Miami Seaplane Base Offers a Great View With Your Free Coffee
The small one-story building used to house Chalk's Airlines airport terminal. Today Roberto Gomez, manager and passionate advocate for preserving this little piece of old Miami, is on a mission to "bring back some of the nostalgia of days long gone."
As we walk in, we are greeted by Isabella, his daughter, who helps out on the weekends. She offers us a complimentary coffee and invites us to take in the expansive views. We hear the Nespresso machine roar to life, and it catches our full attention for a minute until the Majesty of the Seas starts making it's way toward the ocean. We can't take our eyes off the massive structure that is floating a few feet away from us.
Inside the building, there's a whole lot to take in as well. Every corner is filled with a surplus or used engine part. There are seats, control panels, wings and other piece that have been carefully placed to create a mini-museum.
So next time you find yourself on the causeway, pull off on Watson Island and stop in to see a little piece of old Miami. The free coffee, occasional pastry and breathtaking view are well worth the detour.
1000 MacArthur Causeway, Miami
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