posted by Colm Hanratty | 0 Comments
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York City has the Empire State Building, and Miami has, well, the beach. And South Beach to be exact. Luckily for me Miami Beach International Hostel where I’m staying is just two blocks from it. So last Thursday I went there. To film of course. Not to sunbath.
Before I left I got speaking with Jonathan who runs the hostel with his wife Barbara. We spoke about the hostel, social media and other stuff. We also spoke about the beach. He explained to me how different parts are popular with different walks of life. For instance...
2nd St Beach: This is where the locals go.
9th St Beach: Because of all the hotels nearby, a lot of tourists come here.
13th St Beach: Here you’ll find the city’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transsexual) community
23rd St Beach: Completely different to the above, this is popular with families.
Because I need to get footage of all these beaches for an upcoming video which will be on the site soon, I needed to travel to all of them. So walking wasn’t really an option. That’s why I rented a bike. I didn’t just rent any old bike – I rented a coaster, just like the ones the locals use. Best to try and fit in I thought.
The beaches were surprisingly quiet. Maybe that’s because it was mid-week. But the sand is perfect, and the water – the water in Miami is probably the nicest I’ve ever swam in. It’s luke warm...almost like a bath. Unbelievable. And as you can see, the lifeguard stands are pretty unique too.