Miami Hotels Offer 'Goombay' Rates

MIAMI -- Selected Miami-area hotels offer discounted rates or package plans to draw visitors attending the Miami-Bahamas Goombay Festival, which celebrates black heritage.

The 21st annual event will be held in Coconut Grove the weekend of June 5 to 7. The festival will feature junkanoo dancers moving along Grand Avenue, accompanied by Caribbean music.

Bahamian conch chowder, cracked conch and other Caribbean dishes will be available. More than 400 vendors will be on hand.

A sampling of hotels follows:

  • Doubletree Hotel, Bayshore Drive, offers rates from $115, single or double. Phone: (800) 222-TREE
  • Holiday Inn Downtown extends rates from $79, single or double. Phone: (305) 374-3000
  • DuPont Plaza Hotel, downtown, offers rates from $52 single or double. Phone: (305) 358-2541
  • Hampton Inn, Coconut Grove, has rates from $89 a room, including a continental breakfast. Phone: (305) 448-2800
  • Holiday Inn Calder-Pro Player Stadium in Miami features rates from $54, single or double, including cocktails. Phone: (305) 621-5801
  • Mayfair House, Coconut Grove, a block from the festival, offers rates from $160, single or double. Phone: (800) 433-4555
  • Park Plaza Hotel, Miami, has a $50 rate for up to four guests in a room, from $65 for a Penthouse floor unit handling four guests. The rate includes an airport shuttle. Phone: (800) 860-3966
  • Travelodge, Miami, has rates starting at $40 per room, including transportation to Bayside Marketplace and the airport. Phone: (305) 324-0800
  • Holiday Inn, N.W. 167 Street, Miami, extends a $69 room rate. Phone: (305) 947-1441
  • Holiday Inn, Coral Gables, has a $99 rate.
  • Miami-Bahamas Goombay Festival, Phone: (305) 372-9966

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