To everyone who doesn’t live in Miami, Miami seems like a city that is constantly in party mode. When people visit Miami, they without a doubt visit Miami Beach. While Ocean and 1st is home to a lovely beach, it is always crowded and tends to be the gathering place for a host of colorful characters. Although Miami Beach isn’t the place for me, I’m basically a mermaid! I love the ocean, and everything about a day at the beach! My go to beach spot is Bill Baggs State Park.
The beach here tends to be a lot calmer than the hustle and bustle on Miami Beach. In addition to this, there are tons of activities for people who might not love the sand and surf as much as I do! The biggest attraction is the lighthouse! As a history geek, I loved reading all about this historic structure. It was built in 1825, and is the oldest standing structure in Miami! Even if you aren’t into history, it’s exciting to climb up the lighthouse and look out over the beautiful ocean.
Another great thing about Bill Baggs, is that it boasts an incredible nature trail. There are several nature trails to explore throughout the park, but my favorite is the oceanfront one. It’s a couple of miles long, and at the right time of day, you can enjoy the shade of the trees while still being near the ocean.
The final draw to this spot that I will mention is the food! I do not generally enjoy cooked fish, as I am more of a sushi girl, but the grilled snapper sandwich at the lighthouse café is fabulous! My mom and I found it by accident. We couldn’t find food before we got to the beach, and were getting a bit hangry.
Then we hit the jackpot! At 9.99, the grilled snapper sandwich is a steal. The fish gets a wonderful golden color and is served on delicious Cuban bread. Pair that with rice and beans, and I’m in heaven! The restaurant also offers fresh squeezed juices, (pineapple is my favorite!) and some different deserts.
For this particular day, I decided to wear another one of my flowy poplin dresses and of course, my monogrammed sun hat! Whether you are planning on visiting Miami, or you are a local who hasn’t found this gem yet, I would definitely recommend visiting, “the lighthouse beach,” as my family calls it!
What’s a hidden treasure in your city?