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Key Biscyane, FL
First step! Breathe folks its only traffic.
That said there is no reason to add any unnecessary headaches to your tennis life. So here I break down some options for heading out to Key Biscayne for one last year. Let’s start off with some of the cheapest ways to get there.
Back when it was called The Lipton I used to drive to a restaurant in Key Biscayne buy lunch and keep my receipt and walk to Crandon Park. The cafe is now gone so this is only for the frugal. Twenty years later you can put a modern spin on my strategy by finding a friend who lives on the Key and Uber to the tournament from the village.
The bike racks get full but this is a very good way to get to the tournament if you live in Brickell or Key Biscayne. Bring your lock and hook it up to the designated bike rack before you enter the grounds. Make sure you bring a water bottle for the trip with the unusually cool weather to date this is a nice alternative.
The shuttle used to be a deal but a las it is not anymore. But this mode of transportation is not short on adventure. The dark buses have led to some fun surprises as you might run into someone you know once they turn the lights on. The key is to remember which area you parked your car and if you are coming back from night sessions be aware of some critters. One year I had a possum watching over my car. We were both surprised to see each other. : )
Also there is some subtle pressure to tip our friendly county workers. Most people seem to not tip but it doesn’t stop them from asking for making their tip box visible.
PARKING LOT 2
My favorite lot. Now if you were a good little networker and got free box seats make sure to ask for the parking pass. You will get most likely LOT 2, 3 or 4. My favorite lot is #2 its closest to Miami out of tennis center so you avoid the log jam leaving the parking lot. It’s some extra walking but if you are having a Fitbit competition with your friends-Advantage You! They also offer golf carts shuttle to Lot 2 for those who choose not to walk it.
HIRE: UBER, LYFT and YELLOW CABS
Hiring a driver is also an efficient option for forgoing parking your car. The designated drop off is a short walk from the main entrance and allows you to enjoy the festivities to the maximum if you enjoy your cocktails.
BUY A PARKING PASS
If your tickets don’t come with a parking pass your can buy one on the secondary market typically between $15-20. Check out Stubhub, SeatGeek or TennisTours.com for parking pass options.
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