Travel: Central & South Florida

When we decided to fly out to North Carolina in February I insisted that we end our trip laying on the beach in Miami. I knew that the sunshine would outweigh any unfortunate weather we would encounter the days before. Luckily for us, the weather was (almost) perfect on our trip! Because we spent some extra time in Charleston, SC, we ended up sacrificing most of our time in Savannah, GA and it became a brief stop for lunch. We dined at Soho South Cafe and ate some delicious peach cobbler! You must eat something with peaches when you drive through Georgia. The Savannah History Museum was the only sight we were able to visit before we were on the road again.

Time Spent: 4 days

The Adventure: 

Ocala was our first stop in Florida, where we spent the night with a friend and woke up early in the morning to swim with MANATEES! It was an incredible experience, and I’m so sad there are no photos or videos to prove it! Everything was extremely wet on our tour at Crystal River, but we had a blast swimming down river canals with these enormous creatures! I mean, how often can someone say they swam with manatees? Very cool. Other stops on our trip through Central Florida included Universal Studios, dinner at Tanners to try some fried gator, and  a stop at the local micro brewery in Winter Haven. We were so lucky to visit with some of our best friends on this trip to Florida, too!

One of our mornings called for some fresh squeezed Florida orange juice before the long drive to Miami, the last leg of our journey, and it was the perfect way to end our central Florida experience.

In Miami we stayed at an Air BnB in North Beach which was embedded into a neighborhood with plenty of local cuisine. And I’m talking about Cuban, Argentine, Peruvian, and Columbian. Our favorite food experience in Miami was breakfast at Sazon’s Cuban Cuisine, which was a quick 3 blocks away from where we were staying. We actually ate breakfast there twice because of their DELICIOUS Cafe con Leche. I also really enjoyed their breakfast and how they were right next to the beach – the perfect ingredients for a lovely beach day.

Another highlight for us was doing Jet Boat Miami, a not-your-average boat tour of Miami including high speeds, twists, turns, and loud music. I loved how we were able to get a 360 view of Miami, and see where celebrities like Ricky Martin and Will Smith have vacation homes.

We were very sad to leave Miami, and our amazing 8 day road trip. There were so many amazing memories that were made on this trip, and although all good things must come to an end we look forward to the next adventure.

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PS – Have you seen the video of our trip yet? Click here.

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