Yes, Miami is world renowned for its beaches, nightlife, and Latin beats, but that’s not we came for.
Mostly, we came as a stopover from camping along the Florida Atlantic side on the way to the sandy beaches of the Florida Keys. We have plenty of Salt Life days ahead of us. We’re going to explore one of Miami’s most eclectic neighborhoods~Wynwood.
Of course we had to stop for some Cuban food. Which, by the way, was unremarkable. It wasn’t even photogenic enough to pass the muster. Rice and beans with a thin pork chop (chuleta) piled high with grilled sweet onions. I can do that at our campsite.
However, this little taco joint, The Taco Stand in Wynwood, was so good we ate here twice. Quick, cheap, and the tastiest taco al pastor north of Key West.
We had heard so much of the diverse neighborhoods of Miami, we had to see what the fuss was all about. From our AirBnb in the Miami Shores area, we took the local bus towards downtown. Hopped off at at a waterfront park, took in the Bay of Biscayne and the Miami skyline, South Beach across the bay.
This neighborhood, around midtown Miami, was in economic despair 20 years ago. Back in 2009 as a way to jump-start revitalization in the area, the Wynwood Walls acted as an outdoor art museum covering more than 80,000 square feet of abandoned warehouse walls. The walls created such a positive response from the community that a year later the lot adjacent became known as the Wynwood Doors, where metal roll-down gates transformed into even more canvas space.
The walls and doors are saturated with bright, diverse street art and whimsical graffiti. Since its start, more than 50 artists from 16 countries have brought the walls to life.
This open-air street art display is one of the reasons a formerly run-down neighborhood found new life as the art hub of Miami.
Today is a travel day. A day we’ve been looking forward to a long time. A 140-mile drive down the causeway that splits the Atlantic and the Gulf in two. We’re on our way to Big Pine Key, a short drive into Key West.
Bahia Honda State Park OR BUST!!