Miami drew me in, and I couldn’t help myself.
We visited for a long weekend about three weeks ago. From one of my posts last month, Miami wasn’t exactly at the top of my list. At the risk of sounding stereotypical, I thought cultural experiences in Florida included Disneyworld, beaches, bodybuilding and nightclubbing.
Yes, this is part of Miami. And that’s OK. Because there’s more to this city. It was the perfect late winter getaway, a mix of sun, great local eats, beautiful architecture, a vibrant nightlife, fab vintage shopping, an up-and-coming art and design scene, easy to get around, and super friendly people (with occasional rowdy tourists). Surprisingly my kind of city.
Beaches aren’t my thing. I’m more of a let’s see as much of the city as we can, we can make sandcastles later. But after visiting Miami, I’m making an exception.
The hotel we were staying at was on Collins Avenue in South Beach, so the beach was literally our backyard and we took advantage. With lots of the hotels you can rent towels, umbrellas, chairs and coolers so it makes it super convenient to spend your entire day there. We picnicked, roamed up and down along the water, people watched, collected seashells, got sunburnt, gazed out onto the incredibly deep blue ocean and sky. Beach bum-ness was calling me.
One of my favourite experiences was getting up early on a Monday, around 8:00 am, right before our flight. I couldn’t leave without saying farewell to the beach just one more time.
It was such a stark contrast to the last few days. It was overcast, and the sky was no longer the deep blue I had gotten so used to over the last few days. There was hardly anyone there, so it was all yours to quietly explore.
I liked that Miami could have these two faces: one that was usually made up all the time, but could sometimes also go au naturel.
I’ll be sharing some of my favourite moments during the trip in the next few posts.
Have any of you been to Miami lately? What did you think?