Miami Renaissance Marriott (Eden Roc) was fantastic. They gave us a room on a very high floor with a beautiful view of the water. Christian took this photo with his phone.
The white sand beach was so nice to walk on after a day of driving.
Chris and I had dinner at the amazing 1500 restaurant (the chef is one of the winners of Hell’s Kitchen).
It’s all farm to table with a great decor and impeccable service. Such a nice treat.
The next morning we went to Ocean Drive to check out the Miami scene. It was much less glossy than I thought it would be. I have watched a lot of Miami CSI. The street was lined with tables and chairs from the restaurants and people desperately trying to convince us to eat and drink cocktails! at 11am. ”We’ll give you free drinks if you eat here!” I saw a waiter deliver one woman a green drink, the size of a basketball, with two upside down beer bottles in it. I can imagine what it’s like in the high-season.
After eating, we left Miami and drove to The Florida Keys.
I had heard the drive would be great because it is turquoise water on both sides. Well, that was only for about an hour of our several hour mind-numbing drive. Two lanes of slowness and mostly nothing to see but tourist shacks.
But once we got there, we loved it!
We stayed at Southernmost hotel on the beach that is the southernmost in the US. It has a wonderful restaurant right on the sand. The kids loved it and swam for hours in their heated pool.
The next day we jet-skied around all of the island. So. Much. Fun.
The town was touristy and not very exciting, but the water and views more than make up for it.
We ate delicious Cuban food before we left. There were chickens and roosters roaming around the restaurant-eating rice out of the kids hands. They seriously LOVED that. So funny.