Key Largo and South Beach

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I planned to visit Biscayne National Park and Key Largo, and take the glass bottom boat tours at both places. Unfortunately, mother nature would not let that happen. But I did not want to believe it, and went ahead anyway, driving from Ft. Lauderdale to Key Largo. I called, and was told the boat tours were cancelled at Biscayne but not at Key Largo.

It started out raining really hard, then it stopped for a while, then rained lightly on and off through the whole drive. I thought (or just hoped) that the weather would get better when I get there. By the time I entered the Florida Keys, that was when it rained very hard, non-stop. Driving in that stretch of road, with water on both sides, and the fact that I'm in Florida during hurricane season, made me very nervous, and I had to take deep breaths to stay calm.
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I also drove very slow as well.

I made it to Key Largo and got to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, but learned there, that the boat tours were cancelled. So I lingered around the town for a bit, which was basically a touristy town and not much else to see. I did get to try a key lime pie, which was good. Granted, it was already packaged and sold at a gas station, but I wanted to try it out. And getting the idea from Michael (moon_over_michael), I even took a picture of it, even though it just looks like any other piece of pie.

So I headed back, out of the Keys, through the nasty storm, and drove all the way back to Miami, then to Miami Beach. I arrived into South Beach, and checked out a couple hostels, but both of them were booked.
South Beach
I guess there is no off-season in South Beach, even though summer is considered off-season in the state of Florida. I used the computer at one of them, and found out that another hostel had some room left.

So I drove up there, around 12 blocks away, and got to The Tropics hostel. Just walking inside, was a huge relief, since it was air-conditioned. And there was room indeed. So I decided to stay one night there. As it turned out, it worked out, since the other 2 hostels I checked out, did not seem to have air-conditioning. I was sweating when in the lobbies of those places.

After getting settled there, I took a walk to the beach, and just enjoyed the view of the ocean and the oceanfront itself. I'm not much of a beach person, and I hate getting sand in my shoes. But the ocean breeze was nice.

Afterwards, I walked along Ocean Drive in South Beach, looking at the architecture of the place, and just around in general. Good place to stroll, and just people-watch. I'm not a party-person, so I couldn't tell you how the nightclubs are. I returned to the hostel, then got ready for the upcoming ballgame.
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South Beach
South Beach
Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
Miami Beach
Miami Beach
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huge ship (assuming navy boat)
huge ship (assuming navy boat)
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beach
lifeguard building
lifeguard building
me at beach
me at beach
Lummus Park
Lummus Park
South Beach
South Beach
South Beach
South Beach
South Beach
South Beach
where Gianni Versace was shot
where Gianni Versace was shot
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photo by: B-Town