04.06.2011 - 04.06.2011 33 °C
Today I headed for the sun and beaches of Miami! On the way I stopped off in Port St Lucie. In no time at all I was in Miami. Miami is known as the ‘magic city’ because of its rapid growth which visitors remarked the city grew so much from one year to the next it was like magic. About 70% of people in Miami speak Spanish. It is also the centre for the drug trade and is the largest cruise ship port in the world, the port is often called the ‘cruise capital of the world’.
For lunch I visited the Bayside Marketplace, a marketplace containing over 150 shops and covers part of Biscayne Bay, and had crab cakes. I then drove across a bridge to hit the Miami Beach district, an island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Downtown Miami.
When I arrived in Miami Beach, I walked along the most popular beach, South Beach, also known as SoBe. The beach was filled with people swimming in the water and tanning on the beach. The sand was pretty white, a bit shelly and quite compact. I walked along the Lummus Park Beach Walk admiring the many palm trees. Afterwards I hit the main shopping drag, Washington Street, checking out the many top-end shops.
For dinner tonight, I went to Mango’s Restaurant with the group, which is located in South Beach across the road from the beach. I had fettuccine alfredo, which I hadn’t had before and didn’t know what it was – I wish I hadn’t ordered it. It was chock-a-block with cheese, butter and cream – I felt quite sick afterwards. It tasted like macaroni and cheese.
Following on from dinner, I went out with the group to a sports bar called Finnigan’s and then went clubbing in Mansion, a club that definitely lived up to its name; it was a mansion! There were several, large, open, high-ceilinged rooms playing either R&B or techno. Because I don’t like that music too much and I still had a stomach ache from the dinner, I went back to my hotel early.