My favorite part about being in tropical places is all the fun colors incorporated into the architecture. No major U.S. city other than Miami would dare to utilize pink and orange and baby blue on its houses and hotels, but in Miami Beach it makes perfect sense.
Even at night, the bright colors remain out in full force.
It’s fun to walk the streets in South Beach and just look up at all the impressive hotels and high-rises.
And the palm trees can make even the most boring buildings look majestic.
The convention center even looks tropical. You would never find a convention center like this in a northern city.
One of the local parks has giant art pieces that are fun to explore.
Lincoln Road Mall is a fun place to find lunch. It’s a pedestrian-only outdoor mall with a zillion restaurants that aggressively try to recruit passersby. You can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Espanola Way is another great place to find a meal with outdoor seating so you can people watch.
There are plenty of shops that cater to tourists, selling towels, tshirts, shot glasses, postcards, and every other souvenir you can imagine.
It’s odd that all this merriment is happening in such proximity to the Holocaust Memorial on Meridian Avenue. That depressing memorial reminds visitors about the horrible history of the Holocaust in vividly artistic detail.
The beaches of Miami
Miami fashion seems to be all about flip flops and high tops (except when people are clubbing.) And that’s fine when there are so many awesome beaches.
I never realized how creepy the eyes on these birds really are. This friendly guy came over to say hi. He wanted to chat. Or maybe he just wanted food.
A lot of people think the beaches in Miami are always super-crowded. But I managed to find a beach completely devoid of human life. Of course, that’s because it was 8 am, cloudy and rainy.
With no human competitors, the birds took over this particular beach.
The coolest view of the beach, though, comes from the plane when you’re flying in to Miami. This is one of my favorite airplane views in America!
I can’t wait to make it back to Miami. I’m honestly considering making it my permanent winter residence. I enjoyed South Beach and Calle Ocho, but there are still a bunch of neighborhoods I haven’t seen.
I’d just need to find a sublet for 3 or 4 months and work remotely while I’m there. It seems totally doable!
If you’re into road trips, take a look at our guide to driving from Key West to Miami. It’s a great way to see south Florida!