All the Way to the Keys

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I’ve lost count of how many time I’ve been in Key West and it is because driving the 175 miles to it (about 255km) from Miami, is worth it. About 22 bridges connect Miami and Key West through little islands, keys, tiny pieces of land; all above the ocean. But this trip gets even better if you rent a convertible, a jeep or RV. Florida keys maintain the perfect temperature all year long permitting you to stop in all the places this road offers: restaurants, cafes, bars, beaches, spots for fishing, perfect areas for snorkeling, shops and much more. Below, I will recommend some places to visit or things to do in each key; and don’t forget to enjoy the ride.

You will travel from Miami through the first key, the largest one (33 miles long)

Key Largo : Stop at John Pennekamp State Park for Family Snorkel Tours, canoeing, kayaking, beach access, glass bottom boat, RV camp

Tavernier: Great Marina to book a fishing tour

Islamorada: Visit the Bass Pro Shops and enjoy the restaurants: have a drink at the bar, sit in hammock, enjoy the music and the view, feed the tarpons, sharks or pelicans.

Duck Key (very little): Perfect to swim with dolphins at Duck Key Resort, beach, water park, restaurants, pool, bar.

Marathon Key: Bahia Honda State Park: Beautiful place for almost everything. It is on mile marker 37 and includes an RV campsite, beach access, fishing spots, snorkeling; you can even climb to an old bridge and enjoy the most spectacular sunsets.

Cross the Seven Mile Bridge to Key West (your final destination)

Key West: Before entering Key West there are several RV Camps, once in Key West you won’t find any. Key West has EVERYTHING and more- Duval Street has it all. The best way to spend your days in Key West is by renting a golf car or scooters. Parking is expensive.

Go wild: let the adventurer inside of you out; Florida Keys is the place to do it!!!!!

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San Antonio, Texas- as every city- has its own way to captivate residents and visitors. San Antonio is a synonym of Fiesta.

San Antonio, Texas como cada ciudad tiene su s propias formas de cautivar tanto a los residents, como a los turistas. 

Day 1

We flew from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Houston, TX on Jet Blue Airlines. At the airport, we rented a car and went around Houston for some quick city sightseeing.

Volamos desde Fort Lauderdale, Fl hasta Houston, TX en  la aereolinea Jet Blue, una ves en el aereopuerto rentamos el carro y nos fuimos a dar una vuelat a por la ciudad de Houston.

Houston Capitol

Houston Capitol

 

Houston Buildings

Houston Buildings

 

Two hours later, we arrived in San Antonio. Our charming hotel was right on the Riverwalk.

Dos horas mas tarde, llegamos a San Antonio. Nuestro hotel estaba justo en el Paseo del Rio.

San Antonio is full of energy, its Riverwalk  is considered the “American Venice,” it is  romantic, historic, cozy, and inviting.

San Antonio esta lleno de energia, su Paseo del Rio es considerado la Venecia de America, es romantico, historico y atrevido.

First thing first: Stroll the Riverwalk (two and a half miles) all day long, crossing the many bridges. There is so much to see and do: cafes, restaurants, shops, and shows. Once tired, get on a Riverwalk taxi to enjoy the view from another point.

Lo primero, es lo primero: Caminar todo el Paseo del Rio (dos millas y media), cruzar sus puentecitos, hay tanto que hacer y ver: cafes, restaurants,  tiendas, shows. Una ves cansados, sube a uno de los taxis de rio y disfruta el paisaje desde otro punto.

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Later, we visited The Mall, and La Villita; we found out there was going to be a show at night in the Arneson River Theater and bought tickets to it. What a spectacular show!!! Fiesta Noche del Rio (summer show with sights and sounds of musical extravaganza, flamenco, mariachi, typical songs and dances from Spain, Argentina, Caribbean, Mexico and Texas).

Tarde, visitamos el Mall y La Villita, y nos enteramos de este show en el Teatro Arneson del Rio y compramos tickets para la noche. Que espectaculo!!! Fiesta Noche del Rio es un show que hacen cada verano con bailes y musica tipica de Espana, Argentina, El Caribe, Mexico y Texas, incluye flamenco y mariachis.

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The next day, we visited The Japanesse Tea Garden in the morning.

El proximo dia, visitamos el Jardin Japones en la manana.

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During the afternoon, we headed to the Hemisfer Park: we went up to Torre de las Americas to enjoy the view of the city, visited San Fernando Catedral, The Market Square,  and The Alamo.

En la tarde visitamos El Hemisfer Park: subimos a la Torre de las Americas para disfrutar la vista de la ciudad, visitamos la Catedral San Fernando, el  Mecado y El Alamo.251

The market square

The Market Square                           Day 3

 

This day we chose to visit some of The Missions: Mission San Jose, Mission Cocepcion, Mission Espada; all of them represent the Spanish influence in our culture.

Este dia recorrimos las diferentes misiones, mission de San Jose, Mision Concepcion y mission espada todas representan la influencia espanola en nuestra cultura.

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El proposito de las misiones era el de covertir a los nativos en sujetos espanoles convirtiendolos al catolisismo y ensenandolos a trabajar la artesania europea. Cada mission tenia su propia iglesia, granero, lugares donde vivir y trabajar, contaban con sus propias tierras y pasto.

Day 4 – Last Day

Natural Bridge Caverns and River Adventure.  No, it is not a tour!!! We drove to the caverns  and visited them on our own. On the way back to the city, we saw the river and people jumping in… pf course, we did the same. Unexpected, super fun!!!

Las Cavernas Naturales y el bano en el rio no fue un tour que hicimos, simplemente manejamos hasta las cuevas, las visitamos y luegoen el camino de regreso a la ciudad vimos a personas saltando al rio y decidimos hacer lo mismo. Muy divertido!!!

 

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New England by Car

 

 IMG_0229    Put on your boots, we are heading to New England!!!

    Ponte las botas nos vamos a New England!!!

We landed into Boston, rented a car and headed to Cape Cod.

   Aterrizamos en Boston, rentamos el coche y nos fuimos a Cape Cod.

IMG_9999Part #1 Cape Cod ( mini road trip around Cape Cod) Cape Cod has many cute spots for you to explore, but the best one is around The National Seashore to have some fun in the Dunes. For small price you can access all the beaches on the coast and enjoy the huge piles of sand.

Mini viaje alrededor de Cape Cod: Cape Cod tiene muchos lugares bonitos, pero el Mejor es El Parque Nacional que bordea la costa donde puedes divertirte jugando en las Dunas de Arena. Por un pequeno precio, tienes acceso a todas las playas y a disfrutar de estas enormes montanas de arena.

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Keep driving to end of the Cape, to Provincetown: enjoy this cute town full of shops and restaurants. Pay attention to the tides  and while you are in this area, visit the light houses, they all take several hours to be reach, so you must plan which one you want to do first. I choose Wood End southwest end of Long Point in Provincetown, Massachusetts. You feel, your walking above the water.

Continua manejando hasta el final de la isla, hasta llegar a Provincetown: disfruta de este bello pueblo, de sus tiendas y de sus restaurantes . Presta atencion a las mareas y mientras estas en esta area visita uno de  los tantos faros de la zona, cada uno de ellos. Te llebara horas alcanzarlos, asi que planifica cual visitar primero. Yo escogi Wood End al final de Long Point, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Sientes como si caminaras por encima del agua.

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Walking to Wood End Lighthouse over the water. Caminando hacia el Faro.

Low Tides Mareas Bajas

Low Tides
Mareas Bajas

The Cape has another wonderful point of interest, the harbors. Hyannis  Inner Harbor offers ferries to Nantucket and to Martha’s Vineyard and Woods Hole Great Harbor and Falmouth Heights offers ferries to Martha’s Vineyards.

Cape Cod tiene otro maravilloso punto de interes, los puertos. Hyannis Inner Harbor que ofrece servicios de ferry hasta Nantucket y hasta Martha’s Vineyard y Woods Hole Great Harbor and Falmouth Heights que ofrecen servicios de ferries hasta Martha’s Vineyard.

Enjoy the wildlife spots, whale watching, bird watching, and many beaches.

Disfruta de la naturaleza salvaje, las ballenas, los pajaros y de las playas.

Part #2 Back in the main land, we headed back to Boston. Visited the Salem museum and went to Plymouth where the first pilgrims arrived from England, we visited the Mayflower, the Rock and the smelled pines aroma everywhere we went.(this trip is gorgeous during fall season)

De regreso en Boston, visitamos  el museo de Salem y llegamos hasta Plymouth a donde llegaron los primeros peregrinos desde Inglaterra, visitamos El Mayflower y la gran Roca asi como disfrutamos del olor a pino en cada lugar de este pueblo.( este viaje es precioso si lo realizas en otono)

Next Stop: Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I have no words to describe the beauty of this place. Look at the pics.

Proxima Parada: Cape Elizabeth, Maine. No tengo palabras para describir la belleza de este lugar. Solo miren las fotos.IMG_0034 IMG_0058

There is a lot to do in Maine: Mouse watching tours, many seaside town all of them worth a visit, so you need to be selective and decide for your self which ones you would like to spend time on and which ones you will just stop for few hours before continue to your net stop.

Hay mucho que hacer en Maine: Tours para ver a los alces, y muchos pueblos al lado del mar y todos valen la pena visitarlos, asi que debes decidir en cual quieres pasar un tiempo y en cuales prefieres solo parar unas horas antes de continuar hasta tu proxima parade.

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Kennybunkport

Portland, Old Port

Portland, Old Port

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Penobscot Bay

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Camden

 

We visited these towns on our road trip!

Visitamos estos pueblos en camino al Parque nacional de  Arcadia.

 

 

 

 

Part#3: Acadia National Park (another side trip) I stayed in the beautiful town of Bar Harbor.  Sunrise View every morning from my room was amazing!!!

Parte #3: Parque Nacional Acadia: nos hospedamos en el hermoso Bar Harbor y los amaneceres fueron todos impresionantes!!!IMG_0140                                         Pictures of Bar Harbor town/Fotos de Bar Harbor

IMG_0302 IMG_0304Acadia National Park: Start at the visitor center for important information and map and begin the park loop from the comfort of your vehicle, there are also buses departing from the visitor center through the park.

Parque Nacional Acadia: Comienza en el centro de informacion donde obtendras mapas e informacion mas detallada de los servicios del parque. Aqui comienza tu paseo bien desde la comodidad de tu vehiculo o utilizando el servicio de buses que provee el parque.

Places you don’t want to miss once at the park/ Lugares que no quieres perderte una vez en el parque:

  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Schooner Head Overlook/ Mirador
  • Thunder Hole
  • Otter Cliffs
  • Otter Cove
  • Hunters Beach
  • Jordan Pond/Restaurant
  • Eagle Lake
Make many stop as you want, there is plenty parking everywhere, except in Jordan’s Pond during lunch hours. There is camping, biking, hiking, several beaches and much more to spend your days.
Haz todas las paradas que te apetescan, hay mucho parqueo por dondequiera, excepto en el restaurant Jordan’s Pond durante las horas de almuerzo. Hay para acampar, montar bici, escalar e ir a la playa.

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  • Otter Cliffs

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  • Schooner Head Overlook/ Mirador

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  • Jordan Pond/Restaurant

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  • Thunder Hole
The last thing I want to share about this trip, its about Maine’s lobster, and here is the best place to have it: Trenton Bridge
Lo ultimo que compartire de este viaje es la langosta tipica de esta zona y este es el lugar que les recomiendo: Trenton Bridge

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Last, you will flight back from Bangok Airport/ Regreso desde el aereopuerto de Bangok.

The Smoky National Park

 

  • Prepare your trip ahead of time, The Smoky National Park can be dangerous during winter months. Many roads are close and cabins tended to be sold out fast. There are several good logging options, in North Carolina and in Tennessee, both will give you access to the park. Helpful information about the park: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/maps.htm
  • I choose Tennessee just because Gatlinburg (town) offers a lot to do and see. There is also Pigeon Forge (sister town) and many RV campgrounds in both towns.
  • In Gatlinburg you have endless options: luxury cabins(with pools, spa, theater), economic cabins, higher cabins, cabins and hotels near the river, cabins with lots of rooms or few rooms and many more. Good information here: CabinsoftheSmokyMountains.com, http://www.vrbo.com, AmericanMountainRentals.com
  • Our Cabin

    Our Cabin

    Snowy Nights /Board Games and Hot Cocoa

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  • Visit the visitor center, get safety tips from the rangers and a map. GPS can give you inaccurate information in the mountains.
  • Divide your map, in parts (days) so you won’t skip anything. There is a lot to do and see!!!
  • Always take snacks, and drinks with you.
  • Fill your car with gas before go.
  • Begin with the classic picture of the sign entrance (main road)

Getting to The Smoky National Park

    Stop a lot. Take many pictures and enjoy the view.

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  • Continue with Newfound Gap Road. Stop to do some hiking to Mount Le Conde (will take almost the entire day back and forth) Be prepare for lots of walking. Follow the signs and stay in groups.
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    Cable Mill

    Cable Mill

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Oconaluftee Valley Overlook

Oconaluftee Valley Overlook

Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA.

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Once in Cades Cove, follow the loop road .

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Stop to allow deer get closer to your car.

Laurel Creek Rd. Little River Rd.

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Little River Rd.
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  • Gatlinburg Attractions: Sky Lift Chairs , Ober Gatlinburg Funicular, Museums, All Kinds of Restaurants , Bear Habitat, Beautiful Strip, Shops
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Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg

I hope you’ve enjoyed this itinerary, I’ve putted together for you and remember keep traveling!!!!

Canada

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When thinking of traveling to Canada, the first thing that comes to mind is Niagara Falls; then you realize there is a lot more that just the beautiful Niagara Falls. Read this itinerary I’ve done in Canada and get some ideas for your next trip.

Trip #1 -Frozen Falls (gateway weekend in the falls)

  • Flight into Buffalo, New York
  • Rent a car and cross the border
  • Spend the day in Niagara Falls/ Visit the town/ many attractions, shops and restaurants
  • Dinner at Rock House with amazing views of the falls
  • Stay in one of the many hotels facing the falls for the spectacular lights show at night
  • Next morning head to Toronto/ visit the CNN tower, Lake Ontario
  • Spend the night in the city
  • Return car
  • Flight Back home

Trip #2 Canada, here we go!!! (one week trip)

  • Flight into Buffalo, New York
  • Rent a car/ Cross the border to Canada
  • Spend the day in the falls
  • Night at the Falls in a hotel facing the falls so you can enjoy the spectacular light show
  • Morning head to Toronto, spend the day
  • Night in Toronto
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    Change guard at Ottawa Parliament
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    Plan to make as many stops as you want to enjoy your road trip. Enjoy the ride!!!!

    Observatory St Joseph, Montreal

    Observatory St Joseph, Montreal

  • Continue to Ottawa to spend the night and enjoy the change of the guard at the parliament
  • Head to Montreal (for sightseeing, go around the coast)
  • Spend one to two days in Montreal (visit St Joseph, oceanography)
  • Continue to Quebec (spend one to two nights in Quebec; it’s worth it)
  • Start heading back, cross one of the many bridges to USA , make many stops to enjoy what you missed on the way to Quebec
  • Enjoy the ride

Miami, Sunshine City

Miami, Sunshine City

Miami /Part 2
Hi folks! Ready for another tour of Miami? Here we go!!!
What to do in Miami?
If you are looking for beaches here I will suggest you my favorite spots:1. Virginia Key  is a 863-acre barrier island in Miami, Florida, United States in Biscayne Bay, south of Brickell and north of Key Biscayne. It accessible from the mainland via the Rickenbacker Causeway. (it has 2 entrance across the street from Miami Sea aquarium,. they charge a fee)
Thee first entrance coming from the city, the beach itself is better, the water is clear, has a little playground for kids and if you drive all the way to the end of the park you will be fascinate with the view, park your car and walk through a path under beautiful trees , once there you will see the cruises set sail and you can still swim a clear/deeper waters, there are also starfish for you to admired. This part of the park it is also great for biking and it has larger BBQ areas .
The second entrance, its better for kayaking, and there is also areas for BBQ.
2.Another great spot will be Crandon Park all the way at the end of Biscayne Key. There are several beaches in this area, but the one I like most is the last beach(it also has an entrance fee) Here in Miami we called it, El Farito (lighthouse), but the real name is Cape Florida LightHouse which is open to the public. What I like about this beach is that offers a lot to do, rent a single bike, a duo bike or a fun bike(up to 5 people) and explore the beach. Spend the day by the water, go fish, bring or rent a kayak, paddle your favorite board, go parasailing, have lunch on your own in one of the BBQ areas or at the café. Later enjoy the sunset while having late lunch or dinner at Boater’s Grill while you will be delighted with boaters coming in and out of the bay.
3. My next spot brings me in land to Sunny Isles Area .Head to the parking at Newport Hotel and enjoy the waves of our ocean, and  white sand. What is special about this beach?: the pier that takes you to a wonderful fishing spot, delicious mojito and great food .The Pier has limited parking but there are plenty  public parking nearby or you can always use the hotel parking.4. Haulover Beach and Marina: Book your fishing trip or rent a boat and visit a sand dune.We still at the beach since to me is the best option when visiting Miami, lets talk about beach nights and Places to go:

A must see is Lincoln Road. It is a group of streets full of restaurants to choose from, any kind of food your graving for, you’ll find it here, then you have museums, stores, lots of interaction with street performances. At one end of the street you’ll have a the bay full of boats, while at the other end you’ll have the beach full of  arts and craft vendors.
Few block further, visit Espanola Way very similar to Lincoln Road but smaller in size.
South Beach Night Life: walk through Collins Ave. finding night clubs and famous Mango’s Café for an active night.
Bayside: It is like a commercial center near the water, with open spaces for the performers, musicians, dancers, and  tremendous ambiance. This is a place for ages, there is something for everybody to do.  Boat Tour leave the docks to visit millionaires mansions, others offer cruising the bay just as a sightseeing. The speed boat tours its also an attraction, carriages, Casino Cruises, stores, restaurants.
Across from Bayside we have the American Lines Arena where there are concerts, Sport games, and many other events every month.
Enjoy this pics of me and my family enjoying Beach Life in Miami, during summer or winter is always fun!!!

My City

My City

Miami/Part 1
When talking about Miami the first thing that comes to my mind is the clear waters of its beaches, the sun, the boats, and of course the variety of restaurants and food, the night life and my favorite: the cruises. Miami is a great travel destination, we receive visitors from all over the world, the warm beaches invite travelers and residents to the most spectacular hotels in South Beach, and /or to get on a three to seven day cruise from one of the largest ports in the world: the port of Miami, the capital of the cruises. I leave you guys with some views of my city. Enjoy!!!
Cuando hablo de Miami, lo primero que me viene a la mente son sus playas, el sol, los botes y por supuesto la variedad de restaurants y comidas, la vida nocturna y mi favorita: los cruceros.
Miami es un gran destino turistico , recibimos turistas del mundo entero, las calidas aguas de la playas invitan tanto a extranjeros como a residents a hospedarse en los grandes hotels de South Beach, y/o a tomar un crucero de tres a siete dias desde uno de los puertos mas grandes del mundo, el Puerto de Miami, considerado la capital de los cruceros del mundo. Aqui los dejo con algunas vistas de mi ciudad.
Disfrutenlas!!!
Carnival Breeze /View of Miami Downtown from my balcony
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Isn’t this a beautiful city?

23rd annual Kitetoberfest 2015/Festival de Papalotes o Cometas

 

Today our sky turned multicolor. Different kites, in different sizes, colors, and shapes surrounded Haulover Beach Park giving children the opportunity to fly their kites, and  learn how to build them. From giant squids to Minions kites, from pirate ship kites  to lobsters, butterflies, turtles, even a cow  flew up high today. This fabulous free event brought happiness to kids faces… Judge it yourself!!!

Hoy nuestro cielo se torno multicolor. Papalotes de diferentes colores, tamanos y disenos se apoderaron del ese pedazo de cielo que bordea la Bahia de Parque de Haulover dandole a los ninos la oportunidad de volar sus cometas y de de aprender a construirlos. Desde calamares gigantes hasta papalotes de Minions, desde papalotes de naves piratas hasta langostas, mariposas, tortugas, hasta una vaca volo por el cielo hoy. Este evento no solo gratuito, sino  fabuloso trajo alegria a los rostros delos pequenos…Juzguelo usted mismo!!!

Beautiful Moments

Minions Kite

Un Pedazo de Madrid en Miami

Un Pedazo de Madrid en Miami

La noche fue sencillamente fabulosa, algo diferente que necitamos los miamenses: vino, tapas y flamenco al aire libre en el Bayfront Park(Miami Downtown), hablo nada mas y nada menos que un pedacito del Mercado San Miguel de Madrid que nos ha regalado por algun tiempo su variedad cultural y su alegria. Ahi les dejo fotos para que se embullen a visitarlo.

The night was simply fabulous, something different much needed here in Miami: wine, tapas and flamenco in an open place at Bayfront Park(Miami Downtown)… La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel.