Miami

 

Miami is an international city at Florida's South-Easterly tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On barrier islands across from Miami downtown lie the glorious turquois shores of Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighbourhood is famed for its colourful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.

 

How to get to Miami

We flew from Cuba via American airlines to Miami International, we were lucky that we were able to take the 45 minute flight as the US/Cuban embargo was lifted the day before we flew. This prevent us having to re-route via Cancun.

There are plenty of ways to get to Miami downtown or Miami Beach

  • Airport shuttle – super shuttles is the official airport shuttle, there are kiosks throughout the airport. It’s a 24 hour service

 

  • Taxi – you can get a yellow cab from the taxi station outside the terminal. The rates will vary depending on where in the city you will be going

 

  • Bus – Airport Flyer. It’s a direct service from the airport to Miami. $2.35 each way

  • Uber – There is a very good uber network here. Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

  • Car Rental – There a rental car companies in the arrivals terminal. Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars

 

Miami is a playground for the rich and famous, luxury cars are a standard here, and most rental companies hire out Bentley’s and Ferrari's as standard. The most common car here was the convertible ford mustang.

 

Where to stay in Miami

 

Miami is a very expensive place to visit, especially when on a budget, but seeing as it was Dina’s birthday, Christmas and New Year we thought we would splash out a little… but even that didn’t go far in Miami.

There are loads of areas to choose to stay depending on your preference on close to beach or close to the city, party scene or laid back.

It doesn’t matter where you choose as Uber is the no1 way of getting around.

Here are some neighbourhoods:

 

  • Miami Beach and South Beach - This area is set across the Biscayne Bay from downtown Miami. This is where it all happens, its Miami’s main attraction. South beach has all of the high end hotels and boutiques, the famous Ocean drive with beach front bars and restaurants.

 

  • Downtown – This is the financial district, home to the American Airlines Arena. There are plenty of luxury hotels here and like other major US cities, towering with skyscrapers.

 

  • Little Havana - West of Downtown, saunter along the Cuban Memorial Boulevard, stock up on cigar and join a game of domino's in Maximo Gómez Park.

 

  • Coconut Grove and Coral Gables – This is a wealthy part of town, this has the famous Cocowalk- an alfresco shopping and restaurants. Here you can also catch a Broadway shows.

We opted to stay in Miami Beach, just north of south beach. We rented an apartment for 2 weeks from Airbnb.

 

It was in the Casablanca Design Suites. This place was very nice, it was slightly out of the party scene so was not crowded or rowdy. There was a swimming pool and it was on the beach with private access onto the beach.

 

The stretch of beach here is perfect for younger children. The sand banks were a little out to sea meaning that the waves broke further out too making the shore line very calm to swim, perfect for our toddler.

 

This was the first Christmas we’d spent on a beach, and we loved it. Miami is very laid back, pretty much everything is open around the clock and for once there wasn’t the stress of catering, decorating or entertainment. Don’t get us wrong, it did lack the typical Christmas chintz and it did feel weird at first, but sitting on the beach on Christmas Day with a Pina Colada in hand…that feeling soon wore off!

 

Things to do in Miami with Children

  • Ocean Drive - Is a major thoroughfare in the South Beach neighbourhood of Miami Beach. Lined with bars and restaurants.

 

  • Lincoln Road - Outdoor Mall on a pedestrian zone running parallel between 16th Street and 17th Street in Miami Beach.

 

  • The Miami Seaquarium – Sea life centre, with shows. Also an option to swim with dolphins.

 

  • Dolphin Mall - Is a shopping mall in Sweetwater, Miami-Dade County, Florida, and west of the city of Miami. There are over 240 retail outlets and name-brands.

 

  • Venetian Pool - Is a historic public swimming pool located in Coral Gables, spring fed water with grottos and waterfalls. Perfect for the whole family.

 

  • Everglades’ tour –  Take a hover tour through the everglades,  in search of alligators.

 

  • Key west – Take a drive from Miami to Key West, it’s a long journey but worth it. The drive over the waters of the keys is pretty amazing. Eat a key lime pie!

 

  • Beaches – Miami Beach has a huge stretch of beach and many hotels occupy the beach fronts. South Beach being the most popular and of course the most expensive!

 

  • Miami Children’s Museum - Hands on and interactive museum, perfect for rainy days out.

 

  • Safari adventure – Opportunity to hold baby snakes and alligators

 

  • Miami Zoo – Perfect for a day out to see over 2000 exotic animals from across the world.

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