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Travel Guide: Miami, FL

The Magic City - With its melting pot of diversity, Miami is like no other party city in America. It’s the perfect blend of a beach town and dynamic metropolitan city, with the best of the day and nightlife. The Miami culture is in the music, food, fashion and art.  If you're visiting and want to see a bit of everything, here is a curated list of my top picks to give a glimpse of Miami.

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Simply Gharib Travel Guide To:

Miami, FL

Living in Miami for a few years, I’ve learned a thing or two about where to go and what to do here. I call it the 6th borough, since to me it feels like an extension of New York.

There a so many things to do in Miami – from beaches to parties to art – I personally love Miami’s art culture and food scene.

 
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Miami, FL

WHERE TO GO OUT: 

  • Wynwood Walls: unique outdoor street murals by artists

  • Perez Art Museum: contemporary (20th and 21st century) art.

  • Basement: club lounge with a bowling alley and ice-skating rink.

  • Lagniappe: chill bar, with beer and wine, live music, and patio furniture.

  • LIV: the as-seen-in-music-videos atmosphere of your club dreams.

Where to shop:

  • Miami Design District – upscale designers

  • Lincoln Road

  • Brickell City Centre – central outdoor mall

BEST CAFE:

  • Small Tea

  • Panther Coffee

  • OTL

  • Dr. Smood

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Drunken Dragon: hidden restaurant with Korean BBQ (family-style).

  • Komodo: southeast Asian cuisine with a South Florida vibes

  • Seaspice: perfect spot for brunch on Miami River.

  • Beaker & Grey: trendy Wynwood place with amazing cocktails/ food.

  • Coyo: delicious tacos (home base in Wynwood).

Over the years (since Miami is such an awesome vacation spot) I’ve suggested all my favorite restaurants, places to visit, and nightlife I love, to friends who visit Miami. So now I’ve decided to include a Miami post (of all my personal suggestions) to share will all!

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Our most recent trip to Egypt was a bit spontaneous (we booked the flights 2 weeks in advanced), because I missed home. Which is strange to say since I was technically born and raised in the US, but my high school years in Cairo deeply impacted who I am today. It’s where I met my husband, my friends, where I bonded with my siblings and family - NY is always home, but Cairo is as well. I didn’t realize how much I needed that trip, as did my sister and Abd-Allah, we were happy. I found myself nostalgic for the good old days, the days where my biggest struggles in life were IB-related and getting back home before curfew (lol).

It’s safe to say I’ll definitely be planning a trip back soon. Traveling to new places is good for the soul, but returning home is an even better feeling.

Travel Guide: Ecuador

THERE ARE TOWERING VOLCANO PEAKS, HIKE-WORTHY AMAZONIAN RAIN FOREST, INDIGENOUS VILLAGES, AND OF COURSE STUNNING VIEWS. WHEN IT COMES TO ADVENTURE, YOU CAN’T GO WRONG IN ECUADOR, especially spots like Quilotoa, Tena, and Banos. When it comes to Ecuador’s capital, Quito, THEre are MONUMENTS AND 17TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURAL FACADES, PICTURESQUE PLAZAS AND MAGNIFICENT CHURCHES. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN SOUTH AMERICA, DEFINITELY A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT! 

Things to do:

  • Teleferiqo: ride up the volcano, see Quito from above

  • Mitad Del Mundo: Quito's middle of the world

  • Shiripuno Tribe: Indigenous tribe in Misahualli

  • Umbuni Waterfall: Tena tour of Amazon forest

  • Pichincha Volcano: hike, horseback ride

  • Hop On/Off bus: hit all the historic spots of Quito at once

Best Cafes:

  • Cyrano: affordable coffee & bakery shop

  • Honey & Honey: coffee/tea spot in Plaza Foch

Where to eat:

  • Q Restaurant: modern Ecuadorian dishes

  • Zinc Gastro Bar: fun, great spot for brunch

  • Urko Cocina Local: cozy, casual Ecuadorian food

  • Cafe Plaza Grande: Old Quito lunch/dinner

  • Nubori: sushi in Ecuador

Where to Shop:

  • Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal: local artisan market

  • Otovalo: hop on a bus to their huge Saturday artisan market

  • Shepherd: Quito’s eclectic local shop

Travel Guide: Tulum, Mexico

Sunshine and solitude make it the ideal destination for relaxing retreats. Tulum’s spectacular coastline is 90 minutes from the closest airport, making it a not-so-easy to get to beach. Giving visitors long stretches of cobalt blue beach and balmy breezes with only a few other people sharing your little paradise. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya, so enjoy the caves, cenotes, and historic ruins! There is also a strong New York presence in many Tulum spots — eco friendly boutique hotels, vegan restaurants, beachfront yoga classes, and indie designer stores on every corner.

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Things to do:

  • IK Gallery: Azulik’s cool architectural space

  • Casa Malca: Pablo Escobar’s mansion

  • Bike Rentals

  • Tulum Ruins: Mayan ruins overlooking the sea

  • Gran Cenote: natural phenomenon pool

  • Yoga at Sanara: $20pp for an hour beachfront session.

Best Cafes:

  • Matcha Mama: green juices/ açaí bowls

  • The Real Coconut: beach front, healthy breakfast

Where to eat:

  • Kin Toh: iconic sunset dinner

  • Beso: romantic and innovative for dinner

  • Gitano: great music / cool for dinner

  • Papaya Playa Project: beachy chill vibes for lunch

  • Nomade: Moroccan wholesome and holistic food

Where to Shop:

  • Coqui Coqui: great local designers

  • Josa: adorable little hut with caftans, art books, and bikinis

  • La Troupe: white patio space is decorated with pillows

Most Millennials have heard of Tulum or seen the beautiful travel posts on Instagram. The trendy, New York-ified yoga town sits 90 minutes south of Cancun, so we rented a car and headed straight to Tulum from the airport. Tulum’s town is referred to as pueblo and the beach as playa. Some may be put off by the fact that the town center, where the really cheap eats and sleeps are found, sits right on the highway, making the main drag feel more like a truck stop than a tropical paradise. But rest assured that if Tulum’s pueblo isn't to your liking, you can always head to the coast and find that tranquil, beachside bungalow.

It’s not big high rise resorts but instead perfectly designed boho-chic-eco-yoga places serving matcha and kombucha…