL.  Broward County buses do not connect to the MetroDade transit system easily.  Your best bet is to take the TriRail to the MetroRail Transfer Station.  The cost is about $3.75 and takes approximately 30 minutes.  Visit the TriRail Website to see the train schedule.  The FLL Airport provides FREE shuttles to the Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach TriRail Station from all terminals.  Shuttle stops to the TriRail are located on the lower level of all terminals.

Taxi Service From FLL

Wheelchair accessible taxis available upon request

Estimated costs from FLL: $75 (Yellow Cab – 954-777-7777)

CLICK HERE for a complete list of taxi companies servicing FLL

Shuttle Service From FLL – none

Keep in mind, when budgeting, that Shuttle fees are fixed to a destination while taxi fees vary with route, miles traveled, and time in traffic.

Please note when planning your travel: all workshops are Friday, October 11th 1-4 P.M., and all field trips except the A.M. shark tagging trip are all day on Sunday October 13th. If you cannot get an early morning flight on Friday October 11th or a late evening flight on Sunday October 13th.

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