Last trip of 2019. We got home yesterday and we spent one day on each side of our Panama trip in Miami. We originally had booked a Cuba cruise and got our flights from PHL to MIA. Since you’re no longer allowed to do cruises to Cuba we were stuck with our PHL to MIA tickets and needed to figure out where to go to fill the time that wasn’t very far and where we hadn’t already been. We chose Panama!
We stayed at the Hilton Blue Lagoon near the airport and didn’t really do much considering it was Thanksgiving. Hilton is usually our 2nd choice for hotel after Marriott since we have so much status and points with Marriott. We used points to pay for this Hilton (AMEX points or Hilton points, I can’t remember.)
There are so many pictures and things to write about from Panama I’m going to do a few separate posts so it’s not just a jumble of pictures. We were in Panama for five days and then were in Miami again for a day before flying back yesterday to Philadelphia. 3 of our 4 flights weren’t that bad but yesterday’s landing into PHL was pretty bumpy.
This was the hotel we stayed at on our way back. We used Marriott points but still had to pay taxes and a resort fee. We did get 2 free baby margaritas and free breakfast and beach chairs. The things with more fancy hotels in the US is that it seems like you get less amenities for what you pay. If we had paid full price it was like $499 for the one night which really wasn’t worth it other than the location.
ANYWHO! We did actually walk around South Beach, laid on the beach, tried some Cuban coffee, and saw some Art Deco buildings.
After coming from Panamanian weather, Miami actually felt cold. In the morning it was pretty chilly too but then got pretty hot pretty quick.
If we had more time we probably would have tried to do some everglades tours and museums. We were pretty “beached” out after Isla Contadora in Panama. I think for us it’ll be important to have days for relaxation and swimming but also time for tours and learning and seeing new things. I thought I wanted all relaxation but I guess that’s not the case. Maybe next time we’ll try to do 70% travel, 30% vacation.
I’m just grateful we are home safe, my daughter had a lot of fun with my parents and sister while we were away, and now we can start planning our next trip to Disneyworld in May.