With its subtropical climate, Miami is a great winter getaway destination. During our December 2010 stay I intended to explore a Miami that goes beyond South Beach and the typical entertainment options. The first place I visited was Villa Vizcaya, a historic mansion with a gorgeous waterfront location , owned by an early 20th century industrialist. Along similar historic lines I visited the Spanish Monastery which is a real 12th century monastic complex built in Spain that was purchased and shipped over by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst.
I embarked on several exploration of Fort Lauderdale where I focused on the Las Olas Riverfront and the Atlantic Coast. One of the real highlights of this trip was a personal tour of Miami with local expert David Brown, the Urban Tour Host. We toured Little Haiti, one of Miami’s colourful neighbourhoods and connected with various locals along the way.
After exploring Bayfront Park, I also rented a bicycle, explored downtown Miami on two wheels and then cycled over to South Beach and spent some time at the Lincoln Road Mall and on Ocean Drive.
As the cold weather starts to settle in over Canada, it’s always a real treat to get away to a warm and sunny destination. And there is no closer and more convenient destination from Toronto… Read more.