Beyond the conference, make the most out of your convention

The 2019 NABJ Convention and Career fair will be hosted at the J.W. Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort. Located inside the resort is a water park. EBONY DUELL/NABJ MONITOR

By Kourtney Burney
NABJ Monitor

Most of everything that you need during this week’s conference is at or within walking distance from the host hotel, the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort. Here’s a list of some things for all budgets during your Miami stay.

Tidal Cove

Location: Marriott Turnberry  

Unwind in the lazy pool, take daring rides on waterslides or camp out in a cabana at the Tidal Cove Waterpark.  The waterpark is free for guests, $75 per day for non-guests during the week, and $105 for non-guests on the weekend.

Turnberry Golf Course

Location: Marriott Turnberry  

During your stay take a swing at one of Miami’s most prestigious golf courses. On Saturday at 8:30 a.m.the NABJ Sports Task Force is holding a benefit golf outing to support its scholarships and programming. The cost is $125 per player and $500 for a foursome. Club and shoe rentals will be available on site. Golf carts are included. Guest rates for those who want to practice in advance are $100 before noon, $80 noon-4 p.m. and $65 after 4 p.m.  

Don Soffer Exercise Trail

Location: Marriott Turnberry 

Don’t let this week in Miami stop you from your regular exercise routine. At 7 a.m. Saturday, NABJ is hosting a 5K Run/Walk along the trail. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for friends of NABJ  Proceeds benefit JSHOP, NABJ’s training program for budding high school journalists. If you want to take a run before Saturday, it’s free.

Aventura Mall

Location: 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Across the street from the Mariott Turnberry, Aventura Mall features plenty of shopping options for last-minute outfits. The mall includes a comfy food court with cheap eats like Shake Shack, sit-down restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and so much more. You can also catch a movie while you are there at AMC Aventura 24. It’s open from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.


Location: 2952 Aventura Blvd., Aventura

If you want to stock up on snacks for your room to get you through the convention or enjoy a bottle of wine after a long day, check out Publix grocery store. The grocery chain’s deli section features a wing bar, salad bar and sub sandwich counter, which are typically crowd favorites. The walk is less than 10 minutes from the resort in the Aventura Shopping Center. If you don’t want to leave the comfort of the resort, you can order online for delivery.

Sunny Isles Beach

Location: Beside Ocean Boulevard

Hop aboard one of the hotel’s free shuttle services for a day of fun and sun on Sunny Isles Beach.  It is located just 2.3 miles from the Marriott Turnberry. Need that Instagram-worthy shot? This is the perfect place to make everyone not in Miami jealous. An Uber ride will cost around $7.

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