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The white coral sand of South Beach
After a somewhat difficult journey involving lots of local buses, we found ourselves in Miami South Beach. I hadn't realised that South Beach was actually an island connected to downtown Miami and regarded as quite separate. When we got to our hostel it was not ready yet so we had to wait for 2 hours in the 80+ heat, not nice. In fact the whole hostel was not nice. They were renovating, so there was no kitchen, common area, laundry or communal bathrooms. Our 6 bed dorm was a disguised 14 bed dorm with one bathroom, and all the other girls seemed to be on holiday. All they were interested in was sleeping all day/shopping at Gucci/clubbing all night/working their way round the boys in the hostel.
Espanola Way
Honestly, when they woke up they would spend about half an hour putting on make up so that they could spend the day in the boiling heat where it would probably come off anyway. They really weren't our kind of people. Luckily we had only booked 2 nights here, so we checked out another hostel and moved there!

The second hostel had a really rubbish kitchen but was in a lovely part of South Beach on Espanola Way full of street cafes, art stalls and little bars. It was 5 mins walk from the beach too, and a nicer part of beach. It was quiter, not so many screeching teenagers and the gay section was only 2 blocks down. Right from the start we could see that Miami was full of posers, super skinny girls in over sized sunglasses looking down their noses at everyone. That doesn't sit very well with me, especially if I'm sitting on a beach, so we tended to escape to the gay area where we knew there would be a more realistic mix of people!

Despite the high temperatures, the first few days were quite windy, and sitting on the beach was not feasible.
Showing off their cheetah
We spent some time exploring the pretty streets, sitting outside cafes and window shopping! On the third day like this we decided to cut our losses and spend the day at Miami Metrozoo which turned out to be quite far away! Further inland, the wind was not strong at all and the 3 miles circuit round the zoo was extremely hot. Fortunately the animals didn't seem to mind and were not too hidden away. It wasn't the best zoo we've been to, but they did have a white tiger which was cool. They also did a wildlife show where the keepers brought out a cheetah!!

All around the exhibits there were huge iguanas wandering around, so in the end we asked someone ehy they were there. We were told that they were not native to the area, but people got them as pets them when they got too big released them into the Everglades where they have been multiplying ever since.
The moonlight reflecting off the sea
The whole area is apparantly overrun by these lizards and they eat the animals' food and are not stopped by anything, they are really regarded as pests.

Our last few days in Miami were certainly beach weather, so we made the most of it and spent the days sunbathing and swimming. That was until Lisa got horribly burnt and we couldn't leave the hostel until much later in the day. Oh dear, she looks like a lobster, although she keeps insisting that it will look gorgeous when it goes down (she says it wincing at the pain caused just by breathing). But it turned out fine, on our last night we went down to the beach after dinner and sat in front of the moon which was stunningly beautiful as it reflected off the sea.
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The white coral sand of South Beach
The white coral sand of South Beach
Espanola Way
Espanola Way
Showing off their cheetah
Showing off their cheetah
The moonlight reflecting off the s…
The moonlight reflecting off the …
Miami Beach
photo by: B-Town