10 insights into our vacation to South Florida

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10 insights from our trip to florida

We just came back from a one week vacation to Florida, and there have been a couple of things that caught my eyes. We loved the sun after a brutal winter in Chicago and tried to do a more relaxing vacation with less driving and more time for doing nothing. So we concentrated on the South of Florida visiting Fort Meyers, Sanibel Island, Naples, Key West, and Miami (Beach). Spending some quality time there, I realized some interesting things, and I thought I had to share it with you to see if you had similar experiences.

1. We enjoyed the BEST Italian food during this trip to South Florida! While we have found a couple of authentic places in Chicago as well, there was no need for searching in Florida. Especially in towns like Naples, there is one premium class Italian restaurant located to the next.

2. Florida has a very “interesting” style of architecture and definitely a thing for beige buildings. Many areas looked like outlet center but have been the actual town itself with the typical chains. In general, the vibe is more old-fashioned. Seniors love Florida for a reason, and we have been the youngest one at a brunch place many times 🙂 On the other hand, we have seen lots of Mediterranean influence in more posh towns like Naples.

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3. We have never seen more luxurious cars in the US than in Naples. Naples is one of the wealthiest towns in the country and residents have definitely a fable for European car brands (even smaller ones:-)). 

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4. Key West during springtime was a fascinating time to visit and reminded me a little bit of the German Ballerman area of Mallorca. People are in a very relaxed mood wearing neon t-shirts reminding them with their city print of where they are, drinking from smaller buckets on the street. It’s kind of nice to see the day drinking happening on the streets instead of hidden away in the bars. 

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5. Miami Beach during spring break taught me three new fashion trends I was not aware of: 

– It is totally ok to wear a string bikini as an evening outfit for clubbing. If you are not feeling comfortable enough, you can wear a top with net optic to cover it up 🙂

– The underboob: Instead of showing your neckline, many girls preferred to wear very short tops that showed more from the lower part of the breast section than the top. It’s a thing – google it:-)

– There is no need to close your jeans shorts. Just leave it open 🙂 First I thought it was just a thing of convenience but then I realized everyone was wearing their jeans open. 

 
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6. In a brunch place called “Blueberries,” we saw the first “Trump 2020” campaign hats. A table of seniors passed it around taking pictures of each other. They definitely enjoyed themselves. Florida seems to be mixed in a political sense as many tables around have reacted a bit shocked and disgusted. 

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7. You do not need to wear helmets when riding the scooters and we Germans have definitely been the only ones on the whole island doing so. 

8. The art district “Wynwood” in Miami reminded me a lot about California. Many talented & famous street artists are showing their art, and there is plenty to do. Watching all the girls taking pictures of themselves in front of the art instead of the art itself got me thinking about Andy Warhol and his prediction that everyone will be famous for 15 minutes in the future. In times of social media and the sheer amount of data flowing around this might become trickier. I preferred to focus on the art itself, and I am sharing some of my favorites here:  

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9. The sun is crazy strong, and due to the mild temperatures, it can be hard to notice. We saw many sunburns, and the check-in guy at the airport told us it’s the most common souvenir. 

 

10. We have been riding bikes on Sanibel Island which is a great thing to do as the streets are perfect for bikes and it almost feels like a European city with all the special bike lanes. Though not everyone is used to biking. A couple of people have been learning to ride the bike on the parking lot of the bike rental shop. 

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What was your experience? Are some points I mentioned familiar to you? Let me know if you are interested in a more detailed travel guide for Florida. In the meantime, check out my Instagram for more travel inspiration or join my facebook page to not miss out on a new post. I always have a newsletter that I am sending out on a very irregular basis (whenever there is something worth sharing). Sign-up here to join the newsletter tribe. Also if you are interested in more fun facts or travel guides, check them out here

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