Welcome to my Miami travel diary! Let me begin by saying, a day in Miami is not enough. Coming from Illinois, dipping my toes in the sand and sweating while wearing romper in January is unreal. A week in my swimsuit lounging around Miami Beach sounds ideal. Unfortunately, I had only one day to cram in a tour of Miami. To read more on my trip, you can find my Florida Keys travel diary here. Read on to find my itinerary for a day trip to Miami!
My Miami visit falls into two categories: Miami Beach and Little Havana. Begin by driving around Miami beach and marvel at the mansions and beautiful people. Seeing the ocean after first arriving in the city immediately gets you in a Miami mindset. Next, head to Little Havana to walk down Calle Ocho, immersing yourself in Cuban culture. Here’s the break down of what I did in each location.
La Sandwicherie: This is an itty-bitty corner shop famous for its sandwiches and smoothies. A long line is typically a sign of good food, and this line was into the street. Served on a french baguette and stuffed to capacity, these sandwiches are as gigantic as they are delicious! Seating is limited but luckily, you’ll find this eatery a mere blocks from the beach, so take your sandwich there for a side people watching with your meal.
South Beach: Nothing is as Miami-cliche as South Beach. With my pale skin and lack of bikini, I’m totally out-of-place here. However, I wish I had time to relax on the beach because it really is beautiful. I love filling my trips with exploring and site-seeing, but this spot made me understand the appeal of renting a condo on the beach with nothing on the agenda except my toes in the sand.
Azucar: Still full from La Sandwicherie, ice cream was on the menu in Little Havana–not a full meal. With an eye-catching ice cream cone decorating the front, this Cuban ice cream shop regularly has a line out the door. Expect to wait several minutes before ordering a couple scoops of whatever flavor tickles your fancy, then take it across the street to Domino Park.
Domino Park: Conveniently located across the street from Azucar is Domino Park. This is a little square where elderly men gather to, you guessed it, play dominos. Careful not to interrupt their game, we ate our ice cream on the benches outside the park. Afterwards, stroll down the street and pop into gift shops, like this cute one with a rooster outside.
This marks the end of my Miami day trip! Next up is a post I can’t wait to write, my Disney World travel diary.
See you then!