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We’re goin’ to Miami


Party in the city where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn
Welcome to Miami
Buenvenidos a Miami
Bouncin in the club where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn
I’m goin to Miami
Welcome to Miami

We spent a magic night and a day in Miami either side of our Carnival Caribbean cruise (humming Will Smith’s anthem). I’m really excited to share the video of us departing this amazing city on board the Carnival Breeze. Miami with kids might not be quite like the Will Smith song, but it is pretty amazing place. I can’t wait for you to see the video, it is so cool. But first a few snaps…


Best bit was that everyone we met wanted to help us, three people came over to ask if we needed help navigating the people mover and we’d pretty much sussed it out by that point ourselves. Good to know it was free though!


We sadly didn’t have time to make it to South Beach, but we hung out at the Bayside marina area instead. Plenty of time for the kids to hunt souvenirs.


And to admire this amazing, humongous Banyan tree.

They really are quite magical and breathtaking trees.

Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary suggested we try Bubba Gump for family fun. It looks really great, I have to say.


But Mr A had his heart set on the Hard Rock Cafe, for the rock and the views…


In we went, admiring artefacts and explaining ancient rockers to the kids as we went.


With only a short time in Miami, what we wanted was a lunch with a view, and it did not disappoint.


L and G really got into the swing of life in Miami…

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We had a huge and probably unnecessary sharing platter…


Followed by a veggie/ not veggie burgers…


Then we had Hagen Daz ice cream. Yeah I know, bit excessive, but with one day to play with in Miami what’s a kid to do?


The journey back to the hotel on the people mover was a great and free way to see the city.


Sea and skyscrapers and palm trees.Β Just a short walk back to the hotel, but we’ve found CSI Miami, or perhaps they’re just painting new lines on the tarmac? Nah, whispered Mr A, there has to be a body under there.


Back to the incredible, airy marble hotel. Ah American hotels, they are so big and they have posh drive in entrances. L swam an incredible 16 lengths in the outdoor pool as buzzards swooped ahead and palm trees swayed. It was like being in a movie.


Mr A wants to move here. I was very sold, sunshine in February is a very lovely thing indeed, or in the words of Mr Smith ‘Miami bringin heat for real’.

Miami was our gateway to a Carnival cruise onboard Carnival Breeze as their ‘funnest family’. Β Here is the first of the videos we starred in on our trip. For most of us what happens on holiday stays on holiday, but not The Alexanders. So…I will warn you, we did some seriously cheesy dancing, get over it and have a giggle at our expense….

More on the cruise here. Carnival only asked me for one blog post about our cruise, however, I loved it so much I have to keep finding more ways to share our travels.

We stayed at the JW Marriot hotel, they also have one on South beach which would be worth checking out.



  1. 28/04/2014 / 8:12 am

    I am loving these stories of your travels. Miami looks amazing. I really want to go and see the Art Deco buildings all along the front.

    And where Real Housewives of Miami is filmed. not that I watch it of course. A friend told me about it.

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:11 pm

      I think I know who that friend is πŸ™‚ Yep, a few hours is jsut not enough with small people – will have to return!

  2. 28/04/2014 / 8:53 am

    wow what an amazing place to visit!!! there are so many parts of America that i would love to see! it looks and sounds like you all had a blast! wow again! x

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:09 pm

      My USA list just keeps growing now Jenny!

  3. 28/04/2014 / 9:13 am

    Talk about experience of a lifetime Penny, I loved watching all you dance moves! Mich x

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:09 pm

      that’s very kind of you ha ha!

  4. 28/04/2014 / 9:34 am

    Love this Penny – and that video – especially see you dancing! Looks so good, you have really brought the fun to cruising!

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:09 pm

      Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone πŸ˜‰

  5. 28/04/2014 / 11:10 am

    Penny how magical and those trees!They are like something out of a Lord of the rings movie! Sunshine always makes me happy too

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:08 pm

      Just amazing! Soooooo much sun in Miami!

  6. 28/04/2014 / 11:10 am

    Yay you found the tree! I didn’t tell you about it, on purpose, as I though you might be able to have a drink, and eat, whilst the children played in that area. To be honest South Beach(apart from the beach) isn’t all that, you were better staying there. We stayed just around the corner at Coconut grove, which was lovely too. CSI miami was being filmed whilst we were there and they closed the road by our hotel. Miami is used alot I think for location work.

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:08 pm

      Oooh, you are a clever lady – G esp loved playing there and there was so much hustle and bustle, parrots, crocodiles, souvenirs and ice creams, perfect place for kids! So itcould have been CSI Miami then πŸ˜‰

  7. Manchester Mummy
    28/04/2014 / 11:19 am

    Miami looks amazing, would love to go! The food is also making me extremely hungry… must go and grab some less appealing lunch πŸ™

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:06 pm

      Have been eyeing up the tapas you reviewed YUM!

  8. 28/04/2014 / 11:25 am

    oh my goodness! you are the funnest family ever! loved the pictures in Miami and your hubs is right – it had to be a body there!

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:06 pm

      Glad you are in agreement Otilia!

  9. 28/04/2014 / 12:04 pm

    Brilliant! You have got to love Miami. One of my favourite things to do there is head to the Cuban district and stuff my face with lots of lovely food! πŸ˜€

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:05 pm

      One of the journalists we were with on the cruise did just that, I wished we had had longer!

  10. 28/04/2014 / 3:47 pm

    Miami looks amazing, what a lovely starting point for your holiday. Your photos are simply wonderful, I so wish I had smuggled into your suitcase, you’ll need your own PA on the next trip right??

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:05 pm

      Absolutely – I could not keep track of everything on the cruise, with all the filming, adventures and new sights!

  11. 28/04/2014 / 8:03 pm

    You have really inspired me, so guess what ….. we have just booked a cruise for my hen do!! πŸ™‚

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:04 pm

      wooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooo! That’s amazing -where do I sign up???? πŸ˜‰

  12. 28/04/2014 / 8:25 pm

    miami is one of the few places i would love to go to on holiday. i’m a big fan of art deco and would spend a huge amount of time snapping the buildings around me. i’m such a holiday bore!

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:03 pm

      Yes, I would love to have seen more, will go back. I spent the whole time looking up at buzzards – I’m a secret twitcher πŸ˜‰

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:01 pm


  13. 29/04/2014 / 11:26 am

    That banyan tree is awesome and bizarre! An oh my what a glorious platter of food. I so want to visit Miami.

    • The Alexander Residence
      29/04/2014 / 10:02 pm

      Great description – spot on!

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