I hope you enjoyed last weeks post about our flight to Miami. It was supposed to be joined in with this post, but as I was writing it the page got longer and longer until I realised I should split it into two posts. So here is the second half!
We landed in the mid afternoon, and after the endless faff of getting through American customs we were in America! To make life easier we hired a car, and Rich was desperate to drive a Ford Mustang again. The hire costs weren't bad at all, and it meant we were free to go wherever we wanted to whenever we wanted to. Fitting 2 huge suitcases and our hand luggage into the car was... interesting. We ended up dropping the roof and sticking one of the massive suitcases into the back seat!
Okay, so I totally forgot to take any photos of our hotel room in Miami. I did vlog it however, and the vlog will be going up soon... potentially next week? We stayed at Z Ocean South Beach in one of their spa suites, and it was lovely. There was a huge shower, a mini kitchen and a hot tub on the balcony. We couldn't see the sea from our room, but the hotel was on the street where a lot of bars are so we loved being all wrapped up in our fluffy robes watching the people out partying every night. The noise wasn't a problem at all though.
The first day we headed off to Aventura Mall, which is something like the 4th biggest Mall in America, so I could go shopping and squeal over American accents. It was so good, and we had a great day wandering around looking at things, and I definitely spent far too long in Bath and Body Works smelling candles and hand sanitiser.
Very luckily for me, the mall had a Cheesecake Factory, which is a place I've wanted to visit forever. There was a long wait for tables, but I didn't care, I was so so excited!
The meal was so so good. It's lucky they don't have a Cheesecake Factory in the UK otherwise I'd be there all the time. We had nachos to start (of course) followed by a beasty sandwich (I could only eat half of it, thank goodness for the American custom of doggy bags!) with the most amazing fries ever. I love the courgette fries you get at Byron, so as soon as I saw they had zuchinni, mushroom and avocado fries on the menu I was sold. They were so good!
Of course though, it was the Cheesecake Factory, so we had to eat some cheesecake. After struggling with which to choose for ages I finally opted for the red velvet cheescake and it was beautiful. If I could marry a cheesecake I would marry this one. We desperately need a Cheesecake Factory in the UK!
Completely stuffed we slowly headed back to the hotel and had a chilled out evening in the hot tub watching all the people partying in Miami. Bliss.
The next morning we had yummy breakfasts and then headed out for an explore of Miami beach. It was our last full day in Miami, so we wanted to make the most of it.
The beach itself was gorgeous, and we spent a bit of time relaxing on the sunbeds that are provided, along with towels, by the hotel. Even though it was the middle of February, it was still gorgeously sunny and warm and if you weren't such a vampire as me, you'd be able to get a decent tan.
A huge part of the enjoyment of Miami Beach was people watching. Just from a short wander we saw lots of people rollerskating along, a model on a photoshoot, and countless people working out. The beach gym equipment looked excellent, and the people doing yoga were so good!
One of Rich's requests for the time in Miami was to go out for a burger, and he found a place on Tripadvisor which got great reviews, Burger & Beer Joint, so we headed off to fill our faces (yet again). By this point (3 days into the honeymoon!) I was beginning to get sick of food already, as I'd been eating soooooo much! So, I thought I'd be good and opt for a salad. Then the salad arrived and it was in a mixing bowl it was that huge. Oops. It was so tasty though, and the courgette fries and super huge onion rings were incredible. Rich loved his burger as well, and we are both a huge fan of the American way of being able to have unlimited diet coke wherever we go.
Yet again we waddled back to the hotel for our final night on land before heading to the cruise ship.
We drove ourselves to the cruise terminal the next day as it was only about 45 minutes away from South Beach. Rich loved this car so much, he was genuinely sad to see it go when we handed it back in Fort Lauderdale. We got a transfer back to the cruise terminal, and began to check in on the ship... which will be what I talk about next Wednesday!
If you're thinking that I just ate on honeymoon, you'd be pretty right. American food is so good, and the portion sizes are all so huge. I can officially never move to America otherwise I'd be overweight before I knew it!