Miami is a well-known city in Florida placed on the east coast of the United States. The city attracts worldwide attention with no doubt as it’s promoted as a place of never-ending fun and vacation. Miami is famous for its beaches, nightlife, and liberality and open-mindedness of people there. When we – foreigners, say “Miami” more likely we think of Miami Beach. When locals say “Miami” in conversation with a sightseer they may refer not only to the city but also to smaller cities in the area.
Las Olas Beach, Fort Lauderdale – A cool place where locals hang out
Our hotel was in Pompano Beach which is a town located 37 miles (59,5 km) from the city of Miami. The Boeing 777-200 arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in the morning so we could have fun all day long. Our plan was simple: it’s a beach day. We were tired after more than 15 hours-long flight and wanted to relax. Curiosity and excitement didn’t let us stay in our hotel rooms. Miami was too far for us though. Two hours after landing we gathered in a lobby and booked two Ubers that drove us to Fort Lauderdale. We spent the afternoon and early evening chilling out on the beach, sipping a cold beer and playing volleyball. After the dusk, we moved to one Cuban restaurant with live music, delicious food, and huge Margaritas. People were strolling the boulevard, sitting in beach restaurants. There’re lots of youngsters enjoying the spring break, tourists, and locals. You could clearly feel freedom and happiness in the air. Fort Lauderdale with its beaches and nightlife is a great alternative to Miami South Beach. It’s not that crowded and is way cheaper but also not that fancy like famous Miami Beach.
Miami South Beach – undisputed wildness and Art Deco
SoBo, American Riviera, Art Deco Playground are the most popular nicknames for one of the famous beaches in Florida. You can see photos and footages of superstars, stars or theoretically average people who are enjoying their Miami-beach adventure. The materials are all over the world – on TV and internet. Everything looks gorgeous, crazy, luxurious, wild and… it’s like that, indeed. Miami Beach with the most splendorous South Beach is an extravagant and bizarre place that attract celebrities, careerists, party animals, teenagers, couples, singles – basically everybody. If it’s your dream to visit Miami Beach, don’t hesitate and make your dream come true. You can also call this island tawdry, trashy, extremely touristic destination but I love it mostly because its Art Deco buildings and streets filled with Cuban culture.
I remember clearly when experienced SoBo first hand. Three years ago, black mustang after one hour of riding around the city finally parked. We got out of the car and rushed to see the Atlantic Ocean. My best friend and I were tired after two days on the road but we just got our reward. We felt the white sand under our feet, the sun stroking our skins and gentle breeze touching our hair. Even though we were at that stage of giving each other a hard time, it was one of the happiest moments of my life. Folks who read my book should know what I’m talking about. ?
Apart from that, during this trip do SoBo I’ve decided to visit again all these awesome places that I’ve been to three years ago. I left my crew at the beach and went for a long, long walk. I’ve discovered one thing: nothing’s changed apart from me.