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Bucket List Dreams- Miami Beach and South Beach

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Downtown Miami

 

The DNA of Miami is made up of iconic shorelines and skylines, quintessential Art Deco architecture, and elaborate history and culture. In Miami, you are in your own slice of paradise. Miami offers world-famous beaches, world-famous attractions, and a world-famous night-life. Miami is pure eye-candy showcasing aqua beaches, towering palm, and coconut trees, and bright sunshine beaming down that puts off that famous Miami heat.

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The Downtown Miami Historic District has a rich history. Some of my favorite explorations in Miami include Little Havana, Little Haiti, and the Art Deco Historic District. Miami offers incredible scenic views, glorious beaches for days and magnificent skylines.

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Miami’s Art Deco District includes 800 historic and retro buildings from the 1920s-1930s. The Miami Art Deco District in South Beach is the largest cumulation of historic Art deco buildings including hotels, theatres, museums, and clubs in the world. The architecture is stunning and timeless. Old Miami should certainly be appreciated.

I genuinely love learning about culture and customs. I enjoy visiting historical landmarks and markers, taking cultural tours, trying authentic cuisines, and wearing handmade native clothing and jewelry.

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One of the top highlights of my Miami trip was to see my first burlesque show. I attended the Fillmore theater for the Dita Von Teese Art of the Teese Burlesque Revue. Dita was very elegant and true to character. She fit perfectly at this theater with her Old Hollywood pin-up style. The show was phenomenal. We laughed, we were shocked, and we were all completely enthralled.

Some cons of the theater are that one small bottle of water costs six dollars. Another negative is that the seats are close together with no arm-rests which make for uncomfortable seating for two plus hours. The last drawback is self-parking is especially atrocious. Valet parking is 25 dollars, and the area surrounding the theater is packed. We rode street to street and came across a parking garage for only 1 dollar an hour! Theater tickets ran us around 200+, and then there’s amenities, food, drinks, and merch.

The production, the lights, the sound everything was spot on. As far as the theater goes, the theater itself is quite elegant. It’s classic Old Hollywood glam complete with red walls and hanging chandeliers. I’d come back here and watch another live show because I like the history of the theater and the elegance which transforms and heightens the entire experience!

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Miami Beach

 

When you enter Miami, you realize it’s precisely how it looks in the all of the movies and television shows you’ve ever seen. There are massive white buildings, fancy yachts, and expensive cruise boats stretched out across the azure blue ocean.

I love looking for seashells, and I found a good amount of them. There is also beautiful seabirds floating overhead and walking along the banks. I am also always on the look-out for dolphins and other marine animals.

The beach waves can get pretty big, but they weren’t too terrible. There are lifeguards on duty which are always welcomed. I was a little taken aback some by parts of the beach that had the dirty water, seaweed and many rocks in the water as you wade through it.

The beach actually stays open until midnight and reopens at 5 a.m. Also, the beach is bustling and crowded, and parking is a challenge, but that’s to be expected. There is a walking trail that goes around the beach that is perfect for sightseeing. It is also elegant for jogging, running and biking. With such perfect weather and scenery, it’s easy to stay out all day exploring.

Miami Beach is perfect for both relaxation and lounging around. If you’re looking for water activities, there are plenty to choose from. There are many ways you can have fun in the sun with all of the water sports and recreations offered.

Miami Beach is perfect for sights and entertainment. There is a multitude of places to explore such as Little Havana, Little Haiti, Millionaire’s Row, Ocean Drive, Art Deco District and more.

Miami has blue-sky waters that beckon you to them, and magnificent sunsets in the evenings. And there is still much fun to have even after the sun goes down.

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South Beach

 

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South Beach, Miami is party central. Ocean Drive is so “Miami.” It’s festive and fun, equal parts divey and glamorous, of course, iconic, and lifestyles of the rich and famous, all set against a beautiful backdrop of Miami Beach and South Beach. With their flashing neon lights, gorgeous Miami skyline, extravagant Millionaires Row and brilliant Art Deco, it’s no wonder why Miami is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.

The pastel-colored architecture in the Art Deco District is tremendous. I love all of the geometrical shapes especially the round and cylinder shaped buildings. There are hundreds of elaborate old restored hotels and businesses in the area. Miami is home to the biggest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world. Miami is remarkable and finely detailed in every way.

We drove the strip down Ocean Drive, South Beach and also walked it. I love all of the Puerto Rican, Cuban, Reggae, Reggaeton, and Latin soul music blaring for days. You’ll definitely feel some salsa coming on.

Ocean Drive has many restaurants and live entertainment venues.  When walking the strip, you’ll see hundreds of open-air restaurants, hookah bars, lounges, and nightclubs. The strip highlight fast cars, tight bodies, and loud music. There are so many people in Miami! You’ll see loads of people decked out in rich threads with blinging jewelry, riding in flashy sport and luxury cars, bikes and trikes, hoverboards and more.

Miami is a vibrant city combining art, food, culture and the great outdoors. Miami is made up of perfect shorelines, tanned bodies, island jams, ocean-front dining, a vibrant nightlife, tropical vibes and so much more!

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Until next time! I’m off to wash all this road trip dirt off my car.

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place. A camera. A notebook. A traveling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. A nice pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional seaside hotel afternoon dance.”

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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