Miami, Florida is located on the Atlantic coast of the United States. The cosmopolitan city is a hub for finance, commerce, entertainment, arts and international trade, with plenty of things to do in Miami and surrounding areas. Miami’s shipping ports have ranked number one for the past two decades as being the busiest shipping ports in the world, with the largest cruise ships and operations.
The port is very easy to navigate and located near to the down town area of Miami, a taxi ride will take approx. 10 minutes and Miami International Airport is only 30 minutes drive to the port. There are various options from taxi, shared shuttle bus or metro from Miami International to downtown Miami.
Things to do in Miami
Apart from the exploring port area, there are other things to do in Miami. There are a few trendy districts of Miami which are well worth a visit. One of the more well known is South Beach with its art deco architecture, long promenade, restaurants and hotels by the sea. A great place to stroll along the beach, have lunch at one of the many cafes and explore the shops on Lincoln Road.
As well as South Beach, visiting Coral Gables should also be in your list of things to do in Miami. With its boutique bohemian shops, cafes and lush green trees lining the upmarket avenues. What better way to enjoy a coffee than to sit at one of the many outside tables, while being shaded during the hottest hours of the day.
One of the many highlights of Miami are the Everglades. Here you can take an air boat ride through the everglades looking out for one of its many residents, the alligators. Once back on dry ground don’t miss the talk and show with the animals. While I was there I got a real treat, to hold a baby alligator and a scorpion!
Or why not take an Island Queen Cruise from Biscayne Bay to see the homes of the rich and famous dotted along the water front. Or take a trip to Star Island to get a closer look at its magnificent period mansion homes. Some of its residents include Gloria Estefan and Don Johnson.
For ease of convenience I would recommend staying by the Bay of Biscayne from here you can walk to the Biscayne Bay Marketplace and the down town area. You can also take the local buses to Coral Gables and for one of the largest shopping malls-Aventura Mall. You can spend a whole day here exploring the shops, have lunch and take in a movie. Although its not the shortest of bus journey’s, a great way to see more of the local Miami.
Biscayne Bay Marketplace has lots to offer from Starbucks, Bubba Gump Shrimp co., Footlocker, Guess, Sunglass Hut, and Victoria Secrets as well as lots more!
For things to do in Miami during the night, there are a host of superb restaurants and bars to visit, one of my favourite’s is the Cuban bar – Mojito Bar located at the back of Biscayne Bay Marketplace. Here as the cocktails flow the dancing starts and in the wee hours you can even enjoy a horse drawn carriage back to your hotel.
There are a number of festivals throughout the year including the Ultra Music Festival which lasts for three days in March and another is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival which takes place in late February. Get along and see the cooking demonstrations by celebrity chiefs.
Or what about taking in a basketball game or concert at the American Airlines Arena. Opened in 1999 with a concert by Gloria Estefan and then two days later hosting Miami Heat’s first game which triumphed the Orlando Magic’s .
Miami is a great place to visit year round although March till May offers the best weather while missing the peek holiday times and rates. The rates get even better during the summer from June till November however this is rainy/hurricane season.
This city is a great place to explore when you’re looking for things to do in Miami pre or post cruise. You can stay for a few days before or after you depart for your cruise holiday. There are some great places to visit such as the Kennedy Space Centre or Orlando or why not hire a car and drive down the U.S Route 1 to Key West, listed as one of the most beautiful drives in the world.