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Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour & Bay Cruise

1. Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour & Bay Cruise

Soak up the sights and sounds of Miami on an open-top sightseeing bus. See its lively neighborhoods and districts before exploring the beautiful bay on a boat tour with commentary on board. Begin the tour on Lincoln Road on South Beach, the famous pedestrian street lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Board the open-top bus, venture down Ocean Drive, and see the famous Espanola Way. Cruise throughout Miami Beach before crossing over Biscayne Bay and into Miami. Discover downtown Miami and the Brickell district, famous for its high-rise condos, and world-class restaurants, clubs, and shopping. Discover the contrasting artistic Wynwood neighborhood, which draws artists from around the globe to paint its famous walls, and the Cuban heritage of lively Little Havana. Leave the bus at Bayside Marketplace, and board your 90-minute boat tour with bilingual commentary. Relax on the open-air deck or chill out in the air-conditioned interior. Take in the beauty of the Bay, and sights of the lavish homes of the rich and famous.

Miami: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour w/ Boat & Everglades Add-ons

2. Miami: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour w/ Boat & Everglades Add-ons

Hop on and off during this Miami sightseeing bus tour and enjoy panoramic views of the Art Deco District and South Beach. Discover iconic locations like Wynwood and Lincoln Road and visit the best of Miami’s landmarks for as little or as long as you like.  The City Loop (Red) will take you through diverse and unique areas of Upper Miami. Travel through Midtown with its newly developed shopping, dining and living areas before making your way through the streets of Wynwood, famous for its street graffiti art and building murals. Then check out Little Havana to experience a taste of Cuba. Buses pick up and drop off at 30-minute intervals. Hear the history and life of the city through expert digital commentary in 6 languages. Upgrade your experience with a 90-minute Biscayne Bay Cruise past Millionaire's Row and the city skyline. Cruise past Fisher Island, Miami Beach, and the Port of Miami cruise ships and cargo districts. Spot the homes of Miami's rich and famous from the open-air upper deck or enclosed lower deck of your boat. Soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks are available for purchase onboard.  Choose the Deluxe option to also discover the Florida Everglades with its rich wildlife of exotic birds, snakes, fish, and turtles. Enjoy a 4-hour tour with a wildlife show with an opportunity to hold a baby alligator. Then take an airboat ride along the River of Grass. For Deluxe Option Everglades Pick-Up: Select 8.30am & 2:00pm for pick up from Stop #2 in Miami Beach (Soundscape Park, 1680 Washington Ave) Select 9.00am & 2:30pm for pick up from Stop #1 in Downtown Miami (Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd)

Miami: Salsa Class & Nightclub Entry w/ Mojitos & Appetizers

3. Miami: Salsa Class & Nightclub Entry w/ Mojitos & Appetizers

It’s time to go wild and infuse your soul with Latin music and dancing. Get ready to laugh and have some fun because this Nightlife Experience takes place at the most exciting and eclectic venue on South Beach on iconic Ocean Drive and the only spot with live singers, musicians and performers and a dance floor that is on fire until 5:00 AM. You will be talking about this night for years to come. Are you ready to dine, drink, dance and discover the Latin side of South Beach? Your adventure will begin upstairs in the fabulous Mojito Room complete with vibrant lighting, bronze palm trees, comfy sofas & a tropical bar. Arrive at 7:30 PM to be seated at a table and order food and drinks before the lessons begin. You will mix and mingle while learning to dance Salsa & Bachata. Once you have mastered your new moves, the group will hit the dance floor right in front of the live band and enjoy spectacular cabaret performances including Salsa, Samba, Bachata & Conga. If you are looking for a fantastic and entertaining night out; this is for you! Salsa nights are hosted by a South Beach local and expert dancer with years of experience showing Miamians and world travelers a great time. You will learn something new, meet great people, and be able to dance all night to live music in a quintessential Miami Beach nightclub. This is a fast moving and social immersion into Miami nightlife and Latin dancing; a must-have skill in Miami culture. Itinerary: 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Arrival and table seating 8:15 - 9:00 PM: Bachata Lesson 9:00 - 9:20 PM: Mojitos and Appetizer break 9:20 - 10:00 PM: Salsa Lesson

Miami: Discover South Beach Tour

4. Miami: Discover South Beach Tour

Explore Miami Beach’s most popular destinations and hidden gems on an electric powered Swoop cart. Learn Miami’s rich and sometimes dramatic history as you experience the local culture. Discover Miami Beach’s top 50 attractions, such as the famous Ocean drive strip, South of Fifth (SOFI) neighborhood, South Pointe Park, Miami Beach Marina, unique Art Deco district, Lincoln Road, Espanola Way and much more. Experience the energy and sizzle of Miami Beach, learn about the dramatic history and witness the preservation of the Art Deco District on this 1.5-hour interactive tour. Take pictures, ask questions, request your favorite music and enjoy yourselves.  Group sizes can range from 2-10 people. This environmentally friendly option, allows visitors the flexibility to experience Miami Beach in a more intimate setting. Stop for pictures, engage with locals, interact with your tour guide and enjoy a customized experience.

Miami: South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour

5. Miami: South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour

Explore South Beach's rich Art Deco past on a private walking tour in French. Experience the area's contrasts, from beaches to flashy stores, and feel like you're in a film in this famous shooting location. With your guide, discover the largest architectural Art Deco collection in the world. Visit Ocean Drive, and step back in time on the mythical Española Way. Relive the 1920s and 30s as you wander through this symbolic area, immortalized in cinema. Sense the area's gangster influence, particularly in the casinos, as Miami Beach was a favorite holiday destination for the American Mafia.

Miami: South Beach Architecture and Cultural Bike Tour

6. Miami: South Beach Architecture and Cultural Bike Tour

Bike around Miami’s famous South Beach and take in the tour’s stops at local hot spots. Go past some of Miami’s famous Art Deco architecture, and take in the fresh air at the South Beach Pier. Visit Fisher Island if you wish from the mainland. See the best of Miami during your relaxing bike ride. Bike along Ocean Drive and see its infamous Art Deco facades. Next, bike with your guide to South Pointe, the residential area where locals like to meet away from the craziness of South Beach. Enjoy the sights of Miami’s architecture and take in the elegance of the shaded streets. Tour down Meridian, Pennsylvania, or Euclid avenue and discover more Art Deco treasures of Miami. Explore Miami Beach Arena, and bike out to the end of the boardwalk where the South Beach Pier awaits with a spectacular view. From the mainland, take the opportunity to take a boat ride to Fisher Island.

Miami Beach: South Beach and Ocean Drive Donut Tour

7. Miami Beach: South Beach and Ocean Drive Donut Tour

Celebrate the donut in all its glory while learning about the history of Miami Beach. Follow your guide through South Beach and Ocean Drive, take in historic sites, and sample some of the city’s best donuts washed down with some coffee. Start your tour in Miami's South Beach, home to Ocean Drive, Art Deco hotels, neon lights, and delicious donuts. First, head to Buon Pane Bakery, the best Italian bakery in Miami for 7 years running. Try some Italian-style donuts with various fillings, depending on the day. From there, walk down towards Ocean Drive and stop at one of the best gelato shops in South Beach. Here, try some donuts and gelato to get your day started the right way. Then it’s a scenic walk up Ocean Drive to your third stop, where you'll try some more delicious Italian-style donuts. Finally, end the tour off at one of the most fun taco places on South Beach, Naked Taco, where you’ll get to sample the most delicious churros you’ve ever had.

Miami Beach: Private Yacht Trip with Champagne

8. Miami Beach: Private Yacht Trip with Champagne

Take a unique tour along the Miami coast on a 45-foot long yacht. Let your captain pilot your vessel past sights like Biscayne Bay, the mansions of Indian Creek, and the houses of the rich and famous. Embark on a pleasurable and glamorous nautical experience as you sail from Miami Beach. Benefit from a US Coast Guard-certified captain being in charge of the vessel where all you have to do is sit back, relax, and soak up the sights and sun. Get to know the coast off Miami as you witness Biscayne Bay, Indian Creek and its mansions, and Bal Harbor. Pause to swim or snorkel as the yacht drops anchor at Haulover Sandbar, or simply kick back and sunbathe on deck. Look out for dolphins and other forms of marine life. Sail past millionaires houses and get a glimpse of lifestyles of the rich and famous. Enjoy spectacular views of downtown Miami and its iconic skyline. Bring along a feast of your own food and drink. Make use of the free water, champagne and ice available on board. Soundtrack your experience by playing your own choice of music through the yacht's Bluetooth sound system.

South Beach Miami Paddle Board Experience

9. South Beach Miami Paddle Board Experience

Enjoy a South Beach one of a kind experiences with a Paddle Board one hour experience. See majestic views of Miami's skyline. The bay front has calm crystalline waters and beautiful sunsets.   Paddle through Sunset Islands channels, enjoy the luxurious houses and chill in the lagune. But don't forget the suntan lotion! The supplier is open all year round allowing you to enjoy the warm waters any day from 10 AM to 6 PM. You can upgrade this experience by including an upgrade to a meal at Hard Rock Cafe or a informational walking tour of South Beach where you will pass the famous iron gates of the Versace Mansion, lined with the designer’s signature Greek key pattern and Medusa logo in gold bas relief on Ocean Drive. Walk on the famous South Beach Ocean Drive where you will see beautiful beaches, collector cars and amazing selections of restaurants and stores. Enjoy the Art Deco architecture of South Beach as your guide tells you the history behind it all. Visit Lummus Park Beach located in South Beach it runs along Ocean Drive from about 6th to 14th streets. Visit 8th Street Designer District best know for Upscale shopping offering designer, retail and locally owned shops. This package can be split up on 2 separate days. When you call to reserve you may choose from the available options.

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based on 2,057 reviews

The tour was really great. Because it is September there was a lot of space on the bus so I could sit at the top and had a great view of the city, beware of the sun though an pack enough sunscreen. You get free headphones to listen to the tour guide throughout the tour. Whenever you wanted to get off at a stop to look around the area you could get back on a later bus to see the rest of Miami. The boat tour was also very great because you not only got to see the millionaires houses but also Miami and Miami Beach from a different angle. I would defiantly recommend this tour especially if it’s your first time in Miami to get to know the different places the city has to offer.

Amazing experience. We bought the combo (bus tour + cruise boat) which is a much cheaper option. You will enjoy crossing the streets of Miami and discovering all its colourful and iconic neighbourhoods: little Havana, downtown, Miami Beach, and the marina. Don’t forget your sun cream and shades/hate. It gets really hot especially on the bus stops. Many have lost their hats during the fast drive on the express, so hold tight to your belongings on these routes. Kiosks at the marina offer refreshments before boarding the boat, which is ideal as the bus tour can leave you dehydrated.

One of the best times of my life! I went by myself and met some wonderful people in the dance instructor, Bruno was amazing. Great personality… Fun to follow…. Highly recommend this experience Afterwards when we hung out at the club… The performances were breathtaking… So many talented people Although I was the only one by myself… It looks like the couples were having a great time… And I definitely did!!!

Great tour! There is no guide on the bus. The tour is through an audio that’s really informative. The boat tour was nice as well.

Great tours bus and boat really enjoyed both of them more bang for your buck