Key Largo and South Beach
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August 30th, 2008 – by: WalterC
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.
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.
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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