F L O R I D A

The Southern tip

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+++ Most people go to Florida for the theme parks. Not me. I don’t like long lines and commercial busy places. I traveled to Florida to enjoy the laid back Southern vibes of the Sunshine State instead. In this story I will share my fav photo’s and spots plus some practical tips where to go, eat and sleep. +++

“I’m all about the palmtrees and 80 degrees.”

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Vizcaya Villa [ museum and gardens ] Just a 15 drive from South Beach Miami you’ll find the Vizcaya Villa, built in the beginning of the 20th century by business man John Deering. It’s like you’ve been thrown back in time when you visit this site. Both the villa and the garden are inspired by the Tuscan Italian renaissance. Go here early or later in the afternoon to avoid the heat and getting hit by selfiesticks ;0)

Spiral staircase love

Look around in the beautiful garden and you’ll see a lot of these little fellas staring at you.

Drive from Miami to the West Coast and visit Sanibel and Captiva Island.

Sanibel & Captiva These islands are known for their shell treasures. 250 kinds of shells on 10 miles of beaches! I loved the cute stylish houses on Captiva as well! Stay at Sundial Resort. Visit the shell museum. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of the prehistoric creatures! Have breakfast at the traditional Lighthouse Café. Have a casual dinner at the Keylime Bistro.

A house on Captiva

Sundial resort during hurricane season.

Naples Don’t skip Naples when you’re touring through the southern tip of Florida. Naples is famous for her pier on which you can spot dolphins when you are lucky, and watch the amazing sunset. Stay at The Inn on Fifth. Shop at 5th Ave. Have dinner at Molto Trattoria.

Islamorada Do you know the addictive Netflix series ‘Bloodline’? It is filmed on Islamorada, one of the Keys. To be specific on The Moorings Village. It was my fav Key. It’s really small but very bounty beautiful. I only spent a few hours on Islamorada but wished I could have stayed longer. Have lunch at Morada Bay, Pierre’s & Beach Café, try the ceviche and enjoy this magical colorful place at the beach.

Beach Café at Morada Bay

White herons everywhere on the Keys.

Key Biscayne In Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park a historic lighthouse stands proud next to the beach that attracts a lot of locals during the weekend. It’s a relaxed place to take a break, dip in the sea, picknick or bbq. Do you seek peace and love to spot wildlife? Better go here during weekdays.

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The most important gear on this trip: My coral Ipanema Charm sandals. My Fuji Film X-T1 camera and lenses. My happy smile ;0)

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