Where to Go and How to Get around Miami, Florida

It was so nice to be able to go back to my hometown. My husband and I spent five days in between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

We flew into Fort Lauderdale International Airport from Atlanta because it was cheaper. We then took the Tri-Rail to the Miami International Airport to pick up our rental car, because it was cheaper to pick up from there. Interesting right? Then we drove to our Airbnb which was about 10 minutes away, which you can read about, here.

Me in front of the Fort Lauderdale Airport Tri-Rail Station

Me in front of the Fort Lauderdale Airport Tri-Rail Station

If you are looking for the cheapest way to travel between Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach and its tri-counties (hence the name), then the Tri-rail is your option.

Our Hyundai Accent rented from Enterprise | Zaakirah Nayyar

Our Hyundai Accent rented from Enterprise | Zaakirah Nayyar

This car was so cute and convenient for us to zip around in the Miami traffic (which is worse than Atlanta by the way so be prepared). We took a drive up to Fort Lauderdale to visit with some of my friends. The gas mileage was amazing! We made it to and from the rental car center within the five days on one tank of gas. Of course with the exception of walking to a few places, since Miami is so walkable.

The inside of Colorful Pollo Tropical | Zaakirah Nayyar

The inside of Colorful Pollo Tropical | Zaakirah Nayyar

One of my favorite restaurants in Florida is Pollo Tropical (Tropicål). The menu is entirely chicken but the cuisine is Caribbean food. Unfortunately, this specific restaurant's customer service wasn't that great (It was a manager taking my order too!) but that didn't stop me from enjoying their delicious Chicken Quesadilla. 

North Shore Miami Beach, Florida | ©Zaakirah Nayyar

North Shore Miami Beach, Florida | ©Zaakirah Nayyar

Of course, while we were in Miami, we HAD to go to the beach. Since it was my husband's first time going to a beach in Miami, I wanted to make a good impression by taking him to a beach that was not so crowded. I think I succeeded. I chose the North Shore Open Space Park in Miami Beach. It was definitely a well spent and rejuvenating hour spent.  

Mall of the Americas Miami, Florida

Mall of the Americas Miami, Florida

On our way out, we stopped at this mall to get a few things, that so happened to be around the corner from where we were staying. I don't know why we didn't discover this beforehand because it has everything we could have needed, from food to clothes, to condiments, and electronics, as well as culture.

So there you have it! Despite us spending five days with a different agenda, there's a huge list of places that didn't make this list. Maybe next time.

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Where to go and how to get around Miami | Zaakirahnayyar.com

Where to go and how to get around Miami | Zaakirahnayyar.com