24 hours in Miami
As part of our holiday to Orlando, we booked an overnight trip to Miami with Florida Dolphin Tour through Orlando Tickets Deals. For £301 we got transport from Rosen Inn International Hotel on International Drive for the 2 days, entrance to the everglade park where we got to look around the zoo seeing all the animals and then have a fan boat ride around the everglade’s. We were taken to a Florida mall where we could walk around and do some shopping for a few hours. We got an overnight stay in a hotel that was a block away from the beach and got left to our own devices for the rest of the day. The next morning, we got up early to be taken to Key Largo so that I could swim with dolphins. We then got driven back to Miami to have some time walking around and then got driven back to Orlando.
The Florida Mall was great, loads of shops, bars and restaurants. We had great fun drinking cocktails in different bars, we had dinner and I got my favourite perfume, Paco Rabanne Black Excess for a bargain price even for Miami. One thing that I did love about it is that the whole mall is out in the open so it feels incredibly spacious and no matter how many people are there, you don't feel crammed in. They also have a few boat tours that leave from the harbour but we didn't have time to do those.
The hotel we stayed in was the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, it more like a night club but it was very comfortable and the bar was giving out free drinks for an hour in the evening. It was great how close to the beach the hotel was, it was just a block away from South Beach. We were lucky enough to see the sunset there and it was beautiful.
The dolphin swim was out of this world, we went to Dolphin Plus in Key Largo which isn't like the aquariums that offer dolphin swims. This place has a big lagoon that is connected to the sea so it's not a tank and the dolphins are properly looked after. My husband could go with me but he wasn’t doing the dolphin swim so he got to stand at the side and take lots of pictures on my phone for me. There was lots of us there but we were separated into small groups so we got lots of time on our own with the dolphins. The dolphins did lots of little tricks like jumping over a pole, pushing me across the pool by my feet, dancing and more. I absolutely loved it.
Once we got back to Miami, we had about 4 hours to wonder around before it was time to get on the bus to go back to Orlando. Seeing as the journey back was going to be a long one, we decided to get a decent lunch and found a pizza place called Sbarro where we shared a huge pizza, fries and drinks for about $20 so we weren't complaining.
It was 35 Celsius which is 95 Fahrenheit and for us coming from the UK, that was melting temperature so in order to get back to our hotel, we would walk as long as we could stand the heat and then pop into a shop to cool down in their air-con and then start walk again. Thank goodness for air-con.
We had a tour guide called Madeline who was amazing, she knew so much, even when we pestered her with questions. She was a complete delight to talk to as well, she as so friendly and chatty. She was also the minibus driver so she was with us the whole time. She was also good at giving us recommendations for restaurants.
The minibus we were in was great, it had comfy seats, air-con, free wifi, USB charging points and a DVD player so Madeline put films on for us to watch. It’s a lot of driving so you will need to make sure that you take a book, download some films or just take things to keep you entertained in case you don’t like the films that are shown.
So to recap, that’s transport, everglades stop, Florida mall stop, overnights stay and a dolphin swim for me. I think that was the most amazing bargain of our whole holiday. £301 for all of that.
I would recommend them to anyone and would gladly use them again and again.