What: Spring Break 2011
Where: Miami, Florida
Why: Need a break from all the chaos in Knoxville!
After a long past few months after graduating college, I decided to treat myself to a spring break trip which has not happened since high school. I could have gone to Destin or Panama City Beach like the rest of Knoxville-however I decided to hit up Miami, Florida and have some fun by myself somewhere that I would not have to see people I knew around every corner.
One good thing about Miami for me is that I have relatives who live in the area. However, even a twentysomethingish guy or girl with doesn’t know anyone can have a great trip! Here are a few of the higlights of my trip and hopefully next time you are planning to go down to Miami, you will remember a few of the things I pointed out.
DAY 1: South Beach
What to do:
Arrive in Miami!
Eat dinner at Puerta Sagua on the main strip of South Beach
Shop at ZARA, MANGO, AND DASH MIAMI
Stop by the Chesterfield Bar & Lounge or if you like a wilder scene-Fat Tuesday’s!
DAY 2: South Beach
What to do:
Lay out on the beach
Rent a jet ski if you feel so inclined
Play volleyball along the beach
Eat a sushi lunch in South Beach
Grab a drink at one of the many bars or restaurants along Ocean Drive that runs parallel with the beach
Drive over to Sunset Place outdoor mall and check out their three story building that hosts a mix of different shops and restaurants
Eat dinner at your second cuban restaurant stop of the trip!
DAY 3: Biscayne Bay
What to do:
Go to this family beach just ten minutes down the road from South Beach if you are not feeling the party crowd today and would rather rest and relax alone
Catch a starfish
Drive over to Little Havana to see a bit of history from Cuba’s past and how the Cubans in Miami enjoy themselves in this area today
Don’t eat cuban again today…take a break…maybe some yogurt…and nothing else.
Have a random local (in my case-my relatives) show you around the city by car (I stopped by Florida International University, the Biltmore Hotel, Miracle Mile, and many beautiful residential areas)
DAY 4: South Beach/Coral Gables/Coconut Grove
What to do:
Lay out one more time before you have to leave so it looks as though you have been relaxing and tanning the whole trip!
Drive through Coral Gables and Coconut Grove areas to see some cute houses and shopping in a more bohemian area of town
Pack up—it’s time to head home!
My tips to save time, money, and headaches:
- Take the bus or the train line—I drove and almost wrecked about a million times! Unless you are used to large city traffic-do not attempt this! Also, parking in South Beach costs about $20 for the day, so you might save money by just getting a bus or train pass AND not have to worry about drinking and driving!
- Eat at hole in the wall cuban restaurants— You save alot of money and usually it is better than the nicer places! For 3 people, a meal at a cuban place cost $40 including tip; at a sushi spot in South Beach our meal cost $70…not good for a twentysomething on a budget!
- Bring your own drinks— if you plan on having more than one margarita or daquiri….BUT don’t bring glass bottles to the beach…although it’s cheaper than those fancy drinks-you will get fined by the police if you have glass bottles on the beach area! So bring a mixed drink in a coffee cup and avoid the hassle!