Local law and etiquette in Miami

How to stay on the right side of the law in Vice City

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Drugs

Miami’s fun-in-the-sun ethos doesn’t extend to the drug laws, which are enforced with the same rigor as anywhere else in the US. Those convicted of possessing any controlled substance face penalties of up to a year in prison and fines ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. Those found in possession of crack cocaine face from five to 20 years
in prison. Stick to mojitos.

Smoking

Following similar action by other states, in 2003 Florida adopted legislation that essentially banned smoking indoors in airports, offices, hotel lobbies, restaurants and bars. The exception to the rule: smoking is allowed in standalone bars, designated hotel rooms and select outdoor seating areas in restaurants.

Tipping

Tipping is standard practice. In fact, many restaurants add the tip on to the bill before you get it; always check unless for some reason you want to tip twice. If the bill doesn’t already contain a tip, add 15–20 per cent in restaurants.

Bartenders and food delivery workers should get a tip of 15 per cent. Cloakroom attendants, doormen and the like should be tipped a dollar or so. Bellhops and baggage attendants merit $1–$2 a bag, while hotel maids should be left $1–$2 per night. Cab drivers, too, expect to be tipped 15 per cent, plus $1 per bag. Foreign visitors should note, that, almost without exception, staff in the service industries in the US are paid next to nothing as a basic wage, and rely heavily on gratuities. In other words, they feel they’ve got a genuine gripe if you don’t cough up—and they’re likely to let you know about it.

ID

If you want to drink, carry photo ID with your date of birth (driving licence or passport), no matter how old you are.

AGE RESTRICTIONS

Buying/drinking alcohol 21.
Driving
16.
Sex
18.
Smoking
18.

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