And so it began on April 5th, 2014 at around 1 pm. There was excitement that I’ll be driving my own/favorite car, Mustang GT, and doing my favorite thing of visiting new places, experiencing and doing new things. And then there was teeny bit of curiosity that I might be driving myself crazy for being alone most of the time. With those feelings I zoomed on Florida Turnpike destined for Atlanta to meet my best friend, Pavan. The drive was kind of a relief because I now know for sure that I was gonna leave the flatland for good. Miami is a great place to visit over weekends to bask in the glory of the world’s best beaches and make your palate dance with some exotic Latin American cuisine but to live in it for more than 2 years just bores you to death especially if you’re a person who likes exploring places around. On that positive note I reach Atlanta.
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Back to MIAWalked around South Beach before heading to the airport.I didn’t enjoy Miami like I thought I would. I guess the weather not being nice was a turn off. I had the opportunity to go to Daytona Beach last year as well as Captiva Island and it was beautiful and nice tropical vacation. Probably won't go back to Miami but I'm glad I crossed it off the list.
Pebbles Beach Resort
Perhaps named as such because its shores are filled with pebbles. While it may be sunset picture-worthy, if you're after comfort and beach bumming, I personally do not recommend this beach, except maybe for some pretty photo ops. There were a lot of sea urchins and we got stung by jellyfish!
Seven Mile Bridge
Seven Mile Bridge, United StatesLocated in the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida, this bridge was built between 1909 and 1912 and connects Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key and is located on US Route 1. The road is very aptly called the Overseas Highway because as you drive over it, all you will see around you is a beautiful blue ocean. The bridge’s older section, while not open to vehicular traffic, is open to pedestrians and cyclists. A drive on this bridge is an experience of a lifetime!
AMC Theatre at Universal Orlando
After a short night of sleep in MIA, I took another bus to Orlando.Stayed in Movieland Hotel, cheapest option at the time and their website said they have a shuttle. When I got there around 10:30am, I realized that there’s actually only one shuttle at 8:30am and that’s about it. Oh well. It was a rookie mistake not to call the hotel before booking to ask for the shuttle schedule. So I walked 30min, no biggie.Let’s talk about money for a second. Theme parks are freaking expensive. You will pay $155 for a one day park-to-park ticket. This ticket will give you access to both Island of Adventure and Universal Studios park as well as the Hogwarts Express train ride that connect the two of them.I personally wanted to have a full experience of the two parks and not be rushed trying to do the most rides I could in only one day. So I chose to stay two days. And for that the best option was to get a Single Park ticket for 2 days which cost me $170, no access to the Hogwarts Express though.Great memories, and if you ask 'wasn’t it weird and boring to be by yourself in a theme park where there’s tons of families and groups of friends around ?' I’d say absolutely not, the nicest rides have single riders line so actually being alone is pretty cool, you’re like a VIP.
Florida - The Sunshine State in the United States is the land of sun, sand and sea. It has few of the world's best beaches encompassing from Atlantic Ocean in its east coast to the Gulf of Mexico in the west coast, no wonder this part of the world is a beach lovers paradise. Whether you love isolated beaches or family-friendly one with live entertainments and exotic beach parties, Florida has everything to offer you. But my favorite is Siesta beach, located on southwest coast of Siesta Key island, Florida. It is blessed with the world's finest, whitest sand as well as exotic flowers, magnificent banyan trees and preserved mangrove shores where ibis, snowy egrets and herons claim refuge for their young. And yeah, the breathtaking sunset which is every photographers dream to capture! Do share your favorite beach in the comments below? P.S.- This post also got published in Huff Post, US. You can find it here.
In the morning, visit the mangrove forest. The back canals are used as local highways, transporting cars, goods and people on small flat-bed boats, but a large area is off-limits to commercial transportation and is a designated a bird sanctuary. Tour it by canoe and spot herons, eagles and even flying fish. An excellent guide can be found at the turtle sanctuary next door to Pez — our guide, Noy, was extremely knowledgeable, although his English was not the best.
To visit this scenic wonder and enjoy the multitudes of water sports you must be accompanied with someone who is affiliated to University of Florida and has a membership card because this is a University recreation center. There are quiet a number of picnic tables on the lake shore where you can carry your KFC buckets! If you are lucky enough than you can spot a couple of gators basking in the sun.