This past weekend, my boyfriend and I took a spontaneous trip to a place I had never been before. In fact, despite how much traveling and moving I’ve done in my life, I had never been further south than Palm Beach in the United States. I had been dying to go to Miami for the last year or so, only because I realized that I’ve lived in Florida for seven years now and still have not experienced what appears to define Florida–“SoFla” or, Miami!
My boyfriend, who was born and raised in Orlando, has taken a few trips to Miami before and has never liked it. I’m not sure how I was able to talk him into going with me, but he agreed wholeheartedly to accompany me on my first exploration of this huge city. I’ve heard all the negativity about Miami–the filthiness, the traffic, the dangerous parts, the insane amount of drugs being smuggled into our country through this city–the usual things people talk about. I was hoping to find a city that was kind of like New York, but with palm trees.
Well, it was like New York–it was crowded. It was dirty. Advertisements for Land Shark covered the sides of buildings. Parking was nearly impossible. There were people from all walks of life there. And, I found the few people we encountered to be rude. I’ve never experienced New York in the summer, but I have heard it is sweltering. Miami was more than sweltering. I think my dog may have gotten sunburned walking along South Beach. Over all, I wasn’t impressed. I was afraid before we left that I would love it and want to move there, possibly. But I was proven wrong shortly after we got there and realized that it wasn’t the city for me. However, do not get me wrong, I was excited to be in a new place and explore such a famous city. It was just not for me.
However, I will give Miami this: it has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen in Florida. I grew up always vacationing to the beach on the gulf, so I sadly didn’t start seeing the Atlantic until my last few years of high school. I found myself saying out loud while on South Beach, “Why can’t the beaches close to Orlando look like this?” Oye. I’m a huge sucker for clear water in the ocean and Miami offered just that.
Miami offers a lot of what I wish the rest of Florida did offer: a tropical feeling. Tall palm trees, clear blue water, restaurants on the beach, white-ish sand, convertibles, and lots of sun and heat. (Though I am not a fan of sun bringing lots of heat with no breeze!)
Overall, I was not impressed by the city but I am so glad I was able to take some time to visit it and experience it for myself. I don’t think I will ever bring my children on a vacation there; I am pretty sure they will have to wait to experience this city on their own just as I did. I am proven yet again, that there is no other place for me like California.