Ola mi amigos, Bienvenido a Miami!
Buckle up and let’s take a tour of Miami! I know what you’re thinking, December is time for cold, wintery weather, darkness outside lit up with gold & ruby red Christmas lights and tinsel on a Christmas Tree. Warm hot chocolate by the fire and Christmas carollers all around. That’s Christmas, right?
Just because tis the season to be jolly, does not mean you need to be in Ireland for it. Why not turn up the Miami heat in Florida! With direct flights from Dublin. There is no reason why you shouldn’t get some heat before Christmas.
It maybe winter time here, but ensure to pack light clothing and plenty of sunscreen. Let’s face it, any bit of sun and we begin to work on our farmer tans. A heatwave to us starts from 18 degrees Celsius. Miami’s average daily heat ranges from 24 to 27 degrees Celsius during the winter months. So unless lobster is your natural colour, I would encourage you to play safe in the sun. If you are like myself, you will find the only other Irish person sitting in the shade or loving the indoor air conditioner. A guaranteed way to make some new friends in Miami!
Things you should know about Miami (not to worry, we will skip the history exam at the end!);
This will be the fastest way to view your magical new city. Bayside Market Place – take a cruise on the Island Queen Cruises to see Miami by sea and to check out the amazing Cruise Ships docked in Miami Port and the beautiful Mansions located on Star & Hibiscus Island.
You may not get the chance to rub shoulders with the rich and famous of Miami but can’t we all dream a little! Star Island boasts the homes of some of the most elite celebrities like; Sean Combs, Gloria Estefan, Don Johnson & Rosie O’Donnell. Hibiscus Island will enable you to view Al Capone’s old house among other amazingly beautiful views of houses that one day we can only dream of owning.
The home to the Miami Heat Basketball Team! If Basketball is not your thing, maybe a concert to see superstars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or The Killers might tickle your fancy!
Plan some day trips to beautiful sandy South Beach. In the Art Deco district, all the buildings were white until the 80’s, now it is full of life and colour. Here you will find the Carlyle Hotel, where The Birdcage with Robin Williams was filmed. Ocean drive is the most famous street in South Florida. If you venture to Ocean Drive at night, be careful with the prices as this spot attracts a lot of tourists. Here you will also find, Gianni Versace’s house located on Ocean Drive, this cost 43 million US Dollars.
Just a short walk away you can sit outside the Newscafe in the early morning sun for your Breakfast. Follow it up with a walk-up Ocean Drive for an Iced Frappuccino in Starbucks. This is all within a few minutes’ walk to the beach. To finish, grab some pizza in Pizza Rustica on Washington avenue after your day out to South Beach.
The zoo was founded in 1936 and hosts the only “Liger” (Tiger & Lion Hybrid) in the world. Nestled on 18-acres, there are no shortage of wonderful animals to see.
The Havana has a population of 1 million Cubans in Greater Miami. In 1959, they came to settle in Little Havana. They are a wealthy community and are politically influential. In Washington, you will find some very successful and powerful Cuban Senators. Cuban’s are the most powerful immigrants in the US. In Little Havana you can see roosters everywhere. The Cuban’s believe that the roosters will bring you good luck. From here get a free Cuban coffee in the Little Havana Gift Shop. To finish, grab a homemade ice cream at Acuzar or an artisan ice pop at Popsy.
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