We arrived at Miami International Airport after a fab four days in Washington DC – definitely ready for some warmer weather though! Whilst the plane didn’t arrive in Miami until around 6pm, the heat was still sitting at a pretty warm 26 degrees, it seemed like the next 5 days were going to be scorchers! With our bags in tow, we headed for the express bus to take us to our hostel. The hostel was quite different to the one in Washington, VERY party vibe, which we thought might be a nice change. After dinner and drinks at an Italian round the corner we headed back to the hostel to get a good night sleep before our first full day in Miami. Little did we know, we wouldn’t be getting much sleep… the bass from the bar directly below our room was crazy and carried on until around 4am (soz for being hostel snobs). Whilst we maybe could have tolerated 2 nights here we decided it would be way too much to spend our entire 5 night stay here so the following morning we went on the search for a new hotel.
40 minutes later we stumbled across a quirky hotel right on south beach, not the most glam place we’ve ever stayed but it had a comfy bed, WiFi and pool so who were we to complain (plus almost everywhere in Miami was either fully booked or REALLY expensive as a result of the Miami boat show taking place that weekend). Accommodation sorted, we went off to get our first glimpse of South Beach, it was beautiful, although we did see a Portuguese man of war Jellyfish on the shore which was enough to put us off venturing too far into the sea!!! After a pretty chill day on the beach and by the pool, we got ready for our first proper evening, and what an exciting evening it turned out to be! A friend from home (Charly Bennett for those who know her) had an overnight stay in Miami before flying back to the UK. What a lovely treat to see a friendly face from back home! We had a lovely evening catching up and were sad to see her leave, but at the same time excited for what we had in store for Wednesday!
Second full day in Miami and what a day it was going to be, not a cloud in sight. Headed off bright an early to pick up our rental car, a Ford Mustang convertible (thanks Martin and Penny!). Once we’d got the car, we headed out to Key Biscayne for a seaplane ride (Charley’s Christmas present) over the Miami area. We arrived at the departure spot and were greeted by our pilot, Michael, who was very friendly and excited for us to get up in the air. After a short safety briefing and signing our lives away, we got onto the plane. Michael taxied the plane along the water to a suitable take off point before starting our ascent. Once in the air, the views were spectacular! We travelled over the north of Key Biscayne before heading along South Beach and veering back round over Downtown Miami. The flight in total was around 35 minutes which we both thought was the perfect amount of time to see all the sights of Miami. We cruised back round Key Biscayne before beginning our decent. Michael explained that we would be landing at quite a high speed so to expect bumps and he did not disappoint! After the very bumpy landing, we headed back to the start point to disembark from the plane. After thanking Michael and having a few more pics in front of the plane, we got back in our Stang and headed for Florida Keys. P.s. Miami is the perfect place for a convertible!!! Due to time restrictions with the car, we decided to just get a taste of Florida Keys by exploring the northern towns. We stopped in Key Largo for lunch at a quaint marina restaurant where we enjoyed chicken wings, fresh calamari and a tuna sandwich – all very delicious! After our lunch we headed back up the coast, stopping at a lovely national park en route. Our journey back into Miami took slightly longer than expected, the traffic was horrendous and after missing a junction we ended up crawling along the highway to get back to south beach. After dropping back the car early evening, we headed back to the hotel for a chilled night.
Thursday and Friday were both very relaxed days for us. Pottering around Miami, spending a bit of time by the pool which was really nice. Thursday we went out for brunch which was lush before heading to the beach for a bit. When the sun began to go down we went for a walk along the promenade, still absolutely boiling but nice to walk in the shade. That evening we sat on the beach soaking up the beautiful sunset colours before going to an Italian just around the corner from our hotel for dinner.
Friday was another chill day, we hired some sun loungers and an umbrella so we could spend the day relaxing on the beach on our last day. We watched the sunset once again that evening before our last dinner in Miami, we had Cuban which was delicious.
Our final morning in Miami was spent packing for our flight later that afternoon. With a bit of time to spare we went for a walk along South Beach before checking out of the hotel and catching the bus to the airport. Next stop – Nashville, updates to follow… 🎸🎶🎤