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Mellowing out in Miami

Our last few days in Miami were just the right balance of fun and relaxation. After exploring Ocean Drive and unwinding on South Beach, we were ready to head into the Everglades to check out the wildlife.

The Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades

We took an airboat tour set up by our hostel through these guys on a bright and sunny morning. Our guide was fantastic and, with masses of enthusiasm, told us all about the wildlife in the park and what we should be looking out for. We ended up seeing far more than we expected – turtles, birds, flowers, snakes and alligators. Although initially, every time our guide pointed something out to us I didn’t really see it until it was right in front of my face!

We saw all manner of creatures, including a few baby alligators!

We saw all manner of creatures, including a few baby alligators!

“Snakes like hiding in the trees, so they may be right above us. Remember, if a snake falls on you – don’t thrash around. It might bite you or you might fall into the water. Just let it slither through your clothes until it finds its own way out” – Pearls of wisdom spoken cheerfully by our guide.

See if you can spot the alligator in this picture. Scroll down for the answer below...

See if you can spot the alligator in this picture. Scroll down for the answer below…

Before leaving the Everglades, we got to watch a ‘wildlife show’ – which was a man wrestling alligators of varying sizes. We even got to hold a smaller one if we wanted to.

Dale said this three-year-old 'gater was surprisingly heavy for its size

Dale said this three-year-old ‘gater was surprisingly heavy for its size

After the Everglades, we headed back to Miami to get some food. We had been told we couldn’t leave without trying Joe’s Stone Crab, so after loading up with a crab cake sandwich, a crab roll and some fries, we headed to the beach to take in the sunset.

Food being prepared at Joe's. Both of us agreed the food was amazing and we'd urge anyone visiting Miami to go!

Food being prepared at Joe’s. Both of us agreed the food was amazing and we’d urge anyone visiting Miami to go!

We finished our time in Miami with a night-time stroll along the Art Deco district, which contains nearly 1,000 historic buildings and was all lit up against the night sky.

Colony Hotel was built in the 1930s and is one of the Art Deco district's most famous sites

Colony Hotel was built in the 1930s and is one of the Art Deco district’s most famous sites

Until Florida, we’d been spending the majority of our days tramping across pavements and through museums, so it was a nice change of pace to stay somewhere that wasn’t all about sightseeing. Rested and recharged, we started the trip on to our next destination – New Orleans!

There he is! Did you spot him?

There he is! Did you spot him?

 

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