Is the cold weather getting to you? Try a GPS tour of South Beach, Miami

Go Car Miami - Taking a GPS guided car around Miami's hot spots

Cruising the palm-tree lined strip of south beach miami

Puttering around in this lemon yellow mobile, I took in the sites, from the famous Miami Beach hotels along Collins Ave. to quaint Espanola way, a strip of restaurants in historic 1920s buildings. Against a backdrop of pastel-colored Art Deco edifices, I drove around the celebrity playground of restaurants, bars, salsa clubs and Miami vices. I traveled from the Botanical Gardens to the Holocaust Museum, from the Venetian Causeway to downtown Miami.

"Go left onto 15th street," the computerized female voice commanded. I touched the scooter-like hand-breaks and slowed down to turn.  "Continue straight" the voice told me. Beyond the directional duties of a typical GPS, the GoCar technology also provides restaurant recommendations and facts about local attractions (in both English and Spanish).

While crawling along Ocean Drive, the voice told me that “The Carlyle Hotel can be seen in many famous films, including: Miami Vice, the Bird Cage, Bad Boys 2.” Well thank you, GPS car.

GoCar Tours, offered across San Diego, San Francisco, Lisbon and Miami, boasts the world’s first computer guided tour.  Unlike sightseeing bus tours, the GoCar franchise aims to empower tourists with the freedom and flexibility to come and go as they please, (stopping to shop, sightsee or indulge in a little gelato) all the while, learning about the destination. They call it “the cure for the common tour.”

Glimmering Lambos and Porsches revved their way along the Drive, but, surprisingly, it was my 50 cc, rented GoCar that sparked the most attention. Tourists snapped photos and pointed as I drove past. Entertaining for some… mortifying for me. In a city of high-end luxury and flashy displays of wealth, my wheels weren’t doing much in the way of showcasing my social status.

From the Art Deco district, I followed directions to Lincoln Road, a main hub with some seven blocks of pedestrian friendly shops, sidewalk cafes and art galleries. This is prime people watching territory, so I parked the car to gawk at the beautiful people. Before I hopped out, the GoCar suggested I check out Icebox Cafe, for a cake Oprah called the “best in America.”

Who needs Hasslehoff’s artificially intelligent supercar when you can fight crime (I mean…explore Miami) by GoCar.

A few tips: The car’s hard plastic seats aren’t the most comfortable, especially on such bumpy city roads, so be sure to bring your own cushion. There’s also room for your own MP3 player/iPod to crank your tunes if you get sick of listening to GPS directions. For more info visit: www.gocartours.com

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15 comments ↓

#1 GyPSy Guide on 01.10.10 at 7:55 pm

Like GPS Tours? GyPSy Guide provides informative and entertaining satellite activated tours (in your own car or rental car) in the Canadian Rockies and throughout western Canada. Available in Las Vegas and Maui this month. http://www.gypsyguide.com/lasvegas

#2 Boyana on 01.13.10 at 7:10 pm

With this cold weather, Miami sure sounds nice. Thanks for the fun story Julia! awesome!

#3 johndimon on 01.15.10 at 12:24 pm

Looks like a lot of fun…can hardly wait to try it when I visit South beach in February!

#4 beersNbananas on 01.26.10 at 1:40 pm

I'll have to try this when I go to Miami next month, in addition to finding the tattoo shop in Miami Ink (I have priorities). Looking forward to seeing you speak at the Boston Globe Travel Show!

#5 juliadimon on 01.26.10 at 4:40 pm

Finding the tattoo shop in Miami ink…that's a great idea! Are you going to get a tattoo? Let me know if you want to check out the Boston Globe Travels Show…I can get you discounted tickets.

#6 beersNbananas on 01.27.10 at 8:25 am

I have a horrible habit of getting tattoos whenever I go on trips, so you never know with me! And damn, I already got my ticket for the Globe Show, but thank you so much for the offer. I'll make sure to say hello!

#7 beersNbananas on 01.27.10 at 4:25 pm

I have a horrible habit of getting tattoos whenever I go on trips, so you never know with me! And damn, I already got my ticket for the Globe Show, but thank you so much for the offer. I'll make sure to say hello!

#8 Miami Beach hotels on 06.04.10 at 3:55 am

It's fun to go at the South Beach, Miami. There's a lot of things awaits for those who come in that place and usually they stay their vacation on hotels which is perfect for them because it's quite near to those establishment.

#9 reyo0o on 06.07.10 at 1:07 am

Miami is cool, I will set my vacation at Miami. I like also this South Beach hotels around the state, the beach view, top view and everything.
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#10 francis on 08.12.10 at 1:50 pm

South beach, Miami is really a good place to hang out. I've been there a few month ago and i really had fun. And now i am on Siem Reap. Cant wait to go back to Miami.

#11 alpine car dvd player gps on 09.25.10 at 4:48 am

Wow,Miami is cool, I will set my vacation at Miami.

#12 rockydonalld on 03.31.11 at 5:47 am

Miami is the world greatest beach destination. I like to Ttry a GPS tour of South Beach, Miami. I think it is an interesting Global Positioning System tour of Miami. Thanks for sharing nice information.

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#13 rockyyponting on 04.06.11 at 10:12 am

Global Positioning System is useful for locating desired location. I am really impressed by GPS tour of South Beach, Miami. I heard lots of about Miami beach. It is the nice beach.

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#14 aldousjoice on 04.08.11 at 7:21 am

As you know, I have the Canada and he re gonna be soon winter here. So when we are in Miami, if it is sunny, we want to be on the beach and not on the bus, unfortunately.

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#15 aldousjoice on 04.08.11 at 2:21 pm

As you know, I have the Canada and he re gonna be soon winter here. So when we are in Miami, if it is sunny, we want to be on the beach and not on the bus, unfortunately.

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