Thursday, March 29, 2012

Miami Spring Break

Miami is one of the hotspots for Spring Break, when college students flock to and invade the warmer states, notably Florida.It isn't everyone's piece of cake- if you are looking for a quiet and relaxed roadtrip with your motorhome hire, stay away! But if you're up for a little partying (or a LOT), why not join in? Who says you have to be a scantily-clad student to experience Spring Break!

Miami is more spread out than somewhere like New York, so there are RV Parks right in town in some places.This makes it easy to get in amongst your action whilst living in your motorhome! If you want to stay somewhere a little more peaceful and scenic, there are places such as the Miami Everglades Resort which have the best of both worlds.

When and where does the fun take place? Probably after 2pm, when the students make it out of bed and on to the beach.For the quintessential spring break beach, try Miami's South Beach for people-watching and strutting your stuff. There's a 'clothing optional' beach at Haulover Beach, for the naturalists among us. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park at the bottom of Key Biscayne has a beautiful beach and also a historical lighthouse which you can tour. Virginia Key Beach is also popular, located right off the I-95 across the Rickenbacker Causeway. There is of course also the main beach that runs in front of the Miami Beach city centre, from Bal Harbour down to South Point.

 Bill Baggs State Park
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Miami Beach during Spring Break
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Next on the agenda is food- Miami's food is known for ethnic diversity so you can try whatever takes your fancy. Perricone's Marketplace is a favourite for Italian. and The Palm is a classic steakhouse. Miami is home to a number of Orthodox jews so you can easily go kosher. Iron sushi in South Beach is popular for a quick bite, and Cafe Charlotte is great for Argentine food at a good price. Just walk around when hunger strikes and you are sure to come across whatever cuisine you feel you want.

Nightlife is the reason that many visit Miami, especially during Spring Break season! Tobacco Road is an old favourite, no fills-style place with greasy hamburgers and live jazz. In South Beach, the Clevelander is iconic and hosts wild parties any night of the week. Just down the road, Mango's Tropical Cafe brings the latin beats. Mansion, an old movie theatre, is for the hardcore- it opens at 11pm and closes at 5am. Miami even has a club called BED that is full of actual beds, so you can lie down whilst sipping cocktails.

 Clevelander, South Beach
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For the more typical tourist activities, or in between, bed, beach and nightclub, Miami has several things to offer. Zoo Miami is one, a cageless zoo with an exceptionally wide variety of critters from different continents.There is also a seaquarium, and of course the Everglades to get your nature fill- you can walk, canoe or take an airboat to get around this unique natural phenomena.

 Miami's Seaquarium
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So, if you want your US roadtrip to include a party, time it to include Miami in early May when most schools let out for Spring Break. It's certainly a memorable experience!

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