Miami vacation itinerary — submission for travel writing contest

Here’s one of the last minute submissions to the writing contest I told you about. Enjoy Miami!

All restaurants mentioned here probably require reservations for dinner.

Day 1:

Arrive in Miami and check into The Hotel of South Beach, which is located right where you need to be to enjoy the South beach nightlife. The staff is friendly, the pool is great because you can sip frozen mojitos (or other drinks) in it, and the hotel restaurant is fine. The rooms are bright and cheery and a good value although somewhat expensive at $225.00/night.

After settling in at the hotel, you might as well go out for dinner. Have a steak at 444 Brickell Avenue, The Capital Grille. This will set you back about $50/person but the food is excellent.

Day 2:

You spend the morning in the Lowe Art Museum, located at 131 Stanford Drive in Coral Gables (on the University of Miami campus). The museum isn’t too huge so there’s plenty of time left for an afternoon on the beach. Why else did you get a hotel right by South Beach?

You have dinner in the Duo Restaurant at 1421 S Miami Ave. This is simply the best restaurant in Miami. We save it for the second day so that you experience at least one other good restaurant (the Capital Grille from the day before) while in Miami.

Day 3:

You try a different museum in the morning, something truly different. The World Erotic Art Museum has a few too many penis sculptures, but the Kama Sutra temple carvings from India are educational as are the Victorian hand-painted peek-a-boo boxes. The Beatles poster that shows the famous band without trousers is one of the most popular exhibits.

Your afternoon is spent (as usual) on the beach. You resist the urge to return to Duo Restaurant and instead go to Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant. Be prepared to eat with your hands and spend $30/person. This is at 4029 N. Miami Ave.

Day 4:

You go to the Miami’s Seaquarium on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, a few minutes away from downtown Miami. In addition to the normal aquarium stuff, you see dolphin and sea lion shows.

After your usual afternoon at the beach, you are In the mood for another good steak so you go to Smith & Wollensky. It’s an expensive steak but you’re on vacation and it beats the McDonalds of steakhouses (the Outback of course).

Day 5:

You snuck over to the hotel pool and bar a few times when no one was looking but now you have to go in order to pass the time until your flight. Floating in the warm pool sipping frozen drinks is a fine way to end your Miami vacation.

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