a florida road trip {part one}: miami

We took a road trip to South Florida in March 2022. Our itinerary included Miami, Everglades National Park, the Florida Keys, and Fort Lauderdale. On our way back home, at the northeast corner of Florida, we spent two nights in St. Augustine. This post includes our time in Miami, which was my favorite part of the trip. Part two will include Everglades National Park & The Keys, and part three will include Fort Lauderdale and St. Augustine.

I first stopped at Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, South Carolina. I visited my youngest brother Robbie and his partner Rob at their new house in Columbus, Georgia, where we commiserated over politics, ate sushi and chile rellenos, and drank sake and margaritas. I bought beach cover-ups at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

I met Mike at the Miami Airport and we strolled through the Art Deco Historic District on South Beach, saw an adorable pink lifeguard tower, and spent a feisty evening on Calle Ocho in Little Havana among roosters and coffee stores. Mike puffed on a cigar at Guantanamera. We immersed ourselves at Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum of funky international street art. We wandered among orchids, coral trees, palms, cyads, and a rainforest at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. We spent a barefoot morning lollygagging on South Beach, admiring the colorful art deco lifeguard stands then spent the afternoon basking in the sun at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. We returned to Little Havana for another night of Cuban food and a history lesson on the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion (April 17, 1961) and paid tribute at the Eternal Torch in Honor of the 2506th Brigade, many of whom lost their lives or were incarcerated in horrible conditions in Cuban prisons.

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Our top experiences in Miami were:
7) Coconut Grove
6) Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
5) Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
4) Wynwood Walls
3) South Beach – the beach itself and the Art Deco lifeguard stands
2) South Beach Art Deco Historic District
1) Calle Ocho in Little Havana

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