Pit-Stop in Miami Beach – Our Trip After The Hurricane

We were in Miami and it was the shortest visit I have ever planned in a city I was super keen on exploring. The hurricane Irma hit Florida on the exact day of my originally-planned trip, so we headed to the Bahamas for a bit longer instead.

I was still eager to see the city, even if it meant a day trip, so I came up with a great plan called a pit stop in Miami. 24 hrs ( in fact it was around 5/6 hrs for ‘sightseeing’) only allows you to explore as little as Miami Beach – that’s for sure.

I made a plan to ‘visit’ and see 3 major places I could not miss :

  1. Ocean Drive 
  2. Art Deco District
  3. South Beach

Luckily, all of them were not really ‘a place’, but the sort of districts, next to each other. The last thing I wanted was to run around Miami Beach like a crazy person.

We landed in Miami Airport and drove to Miami Beach (20 minutes), where is was possible to leave the luggage for a day – the luggage place is located in a strategic location, as it was super close to South Beach as well as Art Deco District, not to mention Ocean Drive was a stone’s throw away.

 

My impressions?

Well, I really have to come back to share any sort of constructive opinion, as the majority of Miami Beach was destroyed by Irma The Hurricane. Not badly destroyed of course, but it interrupted my vision of this lovely city.

As first we planned to walk the whole Ocean’s Drive. Our original plan was to rent a car and drive through the city, but well –  we thought it did not make any sense to just rent it for a couple of hours. WRONG! It not only does make sense, but would save you some money – it costs less than the luggage store + taxi or even the bus tickets for a day. Rent a car in Miami.

What we saw on the famous Ocean’s Drive was loads of trash, palms trees on the pavements, as well as the bars and posh restaurants full of half naked drunk people on the other side. It’s not like I am criticizing – I would have done the same thing as it was impossible (ok, let’s say hardly possible) to swim in the ocean, and chilling on the beach was not an option. There were several engineering works on the beach, and the water was more of a mud than the crystal clear ocean Miami is known for.

I was (still am) very impressed by the art deco buildings. I am a big fan of an art deco architecture so I always enjoy admiring it, especially in the US. I felt like I was thrown into the Golden Era – everything was as it appears in the movies.  It put me in a good mood although I was super tired and disappointed. Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District is made up of 800+ buildings and structures built between 1923 and 1943.

When decades of neglect nearly caused Miami’s Art Deco scene to be forgotten, Miami Design Preservation League was founded in order to prevent it from being demolished. It was thanks to MDPL Art Deco in Miami gained national protection, motivating designers and developers to bring out the area’s Art Deco elements and restore its pastel boutique hotels to their original style. I was very impressed how well-kept it looked. I thought it must make a great source of inspiration for many fashion designers – I remember my first university project was concentrated around the 1920’s era.

 

Dress – NA-KD, get similar here

The Art Deco Historic District is located on Miami Beach between 5th Street and 23rd Street, along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue.

I call Miami a perfect destination for people seeking for an inspiration. It is known for being a ‘party destination’, but I think it is so much more than that.

 

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63 Comments

  • Maray October 19, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Beautiful places, kisses!

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    • Claudia October 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      <3

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  • Veronika October 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    This looks so lovely, and you red dress is amazing !!

    Cheers
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    • Claudia October 19, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks Veronika <3

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  • lau October 19, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    beautiful and nice outfit! It’s sad the hurricane took much away

    xx
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    • Claudia October 19, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      <3 <3 <3

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  • Kathrine Eldridge October 20, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I love the pics of Miami and I adore your red dress! It’s so stunning on you.

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  • Marina W October 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Beautiful view ! I love your red dress as well 🙂

    – Marina

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    • Claudia October 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Thank you xxx

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  • Kathi October 20, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Wow that Outfit is so great honey!
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    • Claudia October 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Thanks xx

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  • Stella October 20, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Wow Miami seems so wonderful! I hope I can visit one day soon 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration and love your dress and look by the way!
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    • Claudia October 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      I really recommend to visit <3

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  • Purpurowy Księżyc October 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Great photos 😉

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  • Dasynka October 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Oh I’m so sad for what happens… but glad that you had a good time anyway 🙂
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  • Amanda October 20, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! I’m glad Miami is looking better now

    xxAmanda
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  • Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats October 21, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Loving your photos of Miami, and your red dress is perfect for the colourful architecture. Must have been interesting to see it in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane but hopefully all will be calm next time you visit!

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    • Claudia October 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Hopefully 🙂

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  • Faith Coates October 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I have to admit I am not a Miami fan at all – I do love the architecture along the beachfront and of course seeing all those 30’s buildings is quite remarkable and some places the food is superb but I do find that it lacks soul. As a Canadian who watched way too many episodes of Miami Vice back in the day maybe I have been influenced by TV lol…..

    On the other hand I did love your photos, that dress is gorgeous and the contrast of it against the scenery is really nice.

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    • Claudia October 21, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Thank you so much 🙂 I am aware there are not so many people in love with Miami – I stil this it’s worth seeing, even in order to compare it to the other art deco places. xx

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  • Kristin October 21, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I am ashamed to say that I lived in Florida for 4 years and never went to Miami! I would love the art deco buildings. One might almost mistake some of your photos for being in Southern California! Also, your red dress is stunning!

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    • Claudia October 21, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Wow, really? But so it is – when you live somewhere you are not really keen on exploring the surroundings. xx

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  • Lakshmi October 21, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Would love to go to Miami sometime..i almost got an opportunity recently but it did not happen..beautiful pics…

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    • Claudia October 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

      such a shame, but on the other hand – maybe it’s better to go in other season 🙂

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  • Lisa October 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

    We love travelling in the US but still need to get to Miami. Great photos

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    • Claudia October 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

      You would love it 🙂

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  • Aga October 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

    You look so stylish in that dress!

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  • Dawn October 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Lovely pics! I am sure it was a little different visiting after the Hurricane but it really is a great city. Did you have a Cuban sandwich?

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  • selma October 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    ncie post. beautiful pics 🙂

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  • Weekend Haven October 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    The art deco buildings in Miami and palm trees are stunning. You look amazing on your dress too.

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  • Valeria Chizhova October 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Everything look so beautiful ♥
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  • Eva October 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    For some reason I have never been fascinated with Miami. The only thing I like is that Dexter was filmed there and I used to love it 😀 It’s sad to see the damage after the hurricane, hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

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  • Harija October 22, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Great content and love your thoughts on this post
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  • Agness of Fit Travelling October 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Stunning pictures. The Art Deco Historic District seems definitely worth visiting. How many days would you recommend staying in Miami?

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  • Ellie October 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing!<3
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  • Nina Nguyen October 22, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Beautiful photos doll!
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  • Tina October 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Such beautiful Pics Claudia ♥ Never been to Miami but it looks fantastic!!

    xxx
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    • Claudia October 24, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Tina! You would loove it!

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  • Sivylla October 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Absolutely adore this post girl! Awesome photos and such a well written post! Thanks so much for sharing! keep up the great work!

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    • Claudia October 24, 2017 at 7:24 am

      <3

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  • Leah Sullivan October 24, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Love love love the pink buildings. How surreal to visit just after hurricane Irma ❤️

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  • Samantha Sheinson October 24, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I just love Miami. I considered it a home away from home from NYC. You definitely need to get back when everything has been cleaned up from Irma.
    X
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  • Nicole October 24, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    South Beach is my favorite place! Love these photos!

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    • Claudia October 25, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Thank you xoxo

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  • Milex October 25, 2017 at 2:10 am

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  • Rachel October 25, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Beautiful photos! Such a lovely look!

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  • Rubi October 25, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Incredible photos and you look stunning babe!
    x Rubi
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  • Jessica October 26, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Miami Beach looks so wonderful! It’s the stuff that postcards are made of! I wish I can be here asap!!

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  • Merel October 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Miami is so pretty! Love your photos!

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  • Simply Sory October 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Unas fotos preciosas, un viaje genial.

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  • Allie October 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I love that red dress on you!!
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  • Anja October 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

    All these awesome places and this super gorgeous red dress!!!
    <3
    Happy Friday!
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  • Daria October 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Such great impressions from Miami! I would love to visit this city,

    XO

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  • CHRISTINA KEY October 28, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Beautiful post! I love your long, red dress – it’s amazing!!!

    XX,

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    • Claudia October 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you xoxo

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  • Alondoncalling October 28, 2017 at 9:31 am

    the pictures are fab! And the dress looks very good on you!

    xx

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    • Claudia October 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      <3

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  • Jo October 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Amazing place to visit.. you looks beautiful in this red dress.. Nice post friend! Kisses.
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  • Emily October 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    One of these days I’ll make it to Miami! Your photos are gorgeous!

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  • joel moore October 31, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Lovely shots!

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    • Claudia November 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      <3

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