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By staying just 10 minutes from Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive, the girlfriends spent half as much money and had just as much fun on their weekend in Miami. Sunday afternoon, sitting under large umbrellas on Lincoln Road, my girlfriends and I thought we'd grab a quick bite before saying our goodbyes.
A barefoot man walked by pushing a bicycle. He had a tanned hide and wore only a metallic bronze Speedo.
Not long after came an elderly couple singing show tunes from Cats. Then a parade of leggy women in miniskirts. We ordered more refreshments and settled in for a few hours of the main attraction here — people watching. From the Art Deco buildings and boutique-lined streets to the beaches and nightlife, Miami is fascinating — and not just to young women looking to blow off some steam.
I remember my first visit. My parents took my little sister and me to South Beach for a family vacation. It was a four-hour drive from our small town north of Tampabut Miami felt like another country. As we rode up busy Collins Avenue, my sister and I hung our he out the car windows, excited by beautiful young men and women in bathing suits, and music blaring from sidewalk cafes. The smell of slow-cooked pork and plantains made us hungry. She seemed so cool, like Julia Roberts.
I wanted to be her. Fifteen years have tempered my fantasy. My three girlfriends and I are still climbing that financial ladder, and it's slippery. But it helps to have local connections.
My friend Lauren is a Miami native and suggested we stay in the "up-and-coming" neighborhood of Brickell to save some cash. By sleeping just 10 minutes from Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive, we spent half as much money and had just as much fun.
Brickell, in downtown Miami, turned out to be the greatest surprise of our trip. Streets in the financial district used to shut down after business hours. Now young people have moved into condos and the neighborhood is bustling. The aroma of fresh seafood and roasted garlic invited us into cafes and bars where young professionals drank, dined and danced.
The next day, instead of the beach, we stayed in the area.
A friend from college persuaded us to walk over to his foot-pool at Icon Brickell. He called it "the best pool in Miami," with views of Biscayne Bay, plus comfy lounge chairs and beds. The Icon Brickell shares a property with the Viceroy Miami hotel. Towels, robes and sandals are included.
We had a great day in Brickell, but a weekend in Miami is incomplete without a night on South Beach. We spent two hours feasting on ginger sal, tuna tacos, spicy crispy shrimp, Toro tuna with sliced mango and a variety of sashimi.
Some of Miami's best nightlife is found inside hotels. On this trip, we headed to the Perry South Beach Hotel's rooftop bar, with its swaying palm trees, private cabanas, couches, pool and a view of Miami's skyline. We were grateful, but we weren't interested in meeting men. When my girlfriends and I get together, nothing matters but us. It's a chance to dance, to laugh and to spend a weekend away from our busy lives selling real estate and teaching children.
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