Cruisin’ Miami

While you're in town on lousiness, find time to explore black life in the city

fast, Basque game that is something of a hybrid of handball, tennis and lacrosse.

Thirty minutes to the north, Fort Lauderdale is home to a prospering black community that is eager to promote its festivals, shopping and history. The founding of the first “Colored School,” and the story of how blacks integrated the beaches in 1967 are told in a half-day Greater Fort Lauderdale Black Heritage Tour (3520 W. Broward Blvd., Suite 218-B; 954-792-2579).

Professionals gather at the Riverwalk Eatery (215 SW Second St.; 954-760-4373), and loosen ties after work at the Brick House Restaurant and Lounge (700 S. State Rd. 7; 954-327-8003). Horizons Marketing International promotes a free African American & Caribbean activity line (954-527-5600, then press 19). Ask for an African American Visitor’s Guide at 800-22-SUNNY. And for a guide to Miami, call the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau at 305-539-3084 or contact them on the Internet at www.miamiandbeaches.com.

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