Lushly landscaped home, just off Biscayne Bay, 3 miles N of downtown, 2 miles from Wynwood & under 5 miles from South Beach. I live alone w/ my Boxer Luna. 3 bedroom house, plenty of parking, clean, centrally located for exploring Miami. I'm only 6 miles from the airport. I have bicycles for you to use and tons of great tips on things to do and see here. I am an avid boater and you're welcome to join me for a day on the water if it fits your schedule.
My house is shaped like an "H", with the guest bedroom on one side of the house, and mine on the opposite side of the house, giving us both privacy. Guest bedroom is near the kitchen, and you have full use of it. Your room has it's own private bathroom with a shower, and door to the room comes with a lock and key. My back yard has a very private, and very lush court yard, with a natural gas grill that you are also welcome to use.
You will have access to the entire house and back yard, only thing excluded is my bedroom.
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I have been a Couchsurfing host for many years. I have over 120 positive reviews, and no negative or neutral ones. I enjoy spending some time with my guests and when our schedules permit, I enjoy taking my guests out to see Miami. Some of my favorite things to do with guests (time permitting) are to visit Vizcaya, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, bicycle ride through the Wynwood Arts District, South Beach visit and sometimes a day out on my boat (it's a 34 foot "Intrepid" center console). Even when I am not with you, I will provide an extensive list of options so you will have plenty of choices. What makes staying with me special is the fact I truly enjoy interacting with my guests. I am very active, I know and love my city, and can really help you explore the city. If you'd rather do your own thing, I can provide a wealth of information that will make your trip extremely easy and fulfilling.
I have over a dozen books in the guest room covering Miami and the rest of the great state of Florida. I also have my own handbook made up of things I find interesting locally, for your review. You would need two months here to see them all! I love Miami and what it has to offer, and I will give you tons of good ideas to consider doing and seeing while here. As mentioned before, I am an avid boater, and if I am going out while you are here, you are very welcome to join me for the day. It's a great way to see the city. Below is a list of things to consider while here in S Florida:
Miami to do:
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune, on Biscayne Bay in the present day Coconut Grove neighborhood of, Florida. The early 20th century Vizcaya estate also includes: extensive Italian Renaissance gardens; native woodland landscape; and a historic village outbuildings compound. The landscape and architecture were influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models and designed in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style, with Baroque elements. Paul Chalfin was the design director. Truly very special and my favorite place to take vistors to. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) it, and check it out
Holocaust Memorial on Bch (South Bch near Lincoln Road and a nice, but small botanical garden)
Wynwood - is an art district with some cool galleirs, tons of awesome graffiti & great bars called "Wood", "Butcher Shop", "Cafeina" and "Wynwood Kitchen”. Very interesting area.
Key Biscayne - great beaches and a very cool old lighthouse circa 1825 at Bill Baggs State Park. Have a drink at the “Rusty Pelican” over looking Downtown, day or night is beautiful. Rent Stand Up Paddle boards on Hobe Bch.
Oleta State Park - rent kayaks & SUP and paddle the park and into the Intracoastel and hit beer can Island, mountain bikes available with all level of trails available
Brickell Ave area - an area full of bars and restaurants near downtown
Lincoln Road (on South Bch) - great place to spend some time at in South Beach. Full of people, stores, rest & bars
Everglades - Shark Valley is cool. Airboat rides near by as well. Also in Everglades National Park is the HM-69 Nike Hercules missle site left over from the Cold War days
The Barnacle House - Coconut Grove. The oldest house in. Coconut Grove is a nice neighborhood, on the water with cafe's and shops too.
Fairchild Tropical Gardens - huge botanical garden, very nice way to spend half a day. Dec 6 Dale Chihuly glass exhibit starts. Amazing! Great Butterfly exhibit year round there too.
Deering Estate in South (Cutler Bay south of). Hiostoric area with nice park and great old home.
Redlands - area south of. Farms mostly, but there is a “Fruit & Spice Park” thats interesting. 24801 SW 187 ave in Homestead (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN)
Coral Gables - see the Venitian Pool and the Biltmore Hotel, both built in the early to mid 1900’s and very beautiful
Time Out link of things to do: (URL HIDDEN)
Key Largo to do:
John Pennekamp is a great State Park with tons of reefs. You can see them in a glass bottom boat, snorkel or scuba dive them.
The Encore - great fresh seafood
Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill - pool bar and restaurant and great in door sports bar and out door tiki bar
Holiday Isle - great out door pool bar and charter fishing
Much more to see and do here in this area…..
Islamorada to do:
Cheeca Lodge is a great resort
Morada Bay - fun bar and Resturant on the bay, killer spot
Pierres - higher end Resturant, great food.
Lazy Days - great ocean side Resturant
Key West to do:
Blue Heaven 729 Thomas st. (corner of Thomas & Petronia) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (breakfest, lunch & dinner). I eat breakfest there EVERY morning I am in Key West. It's so damn charming and funky. You MUST go there at some point. It's an old house, has chickens running around. I LOVE this place, and the food is great.
Louie's Back Yard - really nice for dinner, has great food. It's on the water. The nicest place in Key West. Reservations a must usually.
Great Bar with Live Music (a real locals place) is The Green Parrot 601 Whitehead street (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Fun place.
If you have the time, take the ferry (or sea plane) to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tourtugas. It's an amazing old Fort dating back into the 1800's.
Historic Sea Port is great to check out. Has some good bars and it's a nice place to walk around a bit. Can also go out on a catamaran for snorkeling or a sunset booze crusie.
The Schooner Bar - open air rustic bar with an open air second level that has a great view of the marina. Live music in the day time. Great place to grab a beer in the day time and at sunset. Has great view of the marina.
The best restaurant at the seaport is: Alonzos and A & B Lobster House (Alonzo's is down stairs and a GREAT place to go for happy hour (4-6 I think). All appitizers are 50% off, and they have some great apps like fresh beer steamed shrimp and much more.
Best Key Lime Pie (and good food) is at Pepe's. It's the oldest restaurant in Key West. It's just accross from the Historic Sea Port.
Go out on a snorkeling trip via a catamaran. They have all the gear you will need.
The Aquarium is small but still very cool.
I always rent bikes. It's great to get around. It allows you to cover a lot of ground and not worry about parking.
Places to stay:
If you want a great place to stay, I normally use a company called Center Court. They manage all kinds of properties, from lg condos to cottages and even houses. There web site is easy to use and shows you what's available and has pictures and info on each property. There web site address is: (URL HIDDEN)
The Pier House is a very nice hotel in a great location.
This place is really nice, and you can get multiple bedrooms here.
401 Simonton Street
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Make sure you do Mallory Square about 30 mins beofre Sunset. Have all kinds of street performers there and lots of people to see them and the sunset. Cool out door bar there called Cayo Hueso too.
Blue Heaven 729 Thomas st. (& Petronia) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (breakfest & lunch)
Louie's Back Yard - nice for dinner
Turtle's Krawl at the historic seaport
Alonzos and A & B Lobster house
Green Parrot 601 whitehead st & Southard (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Harpoon Harry's - breakfest (locals place)
Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Jungle Island -, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Seaquarium -, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Monkey Jungle -, Fl - (URL HIDDEN)
Venetian Pools - Coral Gables, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Town of Murals – Lake Placid, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Metrozoo –, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Everglades National Park - (URL HIDDEN)
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – Naples, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Dry Tortugas – Key West, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Museum of Science –, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Children’s Museum –, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Coral Castle Museum – Homestead, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens –, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Everglades Alligator Farm – Florida City, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens – Delray Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Key West Aquarium – Key West, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden –, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Historical Museum of Southern Florida –, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Norton Museum of Art – West Palm Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
MacArthur Beach State Park - Palm Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Bathtub Beach - Stuart, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Lion Country Safari - Loxahatchee, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Blowing Rocks Preserve – Jupiter Island, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge – Hobe Sound, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Jonathan Dickinson State Park – Hobe Sound, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Palm Beach Zoo – West Palm Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Loxahatchee River Center – Jupiter, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Mounts Botanical Garden – West Palm Beach - (URL HIDDEN)
Ernest Hemingway House – Key West, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Bahia Honda State Park – Big Pine Key, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Audubon House & Gardens – Key West, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Key West Lighthouse – Key West, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Pigeon Key Foundation – Marathon Island, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Butterfly Estates – Fort Myers, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium – Fort Myers, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Imaginarium Hands on Museum and Aquarium – Fort Myers, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Ostego Bay Marine Science Center – Fort Myers Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Sanibel Lighthouse & Beach – Sanibel Island, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Sun Splash Family Water park – Cape Coral, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Tarpon Bay Explorers – Sanibel Island, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Barefoot Beach – Bonita Springs, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens – Naples, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Collier-Seminole State Park – Naples, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Naples Botanical Garden – Naples, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Fruit & Spice Park – Homestead, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Boca Chita Key & Lighthouse – Homestead, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Biscayne National Park – Homestead, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Lowe Art Museum – Coral Gables, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Alhambra Water Tower – Coral Gables, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Seminole Tribe of Florida Museum – Hollywood, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Anne Kolb Nature Center – Hollywood, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Jungle Queen Riverboat – Fort Lauderdale, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Buehler Planetarium & Observatory – Davie, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Flamingo Gardens – Davie, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Museum of Art – Fort Lauderdale, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Museum of Discovery & Science – Fort Lauderdale, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Stranahan House – Fort Lauderdale, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Topeekeegee Yugnee Park – Hollywood, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Water Taxi – Fort Lauderdale, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Fern Forest Nature Park – Coconut Creek, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – Boca Raton, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Boca Raton Children’s Museum – Boca Raton, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Boca Raton Museum of Art – Boca Raton, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Coconut Cove Water Park – Boca Raton, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Sports Immortals Museum – Boca Raton, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Daggerwing Nature Center – Boca Raton, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Wakodahatchee Wetlands – Delray Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary – West Palm Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Peanut Island – West Palm Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Rapids Water Park – West Palm Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Okleeheelee Nature Center – West Palm Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
South Florida Science Museum – West Palm Beach, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum – Jupiter, FL - (URL HIDDEN)
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I've never been married & have no children. I'm out going and curious about life and the world we live in. I have been blessed enough to have traveled extensively. Music, travel, the water (boating, diving, paddle boarding, fishing), volunteer work and sports are my passions. I'm extremely honest and very passionate. I do not appreciate dishonesty or people that take advantage of others. I am very open, and get along with anyone I find to be kind regardless of where they are from or what God they believe in.
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I love to learn. To try new things and meet new people. I love giving back. I pride myself on doing the right things in life.
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