We just got back from our trip to Miami. It was such a nice trip. We got exactly what we were looking for weather that was nicer than it was back home. The whole time we were there the temps were in the 80s and above, it was awesome! We got there late Thursday night and we were so tired from working all day all we wanted to do was get to the hotel. Of course the “cheap” rental car place that we booked through was the only one that wasn’t located at the airport so we had to take the shuttle to the facility. They offered to give us a VW Bettle convertible, but we decided to stick with the SUV we reserved. Of course when we made that decision we had no idea that the car would smell like cologne & would be way too big to drive around Miami with all of the crazy drivers. We decided to swap that car out immediately the next day. The new car wasn’t much of a “looker” either, but at least we could easily manage to compete with the other drivers.
The next morning we took a quick trip through South Beach and then headed to check out Coral Castle. While it was really more of a “fort” than a Castle the story behind it’s creation is amazing. Next up was a road trip to Fort Lauderdale for dinner & mini golf with our friends Katie & Jon and their kids Erin & Luke. We got a tour of their condo and it’s fabulous view and then off to dinner at Uncle Julio’s and then to play mini golf at Boomers. The restaurant was in a very cute are in Boca Raton complete with fancy cars. The food was super yummy and even though it was humid, our game of mini golf was fun. It was such a great night. We decided to take the long trip back to our hotel which took us through downtown Miami. It was very colorful. We got back to the hotel pretty late, but it was worth it!
We were pretty excited the following day because we were taking to the road for a 3 1/2 drive to Key West. Our hope was to be able to get there with enough time to do some sightseeing, have dinner, watch the sunset and then make the drive back to our hotel. Everything was going as planned, we even called the front desk before we went down so they could have our car ready for us and that’s when everything went bad. We stood outside watching as everyone else was getting their cars and leaving, we just figured that they had called before us. Then we figured we had waited long enough so we asked them about it, and the valet looked worried.. he couldn’t find the keys to the car. We freaked, we made sure we locked the car before we handed the key to the valet, who the heck would want to steal the rental car? It didn’t even have all of it’s hubcaps. After a bit of running around from lot to lot the valet finally found the car, but still couldn’t find the key. The watched the video from the night before, found out who the valet was and then contacted him. He had the key in his pocket. It was such a mess! It set our whole day back an hour while we waited around for them to find it and then get him back to work with our key. We were a little be upset that all they did for us was refund the valet fees from the previous days and comp it for the rest of our time there. I was so mad, I knew that we would still make it to Key West but was worried we wouldn’t have time to do much while we were there. Craig just said “could be worse, the car could have been stolen” and he was right.
Once we were on the road I calmed down and was excited to see Key West. Unfortunately I had forgotten about all of the bridges that I was going to have to deal with during the drive. Most of them weren’t bad, couldn’t even tell that you were on them, but then there was Seven Mile Bridge. Not good, not good at all! Sure if you are fine with bridges, like Craig it was no problem at all, but for people who don’t like them, like me, it was not fun. I was certainly glad to be off of it! I believe there are 42 bridges from the mainland to Key West, that’s a LOT of bridges. We did make it safely over all of them twice and without too much stress. Going back during the night was better than during the day, I couldn’t see anything.
When we got to Key West we drove around a bit, went to the southernmost point and then headed to Mallory Square. I had read that this was the place to go for watching the sunset and for entertainment. We were able to easily find parking and started our adventure around town. There were plenty of shopping, entertainment, dining and roosters. The roosters were just walking around not bothered by all of the people in the least. It was rather funny. There was so much going on, no matter what street we walked down there was something to look at, check out and listen too. When it was time for dinner we decided to check out Sloppy Joe’s. Katie & Jon suggested it and it was in a great location to people watch & listen to great music. We both decided to try out their Banana Daiquiri.. YUMMY!! We both would have had a second one if we didn’t have such a long drive back to the hotel. Once we were done with dinner we made our way over to pier to “claim” our spots to watch the sunset. It was a perfect night.
The last day we were there we decided to do our usual adventure to find a cute area and check out houses and housing prices. At one point we were near Coral Gables and we saw the weirdest trees, they had multiple trunks. Of course I loved that they all formed a canopy over the streets. It was so pretty.
Next on the agenda was to go back to South Beach in hopes that we could find a parking spot and walk on the beach. It started to get overcast, which seemed to make all sorts of parking available. As we walked the beach we were turned off by all of the stuff floating in the water and cluttering the sand. I know that it was spring break, but it was very sad to see. We continued to walk until we could find an easy spot to get back to the main walking path, we even got a few photos of our feet in the sand. Once we got to the end of the street we turned around and looked for a place to eat, figured that it would be nice to sit outside for dinner. Unfortunately the weather had other plans. It just started pouring. We were able to avoid most of it by walking under the umbrellas at the restaurants, but most of them were closing down the outdoor seating so we ended up going back to the car. Traffic was a bit crazy getting over the causeway, even saw a accident. Since the rain had let up a bit we decided to check out Bayside Marketplace, well at least until we found out that the Ultra Music Festival was going on. We sat in traffic, go routed all over the place and couldn’t get near it at all. It was a bit upsetting, but it was still very windy outside and it was raining on & off, so we headed back to the hotel and stopped at the Dadeland Mall to grab something to eat at Bobby Flay’s restaurant, Bobby’s Burger Palace. I got the classic, while Craig got the Crunchburger, a barely cooked burger topped with potato chips. Both of them were great!
All in all we had a great trip, but next we visit Florida we would like to check out the Gulf side, maybe next spring break?! Now to plan our July road trip. So many places to go so little time.