Wandering in Miami’s South Beach

A vacation isn’t a vacation unless one escapes the irritants of ownable life. Because really, where traveling is concerned, is that not what a temporary interlude is for? To run off to new reality and discover a hidden existence from apart from daily trifling. To discover there is more to the person than just making breakfast for the kids or working a 9 to 5 job. Traveling light is ascertaining there is MORE to life than what meets the budget or the eye.

To travel lightly has a lot of advantages, more so on the sanity of the person. It is to appreciate the beauty of the culture without literal and emotional baggage to carry around, half of which you don’t even need for a carefree jaunt. More than that, one will not be forced to take expensive accommodations because some form of protection is needed for all those material things.

The famed city of sun and sand, Miami, is a Bohemian respite. Do not expect another Soho or even a quaint San Francisco. There are no people in heels or expensive suits although this is not brought about by any lack of such whatsoever. Even if the place is one of the richest commercial beach towns, there are no airs of uptightness. Miami has energy in itself, albeit surprisingly calm amidst the cosmopolitan. South Beach is a myriad of skin, slip-ons, shorts, suntan lotion and more skin. In a place where nudity is pride, the laidback atmosphere will make a beach trip more than just visual pleasure.

South Beach is home to 7 miles of beach area where the traveler can engage in what philosophers refer to as ‘necessary boredom’. Swimming is a must, as is walking through the coastline, eating in the several seaside restaurants with access to affordable seafood, talking to pet owners or chess players, actively crisscrossing along with the thousands of bikes and rollerblades or just sitting by the coast with book and iPod ready.

If tired of the constant sunshine, go through Ocean Drive, home to the once infamous Art Deco Buildings of high crime rates. This only adds to the mysticism of the now historic area though. Don’t take a guided tour. Instead, stroll through the streets of Ocean Drive, 18th Street and Collins Avenue as if you had all the time in the world. Everywhere you go anyway, you’re sure to bound into one of the over 800 historic places in the district. The Streamline Moderne, a dominant area in the Art Deco style, is prominently evident in the Cardozo and Avalon Hotels. One can also visit the Wolfsonian-FIU museum, a fascinating display collection of the modern era.

Planning the trip on December? You might even chance upon the Art Basel Miami Beach, a display from almost 200 leading art galleries and over 1,500 artists. If not, there are still several public displays for artistic consumption whatever month you’re planning to travel.

Lincoln Road is also a great cultural sightsee even without visiting shops, boutiques and cafes. The on-street performance artists are constant wonders for tourists and locals alike. Lincoln road now reflects what architects dub as ‘MiMo’ or Miami Modern Architecture. The road itself was redesigned and is now home to concert halls, bars and restaurants but these shouldn’t be the main sightsee to a conscious traveler. Instead, go to Lincoln Theatre where a Frank-Gehry designed space can be seen. The theatre has a constant stream of upcoming artists whose performances are considered steals for such talents. For as little as $10 to $30, the traveler can now have access to Comedy Festivals, Indian Dance Festivals and Film festivals.

Even without paying, Lincoln Road can provide eye candy by going through galleries and studios for new artists at the Art Center South Florida.

South Beach Diet Reviews

Since the South Beach Diet was founded, there are thousands of people who have lost weight on it successfully. Dr. Agatston constantly receives feedback and letters talking about the diet. People who lose weight report that the diet isn’t difficult. They never felt hungry or deprived. Most of all, they felt that the basics were easy to remember and follow. After a while, they barely noticed that they were dieting.

The fact remains though that, occasionally, people do fail on this diet. What happens to those dieters?

There are several different reasons for failure. High expectations could cause you to fail. During Phase 1, you would have lost anywhere from 8 to 13 pounds. Then, you switch to Phase 2. At that point, your weight loss slows to about a pound or two a week. You’re tempted to go back to Phase 1. After all, it wasn’t that restrictive, was it?

Now, this could work for some people. But, the reality is that Phase 1 isn’t meant to be a long-term eating plan. You’re limited to a small palette of foods which is fine for a couple of weeks. After that, it gets boring and you start to cheat – just a little. But, just a little snowballs until you are cheating more than you are dieting.

Other pitfalls come in the form of daily intrusions. It could be travel that disrupts your schedule and limits your access to healthy foods. Long work hours, especially late nights at the office with pizza and soft drinks, interrupt your regime. Every day stress makes you reach for comfort foods – baked sweets, pies, cookies and chips.

The biggest culprit though can be the “falling off the wagon and forgetting to get back on” syndrome. You can do the diet perfectly for a while and then a special event comes along – a family reunion or your birthday. So, you take a break and eat whatever you want. But, it doesn’t stop there. The next day you continue to not pay attention. Pretty soon, your diet is a long way in the past and you’re back where you started.

Those are the most common pitfalls associated with the South Beach Diet. To minimize the likelihood that you fall into one, pay attention to a few things. Move on to Phase 2 after the first two weeks. Make time for yourself and your health – it’s worth it.

Finally, no matter what happens, today is a new day. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, just get back on. Just keep in mind this weigh truism. You didn’t gain the weight in a day and you’re not going to lose it in a day. The good news is you can’t gain it all back in a day either.

SoBe on Miami Beach

It looms before you: the be-all-end-all of tropical, hedonistic nightlife. Miami Beach has eclipsed New York, and Los Angeles as the number one spot for nightlife in the United States (placing it high on the running for number one nightlife hotspot worldwide). Miami Beach is a magical land filled with cigarette boats, white-sand beaches, models at photo shoots, and unbelievably good (if overpriced) restaurants. It is the revelers dream, and has to be experienced first hand to be believed.

There are many attractions on Miami Beach that don’t relate to either nightlife or sunbathing, but honestly, those are the main reasons to travel to Miami Beach. And if you’re going to Miami Beach for nightlife, look no further than South Beach (or SoBe, to the people who want to sound like they are hip).

Everything about SoBe is designed to overload your senses. The beautiful people, the thumping music, the sultry heat, and the fruity drinks (always in abundance) are all part of a vast, naturally occurring conspiracy to make you spend freely and have an amazing time (which separates SoBe from most other tourist destinations that seek only to separate you from your money). There are innumerable restaurant/bar/nightclub combinations, which makes it easy to tailor your night out to be exactly what you feel like. Have a hankering for a luxurious, exciting beach party full of models? Head over to Nikki Beach. Feel like some cheap drinks at more of a dive bar (that is nonetheless occasionally frequented by drag queens)? Head over to Mac’s Club Deuce. There are clubs and activities to suit any palette, in South Beach, and the best thing you can do is explore.

What better way to explore South Beach could there be than in a limousine from Mirage Limo? The answer: none. Experts universally agree that the limo is the best method of transportation on South Beach for the following reasons: You don’t have to worry about parking, you don’t have to worry about having a little too much to drink, and the fact you are coming out of a limousine only helps your chances at getting into clubs. So remember, when you’re going to the clubs of SoBe on Miami Beach, keep us in mind.