For the kids’ mid-winter break, we took off to Miami for the week. We’ve never been to Miami before, we wanted warmer weather and Miami has literally tons (note the rare correct use of “literally”, boats each weigh many tons) of boats to look at. To our surprise, Seattle was hit with a cold snap a day after we left and even had snow!

Our flight left at 9pm on Sunday and we arrived at 6am on Monday in Miami, which was 3am to us. None of us slept on the plane so we were all tired. We got to the hotel at 7:30am and were lucky enough to be able to get into our room at 1 Hotel. We all took morning naps and then went down to a cabana at the hotel pool and spent the afternoon there. No one wears masks in Miami, it’s as if Covid doesn’t exist!

Miami Beach
Our room at 1 Hotel in South Beach

We had sushi dinner on the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Watr. That was very good.

Sushi at Watr

Our yacht broker, Hamid, flew in from LA and we met him Tuesday morning at the Miami Beach Marina — 20 minutes to drive 2 miles! — to look at a boat we’re interested in. Then to another boat nearby, then lunch and then to a third boat in Coconut Grove. This took all day because traffic in Miami is insane.

On Wednesday, we chartered a yacht, an Azimut 64 named Olimpo, for the afternoon cruising the waters around Miami and anchoring near Key Biscayne for hanging out.

We had a great and fun Greek dinner at Poseidon, I think the kids even liked it and they don’t like Greek food (yet).

Poseidon in Miami Beach

We did nothing but go to the beach on Thursday and Friday and hang out at the beach and the pool. Our last night, we had dinner at Tom Colicchio’s Habitat in the hotel, which I had been looking forward to all week but it was the least good food we had had all week.

Havana Lager

It’s funny, there’s a Hudson Pale Ale (from New Jersey Beer Co) and a Havana Lager (from Concrete Beach Brewery). I couldn’t resist getting a beer named after our daughter.

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