Places to visit while in Miami

I have been visiting Miami since I was 12 years old. For the longest time this was my mom's favorite go to place to visit during holidays and who can blame her? Miami has this different vibe that makes any tourist fall in love with the culture that the city is known to have and we can't forget about its gorgeous beaches.

I want to share with you some of my favorite places to check out on your next trip, from food to site seeing.

You can never go wrong with Wynwood. It's an area full of art galleries, boutiques, and small cozy restaurants. If you are looking for picture opportunities, this is the place to visit.

My friend Yessenia kept talking about "El Micro Teatro" (Micro Theater) It is such a cool concept that you must check it out. Every bend that you see below fits about 10-15 people, it is furnished with air conditioning and each has a different short play. You pay $5 to go into each play, which to be honest was totally worth it. Most plays are in Spanish but if you can go to just experience the concept it will be totally worth the visit.

Little Havana is a must when in Miami. You can find barber shops like, LUIS Barber Shop, on Calle Ocho that continue to kept the original barbershop concept alive. You can also find amazing Cuban pastries and cafecito down the street at Versailles. Take a Uber or a Taxi just a couple blocks down to Dominio Park and experience all the professionals battle it out against each other.

For Ice-cream visit Azucar! I had the Maguey ice-cream and it was amazing! They also have their best seller that includes guava with vanilla and chunks of Maria cookies. Delish!

It is a must have for me to have the amazing ceviche at CVI.CHE 105 in downtown Miami. The food is fresh and flavorful. I can reassure you that you will not find anything like it anywhere else. And make sure to get dessert.

Make sure to let me know if you visit any of the above. I know you will enjoy it!

Hugs,

Viri

Advertisements

This is Havana, Cuba 

Let me start off by saying that I did not know what to expect on my trip to Cuba. Prior to the trip all I kept hearing from different people was, “But why Cuba? The idea of a vacation is relaxing and getting catered to.” Well yes but no. You see to me traveling is more then just relaxing it is being adventurous, learning more about our world, experiencing new cultures so we can know what our world holds. Don’t get me wrong I love all-inclusive resorts but once you understand the other side of being culturally connected when traveling a new traveling addiction is created. 

Now back to Cuba. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by our taxi whom was sent via our Air BNB host family. I traveled to Havana with 3 other friends and we instantly fell in love with the beauty of the city. Once we arrived to our new home for the week, our host family gave us the scoop on restaurants in our neighborhood and things we should consider doing within our stay. One of the best parts of our trip hands down was our host family. In such a short amount of time we became connected to them. This trip wouldn’t of have been the same if it wasn’t for them. Our neighbor, Janet, made breakfast for us every morning for $5 CUC which included fresh made mango and papaya juice, eggs, bread, cheese and ham. 

On our first night our host dad, who is also a taxi driver, took us to a show based on the history of Cuba. Every night at 9PM this show is put on by actors who reenact the cannon ceremony. All I have to say is that when it comes to politics we aren’t all going to agree but I believe in being open minded and above all being respectful of others ideas and believes. 

On our second day we did a city tour via taxi with our host dad. He took us to the famous Hotel Nacional which many celebrities and world wide presidents have stayed at. The hotel was built in the 1930s and it preserves its historic beauty. We also got to go to La Plaza de La Revolución and walk around Old Havana which is where the famous La Bodeguita (home of the mojito) is located. That night we decided to go where all the locals go and hangout. El Malecón is right by the ocean and people usually take alcohol and music. It’s like a big street party. People stop and talk to one another. This is were we actually got to talk to locals and get to know more about the way they live. It was honestly one of my favorite parts of the trip. 


The next day we walked around downtown Havana which was blocks away from our home, to look for Wifi. Hey! We needed to reach out to our families and maybe upload some pictures on Instagram. Lol! We met a gentleman that made Cuban cigars at one of the hotels we stopped by for wifi. He was kind enough to show us the difference between each of the cigars and even let us smoke one with him. After we reconnected with Social media, we rushed home to get ready for our tour in a 1955 Buick. Which was amazing! 


We wanted to get in at least one beach day and decided to take a 2 hour trip to Varadero, Cuba. On our way to Varadero we stopped by Matanzas, Cuba to visit La Cueva Saturno. We paid about $4 CUC and were there for about an hour. We had the entire cave to ourselves! It was truly beautiful to be in the water in the middle of a cave. We also stopped by for some Cuban sandwiches at Pont de Bacunayagua and apparently they have the best piña coladas but it was too early to start drinking for us. We finally made it to Varadero and it did not disappoint. The water is crystal blue. We were in a area close to all the hotels so there were your typical beach activities such as snorkeling and jet skiing. On our way back to Havana we stopped by this restaurant on the side of the road where they hands down had the best rice and beans. 


On our last day full day we decided to walk around old Havana and Downtown Havana. We stopped by La Floridita for their famous daquris and had typical Cuban sandwiches, which I recommend. For dinner we made plans to go out with our host family for quality time. Unfortunately, that day Havana had no water and word on the street was they weren’t going to have water for 5 days. Lucky for us our host family brought water from there personal back up and we were able to shower. For dinner we went to a more Americanized restaurant called La Cathedral. We had been craving simple things like ketchup, fries and hot sauce. To close out the night we went to El Malecón where Saturday night is the most crowded. We met a couple of locals. We talked, danced and tried their local rum. This was such a meaningful night because we really connected with one specific guy named Kike. I won’t get into it but I will say that it was one of the best conversations I have had with any stranger. 


I can’t wait to go back. I am not going to lie I shed a couple of tears at the airport. We really connected with our host family and saying goodbye to them was truly emotional. They treated us at their own family and always made sure that we were ok. 


If you do go to Cuba, I recommend that you take things to give away to locals. My friend Ari left some of her clothes, markers and make-up. I left behind a hair dryer and a small pack of gum. These are things that for us can be easily replaced but to Cubans it’s a luxury to have. Yes, even a pack of gum. 


Have any questions? Leave them below or send me a DM in my social media would be happy to answer any concerns you may have before your trip. 

Hugs,

Viri

Quick Trip to The City of Angels

I visited Los Angeles years ago for my High School Senior trip and had not been back ever since. I was so excited to visit L.A. for work and take some time to visit some sites that had been on my list.

As some of you may know I was in L.A. for the last stop of the campaign #CHIparaMi with Jomari Goyso. Thanks to Jomari, we ended up trying what is now one of my new favorite places for dinner, Cafe Gratitude . It is a vegan restaurant and although I am not vegan, I do love trying new food. One thing that I loved about this cute little cafe was the name of the dishes, everything had a positive name like Awesome, Magical, Grateful, etc… I ordered the Excited-Mojito (which was really refreshing) A cup of broccoli cream soup and the Liberated-Pad Thai Noodles. Everything was super delish!

Two places that I had been wanting to visit during this trip was The Last Book Store and Urban Lights. I had to squeeze these two sites in one night. The Last Book Store is truly impressive. It is picture perfect but also filled with great books. Urban Lights is truly a work of art. It was worth staying up late for these two visits.

As I mentioned, It was such a fast work trip. Other places I visited was of course the Pacific Coast, Glendale and East L.A. Below find pictures from my trip.

What are some of your favorite spots in L.A.?

XOXO,

Viri

Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico had always been on my bucket list. When I found out that I would be taking a work trip to La Isla del Encanto I knew that I had to visit El Morro. San Juan, is a city filled with lots of color and tropical vibe. I defiantly want to go back and visit places like El Yunque. One of the people I met during my trip said it takes about 4 hours to get to one side of the Island to the other. Plus, I made so many new friends that I can not wait until I am back to visit.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this trip.

XOXO,

Viri

Welcome to Miami  

I love visiting Miami! It truly has became one of my favorite cities in the U.S. Its hip, modern and laid back. During my trip I got to visit the Standard Hotel in Miami for dinner. This is a must visit if you’re with a group of friends or family. The restaurant offers great food for affordable prices and blankets for guest when it starts to get chilly at night.

But enough about that, I was in Miami for the #CHIparaMi event held at JCP in Dadeland Mall with Jomari Goyso. Tons of fans came out to meet and greet Jomari. I got to chat with the first fan in line who waited for 5 hours. Now, that’s a true fan!

Here are some pictures from Miami and the event.

XOXO,

Viri

New York During the Holidays 

Happy Holidays! 

I was recently in New York for a work trip. Last time I was in the big apple was about 10 years ago. I know such a long time! I was truly amazed of the holiday spirit throughout the entire city. Lots of lights, decor and holiday cheer is seen and felt. 


I also got a chance to see the famous Rockettes at Radio City. It was so worth it! The show is unique and fits right in to the Holiday festivities. 


Most of my pictures were deleted and these were the only ones I could save. 

Hope you have an awesome Holiday season. 


Cheers,

❤Viri 

Sol, Mar y Arena 

Happy Thursday! 

It was a year ago that my friend, Yessenia, said she wanted to go to Cancun for her bachelorette weekend. We had been literally counting down the days for this trip and can’t believe that it came and went in a blink of an eye.

This weekend was much needed. Some girl time, making memories and enjoying the gorgeous scenery that Cancun has to offer. It is one of my favorite places to visit. Ever since my first visit I fell in love with the people, the vibe and of course the beach. Plus I love Mi México Lindo y querido! 

One of the activities that Yessenia wanted to do (aside from the partying of course) was to go to Isla Mujeres. It’s such a cute little Island full of culture and beauty. 

Here are some of the pictures from this weekends trip. Can’t wait for my lovely friends big day! 

💗Viri 

The “I Do Crew” 🎉🇲🇽

Cancun 💙

Feeding our shopping addiction and supporting locals. 

Isla Mujeres 🌊🇲🇽

Always look up! 

Beach Life y’all ✌🏽️

With one of my favorite people in the world, the bride to be💗 

Fall visit to the Windy City 

Hola, Hola! 

 If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen some photos from my short trip to the Windy City. Although, I had to work it was still nice to get away and visit my brother whom lives in Chicago. 

My bestie also joined us for the weekend along with her brother. It was their first time visiting and well we tried to squeeze as much as we could from food to site seeing. One of our favorite memories from the weekend was attending the SIA concert at United Center. The concert was amazing, It was probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. 

Here are some pictures from our Chicago trip. Have you visited the Windy City before? If so let me know what your favorite spots are. 

💗Viri

The girl squad hits Los Cabos

What to do when you have a long weekend off? You plan a trip with your girls to the beautiful beaches of Mexico because that’s always a good idea!  Here is the full recap of my trip to Los Cabos, Mexico. 

Saturday, May 28th:  

Part of our girl tribe had already left a couple of days before to Los Cabos and due to work my friend Yuri and I decided to leave that Saturday morning. 


We stayed at the Playa SolMar Resort, which was amazing. Obviously the first thing we did once arriving to our room was change to meet up the girls by the pool…Oh! I can’t forget to mention the fantastic sushi bar where we had some amazing rolls. 


We were actually upgraded to a really nice suite once arriving to our hotel. Part of the perks was having this amazing private pool over looking both sides of Los Cabos. 


That night we made reservations at one of the restaurants in our hotel to celebrate our friend, Sandra’s 30th birthday. The staff was so nice and made sure our birthday girl felt special.


And once in Cabo well you party…so we decided to go to Mandal which is one of the most popular Mexican club chains. To be honest Mandal in Cancun is so much better, but when your with your girls it always a good time. 


Sunday, May 29th: 

The moment we had all been waiting for! We decided to get a boat that would take us to see the famous arch as well as to Lover’s Beach. Unfortunately, Lover’s beach was closed due to strong waves so plan B was Medrano’s beach. By the way, all of these beaches are really close to each other but the only way to access Lover’s Beach is by boat. 

The amazing part of our little boat ride was all the different sea creatures we got to see. 


Medrano’s Beach is the part were more tourist stay just because there is more water activities as well as access to a swimming beach. There is also locals that walk around selling fruit, food or small souvenirs. 


After our afternoon at Medrano’s Beach we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our boat dinner party which would take us for two hours to over look Cabo’s amazing sunset by the arch. The boat tour at first was a little on the boring side but once the open bar opened and the MC/DJ turned up it was a different story. We even saw a prosthetic leg get thrown from one side of the boat to the other. LOL! I still laugh till this day when I think about it. 



After our great sunset party we headed back to the hotel for another night out. Hey! It’s Cabo. But before we headed out we decided to go out to the beach and look at the stars. It was truly magical. That night we basically clubbed hopped and ended up at a taco stand.(So typical lol) 

Monday, May 30th:

Camels in Mexico? Yes and we got to ride them. It’s so different then riding a horse. We are always up for new experiences and this was definitely one of them. What was even cooler was the fact that these camels are rescued from different circumstances. The staff at Wild Canyon were really nice and informative. 

We then headed back and took a stroll down the Marina where there are tons of little shops and restaurants. 

For our lastnight we headed to the pool to see the sunset and ordered room service to enjoy the view from our balcony.



Tuesday, May 31st:

There is nothing like waking up early to see the sun rise. I was able to get some amazing pictures from our room view.


And then it was time to say adiós! 


Thank You Los Cabos, Mexico for an amazing trip! And to my girls who are my backbone and life partners in crime. We have traveled long distances and plan to make a lot more memories. Love y’all! (Jacqueline we missed you)


💗Viri

A tour around Wynwood-Miami

Hello lovelies,
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you must have seen that I was in Miami last week for Hispanicize 2016. 

   
   
Aside from being super excited to attend my first Hispanicize conference, I was excited to visit Wynwood. In my pervious trips to Miami for one reason or another I could never make it to Wynwood. So my blogger friend, Jihane, (Visit her blog here) and I decided to head to the art district for an afternoon of color and fun. 

   
 It’s amazing how this area has became the Mecca of art murals in Miami. According to our uber driver (LOL) a couple of years ago this area was considered to be one of the sketchy areas of Miami but thanks to the art murals and new business this area has became the “IT” area for locals and tourists. 

   
   
There is no doubt about how hip and cool Wynwood is. We walked blocks and blocks and captured some awesome pictures along the way. We also had lunch at Wynwood Kitchen which is highly recommended especially the ropa vieja empanadas. They were delish! 

   
 I already can’t wait to go back. Wynwood is by far a must when you visit Miami. Make sure to share your reccommendations and pictures with me via Twitter. Follow me @ViriMal 

Until next time, 

💗 Viri