Three Cities in Five Days

As the school year is about to start, I'm here with the biggest post vacation blues. My last trip of the summer was to Miami, Florida. I might have taken a few detours while I was there, but you'll have to keep reading to find out where!

Rasha and I decided to end the summer the way any pair of besties would. We stayed at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Sunny Isles. I wanted to steer clear of the hustle and bustle of South Beach since we tend to be on the extremely low key side of things. There were no regrets with this decision because it turned out to be easily accessible, had plenty of food options across the street, and was still blessed with pristine waters. It was like having a piece of the Caribbean in the US. We weren't complete beach bums though because we did make our way to the Wynwood Arts District as well.
Bathing Suit: Missguided | Sunnies: Sojos Vision

Bathing Suit: Missguided | Sunnies: SheIn

Dress: Topshop | Shoes: New Balance for J. Crew | Hat: ASOS

We decided to take a day trip to Key West while we were there through Miami Nice Excursions. While I wasn't too fond of the tour guide, it didn't bother me much since Rasha and I decided to forego the optional upgrades and spend the day exploring on our own. With hotel pickup and drop off included, you can't complain about much. We wandered over to Smathers Beach, the Southernmost Point, Mallory Square, and the entirety of Duval Street (where they're known for their shops). What I didn't know about Key West is that it is not known for its beaches. Turns out, they remind me vaguely of swampy waters. I didn't let that stop me from a few hours of sun tanning though. Prepare yourself before you go friends. It's roughly a four hour drive from Miami to Key West so you'll need lots of entertainment.
Bathing Suit: Missguided | Sunnies: SheIn

Striped Co-ord: SheIn | Sunnies: SheIn

On our last full day, Rasha and I took a day trip to Bimini, Bahamas using the FRS Caribbean. We'd both been to the Bahamas before, but never to Bimini. Let me tell you now, it's worth it. The island itself is so small that you can rent a golf cart for the day and go around. If you're not interested in that, there is also a shuttle service between the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini and several areas in North Bimini. This is what Rasha and I decided to use since we only had a few hours. If you're staying overnight, I'd recommend the golf cart as the resort property itself is quite large. The food was delicious - granted we were only able to try Edith's Pizza just a few minutes outside of the resort - but that Bimini bread is everything. I can't even begin to describe how much I loved the beach, so I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Bathing Suit: Missguided | Sunnies: Sojos Vision

Now that we are approaching a brand new academic year, my travels will be kept to a minimum. But don't fret! We've got some more posts coming soon to Small Steps. Until then, keep an eye out on Instagram for all things Linda!


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