With over 6 million people, and more than 300 skyscrapers, it might seem out of character to use “charming” as a descriptor of Miami, BUT if you opt to explore – in chill mode – you can find some absolutely lovely neighborhoods.
Fun fact: Miami is the only major US city founded by a woman. Julia Tuttle, a local citrus grower and a wealthy Cleveland native. Julia Tuttle convinced railroad tycoon Henry Flagler to extend his Florida East Coast Railway to the region, for which she became known as “the mother of Miami”. Miami was officially incorporated as a city on July 28, 1896, with a population of just over 300.
Coral Reef, Coconut Grove, Miami
Mother Nature delayed our departure to the Bahamas, causing us to stay in Miami for a full week. In true Chill Mode – Capt. Rick made daily use of the restful cement pond.
Miami architecture is bright and colorful, offering old world charm, like these Cuban-styled tiles that date back more than 100 years.
Vibrant murals are common throughout Miami, and artistic graffiti is encouraged. This butterfly mural is for our granddaughter, Abby.
A spectacular peacock mural was found on the wall of a high end jewelry store. It is also a reminder of two live peacocks we saw – just strolling along in someone’s magnificent yard. Startled by the noise of the royal birds, Susie G, now I understand how LOUD they can get.
Our adventures included a self-guided tour of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, home of John Deering.
The home was completed In 1916. Known to be a generous host (there were 9 guest rooms), Deering enjoyed serving the finest of alcohol to his guests. Yes, to all you history buffs, that was during prohibition. Random observation, the code name for liquor was “comforters” that arrived as a shipment of “quilts”. Rather Clever.
With the help of our trusty tour guides from Fort Lauderdale, we ventured to Wynwood, a district renowned world wide for its artistic flavor. Thanks Steve and Captain Floyd for the amazing tour!
But first, a decadent Cuban Sandwich, possibly the best Cuban food we have EVER enjoyed.
And now for some more Wynwood Miami Art!
Our final stop in Florida was Key Biscayne. With a weather window opening we were now ready to venture across the Florida Straits.
The Sea Loves Those Who Fear It. An appropriate reminder as we waited out the weather.
Key Biscayne was restful.
Sunset Dos Palmas – Good bye Florida
Crossing the BIG Water
BEFORE sunrise, and definitely before breakfast, we waved goodbye to the Florida shores. Thanks to our trusty Sea Keeper (Thanks, Maddie for turning it on early), the crossing of the Straits of Florida to Bimini Islands was uneventful. A MUCH better experience than when we traversed in 2019!
Bahama mamas – OH YES!
Our port of entry is Bimini – staying at the Big Game Club Resort & Marina. Welcome drink delivered with a smile.
Capt Rick opted for a Miami Vice – Bahama Style for MO
First night in the Bahamas was magical, beginning with a beautiful moon rise.
NAUTICAL FLAG ANSWER Ocean Reef – Signal Flags
We received a lightning fast update from Ocean Reef, and now we are excited to report the flags at The Point were corrected – BRAVO!
Thanks to all of you who sent in a guess regarding “what was wrong” with the signal flags. Here are the proper positions of the flags that were hung “upside down” provided by Gail B. 🙂
Milestones/Celebrations: Birthdays – May 10, Michele Jackson
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