Only a few days after I got back from Italy, I was off to Florida. I mostly stayed in the West Palm Beach area but also visited some of the main tourist areas of Miami. When packing for this trip, I merely threw more random items into my half unpacked Italy suitcase so I felt this time I had overpacked and brought way more things than I needed. I was in a complete daze in the days in between I forgot if I had packed sunglasses so I booked it over to Nordstrom, which is near the train to take to the airport. I would say I got very lucky and found the perfect Miami top along with another pair of Quay sunglasses I probably didn't need ha! But I just couldn't help myself!
I was in for a huge weather shock, it was extremely humid and muggy which is something so foreign to me, being from the west coast. The West Palm area has lots of cute shops and restaurants, many with gorgeous views of the beach and ocean. One of the days we went boating around the Jupiter/ West Palm area and docked right in front of a fun restaurant called Utiki. (Crazy concept right?) The atmosphere was so lively and fun with a huge menu that consisted of everything from sushi to burgers. Despite the boating day being quite overcast, it was still fantastic and I felt every bit as Floridian.
The next day I was off to Miami and covered a story at the World Erotic Art museum which showcased some unique and scandalous pieces of art. This museum was in the South Beach area so shortly after I was done shooting at the museum, I headed to the beach which was every bit as amazing as I thought it would be. South Beach has a long strip of restaurants and shops all overlooking the beach. While the weather was a bit crazy, (it was really hot and sunny then it would start raining really hard) we were lucky enough to be able to still take in the gorgeous white sandy beaches Florida is well known for. We stopped at Palace South Beach for some delicious food and drinks which were perfectly crafted to taste delicious but strong! Right around the corner is Versace's mansion turned hotel/restaurant you can stop by too.
We then headed to the art district called Wynwood. The entire area is surrounded by colorful murals on just about every wall. The main tourist attraction there is called Wynwood Walls, it's free and open to the public. The outdoor museum showcases colorful and eclectic art done by some of the world renown street artists. I would highly recommend a visit to this area just to see all the artwork and one of a kind shops. There was even a shop that featured unique works of art made from plants, called Plant the Future. Miami has such a vibrant atmosphere which I absolutely loved experiencing and I can't wait to be back and stay longer in the Miami area!
For those of you who've been, what are some of your favorite spots?