My first Solo Trip to Miami in June 2017 was everything. As you all may know or not know, I lost my little brother earlier in 2017 to a drunk driver. It has been a roller coaster of emotions for me to say the least. We were close, we have always been. We are only 20 months apart. We went to elementary school, high and college together. Even after graduation, we lived together before I got married. It was sudden and unexpected and my family and I are still in a state of shock as you can imagine.
Anyway, I had originally planned to go to Thailand for my birthday but because of the situation, I couldn’t get myself to go too far from home but I knew I needed some time alone to sort out my emotions and clear my head. I thought very hard…I wanted to go somewhere with a nice beach where I could relax. Florida came to mind. Coincidentally, someone in a travel group I belong to made a comment about Miami being a great place for solo travel especially for women and listed all the fun things to do and great places to eat. It was great timing. I did some research and made up my mind that Miami would be the destination for my first solo travel. (First time going somewhere I don’t know anyone who lives there). I was scared but excited.
Miami was everything I Imagined and more. Tropical trees, great food, nice beaches…awesome vibe all the way. I stayed at the Homewood Suites By Hilton Miami Airport http://bit.ly/2jaTHLS on points. Beautiful hotel with free shuttle to and from the airport, free breakfast and a manager’s special every evening (This saved me money on food). It is expensive to park in Miami so i did not a rent a car, i used Lyft/Uber to get around while there.
On Day 1, I visited the Vizcaya museum. Beautiful mansion with great history. It’s a beauty to behold. Cameras are not allowed inside so I could only take a few pictures outside. Whenever you in Miami, you have to visit this place.
Next stop was the famous south beach on ocean drive. There are a lot of restaurants and shops there. I stopped at DASH store (owned by the Kardashians) and i also had lunch at the sugar factory, It was a recommended restaurant and I have no regrets. Food was delicious with great atmosphere. I then went across the street to south beach…it was amazing. I sat in the sand and watched the waves for hours. Coincidentally, a friend from elementary school was also in Miami at the time so we met up on the beach and just caught up with each other. We later had dinner at a Cuban restaurant called Havana 1957.
Day 2, I was approached by a Westgate property sales person to attend a timeshare presentation (I always seem to attract sales people lol) in exchange for a free city/boat tour of Miami. I obliged. The tours were awesome; I was able to visit little Havana (an area of town in Miami similar to Havana in Cuba) and also saw Versace’s former mansion which has now been converted to a luxury hotel. The boat cruise took us around the city and i was able to see beautiful Miami skyline. After a long day touring Miami and visiting Miami Beach, I had dinner at Yard Bird :A southern style restaurant. I had chicken which was so good, i forgot to take a pic lol.
All in all, my first solo trip was a success, I was able to do what I wanted to do on my own time, I was able to clear my head and sort out some emotions. I was able to think without interruption lol…the only issue I have with solo travel is not having someone readily available to take my pictures but I will definitely do it again.
Have you ever been on a solo trip? Did you like it? What else can i do in Miami when i go back ?