So I temporarily suffered from a mild case of the birthday blues. This year, I had planned to spend my birthday at an all-inclusive resort in Haiti. Those plans changed quickly when I calculated my PTO and realized that I didn’t even have enough hours for my trip to Iceland next month. FML! For the past few years, I had been celebrating my birthday out of the country, but I was forced to settle for
expensive ass glamorous Miami. Miami was not at the top of my list because I used to live there and have celebrated many birthdays in the city. What would make this trip so different? Let’s just say I had the time of my life and was reminded of why I love this city so much. I enjoyed myself so much that I’ve even started searching for jobs there to move back!
One of my favorite pastimes is cruising the streets during the wee hours of the night, while listening to the likes of Teddy Pendergrass and Alexander O’Neal. Sometimes we’d cruise for hours. We’d start in North Miami, make a pit stop in Coral Gables, and then head to Kendall. I prefer to do this at night because I’m a sucker for city lights, and there aren’t as many cars on the road. During the day, traffic is insane, horns are blaring, and pedestrians are running out in the road. Nothing therapeutic about that experience. While you can capture beautiful photos during the day, they don’t compare to the gems captured at night. Don’t believe me, look for yourself.
Now, a trip to Miami is not complete without hitting the beach. While there are several to choose from, a few of my faves are South Pointe, Crandon Park, and Surfside. We actually went to South Pointe this trip to soak up a little sun, hit the waves, and people watch. If you don’t mind mingling with the tourists, then you can mingle until your heart is content on South Beach. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always rent a jet ski, boat, or hobie cat and ride them to a party at the sandbars. A tour of the Everglades will provide you with that Swamp People experience. Word of advice…take earplugs.
If you’re thinking about stepping out and painting the town red, there are a ton of nightclubs on south beach. You can always head South to Coconut Grove or North to the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood. You can hit up Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale, but that’s about a 30 minute drive. Now, if you want that real South Florida experience, hit up Cafe Iguanas on a Friday night, but make sure you arrive early. Parking is a bitch! Oh and how can I forget about Wynwood!! Wynwood offers a variety of restaurants, bars, and street art! If you’ve never been, I definitely recommend it. If gentlemen’s clubs are your thing, you have several options in South Florida to choose from as well – The Office, King of Diamonds, G5, VLive and many more!!
I’ve dined at my fair share of restaurants in South Florida. Below you will find a list of some of my faves!
- Jackson’s Soul Food- Overtown
- American Social – Brickell
- The Dutch Pot Jamaican Restaurant – Ft Lauderdale
- Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita – Downtown Miami
- News Café – South Beach
- People’s BBQ – Overtown
- Chart House – Ft Lauderdale
- Casola’s Pizzeria – South Miami
As you can see, I was not thrilled about spending my birthday in Miami because my heart was set on Haiti. Every cloud has a silver lining, right? My most recent trip did nothing but unveil the love I have been suppressing for years. It’s time for me to go home. What is your favorite thing to do in Miami?
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