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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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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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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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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