Do you like winter? I like winter, but five months long winter makes me lazy. I live in Wisconsin and cold weather starts early November and lasts until March. The temperature in the USA varies state by state. The North States are snowy and windy while the southern parts are warm and sunny. Each place is different, some places look beautiful in Winter and some are best in during summer time. I have already shared “Explore the beauty of Grand Canyon in Winter“. Hence if you want to take a vacation and enjoy the sunshine go to the southern part of United States. Miami is the best place for winter getaway because it has beaches, nightlife, as well as water activities. Henceforth, I present you my guide “A Winter getaway to Miami Beach”.
A Winter getaway to Miami Beach
In Miami, South beach is very popular and crowded rather than the North beach. In North beach area, you will find beach resorts and hotels. Right off the south beach, you will find hotels and restaurants. Our hotel was on Ocean Drive so we don’t need to rent a car. We stayed in “Breakwater South Beach”. The room was amazing and you get an amazing view of a beach from the terrace.
The beach was right opposite to our hotel, we can go to the beach whenever we wished. We reached to Miami around 5 pm and ocean drive was flooded with fancy cars. We directly head to the hotel, dropped our luggage and got ready for a stroll on the beach. The evening view was as beautiful as any daytime view on the beach.
There is plenty of water activities, like Parasailing, Jet ski ride, Scuba diving etc. I preferred to roam around and enjoy the beach. The most I enjoyed was doing water splash on the shore.
The South beach came to life after it got dark, I headed back to the hotel and got ready to enjoy the nightlife in Miami. There are plenty of pubs, bar and live music restaurants on ocean drive. We planned up doing bar hopping. We started from Sugar Factory, got our cocktails, which we enjoyed till the last drop. After having cocktail we headed to Mango’s Tropical cafe for some dinner and to experience the entertainment it offered. After exploring different pubs, we went to Ocean’s ten, the pub in out hotel. It was a great place with lights and music all around. Finally, around 2 am we called it a night.
Next day started little late for us. We got ready and had our breakfast. Next thing on my planner was to pick up my beach essentials and head to the beach. We decided to spend the whole day swimming and sunbathing. It is the most relaxing time for me.
Besides water activities, Miami offers great shopping experience. I insist you, don’t forget to check out “The Lincon Road Mall”. It is a great place for shopping. You will see all famous brand shops on this stretch of road. It has unique restaurants with the outdoor sitting place. You can easily spend half a day shopping and experience new cuisine.
Another reason Miami is popular among tourists is because many Carribean cruises depart from Maimi. Generally, tourists plan to stay for 2-3 days in Miami and then take the cruise, so they can cover both the places.
On the last day, we had a flight in evening from fort Lauderdale airport which is almost 30 miles from Miami Beach. Instead of renting a car, we decide to have a little adventure. I had never experienced train ride in United states. Hence, we took the bus from Miami Beach to train station and then train ride till Fort Lauderdale airport. The train was double decker and seats were so much comfortable. It was so much fun then I expected. Don’t forget to take a train ride if you get chance.