Regardless of whether your trip to Miami includes staying at a hotel and enjoying the exclusive deals, or a condo or a home rental, you need to make it eventful and enjoy the most out of the trip. There are lots of opportunities to experience and explore in Miami. Miami is known widely for its year-round moderate temperatures. Add that to seasonal adjustments and major events and you have a perfect atmosphere worth taking a charter plane to Miami.
There are a lot of things people take for granted in Miami. It's a special city where you can spend relaxing balmy summer mornings doing some workouts on the beach. You can use your afternoons to drive around through swamps and experience the nightlife or enjoy the vivacious rooftop bars as you travel in one of the most amazing skylines in the world. Finding stuff to do is just a matter of making meaningful choices and narrowing down to things worth doing like visiting great bars, pool parties, and best restaurants among others. If you want to enjoy a tourist life, there are plenty of things to enjoy for visitors and locals alike.
The long summer season is amazing and you should travel to Miami at this time. For one, there is plenty of stuff you can do and enjoy like working out at the beach. There are plenty of calisthenic courses, weight machines, scenic runs, and volleyball courts. Your travel will give you a worthy body in a short time minus the plastic surgery.
2. Amazing Beaches
The beaches are an amazing attraction for locals and visitors alike. It allows you to be right there in the middle of everything. Miami Beach and South Beach, in particular, is a must-visit. However, if you want to experience the feel of a deserted tropical island, you can go to Crandon Park. You can experience the Robinson Crusoe effect and go to Bill Baggs State Park. Some travelers love to get crazy like stripping down at Haulover.
3. Innovative Art Galleries
Miami has one of the best free art museums that boast a collection of avant-garde, a collection of experimental and at times bizarre works. You find them at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Tourists get free guided tours daily at 1 pm. Consequently, you can spend your time relaxing in the lush sculpture garden of the museum.
4. Ocean Drive
If you haven't been to Miami before, you really have to go down there and see it. In Florida, you can indulge yourself in a relaxing and comforting ocean drive starting at Fifth Street as you work your way up North. Stop for a few drinks along the way, before heading towards the sugar factory. Stop along the way and east fish such as Havana 1957 and Avalon. The breeze is great and the atmosphere is awesome.
5. Stroll Down the Amazing Boardwalks
You can go to the Hollywood Beach boardwalk close to the northeastern beach town and enjoy a lone stretch. Along the way, you can spend a pleasant time at the beach side bars and enjoy soft-serve ice cream. The taco spot is a gem in this area and you can enjoy some tasty delicacies. Take a drink of Margarita at the Margaritaville resort. Take amazing photos along the way of street art which are some of the most impressive collections you will ever see. Walking around is like enjoying a free outdoor museum. You need to eat good food and drinks along the way as you will definitely get hungry.
6. Go Kayaking Through Mangroves
Enjoy the surreal feeling of kayaking or paddling through a deserted mangrove swamp. Turn those corners and come to the wall of the high rise condos. Oleta River State Park is magical. You can easily kayak out to the empty islands and beaches where only boats can reach. It's an opportunity to enjoy some pleasant experiences.
You can also head to Crandon Park and explore the Biscayne Bay. Along the way expect to encounter manatee or dolphins.
7. Go Skydiving
Skydiving is the best way to see the whole of Miami from over 14,000 feet. When you climb up slowly in the aeroplane, it feels more like the city was constructed with model glue. You get a spectacular view that is followed by an adrenaline rush as you go for a minute of free fall while looking at entire South Florida, Everglades, and the Atlantic Ocean before you drop into the field.
If you are not into jumping out of a plane, then you can try skydiving in the indoor chamber. It gives you the same sensation of free-falling of course without the death-defying ride. You also get a video of the action to take back home to show your friends and family.
Miami is an awesome place that many people long to visit. The city is famous and popular for a lot of things ranging from nightlife, pool parties, amazing beaches among others. Book your private jet charter direct to Miami to experience the amazing travel experience to an amazing city.
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Except for 16, I have celebrated all of my milestone birthdays in New York City.
I turned 16 in Arnold, Missouri. Arnold is a small town (though not small anymore) 20 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, a beautiful arch of shiny stainless steel, built by the National Parks Service in 1935 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a transcontinental U.S. St. Louis is also known for its custard, a frozen dessert that is so thick, they hand it to you upside down with a spoon inside. Something else about St. Louis you should know is that there is a courthouse just steps from the base of the Gateway Arch where one of the most important cases in history was tried: Dred Scott v. Sanford.
I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive.
Mr. Scott was born into enslavement around 1799 and, in 1830, was sold to a military surgeon who traveled back and forth between his military posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, where slavery was prohibited under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In 1842 the doctor and Mr. Scott both married, and they, all four, returned to St. Louis. Still enslaved, Dred Scott filed a lawsuit against the doctor's wife for his and his wife Harriet's freedom. We don't know exactly why he chose this moment in time to file a lawsuit, however, he did. At the time of filing his, now, famous lawsuit, he was 50 years old. Ultimately, The Scott family did not gain their freedom, but their profound courage in filling this case helped ignite the Civil War and what we would come to know (or think we know) as freedom from enslavement for all human beings. Powerful then and even more powerful now.
My next milestone was turning 21, and I did it in the Big Apple. Having only moved to "the city that never sleeps" a few months prior, I knew nobody except my new friends, the bus-boys from the restaurant I was working at, Patzo's on the Upper West Side. And, yes, pazzo is actually the correct spelling of the Italian word, which translates to "crazy." Trust me we all had several laughs about the misspelling and the definition going hand in hand. I worked a full shift, closing out at around 11 PM, when, my kitchen team came out from the line with a cake singing, "Cumpleaños Feliz." It was fantastic. And the kindness of these almost-strangers was a powerful reminder of connection then as it still is today almost 29 years later.
I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy.
When I turned 30, I had just finished a European tour with Lucinda Childs dance company. The company had been on tour for months together and were inseparable. We traveled through Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and Rome. We ate together, we rode on a bus together, we had drinks after shows together, and we even took turns giving company class to get warmed up before a show. It was deeply meaningful and dreamy. We ended the tour back in New York City at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an incredible way to end the tour, by being on our home court, not to mention I was having an important birthday at the culmination of this already incredible experience.
So, when I invited everyone to join me at Chelsea Pier's Sky Rink to ice skate in late August, I was schooled really quickly that "tour" does not mean you are friends in real life, it means you are tour friends. When the tour ends, so does the relationship. I skated a few laps and then went home. This was a beautiful lesson learned about who your real friends are; it was powerful then as it is today.
Turning 40 was a completely different experience. I was in a serious relationship with my now-husband, Joe. I had just come off of a successful one-woman dance show that I produced, choreographed, and danced in, I had just choreographed a feature film, John Turturro's Romance and Cigarettes, with A-list actors, including Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend and had even been on the red carpet with Susan Sarandon at the Venice Film Festival for the movie a year earlier.
And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age.
This was a very special birthday, and I had, in those 10 years between 30 and 40, come to cultivate very real friendships with some wonderful colleagues. We all celebrated at a local Italian restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera (who is delivering for those of you in NYC — we order weekly to support them during COVID), a staple in the theater district. Joe and I were (and are) regulars and, of course, wanted to celebrate my 40th with our restaurant family and friends. We were upstairs in the private room, and it was really lovely. Many of those in attendance are no longer with us, including Joe's Dad, Bob Ricci, and my dear friend Jim Gandolfini having transitioned to the other side. Currently, that restaurant is holding on by a thread of loving neighbors and regulars like us. Life is precious. Powerful then and today even more so.
I write this article because I'm turning 50, still in New York City. However, I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive. And I could not be more filled with hope, love, possibility, and power. This year has included an impeachment hearing, a global pandemic, and global protests that are finally giving a larger platform to the Black Lives Matter movement. Being able to fully embody who I am as a woman, a 50-year-old woman who is living fully in purpose, takes the cake, the rink, and the party.
I'm making movies about conversations around race. I've been happily married for 11 years to the love of my life, Joe Ricci. I'm amplifying and elevating the voices of those who have not previously had a platform for speaking out. I choose who to spend time with and how long! I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy. Being 50 is one of the most amazing things I ever thought I could experience. And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age. I'm 50 and powerful. Dred Scott was 50 and powerful. This powerful lesson is for today and tomorrow. We have the power. No matter what age you are, I invite you to use your powerful voice to join me in making the world a better place.