Thursday, August 23, 2012

Miami

We made a quick trip to Miami with Joe and Denell this weekend.  We left Joe and Denell's place at first nap (of course) and arrived in Miami at 11:00.  We dropped $15 to park our truck along Ocean Dr, spent 20 minutes trying to load beach gear and a baby into a stroller, and took off for a walk down Ocean Dr.

A bright, sunshiny day

Next stop, the beach!  We didn't plan to stay long enough to really camp out so we bypassed the umbrella rental.  I dressed Wyatt in clothes from head to knee and sun-screened his face and feet.   I rocked my neon bikini (it's so IN) and appropriate for 30 year olds.  Also, make note of my non-matching hat.  The ocean was shallow out to a very far point and the waves were almost non-existent.  Clear water...very much like a swimming pool. I loved it!

South Beach, FL

Around 1:00 the adults minus Janet headed to the Pelican Hotel Cafe on Ocean Dr.  I walked Wyatt up and down Ocean Dr in his stroller to get in a good nap.  Miracle! He fell asleep.  Rain came through and cooled us off.  Hunter placed my order and we met them after about a 30 minute nap.   Delicious lunch...pricey of course. Hunter picked me out a panini with parma prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula, and tomato. The panini came with a side salad for $14.

Lunch entertainment

After lunch, another quick trip to the beach before loading up and heading to other parts of Miami.

Walking on sand..not easy

We drove, we shopped, we had a mojito, and then we headed to dinner.  Hunter picked out Captain Jim's Seafood.  The area looked very not nice and from the front we only saw a fish market so were a bit skeptical.  Inside was a piece of heaven!  Seriously, the best seafood I have ever eaten.  We tried the clam chowder and the conch chowder.  Both were great.  I ordered the whole snapper and Hunter ordered shrimp and grits.  The prices were very reasonable.  I am going back to Miami before we leave Florida just to eat here.
At Bayside Marketplace

Sorry to anyone offended by seeing a whole cooked fish.  It was delish!
Overall, I  recommend a trip to Miami.  There is definitely more of a party atmosphere and an air of we are too expensive for you, but stick to the beach and good food and you will have a great time.   I hope the beach is that calm and beautiful every day.  Better than a swimming pool.

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4 Comments:

At August 23, 2012 at 9:04 AM , Blogger KEE said...

Glad you finally found there is some good seafood to be found in FL. Wyatt's little outfit rocks too!

 
At August 24, 2012 at 8:19 AM , Blogger Beth said...

I for one think your bikini is super cute and you look awesome! That sounds like a really fun trip and the food sounded yummy! Wyatt, of course, = too cute

 
At August 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM , Anonymous Christine said...

Question- Is Miami worth a day trip from here? Are the beaches really better?

 
At August 29, 2012 at 5:58 AM , Blogger Janet said...

The beach really was better the day we went. A beautiful, shallow swimming pool. I don't know if the conditions were right or it's always like that. The beaches did have many people in extra small bottoms and sometimes no tops so that might not be fun to explain to older kiddos.

 

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