February 9 2009 by Karla Henriquez
It's freezing in Connecticut. My skin is looking pasty. My lips feel dry. I'm sick of bundling my daughter and myself every time I want to step outside. I went into Manhattan the other day to try to lose my winter blues in the sights and sounds of the city. However, stripped of holiday lights and magical window displays, the city just felt cold and windy.
On the way home that night, I started daydreaming about a hot and sunny city with a lot of color. I haven't been to Miami in years, but it immediately came to mind.
Since the idea came up, I've spent some time doing my diligence on this location - I even found Will Smith's song on an old CD. The catchy tune and fun lyrics put the bounce back in my step...
Party in the city where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
Welcome to Miami (bienvenido a Miami)
... and here's what I've come up with in terms of lodging and things to do:
Spend two or three nights in Miami Beach, at the Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort. This new hotel will put you right on the water and within walking distance of: the famous Art Deco District, where you can check out Miami's classic architecture; Lincoln Road Mall, where you can do some high end or bargain shopping and try to catch a glimpse of J. Lo or Paris Hilton; the Bass Museum of Art, in case you decide to check out Flemish tapestries or modern Latin American art.
While in South Beach, you definitely want to experience the nightclub scene, which is itself a reason to visit Miami. There are so many choices of clubs and bars, but Mansion, Nikki Beach, and Opium Garden are among the most famous of South Beach clubs.
South Beach also offers a variety of excellent restaurants. Here are a few suggestions:
Brunch - Front Porch, Penguin Hotel
1418 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL
Casual Caribbean Food- Puerto Sagua
700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL
Phone: (305) 673-1115
Romantic International Food - Wish
801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL
Phone: (305) 531-2222
Casual French Deli - La Sandwicherie
229 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL
Phone: (305) 532-8934
Explore Vizcaya Villa, which was home to a wealthy agricultural industrialist who employed ten percent of the city's population to build this estate and develop its gardens.
Another must-do is the Miami Seaquarium, where you can watch shows or even swim with dolphins. In fact, if you're in Miami for Valentine's Day, you and your sweetheart can "Dine with the Dolphins" - an event that includes a romantic dinner overlooking Dolphin Harbor and a two hour educational experience where you'll interact and swim with dolphins.
Lay on the beach. Enjoy the crystalline water and the legendary eye candy!
I only come for 2 days of playing, but every time we come
we always wind up staying.
This the type of town I could spend a few days in,
Miami - the city that keeps the roof blazing.
Where do you go when you get Miami Fever?