Uber rid­ers re­ally wanted to go to this ho­tel and these malls in Florida in 2018

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Local & State - BY HOWARD CO­HEN hco­[email protected]­amiher­ald.com Howard Co­hen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCo­hen

Say James Bond’s As­ton Martin had been out of com­mis­sion when he needed to get to Mi­ami Beach’s Fon­tainebleau to match wits pool­side against his neme­sis, Auric Goldfin­ger. And say the rideshare com­pany Uber ex­isted in 1964. Agent 007 would likely have done what so many oth­ers did in 2018.

He’d have taken an Uber to the iconic ho­tel where some scenes for the 1964 spy film, “Goldfin­ger,” were filmed.

Fon­tainebleau Mi­ami Beach was not only the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion pas­sen­gers asked to be dropped off at in Mi­ami in 2018, but the Fon­tainebleau was also the No. 1 des­ti­na­tion in all of Florida, ac­cord­ing to Uber spokesman Javi Corre­oso.

Uber re­cently re­leased its Top 10 des­ti­na­tions for the state and for Mi­ami.

The most pop­u­lar malls are Dol­phin Mall (No. 3 in Florida, No. 2 in Mi­ami) and Aven­tura Mall (No. 5 in Florida and No. 3 in Mi­ami.)

Ap­par­ently, peo­ple in Ken­dall drive their own ve­hi­cles to Dade­land Mall be­cause the pop­u­lar re­tail prop­erty is not among the Top 10. And chi-chi Bal Har­bour Shops didn’t make the Top 10 lo­cally or statewide, ei­ther. Maybe be­ing seen ex­it­ing your own Mercedes-Benz in the garage is more chic there.

In Mi­ami, half of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions this year be­longed to malls. Bay­side Mar­ket­place, the new Brick­ell City Cen­tre and the sprawl­ing Saw­grass Mills in Sun­rise were the other Top 10 fi­nal­ists.

Statewide, Dis­ney and the tourist at­trac­tions in Or­lando, like Univer­sal Stu­dios and Ep­cot rang the bell with Uber rid­ers.

TURN­BERRY AS­SO­CI­ATES Mi­ami Her­ald File

The Fon­tainebleau Mi­ami Beach.

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