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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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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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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