It goes without saying that this Miami blog post is long overdue. I mean I went to Miami in September- this is January, so… In my defense, I have been uber busy! Better later than never, though, yes?
Can we start off with how I scored a sweet deal on a return flight ticket! Would you believe me if I told you I only spent $100 on my ticket? Does it sound too good to be true? I promise you it’s the truth and nothing but the truth. For less than what a fashionista would spend on an afternoon of retail therapy, I was able to buy my way to a mini-paradise! American Airlines had a few ticket deals available late last summer; however, I probably wouldn’t have found out about it if it wasn’t for The Flight Deal. Believe me when I tell you this website has completely transformed my travel life! More times than I can count, The Flight Deal- a gift to wanderlust beings- has allowed me to dive into my wallet and gladly dish out what could be considered pocket change, in exchange for sunny skies and sandy beaches. Dear people who have been asking me how I am able to travel so often: The cat is out of the bag! Once you subscribe to The Flight Deal’s email list, you will get daily emails with alerts about current flight and hotel deals. In my experience, if you have a flexible schedule and can book in advance, you will score the best deals. A few other sites I use for flight and hotel deals are Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia, and Hotels.com. I have subscribed to each of their email lists, therefore I get routine emails about any available deals.
So back to details about my trip to Miami…
I stayed at the National Hotel– a beautiful oceanfront resort in Miami Beach. I should have taken more footage of the eye-catching architecture; however, I was too busy playing tourist that it slipped my mind. I particularly took to the furniture and fixtures which were an eclectic mix of contemporary and an old-school Frank Sinatra era vibe. My room had an amazing view of the Taj-Mahal-like pool, as well as the beach out yonder. Waking up to the sights and sounds of the ocean was an experience I relished.
What’s a visit to Miami without dinner at Gianni’s? Just you’re in case you’re unaware of the greatness that is Gianni’s, allow me to school you. It’s a restaurant within what was once Gianni Versace’s mansion on Ocean Drive. Like I was totally in Gianni Versace’s mansion! *valley girl voice* I kid you not, I felt like a little kid in a candy store- I wanted to see, touch and smell everything! It was surreal! All the intricate details of the uniquely carved finishings and the general “posh” ambiance of the mansion was definitely something to write home about. What did I eat? I honestly couldn’t tell you- I don’t remember. I pretty much inhaled everything on my plate in record time as per the Mansion stipulation- dine first, then you can venture into explore mode. The following are a few sights from the mansion.
Miami was definitely not short of scenic sights. I completely immersed myself into the aura and took in all the breathtaking views in utter delight. There was so much to see, and not enough time! I particularly loved the intertwining of nature and modern architecture. Palm trees by concrete buildings? Don’t mind if we do!The vibe was indescribably amazing!
I love boat tours, so when I heard about the Island Queen Cruise on the Port of Miami, I jumped at the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a few multi-million dollar homes owned by celebrities! I still can’t get over the fact that there are people out there who have more money than they know what to do with, and can afford to live a life of absolute luxury. Can you imagine waking up to such views? *gasp*
Miami has a lively, carefree vibe that speaks to my inner free spirit. I was only there for four days; however, I experienced the culture in a phenomenal way. I will definitely be back to visit at some point. I can see myself heading out there on a weekend getaway when summer decides to check back in. To summarize, if Miami isn’t on your must-visit list, you’re missing out on a travel experience like no other. Don’t say I didn’t tell you. Until next time, friends! Adios!