Travel: Where to stay & eat in Miami Beach, Florida 2018


I finally had the opportunity to take a well deserved mini- vacation after attending @ABFF(American Black Film Festival 2018). I lounged around the pool, wandered the streets of Miami South Beach and drank enough flavored mojitos to last a lifetime. I decided to stay in the city of Miami at the JW Marriott Miami Beach, mainly for the rewards and I was not disappointed.  The rooms were clean, maintained and well stocked.  Every need was met!

The JW Marriott was only 15 minutes away from South Beach due to it being the slower tourist season, although travel time may vary during peak season. The JW Marriott is located in the financial district with several banks surrounding it. The daytime hustle and bustle was minimal. My assumption is they were all on vacation. There were mornings were I was the only one walking on the main streets.

The evening views took my breath away.  The reflection of the night sky off the buildings, street lights, ominous cloud formations and deep blue evening sky was cinematic.


The best tasting, fresh sushi was located one block from the hotel. I was looking for a cafe to work in for a couple of hours and found a sign for Panther Coffee. I walked in and realized it was a three in one eatery.  The salmon was so fresh and the ingredients were just right. I slowed down to really savor the dish. As I was leaving to meet friends for dinner, a band was playing on the veranda, so not only is it a destination for great food, you may also enjoy live music and chill for a minute with friends.


On the busy South Beach Miami strip you will find, not only the legendary Versace estate and restaurant, there are also a variety of eateries for you to enjoy to fulfill any culinary craving and price point.  For breakfast I was constantly enjoying the french toast and coffee at The Front Porch Cafe. I recommend sitting outside to people watch, just don’t feed the birds!



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