If you’re planning on cruising around the sun-kissed Caribbean, chances are your ship sails from Miami. And with miles of white sandy beaches, Instagram-worthy art déco buildings and incredible restaurants. There are plenty of activities to do in Miami. It would be a shame to visit the cruise capital of the world without having at least a quick look around.
Activities to Do in Miami
To help you make the most of your time in the city, here are 4 activities to do in Miami before or after your cruise.
Have a beach day
South Beach is bursting with some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. With powder-soft white sand, glistening aquamarine waters, gently swaying palms and pastel-coloured wooden lifeguard towers, you really will feel like you’re on a film set. There are plenty of sun loungers and shades you can rent for extra comfort and a whole street of fabulous restaurants just across the road for when the inevitable lunchtime hunger strikes.
Visit the Monkey Jungle
Gibraltar is well-known as being an awesome place to see monkeys. But did you know Miami has got its own Monkey Jungle? One of the city’s best-kept secrets, this wonderful place turns the notion of a typical zoo upside down and puts visitors in a cage while the monkeys are free to roam wherever they like! Almost 400 monkeys call the 30-acre reserve home. If you want to get to know them a little better, you can sign up for one of the special tours and experiences. You’ll be finding yourself playing with and feeding the monkeys without being separated by a cage.
Hit the shops
Whether you’re into designer shoes, gourmet ingredients, the latest electronics or second-hand antiques, you’ll find it in Miami. There are loads of shopping malls scattered across the city, but my favourite place for retail therapy is Lincoln Road. This buzzing pedestrian street is brimming with all kinds of names from Alchemist and Gucci to H&M and Starbucks, guaranteeing something for all budgets. Plus, it also features loads of fabulous restaurants and bars serving every type of cuisine you can possibly imagine where you can refuel in between shops.
Explore Little Havana
Not visiting Cuba as part of your cruise itinerary but wish you were? You can easily fix that by spending a day exploring Little Havana. Miami’s historic Cuban district was established in the 1950’s. Back then big numbers of Cubans began migrating to the Magic City and it continues to thrive today, thanks to its ever-expanding Latin community. Here you’ll find oodles of authentic restaurants serving up the best Cuban eats; fascinating art galleries filled with masterpieces. It’s filled with a wonderfully vibrant atmosphere unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in the city.