Miami Travel Diary

Miami Travel Diary

There is nothing quite like sipping a glass of Pinot Grigio on the beach in Miami. First of all, your beach chair must, at all times, face South. The ocean is always to your left and a tall wall of white condos and hotels separates you from the rest of the world, to your right. That is the Miami mise-en-scene. In the space between the ocean and the row of beachfront condos, are a string of memories filled with beach days, afternoon naps, secret conversations and copious bags of potato chips.

And Zumba classes, apparently. This time around, I enrolled in a back-to-back double feature. Abs and Stretch (which was everything but abs and stretch lol; one word: THE STEP) and a high-impact Zumba class. Before I knew it, I was sweating from my butt crack, cued by two whistles every 30 seconds to signal a change in choreography. From the old faithful Grapevine to a move that can only be described as “Blood on the Dance Floor,” we danced our hearts out.

Zumba Outfit 

I say “we” because me and the 70-year-old ladies dressed in lace bodysuits, full makeup, and little ribbons in their hair (it must be a micro-trend of the Floridian retirement subculture), were having the time of our lives. I even got a solo when the instructor held up an imaginary mic to my face in the middle of a salsa banger and let me belt out the refrain with all my might. I didn’t know the words. I just sang “Mi corazon, Bailamos!!!!!! Te quiero!!! Mi vida!” And he loved it. I think.

But that’s the beauty of Miami. Or at least the snowbird scene – everyone is there to have a good time and forget the windchill. And if you’re lucky, get a few verses of a Shakira song in.

We Need to Talk…

Do you have a place in the world that you visit often, so much so it becomes a little routine in your life forming a string of special memories that sort of melt into one? I’d love to hear some of your travel rituals! Leave me a comment and let’s chat!


Miami Travel Diary Photos!



  1. March 2, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    If you’re a fan South Florida, your next stop should be Palm Beach. Worth Avenue is a little taste of retail heaven with the ocean being your ultimate accessory at the end.

    • Justine Iaboni
      March 3, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Oh I have heard amazing things about Palm Beach, believe you me!!!! I will definitely have to go, and soon! It’s too cold in TO. xoxo J

  2. Jocellyn
    March 2, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Love all these photos! But can we talk about the random soup crackers in the oysters? haha. Made me chuckle!

    Montreal- hands down my favorite get away from Vermont. Rolling up to my godfather’s condo 1 block away from Centre Bell is just something else. And he doesn’t live there most of the time so I get to use it all by myself. I feel so at home whenever I’m in Montreal & I’ve been going there for a few years. Actually, my goal is to move there by summer of 2018. Hopefully I’ve cozied up to a company that will sponsor me…if not: funexmployed summer in the city! Or find a poutine papa ;)

    • Justine Iaboni
      March 16, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      OMG how did I miss this amazing comment. Ugh, tisk tisk. Wow if you move to MTL that would be amazing. I love MTL. It’s so European and I’ve had some amazing memories from the times I’ve spent there. I wish you the best of luck in your search for the poutine papa.

      And yes, wtf are the soup crackers doing with oysters? Must be a Florida thing.

      xoxo J

  3. Carole
    March 5, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Love your blog! Miami on my bucket list for sure. Thanks for share. Btw you inspired me to get that butt tatatto. Going on my birthday wk. kinda nervous ?

    • Justine Iaboni
      March 6, 2017 / 10:16 am

      LOL no way! Honestly that tattoo was the easiest for me! It didn’t hurt at all. You’ll be fine! What are you getting?

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