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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
$150
  • Hostel dorms: $30–50
  • Double in a budget hotel: $120
  • Meal from a food truck: $10
  • Citi Bike hire for an hour: $6.50
  • Happy hour drink special: from $5
Midrange
$150–300
  • Standard hotel room booked online: $150–250
  • Midrange dinner: around $30–50
  • Architectural walking tour: from $25
  • Craft cocktail in a lounge: $12–16
Top end (more than)
$300
  • Cover at bigger nightclubs: from $20
  • Dinner at an upscale restaurant: from $60
  • Day at a top spa: from $150
  • Kayak hire off Key Biscayne: $25 per hour

ATMs are widely available, though most ATM withdrawals using out-of-state cards incur surcharges of $3 or so. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

Tipping

Tipping is standard practice across America. In restaurants, tipping 15 to 20% of the bill is expected; only tip below this if the service was exceptionally bad (not tipping is a very drastic move).

  • Food Normal service 15%, good service 18%, great service 20%

  • Bars $1 per drink, $2 or more for complicated cocktails

  • Taxi drivers 10% to 15% of fare

  • Porters and skycaps $1 per bag

  • Hotel cleaning staff A few dollars after a few nights