Spring break found the Hartshorn family in tropical Miami. Mac and I lived there for many years so we have our favorite places that we’ve shared with our girls who now enjoy them as well. So much has changed in 25 years since I first arrived in Miami but there are still some old haunts that we return to time after time. Miami Beach Spring Break
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo for snorkeling in the country’s 1st undersea park. This is only living coral reef in the continental United States.
Miami Watersports for Catamarans – Hobie Cat Rentals- We make a point to rent a catamaran and sail around Biscayne Bay. This year the wind was up and we flew!
Puerto Sagua – Fantastic food at a true Collins Avenue landmark diner serving Cuban specialties
La Sandwicherie – Two locations! Super fresh sandwiches on crusty baguettes served with their special dressing.
Wynwood– This bohemian enclave has already been spoiled by big businesses so sadly some of the cool artists cannot afford the area but it is still a super destination The Wynwood Walls mural and sculpture project has brought the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art to Miami. Also visit Wynwood Yard – an outdoor space filled with innovative food trucks and offering live music most evenings.
Although we stay with family, I love the hotels in Miami. The design, the signature scent as you walk into a lobby just screams luxury. I usually do a little research before our trip to see what’s hot in hotels. I am thrilled to say that the girls now like to join me on my adventures. Miami Beach Spring Break
While 1Hotel is still our favorite, second at the top of my list has to be the Faena Hotel in the Faena Arts District. The hotel features over-the-top Miami decor including red velvet and animal print upholstery and my favorite thing of all- a Damien Hirst installation of a glass-enclosed, gilded wooly mammoth skeleton entitled “Gone But Not Forgotten”. The Faena has 7 bar/restaurants on the property. We enjoyed an amazing Asian fusion meal at Pao followed by a very entertaining burlesque show in the hotel’s cozy theater. The live music and raunchy show made us feel like we had stepped back in time to the 1940’s. We ended our evening with drinks at Juvia, a spectacular ultra-modern space atop a designer parking garage with amazing views of Miami. Miami Beach Spring Break