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21 Insane Miami Airbnbs To Vacation In Forever

When visiting Miami, there is no question you’ll be spending the day at South Beach, Vizcaya museum, or one of the many croqueterías. After a long day reveling in all the Spanish street signs, incredible Caribbean food, with the humidity to back it up, you’ll want to go back to chill at your Miami Airbnb.

Behold, 21 luxurious, Miami AF, homes, yachts and reality TV mansions you can Airbnb right now.

1. Forget hotels, get yourself a designer mansion.

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The Wynwood Penhouse has been in ELLE DECOR and on travel networks. It’s furnished with designer furniture, beautiful works of local art, and an enormous roof terrace. Plus, they have an internal website where you can book your own, in-house, yacht charter, personal chef, massages, personal training, and everything you can imagine. Oh, and it’s just $2,400 a night.

2. The Wynwood Penthouse’s roof terrace is coveted.

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This Airbnb is so breathtaking, it deserves two slides. It’s often booked up for private events and weddings because of it’s roof terrace alone. It also comes equipped with an outdoor shower and professional bar. I’m swooning.

3. Be Miami and Live on a Boat.

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Honestly, you haven’t been to Miami if you didn’t go on a boat. Get yourself a twofer and stay on a US Coast Guard Licensed Captained yacht, complete with a kitchen, and room for four to sleep comfortably.

4. Yacht*… live on a 65′ yacht, I mean.

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Whether you rent this 3 bedroom, 3 bath actual yacht by the hour ($500 an hour) or for $1,500 a night, you can’t really go wrong with a chartered stay on Biscayne Bay. The view’s always changing and you can expect ocean breezes all day and A/C all night.

5. Because ocean views just don’t quit when you’re floating on it.

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If you’ve got money to spend, spend ~$5,000 for a modern, luxury yacht to split with 8 people. The crew will feed you, water you, and make you drinks as you cruise around Star Island. Plus, all the towels are embroidered with “NO LIMITS” on them, so you’ll still be absorbing the Miami bro vibes wherever you are at sea.

6. OR stay in a villa built on top of the ocean.

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So boats aren’t your thing? Stay on Miami’s Venetian islands in the 8 bedroom villa just between South Beach and Downtown. It has a pool, jacuzzi, **movie theatre**, sauna and pool table. This epic dream stay is a whopping $5,500 per night, but with room for 16+ guests, it boils down to ~$300 per night. #worthit

7. That’s not the only one.

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For more than half the price, you can stay in a ~7,500 sq ft waterfront mansion that also has a private movie theater, billiards room, outdoor bathroom and shower and “direct water access to park your yacht and jet skis.” I’m in.

8. “Boss Penthouse” in South Beach

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This penthouse sits atop the 1100 West Ave hotel, which means you get the entire rooftop terrace, and the “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle” feel the designer sought after. TBH, this is oozing with Miami machismo and I’m truly shooketh it’s only $499 per night. That’s $100 per night if you go with four friends. Whose with me?

9. Condo Life is Florida life.

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Immerse yourself in Florida’s vacation culture by staying in this 5 bedroom condo that comes with its own private infinity pool. The balcony alone is 1,500 square feet, which is bigger than my house. The condo has two master suites and fits up to 9 guests for $2,500 per night.

10. Stay where the reality TV stars stay, without the drama.

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Get yourself a 5,200 square foot mansion overlooking tropical gardens and panoramic views of Bal Harbor, with Miami Beach just visible in the distance. Oh, and the community has it’s own private tennis courts so you can be Florida-sporty, too, for just $1,600 per night.

11. Find your inner child at this South Beach mini-mansion.

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You know this 3000 sq ft house concept happened in the 90’s and is equipped with 90’s arcades, pool table, 12′ projector screen, and jacuzzi. You probably won’t even leave this home after exploring all the artwork hanging on these walls, but when you do, you’re walking distance to South Beach and Lincoln Road. Host 8 guests here for $799 per night. Dále.

12. Go further back in history in this 6 bedroom villa.

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Villa Valentino was built in 1910 in a Moorish-Mediterranean style design, and comes with a separate private guesthouse and gorgeous, massive pool. Trust, after a day out and about in Coconut Grove, you’re going to want to transport back in time and find some serenity (at the low, low price of $800 per night).

13. Save money for the yacht with this bungalow…

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For just $250 per night, you can enjoy this quaint, and beautifully designed modern home in the heart of Miami’s Design District and Wynwood. You’ll be sad to leave.

14. Like, look at this chill spot to relax.

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For $389 per night, you can stay in a 5bd home with a private gym, pool table, and barbecue area. Highlight of the Airbnb description: the “beautiful wood table available to play domino with the family and friends.” Sold.

15. Go big and go home by Airbnb’ing this entire estate.

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There are eight bedrooms, and 6.5 baths and it’s own racquetball court, jacuzzi and parking lot. If you’re looking to just get away to the tropics and have your own private resort, this is it. Note: it is a half hour away from Miami proper.

16. Thrive in Little Havana.

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If you really want to experience Miami, you must stay in Little Havana or Hialeah. This “funky graffiti-inspired 3-bedroom bungalow” is just a few blocks away from Little Havana nightclubs (Ball & Chain), and Domino Park. Plan your trip for the last Friday of the month so you can enjoy the street festivals with salsa, street art and open bars. It’s only $149 per night! Snap!

17. Stay on the Miami River in a marble castle.

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For $399 per night, you can stay in a 3-story, modern 4 bedroom / 4 bathroom new home. It overlooks the Miami River and, of course, has it’s own jacuzzi. The entire kitchen is all marble and the deck is literally on top of the river. You can’t go wrong with waterfront views.

18. Or, this boat-accessible Coconut Grove home.

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Located in a gated community, this home will grant you the quiet landscape of suburbia, with a pool overlooking the waterway that’s just three homes away from Key Biscayne. Get the 4bd home for just $400 per night. That’s just $100 per person to have their own room! #ByeHotels

19. Go for a more eclectic stay with designer furniture.

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I mean, that furniture is unique. This home has high ceilings, a private pool and BBQ and room for 9 guests for just $700 per night. I honestly don’t know how hotels stay in business.

20. It comes with a Jaguar F-Type

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This is a 2bd penthouse with the option to rent the host’s Jaguar convertible when you’re not enjoying all the home’s amenities. P.S.- you can walk to the beach in just 3 minutes for just $295 per night. Life is beautiful.

21. Stay in Morningside Miami under a massive 100-year-old oak tree.

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This home has the feel of a farmhouse tables, with lots of sleek mid-century furniture and trees in the home. Plus it’s walking distance from Biscayne Bay Blvd and comes with a salt water pool. $499 per night

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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You Can Live Your ‘Fresh Prince’ Fantasy With An Airbnb Stay At The Actual Bel Air Mansion

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You Can Live Your ‘Fresh Prince’ Fantasy With An Airbnb Stay At The Actual Bel Air Mansion

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If you ever daydreamed about telling a cabbie, “Yo homes, to Bel-Air!” then your chance is finally here. Will Smith and Airbnb have teamed up to offer the actual Bel Air mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Once again, the vacation rental site has graced us with an Airbnb stay fit for the 90s kid in all of us. It wasn’t long ago that Airbnb offered up a stay at Barbie’s Malibu Dream House. There’s also a Hello Kitty apartment in Japan and the actual house from the series Twilight.

Of course, we should all still be doing our part to minimize the risk of Coronavirus and that’s why this Airbnb stay is only available to residents of Los Angeles county. But if you’re like me, all this time cooped up at home, under quarantine, following social distancing guidelines probably has you longing for some excuse – any excuse –  to leave the house. Well, now here’s the perfect excuse.

Will Smith and Airbnb team up to rent out the mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Yes, it’s true! Although it’s been 30 years since the show first hit the airwaves, the Bel Air mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is still a very real place – and it’s soon available to rent on Airbnb.

Starting on September 29, Airbnb will give you the chance to book a stay at the home in groups of up to two. The five available dates, which only cost $30 in honor of the show’s 30th anniversary, are October 2, 5, 8, 11, and 14.

And since they’ve partnered up with the ‘Fresh Prince’ himself, guests will have access to the wing of the house where Smith’s character called home, as well as to a poolside lounge area and dining room. Other perks include access to Will’s wardrobe and a virtual welcome by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The only disclaimer: because of Covid-19, those lucky guests must prove residency in LA County and be able to prove they’re from the same household. Airbnb also states that the rental will be compliant with CDC rules and follow the enhanced cleaning protocol made by Airbnb as well.

These accommodations look hella fresh and are definitely Will Smith approved.

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Although Airbnb states that guests will have access to the wing of the property where Will Smith crashed, you obviously won’t be locked in the bedroom for the entire stay.

Here’s how Airbnb describes your once-in-a-lifetime stay: “It’s your crib for the night, so feel free to act like you own the place. My wing of the mansion includes my bedroom (great for naps), a full bathroom (great for spitting bars in the shower), pool area (great for dips), an outdoor lounge, and the dining room (great for eating obviously). And you gotta do it like my guy DJ Jazzy Jeff so don’t forget your sunglasses!”

Oh, and the best part: Will Smith is the host.

Your stay comes with all sorts of incredible perks!

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The mansion from every 90s kids dreams is still as fly as it ever was. Bold graffiti art, posh interiors, timeless family portraits, and Philly cheesesteaks served on silver platters will give visitors the full 90s glam experience. The listing adds that guests will be able to enjoy the following:

  • Lacing up a fresh pair of Air Jordans before shooting some b-ball in the bedroom. 
  • Spinning throwback classics all night on turntables just like DJ Jazzy Jeff’s. 
  • Donning a fly look from Will’s closet, from argyle prepster to all-star athlete and Bel-Air Athletics gear. 
  • Soaking up the sun poolside on luxe lounge chairs.
  • Being (virtually) welcomed to the mansion by none other than DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Those looking to book a night at the Banks home should note that the house rules follow local COVID-19 guidelines and rules. Airbnb also said visitors can also rest assured knowing that the king-size bed will be cleaned in protocol in accordance with CDC rules and consistent with the company’s enhanced cleaning measures.

This is not the first time Airbnb has offered the chance to stay in homes that take me back to my days as a kid. In 2019 you could stay at the Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse for just $60 a night, and later this month, residents in Deschutes County, Oregon, have the chance to spend the night at the last remaining Blockbuster video store.

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