On our second day in Miami, J and I wanted to hit the beach. But in hopes of avoiding the Labor Day weekend horde, J and I decided to make the trek to Key Biscayne's Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park rather than trot the 10 steps out of our hotel's front door. Full disclosure: when I say it was a trek, it really was one. Google Maps may say it's just a 25 minute drive, but for all of you who (like us) don't have access to a car in Miami, that means 2 buses (or a pricy cab ride) and a hefty hike. But all that said and done, the journey was well worth it! There was only a light sprinkling of other beachgoers, and we managed to sneak ourselves the perfect water-side perch. J grabbed us some watermelon juices from the nearby cafe, and we hunkered down for a day of lounging.
After waking from our cozy naps, we sauntered over to the kayak rental kiosk and geared up for a quick jaunt into the great big blue. The ocean simultaneously amazes and terrifies me. When I was younger I was obsessed with Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I wanted to dive into unexplored depths, charting my way across the ocean floor, singing all the way. But the reality of underwater life is obviously quite different from a Disney movie. Underneath the surface, mankind's laws and infrastructure are irrelevant. Despite all of humanity's advancements, the ocean remains untamed. It's a humbling thought but also one that makes me think Sebastian might have had a point after all when he sang about life being breezier under the sea. Kayak parked, sun blazing, feet dangling into the cool water, it was hard to not leave all one's worries on the shore and slip into a warm, hazy state of content.
Tuckered out from our kayak ride (and attempting to locate the pelican we spotted diving into the abyss), J and I decided to grab lunch at the cafe before showering off and heading home. Given Miami's access to prime fresh seafood, I went for the fried red snapper with sweet plantains. The snapper was cooked perfectly, and the plantains were among the best I've ever had. To this day, I sincerely regret not having packed a doggy bag full of them. If you're planning a trip to Miami and trying to decide which beach to frequent, I strongly recommend slipping in a visit to Key Biscayne. You can read about it and all of Miami's other beaches here.
Enjoy the pictures after the jump!