It felt like a dream finally going back to Miami, Florida. At first, before my parents dropped me off at the airport, I was getting super nervous about the whole "going to Miami" with Jarren thing. I even wondered if I will have a good time there.
Previously, Jarren and I have been debating to go to Tokyo, Japan to celebrate our 3 year anniversary and also as his college graduation gift, since he just recently graduated. I haven't been back in Miami for 18 years and it's kind of embarrassing when I tell people that I was born in Miami, but know nothing about it. Anyways, last minute plan, we decided to go to Miami, got round trip standby tickets for American Airlines and BAM, we're both at the airport sitting there and waiting to go to Miami.
I got to the airport around 9ish in the morning, and our flight was at 11:50 AM. The airplane ride to Miami from San Francisco Airport took about 5 - 6 hours. Also, Miami's time zone is 3 hours ahead of us. So, when Jarren and I finally got to Miami, it was already around 9 PM.
the things I loved about Miami
- Everyone treated us like an equal
- Everyone was very kind
- Everything closes super late. Ranging from 11AM - 6AM
- You can smoke cigarettes/vape inside bars. Unlike in San Francisco or anywhere else I've been to, smoking is not permitted inside bars.
- The beach water is so warm. South Beach closes at 12 AM and swimming at night is seriously the best
- Gas is really cheap. It ranges from $2.28 - 2.39.
- Everyone speaks Spanish. This is something that I loved because I needed to practice my Spanish more as well. Hablo un poco de español.
some things I disliked about Miami
- People in Miami don't use their signals!!
- There are a TON of mosquitoes and fleas. I got bit by so many just by standing outside of Wynwood Walls taking pictures and walking around the Design District
- Parking is a bitch. When you're by South Beach, parking is $4 an hour. Yeah, I know it's not as bad as San Francisco, but it sucks balls when you have go back and just keep checking the meter. Also, you have to keep paying for parking til 6AM. After that, it's free. There are some places that have free parking for customers only, but those are really hard to find and mostly just for restaurants.
If you're traveling to Miami on a budget...
like we were, get AirBnB. It's really cheap, we got ours for like $79 a night for the whole week, it rounded up to about $600 total. We stayed a couple of blocks by the Design District and you can pretty much walk anywhere if you don't care about the heat and the humidity.
Another thing is that, I don't really recommend renting a car. Yeah it's cool having your own car to drive around in Miami, but the thing is, you have to pay for parking almost everywhere, and if you don't have to drive far to get to someplace, I really recommend taking Lyft or Uber. It's so much cheaper. Jarren and I ended up just taking Lyft Line in the end and it was only like $3 - 4 dollars a ride. Renting a car is around $200 - 300 and you have to fill up the gas tank in the end when you return the car.
I'll be posting places in Miami I've been to in separate blog posts so if you were interested in going to Miami and don't know where to go, you can always check out the places that I've been to and decide whether you want to go there or not!