Our visit to Miami was purely by happenstance. We couldn’t decide if we wanted to disembark from Ft. Lauderdale or Miami for our Caribbean cruise. After doing a fare search on Spirit Air, we decided it made (financial) sense to fly into FF and drive to Miami. We bid for and got a $15.00 per day economy car rental from Hertz via Priceline and we wanted the freedom of checking out Miami on our own terms.
We decided to hit South Beach to see what all of the hub bub was all about. Being a big fan of Art Deco, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many beautifully pastel structures throughout the area. The beach was crisp and clean and a wonder to look at. We didn’t stop to shop because the price tag was way beyond our budget.
Prior to our visit, we became aware of the Vizcaya, an Italian Renaissance mansion that has been converted to a museum. Renovations are frequent due to the humidity that the old structure is exposed to in South Florida. The beautiful gardens alone is worth the price of admission, so I would recommend a visit if you have an affinity for the historical preservation of our nation’s treasures.