There are lots of places to stay and eat near the JCC, but take into account that some of the restaurants may be closed for the Christmas holiday. Some of our participants did very well with booking through AirBnb, and that is one option for you to consider. We have contracted with the AC Marriott that just opened its doors nearby for a special Machol Miami rate. Let us know if you are interested. Their website link is
Restaurants? There are a couple of Kosher restaurants almost facing each other a short drive from the JCC - Pita Plus and Shalom Haifa. There is also Etzel Itzik nearby, which is Kosher style. Just google Kosher restaurants Miami to expand your search. And of course, don't forget the delicious snacks that are always on the table during the event.