So as we awoke on the last day of our Caribbean cruise we looked out the window of our cabin and saw the sun rising over Miami. We knew then and there that after a short (but necessary) final breakfast aboard the boat we would soon be spending the next 24 hours exploring this very cool beachside city.

We checked into our hotel at Sense Beach House early in morning and immediately left our bags there and proceeded to do a lap of Ocean Drive. It was early enough in the day for the countless restaurants that line the strip to still be setting up for the day's trade but that just meant that all of the fitness minded locals were out out in force. Our time in Miami (or more to the point South Beach) saw us go up and down that same road three more times (once at lunch and twice more at dinner and later in the night) and the number of people that cram into it seem to swell as the day slipped away.

We found that the shops around SoBe to be pretty cool with all the major chains being located there but with most of their stock slanted towards are more beach theme. We also tried to dip our toes in the famous waters but found ocean to be a little cold and decided that people watching on the soft sand was a safer option.

I think that on our next trip here we would definitely get out to Little Havana, but Espanola Way which is only a few streets back of Ocean Drive was a simple alternative on this trip.

Sun, sand, partying and a great mix of culture – Miami is a great winter escape!

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