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Miami Airbnbs To Keep You Cozy While You Avoid Your Family During the Holidays

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If it hasn’t already started happening, pretty soon the nagging about buying your plane tickets back home to Miami will be cada hora, at the top of the hour. If you’re like me and you love your thriving, absurd, no-place-like-home Puerto Rican and Cuban family in Miami but you also just learned about self-care, there is a middle ground. Tell your Mami you’re coming home so she can stop lighting all the candles in the house and book an Airbnb. Check out these places to hide away while visiting family if you need a moment to breathe.

Treehouse Canopy Room: Permaculture Farm | $65 per night

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Is your family time so crazy that you need to be one with nature to relax? Hang in the Florida canopy in Little Haiti with fresh produce, eggs, and honey on hand. When your family is driving you loco, you can feed some goats and rent a kayak.

Relaxing Cottage in Coconut Grove | $90 per night

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Treat yourself to a place of solitude in Coconut Grove. The guest house shares a pool, waterfall and koi pond with the family in residence. Find your zen.

Charming Cottage Great Location Close to Center | $77 per night

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Stay local to Little Havana and away from the MAGA familia by supporting Ines, who says it like it is: “Together we will not build walls but a magnificent future for our children and future generations.”

CHARMING STUDIO @ THE BEACH | $79 per night

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You know when you make your mami promise you que nos vamos a la playa and then you never do? Make it your home base.

New 15th Floor Beachfront 180º Oceanview Apartment | $49 per night

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Always wanted to experience living inside a modern minimalist Instagram aesthetic? This is a super cheap way to do it within walking distance of Miami Beach. That’s right. You can see the beach from here.

New Artistic & gorgeous cottage with private yard | $79 per night

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Artists, escuchen. This loft is full of supplies for crafting and is used as a studio when desocupado. Plus, there’s an avocado tree in the backyard.

Amazing Penthouse with private pool stunning view | $2,500 per night

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Maybe you’re Cardi B. Maybe you’ll enjoy seeing this to know how the other side lives. Rent this 5,600 sq foot two-story penthouse with 7 bedrooms, sauna, private gym, and indoor pool. Invite me. K, thanks.

Centrally located resort style Miami home | $269 per night

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You might have to go in on this with your primos, but it’ll be worth it. The 3-bedroom home is built around the pool, meaning rest and relaxation takes center stage.

Oasis Pool Home in the heart of Miami | $200 per night

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If you think that pool is insane, wait until you see the rest of this Balinese style home. Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, the place is big enough for you to invite your favorite cousins.

Beautiful Poolside Studio, Heart of Miami | $72 per night

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OK, so that whole casa Azul is not yours, but you get the guest house which has access to that glorious pool. This is perfect if you want to stay close to the family in Little Havana, but have some separation.

Amazing Brickell Bay Penthouse | $99 per night

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Embody the mental state of “everyone is beneath me” this holiday season by staying in this modern, luxurious penthouse. If your people play their cards right, they may get access to the two pools, gym and spa you’ll have available to you.

Ocean Drive Luxury Beachfront Studio. Ocean View Pool | $104 per night

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We’re here for the bathtub. Also the status symbol of staying at Congress Hotel in South Beach. Chill on the rooftop by the pool, overlooking the ocean and then soak in your majestic tub after. Tell your family you’re staying with friends.

Gorgeous & Spacious Mid Miami Beach | $80 per night

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Hurry up! Sandra is booking up fast. Probably because of its tasteful ambience located right across from the boardwalk, its private pool and nearby beach available at all times.

Beachy Chic South Beach Studio Apt | $40 per night

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Mis amigos desperados. You’re not looking for a vacay. You’re on a budget and investing in your mental sanity. You canasta in South Beach for $40. ‘Nuff Said.

Cottage Oasis on the Miami River Circa 1936 | $45 per night

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This modern, little loft is on the Miami River and has a plunge pool right outside. You can also rent a long list of Porsche’s during your stay from the very same Luis.

Large Trendy 2 Bedroom in Arts District with Views | $100 per night

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Step out of Hialeah and step into Miami’s Arts District with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. This is where the after party happens after the abuelas say their prayers to Saint Anthony for your soul lost to la fiesta.

Bayfront 5-Star Luxury Hotel-Water View Studio | $104 per night

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This view alone is worth the dinero, but add the free beach cruiser, ocean kayaks and SUP boards, gym, yoga and Go Pro rental and you’ve invested in a Flamingo Park experience with just a taste of luchando over Longana.

Little Havana: Spacious Cottage with Beach Gear! | $79 per night

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Stay in Little Havana but feel like you’re staying in the whitest of clouds. Walk outside and you’ve got Cuban Cafés, cigar shops, and Calle Ocho to keep you company (if your family ever leaves you alone).

*TROPICAL DECO APARTMENT – Steps From The Beach* | $29 per night

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Maybe you love your family? Maybe you want to return to your Miami roots for a minute. This 6 month rental is affordable, in the heart of the Art Deco district and five minute walk from the beach. Check out all those Miami sites you never did growing up. Disfrute.

30’ Sailboat, with kitchen | $76 per night

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OR—plan your getaway in advance by renting this sailboat. JK—you’ll have to organize day trips with Alejandro, but in the meantime, you can enjoy the solar panel operated modern luxuries with a classic sea breeze.


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Every Time I Go Back To The Dominican Republic, I Remember The Person I Am And Want To Be

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Every Time I Go Back To The Dominican Republic, I Remember The Person I Am And Want To Be

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Anyone traveling to the Dominican Republic this summer has likely been met with the cautionary warning; “Don’t drink anything from the minibar.” Eleven tourist deaths on the island in 2019, ranging from natural causes to counterfeit alcohol consumption, have spurred FBI and State Department investigations. Though news of flight and hotel cancellations abounded, I missed my family and refused to let fear stop me from seeing them. Since I lived to tell the tale, here are a few things I learned about my father, about myself, and about the precarious paradise that keeps calling me back.

Billy Joel and Nas have interpreted the “New York state of mind,” and if you have ever visited the Dominican Republic beyond the purpose of tourism, you’ll know that there exists a Dominican state of mind too.

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Whenever I exit Las Americas or Puerto Plata airports, humidity slaps me in the face, and my Dominican mindset is immediately activated. On this island, electricity does not run 24/7. When the electricity goes, or as we say “se fue la luz,” water doesn’t run from the tap either. All that is left to do is swap your sneakers for flip-flops, and exorcise your need for immediate gratification. It takes practice, and I re-learn this lesson with each visit.

The Dominican Republic is changing fast. 

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There is new construction everywhere you look. I sit on the balcony chatting with my father and stare across the street trying to remember how it looked before the apartment building was constructed in that space. I can see from an open doorway on the ground level that wooden boxes are being stacked, and hauled out in front of a business. I tune out my father’s voice as I focus on the shape and size of the boxes. My Spanish needs work, and I ask my father, “Papi, what does ataúd mean?” The business slogan translates to “Quality Coffins.” I think about magic realism traditions in Latin American literature, and I am reminded that so often a country like this juxtaposes disparate images and experiences in such a casual manner. I don’t think I would be able to live across the street from a constant reminder of death anywhere else but on this incongruous island.

We drive to the countryside of El Seibo for a few days.

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My father syncs his playlist and he directs my sister what song to play next. The first song is by Boy George. I watch my father sing along, and I can’t help but think about the Dominican Republic’s homophobic culture steeped in hyper-masculinity. Same-sex marriage is not recognized on the island, and members of the LGBTQ community continue to face discrimination and violence. I talk to my sister about this later that night, and she tells me small changes are coming to the island. The city of Santo Domingo hosts inclusive events like Draguéalo, where you can even sign up for a Vogue class.

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My father’s playlist continues and I’m struck by his selections ranging from Taylor Swift to A.I.E. (A Mwana), a song by a 1970s group called Black Blood, featuring lyrics in Swahili.

I watched this Dominican dad jam across continents, decades, cultures, languages, and race. I realize there is so much I don’t know about him, and so often we shortchange our parents’ knowledge and experience, reducing them to stereotypes and gendered tropes.

My next lesson is on staying sexy.

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After a few days in the countryside, my sister and I rent a hotel room in La Zona Colonial. We ready for a night out when she looks at my outfit and asks me, “Um, is that what you’re wearing tonight?” I thought my yellow jumpsuit was poppin’. My sister pulls out a little black dress from her overnight bag and kindly suggests I wear it. The dress is tiny. It’s skimpy. It’s super short. It’s absolutely perfect. I channel my inner Chapiadora, Goddess of Sex Appeal and Free Drinks, and dance all night. 

Growing up in the 90s, I styled myself in oversized men’s clothing. It wasn’t until that one magical summer in the Dominican Republic when the heat was too oppressive to wear jeans, so I wore—gasp—a skirt. That was the first time I felt sexy, and learned the power of sex appeal. Though I wielded that power throughout my twenties, it fell away in my thirties. Wearing my sister’s LBD I realize I still have “it,” and in the Dominican Republic, sex appeal is ageless. Be careful when you come here. You may fall in love with a local, or you may just fall in love with yourself again.

The island leaves me with one last lesson.

It comes late one night, sharing a few bottles of wine with my father and sister. No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver—the worst blind person is the one who refuses to see. I could say the current political landscape in the U.S. reflects this willful ignorance, a refusal to see; yet it is the same human experience felt across space and time.

I come away wondering about my own blind spots.

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I board my return flight thinking up ways to combat willful ignorance at home, thinking about maintaining that flexible DR state of mind and thinking about buying a little black dress. As tourism in the Dominican Republic picks up again, and unfavorable headlines drop out of the news cycle, this changing island stands in its own plurality welcoming visitors, and offering endless opportunities to teach us something new.

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A Dating Website For Uniformed People Claims A Married Cop Suing Them Isn’t As Innocent As He Claims

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A Dating Website For Uniformed People Claims A Married Cop Suing Them Isn’t As Innocent As He Claims

If you’re in a relationship, hold on to them tight. If you’re not, good luck out there because the dating world is mad crazy. Trying to meet people, especially online (is there any other way?) it is rough. Millions of people are trying to find love via dating websites, which means the competition is steep. It’s also challenging to make people not swipe left, meaning, getting someone to be interested in you based on your picture alone is the ultimate goal. So what makes people interested in someone else? If you’re a woman attracted to men, it’s pretty much the same thing since the beginning of time: tall, dark, handsome, and a man in uniform. That brings us to this hilarious yet unfortunate story.

A Florida cop has filed a lawsuit against a dating website for using his picture for marketing purposes. Oh yeah, and he also happens to be married.

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Before we go on, we know what you’re thinking: this cop lied to his wife, set up a dating profile online, and got caught, so now he’s suing the company, acting like he had nothing to do with it. 

However, companies of all sorts have been caught in the past for wrongfully using images without permission simply because they came across a random image online. Also, the man is hot! So, of course, these online dating websites would want to attract users by using the image of an attractive young police officer (in uniform) as a way to lure in people who are starving for love (or something else, wink wink). 

David Guzman alleges that he had no idea his image was being used as a marketing ploy for online dating websites until his friends came across his advertisement.

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According to court documents, last year Guzman said his friends told him that they had seen his picture and informed him like ‘hey, dude isn’t this you?’ Another person who found out: his wife! Yikes!!

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that his wife asked Guzman why his picture was on a dating website, and he responded to her by saying he “had no idea.” Okay, like that’s going to be enough for her to believe him. By the way, the advertisement that accompanied his picture said: “Bulletproof vest? Nah, it’s all muscle” Catchy and enticing! But yeah, he said he did not write that either. 

The 33-year-old police officer contacted the owner of the dating websites and demanded that they take down his picture from UniformDating.com.

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NSI Holdings, owner of Cupid.com and UniformDating.com, didn’t take down the picture. First, they demanded that Guzman show identification, which he did promptly. Then NSI Holdings alleges that they found a dating profile that included his name, his age, and his birthdate and his email address.

Their argument is they have a right to use his picture because he apparently has a dating profile. They’re saying that either Guzman or someone close to him, started a profile and used his information. NSI Holdings also found that the person attached to that dating website did go on UniformDating.com and “that creation of the profile was a momentary dalliance.”  

Furthermore, people who use NSI Holdings dating website sign the terms and agreements which state that they can use your image and information as they please “to reproduce and broadcast the information contained in your profile including your name, photograph” and other submissions “for marketing and other purposes,” without compensating the user. Now that is some kind of bullshit. 

Guzman alleges that the company has still not taken down his picture, and he’s not rolling over and taking this kind of harassment.

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It’s unclear what Guzman is asking for in his lawsuit, aside from the company taking down his picture, but we’re sure some monetary payback is in order.

“Defendant’s use of plaintiff’s image, likeness and/or identity in connection with a dating service impugns plaintiff’s character, embarrasses him, and suggests — falsely — that he, a married person, is presently dating and seeking out other partners,” the lawsuit states according to the New York Post

Legal docs go on to state, that Guzman is “a married man and respected member of his community who has been caught with a profile on an online dating website.” Or perhaps he just got caught with his pants down, so to speak. No! We remain Team Guzman. 

Who do you believe? Let us know in the comments.

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