March to the Sea-Up and Down the East Coast of Florida

I am starting to think about another trip to the Florida shores as the weather gets cold here in California and winter sets in. So it’s a good time to go over my March 2011 trip, a trip that really had three parts; (1) visiting North florida, (2) Lauderdale and Miami and (3) The keys.

North Florida

Amazing water, a bit rough and ready, juno beach, open but with amenities. Visiting some New York fishing buddies with a lot of inter-coastal hanging. You see big boats, big houses and, well big drinks…..

The season in March is starting to close down, the northerners are starting to figure Florida will be too hot and the Tri-State area is beginning to happen.

 Juno Cafe:  Great breakfast, extremely cheap, pancakes, sausages, old school. US Highway One (13967 to be exact and phone number is 561-622-1533. Oh, did I say-”They serve breakfast all day”

Hideaway Cafe Bogarts Hideaway Cafe (no website, also goo breakfast but I would take Juno Cafe between the two)
725 North Highway A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477
Phone number: (561)575-2100

Inter-Coastal Wild Childs:

Guana Guanabar

My experience at this tropical comfortable setting is pulling the boat up in the afternoon, getting a lot of cocktails and having some decent grub. I understand that they also have live music…very inter-coastal, relaxed, boating, cruising


960 North Highway A1A Jupiter, FL 33477

Square Grouper


This joint is the best. Alan Jackson is a neighbor and tries out stuff, other bands are great, near a reat marina, people who work and end up here are super friendly….good drinks..did not try the food. views to watch boats….We actually got here via car but you can do it via boat also…..

From their website:::::The Square Grouper Tiki Bar and Castaways Marina has grown to become one of the most popular watering holes in the United States if not the world. It is the home of Alan Jackson’s, “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” video with Jimmy Buffet and just released video “Long, Long Way To Go”, The marina hosts several local fishing tournaments, including Grand Slam/Castaways KDW, Jupiter Billfish Fish Tournament and the Blue Water Babes Tournament. 

And some fun at the Grouper:

We also ate a bit more upscale, not just beer, fries and fresh fish at:

Vic and Angelos


Vic and Angelo's Patio

Great food, wines-handmade pastas, “imported pasta” my penne bolanghese-amazing, sit outside. They also have restaurants in Del Rey and Miami.
( 4520 PGA Blvd.  Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33418) (Phone:  561.630.9899)


Another Hillstone restaurant-and as with all of their venues, a true winner.

Be careful at the bar, filled with cougars visiting from New York looking for some pastel panted millionaires.                  


I said my goodbyes to my fishing buddies and started for shopping, South beach and the next day to meet my family at the Fort Lauderdale airport. While its 30 minutes from Miami, I have no idea why anyone would fly into the ridiculously confusing and difficult Miami airport when you can fly so easily to Lauderdale, clean, relatively new, easy to get rentals, great for Jet Blue and Virgin America.

First stop was The outlet stores at Sawgrass Mills, the motherlode of discount shopping but all the 44Shorts had already made it to Zegna and Nieman Marcus. Somewhere there is a communication network of Aborigne wrestlers and Greek shipping magnets who beat me to all the 44 Short suits and sport coats as soon as  they go on sale….Anybody have a dial-in?

Now on to Miami beach but alone so clubbing is not much fun by yourself so I stayed low. First stop, check on at:

Modrian Hotel  (Room 304)


great room (basic studio), great soaps, great gym-pool sprayed w salt water-was weird, great bayside views, lots of empty bars on Sunday night at the Mondrian-I had a studio-very impressed with layout, small kitchette, help was great.

My studio-not the best picture

Asia de Cuba

I decided to walk around this time, cabs are ridiculously expensive and getting your car out of the garage sometimes makes you feel like there are more hands out than a street in India. The pool area has, as does the hotel, the Phillipe Starck touches, rugs, cabanas, curtains, etc. The Asia de Cuba restaurant continues the Starck theme of white one of  kind furniture, large sharing tables, a design esthetic of Victorian nature….

And finally, what is it with the painting of the girl throughout the hotel, I mean it’s just plain weird and freaky, no explanation, is she a ghost, is this the modern day “Eloise” meeting up with the “Shining twins” You tell me??

That weird girl is in my room!

So I went for a walk and this is what I found and liked:

Giotto’s 2 blocks from Mondrian just opened nice Italian…great pizza and they have a damn good white pizza… (305)532-1138…they deliver-the owner and his crew are really nice people. 959 West Street,  $9.50 regular pizza, 5.95 individual

8 oz Burger Bar

Adult milksahes with Bailey Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Parking in back, again nice people- they use niman ranch meats.

1080 Alton Road Miami 305 397 8246  open 1130-5am dailyEric is owner, (786) 375 7079



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