Travel Florida


Check out So Flo by the way of a local. Spend a week or a year in the sunshine state exploring the best places!


1. Play with a tiger cub at Zoological Wildlife Foundation

Take a walk on the wild side. Miami


 2. Indulge in Sushiritos at Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen

Japanese fresh takes on sushi and other Japanese classics served in a laid-back and chill setting. Fort Lauderdale


3. Spend the day at Perez Art Museum

Visit this four story contemporary art museum and see artists like Andy Warhol, John Chamberlain and Basquiat. Miami 


4. Bayfront Park

Right next to Perez Art Museum. it overlooks Biscayne Bay with views of the water, bridge and downtown Miami. Outdoor concerts are held here as well, check out the schedule. Miami


5. Eat South Florida’s best ice cream at Jaxson’s

This old fashioned parlor has been scooping out giant ice cream sundaes since 1956, and was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Dania Beach


6. Flagler Museum

The house that Flagler built – a man who made Florida what it is today by building a railroad throughout Florida in the late 1800s. Tour through his 55 room mansion, with an incredible backyard overlooking the intercostal. Palm Beach


7. The Breakers

Down the street from Flagler Museum – look around this historic hotel which opened in 1896. At that time, rooms started at $4 a night, with food included (we can dream of that price now!) If you don’t want to spend $500 a night to stay there, stop by HMF and have some eclectic dishes and upscale cocktails in the lavish dining room and lounge. Palm Beach


 8. Carb-load at The Salty Donut and Parlour Vegan Bakery

Can’t leave South Florida without these sweet treats.


 The Salty Donut – Be sure to try their shot infused mini donuts. Miami


The Parlour Vegan Bakery. Plantation

9. Airboat through the Everglades

Take a thrilling adventure through Everglades swamps and grasslands. Basically guaranteed to see alligators, turtles, snakes and other native Floridian animals in their natural habitat.



10. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

This estate includes extensive Italian Renaissance gardens, native woodland landscape and a historic village outbuildings compound. Miami



11. Peanut island

Off of Palm Beach, this island is 80 acres of tropical park with swimming areas and paved parkways. Only accessible by boat/kayak/paddle board. Bring some beers and beach chairs, and relax on the beach shores. Palm Beach



 12. Sponsor a turtle at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Loggerheard Marine Center focuses on threatened and endangered sea turtles through education and rescuing sea turtles. With the outside center, you can see the turtles that are being nurtured back to health before being released. When I went, I was lucky enough to see three day old hatchlings that hadn’t made it from their nest to the ocean. Juno Beach


13. Ferry to Florida’s Dry Tortugas

7 islands + dive and snorkeling sites + 19th century Fort Jefferson. Key West



14. Explore Miami’s art district in Wynwood

To the Wynwood to the walls.

Events: Art Basel is a collection of modern and contemporary art shows which takes place in December. Miami


15. Bike down Hollywood boardwalk

Various types of bikes are available for rent along the boardwalk. When you want to take a break, grab a piña colada from Jimmy Buffet’s Bar. Hollywood


16. Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Laudy’s beach hot spot.


 17. Drop it like a squat at Barry’s Bootcamp

Contrary to popular belief, getting out of bed does not count as a sit-up. Group class set-up designed to give you the best cardio & strength training. Miami


18. Lauderdale by-the-sea

A more chilled, locals beach spot. Fort Lauderdale


19. Stroll down Lincoln Road

Although a bit touristy, this mile long, pedestrian-only promenade boasts of excellent shopping and dining. Miami Beach



20. Morikami Japanese Gardens

Embody zen and Japanese gardens at this center for Japanese arts and culture. After taking in the bonsai and beautiful gardens, head to Cornell café, which has been featured on the Food Network.

Events: Hatsume Fair Festival in April and Lantern Festival in October. Delray Beach



 21. Swim in crystal clear water in Bahia Honda State Park

Life’s a beach. Big Pine Key


22. Climb up Key West’s first light house

Check out these killer views of Key West from the 360 degree view at the top. Key West


23. Eat your way down Las Olas Boulevard

3 must try restaurants: Sweet Nectar, Taco Craft and Louie Bossi’s. Fort Lauderdale



24. Sample a flight of local brews at Funky Buddha Brewery

A brewtiful way to end the day. Oakland Park



24. Catch a movie in plush seats with bites & cocktails at iPic

No better way to enjoy a movie. Boca Raton



25. Dine in opulence at the Versace House

Miami’s most photographed location, which was previously owned by Italian fashion impresario Gianni Versace – and was once listed for $125 million. Stay the night for $1000, or eat dinner inside at Gianni’s. Miami



26. Find the best latte

No foam-o here.


Switchbox Coffee. Oakland Park

14237531_10154485923182442_3959404671430798757_nElla Cafe. Davie


Brew Urban Cafe. Fort Lauderdale

27. Get your glam on at Academy of Glam

Get made up by celebrity make up artist Victoria Duke, and her glam squad. They offer makeovers, lessons and incredible beauty products. Davie


28. Cleanse at Jugo Fresh

Miami-based fresh, organic and plain ol’ good cold-pressed juices, smoothies, food and treats. Sold in Whole Foods throughout South Florida, as well as their flagship store at Wynwood Walls.


Dive beneath the surface in the Conch Republic in 48 hours…



Where to stay:

Finding affordable accommodation in Key West can be a struggle. Most AirBnBs (in a decent price range) are on boats, which personally my sea sickness didn’t love that idea. For the best location and price value mix, it’s best to stay at an inn or bed and breakfast off Duval Street. I stayed at The Cabana Inn – a block away from Duval Street. This Inn is the perfect location, and walking distance from everything on the island. The architecture is very Key West style, with a pool, complimentary breakfast and happy hour. Other accommodation suggestion: The Mermaid and the Alligator.



Flying: Key West International airport is about 15 minutes from the city center.

Ferry: Key West Express – there is a ferry from Ft. Myers and Marco Island to Key West.

Driving: From Miami, it’s a straight shot on Route 1 through the Keys, all the way down to the southernmost island, Key West. It’s a one way road, and if you don’t hit any traffic is about 3.5 hours. If your hotel doesn’t offer parking, there are a few parking garages on the northern side of Key West you can park in over night, which are about $15 per night.

Everything on the island is walking distance, so you won’t need your car. There are no Ubers, but there are plenty of car taxis and bike taxis when you want one.


Day 1:

Glazed Donuts 

Debatably the best doughnut in Florida. This doughnut shop bakes new flavors daily, and also have great island flavors like key lime and pina colada(YUM!). It’s best to go earlier in the day because they do sell out.


Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

In a town not known for its beaches, Fort Zachary Taylor Park is a beauty which sits on the western side of the island. It has the cleanest beach and clearest waters in Key West. Umbrella and chair rentals are available ($25 all day for 2 chairs and 1 umbrella). 



Sunset pier

 Get there early to secure a front row seat to watch the sunset and sip on a pina colada. Try the conch fritters for some local eats.


Garbos’ Grill

Featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives on the food network, this food stand serves eclectic, inventive takes on tacos, burritos and burgers. Located behind a bar, Grunts. Perfect spot to have a drink and stuff your face with tacos.


Better than Sex 

This dessert bar offers an extensive menu of decadent treats in an intimate environment. Be sure to indulge in the dipped wine glasses. With my champagne obsession, I ordered the Kiss Me Katie which is sparkling wine with a carmel sauce dipped glass(drooling just thinking about it). Be sure to make a reservation, this place fills up fast!


Southernmost Point

This landmark marks 90 miles north of Cuba. Tip: Go at night to avoid the crowds and line of tourists waiting to snap a picture in front of it. It’s very peaceful sitting on the ledge overlooking the water.

Day 2:

Firefly Key West – delicious Southern restaurant, perfect for brunch and blood orange mimosas. If the heat is bearable, sit upstairs on the terrace.

Alternative spot: Blue Heaven


Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Now a U.S. National Historic Landmark, this literary icon’s house is filled with his original furniture and memorabilia. The garden is remarkable, and one of my favorite parts. The house is swarmed with cats, have their own Instagram account(celeb status), @hemingwayhomecats. $13 admission for adults.



Key West Light House

The light house is located right across the street from the Ernest Hemingway House. The climb up the 88 steps is steep and constricting. Although, the 365 degree views at the top are worth it. $10 admission for adults.


Duvall Street

A street over a mile long filled with bars and restaurants. It’s definitely a tourist hot spot, but you can’t avoid going there. Tip: make your own bar crawl (day or night). My favorite spot is Fat Tuesday, a.k.a. frozen drink heaven. 

Bahia Honda State Park 

Add this beautiful state park to your list for some beach time and crystal clear waters.  It’s about an hour drive north from Duvall Street.



What are some of your favorite Key West spots?!

Couldn’t stop drinking, so sips and trips has continued!


1. Chateau Marmot in Los Angeles, CA


2. Mango daquiri at The St. Regis Saadiyat, UAE


3. Irene serving us a Sex on the Beach welcome drink in Markos Village, Ios, Greece


4. Mint Lemonadae at Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar


5. Riesling in Mykonos, Greece


6. Chai Tea Latte at Brew Urban Cafe, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


7. Nutella Latte at Sambalatte in Las Vegas, NV13933355_10154365596292442_1583866673_n

8. Prosecco Pops at Loopy Doopy, New York City


9. Merlot at Steak 954, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


10. Fresh Orange Juice at Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai, UAE


 To the Wynwood to the walls – here are 6 must-visit spots during your day in Miami’s Art District.

1. Panther Coffee

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2. The Salty Doughnut

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4. Outside of the walls




5. Coyo Taco



6. Wynwood Brewery