Okay, before I go any further, this is not a sponsored post. I am writing this as I had a great experience with the ride-hailing behemoth that is Uber during my extended layovers in South Beach Miami, Downtown Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. With a car rental, although you might get a cheaper deal, you would have to worry about parking, driving safely that way you don’t wreck the car, the skyrocketing gas prices, and others. Uber recently had a new update (or is it?) on their services that makes rides cheaper by 50%. Plus you get to meet a lot of great drivers and share stories on the road.
I will admit that I haven’t used Uber in more than two years since I have my car to drive. On my travels, I will usually stay at a friend’s place where I get to enjoy ogling out the window while in the passenger seat. On a trip I made down to South Beach Miami where my friend came to meet up with me and hang out for two days, I used Uber to get us home at 4 am after getting out of a club. We had a great driver, gave her 20% tip, and a friendly chat topped our ride back to the hotel.
It was when my friend left to go back home, and I was to stay for two more days in Florida before my Jamaica trip that I found out about Uber Express Pool. My first experience with it was when I was on my last day in South Beach and wanted to drop by Wynwood Walls in Downtown Miami before heading to Ft. Lauderdale where my outgoing flight was.
I met my driver Arturo by the South Beach Strip following the directions of where to wait for him. At the back of the seat where two visiting Argentinians, but throughout the ride, they were talking in Spanish as the driver could speak a little English. I didn’t mind, and I got to brush off on my Spanish skills as I took Pimsleur Spanish 1 (almost finished with the audiobook!).
I ended up paying $5 for that trip from the South Beach Strip to Wynwood Walls in downtown Miami. And after my art tour ended, I went on Uber again. I had the best savings on this journey because of my ride from downtown Miami to Ft Lauderdale was an hour long. And guess how much I paid for Uber Express Pool? $22! And what was crazier? I was the only passenger! That was a sweet deal.
When traveling to a touristy spot and finding a place to stay, it’s best that you will be able to walk around and don’t have to drive. Or if you do, you can at least take public transportation or be able to access a hail-riding ride like Uber (or even Lyft). Look at your itinerary and logistics. Not worrying about how getting around and spending money you could have otherwise used for your travel experience is the way to go.