Even if you’re a long-timer, you still may be stumped over the best place for a cheap date. (Hint: Think full moon.) Sure it’s hot and humid here, but did you know you can sip some of England’s finest at high tea? If it’s the hard stuff you want, there’s a bar wrapped ’round a banyan that will help ease the pain. Or if it’s adventure you’re after, we’ve got hot spots for boating, surfing, hiking, and, of course, Dumpster diving. But maybe you just want to know where to find the best fresh fish, fried chicken, one-dollar meal, doggy day camp, or the best lava lamp lounge for lovers — that’s all here, too. We’ll also help you get to know your fellow residents and neighbors: the best local girl made good and local boy gone bad (a relative of a certain New York senator rings a bell), the best actress and the best director, the best drag queen and the best weather forecaster, the best Dolphins player and the best park manager (bet you didn’t know there was one).
Finally we’ve let you have your say in all this. The results of our Readers’ Poll yielded surprising and not-so-surprising winners, but we liked some of your suggested additional categories: biggest idiot (looks like a mayor on this one), best beach access, best dance company, and best rehabilitation center, to name a few. Your choice awards are printed at the beginning of each section.