Usually I am not the procrastinating type, but as I am boarding a plane to St. Maarten, I realized that I never posted about my day in Miami! The weekend of November 21st was my sorority semi formal so my boyfriend flew into town and I was determined to make it a jam-packed weekend! Since I had to plan my whole day out, I wanted to try something different by writing this post in an itinerary format!
Night before- Pack up everything and put bags in the car. Make a checklist of things that you need to grab in the morning i.e. phone charger, water bottle, snacks, etc.
5:30 am- Wake up, get ready. Grab your last minute items and check your checklist AT LEAST 5 times.
6:00 am- Start driving.
9:30 am- Arrive in Miami and your first destination. We decided to go to the Wynwood Walls first.
Since we got here early, we did not have problems finding any parking, but we did have to download an app to pay for our parking; you’ll use this app more through out the day! I honestly just wanted to go here to take awesome pictures, but there are very modern hipster places to eat and little shops as well!
11:30 am- Head over to Sugar Factory. We were on the verge of becoming hangry (hungry+angry). This gave us enough time to find parking on Ocean Drive. It was very hard for us to find meter parking and most valets are $35 for the whole day.. but since we weren’t going to stay there the whole day, that was ridiculous!
They don’t want you to find parking, but we did. #BlessUp
12:30 pm- Eat at Sugar Factory.
I was honestly SO disappointed with the quality of the food at Sugar Factory. I have been wanting to try this place for forever! The price of the food is fairly cheap, but the way they make their money is from their over priced fishbowl drinks. The alcoholic fishbowls were around $45 and the non-alcoholic ones were $35 (like no thanks, I’ll go home and put my sprite in a fishbowl for a quarter of that price!) The waiter asked us about 4 times if we wanted a drink other than water; I would understand if he asked twice, but after that you’d think that he would get we just wanted water. I had a feeling he was trying to make the bill higher just so he could get a larger tip. Obviously, when I am 21, getting a fishbowl and taking an Instagram with it will be the first thing on my bucket list, but I did not think it was worth it to get the non-alcoholic ones.
While we were at ‘brunch’, an old man came to our table and handed Ryan a rose and told him to give it to me. Poor Ryan thought he was being nice, but I knew it was a scam. He asked for money and so Ryan handed him a $10 to get change and gave a $5 back. $5 for one rose?! I felt guilty holding it, but I tried to not let the scam annoy me, so I took a little phone photo shoot with my new rose gold iPhone (how fitting right?!)
1:30 pm- Visit Vizcaya. We had plans to visit the Vizcaya museum, but we decided it wasn’t worth it to drive all the way back towards Wynwood, so we skipped out on this event. But if you have the time, check it out! It is a villa that has amazing views and scenery. It has beautiful gardens to walk through and even has audio tours as this landmark has a story behind it: you can find out more here. Instead we headed towards our next destination and decided to take a nap in our car.
2:00 pm- We went inside Publix to use their bathrooms to change into our swim suits. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best luck with weather, but decided to make the most of it!
3:00 pm- Paddle Board. I had bought a groupon to go paddle boarding for an hour for the both of us. It would have been $30 for each of us for an hour, but the groupon allowed me to buy it for $10 each! You can get the groupon here.
Since the rain was so bad we had to wait for more than 30 minutes to get set up, but it wasn’t so bad because I got to meet this little fellow!
^^me attempting a random yoga pose…?
I am SO lucky that I got it for this cheap because we ended up paddle boarding for a whole 10 minutes because the weather was getting worse, but it was fun while it lasted.
4:30 pm- Freshen up and change.
5:00 pm- Head to Lincoln Road Mall. This mall is an outdoor mall, so since it was raining it was a debbie downer, but I HAD to show Ryan this place! They do have quite a lot of higher end stores, but a girl can window show and dream, can’t she?
(Sorry Ry you just look so cute!) We also got a quick snack at Dylan’s Candy Bar where we filled up a bag full of chocolate! My favorite was the chocolate covered sea salt caramel pretzels— these were TO DIE FOR!
7:00 pm- Head to dinner to find early bird parking. Luckily for us, we did not have trouble finding parking at this time!
I decided to bring out my boho chic-ness so I wore a poncho inspired t-shirt dress with a silver head piece, all from Forever 21. I re-did my makeup in the car to a more bronze look. I even used my water bottle to wet my beauty blender LOL!
We went to eat at Larios on the Beach because I went here with my family when we went to Miami, and I was craving it ever since! It is definitely on the pricier side, but we decided to splurge!
I was in cuban food heaven! I got the chimichurri steak and Ryan got the seafood fried rice. Both of our dishes were phenomenal, but the seafood fried rice was so good and we couldn’t figure out how because it was so simple!! The sweet plantains were also yummy! Overall, I love this restaurant and I couldn’t say enough good things about it!
8:30 pm- Walk along Ocean Drive. Unfortunately, we were ready to go home, but if you have time, just walk up and down Ocean Drive to people watch!
9:00 pm- Head home. Since this was a day trip we had to drive 3 hours and 30 minutes back home so we decided to start earlier than later.
This was such a fun day and I’m grateful to have had my best friend and boyfriend to take on this adventure with me!