Miami, Florida: The Quick Fix for a Tropical Island Getaway

Throughout my travels, I’ve discovered that Miami, Florida is the closest you can get to a tropical island without actually leaving the continental US. The water is actually blue (and not the muddy brown that we East Coast beach goers are stuck with), the scenery is gorgeous, and the food is to die for! I went for the first time last year and fell head over heels in love. So naturally, when it was decided that Miami would be the choice for the bachelorette party of a family member, I was super excited. And this year, Miami did not disappoint! (Overall, at least.)

We started (and ended) with Soyka Restaurant, where the food was fresh and the décor was very tropical. We tried a variety of things on the menu, but my favorite item was the chicken lettuce wraps, which were so delicious! I tried their salmon burger too, which was beautifully presented with cucumber and avocado. The first few bites were yummy, but the more I ate it, the more “over it” I was about the sandwich. I wouldn’t order it again, but I need to recreate those chicken lettuce wraps for myself here at home because they were everything I needed.

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This yacht was everything! I bought these shades from Sunglass Spot for this specific photo concept, and it worked!

The main event was our yacht ride on the water Saturday morning. After all, it wouldn’t be a bachelorette party without a yacht, right? I was so grateful the weather held up for us for just long enough, because it poured for a lot of the time we were there (you would think it’s a monsoon, with how heavy the rain gets in Miami!). I loved it so much! This was my first experience with a private boat, and it was amazing. We stopped at a sandbar in the middle of the ocean, and it felt weird being able to hop off the boat and be able to stand in waist-deep water at that point, but it was great. We ended up hitting Duffy’s afterward for drinks and appetizers. Their pineapple martini is so good! Almost as good as my favorite pineapple martini from Bonefish Grill…I ended up ordering two. (Needless to say, this was a very boozy weekend!)

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I really felt the strength of Cuban culture and influence in Miami. Definitely have to try Cuban food when I come back!

From the waves, endless laughs, the amazing food, and the memories that were made, I’m happy we made it back in one piece. Miami is one of my favorite places (mainly because I haven’t traveled internationally yet), and I look forward to my next adventure there.

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