Soaking up the sun in Miami over the weekend was exactly what I needed to relax and recharge from a long winter. It was also a chance for me to reunite with my mom, celebrating her birthday, mother’s day and indulging ourselves in Miami culture. Even though I was in Miami for literally almost 48 hours, I wanted to share with you my recommendations on where to stay, what to do and where to eat.
| Where to stay |
|(Three story atrium)|
|(entry to Casa Claridge)|
|(Left: view from top story of Casa Claridge; Right: enjoying a morning stroll along the beach by our hotel)|
| Where to eat |
Honestly, any restaurant you step into in Miami will taste some of the most mouth-watering flavors. We were lucky to experience a few incredible foods on our culinary tour (Read post here)
|(Left: Breakfast room at Casa Claridge; Right: breakfast from our hotel, so delicious!)|
| What to do |
Shopping in Miami is very posh, instantly you feel chic and glamorous just walking down Collins Street or under the palm trees of Lincoln Road Mall. My mom and I explored both shopping districts in search of cute Brazilian swim suit and the latest styles. I highly recommend checking either of these places out for some of the best shopping or restaurants.
|(Ocean Drive restaurant)|
While traveling one of my favorite things to do is people watch. I could especially spend hours watching people on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. Our culinary tour took us through the south beach neighborhood and as our group walked I was so entertained by the people I saw that I almost lost my group a few times. Bars, restaurants and colorful art deco hotels line up along Ocean Drive bursting with people dancing, drinking massive cocktails, and eating some of the best Miami cuisine. (Read my post here).
|(One of the many drinks you can enjoy in south beach)|
|(The Tides hotel in South Beach)|
And of course there is the beach! We spent the afternoon lounging in the water by Lincoln Road Mall. What I really like about the ocean in Miami is the temperature and how shallow the water is. There are sandbars sprinkled along the water’s edge so you can sit in a few inches of water as small waves wash up around you or venture out deeper and enjoy the warm gulf current, it's like having a huge bath tub. A side note while in Miami Beach: it is the only nude beach in America.
|(South beach, a massive storm was coming as I took these photos, see top right)|
|(Beach access by our hotel)|
My weekend in Miami was short yet sweet and I hope I can return soon. It wasn't my first time in Florida but I did get to explore a new part of the southern state, checking that off my list of adventures for 2016 (read about my 2016 adventures here)
Links to places I mentioned:
x the Adventurer