With the dropping temperatures and snow storms hitting the Northeast, this past weekend was the perfect time to trade in the skyscrapers of New York City for the art deco facades of South Beach, Miami!
Our trip got off to a rocky start with a delayed flight (boo! American Airlines) and the rudest lady in the seat next to us (I may do a special post on the worst people to sit next to on airplanes just in her honor)! But it was all worth it as soon as I saw the view as we approached Miami International Airport.
First stop: the iconic Ocean Drive, which is lined with great restaurants and lively bars - like Wet Willie's, where we enjoyed the infamous 'Triple Play', a mixture of three different daiquiris! (warning: it's strong!!)
Next stop: the beautiful turquoise water of Miami Beach! I've been to quite a few beaches in the U.S. and I have to say that this strip of coastline in South Beach is by far one of my favorites. Between the clean ocean water and trash-free water front it isn't hard to spend the majority of your day here - plus, on site lounge chair rentals mean you don't have to bring anything with you!
When you're only in town for a weekend, you have to make the most of it - which is why we got up early Saturday morning for a walk to the beach along Collins Avenue. After a couple more hours on the beach we headed back towards Lincoln Road for brunch at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar! We came to Miami expecting to have amazing Cuban food (which we did, check out Havana 1957 on Espanola Way) but this place definitely took the cake - hands down the best fried chicken I've had in a loooong time! (And yes, that is a bacon topped maple covered donut)
In an effort to shed some of the post-brunch fullness, we headed off to ride bikes along the beach through Lummus Park, which is sandwiched right along Ocean Drive. The rest of the afternoon was spent lounging on the beach next to adorable lifeguard stations and playing horseshoes with a cheap plastic set we bought at a nearby Walgreens (in case you were wondering: I won!)
Come Sunday morning it was really hard to say good-bye to warm weather, good drinks and sunny beaches. Plus, there was still more we wanted to do (and eat!) in Miami than could fit into our whirlwind weekend. So for now, this is 'see you later, Miami!' - we'll definitely be back!
If you're headed to Miami and looking for other great spots to try, definitely check out Pane & Vino for Italian, Puerto Sagua for Cuban, and Alma Mexicana for Mexican! And if you're looking for great places to stay, away from all the hype of the high-end Miami resorts, check out AirBnB! Miami Beach, and South Beach in particular, is extremely walkable/bike-able and cabs are many if you need help getting somewhere.