Fun things to do in South Florida

Fun things to do in South Florida

My ultimate guide for you to find fun things to do in South Florida.

Southern Florida is the perfect destination for you to ralax and escape from the cold climate. Besides relaxing at the beach, there are many fun things to do in South Florida. South Florida is a home to the incredible natures and natural habitat, and there are many state parks and national parks. There area many fun things to do no matter what ages and interests you have. Here are some things I’d recommend doing, along with places to eat and stay.


Things to Do

Wynwood Walls

The walls and doors are soaked with bright, eclectic street art and graffiti. This is not just simple graffiti, but an outdoor art museum to be enjoyed for free. It is just 20 minutes away from South Beach. Whether you love Graffiti or not, I guarantee that you will be impressed and inspired upon visiting – the raw talent exhibited here is impressive and refreshing. This place also offers plenty of restaurants, shops, stores, and even night clubs. It’s a perfect place to have fun in South Florida! If you want to check out more contemporary arts, there is a museum called Pérez Art Museum Miami, 10 minutes away from Wynwood Walls. The admission is $16 for adults and $12 for youths.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Wynwood Walls

2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127


Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is located South West of Miami, and it is well known for the largest subtropical ecosystem in the United States. It is also famous for a bunch of wild alligators. It was my first time to ever see wild alligators, so I was very excited. If you visit Everglades, I strongly recommend you take airboat guided tours. The scenery was astonishing, and our guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and plants. We learned so much about Everglades ecosystem and habitats which are connected by wetlands and water bodies.We saw 2 alligators and even 3 wild raccoons! Some of the boat take you close to alligators, while others focus more on explaining the natural beauty of the environment. No matter what you want to see, you will have an experience of a lifetime. The ride was smooth but exhilarating.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours

905 Dupont St, Everglades City, FL 34139

(239) 695-4675


John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located in Key Largo. It is the first undersea park in the United States, and most visors enjoy the beautiful coral reefs and their marine life. There are many unique activities to do, such as glass-bottom boat trip, snorkeling tours, scuba diving, kayaks, and a small beach to relax. It is recommended to do glass-bottom boat trip.

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Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the US national park, which is protecting the northernmost Key West, mangrove shorelines, and living coral reefs. At Biscayne National Park, you will encounter diverse and colorful aquatic life, including sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, and more than 500 species of fish. You can snorkel and watch wildlife, but you can also simply relax ash the beach. During November and April, you have a chance to even a manatee. It is definitely a fun place to explore in South Florida.

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What to Eat

Mignonette

I introduced Wynwood Walls earlier for their vibrant murals, but there’s also a great seafood restaurant nearby.  The name is Mignonette Miami. Reservations are suggested as this place is busy. It had high reviews on Yelp, so our expectations were high, but it didn’t disappoint us!

For appetizers,  I recommend trying a sampler plate of the oysters, so you can get tastes of the different selections from West coast to East coast. Each oyster was fresh and excellent. We also tried their clam chowder and Lobster Deviled Eggs, and my highlight was definitely the chowder! It was probably the best chowder I ever had. For entrees, each one of us got the lobster roll and it was absolutely delicious. Their portion of lobster was very generous, and the crusty bread was delightful. For dessert, I strongly recommend you try their bread pudding! It was a butterscotch bread pudding with cayenne whipped cream, and the flavors were to die for.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Mignonette Miami

210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132

(305) 374-4635


A La Folie Café

A La Folie Cafe – This place was such a gem! I loved everything about it – I felt like I was in Paris. The interior was lovely and comfortable (there was even a cute kitty!), and their crape was phenomenal. I had a crape called NORMANDE – caramelized apples with a Calvados cream sauce. It was not too sweet and the flavor was absolutely delightful. Their cappuccino was perfectly presented as well.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

A La Folie Café

516 Espanola Way Miami Beach, FL 33139

(786) 485-1393


Where to Stay

North Miami is a popular place to stay in Miami, but it is usually very crowded, loud, and expensive. If you are looking for hotels to relax in front of a beautiful beach, I recommend you stay at Grand Beach Hotel Surfside – located in the vibrant town of Surfside, Florida. The hotel is right in front of the ocean, so all you have to do is walk out the back door and you will be amazed by their beautiful private beach. The hotel provides chairs, umbrellas, and towels.

The room was very spacious, clean, and decorated in all white. The big balcony was a big plus, and the ocean view from the balcony was breathtaking. We also loved the super comfortable king bed. Besides the room, our favorite part of the hotel was their adult-only rooftop pool. Spectacular views, and you can have nice cocktails with great service. It’s definitely a perfect spot for romantic evening.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Grand Beach Hotel Surfside

9449 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154

(305) 534-8666


I hope this helped you to find fun things to do in South Florida. Hope you will visit there soon, I am sure you will have a lovely and satisfying experience 🙂

XOXO,

❤︎❤︎Yoki❤︎❤︎

Disney Dream Cruise

Have you experienced any cruises? If not, maybe you are wondering which cruise you should take… We recommend you experience Disney Dream. You might think a Disney Cruise is for a family with kids, but this cruise provides unforgettable experiences for senior/younger couples as well.

 

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Recreation

The ship was fabulous, clean, and nicely decorated. Surprisingly, Disney had quite a bit of adult only entertainment during the cruise. In addition to the enforced adults only swimming pool /deck area, Spa&Salon, and the adults only night clubs, there were also activities for just adults, such as games, trivia, quizzes, quest, etc.

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Rooms

Our room was beautiful and roomy. It had a nice size veranda & very comfy bed, and it was cleaned twice daily. There was a separate room for the toilet and the shower that I really appreciated. The room service was also great! They brought us breakfast every morning so we could enjoy eating on our veranda. It was such a great experience. We also loved how the room attendant left towels in the shape of animals in our cabin every night along with chocolates.

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Pools

There are 6 kinds of pools. You have a big water coaster to enjoy, but there’s also a quiet cove pool, designed for Guests 18 years of age and older. The huge deck is for dance parties and “dive-in” movies. There’s also a free ice cream shop. You can enjoy unlimited ice cream anytime.  In the night, the lights are up and the view is so dreamy.

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Destinations

Nassau Island

Although we usually don’t hear great things about Nassau, we loved how colorful the city was! People tend to experience dolphin encounter in Nassau, but it is so expensive (over $260!), so we decided to relax at The Tiki Bikini Hut. One of the best things about this hut is that it is so close to the cruise port – 15 mins by walk. They provide free wifi, and the staff was very friendly! Drinks were delicious and their jerk chicken was to die for!!

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Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay is Disney’s beautiful private island, and it is just what you expect from a private island. It was clean and quiet, and it offers good food and friendly service. The ocean was crystal blue and it was very relaxing.

 

 

 

We booked Castaway Cay Sandbar Beach Adventure beforehand, and we cannot recommend it enough. There were only 2 couples (besides us) attending the adventure, and it was very quiet and beautiful moment. This was definitely my favorite experience from Disney Cruise. We took off on an exhilarating ride across the Bahamian waters to a charming, deserted sandbar, only available for anchoring at low tide. They gave us a couple of cups of Bahamian Rums and Coke, and they were delicious!!

 

 

 

 

Dining

Palo

Palo is an adult-exclusive restaurant serving Italian Cuisine in a luxury setting with stunning seaside views. Fine Italian begins with artfully prepared antipasti. For our main course we chose Osso Buco di Vitello — Slow roasted centre cut Veal Shank with Gremolata and Risotto Milanese. The flavor was phenomenal. For a sweet ending, we recommend you try the chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean and chocolate sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remy

A French-inspired menu of superior seasonal ingredients ensures dining at Remy is always a first-rate affair. We joined Remy Dessert Experience. It is an adults-only dining event, and you can enjoy a 5-course dessert menu, dessert wine, coffee and an in-depth discussion with the Executive Chef. As each dessert is presented, they’ll explain its history and evolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast

Their breakfast was buffet style. They were simple but delicious!

 

 

 

Overall, Disney Dream was AMAZING.  I could go on and on and I know that I have left several things out. I could not have asked for a more perfect vacation! It was a gorgeous ship with amazingly friendly staffs. Who knew Disney Cruise was for adults to enjoy?  I simply can’t wait to do it again. You need to go book this cruise NOW!  Hope this helps future travelers 🙂

 

XOXO,

♥♥Yoki♥♥

Adventure in Costa Rica

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One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Costa Rica was to explore its beautiful wildlife! This was my first solo trip, so I wanted a knowledgeable local guide, and then I found Bucus Tours, located in Manzanillo, Costa Rica.  Manzanillo is located on the east coast of Costa Rica, a 4 hour drive from the capital city of San Jose.

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The town of Manzanillo is a tropical paradise getaway. A relatively quiet area with only a few tourists here and there, it is known for the most scenic beaches in Costa Rica with fantastic weather all year round.

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Things to know before your tour :

  • Each tour is 4.5 hours
  • Bring water (It was extremely warm and humid there)
  • Sun block and hat
  • Good hiking boots
  • Long Trousers if possible
  • Camera with long lens (Lots of animals were out there)

I was excited to take this tour because it has amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. Omar is the man who showed me around. I did 3 tours with Omar: Dolphin Tour, Kayak Tour, and Jungle Hike.

 

Dolphin Tour

This was my first time to ever encounter wild dolphins… They were swimming around us for a while as if they were greeting. It was an unforgettable experience.

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Kayak Tour

Can you tell how peaceful it was from the pictures? Just be prepared to paddle on this tour because you will be kayaking for a while. I was exhausted by the end of the tour but it was worth it.

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Jungle Hike

Omar spotted animals from miles away that would just look like a shadow to us. We saw all kinds of creatures, such as a viper, sloths, monkeys, and snakes! His knowledge, love for nature, stories and sense of humor added even better experiences.

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It was less like a tour and more like hanging out with an old friend who is showing you his home. I strongly recommend it!

cabinasbucus@gmail.com
Tel: (00506) 2759 9143 / 8932 0030
ww.costa-rica-manzanillo.com

 

It was my first solo travel, but at the end I made some friends. If you are afraid of solo traveling but want to go exploring, just do it! You won’t regret it.

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Hope you will enjoy the beauty of wildlife, as much as I did!

PURA VIDA xxxx

♥♥Yoki♥♥

Fairytale City in Mexico

When you think about Mexico, Cancun, Yucatan, Tulum, and Mexico City are easily on your top destinations to visit. But today I want to introduce a magical city called San Miguel de Allende.  It’s easy to swoon over the 500-year-old colonial city’s narrow walkways, baroque architecture and artisan shops selling plenty of crafts, jewelry and handmade accessories. This city is truly out of a fairytale.

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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

This city is well known for the church called Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. The church was built in 17th-century, and it is surrounded by beautiful garden. It is known for its soaring pink spires & lofty, ornate sanctuary.

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Guanajuato

If you visit San Miguel, don’t forget to explore around downtown Guanajuato as well. You will love the beautiful colonial city with lots of colorful buildings.

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Getting to San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Leon Airport. Most major rental car companies are on the grounds of the airport. There are also taxis, group shuttles, and private shuttles available. Shuttle services and private drivers should be booked in advance.

Approximate cost from Leon Airport to San Miguel
Taxis = $100 USD
Group Shuttles = $25 USD
Private Drivers = $75 USD

 

I hope I inspire you to visit this beautiful city in Mexico. You won’t regret it!

 

♥♥Yoki♥♥

 

Luxury in Bali: Ayana Resort and Spa

Luxury in Bali: Ayana Resort and Spa

 

Everyone loves Bali. One of the great things about Bali is to stay at a beautiful villa and enjoy relaxing. Ayana Resort and Spa is a perfect place for you to relax, refresh, and have unforgettable experiences. We have never felt more welcome in any other inn or hotel we have stayed at and I have to add that this was one of the most comfortable and spoiling experiences in my life!

 

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ROOMS:

There are 3 kinds of rooms; Guest Suites, Guest Rooms, and Villas. This time we stayed at one of the villas with private pool. The room was surrounded by beautiful garden, and it was perfect to enjoy the lazy days with no disturbances.

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POOL & BEACH:

There are 12 magnificent swimming pools. I spent most of my time at River Pool, but I strongly recommend Ocean Beach Pool.

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DINING:

There are over 15 restaurants/bars in Ayana Resort and Spa. Each restaurant offers amazing quality food and service. Our favorite dining was Rock Bar (Tapas and Mediterranean) , Sami Sami (Italian), and Kisik Bar & Grill (Balinese Seafood).

Rock Bar

Ayana Resort is well known for this Rock Bar. The view was breathtaking and their cocktails were delicious.

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Sami Sami

It is a stylish open-air restaurant located directly above Rock Bar, offering brilliant views any time of day. Needless to say, the food was outstanding. Sami Sami has good selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, seafood, meat, and desserts. Their cocktails were awesome too.

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Kisik Bar & Grill

I strongly recommend you to go during magical sunset time. The place was surrounded by beautiful Indian Ocean, and the table was set right on the sand. The restaurant also offers delicious seafood, such as lobster, prawn, calamari and deep sea fish, grilled just the way you like it.

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Breakfast

I loved their breakfast. You can choose any style you like from European, American, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian.

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If you are looking for a place to stay in Bali, Ayana Resort and Spa is the place for you!

Hope you will visit there soon and please let me know your experiences there.

 

♥♥Yoki♥♥