The cosmopolitan thrills of Miami, combined with the charms of iconic beaches such as South Beach and Miami Beach, make this port a highlight of any cruise holiday around the Americas and Caribbean. With films, songs and even video games dedicated to the city, there’s clearly something special about Miami that makes it so appealing. During a cruise holiday, you can make a stop off in Miami to discover just the secrets of the city for yourself, so that you too can fall in love with this incredible place. You can even choose a cruise that starts and finishes in Miami, giving you the opportunity to extend your stay and enjoy more time exploring the city.
As a sparkling coastal city on the cusp of the Atlantic, the beaches are a highlight of Miami. Not only do the sandy shores of the city offer a chance to relax and soak up the sun when you want to escape the traffic and crowds, but they also boast plenty of things to do themselves. South Beach is lined with a whole host of bars, and restaurants with excellent views of the ocean, highlights of which are Nikki Beach Club and Joe’s Stone Crab. It also welcomes a string of festivals and events throughout the year. Key Biscayne is the perfect beach if you want a quieter and more tranquil setting for sunbathing. Alternatively, a walk along Bal Harbour allows you to take in the sights of the city at your own pace and enjoy a bit of exercise.
Close to the port and bursting with activity, Downtown Miami is a great place to explore if you want to get to know the city a little. Home to some of the best shopping malls in the city and an overwhelming number of chic places to eat and drink in style, you’ll soon have that holiday feeling as you indulge in retail therapy and outstanding cuisine. As a vibrant cultural hub of the city, a trip to the Adrienne Arsht Centre for Performing Arts is a fantastic way to spend an evening watching the Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, or another popular performance.
Miami is the perfect place to be pampered if you want to feel like a star on your stop in the city. And there are plenty of ways that you can enjoy a bit of me time. Have a spa afternoon at The Ritz-Cartlon just off South Beach, or head a little outside of the city to experience the outstanding waters of the outdoor Venetian Pool on a hot summer’s day. However if you want to make the most of free things to do in Miami, then the beautiful Botanical Gardens and The Kampong are a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle. At sunset, be sure to head up to Gansevoort South for cocktails, just one of the many rooftop bars in Miami.
There are some excellent excursions that you can take for a chance to explore beyond the city. Florida is a state full of attractions, and the natural habitat of the Everglades offers a unique contrast to the city thrills and ocean views of Miami. Taking an Everglades tour will allow you to see crocodiles, birds, and some stunning countryside, making it an unforgettable day on land during your cruise holiday. You can also visit Jungle Island in the Everglades if you want a walk on the wild side with exotic animals.
Although Miami is renowned for its shopping, beaches and nightlife, there’s much more to this famous city that makes it such a fun place to visit. By adding Miami to your cruise itinerary, you can tick this iconic destination off your list and shape your perfect holiday with the wealth of activity available.