05.06.2011 - 05.06.2011 32 °C
Today was a free day to do whatever we wanted, known as BTE or better time elsewhere. I slept in to about 8:30, had breakfast and then watched the French Open final, Federer versus Nadal. Unfortunately, Nadal won in 4 sets but it was a close, competitive match.
After the tennis finished, I went out to lunch at the hotel. After eating, I chucked some sunscreen on and went out to the beach. The water was really nice and warm but incredibly salty, the saltiest water I’ve ever swum in. It stung my eyes and burned my throat; not pleasant. The water was quite shallow too; I could sit on the seabed 40 metres out from the shore. I spent about 2 hours at the beach, it was really relaxing.
For dinner tonight, I went out with the group to Bubba Gump Shrimp, the home of Forrest Gump, in the Bayside Marketplace. I had coconut shrimp with rice; it was absolutely delicious! After dinner, a boat cruise on Biscayne Bay was organised. I cruised down the bay for a couple of hours as the sun set on Miami, drinking unlimited, free booze and partying the night away – it was heaps of fun and a great way to finish off Miami. It wasn’t the last thing for the night though. I went on to Nikki Beach, a club right on the beach with beds and lounges in the sand – it was a sweet place.
Miami lived up to its reputation of sun, beach and fun! I didn’t get time to explore Downtown Miami, Little Havana, Little Haiti and the many parks, which I would’ve liked to have done. Miami itself is an enormous, spread-out city and I only saw a small part of it in Miami Beach. I look forward to visiting the city again one day and spending more time there soaking up the culture, history and sun!