Flying into Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Miamians love nothing more than that friend who says, "Hey, can you pick me up at the airport Friday morning?" and then ever-so-conveniently texts, as they're boarding the plane, "You know I'm flying into FLL right?"
You might get all giddy because you saved $75 by flying into Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami. Easy there Turbo, it's still gonna cost you. A cab from FLL to South Beach will run $100 each way, while Uber or Lyft is about $50-$60. If you arrive during rush hour (7-10am on weekdays) that can triple, and you'll spend the first two hours of your vacation in traffic. Even without traffic, that drive is 45 minutes.
"Oh, but I see there's a train!" you say. Technically, yes, the Tri-Rail has a stop called "Ft. Lauderdale Airport." It's about a 15-minute shuttle ride away, followed by a 45-minute train ride to MIA and another 40-minute bus ride to South Beach. Point is, if you value your time (and in some cases your money), save yourself the hassle and fly directly into Miami. Your local friends will thank you.