It was my first time in Miami and I had my reservations to begin with as I have spent a lot of time on the West Coast in LA and didn’t know if it would compare. I was well and truly wowed! Although for me LA was a great place for opportunity as a Personal Stylist having gained some invaluable experience there, Miami was just so much more my ideal place.
We stayed in Brickell the financial area outside of the chaotic South Beach which I absolutely loved. The vibe was just so so cool and nothing like I expected. The area is modern and clean and the residential apartment we stayed in was part of a W Hotel complex and was totally my style- white beds, white sofas, white spa area, white everywhere, rooftop pool and the gym had the best views overlooking the water you will ever see! There was far more of a spanish vibe than I expected but I really liked it and found the service worlds apart from the laid back ozzies. To be able to go downstairs to grab a green juice, walk around the water, work in a cafe on the water then into South Beach for a glamorous dinner is just a dream.
We went to watch a Miami Heats game on the first night and I was that excited child jumping around with her souvenir cap and vest. It was my first Valentines Day with my boyfriend the next day so it was perfect to spend it in Miami over a french martini and filet mignon.
We went on a road trip to Port Lucie in a Lamborghini which was exciting for me, although my boyfriend will probably say I’m a bore as I scream every time he starts to push the pedal to the metal. We stopped at an absolutely beautiful hotel called the Breakers Palm beach and I highly recommend the seafood restaurant overlooking the water. I saw my first ever wild snake at the house we were staying at but unfortunately didn’t get any pictures in time before he disappeared.
The best part for me was the jet skiing on the last day followed by Sushi Samba.
If you’re planning a trip to Miami expect lots of sunshine, beautiful people, big smiles, to be chased up the road from a restaurant if you forget to tip ( yes this happened ) and maybe some random chickens on the side of the street as you are walking for lunch.
Next Stop is the Dominican Republic for my boyfriends company Black Retreat so I will fill you in soon.
– CASEY PAUL