15th Apr, 2011

Miami, Florida – Arrived on March 19, 2011

Distance from SugarLoaf Key to Miami, FL: 195 km (121.17 miles)
Total distance driven (includes in-city driving):  3,727.2 (2,315.9 miles)
Average gas consumption:  21.4L per 100 KM

Stayed at Miami Everglades Campground – check out our site below.  We are finding that most private campgrounds in Florida are focused on Snow Birds and are a bit expensive ($50 to $60 a night).  However they do have a bunch of amenities like a pool and sundeck, Jacuzzi, bar lounge, onsite restaurant, and of course…shuffleboard.

Our camp site just outside Miami (miami everglades campground)

Salamanders instead of squirrels

They even have wildlife - check out the salamander hiding out in our BBQ.

Southbeach is long with sugar-like sand, lots of people and lots of hotels

South Beach was the jewel of Miami for us… long sand beaches….

Beautiful Southbeach park

….beautiful Boulevards…

…streets are lined with buildings designed in early 20th century art deco.  Restaurants and sidewalks merge so you end up walking right through each restaurant as you walk Ocean blvd.

Southbeach - park central 1

South beach's Shelborne Hotel

South beach's Breakwater Hotel

South beach's Colony Hotel

South beach's Boulevard Hotel

Another South beach hotel

South beach's Hotel Victor

South beach street scene

Here's another scene from South Beach. We found a parking spot right on the Boulevard for only $1.50 per hour - not bad!

The next day we went to visit the posh neighbourhood of Coral Gables with beautiful tree lined streets…

Coral Gables - large trees line the road

Coral Gables - church

…and Spanish architecture.

Coral Gables' Biltmore Hotel

While in Coral Gables we dropped into the famous Biltmore Hotel and arrived on the one day they offer free tours.

Biltmore Hotel Golf Course - used by Presidents!

In the back is the Biltmore Golf Course which many Presidents have played on.

Biltmore Hotel's large swimming pool

Our tour guide pointed out that Biltmore has one of the largest swimming pools in the US

Biltmore hotel lobby

And here's the grand lobby at the Biltmore...

Out last stop in Coral Gables was the beautiful Venetian Swimming pool.  Believe it or not but this is their public swimming pool which cost just a few dollars to swim in all day.

Coral Gables' Venetian Public Pool

Coconut Grove outdoor plaza

On our last day in Miami we visited Coconut Grove. Nice shops and some interesting architecture.

Example of architecture at Coconut Grove

Another example of architecture in Coconut Grove

Boats line the waterways...

Finally we gave downtown Miami a chance and it was not too bad. The business center locks down at night as if they are expecting a riot while the shoreline still has lots of life after 5pm.

Miami downtown - images from the waterfront

…nice looking condos on the waterfront…

Interesting architecture in Miami's downtown core

…also some interesting architecture.

Finally we said goodnight to Miami and headed off deep into Everglade National Park.

Beautifully lit building in Miami's downtown at night


Looks like you’re having a great time. A little envious here in freezing, rainy Toronto today. Was on a work call until 6:00 a.m., when I finally went to bed. Woke up at 11:00…still not enough sleep but don’t want to waste the day entirely! I’ll bet you don’t miss work at all!

You’ve got some great pics, and you look very relaxed. Key West looks awesome.

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