Miami / May 1999
Here’s another one of those “can’t believe I got to do this” trips. One of my besties in high school got engaged and for our graduation present (to ourselves) we flew to Miami for a week to stay with his family. I was only 17 and don’t have the best memory of where we ate or what places we explored, but we spent a lot of time on south beach and at swimming pools of friends. Someone had a really nice boat that we spent a day on and I would have felt like a Kardashian if I knew who they were at the time. We stayed up all night every night playing “Bust a Groove” on Sony Playstation, fell asleep on futons in front of the console and I'd wake up freezing cold adjusting to the air conditioning culture of the south. As teenagers, it's probably a miracle we even made it to the beach during daytime hours. Miami is always warm, has amazing beaches, people watching, culture and it only takes a few hours to get to from the frozen north country! I think I'll go this weekend.
FOR THE BEACH / Miami has amazing beach life. The water is warm, calm, clear and sandy bottomed. South beach will get incredibly crowded on the weekends and provides some of the best people watching anywhere. If you feel claustrophobic head a bit north on the beach.
FOR SHOPPING / Hit up Lincoln Mall. Great outside dining lunch options, too.
FOR PEOPLE WATCHING / Go to Ocean Drive, find a restaurant and park for a couple of hours.
FOR ART / This is art deco central. On the south end of the area there is an art deco museum if that's your thing.
FOR SOME EXERCISE / Walk the boardwalk. Or rent a bike and ride it's 40 block span.