A Year of Exploring | Miami, Florida

A Year of Exploring| Miami, Fl
Things to do

It’s about that time again and I’m back in Miami, Florida. This time around I did a bit of exploring from a tourist point . I usually keep busy with my friends and family and relax at the beach, however this time around I decided to branch out a bit.  My time spent in Miami,Fl was focused on being active. So, if you can get yourself there, I’ll tell you how to enjoy yourself for A LOW PRICE and even FREE!

There is plenty to do while in Miami, let alone Florida as a whole. However, since I was in Miami I went to a few locations that I think will help guide you if you are looking to sight see that are FREE. Yes, you read that correctly….FREE! As a NYC city girl I like both the fast pace and suburbs. Thus going to Miami I was able to enjoy both while in downtown Miami. Its a community that highlights the arts with blocks designated for it called Wynwood Art District starting around Northwest 25th street and on.  It’s a visual mix of museums, painting, murals and graffiti art.  Literally every store or building has a different art piece. Some pieces have influences from artist you maybe familiar with. Driving to the district- within a few blocks I instantly began hopping in and out the car with my cousin to take photos. The beauty and energy of the artwork was electric, I leaped to the opportunity to be a part of them.

So, to fully enjoy this adventure; all you need is;

  1. Transportation: Get a designated driver who doesn’t mind stopping every time you see an art piece that draws your attention (I was definitely that person stopping ever other block). If you don’t have a car, don’t worry, there’s Citibike for bike riders, Uber taxis and buses that can take you there. If you get a chance check out Wynwood Walls, do so, its a laid back area to sit, eat, take pictures or just rest your feet. Did I mention that its surrounded with wall to wall art work (I hear a photo opportunity about to happen for you!)
  2. Be Prepared: wear comfortable footwear you will need it. Walking is great, bring snacks to hold you over until you find a restaurant. Remember there is no need to feel faint because you glucose level is going down. Keep that energy up!
  3. Camera/Phone
  4. Open mind, so you can find adventure everywhere.

Wynwood Art District

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Bayside, Downtown Miami

Attraction

There’s plenty to do at Bayside Marketplace, from the outside it looks like an arena but once inside you immediately transition to another scene.  When I initially took in the scenery; it felt like I was at a cruise port with the sun shining and the cool breeze from the water. The options of dining, watching a live band perform, a shopping center and water attractions will keep you busy. The marketplace center can be really busy and filled with people, but don’t let that detour you from going. There are areas that can make you feel the peaceful ambiance; like sitting on the seawall watching the boats go by while enjoying the sun kiss your skin (#IReallyEnjoyedMyTimeThere).  Walking around enjoying the scenery is free and calming. The sense of not feeling pressure to purchase anything but to sit, be still and enjoy the moment happens here. I believe in finding peace everyday and sometimes walking by the water does just that.

Dining
Latin America Restaurant| Bayside Miami

This was a highlight, especially since we ate at a wonderful restaurant that brought us our food immediately. Everything was well seasoned and portioned. Between the  beautiful waterfront seating, attentive service and did I mention GREAT FOOD, it was a wonderful dining experience.  I will definitely return to this place.

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Entree: Ground meat with green beans and peppers, plantains and white rice. $8.95

   Drink: Mango Daiquiri $10.95

Life Tip

Remember you only have one life to live, so find time to enjoy it. Continue in #ActivelyLIVING  while #LivingACTIVELY your life.

#HappyTravels

#NayTravels

#AprilTravels

 

23 Comments

  • Reply kemkem May 11, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Loved this post. We are headed to Miami in about 3 weeks for the first time and this will definitely be a must do. Love street art 🙂

  • Reply ohnikkashae May 11, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Nice!! I plan to go to Mami next month and I plan on visiting the walls!! I love the colorful art and walls.

    • Reply NaysVoice May 11, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Yes, bring your camera! Listen I did not know what Wynwood was until I went and it was great. Don’t forget the sneakers!

  • Reply Tia May 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I have been anxious to get to Miami to see all of the street art in the Wynwood District. Since I will have some time off this summer, I will definitely try to make the drive south for a few days. I love exploring a new city on a budget as there are often many free and low cost things to take advantage of as you have shown here.

    • Reply NaysVoice May 11, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Yes, I am for the exploring on a budget. The reason being is cause traveling already can be expensive so if I can help someone out there to enjoy this adventure on a budget I will. You go and have a wonderful time!!

  • Reply Tia @ Financiallyfitandfab May 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Great tips for traveling to Miami. Most recently I went last year. I never thought about getting a personal driver though. We ended up taking an uber or walking everywhere.

    • Reply NaysVoice May 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Lol, my driver was definitely my cousin and she enjoyed as well since she is a new photographer.

  • Reply MimiCuteLips (@mimicutelips) May 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    This is on my list for the next time I visit Miami. I love that place I swear I do. Bayside it cool, I’ve been there a few times. I try to do something different every time I go.

    • Reply NaysVoice May 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      This is a great place, check it out. Is there other gems in Miami that you know of? I go at least every other year.

  • Reply livelifewellblog5 May 11, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    You made me miss Miami! I lived there for 4 years for undergrad and it’s such an awesome city. I love the Wynwood area.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • Reply NaysVoice May 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      It’s a great place. Do you have any other spots to check out? I plan to return next year

  • Reply Jonna May 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I’ve never been to Miami but it’s a place I want to visit for sure. One day I’ll plan a trip there and check some of these spots out.

  • Reply Jonna May 11, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I want to go to Miami but I’ve yet to go. Hopefully soon I will and I’ll get to check out some of these spots.

    • Reply NaysVoice May 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Yea, check it out. Also check airlines. Miami can totally be a cheap round trip fare as well. My cost was well under $200 round trip.

  • Reply Holly May 11, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Miami has a bunch of cool things. I need to explore it a bit more.

  • Reply Jo May 12, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I love Miami. Funny enough, I enjoyed it more when I went solo vs going with friends. I felt they were on a champagne taste with beer money. It was frustrating. Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll be checking them out next time I go. 🙂

    • Reply NaysVoice May 13, 2016 at 10:32 am

      have a great time when you do.

  • Reply Amber Dorsey May 12, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Miami is seriously so beautiful. I haven’t been back in years but it was breathtaking when I was there. Oh and the food! so many good options!

    • Reply NaysVoice May 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Yes, the food is really good!!

  • Reply Indya May 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I lived in Miami for 8 years. There’s definitely plenty to do!

  • Reply heyitskaysways May 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I’ve been to FLA many times but never Miami, this is definitely a trip on the list for me & babe

  • Reply addicted2fries May 13, 2016 at 12:10 am

    I haven’t been to Miami in years! I guess I need to go back. Thanks for sharing these dining options and activities.

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