Miami was a place I had dreamed of going; amazing beaches, beautiful art deco and the location where everything looked so ‘cool’. I had previously visited The States two years ago when Charlotte’s family and my own visited Florida. We decided last year that we should do it all over again but with a twist – Miami!
We planned to visit Miami for 2 day, drive to Orlando to spend 9 days and then later return to Miami at the end of the trip for a further 3 days. We decided to do the trip this way as Miami was our ‘chill’ time either side of the busy Orlando period we were planning on having in the middle.
We chose a more luxurious option of accommodation than we normally would, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. It stands rather tall and grand along oceanfront of Miami Beach, with its multiple pools and overshadowing palm trees.
The hotel used to be a place for celebrity hangouts for the likes of Elvis, Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. When we arrived there were Ferrari’s and Rolls Royce’s parked outside which instantly hinted to us that we were in a very swanky area!
Miami as a place totally baffled me. We saw some pretty weird sights (including a lemur on a bike wearing jeans and a nappy).
When you hear the word Miami, you instantly think of the rich and famous right? Well, not so much. Of course, there are areas where big celebrities live with their flashy yachts and their Lamborghini’s parked outside, with the beach on their doorstep. As soon as you get away from the Miami Beach area, it seemed much more ran down to me.
If anyone is to visit Miami for a holiday, I certainly recommend spending your time at the beach as I personally think that it is the best part of Miami. Also if clubbing is not your scene, or you are under 21, trust me the beach is the BEST place. I have never seen such beautiful beaches in my life, everything was so clean and picturesque.
Whilst we were in Miami, we did a few trips to see some of the iconic places. Our first trip was to The Everglades to go on an air boat and see some gators. The air boat was so much fun as you hit high speeds over the water, stopping at certain spots to try and locate some alligators. We even got the chance to hold a baby alligator ourselves which is something I never thought I would do in my life.
It was amazing to be up close to one of the most deadliest animals on the planet and learn all about them. It certainly is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a must-do if you are visiting Miami.
We also did an open bus tour of Miami where we visited Coconut Grove and Little Havana. This was followed by a boat trip which took us along Millionaire’s Row to see some incredible houses which belong to the rich and famous as well as a view of the Miami skyline.
Our final trip was a very long drive down to the Florida Keys. We travelled over multiple bridges which has amazing views of the clear blue sea and ended up in a small seaside town at the end. It reminded me of one of the sea towns back at home, but with a much more beautiful harbour and array of boats.
We even caught sight of a manatee weaving its way in between the boats, coming close in front of us by the edge of the pier. It was such a breath-taking moment.
Take a look at the video I made from this trip to Florida –