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Miami Botanical Gardens and Holocaust Memorial

Discover and Explore- Miami

Florida is home to some of the most coveted destinations in the nation with some of the greatest attractions and activities housed in central and south Florida, specifically Orlando, Key West, and Miami. Of course, of all the cities in Florida, Miami is one of the most visited vacation destinations in the world. Miami is a tapestry woven together of culture, history, and people.

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens- Flora and Fauna

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The botanical gardens immerse visitors into a tropical and dreamy sanctuary amongst the palm trees and the oasis.

While the gardens are not massive, they are free, and they are a great place to stop in for a visit. They offer guided garden tours or self-guided. We did the self-guided tour, and one of the personable staff members who run the tours gave us some fascinating facts about flora and fauna at the gardens and information about the surrounding areas while we were visiting the city.

We were able to see several iguanas roaming about which completely startled me when I saw just how fast they run and how big they are. We also saw turtles, lizards, and butterflies.

The Asian gardens were my favorite part of the botanical gardens. In the Asian gardens, there is Koi fish, a lily pond, bamboo trees and butterflies. I loved the unusual winding trees and the red arched bridge.

I enjoyed all of the flowers and trees that covered the grounds. The Ylang-Ylang tree, Plumeria, and Honeysuckles are so aromatic as they blow in the wind.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden is located next to the Holocaust Memorial so you’ll definitely want to check out the memorial after.

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Miami Holocaust Memorial- Deeply Moving and Haunting

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Visiting the Holocaust Memorial is a deeply moving and deeply haunting experience. Stepping onto the grounds, I felt like I was whisked away in time to a place of great mourning and complete despair.

The four-story monument that erupts out of the ground encompasses hundreds of human bodies emerging, writhing in agony. There are statues of grieving mothers holding their children close to their heart, crying children and emaciated bodies. Everything placed is so detailed and important to educate us on the history that was the Holocaust, and it’s an emotional experience. The memorial elicits the raw human emotion in us all as you walk back through time.

Walking through the archway, you can hear music playing that really heightens the intensity of everything. You can see names and pictures and stories inscribed on the walls. In the circular memorial, they have heart-wrenching monuments and displays of families, men and women, and innocent children whose faces are twisted in agony and you can almost hear the screams. The memorial pays homage to the more than six million Jews who were held in concentration camps and massacred in Auschwitz.

I’ve always believed with all my heart that anguish is a universal language.

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With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”

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Little Havana and Little Haiti

Exploring the historical and cultural districts of Miami:

Little Havana & Little Haiti

One of Florida’s most popular seaport cities, Miami, is one of the top travel destinations across the nation. Miami is known for its world-famous beaches, wildly hot nightlife, and brilliant art deco architecture. Miami bridges Latin and Carribean influence, five-star dining and accommodations, live entertainment venues, and top-notch attractions, so it’s no wonder why Miami continues to thrill the masses. Miami is an epicenter for history, culture, and tourism.

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Little Havana

Miami’s vibrant art and cultural district, Little Havana, is home to many immigrants from the Caribbean islands, namely Cuba, as well as Central America and South American countries. Calle Ocho is the festive and lively 8th street which is the cultural heart of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Little Havana celebrates the heritage of all of the Latin cultures with food, music, and dance and is where the famous multi-cultural Calle Ocho street festival is held.

Little Havana Visitors Center offers visitors a taste of Miami’s Little Havana. The visitors center is a great stop to get acquainted with the area. They have tons of fun souvenirs and colorful, quirky merchandise.

The Little Havana Visitors Center, located on 8th and 16th street, is the hub for entertainment and sightseeing. I loved the lively Spanish music coming down the sidewalks and flowing out of restaurants and live music venues. I was greeted by many smiling, eager faces.

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Little Havana is an international melting pot of customs and history. On the eighth street, the music, art, food are all the rage. I enjoyed walking the strip and checking out the sights and sounds of this vibrant and cultural part of the city. The Spanish architecture is tremendous.  I also saw so many statues of colorful chickens and roosters everywhere which is perfect for photo-ops.

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There is an abundance of hand-rolled Cuban cigar smoke shops, Cuban coffee, Cuban cantinas and authentic Cuban restaurants. There are open-air fruit stands selling fresh pineapples, mangos, and coconuts. The shops are plentiful for novelty and specialty jewelry, art and apparel.

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Fruitique Ice Cream is where fruit and happiness meet!  In the visitors center, I found this colorful freezer filled with all sorts of pops. Fruitique is a really popular ice cream in Miami. I went with the coconut fruit pop and it was divine. The pops are rich and cold. They have many flavors including Passion Fruit, Dulce de Leche, Cheese and Guava and many more.

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The cigars and coffee are synonymous with Little Havana. From cigar factories and cigar rollers to Cuban coffee shops and coffee stands you will find one or the other every few feet. I was completely enthralled with watching the older gentlemen play the guitar and sing Spanish songs and puff on huge cigars.DSC_0316.jpg

 

Máximo Gomez Domino Park is widely popular for the many older gentlemen who gather to socialize and intensely play dominoes and card games while furiously puffing on cigars.  I enjoyed watching how they take their domino competitions very seriously. The atmosphere was unique and interesting.

Domino Park is centrally located in Little Havana/Calle Ocho so you can’t miss it. I stumbled upon it just walking down the main strip of 8th street. You’ll definitely want to get you a cup of Cuban coffee or a Cuban ice cream fruit pops and join in on the fun!

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El Exquisito was my first stop for an official cup of Cuban coffee. I like that you are able to walk up to the little window outside and place your order. I was pleasantly surprised that a little cup of coffee was only .75 cents. You can’t beat that price.

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The Cafe Con Leche, or coffee milk, is very strong, but it was an experience I was pleased to have! Aside from coffee, El Exquisito is also a local favorite for their Cuban sandwiches.

 

Little Haiti

Little Haiti, also known as Lemon City, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami and is an immersive experience of art, food, music and Haitian culture. I love the island music rolling through the streets. There are various eateries, record stores, and local bars. There is a multitude of wall murals and street art celebrating all things Haiti.

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Little Haiti is home to many immigrants from Haiti and the Caribean islands. There is an interesting mix of people and places tucked away within the Little Haiti neighborhoods.  I love the eclectic mix of the Caribbean and French-Creole culture.

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The Little Haiti Cultural Center is a Caribbean marketplace that offers authentic Haitian food, music, natural products and handmade jewelry and arts and crafts. The cultural center showcases an art gallery and holds art classes here.

The Little Haiti Cultural Center is both the welcome center, museum, marketplace and event space. Many Caribbean cultures and crafts are celebrated here including The U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica and more.

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

 

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Bucket List Adventures- Fort Lauderdale Beach

Explore and Discover:

Fort Lauderdale Beach & Las Olas Beach

 

Fort Lauderdale, The Venice of the America’s, is known for its 185+ miles of canals, beaches, and waterways. Fort Lauderdale offers perfect tawny sand, bright golden sun, and blue-green waters. South Florida, or So-Flo, offers vacationers and beach-goers some of the most world-renowned beaches, attractions, and entertainment in the nation. Fort Lauderdale is one of the most visited vacation destinations across North America.

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Fort Lauderdale Beach is lined up with stunning hotels, condos and vacation rentals. If you are looking for a beach house or beach bungalow, they are plentiful in the area. I enjoy the luxury of having hotels, restaurants, and activities all in the same proximity. I really like having the ability to walk out of my room and be right on the beautiful beach.

There are many storefronts, food trucks and pop-ups offering beach merch, souvenirs, and beachside eats and treats. I am all for snowballs and ice cream on a perfectly hot and humid day.

There are beach chairs and umbrellas that beachgoers can rent out. Personally, I am always looking for the shade of the palm trees as I lay on the beach relaxing and listening to the mesmerizing ocean breeze.

There are some rental shops for outdoor recreation and water sports. Fort Lauderdale is made for exploring with twenty miles of immaculate shoreline for vacationers to enjoy and fall in love with!

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Fort Lauderdale is home to many gorgeous, extravagant beach homes that sit seaside in all their splendor. Fort Lauderdale also has many impressive marinas including Lauderdale Marina, Las Olas Marina, The Shipyard and more.

Fort Lauderdale has many spectacular vessels, yachts, and riverboat cruises that you can view or set sail on. From the Las Olas Riverwalk, you can board Fort Lauderdale’s Venice of America tour which offers vacationers an easy and entertaining boat cruise of the many points of interest within the area. A must-see neighborhood is the multi-million dollar homes situated along the famed Millionaire’s Row.

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Las Olas is along the stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach and shares the same beach line and elemental beauty. Las Olas Beach is located near the Las Olas Blvd. rendering it walking distance to all of the famous clubs, restaurants, and storefronts.

Las Olas Bvd. is the located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and is the heart of Fort Lauderdale. The Las Olas district is the hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Las Olas Boulevard showcases many chic boutique shops, museums and art galleries and unique sidewalk cafes. Las Olas by night features various bars, swanky lounges, and trendy music venues.

Fort Lauderdale Beach is welcoming to all walks of life, including shorebirds, crustaceans, and sea life. The well-preserved beaches and top-rated amenities are why vacationers from across the country continue to flock to these pristine shores.

Remember, you’re sharing the beach with marine life who call the bright, vast ocean home. It’s good to always tread lightly and be mindful of sand dunes, sea turtles nesting and all of the precious sea life. Always take just what you need, give much more than you receive, and leave only your footprints.

 

Bucket list dreams come true in Fort Lauderdale Beach!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Lao Tzu

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Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach

South Florida’s Atlantic Coast

Discover and Explore: Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach

South Florida is one of the most coveted and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. Beach season is upon us with spring break already here and summer vacation right around the corner. South Florida offers miles of immaculate shoreline, family attractions, natural wonders and more. The beaches of SoFlo are beyond compare.

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Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach is widely famous for beachgoers due to its large palm trees, glistening sky blue water, and sun-kissed sand. Deerfield Beach has these remarkable and massive boulder rocks sprawled out which commands your attention and whisks you to the shoreline.

There are several waterfront restaurants, souvenir stores and surf shops located in the Deerfield. Many of these are within walking distance which is very convenient for beachgoers and vacationers. As such, families, friends, and couples can enjoy the simplicity of walking to many of the Deerfield Beach attractions.

Deerfield Beach offers many favorite outdoor recreational opportunities, namely water activities, and outdoor adventures. There is biking, jet skis, kayaking, boat trips and so much more. There are several storefronts dedicated to proving water sports for vacationers as well as beach gear and surf shops.

Deerfield Beach offers luxurious hotels and condos on the beach for vacationers. Visitors can enjoy the ease and comfort of walking out of your room and right onto the beach. The many oceanfront properties make for a perfect resort style stay among the tropical and beachy atmosphere.

The views from the Deerfield Beach Pier are quite beautiful. I love how it just stretches off infinitely into the vast Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can enjoy fishing off the pier or taking a leisurely stroll.

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Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach is the perfect beach destination with its sand and surf, living coral reefs, and boating and fishing. Pompano offers a spectacular beach showcasing sparkling blue waters and golden sand. There is also a good deal of really colorful seashells.

The Pompano Pier is a favorite spot amongst beachgoers at the Pompano Beach. The Pompano Pier is lovely, such as Deerfield’s Pier. Many families enjoy walking the pier to sightsee while others may enjoy casting their line. Most beachgoers visit the dock for the scenic panoramic views of the gorgeous ocean.

Pompano Beach Park offers a play area for kids. There is also pop-up stands and storefronts to rent bicycles, paddle boards, kayaks, and boats. Pompano Beach offers boat tours for sightseeing marine life, family fishing excursions, in addition to diving and snorkeling. There is also facilities and a changing room located on the beach. This is always welcomed after a long day of beach play.

There is a good assortment of unique food trucks offering beachside bites, sips, and sweets. Being so close in proximity to other places is excellent. This makes it very easy to be able to grab a quick snack or a cold treat if you are at the beach for a while.

Pompano Beach offers really nice hotels and condos on the beach. Staying at one of the resorts located directly on the beach is one of the best ways to get the most out of your vacation. Everyone enjoys the convenience of being able to stay and play all in the same location.

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!
Until next time!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

* Full-time explorer of all things interesting.*

“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”

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Palm Beach and West Palm Beach

Florida’s Atlantic Coast–
Palm Beach and West Palm Beach

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Palm Beach

The city of Palm beach is beyond beautiful. Many of the shopping districts and suburb neighborhoods are ritzy and glitzy.  There is an abundance of upscale shops, elite boutiques, and fine dining restaurants situated along the renowned Worth Ave. The high-end European-style district, Worth Avenue, is one of Americas finest streets.

The neighborhoods in Palm Beach are quite special. They feature gorgeous, massive houses complete with immaculate, well-manicured lawns. There are a large amount of expensive and impressive vessels and yachts.

The Clock Tower is located on Ocean Blvd and Worth Ave. This beautiful and timeless landmark sits right alongside the stunning Palm Beach and Atlantic Ocean. You’ll likely want to photograph the Clock Tower because it is quite enchanting.

Palm Beach Municipal Beach is a gorgeous beach located on Ocean Blvd. They have massive rocks here which are set against the bluest of blue waters. They do have lifeguards on duty which is always a plus. I was able to find a lot of pretty seashells to add to my seashell collection from all the beaches I have gone to.

Palm Beach is aesthetically pleasing in all aspects. It is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited across Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The tropical landscapes are nothing short of stunning. The Palm Beach area in itself is really a magnificant sight.

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West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach neighbors Palm Beach by connecting bridges. West Palm Beach is located on Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. Surprisingly, there is no beach here. West Palm Beach is known for its bustling nightlife, live entertainment, and vibrant art districts. West Palm Beach offers several very popular areas.

Clematis Street is one of the most popular parts of the city known for its character and liveliness. Clematis Street features amazing outdoor art, colorful cafes, boutique shopping and so much more.

CityPlace is large outdoor shopping and entertainment center offering visitors the ease of an all-inclusive experience. CityPlace features a remarkable European architectural design which undoubtedly elevates the atmosphere. CityPlace features dining and shopping, trendy condos and apartments, and loads of entertainment.

Antique Row and Design District is a very charming and tasteful district known for its fine art and exclusive antiques. Antique Rowe features an abundance of vintage and retro art, home furnishings, and antique shops.

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The Palm Beaches feature stunning resort-style beach towns, a multitude of daytime excursions and nighttime adventures, and miles of tranquil blue oceanfront waters.  The Palm Beaches are one of my favorite beautiful destinations to visit. All you have to do is just follow all of the palm trees lined up to find your way back.

 

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“We’re all just walking each other home.”- Ram Dass

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Delray Beach: Village by the Sea

Discover and Explore: South Florida’s Beaches

Florida’s Village By The Sea: Delray Beach

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South Florida, or SoFlo, is home to some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world. South Florida offers picturesque landscapes encompassing bright blue glistening waters, soft powder-white sands and towering palm trees swaying in the wind.

I really love my little seaside village, Delray. Delray has one of the best beaches that South Florida has to offer. Delray will always hold a part of my heart as it was once home to me, so in essence, I will always hold it dear. When I lived here I enjoyed the simplicity and convenience of just being able to walk pretty much anywhere- including to grab lunch, coffee meet-ups or walks to the beach.

The parking to get to the beach can be a little challenging so just be on the lookout for an open meter. The number of people wasn’t overwhelming and we were able to easily claim our own little area to spread our beach gear out. They had a good mix of people at the beach including sweet couples, friends, and families.

There are some crustaceans, and shells so keep your eyes open for these beauties of the sea. Note, there was some seaweed that washed up on the shore, but that wasn’t a deal-breaker. The water temp was nice – just cool enough to be refreshing and just warm enough to be relaxing.

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Downtown Delray

Atlantic Avenue is the go-to place for food and fun in Delray. The charming Atlantic Ave. is walking distance to the lovely Delray Beach which is widely known for its translucent turquoise waters and sugar soft sand. Atlantic Avenue has glorious preserved buildings and storefronts. The streetscape is certainly charming all lined up with these irresistible little sidewalk cafes and shops.

There is a multitude of boutique shops and restaurants which makes this a very popular area for locals and tourists alike. Downtown Delray is perfect for bites and sips. I appreciate that most days the area is not as cramped or overpopulated like some other areas in the SoFlo area.

I really love the views of Atlantic Avenue which stretches straight to the gorgeous Delray Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The location is superb because it’s walking distance to both downtown and the beach.

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Delray is a true gem to south Floria. I will always love the little seaside village of Delray. And all I have to do is just follow all of the palm trees to find my way back.

 

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust

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Beautiful Daytona Beach

Bucket List Dreams and Road Trip Adventures-

Daytona Beach

I have always loved eclectic beach towns filled with festive amusements, natural beauty, and endless wonder. Daytona Beach is well-known for its unique beach driving experience. Daytona also has a nostalgic carnival style boardwalk that’s fun for the whole family. And, of course, Daytona is home to the famed Daytona International Speedway.

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Boardwalk

The Daytona Boardwalk Amusement Park consists of Joyland Amusement Park, Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Main Street Pier. The Daytona Boardwalk Amusement Park is the best place to visit in Daytona for entertainment and attractions. The atmosphere is more reminiscent of a fair or carnival than a full-scale amusement park, yet it’s still pretty amusing all the same.

The Joyland Amusement Park has your staple fair foods, games, and a few rides. There is also a beautiful pastel colored Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a slingshot! You may purchase tickets for the rides and hit up the Joyland Arcade and Mardi Gras Fun Center.

The Daytona Beach Boardwalk is beyond perfect if you want to have a carnival-style night out complete with carnival food, carnival games, and carnival rides! You can channel your inner child and enjoy the wonderous amusements set before you.

Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Joyland Amusement Park are lively when the sun goes down. The sweet-smelling candy night air is reminiscent of a joyous childhood. There are fun fair foods including pizza, ice cream, and cotton candy. The boardwalk has a really cool candy shop where you can see freshly spun taffy being made.

Some of the attractions or facilities are a tad run down, and there is some panhandling in the area like many other major tourist cities. Overall, I enjoyed celebrating in all of the festivities on the boardwalk and visiting the amusement park on site as well!

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Beach

Daytona Beach is a nice, clean, family beach. There are many shops and restaurants in the area. The beach parking is twenty dollars, but we parked in a paid lot for ten. This beach is popular so there are definitely a lot of people out and about.

In Daytona Beach, beachgoers may drive their vehicles on the beach and park up next to the shore. Interestingly, this was the first beach that I’ve been where this is permitted because it is quite rare. The sand is packed hard and so this also was a new experience for me.

One thing I noticed is that there are pretty much no seashells at the beach. I only found just a couple and they were very small. I love collecting sand and seashells from all of the beaches I have visited! In this way, I will always have a little piece of the ocean with me.

Daytona Beach is quite beautiful. I love the smell of salty water blowing in the wind. The water was really cold which surprised me because it was such a hot Florida day.

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Speedway

When anyone thinks of Daytona, they likely automatically think of the Daytona International Speedway. While I’m not big on sports I certainly wanted to see the speedway for myself. There are multiple Daytona Beach and Nascar merch stores around the city so you can pick up a souvenir to remember your sweet Daytona vacation!

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Until next time!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

Full-time explorer of all things interesting!

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”– Anais Nin

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Bucket List Dreams- Jacksonville Beach

Explore: Jacksonville, FL

Florida is renowned for its gorgeous topography and immaculate seashores. The natural beauty of the vast Atlantic Ocean is unparalleled. The beaches in Jacksonville certainly speaks to this testament. Jacksonville offers three beautiful primary beaches: Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Neptune Beach.

Admittedly, I am always beckoned to the water. I am home when I am by the ocean; I definitely have a Pisces heart. I love questing for beauty across all of the North and South Florida beaches.

Downtown Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville is an interesting and beautiful place to visit. Jacksonville is a mecca for glorious old architecture. The downtown skyscrapers and national historical sites are reminiscent of times past.

Additionally, many of these esteemed buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The famous structures and landmarks in downtown Jacksonville are architectural marvels. The Jacksonville bridges are also a spectacle. They are colorful and captivating in their own right.

Downtown Jacksonville is also celebrated for its art scene and streetscapes.  There are many intriguing pieces down alleyways and on the sides of old buildings.

I am always questing for art which is aesthetically pleasing. I love studying pieces that have been created with intricate detail varied juxtaposition. I continually search out immersive art because I am drawn to understanding the artists’ story or muse.

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The Jacksonville Landing

The Jacksonville Landing was on my to-see to-do list when visiting the Jacksonville area. The Jacksonville Landing lies along the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville. The scenery of the Riverwalk, St. Johns River and Main Street Bridge are dazzling.

The Jacksonville Landing is both a shopping outlet and indoor mall. The landing is quite perfect for a day visit or evening out. There are various dining, shopping, and attractions.

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Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach is great for outdoor water sports adventuring days or relaxing days soaking up the sun lounging on the warm white sand. There is along the shore and many stores for beach shopping. Jacksonville Beach is nice and clean; my family and I had great fun walking along the shore and splashing in sparkling waters at the beach. I did notice they had a number of ants so watch those precious toes of yours.

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Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach is a stunning beach complete with a boardwalk. It appears that Jacksonville, Neptune, and Atlantic Beach all seem to run into one another and share boardwalks. I personally like the all-inclusive aspect of having waterfront dining, shopping along the beach for convenience purposes.

The sand here is sugary white and the water was kind of cool to the touch. Atlantic Beach is a waking dream. I found a ton of gorgeous white fossilized seashells. I also hunted for colorful seashells which are rarer. Some of the seashells had living organisms in them and others were fossils. The shells at Atlantic beach are so perfect that I entertained the idea that some of those shells had to be bought and delicately placed right there on the beach.

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Neptune Beach

Neptune Beach is absolutely stunning. Neptune Beach is reminiscent of an island oasis. The sand is soft and powder white and the water was cool, but not freezing. The Neptune Beach area includes more shops and restaurants. I definitely can appreciate this factor especially when you’re looking for an all-inclusive style experience. Also, if you’re into photography this beach photographs like a dream.

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Starbucks Neptune Beach

I always swing by Starbucks for iced teas and coffees in between beach hopping. This is the first Starbucks location I’ve been to where you can order outside from a walk-up window. I love this factor especially since we were all sandy and wet from the beach. The patio furniture had ample and plush outdoor seating large enough for multiple small groups.

My party and I ordered the Pink Drinks in addition to Java Chip frappuccinos. Did I mention the walk-up window because I can certainly dig that? Happy sipping, folks!

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Florida is truly a sanctuary to many walks of life. The central theme is to co-exist as one with nature, humans, animals and all marine life. Remember, leave only your footprints!

I certainly believe Jacksonville is worth your visit. And I look forward to returning to further explore this interesting and beautiful city. Until next time!

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“How does the sea remember me. every time.” –Nayyirah Waheed

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Bucket List Adventures- Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Explore & Discover:

Gulf Shores

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Greetings from Gulf Shores! I’ve been beachin’ it all across the Gulf of Mexico Coast, and I am sharing all of my favorite shores and stops along the way! My all-time favorite vacation spots include any and everything that’s tropical and beachy! I have always loved exploring beaches and immersing myself in the laid-back atmosphere.

 

Beach

Gulf Shores Beach is very popular among locals and is also tourist central. The beach access is free, and you pay for parking. Gulf Shores Beach is a hub for Spring Break activities namely with the college crowd. The water at Gulf Shores is warm and inviting, and the sand is sugar white and sun-kissed.

Gulf Shores Beach is excellent for discovering seashells and sand dollars. It’s incredible to see how many special creatures you are sharing the beach with. At any given time you may see any of the classes of animals including mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

The beach and surrounding areas are home and safe havens to many walks of life so we must always remember to respect that. Also, still pick up after yourself and be mindful of nesting or preservation areas. Remember, leave only your footprints.

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State Park

Gulf State Park offers campsites and campgrounds, a fishing pier, beach access, and outdoor water sports. Other activities include beach volleyball, parasailing, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

Pier

The Gulf State Park Pier is populated with avid fishermen eagerly casting their rods into the vast salt-water of The Gulf of Mexico. The pier itself is vast measuring 1,540 ft. Long and 20 ft. Wide. I appreciated the informational signs detailing the local sea life, native plants, and organisms.

Boardwalk

The Gulf State Park Beach Pavillion Boardwalk extends out to the beautiful beach. There are a couple of concession stands located here at the park. I just had to get a cup of gelato to beat the heat. I love sweet beach treats to go with a wonderfully hot day!

 

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Hangout Fest

The Hangout is located directly on Gulf Shores Beach. Beachgoers can easily access the beach and the festive courtyard area. The Hangout Festival is the music festival to attend in Gulf Shores. The Hangout Fest is widely famous for bringing together music lovers and beachgoers for an incredible three day weekend.

Year round visitors and locals can pop in at The Hangout for sand and surf gear, bites and sips and live music. The Hangout has a mermaid bar, outdoor games, sandpit and more. There are also several stands for novelties and souvenirs. The amusements are plentiful with bright, fun spots for photo ops and party central beach vibes.

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Gulf Shores offers everything whether you’re looking for excitement, relaxation, or adventure. Gulf Shores Beach offers festivities, attractions, and entertainment. Gulf Shores State Park provides education, events, and activities.

Gulf Shores is perfect for getting up close with marine life, crustaceans, and shorebirds. Gulf Shores is also ideal for swimming, boating, bird-watching and more! The views of the glistening water of the vast Gulf of Mexico sprawled out before you are tremendous!

 

Explore & Discover:

Orange Beach

Beach

Orange Beach offers sugar white sand, seagulls, and seashells! You can take part in dolphin and sunset cruises, kayaking and paddle boarding, boating and jet skiing and so much more. Whether you’re up for outdoor water play or relaxing on the beach there is something for everyone.

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Hiking Trail

Orange Beach has several hiking trails for the outdoor lover and adventurer in us all. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Hiking Trail offers several wooded and marsh trails. There is also a butterfly garden. The pathways are utilized primarily for biking and hiking.

The Backcountry Hiking Trails is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts to explore natural vegetation and possible wild animals in their natural element.

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The Wharf

The Wharf is the premier shopping and entertainment district in Orange Beach. The Wharf overlooks the beautiful boats at the marina. The Wharf at Orange Beach provides guests with a Ferris wheel, movie theater, arcade games, zip lining, shopping, dining and more. Mostly, The Wharf is excellent for those who love walking, eating and shopping.

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Alabama Pass Point State Park Beach

Alabama Point East A Gulf State Park is located near the Perdido Pass Bridge. The Alabama Point Gulf State Beach park is en route from Orange Beach to Pensacola. The parking and beach access is free here. Upon arrival, there is a long walk across a long wooden bridge that stretches out to the beach. There is also a toy box located on the beach to swap and share toys!

The Alabama East Point offers a beautiful sandy beach area with massive boulder rocks and a multitude of flocks of seabirds. This route will then take you through to beautiful Perdido Key, Fl and ending in Pensacola Beach.

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

 

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“Leaving. Doesn’t mean that you’ve left.” – Nayyirah Waheed