Credit: Plantation Adventure Center

I’m Not a Sea Cow; I’m a Manatee! (A Crystal River Road Trip)

High on my travel bucket list, somewhere between “explore Nepal” and “eat my face off in China” lay this little gem: See a manatee. That’s right. “See” one, not “swim” with one. That’s because even though manatees are gigantic, slow-moving, and apparently cruising through Florida waterways on a regular basis, […]

People finally arrived!

That Time I Was the Least Cool Kid at Art Basel’s Least Cool Party

It was a dark and stormy night. No really, it was raining cat and dogs in Miami, and there is no way in hell anything could have dragged me out of my cosy, candlelit apartment other than something epic, like a Springsteen concert or … an invite to a really hip […]

A little bit of wisdom on the sidewalks of Wynwood.

You’re the Only Magic in the City

Miami is stunning, it glitters, but there’s also depth and darkness, a heavy dose of Latino passion, and a whole lot of weird. Which is why I love it.

Florida Keys Weekend Road Trip Part 2: Key West

Florida Keys Weekend Road Trip Part 2: Key West

If you’ve never been, Key West is a quirky, stranger-than-strange world. You know how Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird”? Well, Key West doesn’t have to make such commands. Key West, if you dig past its bros-on-a-bar-crawl exterior, is nothing but weird. And it’s not about to change.

The beach at Founders Park, Islamorada.

Florida Keys Weekend Road Trip Part 1: Key Largo

A giant perk of living in Miami is its proximity to one of the United States’s most popular vacation destinations (well, other than Miami itself, that is): The Florida Keys. You can pack a heckuva lot into a Florida Keys weekend road trip from Miami — see what we enjoyed and why we extended our trip.

Git in mah belly, Blue Bird Bake Shop cupcake!

Orlando: More Than the Mouse

It may be the most-visited destination in the United States, but let’s face it, when most people travel to Orlando, they’re going to see Mickey, Minnie, and their character cohorts at Disney’s juggernaut of theme parks. Of course, Orlando hosts loads of other theme parks (Harry Potter, anyone?), an ever-increasing number […]

Cinderella's Castle

From Walt Disney World, With Thanks

My childhood vacations to Walt Disney World are among my favorite memories. Not because of some magical, gooey family bonding experience, but because I still nearly wet my pants laughing at our shenanigans. Now, 30 years later, I returned to the scene of the, er, crimes.

Oleta River State Park kayaking

Hidden Miami: Kayaking on Biscayne Bay

Over the years, I have paddled into rocky outcrops, cave walls, and mangrove trees. I have scared small animals, water fowl, and Ayaz. Yet, I keep kayaking — and I love it.

I’m Ba-aack! (Plus, the Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival)

I’m Ba-aack! (Plus, the Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival)

Whoa, Nelly! There hasn’t been a post on this site in 2 months. That’s 60 days, you guys! I wish I had an exciting — or heck, hair-raising — tale to tell about my absence, but, truth is, I’ve just been busy working, and living and loving life in the […]

At the entrance to Coral Castle.

Coral Castle: A Tale of a Small Man With Big Tools … and a Freaky Attachment to a Teenage Girl

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of a man with an unhealthy obsession for a 16-year-old girl, and the rock castle he built in her honor. Like most crazed people, he found himself in Florida.

Local’s Miami Beach: North Beach > South Beach

Local’s Miami Beach: North Beach > South Beach

Don’t be fooled, you would-be traveler to Miami Beach! South Beach might be the tourist epicenter of Miami Beach, but it is most certainly, NOT where it’s at. Head a few miles to North Beach — a blissful world away from South Beach’s madness.

Best of Miami: Key Biscayne

Best of Miami: Key Biscayne

Best beach, best island, best mellow vibe. Which category does Key Biscayne fit into? That’s a trick question, silly. The answer is ALL of them.