Don Johnson would now need to speak Spanish!

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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TownePlace Suites Miami Lakes
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Florida
Thursday, April 19, 2012

As planned we rise (relatively) early and set off for our air boat ride on the St. John’s River in Cocoa, Florida. We choose a shortish ride (30 – 40 minutes) in case we don’t like it, but as it turns out we thoroughly enjoyed it – seeing abundant wildlife and getting up close and personal with the alligators. The air boat skims across the top of the water and marshy reeds and can travel at a fair rate of knots.
After the action packed interlude, we point the car in the direction of south and head once again down Interstate 95 for the last 200 miles of our now 4500+ mile journey.
We drive non-stop to Fort Lauderdale (30 miles north of Miami) and exit the freeway to check the Airport luggage storage facilities. Having a car to transport you around presents no problems when shopping and accumulating items, but when one is faced with pending air travel and overloaded bags, consideration has to be given whether it is wiser to pay excess baggage, store goods if possible to pick up on the return flight (from Bahamas) or just ditch what you can.
Whilst the Fort Lauderdale Airport website talks of overnight luggage storage facilities, the desk in the terminal is shut with a sign “Hours: 9am – 5pm”. No good if you want to collect your luggage after that time and cannot come back to collect it another day.
We head back on the freeway and drive some 15 miles to our accommodation which is half way between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. We have booked 2 nights here to allow time to see Miami and Miami Beach, pick up a few last minute items to take to the Bahamas, and to repack and reconfigure our luggage from the size of a car trunk (boot) and back seat area, into 2 large cases and 2 carry-on pieces of luggage. Of course, it is impossible, so we will pack a fifth case and hope the airline won’t notice at check-in.
Miami Beach and in particular South Miami Beach is a haven for sun and surf lovers with a penchant for activities including outdoor eating, partying, and strutting. The canals close to the beachfront and in the quieter sections of Miami Beach have some large ostentatious homes with motor yachts of equal proportion moored in front on the canal.
Many people love Miami and all it has to offer, but in our short visit, its merits were not revealed and we just found it to be another large city with an oversized Surfers Paradise type beach close by. I am sure the Everglades National Park and the Keys further south have more to offer but that is for another day.  Our focus now is to prepare for our upcoming 5 days in the Bahamas and then return in time to Fort Lauderdale to join our 27 night cruise trans-Atlantic to Europe and beyond.
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Jenny Cribbes on

Hey Guys, we are not far from you. Leaving New Orleans, heading back to Houston. Plenty alligators.

Heidi on

I wondered where you were. You guys have made more out of a trip than anyone I have ever seen. What a ball to follow you travels..yes, Miami is just a big city.

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