After a week of patrolling the Disney/Universal parks in Orlando, Miami was a total breeze. From the first day of arriving there, things already felt much more chilled. The weather was sunny with a gentle wind that just cooled you off when things got a little too much (and this was December/January!!) We’d chosen to stop off in Miami for a few nights as we’d been before and loved it. It was also a spot some of my family wanted to visit who hadn’t been previously. It didn’t disappoint and I’m really glad we took the drive from Orlando to Miami.
How to get about:
So I suppose I’ll start with the journey there. There is of course a much easier way to get into Miami (fly into MIA)! However, we hadn’t initially planned on visiting so the drive was quite welcome. It was about 3 and a half hours, and flew by with a short stop on the way. The only problem with driving to Miami is the charges of parking a car. It cost $30 dollars a day to park the car across the road from our hotel, and this was low to other places! It also cost $20 to park in a parking lot near Ocean Drive for up to 5 hours (what a rip off!)
For all future visitors, may I suggest using local transport? There were frequent buses constantly running around Miami and these ran until the wee hours. There were also loads of taxis which meant you could enjoy a drink without worrying about driving!
Excursions: Star Island
Elizabeth Taylor, Ricky Martin, P Diddy… I’m sure you never thought those three people would be put in the same sentence, let alone have/used to have homes on the same island!
We booked a trip around Star Island and were picked up from our hotel and driven to the port of Miami to depart. The trip lasted about 3 hours and cost $35 per person. Definitely worth the money as you were taken on the boat around Star Island and all of the rich and famous houses were pointed out for you. (My camera is full of snaps!) This also broke up the days from laying on the beach/by the pool and brought a little culture to the holiday (even if mainly media). I would recommend this to all! But if you do suffer from sea sickness (like my sister) take some tablets to compensate as the waters can be rocky!
Where to Eat: Fi Fi’s (Seafood Restaurant) off Collin’s Ave
As we were all pretty fed up of Wendys, Arbys, Dennys, Sonnys… all the ys, we were looking for something fresh. Now Miami (being famous for it’s Ocean) is bound to have some of the best fish right?! Yes! We went to Fi Fi’s seafood restaurant off Collin’s Ave at 67th Street and sampled some of the most delicious seafood ever! Scallops, Lobster, Scampi, Calimari, mmm! All sorts! It was cooked to perfection. The price for wine was even pretty good! If you’re looking for something scrumptious, go here!
Where to Stay: Deauville (not the most popular but really cool!)
Although we accidentally ended up staying here- we all really liked it. I was apprehensive as the reviews don’t seem to be good for this hotel but we had an amazing stay. The hotel was clean, spacious and very modern. Each floor was decorated in famous music stars themes (i.e. Beatles/Supremes). There was a gym for all of the guests to use that was filled with all the equipment you could want. The best thing of all about this hotel was that it backed onto the beach. They held daily sessions of “full moon yoga” and you could go join in whenever you liked! There was also a great little cocktail bar that served/or created anything you could imagine!
Overall my return to Miami was great, I of course visited Ocean Drive one evening. I walked up and down it to view famous film sets of Dexter, Scarface etc etc. There is also the famous Versace house were unfortunately Gianni Versace was shot. What remains of his legacy is this beautiful, stylish, extremely Italian themed house. Beautiful.
I’ll write some more posts of my recent trip to America when I get round to it, work is a little crazy at the moment!
Ciao for now,