If you know me, you will know I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for America. I’ve always loved the USA, from the friendly people to the sky scrapers to the pancakes and over easy eggs. I can’t always put my finger on it, but America is a place I have always had a lot of love for and will jump at any chance I get to visit. So when I was invited to explore a city I had never been to, but always had on my list I did exactly that. Jumped at the chance to explore Miami. Before I launch into a few of the main posts I have planned about the trip I thought I would share a little photo diary as a peek at some of the highlights.
We explored a whole host of areas of Miami – from Coral Gables, to Coconut Grove, to the Design District, Wynwood and of course Miami Beach and South Beach. One of the details I hadn’t realised about Miami was how Miami Beach is sort of separate to Miami – I knew it was all Ocean side but I didn’t realise so many of the areas were around the harbour area or islands themselves.
One area that was a total highlight for me was the colourful creative neighbourhood that in Wynwood. The whole city of Miami is full of art and creativity but Wynwood takes it to a new level with every available spot you can imagine being a potential canvas. From the walls, to floors, to lamp posts or even trees… If you like art and in particular street art then Wynwood is an absolute can’t-miss area to visit when in Miami. I’ll leave more details to a later post, but it’s pretty special. And no, not just for the nailing-it-for-instagram backdrops (which are a massive bonus of course, but Wynwood is way more than just an Instagram dream location).
Of course we spent a while exploring the post-card like South Beach with it’s art deco hotels and restaurants and flash cars zipping up and down the famous Ocean Drive. We took a history tour so we could learn a little more about the area and how it all came about – it’s funny to think that the city only really ‘started’ in 1896 (with a population of a whopping 300!).
One of the South Beach icons we got to visit was ‘The Tides’ hotel, famous as a favourite of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DeMaggio when they used to visit South Beach in the 50’s. It was built in 1936 and still exudes a Hollywood Glamour – it’s hard not to imagine the stories the walls of this hotel might have seen.
Hotel wise, we were lucky enough to stay at two incredible hotels. Firstly The Biltmore in Coral Gables. Another with a lot of stories to tell – from Presidents staying here, to the infamous Al Capone. The ‘Everglades Suite’ at The Biltmore is also nicknamed ‘The Al Capone Suite’ – located on the 13th floor (something pretty rare to be found in many hotels who tend to skip the ‘unlucky’ numbered floor) where rumour has it he ran a speakeasy… but the historical facts are a little loose around this. But I like to think it’s true. The Biltmore has a fascinating history, one that could fill a whole post. But for now I’ll just leave you with a couple of snaps of the gorgeously grand lobby and the iconic tower.
Food! Oh my goodness, the food in Miami. SO GOOD. This will be getting a whole post of it’s own on special dishes to try and a few recommendations of must-eat-at destinations. But I couldn’t show a few highlights of Miami food without a Florida classic of Key Lime Pie. Eaten overlooking the stunning pool at The National – the hotel we stayed at in Miami Beach. Interesting fact, the pool at The National is the longest pool in Miami Beach.
I have roughly five million more photos to share with you on the Miami trip. If there’s anything you particularly want to know about let me know and will definitely do my best. I have definite plans for a ‘where to eat in Miami’ type of post and some recommendations for must see places/things to do.
For more info on Miami: miamiandbeaches.com
Thank you to Miami & Beaches and Thomas Cook Airlines for hosting me on this Miami trip.