Miami - yet to impress

Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
Trip End Mar 01, 2012

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Monday, February 13, 2012


We started today having already travelled 27,175 miles and ready to add a few more driving down to Miami. We still hadn't booked anywhere but considering we are out of season we thought we would have a look around and find somewhere when we arrived. We had a recommendation from some people at our hotel who had just come from Miami so that would be our first call.

The temperature was a very chilly 49 degrees (they use the old fashioned Fahrenheit) when we started out. I have since worked this out to be 9 degrees C. As we headed south the temperature gradually went up to 70 degrees by the time we got to Miami (21 degrees C). The journey down was very uneventful the road was straight and nothing to see. The only highlights were the toll gates !

We amused ourselves by guessing the year of songs on the radio. We had found a station dedicated to 80s music. Claires first guess at the year was 78/79. "Don’t you want to revise that guess, considering we are listening to an 80’s station?" Gave us a giggle, well it gave me a giggle anyway.

The traffic increased significantly as we approached the city, we made our way through and over the bridge to Miami beach. This is like a separate Island almost with a few bridges linking it to the mainland. I was expecting something special, perhaps I am being unfair but I’m just not feeling it. I know we are not in the height of summer but there doesn’t seem to be much beach life, there is a boardwalk between the hotels and the beach and instead of welcoming people from the beach to the hotel bars they have security at the entrances to the hotels and it feels as though you can only go to the hotel you are staying at. No sign of much night life along the beach.

Along the road it is full of people wanting to valet park your car, as you drive by they are trying to get you to pull in, it seems very high pressure.

We found the hotel that had been recommended, they were very unhelpful. They said the minimum rental period was six months, on the website it said 28 days. They said we could ring their head office. We only wanted one night.

At least we could get internet in the street and checked for local hotels, all really expensive. We ended up settling for the Holiday Inn, at least I get the points. We had a stroll along the beach, it is nice but nothing special compared to Australia. We have only booked in for 1 night and are going to set off for Key Largo tomorrow. It’s not somewhere that will be on my return list anyway.
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Guy & Kath on

Who'd have thought you could go round the world and be able to say " I went to Miami once but it was shut". Hope Key Largo is better for you.

Jayne George on

Think you were spoilt seeing Australia and New Zealand first, they take a lot of beating for their weather, scenery, beaches, people etc xxxx

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