Type: Travel & Vacation
Planned By: Both
Adam and I went on vacation to Southern Florida over our long Memorial Day weekend. This was also combined as our 3rd Anniversary Trip.
Day 1 - May 22, 2014
Our plane was delayed out of Cleveland so we had some beer at the airport Great Lakes to kick off our vacation. We got in to Miami, FL around 10PM. Alicia and her boyfriend, Alfonso (Fonzi), picked us up and we went to get some food. We went to a Colombian restaurant where I got a Colombian hotdog and Adam got a seasoned steak kabob. They were both pretty good and the hot dog was definitely a lot different than a regular American hot dog.
Day 2 - May 23, 2014
Alicia and Fonzi had to work so Adam and I explored Miami alone. We started out at Balans, an outdoor cafe, for breakfast. Then we walked over to Bayfront Park and Bayside. We spent most of our time at Bayside, which was a really nice shopping/dining center on the bay. We got some drinks and food and then walked back to Alicia's apartment.
Day 3 - May 24, 2014
We all woke up early to start our drive to Key West. We stopped at Craig's for breakfast in Key Largo. It was a cute little diner with pretty good food!
Then, also on the way, we stopped at the Tiki Bar in Isla Morada. We got a Rum Runner then walked around to see the pretty views. Also in this area was Kokomo the bar that inspired the Beach Boys song!
We started out with our free breakfast. Then we rented bikes through our hotel and rode them in to town. I loved riding the bikes, even though I hadn't rode one in years. We all got the hang of it pretty quickly. We rode down to the Southernmost Point, then saw a few other historic sites and then rode over to a couple beaches. At that point we were exhausted and extremely hot so we rode them back to the hotel.
We booked a Schooner boat ride for 2-4 PM. The ride provided beer, wine and sangria. We had a lot of fun talking with the shipmates and drinking for a couple hours. I don't think I'd ever been on a big sail boat so it was really fun and different, and the views of the island were beautiful.
We woke up, had breakfast and hung out at the pool for about an hour. Then we started driving back to Miami. There was a ton of traffic so we ended up going straight to the airport. It was sad to leave our friends, but we were very happy to make it to the airport in time for our flight.. Well, we actually made it there with way extra time. We went to Jose Cuervo Tequilaria for dinner then waited for our flight. We stopped in Charlotte on the way then had a short flight to Cleveland. We made it back home to our precious little kitty around 12:15AM - he was super excited!!
To read about our previous vacations check them out here: