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Crackerman Miami Favorite Five

posted Jun 16, 2019, 3:07 PM by Stefan Uch   [ updated Jun 16, 2019, 4:32 PM ]
In my time in Miami (over 13 years at this point) there have been hiccups, like fatigue, illness, weddings and even death among loved ones. What has remained is my growing love for this city. A many people moved away; even more made it to the magic city.  Some stayed only for a day, some stayed longer. For all those friends I compiled a list of my preferred spots. Since I love nature and the outdoors these mostly have to do with beauty I did not appreciate when I was a younger man's child. So here they are, in no particular order:

1.  The Perez Art Museum -  or PAMM.  My favorite spot is overlooking the cruise ship harbor while sitting in one of the reclining chairs.  There is almost always a breeze in my face;  South Beach, Fisher Island and the causeway are all in view from this vantage point.
Great art can be found, a cafe with food and espresso, the views are free, though the parking is not.  It is conveniently located on the ground level of the museum, you just walk up the stairs and bam, paradise right there.

2.  South Point Park -  Definitely worth a trip if you enjoy seeing some of the biggest cruise ships float through Government Cut towards the terminal. They come so close you can see people smiling on the decks.  My spot here is on top of the hill.  Again, with the requisite, and city provided, reclining chairs.  Watching people work out or just do nothing adds to a tranquility that can't be found on the beach.  The new jetty adds a bonus spot to venture out some 100 yards into the open water. 

3.  Legion Park Farmers Market  - Full disclosure, Crackerman is there every Saturday.  Plus, only at this market can you find a seasonal variety of the more than 200 different tropical fruits growing south of Miami.  This farmers market is one of the biggest in the city. It's run by a non-profit and also hosts some of the best artisans this city has to offer. Shady oaks, mango trees, ample parking, and free yoga for those so inclined...

4.  Miami Beach Pedestrian Walk -  Planned for decades, now a reality, this walkway is great for a bike ride or a walk along the beach without the sand getting in your shoes.  It is at its best around sunrise.  The pathway along the beach spans a 10 mile, scenic, car-free stretch from South Point all the way to Sunny Isles. 

5.  Oleta state park -  500(ish) years ago, the Tequesta Indians lived in a settlement here.  These days, if you have ever wanted a beach to yourself, a quiet swim, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, grilling, then this can all be yours during the week for only a six dollar entry fee.  The weekends bring the crowds, so if you like it quiet, come during the week.  Bring goggles so you can see the variety of  aquatic life. 

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