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.

Why Miami Beach Is For Paradise Lovers

We will tell you why Miami Beach is a paradise lovers dream come true! With over 7 miles of beaches, 20 parks and oodles of culture and art, what’s not to love! This awesome tropical place is where you can truly let your hair down and ditch the suit and tie. Full of nightly entertainment, pubs, clubs and dining, this island city is a favorite of many people of all ages.

Aside from being known as a tourist hot spot for years, Miami Beach has developed and expanded in a variety of ways. Visitors can now enjoy an espresso on Lincoln Road, a happy hour cocktail on South Beach, or dancing the night away at one of the many clubs on Washington Avenue. Collins Avenue is home to world-class international hotels and this famous avenue is also known as, “Millionaire’s Row”. Looking for some peace and quiet? Head to North Miami Beach and visit the beaches in the area.

Miami is an electric city! It’s an international melting pot that includes an exotic skyline and trend setters. Miami is known around the globe as the ‘Magic City’ and you can sense the Miami vibes as you feel the tropical weather, and as you view the breath taking ocean scenery. Whether you’re taking in the view of South Beach only a few miles from downtown, or sipping a strong cup of Cuban coffee in Miami’s Little Havana, you’ll understand why Miami is a truly a popular location for Europeans, South Americans, and pretty much anyone else looking to ride the waves and join in the fun.

You are guaranteed to have the time of your life when visiting Miami Beach! There are shops to visit, art and culture to experience, and taste bud tingling food to sample by world-famous chefs! Enjoy your vacation and drop us a note to tell us how your trip went in this fabulous city! Experience paradise!

Adventure Travel – South Carolina

Adventures – South Carolina

If you seek a travel adventure in South Carolina you can find it. Looking for some peace and quiet you can travel in a canoe down one of the rivers, hike a trail, take a scenic drive and find that peace. Want to swim in the surf and wriggle your toes in the sand? South Carolina has everything a person with a little time and an adventure in there heart desires.

The Atlantic Ocean has always been an influence in South Carolina the Pee Dee Indians lived here when the Spanish first arrive in 1521. The Ocean brings visitors from all over the world here even today.

The most familiar beaches in South Carolina are worth visiting Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head stop here and taking in with the rest of the tourist. If you are seeking adventure and relaxation you need to travel farther down the coast to Edisto Beach.

Sun worshipers who enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach and either camping, staying in a cabin will be able to watch the sunrise and set by staying at Edisto Beach State Park. The area has large Palmettos, salt marsh and miles of white sandy beaches. The endangered loggerhead turtle hatches eggs in the area and there are sea birds and other wildlife. You can fish in fresh or salt water enjoy the wild flowers and tide pools at low tide. You can hike along the ocean or enjoy hiking through the groomed trails that are handicapped accessible.

When you are ready to head inland and see some of the forest and rivers of South Carolina for a view back into history, see some great old plantations and discover the starting of the European and African settlement you want to travel Ashley River Road.

This road for its eleven miles offers some of the best old gardens in the area views of wildlife and it will remind you why you traveled here in the first place.

Traveling further inland to the Greenville area you can catch the sights and sounds off the beaten path, enjoy true southern hospitality. One of the favorites with the locals is Stumphouse Tunnel I guess you would say it is the southern version of the redwood tunnel in California. It is more than a curiosity and stopping here and taking a hike to the beautiful Issaqueena Falls will give you memories you won’t soon forget.

You will want to travel through South Carolina using Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. This highway will take you past winding rivers, streams, covered bridges, artisan center where you can view over a hundred local artist work. You will want to take days if not weeks or months exploring the entire area.

If you travel off the beaten path you will discover adventure, satisfaction and have memories that will last a lifetime. Once your in South Carolina you will experience some of the best food, ocean views and breath taking beauty anywhere.