Godivaworld Travels, U.S. of A

Milestone in MIAMI

I swear there are sooooo many reasons to celebrate and just as many reasons to travel, although I’m the odd bird who knows neither requires any reason nor excuse merely just the desire to do so.

In any case, this past weekend I celebrated my girlfriend’s BIG birthday milestone in Miami!

Miami  image

Three of the 5 gals (6 gals if you count my car whom everyone knows as “Eva’) made a road trip of it which was a change of pace for sure.

FRIDAY

When we arrived on Friday it was a rainy, overcast Miami day but we made the most of it.  The first order of business after checking in while awaiting the arrival of the other ladies was some vittles as someone was a little hungry (not I says the #alwayseating chick)!  So being that we were on Ocean Drive, there’s no shortage of sidewalk eateries with an acceptable mexican spot right next door to our hotel.  Talk about ideal, this enabled us to see the other chick as she arrived and whisk her to our abode.

With the rain and all our Friday evening consisted of preparing for our night out, laughing, and rolling around the city until we reached our destination – that which shall remain unnamed.

It’s amazing the things you see in different cities when you’re half paying attention.  I came across a dancing billboard on the Intercontinental in Downtown Miami which was quite entertaining.  Luckily no one was behind me at the light because I believe I sat there through a full light change.

Friday night was a blast with the birthday girl having a great time for her special day!

SATURDAY

Typically, I coordinate for everyone and take care of accommodations and such which I love but admit it can be taxing at times.  Given that I told myself I would be on total guest mode and did just that lol with just one request which was to peruse Calle Ocho in Little Havana for some Cuban food and a Cigar Shop to fall into.

The day began with breakfast/brunch on Ocean Drive and a little beach time before we made our way to Little Havana.

Needless to say by the time we were ready for Little Havana I was feeling a little tipsy but ready for whatever lol!  So began our journey to Little Havana with my dear Eva leading the way (I even rode in the backseat which I’ve only done maybe once or twice)!

Again, my main goal was puro, street art, and eats/cocktails; the other ladies came along and was hoping for some good eats and whatever they stumbled upon.  I’d say we were successful in getting our desires met for this outing.  We even saw the restaurant and store front where an episode of “Power” was filmed (the El Pub).

After all our walking (my drinking) and whatnot it was time to head back to our suite to prepare for what we hoped would be another night of shenanigans.  Before we got our lives together I had to get atleast one cigar moment in while people watching on our balcony!

Saturday night found us making the most of our final night by taking in the South Beach nightlife, specifically some of the classics.  So we set out to stomp the streets in our stilettos ready for whatever….with whatever just so happen to lead us to the Clevelander.  As is typical, the streets were packed and so was the Clevelander’s bar, pool area party etc.  We were informed of a rooftop party that would offer a great view with a popping atmosphere so we figured we’d head there.

With the exception of the exxtremely overpriced basic cocktail (thought I heard the bartender wrong lol) the DJ, atmosphere, people watching, etc did not disappointment.

….and so our night came to an end – albeit at 4 AM after sitting out on our balcony getting in just a little more people watching.

SUNDAY

Ode to departure day which meant looking for things, organizing, packing, and making use of the last little bit of time before we headed out.  It’s so hard to say goodbye sometimes especially when you know you’re leaving 70-80 degree weather for 40-55 degree.

Alas we prepared for the farewell and headed out once again for brunch and cocktails along Ocean Drive.  We stumbled upon the Columbus Restaurant and when I say we were gifted not just complimentary Mimosas but shots as well….unfortunately I had to remind myself that I was road tripping it .

Until next time Miami ❤

 

Adventures, Godivaworld Travels, The Caribbean

Antics in ANTIGUA

I can’t begin to tell you about the excitement I felt at the thought of all the shenanigans my friend and I would encounter as we embarked upon the beautiful island of Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) this past March.  map of antigua and barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.  The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s on Antigua.

So the day began with our arrival into Antigua as part of our 5 day island hopping adventures.  The big event of the day was our Catamaran Lobster Lunch adventure which was sorta kinda a birthday treat for my friend that almost didn’t happen because it was apparently a very popular activity.  Nevertheless we almost didn’t make the cut due to scheduling and space availability but in the end Godivaworld wins!!!

Oh to wandering aimlessly along the beaches of Antigua……

Anyhoo, our destination was Jolly Beach which appeared to be pretty isolated and definitely NOT saturated with tourists.  I can’t say enough about non-tourist areas even when I’m being a tourist lol.  I prefer to wander the path less taken and get lost in the streets the locals travel more often than not as that’s where you really find the jewels of any city.

Upon reaching the beautiful Jolly Beach (after sailing the seas around Antigua feasting on grilled lobster, beans n rice, a vegetable medley and rumvodkajack) the comedy and shenanigans really took center stage.  We disembarked from the Catamaran to a cozy little spot on the beach so the luxuriating could begin and shortly thereafter laughter ensued.  Just taking in the scene my partner in crime for this adventure, Norman, spotted what he called his (make-believe) cliff-side property being renovated just in time for him to approve the current progress.

As if this wasn’t enough comedy, we just so happen to catch a glimpse of a lady with very colorful scarves/wraps approaching our “friends” from the Catamaran for a sale (who were attempting to lounge and luxuriate on the beach).  Luckily we were already basking in the warm water of the sea to miss this “pop-up” beach sale.  However, since my “look away” reflex is a little sluggish I made eye contact with “JjAHkeey” <–said just like that.  Please check out the video below to see how Norman adds color and comedy to this scene.  Ms. Jackie just wanted to know if I were interested in her wears to which I kindly responded – “I don’t have any cash on me” (my go-to response).  Well honey, Ms. Jackie told me  to let her know if I change my mind (she throwing shade?)!

See why this is titled “Antics in Antigua”……are you still hollering because I was there and STILL can’t watch this without cracking up.  Gotta love your friends I tell you!

Needless to say, after our Jolly Beach shenanigans and Norman’s comedy show, the rest of the afternoon was filled with basking in the glow of the aftermath.

Although I didn’t see much of St. John’s (capital of Antigua), I know without question that I WILL be making a return visit with atleast 5 days of leisure, wandering, and luxuriating to satisfy my wanderlust soul.  Honestly what more does one need to be convinced to see this beautiful island?

~ Travel Well ~

Mexico, North America

A Cancun Wedding

Party!  Party! Party!  Well that’s what most think when they think of Cancun and of course “Tequila” however there’s so much more to this beautiful city.  This trip exemplified the words “Destination Wedding” as it was one of the most beautiful weddings, brides, gathering of guests, etc. I have seen in real life.

Backstory:

Now I’d been to Cancun several times so this was truly about supporting my friend during his nuptials.  I didn’t know a soul but the groom but again having been to Cancun plenty times before, traveling solo to an event where I knew no one fed right into my internal wanderlust being.

My plan was to detox and be totally random until it was time to grab my tissue and throw rice (….well maybe not rice as I guess that went out a couple decades ago lol).  Nevertheless, I used the time to wander which I’ve become so accustomed to doing – even at home.  Since I’ve never met a stranger, either home or abroad, it’s no surprise that I actually met some cool chicks ironically from the Atlanta area the day of the wedding.

My hotel room overlooked the wedding site which transformed itself almost before my eyes over the course of the day or atleast the random periods of time I was in the room and happened to step out onto the balcony.  Nevertheless, the beachfront games and bathers scattered as the hotel made room for the main event of the evening.

As the sun set over Cancun, the wedding festivities got underway.  The winds picked up accompanied by the ocean breeze which added a little chill to the evening air.  We didn’t care, as we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the bridal party down the aisle.  I must say, the bride, the groom, the party, the setting was nothing short of your glossy wedding magazine print ad – just a symbol of all things beautiful in life and love.

The ceremony went off without a hitch and the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away!!

Sometimes my travel is with/for a purpose and other times it is just to satisfy my inner wanderer.  No matter the reason it is the act of travel no less and for that it is not the destination as much as it is showing support and love for those who mean even a little bit in one’s world.

~ Travel Well ~

Godivaworld Travels, The Caribbean

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

It’s no secret this gal here loves herself a beach and will always find a way to squeeze in a destination that is on, near, or within distance to one.  Sometimes though I luck up and get invited to an invite that happens to be near some body of water which suits me just fine.  This was one such time.

Punta Cana was solely to celebrate another year of life for a friend and it was a grand ole’ time.  If you have pinned the Dominican Republic and specifically Punta Cana as one of your destinations you will not be disappointed.

Macao Beach, Dominican Republic

Be it lounging at your resort or venturing out solo dolo (like I prefer doing), you will find your groove….

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My days were spent luxuriating by the sea, watching the waves if not being totally consumed by them while lying in the sand as the tide rolled in.  On a dune buggy adventure, we rolled up on Macao Beach which is by far one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen up close and personal.

Getting there is easy from most major U.S. cities.  Once there, transportation is readily available as well if you’re like me – one who wanders off to explore.

So what are you waiting for, the Dominican Republic is calling!  I will be answering the call again!

Happy Travels!