When you imagine Miami, you think blue skies, warm weather and beautiful beaches and I wasn’t disappointed when I landed it was very hot and sunny. I had flown that morning from Cuba, a distance of 210 miles as the crow flies. Unfortunately in December 2015, there still wasn’t any commercial flights between the US and Miami meaning I had to fly via Panama, a distance of 2,100 miles and taking a total of 7 and a half hours.
When I landed I hopped on the airport bus (this goes from the bus terminal and drops off all the way down Miami Beach, its less than $5 return and runs every 30 mins) to get to my hostel in Miami beach.
I had booked SoBe Hostel which is towards the bottom of Miami beach, a few blocks from the sea, a great place that offered breakfast AND an evening meal for about $30 a night. It was a big party hostel that offered nightly excursions to the clubs around, but as I had just partied for a month in Cuba, I spent my 2 nights there recovering!!
The next morning after a sleep in, and my only full day in Miami, I decided to go check out the beach. It was amazing despite being a bit windy and a lot of seaweed near the shore, brought in by the rough seas.
After a bit of sunbathing, I decided it was time for a late lunch so I headed to Ocean Drive, this is a district with beautiful art deco buildings and flash cars, clearly out of my price range for lunch but worth a walk down. Its 15 blocks long and a beautiful walk, on the way back I stopped in one of the many parks lining the beach and chilled before heading back to the hostel for my free dinner of spag bol.
I spent the evening chatting and watching my roommates getting ready for their night on the town. Tonight it was a club a few blocks away, but I was driving the next day and still tired from Cuba!! So it was on with the eyemask and earplugs. Couldn’t wait for the drive down to Key West the following day.
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