Florida 2001 - Bienvenido a Miami
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This was my first actual trip to Miami. I have been there for layovers, and passing through the city whenever my family went on a cruise. But never really got to see this city, until now. I went there from January 3rd to the 9th.
I've heard good and bad things about Miami. But I guess that is the case with any major city. Even some people thought I was crazy to visit, which probably came from watching too much "Miami Vice". More recently, there was a song about it from Will Smith (hence part of the journal entry title). In any event, I had to check this place out, as this was another place I considered moving to, after graduating from college. In fact, my #1 choice.
I arrived into Miami at night, and rented a car.
The weather was really nice, and much to my surprise, I was able to get a great deal on airfare from Priceline. I thought this would be the more busier times of the year. It did get a little chilly at times, but I thought it was funny how some of the people that I was with, felt that 50 F (or 16 C) was freezing cold, as it was around 20 F back home. Even would lend my coat to someone for the night.
I did walk around downtown, and got to ride the Metromover.
From downtown, I took a bus to Little Havana, home of the Cuban community. I walked around for a little bit. I did not stay long enough, as I was running short on time that day. Then took the bus back, as this was one of the very few times I relied on public transportation in Miami.
Another interesting neighborhood was Carol Gables. But it was the most frustrating, as I had a hard time finding my way around, as I was trying to follow a tour in a guidebook.
I did get to visit South Beach, but only walked around in the daytime. And I did not stay long, as it did not seem like my type of place, thus never visited at night. I also drove further north, to North Miami Beach, which looked like a resort town from the past. I did not stay long, as I drove back and forth between Miami and Miami Beach (which are considered 2 separate cities).
I also visited the Vizcaya Museum, which was the home of James Deering. I quickly walked around the inside, then outside in the back, for nice views of the bay and downtown. There was also the gardens, but I did not get to visit that. And before the end of my trip, I did stop by the Spanish Monastery, and walked around the grounds.
I ended up returning the car later than planned, and cut it close with catching my flight. It was back to the freezing cold weather in Philly. I was able to see and do a lot in the short time that I was there. A great city, and hope to relocate to, after graduating from college.