I took off for Miami in early February, hoping to escape one of the worst winters we've had in Louisville in a long time. In addition to crossing off another city from my bucket list, I was able to get warm for a few days too, which was very welcomed.
While in Miami, I spent some time sightseeing and visiting beaches. The first stop was Key Biscayne. It was a bit of a drive from the hotel but it was well worth the trip out there. Beautiful beaches, very few people and a bright, warm sunny day. It doesn't get much better than that.
Later in the week I drove around South Beach. I was expecting more than it turned out to be. South Beach itself is probably no more than 2 blocks wide. It's crowded and there aren't many places to park. I had expected a very glitzy and glamorous place but most of the hotels appeared a bit run down. On the positive side, there were beautiful views of the ocean. I'm sure it would be much more lively at night.
One place I really wanted to see was Little Havana. I had been told, and read many places, that walking down Calle Ocho is not to be missed and to be sure to check out Domino Park to see old Cubans playing dominos. It was nice to drive through and walk around but it wasn't nearly as good as the hype. It was really run down and wasn't a very big place. Ten minutes of walking would see it all. If you have the time, definately check it out, otherwise don't go out of your way.
The port of Miami was cool to see. If you enjoy the water and very large cruise ships, this is a place to go. While I was there, I saw several cruise lines tied up and coming or going. The size of these ships are incredible.
Being a big baseball fan, I wanted to catch a glimpse of the new-ish Marlins stadium. Which I did. It's located very close to Little Havana. If it wasn't clearly marked I wouldn't have guessed it was a baseball park. It's a bit of a strange looking stadium. I would have liked to have been able to go inside and see it in person.
All in all, I enjoyed Miami and would certainly go back. Maybe next winter.